Attention Youth and Children’s
Leaders! Thinking about a weekend away with your
youth and children’s group? During the forthcoming
Pilgrimage Season don’t forget that the Pilgrim Hall
and Orangery are available, with showers and a small
kitchen, for your weekend sleepovers, and our Yr4God
team will be on hand to offer you an exciting
program of Worship and Activities!
Please contact the Hospitality Department for more details and how to book - tel: 01328 820239 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your pilgrimage group contain a mix of
The Year4God Team are able to offer all sorts of
activities - discussion groups, creative work,
exploring - to a range of age groups. Please contact
the Shrine Priest
if you would further information. Tel: 01328 824203
Fr Will Hazelwood, when Parish Priest of Iver Heath in
Buckinghamshire brought a pilgrimage group to the
Shrine a few years ago and wrote:
"For the past few years I have tried
to encourage young families to come on our parish
pilgrimage but with little success, predominantly
because the programme never really catered for
children. When Fr Stephen told me about the Year 4
God team I was delighted, and once the families
found out there’d be children’s workshops the group
doubled in size. This year we had 44 pilgrims
ranging from 2 years of age to over 80, including a
number of Dads who are not worshipping members of
the Church. Everyone has raved about the weekend
...... one of our youngsters is already asking when
he can come back!"
Children's and Young People's
Hi! We’re Susi, Lauren, Andreas & George -
Your Year4God Team :-)
What do Yr4God do at the weekend?
We are here to share and enjoy our experiences of The Shrine with the young pilgrims that visit. Fun, games, prayer and teaching are all a part of the programme run over the weekend for those between the ages of 5-18.
Starting on the Friday evening with a First Visit to the Holy House we explain the story of Walsingham with the very important visit to the Holy House. The First Visit is like many other visits with the exception of being easy to understand and enjoyable for young people, led by those that we hope they can relate to comfortably.
Then comes Saturday, with a morning of activities and games planned for two hours as the Pilgrim Mass takes place. Those who join us can relax and take part and make new friends from other pilgrimage groups. Building your own Holy House or designing a cross with clay, making holding crosses, playing team games are only a few of the many things offered.
Saturday evening then follows with a session of prayer stations which have been thoroughly and spiritually enjoyed and taken part in by many. This session takes place during the time of the healing liturgy and is done in the quiet and peaceful environment within the barn chapel. Music and incense are present with candles lit around the chapel to create a comfortable and enjoyable presence for all so prayer may be relaxed and meaningful without the thoughts of judgment at the back of the mind like many young people may often experience.
All in all the weekend programme is very successful, fun, and enjoyable for everyone and we love meeting so many new people who wish to take part in these events with us. We hope to see many more of you here and can't wait to meet you!
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