This part of the Toolkit is intended to grow from the contributions of all those engaged in youth ministry in our Diocese. It aims to encourage volunteers to read, to explore and to share ideas. Please recommend helpful books, film clips, YouTube videos, music, activities, websites etc. Below are some of the resources that have helped and inspired others.
'Youth & Children's Work'
Produced by Premier Christian Communications, this is a magazinefor everyone involved in developing faith in youth and children’s ministry and well worth a subscription. In each monthly issue, there are ideas and resources to support work with young people and full-length feature articles give up-to-date news about developments in youth and children’s ministry and culture. The magazine includes ready to use games, craft activities, sessions based on movie clips and songs and ideas for parents to use at home.
‘Called to a Noble Adventure A Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry in England and Wales’
In 2012, the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales produced this document outlining four goals for our youth ministry and suggesting a variety of pathways. The document describes youth ministry as ‘an adventure for the whole community’.
Published by CYMFed (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales) 2013
Available to purchase from the Youth Ministry Trust
The Way We See It
The report of the young people’s survey, compiled during the Forward Together in Hope process, calls us to listen to young people. It reflects much to celebrate and build upon and it also raises many challenges for our parishes and partnerships.
‘Come Kindle in us the Fire of your Love’
The Parish/Partnership Guidelines for the Preparation and Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation give many resources for working with young people including ideas for prayer, discussion, reflection, activities, music and video. The accompanying DVD contains stories, reflections and interviews with young people about faith.
Download the order form here
‘Renewing the Vision’
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a vision for youth ministry in 1976 and then, recognising the need for a vision and strategy to address contemporary challenges, updated it in the 1997 document ‘Renewing the Vision – A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry.’The document offers three goals and a comprehensive frameworkthat has room for parishes to develop appropriate programmes and activities. It was the fore-runner of our own document and is well worth a read.
Two new publications from CYMfed highlight ‘Complex Catholicism’ research and provide a realistic insight to contemporary young Catholics in England & Wales.
The Lives and Faith of Young Catholics in England and Wales today
Matthew van Duyvenbode
Discovering the reality of young Catholics A Detailed Typology
Danny Curtin & Stephen Davies
COPIES OF THIS PUBLICATION ARE AVAILABLE FROM YMT – Please contact the village to purchase a copy
Report on Youth Faith and Vocational Discernment in England and Wales
In preparation for The Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment in October 2018, Pope Francis called the whole Church to listen to young people. A worldwide consultation took place and a preparatory document with a questionnaire was sent to every Bishops’ Conference. Each country was asked to produce a report based on the questionnaire and submit it to the Synod Office. In publishing the Report, the Bishops of England and Wales hope that it will ‘stimulate conversation about how the Church can journey with young people towards new horizons.’
World Youth Day Messages
Each year the Pope writes a message to the Youth of the World. The Messages, including the Message for 2018, can be found here
Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
‘This catechism… demands of you a new life. It places before you the Gospel message as the “pearl of great value” (Matt 13:46) for which you must give everything.’(From the Foreword by Pope Benedict)
Catholic Truth Society 2011
Youth Prayer Book
Catholic Truth Society 2013
‘Begin with the Heart: Recovering a Sacramental Vision’
The Columba Press 2009
Daniel O’Leary reminds teachers and catechists that we teach who we are. He speaks about the rediscovery of the ‘sacramental imagination’ because it is from the teachers’ and catechists’ own inner passion that the hearts of others will be transformed.
‘Without catching the vision, the heart does not know where to go; but without the fire of the imagination it doesn’t want to go anywhere, least of all to church! As teachers and catechists, we are called to work with a passion for acquiring that central vision in ourselves, first. We must, in fact, become the vision.’
‘The Story Young People’s Stories of Faith’
To celebrate the Year of Faith in 2013, CYMFed invited young people from across the Catholic community in England and Wales to tell their unique faith stories. It is hoped that the stories contributed encourage young people and the adults who accompany them to reflect on their own personal faith journeys.
Available to purchase from the Youth Ministry Trust
Orbis Books 1982
Published first in 1978, the preface to the second edition contains the words that are often quoted about youth ministry:
‘In working with young people… do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before.’
Although not specifically about youth ministry, this book is an inspiring read about how we share the Gospel message.
What to do?
