Commission to recognize outstanding young people
1/14/2003 News media contact: Tim Tanton · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.
By Rich Peck*NASHVILLE,
Tenn. (UMNS) - Young people will be recognized and honored for personal
and selfless contributions to others in a program sponsored by the
Commission on United Methodist Men.
Awards of $500 each will be
given to five young people representing each of the denomination's five
U.S. jurisdictions. A minimum of 100 nominations per jurisdiction is
required to award the scholarship.
To qualify, a person must be between the ages of 12 and 19 and must have received a Good Samaritan Award.
in August 2000, the United Methodist award program was created to
recognize young people who represent the attributes of the Good
Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). A recipient may be involved in a Boy Scout
troop, Girl Scout troop, Venture crew, Camp Fire USA group or 4-H club
chartered to, sponsored by or meeting in a United Methodist church. Or
the recipient may be an active member of his or her local United
Methodist church. To date, more than 200 boys and girls have received
Young people have received Good Samaritan Awards for
being involved in hunger relief efforts, service projects, programs for
homeless people, work in thrift shops, construction projects for
low-income families, service to senior citizens and impromptu acts of
To receive the award, the youth must be nominated by
an adult not related to them. The nomination must be supported by the
pastor or the president of a local church unit of United Methodist Men.
award, together with a certificate and lapel pin, may be presented at
any time during 2003 in order to be considered for a jurisdictional
scholarship. If the recipient is a Boy Scout, Girl Scout or Venture Crew
member, the church has the option of presenting Good Samaritan Awards
on Scouting Ministry Sunday, Feb. 9.
Pastors who have been
working with young people may also use that Sunday to present God and
Country Awards. This program series offers various awards for different
ages (God and Me, grades 1-3; God and Family, grades 4-5; God and
Church, grades 6-8; and God and Life, grades 9-12).
pastors may also use the Sunday to honor adult scout leaders. Adults may
receive either the Torch Award or the Cross and Flame Award.
information on any of these awards, contact the Office of Civic
Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting, P.O. Box 340006, Nashville, TN
37203-0006; send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (615) 340-7129.
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*Peck is communications consultant for the churchwide Commission on United Methodist Men in Nashville, Tenn.
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