In 2001, Bishop (now Archbishop) Kevin McDonald commissioned Avril Baigent to write a report and recommendations for the future provision of youth ministry across the diocese. The result was the acclaimed ‘Y-Church’ report and under the guidance of Avril and Deacon Jim Griffin, NYMO, the Northampton Youth Ministry Office, was born.
Youth ministry did exist prior to NYMO with several priests from across the diocese fulfilling the role of Youth Ministry Chaplain.
Over the coming months and years NYMO grew as the demand for youth ministry support increased. A local youth mission team was created in the town of Northampton, called the ‘Ezekiel Project’. This team worked with the parishes and schools across the town. Unfortunately, the ‘Ezekiel Project’ was closed in 2007.
By this time Deacon Jim had moved to Scotland and Charles Whitehead had replaced him as Chairman of NYMO.
One of the projects that began in the early 2000’s was ‘Velocity’. ‘Velocity’ went onto be named ‘Lumos’ and is now called ‘LUX’. On that first residential weekend, 16 young people gathered in Northampton and over the years the numbers have grown steadily and today almost 100 young people aged 11-18 join a team of volunteers in their early twenties and the NYMO team for an amazing weekend.
Avril left NYMO in 2011 to be replaced by Neil Roseman as Director of Youth Ministry. IN 2012, NYMO moved from their original offices in Princes Risborough to share office space with NORES, the education team in Luton.
Today NYMO are busier than ever with a strong online presence as well as supporting parish youth ministry, youth leader training, lux weekends, young leadership courses, Lourdes pilgrimages, Summer Camps, Lux teachings, Hints and Tips online newsletter, small cell group support and leadership, Blaze confirmation retreats, school retreats and lunchtime sessions.