Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry Son Seekers


Next Son Seeker Funday Sunday is 1st March (First Sunday of Lent) at 10.30 Mass – do come early to sign in.

Our Son Seeker family was set up in May 2016 in response to Pope Francis call to spread the word of God through Proclaim 15.

Our first event was a Funday Sunday on the 18th September 2016  with 56 children coming to enjoy fun and games.

Since then we have held 3 years of events.

Our aim is to grow the faith of our children and as they get older and for us to grow with them through the confirmation programme and activities aimed at young adults. We aim to do this by continuing our Fundays, parties, events and mostly by having fun.

We are currently a group of 10-15 volunteers, made up of parents, grandparents and young leaders.

We need your help with ideas and fun ways we can engage our children and help with organising and running these events. If you are interested or would like to get involved as a leader or volunteer, please email us at or contact Helen Bailey on 07771 552058.

If you would like more information about the group and you and your child(ren) would like to come along and see what we are all about, please email us at or just turn up to one of our events listed below. Everyone is very welcome. You can also find information about our events on our Facebook page:

Info from SPEC

SPEC is a residential Catholic retreat centre for children and young people in the Diocese of Westminster which is based in Pinner, Middlesex

The name ‘SPEC’ stands for ‘Spiritual and Personal Encounter with Christ’.

SPEC bulletin January 2020

Messages from PHASE

A beautiful flower which a lovely young man presented to many of the congregation leaving the 10.30 am Mass on Sunday morning, a lovely gesture – Happy Mother’s Day

Dates for 2019 events




Sunday 10th March 2019 Funday Sunday 1st Sunday in Lent
Sunday 31st March 2019 Funday Sunday Mother’s Day & 4th Sunday of Lent
Sunday 16th June 2019 Funday Sunday Father’s Day & Trinity Sunday
Sunday 6th October 2019 Funday Sunday Grandparents Day & 28th Sunday C
Sunday 1st December 2019  Funday Sunday Advent and Memorial for Fr Michael

All these events take place in the Parish Hall at Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrews.

All our Youth Leaders are DBS checked and many are First Aid trained.

Westminster events

Applications for the Music Ministry ScholarshipThe scholarship exists as a way of developing the skills of young people in providing music in the life of their parish and the wider Church, encouraging them to grow in leadership and as people of faith – both within a parish and their everyday lives. It is for a young person (or a small group of young people) who are already fairly skilled vocally or instrumentally, and who are involved at a reasonable level of commitment in their parish or school. The workshops will be at the Diocese of Westminster’s Vaughan House, in Victoria, delivered by Joe Wells from One Hope Project.  For more information and how to apply please  click here or email Westminster Youth Ministry at


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Update on our Ambassador programme


Autumn term 2017 was an exciting term for the Phase Ambassador programme. For those who don’t know, Ambassadors is our young leadership programme and it’s designed to train and value our fantastic young volunteers. Anyone who attends secondary school in Hitchin can be an Ambassador, but places are limited so young people have to apply quickly if they are interested.

From January to July in 2017 we ran a pilot of the programme. The full programme opened in September 2017 and our Ambassadors are now busy working away on their modules. They each have a Core module to complete first and then they can choose a new module to work on in one of the following areas: Faith Development, Leadership, Publicity, Wellbeing or Fundraising.

We have Ambassadors in key stage 3 (lower school), key stage 4 (upper school) and key stage 5 (sixth form). Each one is mentored by a Phase member of staff so that we can help them develop their skills and learn more about the types of volunteering which really interest them.

Our Ambassadors have helped at Time Trek, written blog posts, exhibited for Phase at conferences, fundraised and so much more.

If you know someone who might be interested in becoming an Ambassador, then ask them to get in touch with the office. You never know where it might lead!

Office contact: 01462 422940 /

Helen Bainbridge, Schools and Youth Worker

Phase is a charity which is dependent on donations. If you would like to make a donation and help us provide support to young people, please:

  • text MAKE05 £5 to 70070 to donate £5
  • speak to your Church Phase Rep (Teresa Pernak or Helen Bailey)
  • phone the office 01462 422940 or
  • visit our website and click on ‘Giving’




So what do we actually do in Phase?

As we settle into a new term I thought you might like to know a bit about our regular week, month, term and year at Phase!

The week begins with a team meeting on a Monday morning – a chance to share our weekend activities and to pray for each other in respect of any areas of concern or praise in our personal lives. We then share highlights of the previous working week, before moving on to look at the week ahead. It’s a chance to get to know what each team member is doing and to help overcome any bottlenecks in allocating ourselves between 3 Secondary and 11 Primary schools! Generally, as the Office Manager, I stay in the office, but I have been known to help out with Primary school workshops if needed…

Regular weekly commitments are based around supporting the Hitchin schools and include the 3 lunchtime (Holding Nothing Back) clubs and on-going mentoring of young people. But each week is obviously different. As I write the team have been busy delivering induction workshops in Secondary schools for Year 7, 12 & 13, and next week they begin to deliver Year 6 workshops in Primary schools.

The monthly prayer guide will show you the variety of other areas we are involved in, including supporting churches (Forum), parents (parent support group), staff (we are piloting running a morning prayer group for staff members) and young people outside of school hours (Creative Space/ Ambassadors). Please do pick up a copy from your church Phase Rep, or phone the office and we will send you a copy!

We run termly workshops for Year 6 children to help them grow emotional resilience and prepare them for transition. In Primary schools we offer Christmas & Easter workshops too to help children to understand the real meaning of both, whilst in Secondary schools we are often asked to deliver end of term assemblies.

Twice a year we organise free training for church Youth workers with a variety of bite sized 20 mins sessions to choose from. Additionally, we help plan & deliver, jointly with church Youth workers, a Time Trek holiday club for children aged 5-11yrs old every half term break.

Finally, the team often have fundraising events to support – there are larger ones like Fair in the Square last month (September), but there are also lots of other events to support; summer fete stalls run by volunteers, Fat Face or Starbuck fundraisers…

So we are always busy – I haven’t mentioned everything, but I hope you have a flavour of what we get up to!

Amanda Maylin, Phase Office Manager  01462 422940

Phase is a charity which is dependent on donations. Text MAKE05 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 and help us provide support to young people.

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