On Saturday 11th November, Archbishop Peter Smith presented Faith in Action Awards to 25 young people from all over Bromley Deanery at St Joseph’s Church, Bromley. Faith in Action is a new, national initiative from CYMFed which aims to recognise and celebrate the valuable work that young people undertake in the life of the Church. The programme combines active service with ongoing spiritual reflection and encourages young people to see their unique contributions in the light of their faith.
The young people, ranging in age from 10yrs to 17yrs, collected their pin, bronze, silver and gold awards. The awards represent the considerable achievements and diversity of imaginative ways in which the young people have put their faith into action over the last year at home, in school and within their communities; their achievements include fundraising and supporting the work of charities such as CAFOD and Cancer Research, inviting us to Care for the Earth our Common Home, exercising leadership among their peers, showing commitment and consistency in their ministry of altar serving and reaching out to people in need.
Archbishop Peter Smith with all the Faith in Action candidates
We were very pleased to be joined by the Deputy Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kevin Brooks and the Deputy Mayoress, Maureen Kennedy, in addition to candidates’ parents and families, teachers, deanery clergy and members of the wider community who came to show their support for the Faith in Action Award Scheme. All those present were extremely proud of the commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by the young people who have registered to participate in the Faith in Action award and will continue to work towards their goals over the coming year.
Pin Group 1
Pin group 2
Silver & Gold group
The delivery and implementation of the Faith in Action Award Scheme in Bromley has become an integral part of a wider programme of youth ministry led by the team at Bromley Deanery Catholic Youth Ministry Project. The team have particularly enjoyed building relationships with the young people and their families as they continue their journey in faith. They look forward to planning and delivering the second year of Faith in Action in the deanery, to enlisting the support of more parents and parishioners and to welcome even more young people from schools and parishes in Bromley to become involved.
For anyone who is interested in running the Faith in Action awards in their parish, school or deanery, Southwark Catholic Youth Service will be leading a workshop at the Leaders’ Day on the 10th March in Amigo Hall (http://scys.org.uk/)
For more information on Faith in Action: http://cymfed.org.uk/faithinaction/