“See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19 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;
- Morning prayer;
- Prayer ministry;
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!
Download our information sheet.
Fr Paul Keane
Fr Paul is the Vice Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, and a priest of the Diocese of Brentwood. Born in London, he read history at university. He was an Associate Member of the Sion Community and is Chaplain to Joel’s Bar, the national young adult stream at Celebrate.
Rev Dr. Russ Parker was Director of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation (1995-2013). His contribution as Director was to teach, write, develop training materials and lead a dedicated staff of over 20 people. Russ was Acorn's International Ambassador, responsible for developing partnerships on listening and reconciliation in 12 nations.
Russ is now the Director of 2Restore: Healing Church Wounds which exists to help churches to resolve and heal their legacies of unhealed stories and their issues and move forward in a renewed ability to flourish as God intends.
Mary is a former high school teacher of German and French and comes from the Shrewsbury diocese. She is a Person Centred Counsellor and Head of Wellbeing at a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford for teenagers with mental health problems.
Mary spends some of her time giving voluntary counselling with adults in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. She has written articles and given talks locally. She led a workshop on scripture at Celebrate North West in 2015. Mary is married with one son.
- £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.
Book by email
To book using email and online bank transfer:
- Download the form below and return via email;
- Send your payment by bank transfer (details on booking form);
- Include your postcode for easy reference.
Book by post
To book by post:
- Download and print the form below;
- Complete your form and post with your payment by cheque. (Details on booking form);
- Cheque payable to CELEBRATE NORTH WEST.
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. Your place(s) will be confirmed when form is completed in full and payment is received.
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 (Play materials; main hall video link; kitchen and change facilities) Children must be supervised by parents.
- Fantastic Flames – Reception to Year 2 – led by Jon and Nora (Metanoia Project)
- Fireworks – Years 3 to 6 – led by Jools Wixted (Sion Community)
- Ignite – Years 7 to 9 – Led by Rachel Cortes (Salesians)
- On Fire – Years 10 to 13 – Led by Joe and Ruth (Metanoia Project)
The whole conference is together for the daily Celebration of the Eucharist. For most of the conference the streams each follow their own programmes 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.
We are always grateful to anyone who can spare time to help with the work of the conference. If you are interested in helping with: promoting/publicity; set-up or dismantling; first-aid; tea/coffee; sacristan; Eucharist minister; fund-raising etc. please contact the organisers.
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. Adoration will take place in the main hall and will also be available for the young streams in the chapel where there will be morning prayer before each morning session begins.
Our North-West Worship Team will be led by Tony Wadley from Gloucester.
We are very pleased to have mime artist Steve Murray back with us again this year.
Click here to download an A4 flyer to display on your parish noticeboard (or elsewhere).
Click here to download our poster to display on your parish noticeboard (or elsewhere).
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.”