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30 and still fantastic
16th March 2017  by Malcolm Kingston

Summer Madness, 30 years going and still fantastic! June 30th of this year will mark the beginning of the 30th annual Summer Madness Festival. For those of you who are not sure what Summer Madness is, it is an annual event running over five days involving a Big Top, tents, worship, talks, workshops, live music, […]

Upcoming events
28th January 2017

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ADYC Weekend info
1st October 2016  by Malcolm Kingston

Dear Colleagues, Please find attached information concerning the Diocesan Youth Weekend in November. This is always a great weekend for your people from our Diocese of Secondary School age.  We really do hope that your young people will be able to join us.  They will certainly enjoy it! Should you have any queries, please feel […]

Hello from Gareth!
16th June 2015  by Gareth Campbell

This March I was to be blessed to be offered two employment opportunities, a full time job with regular hours and close to home or a part time job with fluctuating hours and lots of travelling. When I thought about it long enough it was never a contest really! I could barely contain my excitement […]

FORGE Intern/Leadership Development Programme
4th June 2015

We are really excited to let you know about a new Intern/Leadership Development programme called FORGE that CIYD will be running from September in partnership with MVI Youth Works in Monkstown. The programme is for those who are 18-25 from in and around the Church of Ireland, north and south. As well as experiencing top-class […]

Easter Dawn Service photos
4th June 2015
The Ideal Church Service
16th February 2015  by Malcolm Kingston

If you could design a Church Service, what might you include? You might include an organ, a worship band, or no singing at all! You might have a restriction on the sermon time. You might use powerpoint, sheets or books. You might have it late in the morning so that everyone can enjoy a lie […]

On and Off Line
24th December 2014  by Malcolm Kingston

I wonder if you received a new phone, iPad or laptop this Christmas to enable you to communicate with people in a virtual way? There is no doubt that social media has changed how we communicate with people we know and even those that we don’t know so well. Social media has amazing benefits of […]

Keeping Focused
25th October 2014  by Malcolm Kingston

Earlier this year, I took our two young sons to their first Ulster Rugby Match at Ravenhill. They really loved it, though I am convinced that our youngest son was much more interested in seeing what Sparky (the team mascot) was up to, than the men in white! Many years ago, when I put on […]

Your FREE Youth and Children’s Games App for Smartphones
2nd September 2014

There’s no catch and no strings attached! It’s just a free Games App. If you have ever been a leader with a group of children or young people, or even needed a few games to play with a group of friends or a family gathering then this App is an essential download. It contains over […]

Is Religious Education important?
17th August 2014  by Malcolm Kingston

The question above, I know, is a controversial one! Well, you will not be surprised at my answer – an emphatic ‘Yes’, although I am not sure if I always thought so! It is easy to think that time in school would be better spent on subjects like English, Maths, History, Science, Languages, IT or […]

2014/15 Programme
16th August 2014

Just in case some of you are wondering what will be happening during the year ahead, here is our programme so far! Some details yet to finalise, so more info. coming along very soon! Would love to see you at our events. ADYC PROGRAMME : Focal Point Sunday, 28th September (7pm) : Tartaraghan Parish Sports […]

Reality Check
24th June 2014  by Malcolm Kingston

A World Cup in Brazil. What better country could there be to host the most prized of footballing competitions? The home of greats such as Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Juninho, the legendary Maracanã Stadium, as well as probably the most passionate fans in the world. If ever there was a country that loves football […]

ADYC AGM
24th March 2014

To all clergy and youth leaders: ADYC wish to invite you to our AGM on Monday 12th May at 8pm in Drumcree Parish Hall, including supper! Everyone is most welcome. This year at our AGM we will be receiving nominations for election to membership of our organising Committee. If you, or someone you know from […]

Good Advice
18th March 2014  by Malcolm Kingston

‘You become the company that you keep’ is a piece of advice that I received as a young man.  Back then receiving advice from my elders wasn’t always welcomed!  If I am honest, there were times when I even reacted against the advice given in order to prove the relevant person wrong.  Sadly, frequently the […]

Game Changer
14th January 2014  by Malcolm Kingston

Every so often, the business world in particular, creates terms that we know of as ‘buzz words’, which are popular for a while, but like text language terms, become old fashioned and are soon forgotten. Buzz words that are either loved or loathed from recent years include : ‘solution’, ‘think outside the box’, ‘touch base’, […]

Girlguiding Ulster Petition
17th October 2013

Girlguiding Ulster: To reinstate the old Promise and include an alternative Promise for those that don’t want to make a Promise to God. Girlguiding UK have introduced a new Promise to Northern Ireland replacing the words ‘To love my God’ with ‘To be true to myself and develop my beliefs’. This new Promise was announced […]

Weekend & Theme info
28th September 2013  by Malcolm Kingston

[Editor’s note: the PDF of this letter, plus weekend booking form and additional information, can be downloaded here: 2013 Weekend 2 Info (right click on link to download)] Dear Rector / Youth Leader, I hope this letter finds you well. As you can see we begin with a fun filled evening on September 29th in Killyman. It […]

Something to Share
18th September 2013  by Malcolm Kingston

This summer, were you able to find your name on a Coca Cola bottle? What a great idea the  Share a Coke marketing strategy was! I fear that I took it a bit too far and was one of those really annoying people for shop owners, who fumbled through the bottles, messing up displays, […]

