Welcome to Animate 2017/18

By Father Simon Gore

Each autumn Animate Youth Ministries welcomes new gap year team members. Read on as the four new faces for 2017/18 make their introductions:

My name is: Molly
From: St Wilfrid's parish, Widnes
Favourite piece of scripture: John 15:12-13 – "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." This is my favourite piece of scripture as it teaches a good life lesson which I like to remember in my day-to-day life: that you should always treat others with love and respect.
An interesting fact about me: I have been performing in theatre shows with my local theatre company since I was ten, and have done around 20 shows since I joined.
I joined the Animate team because: I saw the team in 2012 when they came into my high school to do a mission week and I thoroughly enjoyed myself; it inspired me to apply for the job once I had finished my studies.

My name is: Jacob
From: St Dunstan's parish, Woking, Surrey in the diocese of Arundel and Brighton
Favourite piece of scripture: John 16:33 – "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
An interesting fact about me: I know every word of the New Zealand rugby haka in Maori.
I joined the Animate team because: I have seen that young people do care about their own faith – not the faith their parents may have instilled in them as youngsters, but developing and thinking about their own spirituality. I want to help young people's Catholic faith grow and hopefully be a role model in positively promoting the Catholic Church.

My name is: Ciara
From: St Mary and St John's parish, Wigan
Favourite piece of scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:10 – "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
An interesting fact about me: I play bass guitar in an indie punk band.
I joined the Animate team because: The Animate team has helped me take an active interest in discovering my own faith and I hope I can encourage other young people to do the same.

My name is: Tom
From: St Albert's parish, Knowsley
Favourite piece of scripture: Psalm 23
An interesting fact about me: I can quote Star Wars verbatim.
I joined the Animate team because: I like being part of a team.

Please keep the Animate team in your prayers as they begin their work across the Archdiocese and beyond.

Dates for the diary:
10 October – Romero: The Play
Starts 7.30pm at St Wilfred's pastoral centre, Mayfield Avenue, Widnes, WA8 8PR
Tickets available from Animate Youth Ministries: 01744 740 461 or admin@animateyouth.co.uk – price £7.50 or £5 for year 11 and under. For more information, go to www.animateyouth.org.
7 November  Lourdes Application Forms
Lourdes 2018 application forms will be available at 9am on 7 November from the downloads page on www.animateyouth.org.