InReality Hallam Youth Ministry Team
Hallam Youth Ministry strives to bring the Joy of the Gospel and it's message of love to all we meet. Inviting young people to an encounter with Christ through community, friendship and prayer.
We hope to show that the Gospel message is very much alive and relevant in our modern world by engaging in discussion, encouraging involvement in music and drama, and providing liturgies that are accessible, dynamic and engaging.
The Youth Ministry Team is made up of gap year volunteers who dedicate a year or more of their lives to work with young people in the Diocese of Hallam. Led by our programme leaders they travel the Diocese and beyond inviting our young people into a deeper friendship with Christ. Challenging them to adventure, push the limits and be the best they can be.
The InReality team create bespoke programmes for schools and parishes. If you are interested in working with our youth ministry team please contact us for more information.
Meet The Team
The InReality Team changes each year and is made up mainly of Gap year Volunteers who join us just after College or University for a year or sometimes more.
The Team is lead by our two Programme Leaders who coordinate the retreat programmes.
Ellie, Hannah, Shannon, Maia, Tasha, Charlotte, Chris & Brendan
Role on Team: 2nd Year Volunteer
Birthday: 14th of March
Home Town: Stockton-on-tees
Favourite piece of Scripture: ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’ John 10: 10
Favourite Film/TV show: Band of brothers
Favourite Band/Artist: Coldplay & Matt Redman
Favourite Food: Spag Bol
Interesting fact: I have met Dec from Ant and Dec and I play the violin and viola. I also love sports such as Formula 1, tennis and football
What do you do for Adventure: Go for walks and see where life takes me.
Why did you join the InReality Team: I joined InReality because I did one year in youth ministry within my own dioceses of Hexham and Newcastle and really enjoyed it. After doing a year I wanted to continue in youth ministry and my journey took me to InReality. I also have a passion to work with young people and share my stories.
Role on Team: 1st Year Volunteer
Birthday: 6th September
Home Town: Doncaster
Favourite piece of Scripture: ‘Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example to the believers’ 1 Timothy 4:12
Favourite Film/TV show: anything Disney!
Favourite Band/Artist: Michael Buble
Favourite Food: Pizza, chicken nuggets and chips with bbq sauce
Interesting fact: I am a qualified swimming instructor.
What do you do for adventure: Go on long walks with no destination and the certainty of getting lost…
Why did you join the InReality Team: I wanted to experience living in community and working with young people. While I am here I hope to strengthen my faith as well.
Role on Team: 3rd Year Volunteer
Birthday: 29th of October
Home Town: Stoke-on-Trent
Favourite piece of Scripture: ‘She is clothed in strength & dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future’ Proverbs 31:25
Favourite Film/TV show: Criminal Minds, Moulin Rougue
Favourite Band/Artist: Imagine Dragons
Favourite Food: Spaghetti carbonara
Interesting fact: I can play 7 musical instruments
What do you do for Adventure: Spontaneous road trips and adventures anywhere really!
Why did you join the InReality Team: I have joined the InReality team because I want to able to give all young people I meet a genuine encounter with Christ at some point in their life. Having already worked on two other youth teams in Berkshire and Kent, I wanted to come back up to the north and share my faith with even more people!
Role on Team: 1st Year Volunteer
Birthday: 4th of October
Home Town: Denmead
Favourite piece of Scripture: ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!’ John 16:33
Favourite Film/TV show: Alice in wonderland, Tangled & Kingsman
Favourite Band/Artist: 21 pilots
Favourite Food: Chinese or smores
Interesting fact: I can spin plates
What do you do for Adventure: Go on midnight adventures!
Why did you join the InReality Team: The past retreats that I have taken part on from the perspective of a young person have had a massive positive impact to my life. As a result, I wished to translate the same experience to the young people in the Hallam diocese.
Role on Team: 1st Year Volunteer
Birthday: 11th July
Home Town: Rawtenstall (Near Manchester)
Favourite piece of Scripture: ‘Praise his name with dancing, and make music with the tambourine and the harp’ Psalm 149:3
Favourite Film/TV show: Anything Marvel, Harry Potter
Favourite Band/Artist: Phil Wickham, Foo Fighters
Favourite Food: Chinese & Bacon
Interesting fact: I am a qualified Cheerleading coach (I can teach you to backflip)
What do you do for Adventure: Going out for spontaneous road trips around sunset time! I like adventures!
Why did you join the InReality Team: Many of my friends either are in, or have previously worked in Youth Ministry and recommended I gave it a go. I have previously taken part in youth retreats and decided to come to InReality to share my experience with the young people of Hallam.
Could a gap year with the InReality team be for you?
A year on the InReality team is a great option for a gap year.
