Sunday, Feb. 9 is one of our favorite Sundays of the year as we worship with our Christ Methodist Day School families and also recognize our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts during the 9:45 service.
CMDS is Christ Church’s oldest ministry, and CMDS Sunday was founded to highlight the partnership between the church and the school. Worshipping together shows our collective mission of ministering to families in the Memphis community. The mission of CMDS and the ministry of Christ Church go hand in hand, to teach children about Christ and provide them with a strong education.
CMDS opened its doors in 1958 and for more than six decades has continued to progress in the areas of technology, research and educational trends while staying true to its rich traditions and remaining steadfast to its mission. Currently 525 students are enrolled from age 2K to 6th grade.
Scouts Sunday is designed to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. Currently, Christ Church sponsors a Cub Scout Pack (1st-5th grade) that includes approximately 80 boys, a Boy Scout Troop (roughly ages 12-17) with approximately 45 boys and a Girl Scouts Troop (2nd-4th grade) with approximately 35 girls.
“Our Scouts come from many different places, making the Scouting program at Christ Church a great outreach ministry for the church,” said Duncan Miller. “I would estimate that 60-70 percent of the boys involved in Scouting come from somewhere besides Christ Church/CMDS.”
The Scouting program has four specific objectives, commonly referred to as the aims of Scouting: character development, citizenship training, leadership and mental and physical fitness. Girl Scouts offers fun and meaningful programming that builds character and leadership skills as well as encourages community service, education and development of financial and business skills.
Boy Scout Troop 241 is a boy-led unit. The Scouts elect their own leadership and conduct the meetings while the adults provide advice and encouragement. In addition to working on Merit Badges, the troop camps 8-9 times per year, including a weeklong summer camp and a three-day winter camp. Once they reach age 14, most boys attend two weeks of backpacking in the Rocky Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch. The Cub Scout program is designed to introduce boys to the outdoors and the skills they will further develop in Boy Scouts.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. Since 1961, 92 Eagle Scouts have come from Christ Church beginning with Howard Boone Jr. and most recently with Ryan Peng and Thomas Miller in January 2020.
Girls Scout badges are earned and accumulated through skill-building activities. Girls have the opportunity to participate in weekend campouts, summer camps and national events such as Wreaths Across America as well as locally organized community service projects and learning activities.