First Quarter 2020 Memory Verse Activity

Lesson 1, January 4, 2020

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Have the students add the following actions as they repeat the power text from memory: bow low, rising gradually as they recite each word of the power text until they are completely standing.

Lesson 2, January 11, 2020

“‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers’” (Matthew 21:13).

In advance, write the words “Matthew 21:13, ‘It is written, he said to them. . . .’” on a large white board or poster board in the room. Using sticky notes, number each of 18 Bibles, 1-18. Inside each Bible, place a card with one word of the power text on a 3 x 5 card. Place the Bibles in unlikely places around your room and say: “The Bible contains many wonderful instructions and promises for us. Look around the room, find the numbered Bibles, and place the cards in order by number to discover what is written there for us today. (For smaller groups, place more than one word on each 3 x 5 card, and use fewer Bibles for the activity.)

After the students solve the puzzle, have them repeat the power text by memory. Then ask, “Who is talking? To whom is He speaking? What can we learn from this verse?”

Lesson 3, January 18, 2020

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:7, 8).

Divide the verse into seven parts, and write it on 3 x 5 cards as follows:

(card 1) I will praise the Lord,

(card 2) who counsels me;

(card 3) even at night

(card 4) my heart instructs me.

(card 5) I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

(card 6) With him at my right hand,

(card 7) I will not be shaken.

Divide your class into seven groups and give each group a card, paper, pens, and markers. Ask each group to take a few minutes to decide how they will act out/illustrate their part of the verse. (For smaller groups, give a group more than one card to act out/illustrate.)

Bring the group together and, beginning with group 1, invite the students to share their interpretation of the verse. Repeat several times, saying the verse together as each group presents. Ask for feedback on what the verse means or what we can learn from this verse today.

Lesson 4, January 25, 2020

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4).

Bring a shower curtain or other large piece of cloth. If possible, put the curtain or cloth on a curtain rod or wooden dowel, creating an opening in the middle through which students can “enter.”

Write the power text in large letters on a white board or poster board. Invite each student to go through the curtain “gate” while repeating the power text. Repeat while each student moves through the curtain.

Lesson 5, February 1, 2020

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Divide students into groups of three or four, and ask each to review the verse together several times. Next, have the students share and write down what the power text means to them. After a few minutes, ask each group to share their application of John 4:24 to their own experience with the rest of the class.

Close by having all students repeat the verse together by memory.

Lesson 6, February 8, 2020

“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Who is he, sir?’ the man asked. ‘Tell me so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.’ Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him”(John 9:35-38).

Prepare one card or piece of paper for each student. On half the cards write the number 1 followed by "Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Who is he, sir?’ the man asked. ‘Tell me so that I may believe in him.’”  On the other half write the number 2 followed by ”Jesus said, ‘You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.’ Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him” John 9:35-38.

Divide the class in half and give half of them the first part of the power text: SAY: "Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Who is he, sir?’ the man asked. ‘Tell me so that I may believe in him.’”

Give half of the class a paper or card with the second part of the power text: SAY: ”Jesus said, ‘You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.’ Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him” John 9:35-38.

Instruct the class to start calling out for a number 2, if they are holding a number 1 card, or vice versa.  The goal is to find as many different matches as possible within a 1-2 minute time frame.  When a number 1 finds a number 2, number 1 should recite the first half of the power text, with number 2 reciting the second half of the verse.  When they have finished, they begin calling 1, 1, 1 or 2, 2, 2, to locate another match and then repeat.

When the time limit expires, or everyone has matched multiple times, close the activity by reciting the power text together as a class and then praying, "Jesus, please give us the faith to believe in You and the courage to always worship only You as our God."

Lesson 7, February 15, 2020

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63).

Draw a large mouth or lips on a white board or poster board. Then place the words and text of the power text on sticky notes randomly around the mouth. Ask each student to place the words in order. Time each student, or group of students, to see who can do it the fastest. Repeat until each student has an opportunity to complete the power text. Have the students say the power text from memory.

Lesson 8, February 22, 2020

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:4-6).

Before class, write the power text on cardstock, dividing it into 4 sections:

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy

because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion

until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:4-6

Number students from 1 to 4. Have them form groups depending on their numbers (all #1s, all #2s, etc.). Give students in group 1 the card that has the first fragment of the verse written on it, group 2 the card with the second fragment of the verse, etc. Have everyone sit down. When you call out #1, students in group 1 will stand and say together the first fragment of the verse. They will then sit down and when you call group 2, they will stand and say their portion of the verse. Then group 3, and finally group 4, will say their fragments aloud. Repeat this several times. Close by having everyone stand and repeat their power text from memory.

Lesson 9, February 29, 2020

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18, 19).

Provide two treasure boxes, cash boxes, and purses or wallets. Fill one with coins and a paper that reads “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors”, and one with strips of red streamers and a paper that reads “but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect”. Give each student an opportunity to open the first treasure box, read the words and then open the second and read the words. Repeat until each student has taken a turn.

Close by asking the class what the verse means to them.

Lesson 10, March 7, 2020

“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants” (Luke 15:18, 19).

Provide a large beach ball or other oversized item. Write the words of the power text on the item and toss it around the room. Each person who catches it must read or recite the words of the power text before tossing it on to someone else.

Repeat until everyone has had a chance to catch the ball and repeat the power text.

Lesson 11, March 14, 2020

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:14, 15).

Before class have one communion basin ready for every 8-10 students. Write the power text on a sheet of paper and tape to the bottom of each basin.

Divide the students into groups of 8-10 and arrange each group in a circle around the basin. Start with the first student and ask them to kneel beside the person to their right and go through the motions of “foot washing” while saying aloud the text. Once they have finished, they may hand the basin to the person they just “served” and take their seat. That person then kneels in front of the person on their right and repeats the activity. Continue until everyone has served and has been served.

Close by saying the power text in unison together and then pray: Lord, please make us willing to follow Your example in everything we do. Amen.

Lesson 12, March 21, 2020

“When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” (Matthew 27:54).

Designate a group of students to play the role of the narrator and say in chorus the first part of the power text substituting a student’s name or a group of students for “the centurion” (i.e., “When [Kathy/the girls/the boys] and those with [her/them] who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed”). Then the student/students will reply, saying “Surely he was the Son of God”

Close by saying: “Today we are learning that like Jesus, we can share God’s love with anyone, anywhere.”

Lesson 13, March 28, 2020

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

You will need a 3x5 card with the words of the power text printed on it, an object to hide, and a whistle or other noise maker.

Set up a game of “freeze” tag. Hide an object in the room somewhere and tell the students that there is a [coin, or any other object] hidden in the room. Tell them that when you say “go,” they should all begin to search for the hidden object. As soon as they hear the whistle, they should FREEZE in place. Watch for the person who “freezes” the fastest and hand him the card, asking him/her to read the text loudly to the “frozen” class. When the text is completed, say “go,” and the search continues.

Repeat the whistle blowing and freezing several times, or until the object is discovered. Close by asking the class to repeat the power text together in their last “frozen” position before returning to their seats.