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, Maia & Chris
Birthday: 4th October
Home town: Denmead (near Portsmouth)
Hobby: Baking and painting.
Interesting fact: I used to work with reindeer.
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.
Inset day, St Bernard's, Rotherham
We held a workshop for staff from some of the Catholic schools within the Hallam Diocese focusing on the scripture Ephesians 1:3-6...
'For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight'
We looked at the structure of a liturgy as well as different ways to include young people in them. The time was filled with games and activities where we delved into the meaning of the scripture and how to form a liturgy around it; this was all done in order to help us feel more comfortable with leading young people through liturgy's in the future. We were fortunate enough to receive a talk from David Wells, prior to and following the workshops. It was a blessed time where we were reminded why we do our jobs and to always leave room for the important things in life.
Thank you to everyone involved in today, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
#GodIsGood #RootedCol27 #InsetDay #YouAreChosen
We ran workshop sessions on the two consecutive Fridays leading up to half-term. The theme that we went with was taken from Romans 12:12...
'Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.'
Both inset days began in the worship of mass led by Bishop Ralph. In one workshop we unpicked the meanings of scriptures in order to create dramas for use in liturgy's. In another workshop we learned how to create and lead liturgical dances. The days were filled with activities and energy, we hope all enjoyed it as much as we did.
Thank you for all those who took part! It was incredible to see so many of the fantastic teachers from within our Diocese.
#RootedCol27 #InsetDay #EverybodyDance #CreativeWorship
Notre Dame, Sheffield
We worked with the year seven students of Notre Dame, where we focused on being one body of Christ, Corinthians 12:12...
'Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.'
We came together as a community and took part in many team building activities throughout the day. Using some clips from Finding Nemo as an example of teamwork, we went on to explore our own gifts and what it is that makes us all amazing children of God. We came together at the end of the day as one body to celebrate all of our talents in a liturgy that encompassed the theme of the day.
#letyourlightshine #onebody #childrenofGod #love
St Vincents, Sheffield
We worked with the confirmation candidates in the parish of St Vincents, we focused on Matthew 9:9...
'As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.'
We looked at what it meant to be a saint and the incredible qualities that we posses within ourselves. Reconciliation was available as well as other prayer sessions which allowed us to focus on our own faiths individually. We explored the different jobs that are available in the Church and looked at which we would want to take part in in the future following our confirmations.
It was a beautiful day filled with prayer and fun, thank you to all involved in making it such a blessed retreat!
#confirmation #saints #letyourlightshine #greaterthings
St John Fisher
On Tuesday the 3rd October we worked with the chaplaincy team of St John Fisher's. We focused on the scripture Colossians 3:12...
'Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.'
We spent the day learning about the importance of being a part of a chaplaincy team. It was a time filled with fun and prayer, where we were able to explore our gifts and what we can bring to the chaplaincy at St John fisher.
Thank you to all those involved, keep letting your gifts shine!
#compassion #kindness #humility #gentleness #patience
Our Lady's Bentley
We worked with the confirmation group from Our Lady’s parish in Bentley. This was the last session we would have with them before their confirmation, so we focused on themes in Johns 1st chapter...
‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’
We looked at the gifts of the holy spirit and how they relate to our everyday life. We then spent some time with God in exposition and had the opportunity to take part in reconciliation. We ended the day with a beautiful celebration of Mass led by Father Declan which parents and friends joined us for. All in all the day was a lovely end for a wonderful group of young people
May we always remember that we will always see ‘Greater Things’ when we allow God into our lives. The best is always yet to come
#GreaterThings #Confirmation #John150
St Ann's Stocksbridge
We spent time with some of the students of St Ann’s in Sheffield. By the end of the day we hoped to be able to create a chaplaincy team with class 5. The theme that we explored for the day was taken from John’s Gospel...
‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’
We took part in lots of different activities which helped us form as a team. Together we then explored the contents of a liturgy, from writing prayers to creating displays and focal points.
We enjoyed our day with the new chaplaincy team and look forward to hearing of beautiful acts of worship that they will deliver throughout the year.
May we always work to bring God into our everyday lives and may we continue to pray for this group of young people bringing liturgy and worship to St Ann’s this year.
#John150 #greaterthings #chaplaincy
Our Lady's Bentley
We joined the confirmation candidates of Our Lady’s in Bentley for their third session. The theme of the day was identity, specifically the identity of God the Father and God the Son. We looked at scripture from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians...
‘and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’
Through prayer, meditation and art, we explored who the Father is; who the Son is and where we can see them in our lives.We also looked at how we can share the love God gave us with everyone we meet.
It was a blessed session, thank you to all involved.
May we always strive to see God and be the face of Christ to all whom we meet, in all that we do and say.
#Icandoallthings #confirmation #LoveofGod
Our Lady's, Bentley
We went to Our Lady's Parish in Bentley to help with their Confirmation programme. We focused on the scripture Isaiah 6:8...
‘Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!’
It was a time spent playing lots of games and reflecting on how we can be the modern day saints of our Church and how we can let our light shine by just being us. We also looked at those people in our lives who are saints to us and how they have helped us in our faith journey.
It was a blessed day and we can't wait for what next week brings!
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#Confirmation #letyourlightshine #everydaysaints #Isaiah68
We joined the Lourdes Hallam Young people at St Bernard's High School for one of their Lourdes Pilgrimage reunion's.
It was an evening full of blessings, sat around a camp fire with marshmallows and a BBQ ... what more could you want. The evening ended with night prayer around the camp fire, reflecting on the scripture from 1 Peter 2:9...
‘But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’
On Saturday morning we celebrated Mass with Bishop Ralph and some priests from the Diocese. Everyone was given the challenge to go out and build on the experiences that were had in Lourdes. To nurture our faith and 'live in Lourdes 52 weeks of the year - not just 1!'
It was a lovely couple of days!
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#HallamYouth #Lourdes #wearechosen #1Peter29
St Pius X Transition Day's
13.09.17 and 15.09.17
We spent some time at St Pius X Secondary school working with 6 different primary schools preparing for transition and exploring the scripture from Philippians 4:13 ...
‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’
We completed lots of different activities and challenges, testing all of our different gifts and talents. Working together we were able to complete all the different challenges.
We spent some time reflecting on how we are all made from love, created by God, unique and amazing. We talked about how we have a lot to offer the world, we just have to choose to be extra, extra, extra, extra ordinary!
Our day ended together in prayer with lots of singing and dancing. It was a great few day’s, full of many blessings.
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#Godisgood #transtion #weareamazing #philippians4:1
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.
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
Acting 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