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September Cafe Refresh

September 3, 2017, 7:00pm - September 3, 2017, 3:00pm

We are back after our summer break for our September Cafe Church. Informal, engaging and open to all - we look forward to sharing God's word with you over great coffee and biscuits. 7pm for refreshmen...

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DACYM have two runners taking part in the Great North Run to raise funds for Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry. Caleb Stand is taking part in the Junior race on Saturday, 9th September and he i...

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What is Breathe?

A summer youth residential for young people ages 13-17 with a student stream for 18-21 year olds

A summer youth residential with a difference…

Run by Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry, in partnership with St Antony’s Priory, Durham and Dovedale House and endorsed by the Retreat Association. Breathe* is a Youth Retreat designed to help young people encounter God in a way that is new to them. What Breathe* offers to young people is deliberately different to the major summer youth festivals like Soul Survivor and New Wine. We are relationally focused and spiritual engagement is bespoke.

The Ethos…

The ethos behind Breathe* is to engage both body and soul. We provide the young people with space to rediscover some of the ancient Christian traditions of prayer and meditation, in relevant and contemporary ways. There is time set aside for prayer and reflection every morning and evening, with enough time in-between to allow for building lasting friendships. We seek to really provide the young people with the tools of quietude and contemplation, so they can take them home and practise them in their daily lives.

The Team…

Breathe* has been running since 2006 set up by Martin and Melanie Stand and Paul Northam. Martin and Melanie are youth workers for Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry and have over 40 years youth work experience between them! Paul is a Evangelisation Fieldworker for Birmingham Catholic Archdiocese and has a published Grove Booklet entitled ‘Timeless Approaches to Prayer’. Alongside them a team of dedicated volunteers from all walks of life serve for the week, each member bringing a different talent to the team. Together they aim to make Breathe* a memorable and enjoyable week for all the young people present.

Quietude and contemplation…

Breathe* is a direct response to the busy and hectic lives most young people lead. At Breathe* we encourage quietude and time to meditate on the peace of God. It is a youth retreat in the most basic of definitions; it provides space and time to really get away from all the strains and demands of the modern world. We can think of no better place to connect with the wonder of God than in the peaceful splendour of nature. Aside from the multitude of activities provided every year, there is an optional hike at the end of the week . Those who go use some of the meditative tools they have been taught over the course of the week and sit in silence atop a hill. This time is often one of the most powerful for the young people that attend, with all of them commenting on their experience.

Accommodation…

Held in the idyllic surroundings of Ilam, near Dovedale in the Peak District. Surrounded by rolling hills and the sound of a baaing sheep or two, for one week Breathe* descends upon Dovedale House to take up residence. The young people sleep in same sex dorm rooms of varying sizes, each bed is provided with bedding, and there are convenient toilet and shower facilities. Breathe* is a no camping residential! Dovedale house has a large garden at the back, complete with basketball hoop and football nets. There are two games rooms on site, providing air hockey and a pool table. There is also a small chapel on site that is open all day for the young people to make use of. Ilam Hall is a short walk from Dovedale House. With the gift shop and tea room often visited by the young people during their free time over the week.

Life long friendships…

Breathe* really allows time for friendships to develop over the week. Whether that be mountain biking as a team or eating together in the dining hall, the power of community is very much encouraged within the retreat. Because Breathe* is relatively small in comparison to other residentials, the members come to feel it is more of a family than a holiday camp. There are many ways group bonding is allowed for during the week, not least through the activities made available.

Celebration times…

Every morning and evening the whole camp congregates in the meeting room set aside for the occasion. During the morning the young people start the day with different meditative techniques, as well as high energy wake-up activities! The evening meeting is a time for reflection on the day that has happened, worship, the annual camp video vote and for guest speakers to talk. These times, aside from breakfast, lunch and dinner, are when all the young people and leaders are in the same room at the same time.

