Second Quarter 2017 Memory Verse Activities

Lesson 1 (April 1)

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Provide a large weighted item, such as a backpack weighted with rocks or books (approximately 3-5 pounds); one for every 10 students. Give every student a sticky note, and ask them to write their name on the note. Gather each group of 10 students in a circle and choose one student to begin the activity. The first student begins by putting on the backpack, the students in their group attaches their sticky note—one at a time. The student then carries the backpack around the outside of the circle making as many circles as possible before the class completes reciting the memory verse twice.

Lesson 2 (April 8)

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother” (Zechariah 7:9).

In advance provide a large hand mirror for every 10-12 students. Write the words mercy and compassion on the reflective surface. On the back of the mirror write the memory verse as follows: “Thus says theLordof hosts: (NAME), execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother” (Zechariah 7:9).

Circle the students in groups of 10-12. Holding the mirror, turn to the first child, hold the mirror so they can see the reflective side, and repeat the memory verse, inserting that child’s name. Upon completion, hand the mirror to that child and ask them to turn to the next student and show them the reflective side as they recite the verse, adding that student’s name. Continue around the circle until every student has had the opportunity to hear their name and share with another.

Lesson 3 (April 15)

“He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest” (Luke 24:6-9).

In advance, cover a table with a large sheet or table cloth, creating a ‘tomb or cave.’ One by one the students should approach the ‘cave,’ open/lift the cover, and exclaim, “He is not here, but is risen!” Have half the class responds with, Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,saying,‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ Let the rest of the class say, And they remembered His words.Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.” Have all the students say, “Luke 24:6-9”.

Continue until each student has an opportunity to check the ‘cave’.

Lesson 4 (April 22)

“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).

Before class, copy a picture for each student. Write the Power Text on the back of the picture. Cut the picture into 8-12 pieces and place them in a baggie, cup, or clipped together with a paper clip. Give each student a ‘packet’ of pieces and access to cellophane tape. Ask them to put the puzzle together, tape the pieces together, and turn it over. This will reveal the scripture. Recite the scripture together two to three times and then say, “Just like there was everything in this packet to complete the puzzle, so God gives us everything we need for life and godliness.” (If you have no tape, write the verse over the picture and then recite the verse once the picture puzzle is completed.)

Lesson 5 (April 29)

Jesus said to him, ‘Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’” (John 20:29).

Divide the students into groups of four and give each group a blindfold. Allow the students to take turns being blindfolded. Have all the students say together, “Jesus said to him, Thomas.” Then the blindfolded student says, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed”. The other three students respond to the blindfolded student by saying, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”. All the students can repeat the reference: John 20:29. Allow each of the four students to take a turn being blindfolded as the verse is repeated four times. Close by inviting the entire class to repeat the verse together.

Lesson 6 (May 6)

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:1, 2).

Print the words of the power text in small letters and place it on the far side of the room. Provide binoculars and let the students take turns finding the power text with the binoculars and reading it aloud to the class. Close by imagining together what the new Jerusalem will look like.

Lesson 7 (May 13)

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Bring in pictures of large, fancy houses or mansions. Give each student one of the pictures, and then read the memory verse to them several times. Ask each student to write on the back of their picture the memory verse in their own words. Remind them that this is a promise from Jesus to them, so they might start their paraphrase with: Jesus promised to. . . .

When they have completed their paraphrase, ask them to partner with another student and share what they have written.

Have the students repeat the memory verse to close the activity.

Lesson 8 (May 20)

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jeremiah 31:33).

Display the power text in the room. Divide the class into groups of four. Provide each group with a Bible and have them stand in a circle. As one student is holding the Bible, have the entire group say: But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:

The student holding the Bible passes it to the person on his right as he says: I will put My law in their minds,

That student passes to the next and says: and write it on their hearts;

Passing it on and saying: and I will be their God,

The fourth student receives the Bible and says: And they shall be my people.

All the students will then give the reference: Jeremiah 31:33.

Repeat several times with a different student beginning. Encourage the students to go faster with each repetition.

