It’s the beginning of the year, and in the interest of introducing all our old friends (and familiar elements), I’d like you to meet the W.O.G. He’s our Family Formation mascot and it’s his job to encourage kids to read the Word Of God. (Get it?) You’ll see him greeting families at all our monthly meeting times and in a variety of other places. His image has been on stickers, tattoos, and buttons in the past and you’ll see him printed in your home lessons in places where we want to remind you to open your Bibles.
Maybe most important is his work with the W.O.G. Logs. Each month, we encourage kids to keep track of days they’ve remembered to read God’s Word. At the Church of Saint Paul program, kids can bring their completed W.O.G. Log page back to the next Family Formation meeting to be entered in a drawing for some kind of prize. (In October, 4 lucky kids won Dairy Queen gift cards!)
Of course, we hope kids will do a little Bible reading each day, but even if they only read one day in a particular month, we encourage them to bring the W.O.G. Log back to church for the next Family Formation classroom time. God is glad for this beginning step and can use it to work in their lives!
There is a little change in procedure this year: instead of dropping off your W.O.G. Log at class with your catechist, we want you to put it in the appropriate box by the holy water font when you walk it. We’ll still do prizes the same way – it’s just the drop off place that has changed a bit.
So next time you come for class, be sure to say hi to the W.O.G! He loves handshakes, hugs, and high-fives and is even glad to give just a little wave to shy kids who are peeking at him from behind a parent. Most of all, he loves kids who spend time reading God’s Word!