Faith in Action Awards
Faith in Action is a national award scheme for young people aged between 10 and 16, supported by CYMFed (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation). The scheme has been designed to be accessible, to acknowledge good works and encourage more, and to ensure that action is rooted in faith.
“A faith without works, a faith that doesn’t get you involved, isn’t faith. It is words and nothing more than words.”
Pope Francis – 21st February 2014
What is the Faith in Action Award Scheme?
The Faith in Action Award Scheme is an effective way of making our Bishop’s vision for the formation and on-going accompaniment of our children and young people into reality.
This scheme will provide opportunities for our young people to be involved in on-going formation and catechesis as they move through their secondary education. The introduction of the first level to coincide with Confirmation preparation at the end of the primary phase will, we hope, become a stepping stone for their continuing involvement in the Christian life.
Participants undertake activities in four different areas:
Going on a retreat, leading class prayers and taking opportunities to have a variety of different prayer experiences.
Pilgrimage & Procession
Joining with Diocesan pilgrimages and processions like Walsingham, Lourdes and Batley, as well as family or school opportunities to local places of pilgrimage.
Contributing to the life of the local parish e.g. welcoming at Mass, reading bidding prayers and helping with younger children.
Volunteering in the local community, fundraising, campaigning, getting involved in the work of charities.
4 Award Levels
There are four different levels of the award:
- Pin Level (Discovery): Years 5 & 6 (This could be done alongside Confirmation preparation)
- Bronze Level (Service): Years 7 & 8
- Silver Level (Leadership): Years 8 & 9
- Gold Level (Innovation): Years 10+ (May include the Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage)