Congratulations to the 2020 Leavers from St Francis’ Primary School in Nailsea who have achieved their ‘Faith in Action’ awards. The national award, developed by CYMfed (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation) has been designed to celebrate, affirm and encourage young people’s involvement in the life of the church. The programme facilitates an exploration of scripture and church teaching with an emphasis on translating this into action. It rewards service and recognises the good work children do in their schools, parishes and communities. It also challenges youngsters to deepen their relationship with God.

The children from St Francis’, who have now moved onto secondary education, completed the ‘Pin’ level of the award in their final year at primary school but, because of lockdown, the presentation of the award had to be delayed. They returned to St Francis’ School this week where they were presented with their badges and certificates. During the year they put their faith into action by participating in voluntary acts of service, organising charity events, running stalls at school fayres, developing a prayer garden in the school grounds, providing gifts for the homeless, helping with parish events such as litter picking and altar serving, and contributing to Diocesan events including the Education Mass and the launch of the month of Mission.

Reflection is an important part of the award and the children frequently took part in both personal and guided reflections where they reflected upon how their faith, when put into action, can help to build the kingdom of God.

As they were presented with their awards and a ‘leavers’ Bible they were congratulated on their achievements and for modelling God’s love through their kindness, generosity and selflessness.