The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church
‘The English verb ‘to do’ is part of the title. DOCAT answers the question: “What should we do?” It is like a user’s manual that helps us to change ourselves with the Gospel first, and then our closest surroundings, and finally the whole world.’ (From the Foreword by Pope Francis)
Catholic Truth Society 2016
Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministry
Saint Mary’s Press 2004
A very practical handbook on involving and supporting young people in the parish setting.
‘Revealed: A Catholic Youth Formation Ministry Resource’
Karen North, Rebecca Barber, David O’Connell, John Toryusen
Redemptorist Publications 2008
An ideas and information packed book presenting the essential elements of hands-on youth ministry.
‘I am Bread Broken: Spirituality for the Catechist’
Crossroad Publishing Company 1996
An excellent, easy to read book about the call of the catechist and the qualities of the catechist.
‘He was in the world’
Wild Goose Publications 1995
A collection of 25 meditations on a variety of themes which can be used in worship or in group settings such as a youth group.
‘Contemplative Youth Ministry’
There are many books out there about young people / church groups/ activities with young people. One of these is by Mark Yaconelli who encourages prayer and reflection as the starting and centre point. Let the Lord guide the choices you make. He will take your skills, talents and passion and use it for His purpose. Have the courage to step out and try. Give things a go and keep your purpose at its centre.
Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry
A Comprehensive Resource
Thomas East (ed)
Twenty-Third Publications 2009
Tom East begins this collection of topics written by a variety of authors with the words:
‘Youth Ministry provides an encounter with the love of Christ and supports youth in the adventure of discipleship’. He goes on to say: ‘We need to put all our oars in the water, going in the same direction …. Effective youth ministry requires the concerted, collaborative and coordinated efforts of a faith community that longs to become Christ’s love incarnate in the lives of young people today. The encounter and adventure that God has planned for young people in our communities is within our means.’
‘The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice’
McCarty, Robert (ed)
St. Mary’s Press 2005
A collection of essays giving a readable overview of the theology and practice of Catholic youth ministry as outlined in ‘Renewing the Vision’.
‘Finding the Calm: Biblical Meditations to Nourish Those Who Nurture Teens’
Saint Mary’s Press 2003
‘Good stories need to be shared. We need to impart to young people (and others) the tremendous stories of our faith. We are called to witness with passion and enthusiasm the events and experiences that have helped shape who we are, what we believe, and what we hope to accomplish in our lives. We have received the gift of our experiences, both in the blessings and the flaws, and they are not for us to keep to ourselves for our own selfish needs or patterns of growth. Often, they occur so that someone else can learn and grow as well. When we share these treasures with our young people, they will be the better for it. This is what it means to be a teacher (youth minister): to live fully and witness fully.’(Finding the Calm)
What do you think of this in relation to your own life and ministry?
Other useful links
Show a film about the true story of an inspirational person e.g.
Romero (Oscar Romero)
Entertaining Angels (Dorothy Day)
Amazing Grace (William Wilberforce)
The Rosa Parks Story (Rosa Parks)
Deadman Walking (Sr Helen Prejean)
Mother Teresa (Mother Teresa)
My Redeemer or Together Team Hoyt (Dick and Rick Hoyt)
Ensuring young people were ‘fed’ spiritually was really important when we decided to start our youth group. We found some great little videos from Ascension Presents (YouTube) which we used as input. This led to discussion and each month young people taking something ‘real’ away with them. The rest of the time before our video was spent doing what young people do best, chilling and being with each other.
There are many video clips to be found on YouTube which can introduce discussion and reflection e.g.
The Shawshank Redemption (Hope)
The Lion King (Choices and Forgiveness)
Pay it Forward (Serving others generously without looking for a reward)
Dead Poets’ Society (Seize the day, make your lives extraordinary)
Blind Side (the courage to help and how lives are changed)
Patch Adams (from despair to hope)
Consider movies you have seen. What message do they share with people? Where are the opportunities to explore themes – challenging and real ? Perhaps even share with young people about what inspires us, what we choose to feed our young minds and to question the messages the media sometimes shares with us.
! Always check the certification before showing a movie to young people. Ensure the clip you are using is appropriate and nothing will jump out and surprise you unexpectedly.
The CYMFed website has links to Youtube videos of inspiring speakers at the Flame events e.g.
- Ten Thousand Reasons (David Wells)
- You are not a Comparison (David Wells)
- Love Chooses You (David Wells)
- Cardinal Tagle
- Stef Reid