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Diocesan Summer Camps

The Living Your Faith camps happen annually at The Marist Centre in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire and cater for the young people of Clifton Diocese. They are held over two weeks during August: the first week for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). The weeks are really aimed at Catholic young people but, should they be interested, people of no faith or any faith are welcome to attend.

In recent years, there have been quiz nights, craft activities, woodland walks and messy games night included amongst other fun-filled activities. Each week, a day out to Stroud (younger week) or Swindon (older week) is enjoyed by all, mainly due to the swimming, the bowling and the coach trip.

The weeks are underpinned by a sharing and living of our Christian Faith. We are treated to input by our cheerful chaplain everyday, followed by small group sharing and Mass. The young people are encouraged to contribute and actively participate in different areas of the Mass (Penitential Rite, Bidding Prayers, Offertory, Thanksgiving, Music). Young people respond well to this invitation to think a little deeper about their faith and why we do what we do during Mass.

Each year the children and young people leave after our final Mass full of life, full of confidence for who they are and what their faith means to them. Living Your Faith means so many things, and to live it is a challenge we enjoy and fully participate in during the weeks at Nympsfield.

Foud out more about the Summer Camps here

Report from the 2017 Summer Camp:

The Living Your Faith camps are held annually at The Marist Centre in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire (maristretreatcentre.co.uk) and cater for the young people of Clifton Diocese.They are held over two weeks during August when the first week is for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). The weeks are aimed at Catholic young people within the Clifton Diocese but people of no faith or any faith are welcome to attend.

In recent years, there have been quiz nights, craft activities, woodland walks and messy games night included amongst other fun-filled activities. Each week, a day out to Stroud (younger week) or Swindon (older week) is enjoyed by all, mainly due to the swimming, the bowling and the coach trip.

The weeks are underpinned by a sharing and living of our Christian Faith. The young people are treated to input by their cheerful chaplain Fr Tom Finnegan everyday, followed by small group sharing and Mass.

Each year the children and young people leave after our final Mass full of life, full of confidence for who they are and what their faith means to them. Living Your Faith means so many things, and to live it is a challenge we enjoy and fully participate in during the weeks at Nympsfield.

Phil Gibbons popped up to Nympsfield to see for himself what was happening in the first week. You can hear the podcast below:

Report from the 2016 Summer Camp:

The Living Your Faith camps are held annually at The Marist Centre in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire (maristretreatcentre.co.uk) and cater for the young people of Clifton Diocese. They are held over two weeks during August and are in-part funded by the Catenians, the CREW Trust, Union of Catholic Mothers, Catholic Women’s League, St Bede’s Catholic College and some of the parishes. The first week is for 7-11 year olds (Years 3 to 6) and the second week for 12-16 year olds (Years 7 to 11). The weeks are aimed at Catholic young people within the Clifton Diocese but people of no faith or any faith are welcome to attend. In recent years, there have been quiz nights, craft activities, woodland walks and messy games night included amongst other fun-filled activities. Each week, a day out to Stroud (younger week) or Swindon (older week) is enjoyed by all, mainly due to the swimming, the bowling and the coach trip. The weeks are underpinned by a sharing and living of our Christian Faith. We are treated to input by our cheerful chaplain everyday, followed by small group sharing and Mass. The young people are encouraged to contribute and actively participate in different areas of the Mass (Penitential Rite, Bidding Prayers, Offertory, Thanksgiving, Music). Young people respond well to this invitation to think a little deeper about their faith and why we do what we do during Mass. Each year the children and young people leave after our final Mass full of life, full of confidence for who they are and what their faith means to them. Living Your Faith means so many things, and to live it is a challenge we enjoy and fully participate in during the weeks at Nympsfield.   Phil Gibbons popped up to Nympsfield to see for himself what was happening. You can hear the podcast below:                      

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