St Benet's and St Benedict's School are both part of the Faith in Action Award Scheme


The Faith In Action Award rewards active service in schools and parishes and encourages young people to shine the light of faith upon their service experiences. There are four different levels of award: Pin, Bronze, Silver and Gold. For this reason it has been described as a ‘Catholic Duke of Edinburgh’ – although there are some obvious differences that mean this is very much a stand-alone award grounded in Catholic theology.

The award allows the Church to celebrate, recognize and reward all that active young people of faith already give to the Church; but it also challenges those young people to deepen their relationship with God and change the world in which they live. The award is designed to run on an annual cycle with all Diocesan participants working towards a single Diocesan celebration and presentation evening at which the Diocesan Bishop will present the awards.



Pin is all about discovery, discovery is highly important within this award as it is the foundation on which their Faith in Action Scheme will be built. The candidate should highlight the activities which they have taken part in and reflect on how these activities have had a positive effect in the life of themselves, the people they have met, and wider life of the Church and the society.


The bronze award is all about service. When we look at the scripture from John 13 we are all called to be a servant of God. It is also the first level in the award which asks the young people to be involved in the outside community as well as in their parish/school. It’s the first stepping stone on learning about authentic faith, being that it shows in all of their lives not just at Church. The candidate should display in their final piece what service they have offered to those around them and what they have learnt from serving others.

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Silver is focused on leadership. Giving the young people the opportunity to grow more in their abilities, leading at whatever level is appropriate for them (not everyone can stand at the front). It shows a commitment to being a key player in the mentorship of their brothers and sisters in faith. The final piece should outline the ways that the candidate has used their God given gifts to lead those around them, including what they have gained and any challenges they may have faced and how they overcame them.

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Gold is about innovation, creating and helping fulfil the needs of those around them. When Jesus sent out the apostles he called them to be missionaries in the world, in the same way we too must become missionaries in our communities and the wider world. It is the culmination of all the previous tiers’ work focusing on the candidate’s pioneering work in their communities, with a deeper understanding of why they’re doing what they are. The final work should include evidence of them trying to cultivate new projects/groups to accommodate the spiritual as well as physical needs of those around them.

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