Youth Challenge is the youth ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Ireland®

We have three main aims

  1. To help young people come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.

  2. To encourage young Christians to live for the Lord.

  3. To provide opportunities to serve the Lord, especially among children.

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Things are under review

You may have noticed that there haven’t been many blogs lately.  Well, the Youth Challenge website is under review at the minute.  Hopefully when it’s all finished things will be looking really good, with plenty of information for you on what’s happening in Youth Challenge.  So keep watching!!
Don’t forget about the Easter Conference coming up. [...]


About Us

Background to Youth Challenge

As the work of Child Evangelism Fellowship became established in Ireland in the 1960’s and 1970’s, it became clear that something needed to be done to retain contact with young people after they became too old for the children’s activities.

CEF leadership also recognised the potential of training young people for the work of reaching children with the Gospel.

During these years the youth work of CEF in Ireland was on an informal basis. Then in the late 1970’s the young people’s work took on the name of “Youth Challenge”. The work grew rapidly during the 1980’s under the leadership of David & Ruth Irwin, with Junior and Senior Youth Challenge groups being set up throughout Ireland and a full camp programme being established.

The Team

Colin webColin Hylands became Youth Challenge Team leader in November 2011.  He’d been involved in the work of CEF as a volunteer and committee member for many years.  He is married to Victoria and they have two children, Nathan and Kezia.

marcus-webMarcus Somerville joined the team in 2008.  He is based in the Mourne and Lagan Valley areas, and he’s involved in schools work and in making contacts with churches in the areas.

Heather webThe third member of the team is Heather Meenagh.  Heather hails from Dungiven and after being a volunteer with CEF, took a gap year with the mission and felt the Lord leading her into full-time service.  She will be based in the North East and North West Ulster areas.

The Youth Challenge team now look after the full range of Youth Challenge activities in Ireland. Get in touch via the Contact page.


Want to serve?

We can provide opportunities for short term Christian service among children and young people. We also offer a Gap Year programme. Click here for more details

How we can help you

The CEF Youth Challenge team are available to speak at your Youth Fellowship, youth service or weekend.

We also take school assemblies and SU groups, organise youth outreaches and provide training for youth leaders. Contact us if you feel we could help you.

Upcoming events

CEF Annual Easter Conference 2015

Friday 3rd to Tuesday 7th April, with the meetings in Portrush Presbyterian Church.  Why not come long and join us?  There’s a Young People’s Houseparty (aged 16+) and one for Young Adults (aged 20+) too.  You’ll find all the details on “Camps – Easter Conference” page.


If you can’t come for the whole time, why not come up on Sunday evening and join us for a special “Meltdown Youth Night” in Portrush Town Hall at 8.00pm?  It will be a great night with Amber Hillen leading the worship.

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