This picture from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church encapsulates much more than just the group of young people who were recognized for earning their P.R.A.Y. awards. Bill Chaffin, Scouting Coordinator for the Virginia Conference, shares several important lessons about their program. Here’s the “big picture” behind this photograph and what they are building:
+ Launched an intentional, annual promotion of religious emblems (not the haphazard, hit or miss approach from back in the day)
+ Put religious emblems on the calendar
Asked the United Methodist Men’s group to help with a missions dinner which funded 100% of the program
+ Increased the number of religious emblems earned from 11 emblems the first year to 24 this year
Impacted a growing number of Scouts to have STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD!
Learn the lesson from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church: assign religious emblems to a parent, and get it on the calendar. Thank you to Bill Chaffin for these important lessons. Congratulations to the young people who earned their religious emblem! Blessings on St. Mark’s UMC for their P.R.A.Y. ministry!