Small groups and journalling time…

Aside from the camp meetings, each young person is placed in a same sex small group at the beginning of the week.  These groups meet after every evening meeting to discuss some of the ideas and themes that may have arisen throughout the day/guest speaker’s message. This structure allows for greater depth of relational youth work, and for a safe place for all young people to voice opinions, thoughts and feelings. These small groups could be viewed as communities within a community. One strand of contemplative prayer that Breathe* provides is that of journalling. Members are provided with Breathe* journals at the beginning of the week and given time and space to write their inner most conversations with God. This is not a compulsory task, but we believe prayer can be experienced in a variety of ways and means and seek to enable the young people to meet God where they are.

It’s not all peace and quiet!

Breathe* spends some of it’s time on and off site partaking in some high adrenaline, loud, sometimes messy, FUN! Activities vary from year to year, but at one time or another members of Breathe* have hiked, mountain biked, abseiled, canoed, built rafts, played archery, climbed, visited caves, rode a rollercoaster or two, and done it all with a smile on their faces!

That’s not to mention the, ahem, shall we say, tamer? activities. For those with a more artistic view on life, there has been tye-dying, jewellery making, art journalling, pizza decorating, photography snapping, drama participating JOY!

 

Booking Info

How to book, where is it, when is it.... so many questions!

How much does Breathe cost?

The budgeted cost per person for Breathe is £320.00, however we are, this year, able to offer places at the significantly reduced fee of £175, but we do ask those who are able to donate more (up to the budgeted cost of £320) do so, in order for any bursary funding to be used prudently. For those on free school meals we may also be able to access some additional funds to further reduce the £175 fee. The fees can be spread over installments if necessary.

How can I book my place?

Download and return the booking form to the left.

General bookings open from 21st February and will be open on a first come first served basis. You can reserve your place by returning the booking form with a non-refundable deposit of £35.00 per person, or £15 per person (if eligible for free school meals) to Martin Stand, Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry, Room 11, Bondgate Methodist Church, Salt Yard, Darlington, DL3 7JJ.

How to get to Dovedale House (DE6 2AZ)

Dovedale House lies within the Peak District National Park and five miles north-west of Ashbourne.

Once you have found your way to Ilam, you will find on the village street a coach company ‘Warrington Coaches’ (the village has no shop, post office or public house, but it does have a coach company!?!). The entrance to Dovedale House is opposite Warrington Coaches) and to the left of the entrance to the National Trust property Ilam Hall and Park.

 

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What should I bring?

Download a full kit list below, you’ll need enough clothes for the duration, toiletries and some spending money. There’s some optional things you can bring such as a personal stereo and books… however things NOT to bring are Drugs, Alcohol, Large Stereos and Knives of any kind.

 

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  • To respect and co-operate with all those attending Breathe especially the leaders who in return will listen to your thoughts, ideas and opinions
  • To work with everyone as part of a team
  • To keep curfew times
  • To maintain a good standard of personal hygiene at all times
  • Not to develop friendships that exclude other people
  • Not to enter anyone’s bedroom that is not my own
  • Not to gossip about anyone in any circumstances
  • Not to bully anyone in any circumstances
  • Not to demonstrate aggressive behaviour in any circumstances
  • Not to go off on my own
  • Not to drink and/or take drugs whilst on the project. (if a legal smoker, smoking will only be permitted in the designated smoking place)

You will be expected to follow the code of conduct at all times, and sign a copy of it to that effect.

 

Code of Conduct

Dovedale House

Contact

Get in touch with any queries!

For further inquiries please contact Martin Stand on;

email: dacym@yfc.co.uk
tel: 07717 336 183
address: c/o DACYM, Room 11, Bondgate Methodist Church, Salt Yard, Darlington, DL3 7JJ

Or just use the form to the right!

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Testimonials

See what some of the past Breathe attendees have to say…

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God really met with me during Breathe after a pretty lengthy dry period. For quite some time I’d been simply praying that God would put me in a place where I seek him more and he did that during Breathe. I know this feeling won’t last forever, but I do hope I will put some changes and good habits in my life as a result of it’
Leader
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Breathe is unique (in good way). The communion service was amazing.
Young Person
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Sitting on a hillside with 14+ young people in silence – you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it!
Leader