Here at Animate, we have both a Leadership team and a Gap Year team, who work alongside each other for an academic year delivering School and Parish Day Retreats and Mission Days, as well as our School Mission Weeks.
The majority of our work is with High School pupils up to University, with the age range of 11 – 25, but we do get the occasional Primary School or Parish Group that would be interested in us working with them – which makes a nice change!
The work, over the course of a year, can be varied. Some years can have few School Mission Weeks, with lots of in house Day Retreats, or a 50/50 split between the two.
Not only does the Team work together, we also live together as a community at Lowe House in St. Helens.
As a Christian community, we begin and end each day with prayer in our very own chapel (which is quite nice, even if we do say so ourselves!) as well as the other communal treats such as cooking for up to 9 other people!
We also manage to find time to socialise together, either heading out to local places such as Manchester, Blackpool and Liverpool, or just going out for a meal instead of cooking and cleaning ourselves!