Youthscape is holding the next National Youth Ministry Weekend in November 2021 – it's going to be the biggest and best yet ... and you're invited! It's a weekend of inspiration, practical resources, worship and, best of all, meeting people just like you who are passionate about work with young people. And after months of lockdown and connecting remotely, we're planning for NYMW 2021 to be in person!
First, Love: Getting back to the heart of youth ministry
Why do we do what we do? What is youth ministry really all about? This year at the National Youth Ministry Weekend, we're going to explore some of the most fundamental questions in Christian youth work at what is undoubtedly a critical moment for the church, and for our world as a whole.
As we emerge from this historic period of pandemic, we want to get to the very heart of why ministry with young people is so vitally important. For so many of us, serving God through youth work is our first love - the great passion of our lives. So as we begin to look ahead, to pioneering our way through a forever-changed world, the NYMW presents a rare and precious opportunity to gather and seek God together with others who share our calling.
We can't promise easy answers, but we can guarantee big and important conversations. And whatever new visions and dreams might come from listening to the Spirit of God, we can be certain that we will again be called back to the great commandments and teaching of Jesus. New ideas have their place, but God calls us to first, love.
SO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT NYMW 2021?
Well, for starters, we will draw together more than 50 brilliant speakers, worship leaders and entertainers from across the world to inspire you.
You’ll join more than 1,000 other youth workers in our main sessions and have a huge choice of seminars and events that range from deep theological teaching to practical equipping.
You'll have space to relax, get away from the everyday pressures and have a weekend to recharge your spiritual and physical self.
You’ll also have the chance to meet and talk with others who are facing the same challenges whether you’re working in a rural or urban setting, with a small or large youth group, or working in a particular context like school or mental health services. The weekend is put together and organised by youth workers just like you, so we understand what you need.
- International speakers leading in their fields
- Time away as a team to refresh and reconnect
- Encouragement and time out with other youth workers
- Fresh ideas you can implement straight away
- Engaging for volunteers, stretching for experienced practitioners
- Inspiring worship and Bible teaching
INNOVATION and new ideas are vital to your work with young people. That's why every NYMW you'll get three brand new major resources to take home for free - worth up to £100.
With so much changing in our world, youth ministry needs to tackle new issues in different ways. The new resources at NYMW do just that. Developed using the Youthscape innovation process, they're designed to help you make a difference when you get back home.
NYMW innovations in past years have included a diary planner for youth workers, a new mental wellbeing programme for boys, and a fresh, collaborative approach to Bible study & discipleship.
WHERE'S IT HAPPENING? The 2021 National Youth Ministry Weekend is taking place at Resorts World in Birmingham. This amazing £150 million development has stunning conference facilities alongside restaurants, coffee shops, health spa, an 11-screen IMAX cinema, shopping and onsite hotels! You can watch a movie, go for a long walk, have a meal with your team or even have a swim! We think we’ve found the perfect place for you and your team to get refreshed and have fun as well as enjoying the NYMW programme. Located right by the M42, Birmingham International Airport and railway station and with free parking for delegates, there’s also a huge range of low cost hotels and B&B’s nearby.
HOW TO BOOK? Bookings for the few remaining tickets are now open. Demand is likely to be very high as the NYMW sells out well in advance every year. Ticket holders for the cancelled NYMW 2020 have had their tickets transferred automatically to 2021 unless you opted for a refund.
The NYMW programme
Frequently asked questions
What’s covered in the ticket cost?
The ticket covers access to all of the sessions across the weekend event, plus three brand new major resources to take home (worth up to £100!).
Is accommodation included/where can I stay?
You’ll need to arrange your own accommodation, but there are a huge number of hotels close to the venue plus some further out that are a little cheaper. If you know anyone who lives nearby, it might be worth seeing if you can stay with them to save some money!
Is food provided?
The NYMW is taking place at The Vox which is part of Resorts World Birmingham which hosts a huge variety of places for you to grab food and drink from. You can find the full list here.
Are there day tickets/are you live streaming the event?
We aren't able to offer day tickets and won’t be live streaming NYMW. We'll be recording all of the content which will be available to purchase afterwards – which might be an option if you're not able to join us in person at the event!
What about Covid?
We are also being very careful with regards to COVID safety. On arrival at the Vox every person will be required to demonstrate their COVID safety to attend the event. This can be done in a number of ways:
- Proof of being vaccinated (two doses). This has to either be a note from a doctor or through the NHS app.
- A negative LFT or PCR test within 48 hours of arriving at the venue. Note that anyone using this method will need to be retested on Sunday morning.
- A positive COVID test from within 180 days but outside 14 days proving that you have the COVID antibodies.
The venue team are also going to great lengths to ensure COVID safety during the event, including increased cleaning and ventilation of the building.
Masks will not be mandatory at the event but we absolutely support anyone, team or guest, who would prefer to wear one.
How does parking work?
When you arrive at the car park you'll be given a ticket. Bring your ticket with you to the venue, where you'll be able to validate it so that your parking is free. You can do that for each day of that you park there.
Can I get a discount on the price of the ticket?
Unfortunately we're not able to offer discounts on our ticket prices. We always offer early-bird tickets at a reduced price just after the event every year, so we feel it would be unfair to those who were encouraged to get tickets early. Don’t worry though you’ll definitely get your money’s worth as your ticket covers access to all of the sessions across the weekend, plus three brand new major resources to take home.
The Vox Conference Centre is part of the amazing Resorts World complex in Birmingham. By car, it's just off the M42 with free parking for NYMW delegates. Birmingham Airport and railway station are just a few minutes walk away. NYMW is working to reduce the carbon footprint of the event and we encourage you to use public transport where possible and consider sharing travel if you come by car.