Duty to God – Scout Sunday

Stained GlassWith Boy Scout Sunday this month, I planned a Duty to God day at our church. We scheduled some projects and had a short Bible study.

Since all the boys participating are Cub Scout age, we kept the projects easy. They picked up trash around the church – this project required bags and gloves. The boys then sharpened all the pencils in the sanctuary, I asked parents to bring electric pencil sharpeners if they had them. They also updated the activity bags that are available for children to use during the service. They took all the bags apart, checked all the pieces and reassembled them. We then had a snack and a little Bible study. After the snack, they made a tied fleece blanket. I bought the kit on a really good sale and had it cut out, the children tied it. I then had a craft – decorating magnets. I found these kits on clearance after Vacation Bible School time at Joann’s.

I opened with a prayer I found online and modified to make it work with our program:
Dear heavenly Father, as we begin this meeting, we know that You are here with us. Make our hearts and minds ready to plan and do those things that will be pleasing to You and serve our church, and our community. Where we fail, forgive us and help us start again in the way you would have us go. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

We closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

For the quick Bible study we talked about what we believe:
We are saved by God’s grace, for Christ’s sake, through faith alone.
We recited these two verses (they repeated after me)
John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
(New Living Translation)

The kids had a fun time and I thought it added to the Scout Sunday experience.

Here are some reference sites:

Blanket
http://www.joann.com/fabric/fleece-fabric/no-sew-fleece/

Prayer – National Lutheran Association on Scouting
http://www.nlas.org/prayers.htm

Statement of Faith
http://www.gslcpc.org/StatementofBelief/tabid/347/Default.aspx

Bible Verses:
http://www.biblegateway.com

Scout Sunday and Duty to God:
http://www.pack273vh.org/home/duty-to-god
http://www.ponyexpressbsa.org/News/ScoutSuncday2012

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