Marrena Ralph, Kids 4 Truth Clubs Program Administrator
Year End Program and Awards
The end of a curriculum year is a great time to encourage those who have participated in your club by presenting year end awards, gifts, or incentives. A nice ending to the K4T curriculum year is an Awards Night. We would suggest a special service to honor those who have worked hard in the program. This is also a time when you can thank your workers by recognizing them.
Services vary from one ministry to another but ceremonies often include songs, recitation of memory work, and presentation of year end awards/achievements. In addition, some churches enjoy adding a reception or fellowship time after the program that includes anything from cupcakes to hotdogs or pizza.
Year end award pins and certificates are available for those who would like to use this option.
Year End Award Pins: These attractive pins are an option for those who would like to give out Bronze, Silver, or Gold level awards. The Year End Award pins are available in three colors: bronze, silver, and gold for you to distribute as you see fit. The Award Pin should be worn on the standard above the Kids 4 Truth embroidered logo. We would suggest a "Year End Award Pinning Ceremony" where each child who has earned his/her pin is called to the front and the small group leader or director pins the Award Pin onto the standard in front of everyone. A nice compliment to the year end pins are the Year End Certificates. These are available to purchase pre-printed. These certificates look sharp with a gold seal sticker placed over the graphic on the center bottom of the certificate. The certificate can be presented by itself, in a certificate mat holder, or in a certificate frame.
Recommended Award Scenarios: Just as a church chooses how its children earn each award patch during the year, the church has the flexibility to choose what type and how year end awards are earned. Below are our recommendations for year end awards.
Levels 2-4: The children in levels 2-4 have the opportunity to earn bronze, silver, or gold each year. The color of the award they earn depends upon how many patches they earn for every doctrinal theme in the book (not an average, but every doctrinal theme.) We recommend the following:
- Bronze – earn 3 patches for every doctrinal theme in the book = total of 18 patches (patches on the front of the standard)
- Silver – earn 4 patches for every doctrinal theme in the book = total of 24 patches (one patch on the front and one on the back for each doctrinal theme)
- Gold – earn all 5 patches for every doctrinal theme in the book = total of 30 patches
Level 1 – Discoverers: A child who has been in the Discoverers level all three years can earn all three year-end pins. The awards reflect the amount of memory work the child has recited. We recommend a difference between books B & C in earning the second patch because book C contains more content.
- Book A = all patches earned = Bronze
- Books B & C = 1 patch per doctrinal theme = Bronze
- Book B = 1 patch per doctrinal theme + bonus patch on the back for each doctrinal theme = Silver
- Book C = 1 patch per doctrinal theme + cutout path patch on the back for each doctrinal theme = Gold
Extras: Some clubs have successfully added gifts or incentives for memorizing the Truths and participating in the program for the year. They use Bible covers, cinch bags, disk flyers, CDs, DVDs, or pens/pencils, and give gifts according to the work that was accomplished or ability level. We also have clubs who go one step further to show appreciation to their workers at this time of year. Workers who feel appreciated will often return to work another year. The Travel Tumbler, Tumbler with Straw, or pens are a great gifts to show workers you appreciate them. These items not only encourage your children or workers after a year of hard work, but also promote excitement and advertisement for your program.