Explaining the God and Church Program
Edward W. Hammitt (ehammitt@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Tue, 9 Sep 1997 15:24:52 -0400
This is a flyer I got from PRAY and wanted to share it with the list's
Explaining the God and Church Program
The God and Church Program is the third program in the God and Country
Series and is designed for young people in grades 6,7 & 8. This program
provides young people with the opportunity to work with their pastor, to
understand the church's structures and objectives, and to participate in
service projects that will give them a better understanding of the mission
of the church.
Section One is entitled "God at Work' and requires students to identify the
major events in the life of Jesus, become acquainted with Jesus' parables,
learn about the basic nature of the Bible and the content of the Old and
New Testaments, study the important beliefs and practices of the Christian
faith, and learn how to keep in touch with God by creating a plan for
reading the Bible every day.
Section Two is entitled "Christians at Work" and requires students to learn
about the history, structure, and ministry of their congregation. Students
also study Christians at work in the community by visiting some helping
agencies and a religious institution other than their own. They then study
Christians at work beyond their town by researching the history of their
denomination and the educational institutions supported by the church.
Finally, students are required to look at how the church reaches out into
the world by studying the various mission fields and an ecumenical
organization that it supports.
In addition to completing the lessons in the student workbook, the young
people will be required to complete ten hours of service to the church and
ten hours of service to the community. These service projects should be
related to the Bible lessons studied in class, and the students should be
made to understand that helping others can be an outward expression of
their Christian commitment.
The God and Church program can take from five months to a year to complete.
The program is very flexible and can be structured in a number of
different ways. Ideally, the youth will complete this program in his or
her own church under the supervision of his or her own pastor. However, it
is possible to teach the course to a group of young people who belong to
different denominations. In this situation, the individual churches should
be contacted ahead of time. 'Me pastors need to be invited to the class
sessions which deal with specific church history and doctrine. The young
people can benefit from this type of comparative study and learn to
appreciate the unique aspects of their own denomination.
The God and Church Adult Mentor program is an optional program for parents.
Rather than just having their children go through the program by
themselves, parents may choose to work on the program alongside their
children. In the Adult Mentor program, parents have a workbook with
lessons and projects to complete just like the child. Parents will be
challenged to learn more about their faith and to talk about their faith
with their children.
The God and Church curriculum was developed without theological bias; yet
it was designed to permit the introduction of particular theological and
denominational viewpoints on the material being studied. Therefore all
students use the standard God and Church curriculum regardless of church
Several denominational medals are available at the God and Church program:
Baptist, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),
Disciples of Christ, and Lutheran. Information on ordering these
recognition items is contained in the Student Workbook. (Note: These
denominational medals are available only at the God and Church level.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City