Do you want to get involved? Meet new people?
There are several youth groups and groups for young adults around the Diocese of Lancaster. Maybe you have come back from Castlerigg and had a great time and you are keen to get involved and take things further? Just take a look to see if any of these groups are near you. Alternatively, maybe get together with a few others and see what you would like to get going in your area. There are always people at hand to help, and we will support you in whatever way we can.
In addition, we offer opportunities for open retreats at Castlerigg each year, the Adventure Weekend for those in Years 7-9, and the Christmas and Easter retreats for those in Year 9 and above. There are also pilgrimages and events for young adults such as Lourdes and World Youth Day.
Just keep an eye on the website for details, and keep involved!
Youth Groups for those in high school and college
Have a look through the group details below and see if any are near you.
GFF (God’s Friends Forever)
Ages 11 – 16 (Years 7-11)
Meets on alternate Tuesdays for prayer, fun and to learn more about God’s love for us at St Clare’s.
The group is faith-focused and everything we do – whether games, treasure hunts, artwork, group discussion or just spending time together – is specifically designed to help us explore our rich faith and grow in our relationship with the the Lord in an engaging way. 6.30 – 8.30pm @ St Clare’s, Fulwood.
Ages 8 – 11 (Years 4-6)
Meets on alternate Tuesdays for faith-based fun. 6 – 7.30pm @ St Clare’s, Fulwood.
Ages 14 – 18 (Years 10 – 13)
Meets on Fridays for prayer, fun and to learn more about God’s love for us. The group is faith-focused and everything we do – whether games, treasure hunts, artwork, group discussion or just spending time together – is specifically designed to help us explore our rich faith and grow in our relationship with the the Lord in an engaging way. 7 – 9pm @ St Andrews and Blessed George Haydock, Cottam.
(Years 9-10) & (Years 11-12)
Preston Impact Groups are a set of 3 Youth groups in Preston, these include: Preston Impact, Wicked Dynamic Youth and React Global Youth.
The Preston Impact group is split into two age ranges. We have a group for Years 9 & 10, and a group for Years 11 & 12. These both meet fortnightly on alternate weeks at Our Lady & St. Edward’s Social Centre, 4 Marlborough Drive, Fulwood from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.
Wicked Dynamic Youth meets on a Friday night (subject to change) at St Clare’s Parish Hall, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood on a fortnightly basis. Meetings run from 7.30pm – 9.00pm. This group is for Years 7 through 9.
The React Global Youth group annually holds a youth day which is run by the senior members of Wicked Dynamic Youth. Preston Impact Groups also have a youth exchange with Cinisello-Balsamo in Italy. For more information on the groups and other activities we host, please visit the Preston Impact Groups website.
Blackpool and the Fylde Coast
A group for those in Year 6 and above meeting on alternate Thursdays in term-time at St Joseph’s parish hall, 16 Woodlands Rd, Ansdell. Email The Base.
St Johns Youth Group
Meets every Sunday at the church hall on Breck Road, Poulton Le Fylde, from 6.00 until 7.30pm. The age group is 11-17. Activities include football, table tennis. nintendo wii (big screen), air hockey and snooker and arts and crafts. Admission charge is £1.00 and this includes hotdogs, drinks and biscuits, The Club supports two charities – Mary’s Meals and Cafod. Email Veronica Kelly.
Lancaster and Morecambe Area
‘Gospel’ Prayer Group
At Lancaster Cathedral, for ages 16-30. Share the Gospel and share the grub – every fourth Sunday of the month, from after the 6.30pm Mass at the cathedral till 9pm. For more information, Email Sr Maria or call 01524 732684.
The Lake District and Cumbria
St Mary’s Barrow Youth Group,
Please call Fr Manny on 01229 820210.
Our Lady’s and St Joseph’s
Warwick Square, Carlisle
Meet alternate Fridays during term time at the parish centre next to the church. Email Derek Nash to confirm.
Groups for Young Adults (16+)
Besides opportunities to serve in the Diocesan Youth Team at Castlerigg Manor and Open Retreats for anyone and everyone at Christmas and Easter at Castlerigg, the Youth Service also runs different different pilgrimages (to Lourdes, for example), monthly Summit meetings on the first Sunday of each month and has a diocesan youth football teams. Please continue to check our events calendar on the website as we also advertise other regional, national and international events for young adults. There is provision for students at Lancaster University and at UCLAN in Preston (Sunday evening Mass in St Wilfrid's, just off Fishergate in Preston). The sisters at Hyning Hall organise Monastic Experiences for young people and there are also specific vocations events where you can explore what the Lord may be calling you to in life. In addition, there are a few groups specifically for young adults:
The Ladyewell Group
Meets every Sunday from 7-9pm at the shrine to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh at Ladyewell, Fernyhalgh Lane, Preston for prayer, time together and catechesis. Email Canon Luiz Ruscillo.
Scripture Sharing Group
For 20+ at St Thomas More centre, St Thomas More Walk, off Willows Lane, Lancaster LA1 5PT. Meets every first Friday of the month, 7.30-9pm. Email Sr Zela or call on 01524 32616.