Religious Emblems Awards

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P.R.A.Y. is best known for religious awards programs. The P.R.A.Y. program helps young people to develop a deeper relationship with God and to understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. It is a Christian Education resource that uses Bible lessons paired with service projects to help young people not only to grow in Christian faith but to also express their faith by reaching out in love and in service to others. P.R.A.Y. encourages families, youth agencies, and Protestant congregations to use the P.R.A.Y. series to foster spiritual growth in children, youth and families.

4StudentBooks_tP.R.A.Y.’s mission statement is to “foster the Christian growth of children, youth, and families through churches and youth serving agencies.” Everything that the P.R.A.Y. national board does is centered on the two parts of this mission statement: collaborations between churches and agencies, and the P.R.A.Y. program.

Girls and boys in grades 1-12 may earn a P.R.A.Y. award. Girls and boys may earn this award even if they do not belong to a Girl Scout, Boy Scout, American Heritage Girl, or Camp Fire group. Members of youth groups and Sunday School classes may participate in these programs. Youth do not have to have official membership in a congregation to earn the awards; however, the program requires that a pastor review all work and oversee the program. The pastor, or someone appointed by the pastor (such as a parent, Sunday School teacher, congregational lay leader, or other qualified adult) may serve as counselor.

Protestant and Independent churches use the P.R.A.Y. program. The following is a partial listing of the denominations that use the P.R.A.Y. program: African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Assembly of God, Baptist, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Methodist Episcopal, Church of God, Episcopal, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, and Independent Christian churches.

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Webinar Recordings and PowerPoint Presentations are available on these topics:

  • THE P.R.A.Y. PROGRAM for Protestant and Independent Christian Churches
    • An Overview of the P.R.A.Y. Program: Thinking about offering a P.R.A.Y. class? Find out how easy it is! More importantly, discover how the P.R.A.Y. program can grow your church membership!
    • View Recorded Webinar (Requires name and email address to view)
    • Download PowerPoint Presentation (Right Click, Save As)
  • Teaching God and Me
    • For people who want to teach a God and Me class: Walk through lesson plans, see props and finished projects, gain valuable teaching experience. NOTE: Participants should purchase a copy of the Student, Counselor and Mentor books for this webinar. Books can be purchased from PRAY’s online store at www.praypub.org/store.
    • PDF of PowerPoint to follow along
      God and Me Lesson Plan Grid
    • View Recorded Webinar (Requires name and email address to view)
      Note: There is a long pause at the beginning of the recording, please wait until the presenter begins.
    • Download PowerPoint Presentation (Right Click, Save As)
  • Teaching God and Family
  • Venturing as a Church Ministry
    • Is your church looking for ways to connect with the millennial generation to bring younger adults and youth into your congregation? Scouting is the perfect ministry outreach program to accomplish just that! This webinar will be led by Scouting volunteers Bob Vogt (Central Region Area 3 Venturing Advisor and BSA National Religious Relations Task Force Member) and Amanda Vogt (Past National Venturing President and member of the GCUMM Board), who use Scouting as a huge ministry for their United Methodist Church. It will cover methods of reaching out to existing units in your area, and how to start new units within your church community. They will specifically focus on how to use Venturing (the co-ed division of Scouting) as an extension of your high school youth group.
    • View Recorded Webinar (Requires name and email address to view)
    • Download PowerPoint Presentation (Right Click, Save As)
  • Help United Methodist Congregations Attract Young Families
    • Do you have “Scouts meeting in your building” or do you truly have a “Scouting ministry?” Understand how Scouting can help grow your church membership. Discover new tools and strategies for evangelism.
    • View Recorded Webinar (Requires name and email address to view)
    • PDF of PowerPoint, Full PowerPoint Presentation (Right-Click, Save As)

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