Properly implemented and supported by school and parish structures and communities, the scheme allows young people to see what the Church is for.
Participants should come to see their activity at this level as a tangible sign
pointing to the integration of their learning and experience.
As they seek to know God better they become aware that others,
of all ages, are trying to do the same.
This draws us together in community.
Seeking to serve the community helps us discover even
more about ourselves, each other and God.
It recognises and encourages a maturity of faith which is expressed in terms of leadership and initiative. It promotes a response in faith to the situation in which the participants find themselves, acknowledging that their faith is an important response to the call of God’s voice in their lives and that has its effect upon the whole community.
This award level should help participants realise what they do Is a direct consequence of the kind of person they are. ‘Being’ good persons shaped by the desire to answer God’s call is a different endeavour to ‘doing’ good things.
Participants are challenged to respond to that call.
Participants will see clearly the link between their growth and the well-being of those they hope to serve. They will recognise that in serving they are changed and the whole Church continues its pilgrim journey as a Witness in the world by deed as well as word.
As faith matures and one begins the process of saying, ‘Yes’ to God’s call, then true freedom and personal fulfilment are to be found at the service of the Good News. More than a message, the Good News sets prisoners free, raises the down-trodden, gives new sight to the blind and proclaims God’s favour for us all.
This is the mission of every person of faith, not just in the Church, parish or school setting, but among everyone we meet. Participants are challenged to be true missionary disciples.
The Faith in Action Award Scheme facilitates an exploration of scripture and Church teaching, with an emphasis on translating this into action. The scheme rewards young people for their active service in schools, parishes and encourages them to take their service into the wider community and accept greater responsibility for their faith in action.
There are four levels of award: Pin, bronze, silver and gold. Participants accrue credits of service in parish, school and the wider community. The Scheme builds on what young people already experience, asking them to reflect upon it so that they may find new ways of living out and exploring their faith. There is an opportunity for both guided reflections, through group reflection points and personal reflection, through journalling. At the end of the scheme, participants submit a final piece of work for moderation before being awarded with their Faith in Action Award.