Fourth Quarter 2020 Memory Verse Activities

Lesson 1, October 3, 2020

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

Display the words of the power text in your classroom. Divide the class in half, providing one half of the class with small gifts or gift bags. The other half will need flashlights or a bright light that will cast a shadow. You could also use a white sheet with light behind it to cast the shadows.

Group 1 holds the gifts above their heads while reciting, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” Group 2 makes shadows with their hands/bodies and replies: “Coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Repeat several times, and then switch the members of the group so that each half of the class has an opportunity to experience both groups.

Close with: It feels so good to have such a great God who never changes and who always gives perfect gifts to us.

Lesson 2, October 10, 2020

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” (Proverbs 12:22).

Give each student a piece of paper, pens, and markers. Ask them to draw a sad face on one side of the paper, and write the words, “The Lord detests lying lips” below the sad face. On the other side of the paper they should draw a happy face with the words “but he delights in those who are truthful,” beneath the happy face.

Create two lines of students, with half the students facing the other half. The first line of students hold up their signs with a sad face, and the students in the opposite line read the words from their signs: “The Lord detests lying lips.” The other side responds by holding up their signs with a happy face, and the students in the opposite line read the words from their sign: “but he delights in men who are truthful.”

Repeat with each side turning the opposite “face” and responding back and forth to each other. Continue as time and interest allows.

Lesson 3, October 17, 2020

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).

In advance, provide two sets of footprints with the words, “Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4” printed on each one of the four prints. Place footprints on the floor approximately three feet from each other.

Divide class into boys versus girls. Write the power text in a visible location in the room as follows

1.“For if you forgive other people
2. when they sin against you,
3. your heavenly Father
4. will also forgive you.”

The “race”: One student from each team begins by stepping on footprint 1. He or she cannot move from that print to another until their team has recited the corresponding part of the power text. Each student completes the four steps, returns to the back of the line, and the next student begins. The race is won when all of the members of each team have completed the four steps.

Lesson 4, October 24, 2020

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10).

Half the students choose a partner and “double-up” for the activity. The other half work alone. Write/type the power text on a legal/ledger size paper and cut into puzzle piece sections. Using a timer, invite the class to compete to see who gets their puzzle pieced together correctly the fastest. Have the class recite the verse together when all the puzzles are put together. Ask: “Who was faster, the single students or the partners? How does this help us understand this Bible verse?”

Lesson 5, October 31, 2020

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:44, 45).

Write the power text on individual sheets of paper, enough for one per each group of three to five students. Give students five minutes to “create” a skit that illustrates the power text. Let each group present their skit to the class followed by the class repeating the power text together.

Lesson 6, November 7, 2020

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:18).

Write the word RIGHTEOUSNESS on papers/note cards and attach them to craft sticks, creating small signs. Stand the signs in a container of soil. Provide each student with a small piece of paper with the word PEACE written on it. As each student covers his “peace paper” with soil and takes from the box a righteousness sign, the class should say together: “Peacemakers like (name of student) who sow in peace shall reap a harvest of righteousness.” Repeat until each student has taken a turn and then ask: “What does it mean to sow in peace? How can we sow ‘seeds’ of peace this week?”

Lesson 7, November 14, 2020

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103: 2-5).

Display the power text in the classroom.

Divide students into groups of 2-5 and ask them to choose their favorite praise song. Use the words of the power text set to that music, in place of the lyrics. Give them five minutes to practice their new “song” and then give each group the opportunity to sing it for the class.

Alternative: Choose a familiar Sabbath School song and together teach the students to sing the words of the power text to that tune.

Lesson 8, November 21, 2020

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Display the power text prominently in the classroom.

In advance provide a small (plug-in or battery operated) power appliance (blender, vacuum, lamp, flashlight, etc.). Make two signs, one that reads HOLY SPIRIT and another saying JESUS’ WITNESS.

Students will take turns being either the Holy Spirit or Witness as they repeatedly act out the following scenario: Student 1 stands beside an unplugged appliance (or one missing the batteries) and tries to turn it on. The class says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” Student 2, with Holy Spirit sign attached to his/her back, approaches, plugs in the appliance and hangs witness sign around first student’s neck as the rest of the class repeats: “And you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth!”

Close with: No matter what we need to do, accomplish, or even stop doing, when we ask Him, Jesus will send His Spirit to give us the power we need.

Lesson 9, November 28, 2020

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Display the power text prominently in your classroom.

In advance, provide either pictures or printed words of the following: food, love, friends, family, water, school, transportation, church, sunshine, air, safety, protection, comfort, security, parents, etc. Gather the students in a circle and place the words/pictures face down in the middle of the circle. As each student chooses a word/picture, he or she will show it to the rest of the class and say: “What if I need (name of word/picture)?” The rest of the class responds by reciting the power text together. Repeat around the circle until each student has the opportunity to draw a word/picture.

Close with: “No matter what we need, we can always know that Jesus has promised to give it to us—at exactly the right time.”

Lesson 10, December 5, 2020

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4, 5).

Before class, provide each student with a quarter sheet of paper and a pen. Ask the students to draw a person on the paper.

Draw a picture of a church, or place a computer-generated picture of a church in the middle of a circle of students. Write the words to the memory verse on sticky notes and place them randomly all around the church. After each student completes their “person drawing,” instruct them to select a word and attach it to their drawing. As you read the memory verse, ask the kids to listen for their “word,” and place their person in proper order by the church. When the verse is completed, ask everyone to recite it together three or four times.

Lesson 11, December 12, 2020

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests’” (Luke 2:13, 14).

Before class, prepare 25 medium stones by writing one word of the memory verse on each stone. Write the memory verse in large letters on a paper or white board, visible to all students.

Ask the students to see how fast they can organize the rocks into the proper order. When the rocks are arranged, recite the verse together, scramble the rocks, and repeat the activity. Close by saying: “God is always working things out for us. Let’s see what rocks have to do with our story today.”

Lesson 12, December 19, 2020

“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:30-32).

Give each student a quarter sheet of paper. Ask them to write their names on the sheet and place it on the floor in a ”tower,” with each name stacked on another. Write the memory verse in a visible place. Starting with the student at the “top” of the tower, ask them to come forward, read the verse, and take their name from the top and place it on the bottom. Repeat until each student has had their turn. Close by saying: “God promises great blessings when we honor others before ourselves.”

Lesson 13, December 26, 2020

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts” (1 Chronicles 16:8, 9).

Write all the words of the memory verse on a white board in random order, assigning each a number. Provide enough brown sheets of construction paper to write one to two words of the memory verse on each half sheet, imitating a brick. Give each child a half sheet or two with a number on it, and ask them to copy the corresponding numbered word from the board.

Place a full sheet of brown paper with JESUS written prominently on it at the bottom of a bulletin board or at the base of a wall. Ask the students to look up the texts and then “build a wall” with their bricks in the order their words appear in the verse. Attach the bricks with stick pins or tape. When the wall is finished recite the verse together and point out that JESUS is the cornerstone.