Faith in Action Award
What is the Faith in Action Award?
YOU explore scripture and teaching of the Church and translate this into action
IT rewards service
YOU reflect on this service in the light of faith
YOU’RE rewarded through four different awards:
Pin, Bronze, Silver, Gold
IT recognises the good work many young people already do.
IT challenges young people to do more to form themselves into the person God wants them to be.
IT’S an annual scheme administered through each Diocese with
a central validation programme.
Why have THIS Catholic Award Scheme?
What makes this scheme different?
Faith in Action Award Scheme allows all types of young people to grow in faith.
The award can encourage young people who question the role of faith in the modern world to see how acts of service can flow from a vibrant faith.
The award can also challenge young people to take their faith from the church and into the streets.
The award could be a step on the road to a fuller membership of the Church.
Who, what, why and how…
The scheme in more detail.
Ages (minimum ages)
The award can be started in Y7 and have all the awards spread through High School years.
Bronze (No earlier than Y7)
Silver (No earlier than Y8)
Gold (No earlier than Y10)
To help young people in our schools and parishes
To demonstrate Catholic ethos of a school
To grow in faith
To see the world through the eyes of faith
To have a goal for the year
To aid further study and job applications
Strengthen the link between faith and active expressions of charitable love.
Celebrate, measure and reward the part already played by young people in the life of the Church.
Allows young people to reflect upon their experience and their faith journey.
Allows young people to develop further opportunities for service and witness.
Strengthen the links between the local, diocesan and Universal Church.
Engage in acts of service and reflect on those acts of service in the light of the teaching of the Church.
The award level is based on the type and amount of work/service performed.
Examples of work in a school:
Involvement in Mass/Collective Worship
Engagement with school chaplaincy
Examples of work in a parish:
Reading, Serving, Ministering at Mass
Assisting at a coffee morning or after mass
Examples of work outside a parish:
Visiting a care home
Each participant must complete four reflection points.
These are led by an adult helper.
They can be done individually or combined into one full day retreat.
The Reflection points are:
1. We love because we are loved.
2. Loving our neighbour is loving Jesus.
3. Our active love builds the Kingdom of God.
4. Servant Leadership; a life lived, not an example given.
Participants will be asked to complete a journal.
The journal is not assessed but is a way of assisting ideas for the final piece and to show evidence of growth through the year.
Each participant must also complete a ‘final piece’.
It must show some engagement with the work done and the reflection points.
The final piece is not something to be worried about.
The final piece is to help reflect on the work done and is not a ‘final exam’.
It can take any form.
E.g. A short video, an essay, a collage, a dance, a drama.
How long does it take to complete the award?
In school, it is recommended that the programme should commence around September and finish the following May/June
Suggested Award Scheme Timeline
Project work and Reflection Points
Final pieces of work submitted to awarding authority
Moderation of submissions
Diocesan Awards Ceremony
If you wish to take part in the Faith in Action Award, then registration closes at October half-term each year.
Contact Mike Price or Clare Guidi for further information.