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Overview of the P.R.A.Y. Curriculum The P.R.A.Y. Program
Remember! The P.R.A.Y. Program is created for Protestant and Independent Christian Churches This presentation is specifically on the Protestant Christian series Each religion creates its own curriculum Each religion creates its own guidelines Remember, the information shared in this presentation is strictly for the Protestant and Independent Christian Program
Sample listing of denominations Here is a sample listing of denominations: AME ● AME Zion ● Assemblies of God ● Baptist ● Church of God ● Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ● CME ● Episcopal ● Lutheran ● Nazarene ● Pentecostal ● Presbyterian ● Reformed ● UCC ● United Methodist Church ● and nondenominational congregations
Overview of the P.R.A.Y. Program Created by the churches For boys and girls in grades 1-12 Young people do not need to belong to a Scouting agency Young people do not need to have official membership in the congregation Clergy reviews the work and signs it off
Program Summaries God and Me, grades 1-3 God and Family, grades 4-5 God and Church, grades 6-8 God and Life, grades 9-12
God and Me Grades 1-3 Theme: “Best Friends with Jesus” Hands-On: GAMEBox Memory Requirement: The Lord’s Prayer Schedule: minimum 4 sessions
God and Me Grades 1-3 Table of Contents: Lesson 1: God Created Me Lesson 2: Jesus Is God’s Gift to Me Lesson 3: I can Talk with God Lesson 4: Because God Cares for Me, I Can Care for Others
God and Me: Prayer Cube Favorite lesson: The lesson on prayer Kids use P-A-T-H* to learn four parts of prayer and they make a prayer cube. *Praise - Apology - Thanks - Help
God and Me: Award Red is the color for the God and Me program. Red symbolizes love and the blood of Christ. When children wear the recognition, they are reminded that they are “Best Friends with Jesus.”
God and Family: Grades 4-5 Theme: “Growing in God’s Love” Hands-on: PIZZA Memory Requirement: The Ten Commandments Schedule: minimum 6 sessions
God and Family: Grades 4-5 Table of Contents Crust – Foundation – We Are God’s Family Sauce – Family Heritage, Spiritual Heritage Toppings – Our Talents and Gifts Strengthen Our Families Cheese – In God’s Family We’re Loved No Matter What! Because We’re Loved, We Follow Rules Bake – Being in God’s Family Helps Us When Things Are Tough Eat, Share, Enjoy! – In God’s Family, We Share as a Response to God’s Love
God and Family: Grades 4-5 Favorite activity: making a real pizza!
God and Family: Award Yellow is the color for the God and Family program. Yellow symbolizes sunlight and joy. When children wear the recognition, they are reminded of the joy and blessings of family as they seek to “Grow in God’s Love.”
God and Church: Grades 6-8 Theme: “My Journey with Christ” Hands-on: Video or Photo Album Memory Requirement: Creed Schedule: minimum 12 sessions Daily Bible Reading Requirement: 3 weeks min. Service Projects: Community and Church service projects
God and Church: Grades 6-8 Table of Contents Unit I - My Journey: Meeting Christ Unit II - My Journey: Worshiping God Unit III - My Journey: Witnessing and Ministering for Christ
God and Church: Grades 6-8 God and Church is often incorporated into confirmation programs. Special consideration must be made when teaching multi-denominations in one class. This is the only level that has denominational pins.
God and Church: Grades 6-8 Favorite activities: – Making videos – Learning about their own congregations – Interviewing clergy – Visiting other churches
God and Church: Award Blue is the color for the God and Church program. Blue symbolizes loyalty and truth. When young people wear the recognition, they are challenged to uphold these values as they continue a lifetime “Journey with Christ.”
God and Life: Grades 9-12 Theme: “Called by Christ to Serve Daily Bible Reading Requirement: 3 months minimum Schedule: minimum 12 sessions plus 5 Service Projects Required: Write a Personal Statement of Commitment
God and Life: Grades 9-12 Table of Contents Lesson 1 - God Calls All Kinds of People Lesson 2 - God Doesn’t Expect Us to Do It On Our Own Lesson 3 - Each of Us Must Make a Personal Response to the Call of God Lesson 4 - God Gives Strength to Face Adversities Lesson 5 - God Can Accomplish Great Things through Those Who are Willing to Do God’s Will
God and Life: Grades 9-12 Favorite Activities – Bible Study – Leading a worship service – Doing the children’s sermon
God and Life: Award Green is the color for the God and Life program. Green symbolizes new growth and eternal life. When young people wear the recognition, they are strengthened in the knowledge that they are “Called by Christ to Serve.”
Four-Star Recipients Four-star recipients are those individuals who have earned all four levels of the P.R.A.Y. series. Four-star recipients will receive a certificate and letter of congratulations from P.R.A.Y. A special pin is available at additional cost.
The P.R.A.Y. Program: More than Just an Award Christian Education
Bible-based curriculum Appropriate for Sunday school programs, confirmation classes, and small group opportunities.
Christian Education Family ministry Participants are required to do projects with their families. Parents may choose to participate in the Adult Mentor Program Mentors have a workbook to complete just like their children The Adult Mentor Program is an intentional program for parents to share their faith with their children.
Christian Education Servant leadership Participants must put their faith into action by designing meaningful service projects. Service projects target the family, the congregation, and the community.
Christian Education Changed lives! Parents notice changes in their children and how they interact with each other. Children have asked to be baptized after completing a class. Parents learn to pray with their children and talk about their faith. Families have started attending church again because of a P.R.A.Y. class.
The P.R.A.Y. Program: More than Just a Sunday School Curriculum… it’s EVANGELISM
The P.R.A.Y. Program: More than Just a Sunday School Curriculum… it’s Evangelism The P.R.A.Y. Program is an Evangelism tool that congregations can use to grow their membership
The P.R.A.Y. Program: More than Just a Sunday School Curriculum… it’s Evangelism Eligibility requirements: Boys and girls May be earned by scouts and non-scouts Families do not need to have official membership in a congregation to be eligible
The P.R.A.Y. Program: More than Just a Sunday School Curriculum… it’s Evangelism Congregations that promote the P.R.A.Y. classes through the Scouting community are reaching out to scouting families that do not have church homes. Roughly half of a typical scouting group will not be active in a congregation.
Scouting Provides “Pre-Qualified” Families Why do families sign up for Scouts? VALUES Congregations can have unchurched families in their building who want values.
Be Intentional About Ministry A full 100% of Scouts pledge their Duty to God. The church’s job is to help them fulfill this promise. The church has an opportunity to turn Scouting into a ministry. This ministry can grow its membership.
Turning Scouting into a Ministry Offer a P.R.A.Y. class. Use the P.R.A.Y. classes as an opportunity for the members of the congregation to interact with the Scouting families.
Goal: Make Scouting a Ministry (not just a group that meets in the basement) Use people from the church (i.e. Sunday school teachers, pastors, parents, etc.) to teach the classes so that the Scouting families can get to know some of the church members. Consider using the Mentor program as an opportunity for Scouting parents to interact with each other and with members of the church. Include Scouts in service projects at the church to help them get their service hours. Plan the award ceremony during a regular worship service and invite the families.
Goal: Make Scouting a Ministry (not just a group that meets in the basement) Quote from a pastor: “Once a family or individual from our Scouting ministry visits our church, they find something that ministers to their family here. Scouting remains our main outreach ministry and we continue to develop nurturing ministries to keep those families coming back again & again.”
Conclusion Scouting is a rich mission field. A P.R.A.Y. class is a non- threatening way for unchurched families to connect with a church. It is this type of Scouting MINISTRY that can bring young families into a congregation.