GIFT - Growing in Faith Together

(Published 27/11/20)

GIFT - Our youth “Caring and Connecting” this Christmas.

We are really missing getting together with our young people on Sunday nights. We hope they are all well and coping with the challenges they face at this time.

We know that many people in our Parish regardless of age are feeling lonely and sad; disconnected from our wonderful parish community.

This Christmas the young people from our Parish GIFT programme would like to send out a message of love, hope and connection. They wish to deliver a GIFT package and a handwritten note and Christmas card to anyone in the Parish that is finding it hard, especially those shielding and therefore housebound. In order to do this, WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Can you please send into the Parish Office the name and address of anyone you think would welcome this gesture from our young people. Please make sure you have their permission, and they are happy for you to share their details. We will also need your details too!

Please note the nomination can be any age and you can send in more than one.

We will match a GIFT young person to one of the nominated people. There will be a commitment by the young person to pray especially for their nominated person during Advent.

On the 4th weekend in Advent the young person from GIFT will deliver their gift and note to the home of their designated person. The gift will be left off at the door and if possible, a socially distanced chat can take place. If your nominated person cannot come to the door, please bring this to our attention.

We have suffered such disconnection from one another since March. It would be wonderful to make some connection across all age ranges in the run up to Christmas. Please do join in.

If you are not on the already established GIFT WhatsApp groups and would like to join in please do not hesitate to get in touch. We had such fun with the GIFT chain of connection earlier in lockdown. The young people as ever, were inspirational.

If you who would have been attending GIFT 1 in January for the first time, please do feel free to join in. We hope to get you together at sometime in 2021. If you did not register for GIFT 1 you can download a registration form from the Parish website and leave it into the office. No 40 Derryvolgie Avenue.

Thank you.

Mary Carson