Find out more about VAKS (Volunteer at Knock Shrine)
The Youth Ministry team in Knock seeks to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to make known the Good News of Christ more fully through worship, service and witness. They aim to give the young people who visit Knock Shrine a personal experience of Jesus through the Sacraments. They do this by celebrating the Sacraments, preaching the Gospel, and by giving witness to the living presence of Jesus in our world.
The Youth Ministry in the Shrine runs programmes throughout the year, School Retreats throughout the academic year and a Summer programme called The HUB from June-August.
Thousands of students have attended a school retreat here in Knock Shrine. The aim of the retreat is to bring young people to Knock and give them a positive experience of Knock, a powerful experience of God and enable them to realise the power the church and the Sacraments have to transform their lives.
All of our retreats are given in a laid back friendly environment helping the students to take that much needed ‘time out’ to explore their relationship with God.
We tailor each day to suit the needs of the teachers and students. Please see our brochure for more information on the school retreat day.
Summer time at Knock Youth Ministry
Throughout the Summer months we open a space called The HUB (hear, understand, believe) The Hub is a centre for all young people who visit Knock Shrine. In The HUB you will find a ‘kids club’ for children to learn more about their faith in a fun and interactive way. We also have a drop in centre and a prayer space for teens and young adults. Please see the brochure for more information.
Please see the calender below for a list of upcoming events.
If you are visiting the Shrine with a group of young people please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help you plan your trip.
Kids Club-‘The Ark’
Parents: Need some time to yourself? Why not drop your child to ‘the ark’ for an hour The Ark is the children’s area in Knock Shrine (Children over 5 years old) Whilst the kids are with us, they will have sessions on the ‘gospel of the day’, colouring, singing and loads of activities for children to have a fun and interactive hour. • Children must be over the age of 5 • Parents must fill out a form and leave contact details with the staff • Your child must be picked up one hour after you leave them • Numbers are limited so you may not get your child in at exactly the right time but a new group is admitted every hour so don’t worry they will get a chance to spend time with us.
Drop in Centre
Looking for a place to chill out? Why not call into the HUB for a tea or coffee? The drop in is a place for teens and young adults to come and relax. In the drop in you will find games, reading material, a place to chill out and have a cup of tea and coffee or a chat!
If you would like to organise a group retreat to Knock Shrine and would like help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We in the youth ministry will tailor make a retreat to suit your group’s needs.
Pilgrimages Are you planning your diocesan or orders pilgrimage to Knock Shrine? Why not invite the young people in your dioceses to join you. Each year thousands of pilgrims come to Knock Shrine on their annual pilgrimages. We want young people to feel a part of these pilgrimages and get involved in their annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine. Knock Youth Ministry will help you plan and organise a day for the young people you bring. We can provide workshops, organise a story and tour and a trip to Knock Museum. Please contact us to find out more.