Closing date for 2019/20 applications is Friday 16th August 2019.



The Belfrey is the York Training Centre for the New Wine Discipleship Year. We invite 18- to 24-year olds to spend ten months growing as disciples of Jesus through an immersive time of teaching, community and hands-on experience

Go deeper in your relationship with Jesus, and learn to stand in your identity as a child of God

Serve in a local church or Christian organisation

Learn more about God, calling, kingdom-building, leadership, plus a whole lot more

Be challenged to step out, risk and grow

Experience the adventure of mission and community



Dates & Details

9th September 2019 - 20th July 2020
(with half-terms and holidays matching the York school calendar)

The Course

  • One 8-hour teaching day each week

  • Placement in a local church or Christian organisation

  • Two Weekends Away

  • New Wine Leadership Conference

  • Short assignments and recommended reading each term

  • Optional mission trip

  • Team place at New Wine United


  • Each DYer pays £1000 for the course, and their Placement Centre contributes an additional £500.

  • We encourage DYers to find part-time work for the year: as well as being useful for supporting yourself, this is a great way to put into practice some of the things you will be learning about, and can really enhance your experience of DY.


What is NWDY?

 The New Wine Discipleship Year (or "DY", as we like to call it) is a 10-month gap year programme for 18- to 24- year old Christians.

Each Monday during term time, "DYers" from all over York and the surrounding area meet at The Belfrey (next door to York Minster, in the city centre) to attend seminars and practical sessions. This is the foundation of the Discipleship Year, where you will learn theology, skills, and life lessons. Every few weeks we have a Huddle so that you can practice your own teaching and presentation skills, and share with your peers. At the end of each term the DYers complete a small assignment designed to help you reflect, grow and look forward.

DYers spend about 12 hours each week (including time on Sundays) on placement in a local church. This might be in a specific ministry, or it might mean getting a taster of all sorts of things - that all depends on the church and your interests! This is an amazing way to serve the Lord, at the same time as gaining valuable practical experience and leadership/teamwork/ministry-specific skills.

Twice a year we join all the DYers from across the UK at the Weekends Away and the New Wine Leadership Conference. In the Summer term there is an optional mission trip, either in the UK or abroad. In August we all head to New Wine's week-long conference, United, to serve on a team and spend a final week filling up and giving out.

Each DYer has a ministry supervisor and a spiritual mentor. There is also a NWDY Leader who is responsible for the course and the overall pastoral care of the DYers - they'll be your first port of call when you apply, and throughout the year.