Lesson 1, October 2, 2021
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you” (2 Chronicles 20:17).
Divide your class into two groups and have them make two rows facing each other. They would then alternate saying parts of the verse as outlined below. As far as possible, have them use loud, encouraging voices.
Row 1: You will not have to fight this battle
Row 2: Take up your positions;
Row 1: Stand firm
Row 2: And see the deliverance the Lord will give you.
All: (in a loud voice) 2 Chronicles 20:17.
Have the groups switch and have Row Two go first. Keep reviewing for as long as you have time.
Lesson 2, October 9, 2021
“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).
Have students work in pairs to design a piece of paper to look like paper money used in your country. Display the memory verse and have students write it on the back of their “bills”. Give each pair a container or have them make one from paper. The first student drops the “bill” in and the second student retrieves it and reads it. The second student replaces the bill and the first retrieves and reads. The alternation continues until they both know it. At the end, have the entire class say the verse together, hopefully from memory!
Lesson 3, October 16, 2021
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Have each person in your class draw a happy face big enough to cover his/her own face. Provide a container where offering will be placed. One student steps forward and places offering in the container while the rest of the class says the memory verse. After the words, “for God loves a cheerful giver” the student standing by the container should hold the happy face over his/her face then join the rest of the class in saying the reference. That student joins the back of the line while the student at the front steps up to the container.
If possible, provide some money for each student in the class so that each will have something to put in. Or, tell the students that they can give of their time, ex., helping at home or helping someone with homework, their talent – a skill or ability, ex., fixing someone’s computer, singing in church, etc. They can write down what they will do on a slip of paper and put that in the container. Encourage them to keep their promises during the week.
Lesson 4, October 23, 2021
“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’” (Psalm 122:1).
Display the memory verse so everyone can see. Have the students line up and walk around the classroom reading or reciting the memory verse as they do so.
Lesson 5, October 30, 2021
“And rejoice before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you” (Deuteronomy 16:11).
Have students draw a picture of a church, color and decorate it and write the memory verse on the back. Students turn the paper church side up and say the memory verse from memory, then turn it over to check themselves. This can be done individually or in groups of two or three.
Lesson 6, November 6, 2021
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:17, 18).
Divide your class into two groups and have them make two rows facing each other. The groups will alternate saying parts of the verse as outlined below. Have the students use sad, quiet voices until they get to the unison then have them use loud, encouraging voices.
Row 1: Though the fig tree does not bud
Row 2: and there are no grapes on the vines,
Row 1: though the olive crop fails
Row 2: and the fields produce no food,
Row 1: though there are no sheep in the pen
Row 2: and no cattle in the stalls,
All: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17, 18.
Have the groups switch and have Row 2 go first. Keep reviewing for as long as you have time.
Lesson 7, November 13, 2021
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Provide paper for students to write a list of needs or things for which they may need mercy and grace. Collect the papers, read the lists then put them all in a container. Divide your class into three groups. Have each group say the memory verse. Finally, have the entire class say the verse together. Pray asking for God’s blessings on the lists.
Lesson 8, November 20, 2021
“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: ‘He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.’ And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid” (Ezra 3:11).
Ask the students, “What are some things you are thankful for?” Have them respond by doing a popcorn praise by popping up from their location in the room, to mention some things that they are thankful for. Have them do the same thing with the memory verse with one student popping up to say one part and another student popping up to continue with a word or phrase. Have the memory verse displayed to help students along. Then remove it to encourage doing it from memory.
Lesson 9, November 27, 2021
“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work” (1 Chronicles 28:10).
Have students draw a picture of themselves, color and decorate it, and write the memory verse on the back. Students turn the person side up and say the memory verse from memory then turn it over to check themselves. This can be done individually or in groups of two or three.
Lesson 10, December 4, 2021
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
Provide the students in your class a strip of paper big enough to write the memory verse on and wrap around a student’s wrist (about 20cm x 8.5cm or 8in x 3.5in.). The paper should look like a large bandage. Put the students in pairs. Instruct the first student to take the paper on which he/she has written the memory verse and wrap it around the other student’s wrist, holding it instead of taping it. He/She should then read the memory verse. Have students reverse roles. After both have had a turn “bandaging” the other person, have students say the memory verse together.
Lesson 11, December 11, 2021
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Give each student a sheet of paper to create a rebus story of their memory verse. Have the students pair up and take turns reading each other’s rebus stories. Students should repeat the memory verse several times until they know it.
Display the memory verse and provide blank Christmas greeting cards for each student. Have them copy the memory verse in their best handwriting in the card and decorate with small pictures. Have each student stand and say to whom they will give their card. Encourage them to include neighbors and community friends. Have the entire class say the memory verse together.
Lesson 12, December 18, 2021
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).
Display the memory verse. Have the class repeat it, then ask the following questions: Who is the Word? If the Word was God, then ____________ is God. What does the text tell you about how the world came to be?
Have students form a circle with each student saying a phrase from the memory verse. Continue until each person has had a chance or the verse has been said several times.
Lesson 13, December 25, 2021
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Provide each student a sheet of paper and have them draw something they would like to be or have in the future. On the back they should write the memory verse. (Alternately, you can provide printed copies of the memory verse to each student then have them draw on the opposite side.) Each child can share their future plans with the class or with a friend.
Divide the class into four groups and have each group say a part of the verse then rotate until the verse has been said at least three times.
Group 1: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Group 2: “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Group 3: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Group 4: Jeremiah 29:11-13