Young People

First Steps is a programme for children from birth to 3 years old, or for young couples planning to become parents. The purpose of the course is to provide parents with the tools they need to reach their full potential as educators of their children, and to develop their very own personal and family plan. Details of the course are on the Family Development Foundation website. For further information please contact

Junior Church is a children’s liturgy that is provided during the 9.30 Sunday morning Mass in the Abbey Church. There are two classes: one for pre-school aged children and one for school-aged children. We sing some songs, have a simple Liturgy of the Word, encourage a discussion about what the children have heard and also have fun activities relating to the Gospel reading. These activities are suited to the different age groups. There is a team of 6 parishioners who take it in turns to teach the classes in creative and instructive ways. The classes are held during the school term and break up for the holidays.

The Junior Church would love to have your help. Would you like to be involved? If so please contact Rachel Davies or mobile 07801696354.

Teenagers are challenged in their faith by rival activities and by the transition they need to make from a child’s faith to an adult’s. Many young people fall away at this stage and don’t allow themselves the opportunity of discovering what faith can offer

Youth SVP is a Christian organisation for young people who want to put their faith into action and make a real difference in their local community. Volunteers meet people person to person and try to assist them in any way they can.

The Youth Service of the Arundel and Brighton Diocese has details of events for young people in and around the Diocese.

Step into the Gap is a unique opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas.

Sion Youth exists to spread hope amongst the whole Church by leading young people to Christ.

Youth 2000 seeks to draw young people into a personal relationship with Jesus, lived at the heart of the Catholic Church. It does this primarily through weekend prayer festivals.

Young Adults

If you are planning to take a year out before work or further study, you don’t always need to travel thousands of miles to find a worthwhile project where you can use your talents and serve in a Church-based environment. One World 365 provides opportunities for you to serve God and your neighbour and to deepen your faith.

Aged 18-30? Passionate about global justice? Want to put your faith into action? Step into the Gap is a unique opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas.

Jesuit Missions currently has placements all over the world working with some of the poorest and most marginalised communities. Over the summer there are youth placements (18-25s) which are fully fundeded in central America or southern Africa for 10 weeks. Longer and shorter placements are also available. Call Clara for more information on 020 8946 0466 or email