Special Events

Senior Youth Weekend Away - 3rd-5th March 2023

SYWA is a weekend for our older Young People (those in school years 10-13) who come to Shift, are part of a Youth Growth Group or who come along to St Mary's on Sundays.

We will be spending the weekend at Oakwood Activities Centre in Wokingham.

Cost: £90* for two nights' accommodation, food and activities run by the centre.

What is it? Three days of fun, food and some great teaching from the Bible.

Fun: We do all sorts of activities - some energetic and noisy and others quiet and calm. There will also be free time to hang out as well as time for those who may need to do some homework or revision.

Food: Is very important. We always have plenty and it is amazing.

Bible teaching: We'll be studying part of Romans this time as well as singing and praying together.

Got questions? Talk to , our Youth Minister.

Want to book? Bookings closed

*We NEVER want money to be the reason people don't come. We have a fund so we are able to offer a reduced rate to anyone and everyone who needs it. If you'd like to apply for the reduced rate, please select that option when booking.

Our Junior Youth Weekend Away is for the youth who attend Pathfinders or X Focus. We spend a weekend at a beautiful site in Chepstow and have fun taking part in organised games and craft as well as free time to play some sporty or quiet games. We spend plenty of time looking at the Bible in three teaching slots where interuptions for questions are welcome.

imageIt is generally a full-on fun weekend where friendships are formed and the leaders get to spend quality time with the youngsters. The Weekend Away is also designed to be a time where the youth have that little bit of extra space to think about their own faith and we pray that it is a significant time of growth in the young people's lives. 


From summer camps to weekends away, we love going away together at St Mary’s! We Also enjoy a good social now and then so look below for details of forthcoming events...

SYWA is basically a normal Shift Focus session, except it lasts all weekend! We will leave on the Friday night and drive to Chepstow and then we spend the rest of the weekend having a great time and hanging out with mates. There is ample space both inside and outside to play games and do activities. and we will also spend time learning about God in our normal format of interactive talks from the Bible. We generally have a relaxed weekend, eating food, playing games and enjoying ourselves! Plus on the last night we normally end up having hot chocolate around the camp fire.image

Spend a week of your summer holiday with your mates, away from your parents. Do loads of great activities and, most importantly, learn loads about Jesus. Summer camps are great holidays and a highlight of the year! We have a number of camps which we actively support at St Mary's and they're all brilliant- so whatever age you are and whatever other commitments you might have during the summer hopefully there will be one that's right for you!

And if the word 'camp' is putting you off don't worry, they're not under canvas. They take place in boarding schools across the country so you'll have a proper bed and a roof over your head!

At St Mary's we want anything to stop people from going on camp if they want to go. As such we have fund available to allow this to happen. For more details about this or anything else related to Summer Camps, please do contact our youth worker.