First Quarter 2019 Memory Verse Activity

Lesson 1, January 5, 2019

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

Prepare in advance a name tag for each student that says: ___________, Child of God.

Display the power text in your classroom: Yet to (name of student) who receive him, to (name) who believed in his name, (name) has the right to become a child of God.

Read the power text to the class and explain that we even though we have parents who gave birth to us, we can become “adopted” by God when we choose him.

Invite the students to come one at a time as you ask: Do you want Jesus as your forever friend? When the student says “yes,” the class recites the power text, using that student’s name. The class cheers, claps, or whistles, as the student gets the “new” name tag and writes in their name before attaching the tag. Repeat for each student.

Close with prayer, thanking God for choosing and adopting each one of us into His family.

Lesson 2, January 12, 2019

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1).

Plan and prepare a set of each of the following items for every 10-12 students in your class:

  • A heart-shaped piece of cardboard and some twine
  • A megaphone (or stiff paper rolled up to form a megaphone)
  • A padlock with a key

Students should line up and go to each station as the class performs the following acts:

  1. Wrap the heart in twine and say “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted” (run to the next station).
  2. Grab the microphone and shout “to proclaim freedom for the captives” (run to the next station).
  3. Use the key to unlock the lock and say “and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
  4. Everyone shouts in unison “Isaiah 61:1” (signaling the end of that relay). Repeat until all the students have had a chance to go to each station.

Lesson 3, January 19, 2019

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Write the power text on the board.

Provide flashlights for each group of 10 students. Write the words “good deeds” in small letters on a piece of paper and place it in the bottom of a dark sack or container. Ask the students to take turns going to the container/sack and shining the flashlight to see the words. As the students are moving toward the sack, the class should say together, “let your light shine before others.” The student shines the light into the sack and reads the words GOOD DEEDS out loud. The class then exclaims, “glorify your Father in heaven.”

Repeat until every student has the chance to “shine the light and see the good deeds.”

Close by saying: This verse reminds us to shine our light—or keep on doing what Jesus asks—so that when others see the good things we do, they’ll know it is because of Jesus working through us. And hopefully they will begin to honor and praise Him as a result of our witness.

Lesson 4, January 26, 2019

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

Display the power text in your classroom.

Provide a ball of yarn and gather your class into a circle. (For larger classes, divide students into circles of 10-15.)

The teacher joins the circle and starts the activity. Take the loose end of the yarn and loosely wrap it around the wrists of the first two students in the circle (as you wrap their wrists, students recite the verse). Join a third student wrist to the second by wrapping the yarn as the three students recite the verse. Add a fourth, fifth, etc., until every student in the circle is joined to the student next to them, and every student has helped recite the verse.

As they all remain joined in “unity” say: This verse reminds us that things go so much better when we stay focused on what we have in common. Often the fact that we all love Jesus is our greatest point of unity.

Close with a prayer: Jesus, just as this yarn connects all of us in this circle, please keep us focused on you and your plan for our lives and our church. Amen.

Lesson 5, February 2, 2019

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17).

Tell the students the power text and then say: This means that friends are forever and ever, and that no matter how much adversity or trouble comes along, brothers and sisters never leave or quit being friends with one another!

Give each student a sticky note and then number off the class 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, etc. Ask all the 1’s to write FRIEND on their note and stick it to their forehead. All the 2’s should write BROTHER on their notes and stick it to their foreheads. Tell the 1’s that when you point to them they should stand and say “A friend loves at all times.” When you point to a 2, they should stand and say “A brother is born for adversity.” Each student should remain standing until the entire class has stood up. Then ask all the 1’s to say together “A friend loves at all times,” then sit down; all the 2’s should say together, “A brother is born for adversity.”

If there is time, repeat the activity.

Lesson 6, February 9, 2019

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Display the power text in classroom. Bring a large comforter or special blanket/wrap. Circle up the students around your room and begin with the person to the left of you. Place the comforter around the student’s shoulders and say, “We can comfort (name of student) in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” That student then takes the comforter and places it around the person to their left and repeats the same thing. Continue around the circle until every student has an opportunity to comfort and be comforted.

Close by saying: It is a really great thing to be able to provide help and comfort to others when they are hurting. The same way Jesus comforts us, He allows us to be a part of helping others in pain.

Lesson 7, February 16, 2019

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” {Isaiah 12:2).

Place four pieces of poster board or newsprint around the room. On each paper/poster write one of the following words: salvation, trust, strength and defense. Ask the students to draw pictures or words of things that illustrate the word on each paper. Give five minutes to complete the drawings, then recite the power text together, as the students point to each of the posters that illustrate each part of the text.

