What is Sycamore?

How can we find happiness? What’s the meaning of life? Is there a God? Does prayer make a difference?

Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter.

Each Sycamore session involves a short film and some time for discussion. There’s no pressure and no commitment. You can be yourself without any fear of being judged.

There’s a real sense of community, a spirit of friendship, some great conversation, and often some delicious food. Everyone is welcome.

You can find out more by exploring the sections below.

Why attend a group

Maybe you’ve heard about a Sycamore group near you, and you’re wondering whether to go and what to expect. If you are not sure whether to come, here are things to think about.

Testimonials from participants

Find out what people have been saying about their experience of coming to Sycamore. These testimonials are from participants who have joined groups across the UK in recent months.

Why start a group

Many churches and chaplaincies are longing to share their faith with others and welcome people into their own communities. This page explains the key elements of Sycamore and how it can help you reach out to others.

What makes Sycamore different?

We are often asked: “What makes Sycamore different from other evangelisation and catechetical programmes?” Here are some answers...

Praise for the programme

Sycamore has been running in dozens of English-speaking parishes and chaplaincies throughout the world for the last four years. See what some of the Sycamore Leaders have been saying about their experience.

New “open access” information

All of the materials you need to plan your Sycamore course and run your sessions are available here online. Find out how to register here.

The Sycamore Story

Sycamore began life at Newman House University Chaplaincy, which is the main centre for Catholic students in the Diocese of Westminster, London. Since then it has grown into a resource that has been used throughout the world.