DRY stands for Derry and Raphoe Youth, the youth department of the Church of Ireland diocese of Derry and Raphoe. Derry and Raphoe is one of 12 dioceses in the Church of Ireland and covers the North West of Ireland / Northern Ireland. There are 48 parishes in the diocese, and it stretches from west of the river Bann in Coleraine, right round the coast to Donegal Town in South Donegal, in towards Omagh and up to Castledawson.
DRY covers this whole area and aims to resource and support youth work through the DYO, training days and a programme of events for young people to get involved in.
ABOUT THE DYO
Martin Montgomery is the Diocesan youth Officer (DYO) for Derry and Raphoe, he graduated from his degree in youth and community work in 2005 and has been working in Anglican churches ever since. Brought up in Magheralin Parish in the diocese of Down and Dromore, he began his first steps in youth ministry by joining the CIYD year out team in Larne in 2001.
After this he began his studies with CYM in 2002 and upon completing his degree, he worked across 4 churches in Ipswich with a youth project until he left to move back home to Northern Ireland in 2007. He then spent 5 years working as youth pastor in Seapatrick Parish Church in Banbridge under Archdeacon John Scott. This post afforded him many opportunities to serve the parish, not least in preaching, leading services and visiting - this experience has left a lasting impression on him and gave him a valuable insight into the fullness, breadth and daily challenges of leadership in parish life. In December 2012 he graduated with and MSc in Inclusion and Diversity in Education through Queens University, Belfast.
ABOUT OUR STUDENT YOUTH WORKER
Eleanor McManus is from Christ Church, Limavady where she started on her path to youth work as a Sunday School leader at 13. She is well known to DRY having been on two teams to the Czech Republic and many diocesan youth events.
Her role with DRY will be to work alongside a different parish every year, as well as working in the diocesan office with the DYO. She is undertaking a three year degree with CYM (Same as Martin did) in Belfast, and she will graduate with a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology.
We are delighted to be investing in one of our young people for the benefit of the wider church and to the Glory of God.
THE DRY BOARD
REV DAVID MCBETH (CHAIR)
Rev David is rector of Clooney Parish in Londonderry and is a keen Gospel singer having released two albums already. He served his curacy in Glendermott before spending 4 years as rector of Dungiven & Bovevagh Parish.
REV RUTH WEST
Rev West is a native of Enniskillen so knows all about the west, which is just as well as she is as far west as you can go, seeing that she is the rector of Inver.
When asked what her favourite holiday location is, she says 'anywhere east!
Rev Ruth is the Derry and Raphoe rep on the CIYD Central Board
MARGARET BOYD (SECRETARY)
Margaret is a Diocesan Lay Reader which is basically like a minister without the collar. She has been involved in DRY since it began and keeps us on track, reminding us what works and what doesn't. Originally a teacher, Margaret displays a tremendous passion for youth work and the church which is the perfect mix to serve on DRY board!!
KENNETH WITHEROW (TREASURER)
Kenneth is from Raphoe diocese and has been involved with Derry and Raphoe for years. He is the treasurer for DRY and is also on Synod, so we're always on our best behavious when he is around!
Bill is our diocesan council representative and is a familiar face around Derry and Raphoe. He runs the very popular ARNOLDS HOTEL in Dunfanaghy which has been host to many memorable moments in the life of the diocese and in particular DRY.
Bill loves to see the youth of the diocese coming to his immaculate and beautiful hotel, at least that's what we keep telling ourselves!!
Andrea is a Limavady girl and is well known for either being exceptionally busy or fast asleep. She is very competitive, and recently took part in a light hearted fun day with the young people of DRY where she won 17 medals leaving the youth to go home empty handed (true story)...
Janette is from Kilteevogue (Killtea-Vuck) - we include proper prounciation in case you ever go and say it wrong. Rumour has it someone said it wrong once in 1983 and they haven't been seen since! Janette helps to run the badminton club, confirmation class and lots of other things in the parish. She is new on to board and hasn't a clue how she ended up here, or how to leave!
Rhonda is a native of Dunamanagh and is involved in lots of things in her parish. She is a long time supporter of youth work and says being elected onto DRY board is the proudest moment of her life. In the interests of honesty - we have to admit that last bit is completely made up.
Georgina is from Inver parish and also the president of the Girls Friendly Society. The GFS is a uniformed youth organisation in the diocese which is great fun to be a part of. Georgina says she comes onto the DRY board with a mission to introduce a compulsory uniform for all youth leaders in the diocese. We fear she must have caught a glimpse of Peter Thorogood in his shorts and dedicated her life to getting him to cover his legs. All the best Georgie!!