Lesson 8, February 23, 2019

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith” (Romans 12:6).

Prepare two gift-wrapped boxes, very different in appearance, for every 10 students in your class. Write the power text in a visible location. Divide the class into two lines with students about three feet apart, facing one another. Give the first student in each line one of the gifts and instruct them to “exchange gifts.” Student 1 extends his gift and says, “We have different gifts . . .” Student 2 extends his gift and replies, “according to the grace given to each of us,” Romans 12:6.The two gifts are then exchanged and passed to the person standing next in line. The next two students repeat the activity, until the gifts have passed down the entire rows.

Lesson 9, March 2, 2019

”The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

Divide the memory verse as follows:

The King will reply
Whatever you did
The least of these
You did for me

Matthew 25:40

Write each of these phrases on separate pieces of paper. Place the papers in order around the circle, on the floor. Divide your students into eight groups (or individuals, if a small class) with each group squatting near one of the papers.

Start a “wave,” as the kids around each phrase say their phrase they quickly stand and then return to a squatting position as the next ‘wave’ stands to repeat their phrase.

Repeat until the class can complete the verse smoothly.

Lesson 10, March 9, 2019

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God” (Job 19:25, 26).

In advance, provide several different translations of the Bible for each group. Display the power text in your classroom. Divide the class into groups of four. Give them four minutes to discuss the text together and come up with a way to teach a four-year old what it means. Invite them to find different words, or ways of saying it, so that kindergartners will be able to understand. After four minutes, bring the class back together to share what they have prepared.

NOTE: Juniors may have a difficult time with some words or concepts in this text, puzzling it out will create curiosity and the desire to understand it more for themselves. Continue wandering around the groups and be available to answer questions as they try to understand it.

As the class comes back together share, let the groups help each other, before you begin to help. Close with sharing your own “translation,” i.e.: “I know Jesus is alive, even if I die before He comes back to take me to heaven, He’ll make me alive again and I will see Him.” Challenge the students to share that message with someone before the day ends.

Lesson 11, March 16, 2019

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25, 26).

In advance, write the power text on a poster and write parts of the power text on nine different cards as follows:

  1. Jesus said to her,
  2. “I am the resurrection
  3. and the life.
  4. The one who believes in me will live,
  5. even though they die;
  6. and whoever lives
  7. by believing in me
  8. will never die”
  9. Do you believe this?

Reveal the power text you have written on a poster and read it aloud, before hiding it away. Give the cards to nine students and tell them they have one minute to get them in the proper order. At the end of the minute, shout STOP (or use another attention getting device). Reveal the power text and check the order. Hid the power text and give the cards to nine different students and repeat the activity, until each student gets a turn. Close the activity by reciting the power text together from memory. (Use the poster as necessary to remind students of the verse.)

Lesson 12, March 23, 2019

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

Display the power text in your classroom and divide the class into five groups:

Group 1: For the Lord himself will come down from heaven
Group 2: with a loud command
Group 3: with the voice of the archangel
Group 4: and with the trumpet call of God
Group 5: and the dead in Christ will rise first

Position the groups as follows: Group 5 lying in the middle of the room, with groups 1-4 stationed in each corner of the room. Group 1 rushes to the center of the room encircling group 5 as they repeat together: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven.” Group 2 SHOUTS from the corner: “with a loud command.” Group 3 sings or shouts, “with the voice of the archangel.” Group 4 makes a trumpet sound and shouts, “with the trumpet call of God.” Group 5 stands up as they say together; “and the dead in Christ will rise first.” Repeat several times and close by asking: “Can you just imagine what it will be like on the day Jesus comes back to take us to heaven?”

Lesson 13, March 30, 2019

“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).

You’ll need: note paper, envelope, and pen for each student.

Provide each student with note paper, an envelope, and a pen. Ask each student to address the envelope to themself and place it upside-down on a table or in the middle of the floor. Mix the envelopes and have each student select an envelope, keeping secret to whom the envelope is addressed. If they draw their own, they should replace it and draw another.

Write the power text in a prominent location in the classroom as follows:

Dear (name),
Remember this week that Jesus is praying for you. In Luke 22:32, He tells you: But I have prayed for (name) . . . that (name’s) faith may not fail. And when you, (name), have turned back, strengthen your brothers (and sisters).
I hope you have a faithful week.
Your friend,
(name)

Instruct each student to use the name of the student on the envelope and write the message that you have provided for them, inserting their addressee’s name in the proper places. When they are finished, they need to seal the envelope and then give them all to you. Stamp each envelope and mail it on Monday so that each student receives their encouragement by mid-week. (If finances limit the ability to provide postage, each student can find the person whose envelope they selected and hand deliver it during Sabbath School.)