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ANCHORED: The 2021 Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge 2021 logo - blue with white background

What is the 2021 Summer Challenge?

It’s summertime! Most schools and homeschools are “on pause” for the summer. There will be no children’s programming taking place at Grace Church until the fall. Many families will be travelling and be away from church at points during the summer. And so spiritual disciplines can be one of the last things we think to remember. Yet the summer, when many Christians have a bit more time and a less busy schedule, is a great time to begin or renew such habits.

So, we’ve come up with a Summer Challenge to encourage kids and adults alike to become better “Anchored” in the foundations of the faith. In this Challenge, we’ll be memorizing Bible passages, we’ll be continuing (or starting for the first time!) the habit of catechesis in memorizing the New City Catechism and the Calvary Grace Catechism for Younger Children, we’ll be learning some songs, and we’ll be reading and learning about Christ’s church in history and in the world today. Our prayer is that by doing this that "deeper still will go our anchors” into the good news of God’s grace.

 

 Summer Challenge - Anchor 1

How does it work?

Every participant will need a tracking sheet, on which their progress will be recorded. It gives a list of requirements, each one representing an achievement. Download and print the tracking sheet here:

2021 Summer Challenge Guide and Tracking Sheet (print it letter size, landscape, 2-sided, flip on short edge)

Some achievements call for memorizing a Bible passage or catechism question & answer, or learning a song. Parents are encouraged to “mark generously” with younger children—it’s the “gist,” the main idea, that matters more than precise wording.

Some call for reading a book on Christian history—this could be a missionary biography, or a story about an event. It’s up to you! It should be appropriate to their reading level—so, a board book is fine for a 5-year-old but a multiple-chapter book would be better for a teenager. These can be read by the child or read to them by someone else.

 

Summer Challenge - Wheel

Award Levels

In order to “encourage one another” (Heb. 10:25) in learning God’s truth, and in order to “outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10), we’ll be awarding certificates and medals to recognize achievements in this challenge! For younger children (we think up to age 7 or 8, but parents can decide based on the child’s reading ability and level of understanding) we have a “Junior” level based around the simpler Calvary Grace Catechism. For older children, there are three achievement levels, each with their own set of requirements. Completing all the requirements in a level will be recognized with an achievement medal. 

When a child is ready they recite what they learned or show their work to a parent, who initials the requirement as done. Tracking sheets can be submitted to an elder anytime up to September 15.  

 

Summer Challenge - Ship 2

The requirements for each award level are as follows:

JUNIOR (Up to Grades 2 or 3)

1. I Memorized Deuteronomy 6:4-5

2. I Memorized Question & Answer 1 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

3. I Memorized Question & Answer 2 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

4. I Memorized Question & Answer 3 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

5. I Memorized Question & Answer 4 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

6. I Memorized Question & Answer 5 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

7. I Memorized Question & Answer 6 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

8. I Memorized Question & Answer 7 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

9. I Memorized Question & Answer 8 in the Calvary Grace Catechism

10. I Memorized "Now Unto Him" (Hymn #437 in Hymns of Grace; you can listen to a version of the hymn here)

11. I Read (or had read to me) a Christian History Book

 

Summer Challenge - Waves


BRONZE

1. I Memorized Deuteronomy 6:4-5

2. I Memorized Question & Answer 1 (Short) in the New City Catechism

3. I Memorized Question & Answer 2 (Short) in the New City Catechism

4. I Memorized Question & Answer 3 (Short) in the New City Catechism

5. I Memorized Question & Answer 4 (Short) in the New City Catechism

6. I Memorized Question & Answer 5 (Short) in the New City Catechism

7. I Memorized Question & Answer 6 (Short) in the New City Catechism

8. I Memorized Question & Answer 7 (Short) in the New City Catechism

9. I Memorized Question & Answer 8 (Short) in the New City Catechism

10. I Memorized "Now Unto Him" (Hymn #437 in Hymns of Grace; you can listen to a version of the hymn here)

11. I Read (or had read to me) A Christian History Book

 

Summer Challenge - Ship

SILVER

In addition to the Bronze level:

12. I Memorized Psalm 23

13. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 1: Romans 14:7-8

14. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 2: Psalm 86:8-10, 15

15. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 3: 2 Corinthians 13:14

16. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 4: Genesis 1:27

17. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 5: Genesis 1:31

18. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 6: Deuteronomy 11:1

19. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 7: Matthew 22:37-40

20. I Memorized the New City Catechism’s Memory Verse for Question 8: Exodus 20:3

21. I Memorized "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" (an arrangement of Psalm 117; you can find the lyrics and music here, and it's sung to the tune of Beethoven's "Ode To Joy," like the hymn "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee")

22. I Researched an Unreached People Group: the ____________ in _____________

 

Summer Challenge - Catechisms

GOLD

In addition to the Bronze and Silver levels:

23. I Memorized Question & Answer 1 (Long) in the New City Catechism

24. I Memorized Question & Answer 2 (Long) in the New City Catechism

25. I Memorized Question & Answer 3 (Long) in the New City Catechism

26. I Memorized Question & Answer 4 (Long) in the New City Catechism

27. I Memorized Question & Answer 5 (Long) in the New City Catechism

28. I Memorized Question & Answer 6 (Long) in the New City Catechism

29. I Memorized Question & Answer 7 (Long) in the New City Catechism

30. I Memorized Question & Answer 8 (Long) in the New City Catechism

31. I Memorized the Athanasian Creed

32. I Memorized/Learned to Play a New Hymn: ______________ (name of hymn or song)

33. I Researched the Persecuted Church in ________________ (region)

Alternatively, a Bronze Medal will be awarded for completion of any 11 requirements, or a Silver Medal for completion of any 22 requirements, from the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. Junior Medals may be upgraded to Bronze for completion of any 8 requirements, or to Silver for any 18 requirements, in Bronze, Silver, or Gold that are not also found in the Junior level. A Gold medal always requires completion of all 33 requirements in the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels.