P.R.A.Y. Awards Included in Eagle Displays

Arlington UMC

Boy Scout troop 452 chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church celebrated the highest honor in scouting earned by four Eagle Scouts at their ceremony Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, Tennessee. For part of their display, the four boys included their PRAY patches and medallions from the God and Me, God and Family and God and church levels of the PRAY program. Thanks for taking pride in your religious awards!

St Paul's Lutheran Church

Duty to God 2018

"The Duty to God for 2018 program at St. Paul's Lutheran Church has wrapped up. It was a fantastic journey this year starting the first Sunday in November and wrapping up with Scout Sunday. We had a nice graduation ceremony February 11th. We were blessed to have 2 God & Me classes, a God & Family class, a God & Church class and a God & Life class. There were a total of 30 Scouts with various projects and service hours including volunteering at Table Grace, working at the church and Scout Sunday. Thank you for creating such a wonderful program. It's a nice resource to help engage the Scouts and encourage them along their faith journey."

Submitted by Bob Austin,Omaha, Nebraska

Asbury UMC Hosts District Scout Sunday Celebration

 

Asbury UMC sponsors two Packs and a Troop, teaches the God and Me and God and Family awards, and hosts their District’s Scout Sunday Celebration. Here is a picture of the P.R.A.Y. awardees surrounded by all Scouts and Scouters in uniform singing Scout Vespers for the closing.  

 

Submitted by retired UMC pastor Rev. Realff Ottesen, Hampton, IL

God and Family PIZZA!

Red Springs, NC

Pack / Troop 416

Trinity United Methodist Church

Red Springs, NC

Participants in the 2017-2018 God and Family class in Red Springs, NC proudly display their family pizzas!

Tricia Burgess Receives God and Service Award

Salem United Methodist Church

P.R.A.Y. is accustomed to receiving photos and stories from Tricia Burgess showcasing the Scouts who have earned their P.R.A.Y. awards over the years. How pleased we were to receive a photo of Tricia herself receiving the United Methodist God and Service Award in recognition of her hard work – her ministry! Lorraine Land, speaking on behalf of Salem Boy Scout Troop 123, said, “Mrs. Burgess has been doing P.R.A.Y. classes for not only our scouts, but her church children, and other troops since 2008. She is very dedicated and works extremely hard at bringing these classes to these individuals to help them grow spiritually. She is a blessing not only to the scouts, but to our parents and community.” What does Tricia’s ministry look like? Click here to view the picture of 5 Four Star recipients coached by Tricia in Salem United Methodist Church.

Interested in recognizing an individual? Visit P.R.A.Y.’s Adult Nomination page.

Logan Earns God and Me in Skopje, Macedonia

Logan is a Bear Scout in Cub Scout Pack 2187 in the Transatlantic Council. He completed the God and Me requirements with his father and had his final review with Rev. Wilfried Nausner, the UMC District Superintendent responsible for Albania, Croatia and Macedonia. Logan received his award at the United Methodist Church in Skopje, Macedonia. Congratulations, Logan!

   

 

Avery Grows in Faith and Friendship

Reflections on the Four Star Journey

Avery B. is a PRAY Four Star Recipient. When she attended the National G.I.R.L. event in October 2017 and recognized P.R.A.Y. in the Hall of Experiences, she stopped to chat and take a picture for her Mom. We asked Avery (and her mom) to reflect on their experiences and share what they learned. Two things stand out for Avery: faith and friendship. FAITH, because "I have learned how … to take ownership of my faith, to deepen my relationship with God, and to offer my own gifts and talents in service to the church" and FRIENDSHIP, because of the awesome experience she had earning God and Life with her close friends and Girl Scout "sisters," Emma and Genevieve. [Photo L-R: Avery, Pastor Kelly Brumbeloe, Emma and Genevieve]

Click here to read Avery’s (and her mother’s!) reflections on the Four Star journey.

Big Cobbler Bake!

Scout Sunday Tradition

The “Big Cobbler Bake” was another huge success! Pack, Troop and Crew 617 in Oviedo, Florida performed over 200 hours of service on Scout Sunday to say “thank you” to their Charter Organization, University Carillon United Methodist Church. They served 55 cobblers at all three services. Visit P.R.A.Y.’s Community Hub to read the post by COR Jerry Gutridge. Have a Scout Sunday tradition of your own? Add a post to share your ideas with the P.R.A.Y. community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Tiffany Danna Receives God and Service Award

First Christian Church in Granbury, TX recognized Tiffany Danna for her years of service as Assistant Pastor and for her leadership to the youth program and to Church Camp. Tiffany is active in the Brazos Valley District of the Longhorn Council, BSA.

Thank you for your service!

5 Boy Scouts Earn the 4-Star Award

   

From Tricia Burgess:

“I was proud to have the honor to award these 5 Boy Scouts from Salem, SC in the Blue Ridge Council, their 4-Star Award. They all had completed each class: God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, and God and Life during the specific age time. Classes were hosted at the Salem United Methodist Church and over the course of a total of 28 weeks starting from age 8 in Elementary school to age 16 in High School they had worked their way learning and giving in the eyes of God. When I asked them what they enjoyed the most out of all the classes, the creation of the Pizza boxes in the God and Family program was the "funnest". Most of the service projects were done in a group effort which made that part fun and memorable. My prayers are they carry what they learned from the Bible lessons into the world and share the message.”