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Fifth annual Connor Takes the Castle youth weekend

Young people and their leaders at the Connor Takes the Castle youth weekend in Castlewellan.
Young people and their leaders at the Connor Takes the Castle youth weekend in Castlewellan.

The fifth annual Connor Takes the Castle residential in Castlewellan brought young people and leaders from nine parishes in the diocese together for a fantastic weekend.

From arrival on Friday evening, September 7, until departure on Sunday lunchtime, the schedule was action packed, with late night walks around the lake, team sports, raving in the basement and the infamous Connor’s Got Talent competition.

James and Elise Turner from Church of the Resurrection led sessions, with Kate Peden from Space, Jordanstown, facilitating worship. Young people heard about faith and doubt, asking big questions and, if they are doubting God, what they can do to grow in their faith.

Salt Factory Sports were there for the Saturday afternoon to create space for young people to make friendships over team games as they battled it out in volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee and more.

Diocesan Youth Officer Christina Baillie said: “This weekend is fantastic for allowing young people and leaders from different parishes across the diocese to get to know one another, make connections and share their faith with others of the same age.

“Connor Youth Council puts together an incredible weekend with lots of activities as well as opportunities for discipleship for young people with the leaders they come with.”

Sporting activities in the grounds of Castlewellan Castle.
Sporting activities in the grounds of Castlewellan Castle.

Christina added: “It provides a great way to kick off the year and bonds groups so they are ready to head back to each parish enthusiastic and engaged.”

Contact Details

Contact Details

For further information please contact:

Mrs Karen Bushby

Diocesan Communications Officer, Connor
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street
Belfast
BT1 2QH
028 9082 8874
07766 103880
dco@connordiocese.org

www.connor.anglican.org