Lesson 9 (May 27)

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 John 2:1, 2).

In advance: Write the Power Text on a piece of paper or card as follows: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”

Also, write or type an Accusing Statement; "Satan accuses you of sin, and says you must die! What do you have to say in your defense?"

Make signs that read “Judge-God,” “Accuser- Satan,” “Defender-Jesus',” “Accused-Me.”

Set up your classroom as a mock courtroom with Judge in the middle, Witness/Accused chair/table to the Left of Judge, Defense Table/chair on one side and prosecuting/Accusing table/chair on the other, use your signs to label each. Place the Power Text on the Accused chair.

Call your students up to the witness/accused chair one by one and say: "(name), Satan accuses you of sin. What do you have to say in your defense"? The student responds by reading the Power Text, after the student reads the text respond by saying "Because Jesus died for you, you can live forever with Him.” Encourage the class to cheer or clap in response.

Continue until each student has been called. For larger classes, you may call two students at a time to the front.

Close with asking the entire class to repeat the good news, and end with a prayer of thanks for Jesus' gift to each of us.

Lesson 10 (June 3)

“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2 Timothy 4:18).

Write the Power Text on a chalk or white board. Read the Power Text together. Then talk about how the Lord can deliver and preserve us. Some ideas might include speaking to us through our Bible studies, a mission story told by a Sabbath School teacher, something the pastor says in his sermon, a discussion during family worship, and our quiet time during prayers. Give each student a small piece of paper and ask them to write down a way God has delivered or preserved you, fold up the paper, and put it into a basket or bowl. After all the students have contributed, mix up the papers well, choose one paper at time, read the note, and then repeat the Power Text together, emphasizing the words “deliver” and “preserve”—“And the Lord will DELIVER me from every evil work and PRESERVE me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2 Timothy 4:18).

Repeat until all the papers have been drawn from the basket, and close by saying; “Jesus loves us. He has and will save us from evil!”

Lesson 11 (June 10)

“And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: ‘Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!’” (Revelation 15:2, 3).

Divide your class into groups of three to four. Invite each group to make up a tune to sing to the words of the Power Text. Give the groups 5-10 minutes to practice their song; then, invite each group to sing their song to the class. Alternative: Suggest some favorite well known tunes, or ask them to sing the words of the Power Text to their favorite Sabbath School song.

Close with reminding the students that because we have been saved and rescued by Jesus death, we are the only ones who will sing that special song when we get to Heaven!

Lesson 12 (June 17)

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Before class write the memory verse in a visible place where everyone can read it. Place three signs around your room that read: God, Heaven, On Earth, Under the Earth.

Divide your class into four groups. Each group of students should stand near one of the signs. Have the first group begin saying the memory verse: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus” When the word “Jesus” is said, the entire room repeats: “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. . . .” the second group kneels and says, “of those in heaven,” the third group then kneels and says, “and of those on earth,” and the fourth group says “and of those under the earth.” While they are kneeling all the groups repeat together, “and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

Rotate the groups so each group says all parts. Repeat until the class can recite the words from memory.

Close by saying: When Jesus returns for us, it will be a wonderful sight to see everyone, everywhere bow and worship Him!

Lesson 13 (June 24)

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’ Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful’” (Revelation 21:3-5).

Divide the Power Text up and write on six separate cards as follows:

1) And I heard a loud voice from the heaven saying,

2) ‘Behold, the tabernacle of Godis with men, and He will dwell with them,

3) and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with themand betheir God.

4) And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;

5) There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

6) Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’

7) And He said to me,‘Write, for these words are true and faithful’” Revelation 21:3-5.

Divide your class into seven groups and give each group one of the phrases in the Power Text. Invite the groups to create a silent mime/charade to illustrate their part of the Power Text. Give the groups a few minutes to create their living scene. Then gather the class in a large circle and invite them to act out their part of the text as you read the phrases in order.

Repeat several times. Close with a prayer of gratitude and anticipation of the day Jesus will make all things new.

Alternative: Invite each group to draw a picture or create a scene from play dough to depict their part of the Power Text.