We’re delighted to be running the SERVE young leaders’ course again and this year we’ll be hosted by Hillsborough Parish Church. The course begins on Tuesday 18 October and runs for nine weeks until Tuesday 6 December 2022. We start each week at 6.30pm.

Register now through Eventbrite at THIS LINK.

Raising up young leaders
Raising up young leaders
What is SERVE?

SERVE is a course for young people aged 15 – 18, designed to encourage and develop their unique leadership qualities while also helping them build firm foundations of faith.

Central to the course is the idea of servant leadership, of using who we are and the gifts that God has given us to serve Him and others, recognising that leadership takes many forms some of which we won’t expect!

Each session has four elements designed to build a sense of community and support, engagement with God and a deeper knowledge of who we are as people and leaders.

Communal Meal: Served at the start of each session

Spiritual Discipline: Time is given after the meal to practice an element of the disciplines.

Book Review: Participants will be expected to read a chapter of the selected book prior to each session, at which a young person will lead a discussion on the chapter.

Teaching and Discussion: This element allows the participants to explore spiritual, practical and personal aspects of Christian leadership through discussion and activities.

There are nine separate sessions which will run weekly at Hillsborough Parish Church from Tuesday 18 October – Tuesday 6 December 2022. Each session will last three hours from 6.30 – 9.30pm.


On the week beginning the 24 October there will be no SERVE, however that weekend we will be running our Kilbroney Weekend, 28 – 30 October, when we expect that SERVE course participants will be part of the leadership team.


The cost for the course is £90*, this includes a participants’ handbook, our meals together and the residential, as well as the graduation ceremony and certificate.

The Church of Ireland Youth Department has a Young Leaders Development Fund to which all participants can apply and which would cover some of the cost of the course.

For more information please email:

If the cost is prohibitive, please do get in touch, we do not want anyone to miss out on this opportunity. We would love for you to be involved!

*Payment made at the SERVE venue on night one.