Young Christian Workers

Young Christian Workers (YCW) is a national Christian youth organisation with
branches all over the country. We have our own branch based at Our Lady’s.ycw_logo

YCW meets regularly with adult companions
in an informal, relaxed setting. They catch up with other members on their news from the previous week and, using the famous method of ‘See, Judge, Act’,
they explore issues together, getting to grips with real situations
happening around them, reflecting on them in light of gospel values and
committing themselves to take action. Through this process of reflection and
action the YCW helps young people grow in confidence and responsibility, using their skills and talents to the full. They become ‘leaders’ in their own
lives and in the communities in which they live, making a positive contribution to

A small group meets regularly at Church and members are
enabled, in a fun way, to share issues that concern them, to reflect together in
faith and to commit to make a difference.

When does the group meet?

We get together every Friday evening in the Parish Resource
Centre from 7.30- 9pm.

Who can join?

The group at Our
Lady’s is for young people aged 13-18 and is particularly suitable for those
who have recently started the Confirmation Programme and now wish to explore
their faith further.


What sort of things do we do?

To date, the group has undertaken  a number of projects including:

  • Running together at
    the Race for Life at Crystal Palace to raise funds for Cancer Research (pictured above).

YCW Group with Andrew Pelling MP

  • Lobbying their MP at
    the House of Commons on the issue of youth poverty and getting him to sign a
    pledge to raise the issue with Government ministers (pictured right).
  • Organising the Church Toy Procession at Christmas, collecting and sorting the toys and taking them to the Croydon Refugee Centre where the gifts were gratefully received by refugee children at their Christmas party (pictured below).


Some members joined
in the WAVE climate change march in London (pictured right).

parliamentThe group has held a film
night for the parish and other YCW groups, using their projection and sound equipment to create a cinematic experience! They watched the environmental film by Al Gore – An Inconvenient Truth (pictured below).

The group travelled
together to the YCW National Convention in Leeds where they met other YCW and
Impact Groups and shared thoughts on key topics (pictured right).tide_is_rising


Some of our members
travelled to World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain.

And sometimes we
just sit, chat and eat chocolate!

Current projects
on the go include:

Designing and making a large mosaic for Our Lady’s
Golden Anniversary celebrations in 2014 (pictured below).
The mosaic will be erected permanently at the front of Church.taepstry

Would I have to come every week?

No! You can come as often as you like.  You can even come along and just try it
out if you wish.

How do I join?

Simply send an email to the Church Secretaries at
and they will pass on your details to the Adult Companions who will contact

For more information, visit the National YCW website:


Ian Dixie and Gill Slater
Adult Companions, Addiscombe YCW