Youth ministry is one of the most important, most rewarding, and yet often most difficult of ministries in the Catholic Church today. We have a longing to keep our teens close to the Lord and to the Church at a time when peer and societal pressure often tries to pull them away. The Ogilvie Centre offers support and resource ideas for potential and current youth ministers.
Each year we offer a Youth Ministry Retreat which aims help current and potential youth ministers to network, reflect, and consider best practices in youth ministry.
There is a yearly Power of Grace day retreat held at Greyfriars Convent in June which gathers teens from across the diocese in a day of prayer, fun, catechesis, and fellowship: a wonderful event to bring youth groups to attend. This year’s Power of Grace retreat will be held on Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11:00-18:00.
Below are some resources for those seeking to gather teens for youth nights:
- Youth Alpha – The Alpha Youth Series is a brand new interactive series exploring life, faith and meaning. Each episode looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s also for young people with no Christian or church background. The Alpha Youth Series will all be available for free online!
- LifeTeen – This program designed in the United States has an amazing amount of resources to help youth ministers create engaging, faith-filled, and fun youth club nights. While there is a cost to the parish for the resource, with dedicated youth ministers willing to lead it, this program is an investment in the future of our Church.
- Edge – This is the version of LifeTeen resources for “middle schoolers”, students 11-13 years old.
- SVP B-Attitude – Wonderful resources to start a post-confirmation St. Vincent de Paul service-oriented society in your parish.