Virginia Conference Promotes P.R.A.Y. Awards

United Methodist Church

The Roanoke District of the United Methodist Virginia Conference is working to promote faith journey in the church through the P.R.A.Y. Program. Barbara Duerk and Bill Chaffin, Virginia Scouting Ministry Coordinator, are pictured at their exhibit at the Virginia United Methodist Conference. Their Scouting Ministry is targeting the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition to exhibits, they also provide district trainings and work directly with congregations and youth agency offices. The goal in the Roanoke District is to increase usage of the P.R.A.Y recognitions by 100% this year 2019 -2020. P.R.A.Y. is working with the Roanoke District to provide reports to help identify congregations and clergy who may be prospects for growing the program. P.R.A.Y. is thankful for the many volunteers who faithfully promote religious growth opportunities to children and families!

Note: P.R.A.Y. is eager to support our partner organizations. Please contact P.R.A.Y. to discuss how recipient reports may facilitate your efforts to promote the P.R.A.Y. awards.

Justin Creates Artwork

"God Calls All Kinds of People"




Justin M.  - God and Life

Emma Gray Memorial United Methodist Church

Woodruff, SC 





Justin M. presented his artwork “God Calls All Kinds of People” to Emma Gray Memorial United Methodist Church and Pastor Andy Watson on Scout Sunday 2019. Justin’s artwork was one of his God and Life service projects. He made the design using Adobe illustrator at RD Anderson vocational school where he took commercial graphics. Justin hopes to convey “a message of unity in Christ within scouting, the church and community, especially among youth.” According to Pastor Andy, “This started with God and Country at summer camp. When we came back, we started God and Life for 8 weeks on Tuesday nights. The use of and study of the Bible is a positive experience for the young men.” Justin is grateful for that experience: [The God and Life program] has taught me a lot of lessons and allowed me to make memories I will never forget so I am thankful that I got to go through this program, and I will wear that medal with honor.”

[Justin is the second from the left in the photo.]



Michael W.  Four Star Award

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Dallas, PA


In April 2011, Michael W. earned his God and Me award. For one of the requirements he had to pretend that he was a grownup looking in a mirror. This is what he said 8 years ago, "I want to rock."



Here's Michael today. He loves to rock, not on a guitar but on the DRUMS! Michael posed with this picture when he was confirmed as a P.R.A.Y. Four Star recipient after completing the God and Life award in June 2019. We feel fortunate to have caught up with Michael (even though it was only by text) given his busy summer at Philmont Scout Ranch, serving as Den Chief at Cub Scout Summer Camp, attending the Presbyterian Triennium Youth Gathering, and planning for his Eagle Project in August. Michael texted that the God and Life program was his favorite, and that being a Four Star meant “being closer to God, Family, Church, and myself.”

Thanks, Michael, for sharing your God and Me picture with P.R.A.Y.  YOU ROCK!

Pastor Endorses P.R.A.Y. Program

I am the Pastor of the Bridge Church of Alabama located in Opelika, Alabama. I wanted to let you know I think that P.R.A.Y. is a great program. It was a privilege and an honor to administer and complete the program with members of the Bear Den. This is a wonderful program and I think it is great how it partners with parents to help their children foster a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior.



Terrance J. Nolan, Pastor

The Bridge Church of Alabama





The Bear Den from Cub Scout Pack 858 received their God and Me certificates from Pastor Terrance Nolan in a graduation ceremony on April 13, 2019 at the Bridge Church of Alabama in Opelika, Alabama. Congratulations!

Sunday School Uses "Jesus and Me"

Deaconess Sally Hiller from Ascension Lutheran Church in Landover, Maryland reports that she has had an exciting time working with 6 other adults and 12 children on the Jesus and Me program. "Our students have loved the scrolls and working their way through them. I really appreciate the lessons, the activity, and the purposeful way to include family in the fuller lifestyle experience that is needed. I work in our regional church office and have actually recommended this to several of our congregations with smaller Sunday schools. I’m looking forward to using God and Me in our Sunday School this Fall." 

Note: Sally Hiller serves as the Executive Director for Congregational Outreach and District Operations in the Southeastern District of the LCMS.

Troop 316 Four Star Recipients


Bode W. - Forest Lake United Methodist Church, Tuscaloosa, AL

Jeremiah J. - Carroll's Creek Baptist Church, Northport, AL


Bode and J.J. from Troop 316 in Northport, Alabama achieved Four Star status and each received a special display case of the P.R.A.Y. awards earned on their faith journey. Both say that the P.R.A.Y. program helped them grow in faith. Bode remembers most "learning and growing with friends," while J.J. says his best memories are "visiting a nursing home."

Kieran's God and Church Scrapbook

"Our Faith Journey 2018"

Kieran W. completed the God and Church requirements through Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockville Centre, New York. His favorite part was “making the scrapbook and reviewing pictures of my First Communion and my Baptism.” His mother Diana participated in the mentor program and they did a joint scrapbook of their faith journey together. According to Diana, “My child learned how to research, and we learned a lot about our church history. We enjoyed putting together a scrapbook of Our Faith Journey. My son learned about my religious education and how active his great-grandparents were. We learned and shared our views on activities in our workbooks. Being a Mentor has helped nurture the relationship between my son and I; as we explored our connection with God and our Church.”

These images from their scrapbook give an inkling about the faith conversations that Kieran and his mom might have had while working on God and Church. For information on the Adult Mentor Program, click here.

Older Brother Completes God and Church While Younger Brother Begins God and Family

Riley worked with Phillip Davis through Grace Episcopal Church under the direction of the Reverend Mother Rose Anne Lonsway to complete the God and Church award. According to his mother Sharon, “It has been such a rewarding experience for Riley and all involved. So much so…that his younger brother, Mason, has begun to work on the God and Family Workbook!”

Congratulations, Riley, for earning the God and Church award, and Good Luck, Mason, as you complete God and Family!

Riley is pictured performing a reading on Scout Sunday. Mason displays his pizza crust for lesson 1.


Scouts Deliver Easter Blessings!

Liam B. and Keaton H. are upholding the now ten-year tradition of the “EGYY” Project (i.e. “Easter Goodies from Youth to Youth”). Started in 2009 by Justin B. as part of his Webelos’ God and Family requirement, the EGYY Project has been assembling and delivering Easter baskets to children in domestic crisis centers in the Paducah, KY area for ten years. This year the project expanded to include the Louisville area where Justin is attending college and studying Biomedical Engineering. 28 baskets were assembled and delivered by Liam and Keaton in Paducah, and 24 baskets were assembled and delivered in Louisville by Justin, making the grand total 261 baskets over the last ten years.

Thanks to Liam, Keaton, and Justin for delivering not just Easter baskets, but Easter BLESSINGS to children and young people!



See related story from two years ago.



16 Girl Scouts Earn their MPMF Pin and RP3 Patch

Sixteen Girl Scouts from the Heart of Texas Girl Scout Council earned both their My Promise, My Faith pin as well as a Bible Basics RP3 Patch at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on April 13, 2019. The girls studied the line “Responsible for what I say and do” from the Girl Scout Law and paired it with the “Tents and Shelters RP3” patch.

Click here for a sample program to combine MPMF with the RP3 patches.