Passing on the Christian faith involves a partnership of generations, individuals and families.
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 2017 the themes include Lent, Pentecost, My Bible and Advent. You can also purchase Baptism, Prayer, Trinity and Martin Luther kits created in previous years.
CURRENT GIFT RESOURCE
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.
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.
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.
GIFT My Bible is full of many wonderful resources to encourage you to delve deeper into the Bible. There are games, activities, dramas and intergenerational opportunities to learn about the authors of the books, the key characters and how the Bible speaks into our lives today.
Other GIFT themes available:
Who is Martin Luther and why is he so important to Lutherans? God's great gift is his Word. Throughout its history the Christian church has had to struggle to proclaim and teach the truth of God's Word. Toward the end of the Middle Ages (in the 15th and 16th centuries), serious false teachings and abuses had developed in the church. God in his grace chose Martin Luther to be his servant for a most important work: the reformation of the church.
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! Download today.
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.
Our one true God is Father, Son and the 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.