Cub Scouts Earn God and Family

Salem United Methodist Church

From Tricia Burgess: "I am so proud of these two Cub Scouts from Pack 125 from Salem, South Carolina. Ray G. and Harley W. worked hard on their God and Family workbooks. In class, Ray was always eager to look up the Bible verses and read the stories out loud. And I was so proud when we were playing the "Jeopardy Game" at the end of the sessions, Harley picked the question that asked him to recite the 10 Commandments. He was able to say them all, and in order, using his 10 Commandment Finger Counting that he learned in Lesson 4. On our last night of class, they made their own individual pizzas and Ray even tried anchovies for the first time. Thank you to Salem United Methodist Church for providing location for our classes."

Here are the resources mentioned above from the P.R.A.Y. Resource Library:

Jeopardy Game Questions

Jeopardy Game Cards

Ten Commandment Finger Counting

Lutheran Servant of Youth Adult Recognition

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Charles Howard Miller received the Lutheran Servant of Youth award on a blustery winter day from Rev. Dee Pederson of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota on February 10, 2019. Charles was recognized for his service to the church (as Sunday School music leader, confirmation guide, and Wednesday evening service musician) and also to the Boy Scouts of America (as Pack Committee member, den leader, Webelos leader, Pack trainer, and now as Troop Committee member and member of the Scenic District in the Central Minnesota Council).  Presenting the award were Loren Meinke (National Lutheran Association on Scouting), Pastor Dee Pederson, and Jon Meinke (long-time friend, fellow professional and troop member).

Cub Scouts Earn God and Me Award

St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Cub Scouts Leah and Noel received their God and Me awards at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Hampton, Virginia on February 17, 2019.  Also pictured is Shannon Waszak from Pack 30. Pack 30 celebrated 10 years in providing the God and Me and God and Family religious growth programs.

Congratulations Leah and Noel! Thank you, Pack 30, for promoting Duty to God!

Jesus and Me Scrolls

Two Girl Scouts Earn Jesus and Me Award

Lottie from Harker Heights, TX and Emma from St Louis, MO have something in common: Both are Girl Scouts and both were among the first to earn the new Jesus and Me award.  




Lottie loved working through her Jesus and Me book and especially making the scroll and adding to it. According to her mother Amanda, “This workbook is perfect for kindergarten age students.”










Emma is a first grader and thinks “everybody should make a scroll!” She was surprised (and pleased!) with how long her scroll turned out, and she especially enjoyed the final review with the pastor.


For more information on the Jesus and Me program for kindergarteners and first graders, visit




Pastor Christopher Davis Receives Lamb Award

Pastor and Scoutmaster Christopher Davis received the Lamb Award for his dedication and commitment to young people. The ceremony took place in a small historic stone church, First English Lutheran, in the northern serene town of Dorset, MN (population 22) where the Eagles nest and the fishing is great. The award was presented by Northern Minnesota Missouri Synod President Reverend Fondow and by a member of the board of directors for the National Lutheran Association on Scouting, Loren Meinke. Elder Charles Dutschmann presented Pastor Chris the certificate on behalf of the congregation. Click here to read more.

Sam S. Receives Four-Star Pin

Family Still Uses Prayer Rocks

This is Sam S. (Star Scout - BSA Troop #109) receiving his God & Life pin and his Four-Star pin from Reverend Doug Patterson at Smithfield UCC in Pittsburgh, PA. Sam is in 9th grade and is pictured with his parents.

Rebecca (Sam’s mom) had this to say: “We still use the prayer rocks from the earlier books! I don't remember which book had us create Prayer Rocks... but we have two or three of them floating around the house, many years later!”

Note: Prayer Rocks were introduced in the God and Me program for grades 1-3. That means Sam’s family has been hiding prayer rocks for at least 6 years!

God and Life Service Project

Noah Creates Camp Songbook
Noah E.
God and Life Award, Four Star Recognition
Ashburn, VA
Boy Scout Troop 1154
Noah is a P.R.A.Y. Four-Star Recipient having completed the God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, and God and Life awards. For his final service project for the God and Life award, Noah created a Songbook for the Chapel Service at BSA Camp Olmsted in Goshen, Virginia. Noah found it difficult to work with the formatting for the document, but he enjoyed it when they sang two songs from his songbook!

Saint Mark AME Church Presents “Building Faith in Youth” Awards

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL, presented its first ever "Building Faith in Youth" Awards during the culmination worship service of its month long Christian Education activities. The distinguished honorees for this distinguished award were Mrs. Kimberly “Kim” Hill and Mr. Eric “EB” Butler. Their service to the youth of Saint Mark Church is paralleled to none. Mrs. Hill and Mr. Butler begun utilizing the P.R.A.Y. program some three years ago. Over the years, they have utilized the principles of the God & Me and God & Family series in ways which have enhanced intergenerational interaction at Saint Mark. They continue to carry out their ministry to Saint Mark’s  youth with humility and renewed resolve.

Submitted by The Rev. Dr. Missiouri L. McPhee

For more information, click Building Faith in Youth Award or Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts

Camdyn Earns God and Family Award


Camdyn D.

Goshen, OH

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church


“We had a lot of fun completing this program together, and my daughter really embraced the Bible stories and had fun writing scripts and having the family act them out.”

Camdyn’s goal is to earn all four P.R.A.Y. awards!


Mark Shares God and Church Experience


Mark S.

Clarksville, IN

New Beginnings Church

"I have learned a lot about Jesus's miracles and how he healed people. I also learned how the disciples spread His words and teachings. My favorite part of the program was to help my Pastor's ministry project of shopping for food with my friends for people in need and then delivering the food to their home. This was my favorite part because I was able to pick out the food and help make sure we got the best value for the food we purchased. I also enjoyed helping my Pastor prepare for a worship service preparing the communion and I also said a prayer during the service. The following week, I helped with the Children's Church."