Fantastic weekend at fifth Connor Takes the Castle!

Monday September 10th 2018


Young people had great fun by the lake and Castle in Castlewellan,

The fifth annual Connor Takes the Castle residential in Castlewellan brought young people and leaders from nine parishes together for a fantastic weekend.

From arrival on Friday evening, September 7, until departure on Sunday lunchtime, the schedule was action packed, with late night walks around the lake, team sports, raving in the basement and the infamous Connor’s Got Talent.

James and Elise Turner from Church of the Resurrection led sessions, with Kate Peden from Space, Jordanstown, facilitating worship. Young people heard about faith and doubt, asking big questions, and, if they are doubting God, what they can do to grow in their faith.

Salt Factory Sports were there for the Saturday afternoon to create space for young people to make friendships over team games as they battled it out in volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee and more.

Talking about faith during the sessions inside the Castle.

Diocesan Youth Officer, Christina Baillie said:

“This weekend is fantastic for allowing young people and leaders from different parishes across the diocese to get to know one another, make connections and share their faith with others of the same age.

“Connor Youth Council puts together an incredible weekend with lots of activities as well as opportunities for discipleship for young people with the leaders they come with.”

Christina added: “It provides a great way to kick off the year and bonds groups so they are ready to head back to each parish enthusiastic and engaged.”

The dates for Connor Takes the Castle 2019 are confirmed as September 6-8, back in Castlewellan Castle, and Connor Youth Council would encourage any groups to join with them for this annual event.

If you would like more details or to discuss if it would suit your young people, you can contact Christina Baillie on 07753 312405 or

For more pictures and videos of the weekend, check out the Engage Connor Youth Facebook page.

The weekend is a great opportunity for young people to bond within their own groups and with other groups.

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