Passing on the Christian faith involves a partnership of generations, individuals and families within the Christian congregation.
GIFT is the acronym for Generations in Faith Together. GIFT events provide an opportunity for people of all ages to explore God’s love for them by sharing the gift of each other and the gift of faith.
We encourage congregations to host a GIFT event once a term. We have developed a kit of suggested activities and templates that you can use with your congregation. For 2016 the themes include Lent, Trinity, Martin Luther and Advent. You can also purchase Baptism, Prayer and Pentecost kits created in previous years.
TERM 1 - LENT
The Lent GIFT event encourages generations to share their Lenten rituals and traditions, as well as spend time together making resources that can be used at home during the weeks of Lent.
TERM 2 - TRINITY
Our one true God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit - three distinct Persons in one God. The Trinity GIFT event will help people of all ages explore the mystery of the Trinity and how each Person serves us in different ways.
TERM 3 - MARTIN LUTHER
Who is Martin Luther and why is he so important to Lutherans? This GIFT event will help all generations to learn about Martin Luther and the Lutheran Reformation in an interactive way.
TERM 4 - ADVENT
Advent is the time when we reflect on and count down to the coming of Christ. This GIFT event provides a time to share the Advent rituals and traditions that have been passed down through many generations, and to make new ones.
Other GIFT themes:
The Prayer GIFT event offers an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and learn about the importance of prayer in our Christian lives. This resource will provide an opportunity for participants to discover the origins of prayer and practice some fun, simple ways to pray through drama and activities. Together you will discover that talking to God is easy!
We live as baptised people of God every day. A Baptism GIFT event provides an occasion to remember the promises of baptism and to share and celebrate the new life we have in Christ through baptism.
Pentecost is an exciting time of the church year when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. A Pentecost GIFT event is an opportunity to have a party to celebrate the birthday of the church and offers activities based around how the Holy Spirit lives in us and guides our lives.