29th-31st October – Anois at Wilsons’ Hospital School for 13-17 year olds
18th November – Diocesan Schools’ Service in Tuam Cathedral, preacher the Revd Dr Andrew Ison
2nd January – Ice skating trip to Dublin
February (date TBC) – Sunday School training morning
March (date TBC) – West Alive weekend for 10-13 year olds
1st April – Confirmation Day (venue TBC)
16th April – Easter dawn service, Dunmoran Strand
27th May – Diocesan fun day
30th June-3rd July – Summer Madness
July (date TBC) – Diocesan Junior Camp, Lissadell House
Mission Statement / Aims and Objectives
Our children and young people need to know that they are valued and therefore our aim is to support parents and parish clergy and congregations to make Jesus Christ and the love of God relevant to children and young people growing up in what is often a confusing world. We hope to achieve this with a light touch and in such a way that parents of non-Church of Ireland children are happy to allow their children to come along to events and activities with their friends.
Children’s and Youth Ministry Co-Ordinator
The role of the Children’s and Youth Co-Ordinator is to co-ordinate the planning, development, training and administration of Children’s and Youth Ministry in the Diocese through liaising with the Bishop, clergy, Sunday School teachers and parents to offer some training opportunities to meet the practical and spiritual needs of our youngest members. The Co-ordinator also sits on the Children’s Ministry Network.
The role of the Youth Officer is to liaise with the Youth Co-ordinator in the planning of children’s and youth events in the diocese and to run these events with help from a team of dedicated volunteers. The Youth Officer helps run two youth groups which meet regularly in the diocese – DIG Group, which meets in Westport and SPLASH Group which meets in Rathbarron. The Youth Officer also sits on the Church of Ireland Youth Council.