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GIFT - Growing In Faith Together


GIFT (Growing In Faith Together), a monthly intergenerational approach to faith education, is the process for faith formation/religious education offered here at St. Matthias for children/families not attending a Catholic school. The 2019-2020 year will be our 11th year. G.I.F.T. is offered for families with children in grades K-Grade 8. Attendance by children in Kindergarten is optional; attendance is required beginning in grade 1 until the child receives the sacrament of Confirmation.

View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about GIFT.

Click here to register for the GIFT program.

Each gathering will have a similar format:
- Simple, shared meal -- NO POTLUCK, NO COOKING -- just come and enjoy! - about 1/2 hour.
- Opening prayer, song, and activity to introduce the month's theme - about 1/2 hour.
- Break into age-specific groups or intergenerational groupings for discussion and activities - about 1 hour.
- Re-gather entire group to share learning, join in closing song/prayer-approximately 5-10 minutes.

GIFT begins in October and families choose one day to come each month. The schedule for 2019-2020 is as follows:

Tuesday (6:15-8:30 PM); Wednesday (6:15-8:30 PM); Sunday (1-3:15 PM)
October 1, October 2, & October 6
November 5, November 6, & November 10
December 3, December 4, & December 8
January 7, January 8, & January 12
February 4, February 5, & February 9
March 3, March 4, & March 8
March 29, March 31, & April 1

Registration Fees: At least one parent attends the session with their child/children.
- Families with one child: $115
- Two children: $165
- Three or more children: $215 (Max $215/family)
This fee includes the meal and all program materials.

To register for GIFT:
1. Complete the registration form online by August 1; a late fee of $25 will be assessed if the registration form is received after that date.
2. New registrants to GIFT must also present a copy of each child's Baptism certificate with this registration.
3. Send your payment to the Parish Office (checks payable to "St. Matthias") to:
   St. Matthias, Attn: Faith Formation
   168 JFK Blvd.
   Somerset, NJ 08873
Payment may also be made quarterly or monthly, if pre-arranged with the Faith Formation Office.

Questions? Please contact Dee Nann, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at dnann@stmatthias.net or Faith Formation Assistant, Nathalie Godet at ngodet@stmatthias.net or 732-828-1400 x109.