"Bible Basics RP3" is a new series from P.R.A.Y. It is designed to help families, Sunday school classes, and scouting groups get into the Bible. We firmly believe that time spent in the Bible can be precious time with God.
The Bible is basic to the Christian life, which is why the Bible is the emphasis of this new patch series. We're encouraging you to not only Read the Bible, but also to take the time to Picture the passage, Ponder its meaning, and Put it into action. That’s what "RP3" is all about. Families and groups taking part in the program will get to enjoy reading the Bible together, and become familiar with the RP3 outline and be equipped with a simple tool for personal Bible reading and study at the same time.
How does it work?
Each patch in this series focuses on a simple object (i.e. water, birds, books, etc.) and includes 3 Bible stories that feature that object. Each patch will require 3 separate sessions (one session for each Bible story). Each Bible story will utilize the RP3 outline: participants will Read the passage, answer questions to Picture the story, discuss issues to Ponder its meaning, and choose an activity to Put into action.
We are launching this series with three patches: The Good Book, Out of the Water, and Birds of the Air. The Good Book patch is considered the anchor patch and the first patch that should be earned. After that, the patches may be earned in any order.
Patches are independent study units. Requirements are shared through the P.R.A.Y. Website and you can acquire them by completing the curriculum request form at the top of this page. The files will be sent to you via email when your request is approved. Ordering the patches is easy: patches are available through the P.R.A.Y. Online Store and may be ordered at any time. Each patch is designed to be a visual reminder of the Bible stories and can be used as a prompt for reviewing past lessons. [Please note: each patch will also be available as a small pin.]
Bible Basics RP3 is a series for people of all ages (school age and up). The curriculum for each patch includes questions for younger children, older youth, and adults, and is designed to be done in a family or group setting with all participants (including parents and leaders) earning the patch.
Are these P.R.A.Y. Awards?
These patches are separate from the P.R.A.Y. awards and do not have the same strict guidelines as God and Me, God and Family, God and Church and God and Life. The patches are shorter programs, can be earned by all ages, and do not require workbooks or an application/review process by clergy. These guidelines make the new patch series ideal for weekend campouts and retreats.
Although the patches are separate from the P.R.A.Y. awards, the patches can be used in conjunction with them and fill the gaps that exist between the different age levels. The patch series can also be used with unchurched kids who may not be ready to tackle the more demanding award curriculum; it can provide some hands-on Bible experience and generate success and excitement for advancing to the P.R.A.Y. Awards.
Will there be more Patches?
Plans are already in the works for future patches featuring trees, fish, rocks, and storms. Be sure to get on the P.R.A.Y. email list to be notified when new patches are posted.
Martin Luther said “The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.” It is our dream that “Bible Basics RP3” will be a catalyst in bringing children, youth and families to Christ and nurturing in them a lifelong love of Holy Scripture.