The P.R.A.Y. Program

 

God and Church (Grades 6-8)

 

Curriculum Goals:

  • To strengthen young people’s relationship with Christ

  • To challenge young people to learn about and participate in the worship and ministry of the church

  • To have young people make a plan for daily Bible reading and memorize a creed or statement of belief or passage of scripture

  • To provide the opportunity for young people to experience the joy of serving others

General Description

The God and Church program will lead young people on a journey. It will be a faith journey with three parts: meeting Jesus, worshiping God, and witnessing and ministering for Christ. Participants will create either a video or a photo album to share what they have learned on their faith journeys. Young people will have the opportunity to work with their pastor or other Christian adult as they study the church's structures and objectives and participate in service projects that will give them a better understanding of the mission of the church.

 

Outline:

Introduction

God Promises to be with Joshua as Joshua Leads the People of God into the Promised Land – Joshua 1:1-9

 

Unit I – My Journey: Meeting Christ

 

Lesson 1: Meeting Jesus, the Person

Students will be challenged to see Jesus as a real person who shared our humanity. They will study scripture to understand why it is important that Jesus was human and become familiar with major events in the life of Jesus.

 

Lesson 2: Meeting Jesus, the Son of God

Jesus is more than just an historical figure. Jesus was fully divine. Students will study what Jesus said about his true identify and read the testimonies of people in the Bible to understand that Jesus is the Son of God. They will hear the Good News of Jesus!

 

Lesson 3: Meeting Jesus, the Head of the Church

Students will read about the birth of the church at Pentecost and learn that Jesus invites us into relationship with the church. They will then study the history of their own congregation and denomination and be required to memorize a creed, statement of belief, or significant passage of scripture.

 

Project: Daily Bible Reading

The best way to get to know Jesus is to read the Bible. Students will read their Bible every day for at least three weeks. Their counselors will help them choose a plan.

 

Unit II – My Journey: Worshiping God

 

Lesson 4: Learning how Christ Worshiped God

Students will discover how Jesus worshiped God in his everyday living. They will also learn about prayer.

 

Lesson 5: Exploring How My Congregation Worships God

Students will explore the different worship opportunities in their congregation and attend a worship service with their counselor. They will study the different parts of a worship service and the special celebrations in the church year.

 

Project: Discovering How I Can Worship God

Planning an outdoor worship service, visiting other churches, and preparing a devotion for a Sunday school class are some of the choices that students have for Project II.

 

Unit III – My Journey: Witnessing and Ministering for Christ

 

Lesson 6: Learning How Christ Witnessed and Ministered to Others

Witnessing and ministering go hand in hand. Students will learn of Jesus’ compassion for people who are hurting.

 

Lesson 7: Exploring How My Congregation Witnesses and Ministers to Others

Students will study the structure of their congregation and learn about the outreach programs of their church.

 

Project: Discovering How I Can Witness and Minister to Others

The final project requires young people to do service hours for their congregation as well as for their community. They are also required to invite a friend or acquaintance to church (or to participate in a service project).

 

Schedule
The God and Church program can take from three to five months to complete. The program is very flexible and can be structured in a number of different ways. Ideally, the youth will complete this program in his or her own church under the supervision of his or her own pastor. However, it is possible to teach the course to a group of young people who belong to different denominations. In this situation, the individual churches should be contacted ahead of time. The pastors need to be invited to the class sessions that deal with specific church history and doctrine. The young people can benefit from this type of comparative study and learn to appreciate the unique aspects of their own denomination.

 

Interdenominational Resource
The God and Church curriculum was developed without theological bias; yet it was designed to permit the introduction of particular theological and denominational viewpoints on the material being studied. It is the responsibility of the counselor to provide this specific instruction. Therefore all students use the standard God and Church curriculum regardless of church membership.

 

It is at the God and Church level (when students study their specific denomination), that the following denominational logos are available on 3/4" Pins to be pinned into the ribbon of the God and Church medallion: African Methodist Episcopal, Anglican (ACNA), Baptist, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal, Lutheran, Nazarene, Pentecostal, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Church in America, and United Methodist. Information on ordering these recognition items is contained in the Student Workbook. (Note: These denominational items are available only at the God and Church level.) Click here to see the Denominational Logos Available that are available.

 

Eligibility Guidelines:
Girls and boys in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in the God and Church program even if they do not belong to a Girl Scout, Boy Scout or Camp Fire group (youth group and Sunday School members are eligible to participate in this program). This program requires that students have original workbooks and present their work to the pastor for final approval.

 

Adult Mentor Program:
The God and Church Adult Mentor program is an optional program for parents. Rather than having just their children go through the program by themselves, parents may choose to work on the program alongside their children. In the Adult Mentor program, parents have a workbook with lessons and projects to complete just like the child. Parents will be challenged to learn more about their faith and to talk about their faith with their children.

 

Materials Available:

#33599 God and Church Student Workbook – required for each student

#33600 God and Church Counselor Manual – resource guide for pastor/counselor

#33596 God and Church Adult Mentor Workbook – optional program for parents if they want to participate in the program alongside their children

 

Booklets may be ordered online at www.praypub.org or call 1-800-933-7729. They may also be available at your local council store.

 

Awards

Students must complete all the requirements before ordering any awards. The last page in the Student Workbook is the Award Application Form. This form must be submitted to P.R.A.Y. (awards are not available in local scout shops).

Visit http://www.praypub.org/god_country/church/god_church4.htm to view the awards.

 

The following items are available for the adult leading the program. These items may be purchased in advance so that the counselor may wear them while teaching the class.

 

#001CC – God and Church Counselor Patch

#002C8 – God and Church Counselor Pin