The Ignite Team 

Who we are

The Ignite Team is the Youth Mission Team for the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia and was established in 2014.

Ignite Team members

Members of the 2022-2023 Ignite Team pictured with Director of Youth Service, Hamish MacQueen and Chaplain Fr Luke Goymour

Ignite seeks to serve Jesus in the Church by sharing the Gospel with children and young people who live in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.  The team is available to work with parishes and schools and seeks to give them an authentic encounter with Christ and the teachings of his Catholic Church.

Full-time members of the team join for a year at a time and they are assisted by members of the Ignite Lite volunteer group who help out as and when they are available.




What we do

The Ignite Team travels around the Diocese supporting parishes in their ministry to young people by running retreats,

interactive sessions, youth Masses and other events for children and young people to encourage them in their faith. This includes visits to youth groups, Confirmation groups and First Holy Communion classes.

We also work in schools, both primary and secondary, whether they have a faith-based ethos or not, and run retreats, assemblies, RE or RS Classes and school missions.  All of these are designed to explore aspects of Catholic Christianity in a vibrant and informed way, using interactive presentations, music and personal testimony. All members of the team are practising Catholics with a passion for discussing their faith with others.

In addition, the Ignite Team run local events for young people as well as supporting the Director of the Youth Service in the running of Diocesan youth events, such as the Ignite Festival and the Candlelight Christmas Mass. The team also produce online content for young people on social media and on YouTube.


Join the Team!

Joining the Ignite Team can be a life-changing experience - living as a residential community, sharing the Gospel as well as developing new and transferable skills working with children and young people. Accommodation and food are provided along with a monthly allowance of £200. Team members commit for six months to a year at a time and have the chance to grow in their faith while developing their skills in music, drama, technology and more. Ideal as a gap year (can also be extended).

If you are interested in applying for September 2023 or 2024, then please get in touch! 



Joining the Ignite Team is suited to all sorts of people including those who have just finished school, college or university or those looking to try something new or different. Perhaps you would like to gain experience working with young people or feel you could benefit from a time to serve God and others. Perhaps you've got previous experience or maybe you've never done anything like this before - either way we'd love to hear from you!

Click below to apply or email Hamish on for more info.

Download an application form: Word (.doc) format | PDF format


Ignite Lite

Ignite Lite is a group for those aged 16 - 35 who would like to assist the Ignite Team in their youth ministry.  They help out at events (face-to-face and online) as well as in schools and parishes. The group also gather multiple times a year with the Ignite Team, receiving teaching and training in youth ministry as well as growing together as a team. To find out more click here.


Prayer Network and Mailing List

For more information about ways you can pray for young people and the work of the Ignite Team, including the Ignite Prayer Network, click here.

To subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates about our latest events and initiatives please click here.


Contact Us

If you would like to book the Ignite Team, or find out more about us, email us on