Holy Rood Youth Ministry

Welcome to the Youth Ministry page at Holy Rood

We want everyone involved in Youth Ministry activities and sessions, groups and events to feel welcome, at home and safe. Holy Rood Youth Ministry Team members and helpers will be following diocesan safeguarding guidelines and we expect young people, supported by their parents/ carers to look at and follow our code of conduct. Parents / carers will also need to have completed a YM consent form which can be downloaded here. To find out who the Safeguarding Representatives are at Holy Rood, click here, or to find out more about the Clifton Diocese Safeguarding Policy, follow the links at the Diocesan Website here.


The Holy Rood Youth Ministry Team is keen to provide a varied programme of events, some regular and others one-off. If you have a suggestion for an event, please speak to a member of the team or contact us and we will be happy to discuss it.

Born for This 2020 – HRYM are once again putting on Born for This, with the help of Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry, on Friday 3rd April 2020. If you would like to be involved, please contact us! See below for information of last year’s event!

HRYM Newsletter

The fourth edition of the HRYM newsletter has arrived!  Click below or look out for copies in the church porch.

Have a look at previous editions by clicking the relevant link below.

Edition 1

Edition 2

Edition 3

Clifton Youth Ministry

Holy Rood Youth Ministry is part of the wider Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry – click here for the Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry website pages to keep informed of what is going on throughout our area. You will find here other opportunities for attending summer camps too!

If you are interested in finding out about Youth Ministry across the country, try checking out the following websites:




We are always looking to recruit and train suitable new helpers. Could you be a helper? We are looking for more people for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. As a volunteer you will receive support from your team and via regular, monthly team building and training days. Do get in touch with us via the parish office or by email if you’d like to know more: hrym.swindon@cliftondiocese.com and / or download an application form below: You will be asked to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check if you join our Youth Ministry Team.


The Nativity

The Nativity –  live play re-telling the Gospel story of the Annunciation and Incarnation of our Lord – was performed last Advent at Holy Rood Church and at Holy Family. The events both went extremely well and were well supported, and over £500 was raised for two charities chosen by the Young Leaders: Wiltshire Treehouse and Achieve Africa. Roll on next Advent!


World Youth Day – July / August 2022

World Youth Day is the largest gathering of Catholic Youth in the world and the next one is in the summer of 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. Interested Young People should notify us as soon as possible, since fundraising events pay for the costs involved in the trip. HRYM will support any Young Person wishing to attend WYD 2022, by assisting with fundraising activities and possibly a small bursary. Please speak to Ruth Barrett, HRYM Support and Development Officer, for more details and to register your interest.

Holy Hour

The next date for Holy Hour will be Thursday 30th January 2020 – please look out for information in the bulletin, on the noticeboard and on this website.

Synergy Sports

The next Synergy Sports session is on Friday 24th January at 7.15pm.  These events are held at Playfootball which is on Techno Trading Estate, Kembrey Park. The address is 29 Bramble Road SN2 8HB. 


Once a term, Swindon Youth for Christ (SYFC) put on a sports evening open to all secondary school age children across Swindon. The event is designed to give Youth Groups a chance to meet up with other Youth Groups from different churches, while providing a safe space for fun, sports and live worship. Each event is £2 to attend and all Young People must have a consent form signed by an adult on their first visit. If you would like to find out more, contact HRYM for details.

Born for This

Born for This is a wonderfully moving adaptation of Christ’s Passion in music and drama. HRYM and the Goan Chaplaincy put on a performance of Born for This on Friday 12th April, in place of the usual Stations of the Cross Liturgy. We started at 9.30am that morning and worked hard all day learning the songs and creating the moving drama to accompany them. By 7pm we were ready – it was a great evening and the production was well received by a full church!

STOP PRESS! Born for This date for 2020 has been set – Friday 3rd April – mark the date in your diary today!

Confirmation Programme

Confirmation at Holy Rood is constantly evolving – we aim to make the programme fun and relevant to Young People, so we use modern material and a small group format. Each session consists of games, group activities, DVD input and discussions in small groups. Enrolment on the programme is over a period of a few weeks once a year, preferably online. Registration dates will be advertised in the Church Newsletter, on this website and on the Youth Ministry noticeboards. Registration for the current 2020 programme has now closed and the programme is about to begin!

The Confirmation Calendar 2020 can be found here.