Gold Level not only requires ongoing commitment to active service, but innovation. This award promotes new spiritual and personal growth. It rewards a maturity of faith which leads to innovation and development in terms of outreach and missionary work on behalf the Church community. Participants will clearly see the link between their growth and the well-being of those they hope to serve.
To achieve this level, participants must have first completed Silver Level before progressing to Gold. As with every award level progression, more credits of service are required. However, achieving this level requires far more than accruing extra credits of service; Gold Level challenges participants to be true missionary disciples. This is evidenced through a committed approach to regular acts of service and involvement and evidence of innovation and development. As a missionary disciple, some acts of service would have to be done independently outside of existing parish structures for the missionary aspect to really mean something. This could be, for example, taking a leadership role on a Lourdes pilgrimage, organising a charity fundraiser. The individual would be expected to take ownership of these events and organise their involvement appropriately. They would be expected to engage in wider issues surrounding the events in which they are participating and so come to a broader understanding of the Church's call for engagement in the corporal works of mercy.
20 home credits and 20 away credits are required for Gold Level. Participants at Gold Level must have achieved Silver Level first.
Examples of Service
Gold Level involves missionary work, demonstrated by the requirement of equal home and away credits. Young people who strive towards the Gold Award show an extraordinary dedication to their faith, evidenced through their commitment to gaining 40 credits, half of which are away from their home base, but also by the innovative way in which they gain these credits.
In addition to showing leadershipqualities in their approach to service, Gold level asks young people to be missionaries in their own communities. The skills and development of faith young people have gained through the preceding levels will aide them in recognising how they can carry out the mission of the Church. This requires young people to be innovative in their service.
As missionaries, participants should reach out into the parish and wider world. This requires young people to serve independently outside of existing school and parish structures.
At Gold level, 20 home credits and 20 away credits are required.
Starting, organising and leading a social action group or prayer group,
Leading youth group sessions in your Parish for young members.
Start a Children's Liturgy group in your parish and show an ongoing commitment to the group.
Organising a fundraising event outside of school/parish.
Take a leadership role in a Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Volunteer to be a school or parish contact for a recognisable Charity e.g. SVP, HCPT, CAFOD etc.
Take a leading role in organising actions intended to support/promote the Catholic life of your school or parish e.g. act as a young person's representative on parish groups, act as youth mentor, encourage other young people to volunteer or play an active part in liturgies.