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For information on activities involving our young people, please contact Diocesan Youth Officer Christina Baillie at Christinabaillie@connordiocese.org.

Streetreach brings blessings to the community in Mossley

Members of Wednesday afternoon’s Streetreach community outreach team in New Mossley.

What fantastic work our young people are doing in Mossley Parish and surrounding area as part of the annual Streetreach project.

Forty one young people and leaders from 13 parishes in Connor Diocese, along with adult helpers from the Church of the Holy Spirit, Mossley, are taking part in the four day street mission.

For some of these involved, it was straight from the camp at Summer Madness on Tuesday to Mossley Parish Hall for a Streetreach kick-off dinner that evening, followed by team time, games and finally bed – the team are being accommodated at Ulster University in Jordanstown.

Streetreach continued on Wednesday and Thursday – we called into Mossley on Tuesday afternoon to capture the team involved in their different activities – check out the photo gallery below. The mission will finish on Friday July 8 after another full day.

Each day, the young people come together for breakfast in the parish hall, and this is followed by devotions led by visiting American interns Kayleigh and Preston Vaughn, discussions and prayers, and preparing for the afternoon activity.

After lunch the teams head out to fulfil their activity with one group doing outreach in the community including running children’s activities and picking up litter in New Mossley; another team praying for people on doorsteps and in the street; and another group running a very busy kids’ club inside and outside the parish hall.

The young people come back together again for dinner in the parish hall, an evening activity and debrief before heading back to their accommodation.

On Friday afternoon, they will run a community fun event and barbecue at the parish hall before packing up and heading for home after a busy few days.

Streetreach is organised by Diocesan Youth Officer Christina Baillie, Engage Connor Youth Council and the Rev Peter Jones, rector of Mossley Parish and parish volunteers.


Summer Madness – the big Connor BBQ!

Young campers from Killagan, Craigs and Dunaghy Parishes.

The young campers at Summer Madness had a great time at the annual Christian youth festival Summer Madness from July 1-5 2022.

The sun may not have been splitting the trees at the new venue in Portglenone, and anyone who didn’t have their tent pitched early on the Friday evening might have struggled to get set up in a heavy downpour, but for the most part the weather was favourable.

Outdoor activities including football and volleyball have proved popular, and the different seminars in the various marquees drew interested young people. Then of course there was worship in the marquee…

For young people from Connor, including those visiting Summer Madness just for the day, the Connor Sub-Camp was a great place to meet, chill and, of course, eat, with Connor Youth Council providing a barbecue each evening.

We called by on Sunday for the big Connor barbecue, where the burgers and sausages were being turned by Connor clergy, with clergy and family also helping out in the salad area.

Connor Takes The Castle 2022

Young people from across Connor Diocese had a fantastic experience when they visited Escarmouche Action Park at Shane’s Castle, Antrim, on January 15 (see gallery below).

The event was organised by Christina Baillie, Diocesan Youth Officer, and Connor Youth Council in place of the annual residential which had been scheduled for Castlewellan Castle, but had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Christina was determined that the Connor Takes the Castle event should still be based in the solid walls of a Castle, and the Escarmouche Action Park proved the perfect venue.

Groups of young people came from All Saints’, Antrim; St Michaels, Belfast; Drummaul; the United Parish of Ballynure and Ballyeaston; St Columba’s, Derryvolgie; St Nicholas’, Carrickfergus and Lisburn Cathedral.

Activities included laser tag, an assault course, tug of war and Connect 4 basketball. As it was a Saturday in the middle of January, it was chilly outside, and everyone was thankful for hot drinks and chips for lunch.

Christina said: “It was fantastic to see so many parishes come together for this event. In particular, I loved seeing connections being made between young people and leaders, and everyone having fun!

“The young people were fantastic at the various activities and really challenged themselves. We were disappointed to cancel the residential weekend, but delighted that we could still get together in a safe way.”

Christina said the Youth Council looked forward to organising more diocesan youth events in the coming months.






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