Message Received
17th August 2012

  How many messages do you send and receive through your mobile phones every day? As someone who can only text with only one finger, I bet your word rate is much greater than mine! Whether by Text, Email, BBM, Facebook or Twitter, messages are zooming in and out of our handsets at phenomenal speeds. […]

ADYC Programme 2012/13
15th August 2012

Saturday, September 22nd (7pm): LOL  The Mall and St Mark’s Crozier Hall, Armagh : Games, BBQ and Epilogue   Sunday, November 25th (7pm) : BRB (with an Advent theme) Mullabrack Parish Hall   Sunday, January 20th (7pm) : ❤❤❤  (an event featuring Love for Life) Newmills Parish Hall   Sunday, March 3rd (7pm) : YOLO? Sixmilecross Parish Hall   Sunday, […]

Christ Has Risen! Alleluia!
8th April 2012
Good Friday
6th April 2012
Support for the 27 Million Campaign
2nd March 2012
Easter Dawn Service
22nd February 2012
That's My King!
21st February 2012
Retooning the Nativity
19th December 2011
PREPARE
7th December 2011

On Sunday night (27th November 2011) the ADYC held a night called ‘PREPARE’ at Derryloran Parish Hall in Cookstown. St. Mark’s (Portadown) Youth and Family Worker Lynne Lockhart, who I just recently met, spoke at the event, and had this to say on ‘PREPARE’. Everyday in life we have to prepare for things. Sometimes in […]

Weekend Info
7th December 2011

Friday, 16th to Sunday, 18th March : ʻPromiseʼ Weekend at the Cleenish Centre, Bellanaleck, Co. Fermanagh. Speaker : Revʼd James Boyd (Rector of Dromore Parish, Co. Tyrone). Booking form and info in the PDF (just click the link below!) 2012 Weekend Info 1

Quote
29th November 2011

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. – Douglas Adams

Bags of Potential
19th September 2011

To be or not to be; that is the question. – William Shakespeare (Hamlet) So here we are again, at the start of so many seasons. The Start of Autumn, obvious by the changing leaves, the start of a new school season, obvious by groaning school kids, and the start of a new ADYC Season! […]

Quote
7th September 2011

Anyone who thinks that sunshine is pure happiness, has never danced in the rain.

ADYC 'Pressing On' Programme 2011/12
16th August 2011

Sat 24th Sept (7pm) Potential – St Mark’s Armagh, Crozier Hall Games on the Mall, followed by a BBQ Speaker : Jonny McLoughlin (Curate Assistant, St Mark’s Armagh) Sun 27th Nov (7pm) Prepare – Derryloran Parish (Cookstown), Church Hall Worship : Ten38 Band Speaker : Lynne Lockhart (Youth and Family Worker, St Mark’s Portadown) Sun […]

1 Corinthians 3:7
27th July 2011

It’s not important who does the planting or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

Midweek Quote
20th July 2011

The next time you admire the wonderful thinks God has made, remember, you’re one of the them. You’re wonderful inside and out. You’re lovely.

Midweek Quote: Isaiah 1:7
6th July 2011

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.[a] Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. – Isaiah 1:7

Midweek(ish) Quote
1st July 2011

Love who loves you, because they feed your love. Love who hates you, because they need your love

2011/12 Programme
24th June 2011

We are happy to announce the title of our 2011/12 programme…”pressing on!” We have no further details as yet (although at a guess, it’s got something to do with phillipians 3v14!), but when we have event details firmed up you’ll be first to know! The ADYC Events Team x

Phillipians 3 v14
22nd June 2011

I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus

Midweek Quote
15th June 2011

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16 & 17

Jeremiah 17: 7-8
8th June 2011
Midweek Quote
8th June 2011

Do small things with great love.

Midweek Quote
1st June 2011

When you start to doubt if you exist God believes in you Confounded by the evidence God believes in you When your light burns so dim When your chances seem so slim And you swear you don’t believe in Him God believes in you – Jill Phillips

Midweek Quote
25th May 2011

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words” – St. Francis of Assisi

Midweek Quote
18th May 2011

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Midweek Quote
11th May 2011

“We live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

Midweek Quote
4th May 2011

“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?” – Martin Luther King

Youth Leader Training Taster Evenings
3rd May 2011

The leaflet above really says it all, but click on the link below if you need a PDF copy! 🙂 Taster Evenings 2

Midweek Quote
27th April 2011

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

'See what a Morning!'
24th April 2011

“Christ is risen!” proclaimed the Archbishop at 6.00am this morning, to open the Annual ‘Dawn Service’ at the Argory. It seems the crowd gets ever bigger, and this year was no exception with us running out of service sheets! Thankfully everyone there was more than happy to share. Worship was once again led by the […]

Dawn Service
22nd April 2011

Just a friendly reminder, on this Good Friday that the annual Dawn Service will be held as usual at ‘The Argory’ (directions here), and will start at 6.00am (yep, that early!). As always, Archbishop Alan Harper will be the Celebrant of Holy Communion and Speaker, and the Mark Ferguson Band will take worship – and […]

"Quote"
20th April 2011

“Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together” – Vincent Van Gogh

OCN Youth Work Training Course
20th April 2011

Some exciting news is that, in cooperation with the Church of Ireland Youth Dept., we are currently seeking to provide the availability of the OCN Youth Work Training Course for Volunteer Leaders in Armagh Diocese during the 2011/12 year.  This course will be of immense benefit to volunteer youth leaders in our churches and on […]