Animate: Introducing our new faces

'I want to grow and share my faith'

Another year has begun at Animate Youth Ministries and at the end of August we welcomed three new members to the community based here at Lowe House in St Helens. These three additions to the Gap Year team are Kate, from St Charles & St Thomas More, Liverpool; Izzy from St Oswald’s, Preston; and Luke from St James’ Parish, Bootle. Together they raise to nine the number of young adults living and working together in our community, and here they provide a brief introduction:

My favourite piece of scripture
: Proverbs 31:25, Psalm 139:14
An interesting fact about me: I am a twin.
Why I joined the Animate team: I want to work with young people and thought Animate provided the best opportunity to gain experience as well as inspire others to explore their faith, and strengthen my own.

My favourite piece of scripture
: Philippians 4:13
An interesting fact about me: I have sailed over 1,000 miles this year.
Why joined the Animate team: I decided it was time for a new challenge and after going to Lourdes this year, Animate seemed like the perfect option.

My favourite piece of scripture
: Jeremiah 29:11
An interesting fact about me: I have once performed with a Lollapalooza Festival act.
Why I joined the Animate team: I wanted to grow and share my faith in the Lord.

Of our other members, Molly and Ciara have returning to the Gap Year team for a second year and are looking forward to starting new projects, such as Alpha, as well as meeting new young people and seeing a few familiar faces from the school missions and retreat days undertaken last year.

New to the Leadership team this year, meanwhile, is Tom, who was a member of the Gap Year team last year. He will work alongside Father Simon Gore, director; Sarah, team leader; and Lauren, team co-ordinator, who are also returning. Please keep the team and the young people we will work with in your prayers as we begin this new year together.

Dates for the diary:
1 October
– Lourdes 2019 Youth Application forms available online at
2 October – Life and Soul: An evening of Praise and Worship and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at St John Stone, Southport, from 7-8pm.
13 November – Life and Soul at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Seaforth, from 7-8pm.
24 November – Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion training for young people. Open to Year 10 pupils upwards. Download application forms from
11 December - Life and Soul at St Joseph & St Lawrence, Kirkby, from 7-8pm.
16 December – Youth Alive Mass at St Oswald’s, Padgate Lane, Warrington WA1 3LB