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...

Senior Youth Weekend Away 2019 - 1st-3rd March

The Senior Youth Weekend is 1st-3rd March. It's a weekend for our older Young People and basically anyone who comes to Shift, is part of a Youth Growth Group or who just comes along to St Mary's on Sundays is absolutely welcome. So that's roughly those in school years 10-13 (year 9s who come to Shift are welcome too and so are friends who don't regularly come to St Mary's things).

Cost: £60* for everything (transport, two nights' accommodation, food, activities).

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

Fun: We do all sorts of activities - we'll have some organised activities but also plenty of free time to just hang out and most likely a trip to the exciting sights of Chepstow.

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

Bible Teaching: This year Nick Ashton (a leader at Sparkford 3 and brilliant speaker) is going to lead our teaching. We'll sing and we'll pray. But it will all be done in an inclusive, fun and engaging way,

Got questions? Talk to , our Youth Minister.

Want to book? Click here

*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 speak to Simon.

All three Pathfinder groups get together and spend a weekend in Sussex. We do adventure activities, play games, swim, eat cake, watch a film, make friends and generally have a great time. We also spend plenty of time looking at the Bible in three teaching slots.

This is a time where really great friendships are formed between the Pathfinders across the different congregations. The Weekend Away is also designed to really be a time where they have that little bit of extra space to think about the own faith and it has been a really significant time of growth in some of the young people's lives. 

The Shift-Focus Weekend Away is basically a normal Shift Focus session, except it lasts all weekend! We leave on the Friday Night and drive to Gloucestershire where we stay in a nice converted barn and then we spend the rest of the weekend having a great time and hanging out with mates. There is plenty of freedom to whatever you want to do in terms of activities, whether that's riding the zip wire, racing around on the go karts or just sitting down with a big cup of tea for a chat. As well as all that we 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.

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.