Offering you the chance to live in community and share your Faith with other young people.
Ministering to young people in our schools, parishes and beyond.
If you think the InReality team might be for you or want more information get in touch with Ellie, one of our programme leaders
or download the application form below.
Are you interested in having the InReality youth ministry team working in your School or Parish? Then here is a good place to start!
Whether you know exactly what you want, have a basic outline or have no idea where to start drop us a line and we'll get back to you to discuss exactly what your needs are, and most importantly the needs of your young people.
The InReality team are on hand to help support you in your parishes with things such as: Youth Group support, Confirmation Catechises, Sacramental Celebration day's, Youth away Day's, Pilgrimages and Music Ministry.
Get in touch with Chris for more information on how the youth ministry team can help and support you in your Parish.
The InReality team create and tailor all programmes to suit the needs of your young people and school. Our aim is to compliment what you already do as a Catholic school; we strive to give each young person we meet an encounter with Christ. All programmes are inclusive and can be adapted to fit all ages and abilities within your school.
Sample idea's & themes
Below is detailed some of the themes of programmes that we have delivered in the past.
Year of Mercy 2016
School Patron Saint Feast day
'Come & See' Themes
This is not an extensive list so please do get in touch to discuss the needs of your particular school.
What our schools have said ...
The organisation was outstanding and everything went to plan. It is some achievement to plan and run a retreat for 135 sixteen and seventeen year old's.
The programme was well-thought out, really engaging and very well delivered. As always it welcomed all, and sought to move everyone along in their faith from whatever their starting point or current strength. I believe this is so important in strengthening current faith but also re-igniting some dormant faiths. For others it will plant something there for their futures. It had many other benefits in terms of friendships, important reflections, prayer, relationships, support of others and young people opening up about their difficulties.
St Mary's High School, Chesterfield
Excellent. The joy of the Gospels was our theme and we certainly unwrapped the key themes.
Mount St Mary's College, Spinkhill
the ‘In Reality team’ led a wonderful two days of fun, prayer, music, reflection and liturgy and worked with all pupils from F2 to Year 6 exploring the theme of ‘The Good Shepherd.’ Not only did the team enable all our children think of ways to pray, fast and give alms, but all our children thought about ways in which they can be the ‘Best that they can be!’ We were able to continue this theme throughout the whole of the school year. Every member of the team is a true ambassador to the faith. Their enthusiasm and witness to the faith is infectious. What a wonderful resource to have in the Diocese of Hallam.
St Gerard's Primary School, Thrybergh
The children love the In Reality team coming to Our Lady's and indeed frequently ask' when are they back in! They have an incredible skill of including ALL children in preparing, understanding and creating the most wonderful and indeed thought provoking liturgies. The music which is sung engages all children again of all ability and backgrounds. Since working with InReality the children at Our Lady's certainly have a greater skill in preparing their own liturgies, a greater love and energy for finding out about the word of God and a growing ability to express their thoughts about scripture in a wide range of ways. It really is an absolute pleasure having the team in Our Lady's and they really do feel part of our school now!
Our Lady of Sorrows Primary School, Armthorpe
Myself and the class teacher felt that it was an excellent programme and fully met and exceeded our expectations. The Year 5 children really enjoyed the programme and working with the leaders. The programme and the day was a complete success. The recordings of the Stations of the Cross has been used by all the year groups since, a fantastic resource. Other members of staff are asking when they can have the team working with them! The team that came to school, were professional, organised, friendly and stimulating to work with. They encouraged the children to contribute as little or as much as they felt comfortable to do. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt totally excited by the whole experience. I would very much like to thank the team for what they achieved with our children, and the commitment that the team put into their work.
St Joseph's Primary School, Retford
I thought this programme was amazing. My students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were learning at the same time. This programme matched our current Y5 curriculum perfectly. I had no behaviour issues on this day, I think that this was due to the excellent activities throughout the day. The children had so much fun while learning. The activities were extremely suitable to the age of the children. They loved the independence as well as the songs. The staff can’t wait for you to return in the future with further activities. This retreat has created a buzz of excitement throughout the school. Some staff wish that you were working with them! We have even implemented some songs into our assemblies from the songs learnt on our retreat day. The Y2 class even created some of their own verses to the songs! I was extremely pleased with the entire team. Everyone was professional and handled the children amazingly. I loved the enthusiasm of the group and the children really fed off of this.
St Thomas More Primary School, Sheffield
Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry
The Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU
Office: 0114 256 6464
InReality Programme Leaders
Ellouise Newman Team & Community
Christian Fitzgerald Diocese & Development
Hallam Pastoral Centre
St Charles Street, Sheffield S9 3WU, UK