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Bishop Séamus Cunningham

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The Event:

The EVENT: A fantastic night of Faith, Fun and Friendship

On Wednesday 17 January 2018, 110 young people plus 20 staff, clergy, parents and parishioners from across the Diocese gathered together at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy in Hebburn for the monthly EVENT faith night.

It was an amazing night, which was full of praise, music and energy. Students sang and danced to the songs of Matt Redman, Hillsong and Rend collective. They played exciting faith games like 'Jesus temptation' and 'Jesus Splat', they made cards of faith and love for special people in their lives. Billy Moran led an inspiring talk about the 'power of faith'. Students led their own Bubble Prayer liturgy to pray for those people in their lives, schools and parish communities who need our help. As a mini-challenge, we also challenged the young people to do an act of kindness for someone in need in their parish communities to be EVENT superstars! The night was then rounded off with some delicious food by our amazing catering team and a time to make new friends and socialise.

Thank you to everyone who continually supports this EVENT. Thank you to all the students who come to every EVENT such as the groups from Crook and Bishop Auckland. Thank you to our new schools, such as those from North Tyneside who brought an entire coach load of students. It is truly inspirational to see the faith of the young people of our Diocese grow and develop. One young person came up to me and said 'Andrew, I have been coming to these EVENTs for the past two months, and I had never believed in God before, but in both of these EVENTs I have actually felt God inside my heart and its amazing'.

The EVENT is aimed at young people in years 6, 7 and 8. It is completely free and all food and refreshments are completely free of charge too. If you have or know any young people who would like to come you would be very welcome. Our next EVENT is on Wednesday 21 February at 6.00pm - 7.30pm at St. Joseph's in Hebburn. All school groups across the Diocese, parish groups or even individuals, parents, staff and clergy all welcome! If you would like to come please just drop me an email on, so I can let our catering team know for numbers.

We would also be very happy to come into primary schools and do 'taster EVENTs' to give your students a flavour of what the EVENT is like. Please get in touch to discuss this. Hope to see you all there on Wednesday 21 February at 6.00pm - 7.30pm.

God bless.

Andrew Young
Head of RE at St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, Hebburn.