“Seek First His Kingdom” (Matt 6:33 NIV)
We are delighted to welcome newcomers and familiar faces to our next Celebrate North West weekend. We eagerly anticipate being inspired and encouraged in our faith through inspiring talks, creative liturgy and exciting worship. This shared experience will remind us that we belong to a thriving and diverse faith community. We will return to our various homes and parishes with renewed hope and purpose. Our programme includes: Adoration - Children’s/ Young People’s Programme (‘Streams’) - Celebration of the Eucharist – Drama - Morning prayer - Prayer ministry - Seminars - Workshops - Talks – Worship. Don’t be concerned about attending without family – there is something for everyone. You are especially welcome in you have not attended an event like this before. You will find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere waiting for you. We look forward to seeing you!
Fr Eamonn Mulcahy
Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, Spiritan missionary from Manchester. A priest since 1980, working in Congo-Brazzanville; Northern Nigeria; Scotland; London and Kenya. He has extensive experience of Adult Faith Formation and giving spiritual retreats to priests, religious and lay-people in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa. Fr Eamonn is currently a Parish Priest in Manchester; one of the Episcopal Vicars for Religious in Salford and he also teaches theology at Oscott Seminary.
Fr Chris Thomas
Fr Chris Thomas is director of The Irenaeus Project in Liverpool and a Celebrate regular. He will be with us for the weekend. We are very grateful to Fr Chris Thomas who has kindly stepped in at short notice. He has agreed to help us in place of David Payne who is unfortunately not able to be with us.
Maria Heath is married with four children aged between three and thirteen. She lives in Northampton where she is employed as a parish pastoral worker. She has a PhD in Theology with her research focusing on how parishes can become more missionary. Over the last twenty years Maria has worked in various ministries in the Church and is an experienced and engaging teacher having given talks to a wide variety of groups. She is currently a member of the National Service Committee for Charismatic Renewal (NSC).
As well as: Lloyd Gordon; Sr Moira Meeghan: Gerard Pomfret; Gary Stephens; Maria Tanton; Wellspring Team; Charles Whitehead.
- £40 - Adults
- £15 - Young adults 19-22 (In full-time education)
- £5 - Children/Young people (Under 19 in full-time education)
- FREE - Crèche (Below school-age must be supervised by parents)
All school age children/young people must have a designated fee-paying adult present at the conference.
Your fee includes a hot evening meal on Saturday.
Download and complete your form and return via email include your postcode with payment for easy reference.
Book by post
Complete your form and post with your payment by cheque payable to 'Celebrate North West'
Your place(s) confirmed when form is completed fully and payment is received.
Early booking advised, especially if you have children—the streams fill up quickly. 2016 conference was completely booked before the weekend and we unfortunately had to refuse admission to a number of people.
Children’s and Youth Streams
Our school age children and young people all join a ‘stream’ appropriate to their own age group.
- Crèche – A room near the main hall for parents with pre-school children (desk-top play materials and main hall video link). Kitchen and change facilities. (Children must be supervised by parents.)
- Fantastic Flames – Reception to Year 2 – led by Sion Community
- Fireworks – Years 3 to 6 – led by Sion Community
- Ignite – Years 7 to 9 – Led by Rachel Cortes and team
- On Fire – Years 10 to 13 – Led by Metanoia Project
Apart from the daily Celebration of the Eucharist (when the whole conference is together) the streams each follow their own programme led by DBS-checked adult leaders. Here the young people follow the same conference theme but in a way that will engage their different needs. Our young people are guided through an exploration of their faith in a way that brings them into closer relationship with one another and with God. To ensure correct safeguarding procedures are followed each stream has a limited number of places.
All school age children/young people must have a designated fee-paying adult present at the conference and any special needs must be declared when booking their places.
Creative Liturgy, Worship and Drama
Celebration of the Eucharist will take place each day of the conference involving our streams, priests and deacons. Our main celebrants this year will lead and guide us, enabling us to express our faith through vibrant and creative celebrations.
Our North-West Worship Team will be led by Tony Wadley from Gloucester. This year we welcome a team from RISE Theatre Company.
Quotes from past attendees
“I have so much to take away with me to help in the challenges of life but mostly in the witness of the Joy of the Gospel.”
“The children have been wonderful and really added a sparkle to the weekend.”
“Celebrate … such a wonderful, challenging and uplifting weekend.”
“I enjoyed the weekend and I found everyone really friendly.”