Church Teaches RP3 to Cub Scouts
Lauren Grant, Director of Children’s Ministry at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, taught “The Good Book” patch to a group of Cub Scouts who had already earned their age appropriate P.R.A.Y. religious emblems (i.e. God and Me, and God and Family). The boys wanted to continue their faith walk, and so Lauren offered The Good Book patch. The boys ranged in grade from 2nd grade to 5th grade, but since the RP3 program is for all ages so they were able to come together in one combined class. According to Lauren, “The kids and attending parents thoroughly enjoyed the class and are already asking me when I will teach another class from the RP3 series. I am hoping to try and teach more classes and expand the age range. It was a great class and I know that many of the boys and their parents have been spreading the word about the class within our chartered organization. Thank you for providing this additional program to compliment the P.R.A.Y. program.”
REC Offers RP3 to Adult Scouters
Cheryl Routh, Religious Emblems Coordinator for Troop 848 at Community Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV, uses the RP3 series as a way for the adults to live out their oath to fulfill their “Duty to God.” Cheryl explains that the youth are expected to earn religious emblems, so the RP3 series is directed only to the adults. The outdoor theme of the RP3 patches makes it easier for Scouters to relate to. The program is offered to adults as an independent study. All work is done at home, and then they come together for one gathering to discuss their work and sign it off. Their program is low key, and they invite all people to the gathering, whether or not they have completed the curriculum or know anything about the Bible. They allow people to “come where you are” and sample the study. By making it low key, they feel that the RP3 helps the unchurched feel more comfortable delving into the Bible. About 10 adults complete the RP3 series each year and are recognized on Scout Sunday or at a Court of Honor.
Whether the RP3 series is used to “fill in the gaps” between the youth awards, or whether it is used for adults to fulfill their Duty to God, thank you for creating opportunities for children, youth and families to explore and grow stronger in Christian faith!
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