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.

The Nativity – a live play directed by HRYM Young Leaders – tells the story of the Nativity of Christ as given in the Gospels. It will be performed in the church on Tuesday 17th December at 5.30pm and in Holy Family on Friday 20th December at 7pm . Please come and support this event – and bring your friends!

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.


Flame 2019

A coach load of Young People and leaders left Swindon at 8.15 am on the morning of Saturday 2nd March, bound for Wembley Arena and Flame 2019. The day was a great experience, a mixture of great, lively music and inspirational speakers. All the talks are available to be listened to on the CYMFED website – www.cymfed.org.


Synergy Sports

The next Synergy Sports session is on Friday 29th November at 7pm.  These events are held at Playfootball which is on Techno Trading Estate, Kembrey Park. The address is 29 Bramble Road SN2 8HB. There is a small charge of £2 for the session – have a fun evening playing sports, joining in lively worship, and listening to a great speaker – take a friend along too!

Holy Hour

The next date for Holy Hour will be Thursday 28th November 2019 – please look out for information in the bulletin, on the noticeboard and on this website.

Confirmation 2019 Masses

Confirmation 2019 Masses were held on Thursday 4th July and Tuesday 9th July. Both evenings went well – the candidates all looked great and the atmosphere was definitely one of celebration!

The Confirmation Programme continues in September with two sessions, certificates and photographs being presented at the second session.

The Confirmation Calendar 2019 can be found here.

Diocesan Youth Forum

Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry is looking for Young People to join a Youth Ministry Forum. Being a member will enable you to have an input into the way Youth Ministry is shaped in our Diocese over the next few years, as we endeavour to put into practice some of what Pope Francis delivered to the church in the outcome of the recent Synod on Youth and Vocations (October 2018).  The commitment will be four meetings a year plus a weekend residential. If you think you might want to join the Youth Forum, representing Holy Rood Youth Ministry, please let HRYM team know either by email, in person, or by submitting your details via the link below.

Register your interest here 

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.

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. Enrolment for the next programme beginning in Autumn 2020 opens online on Wednesday 1st July – dates will be advertised in the Church Newsletter, on this website and on the Youth Ministry noticeboards.

Registration for the current programme has now closed and the programme is about to begin!

The Confirmation Calendar 2020 can be found here once the programme has begun.