GIFT: Growing In Faith Together
GIFT is an exciting way of supporting families to engage with their faith. Whether you are already engaged with your faith and the Church, looking for a way to become more engaged or seeking the sacraments for your child, GIFT is for you. GIFT supports families to engage with their faith. Whilst encouraging you to pray, talk about faith issues, and have more family time together is good, it is not enough. We want to provide a place for you to learn what engaging with your faith actually looks like and then to do it!
Before the Coronavirus lockdown
Before Coronavirus, we offered monthly sessions – on Saturday mornings –to gather, pray, share and learn about our faith together by engaging in activities and conversations that help us reflect on what faith means to each of us; children, parents, catechists and clergy. We aim to continue with these sessions as soon as possible.
Virtual GIFT Resources accessible now
Throughout the pandemic, we have been developing resources to support you and your family’s faith journey: Fun Faith videos, videos for the 11-15 age group (1115), home-grown Sunday children’s liturgy and Bedtime Chats. All of these resources are gathered here in one place to easily support you and your family throughout your journey.
If you’d like to receive regular emails keeping you up to date about what is happening in GIFT, Maria, our Pastoral Assistant, would love for you to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Also please take a look at our leaflet here which is a great source of information.
Fun Faith Videos
Fun Faith videos are a way of helping families engage with faith topics in a fun way. Each video is between 15-25 minutes long and includes child friendly prayer and praise singing, faith teaching, and an activity to make at home. We suggest families watch, enjoy and learn from them together.
PRAYER AND PRAISE
LETS TALK ABOUT HOPE
LETS TALK ABOUT THE CROSS
LETS TALK ABOUT PRAYER
Set aside 10 minutes at bedtime to snuggle up, watch a bible animation, quietly reflect on the Good News of Jesus and say a prayer. Cuddly toys are essential! Click on the attachments below to access individual Bedtime Chats.
The Good Shepherd
The Holy Spirit Comes
Walking on Water
Jesus Calms the Storm
Jesus Feeds the People
Two Sons and a Father
Jesus Heals a Man
The Parable of the Sower
The Good Samaritan
Jesus Was Like Us
Preparing for Jesus
Jesus is Baptised
1115 Youth Group
Have children between the ages of 11-15 years old? Erik, our Exeter Youth Worker, has put together some videos to help our youth engage with their faith.
QUIET TIME? WHO NEEDS IT?