Third Quarter 2017 Memory Verse Activities

Lesson 1, July 1, 2017

“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him” (Genesis 18:19)

Divide the students in circles of 10. Write the power point text on a white board in full view of all. The students will go around the circle, pointing and choosing, one at a time, a different student. The first student points at someone around the circle and says: “For I have chosen him.”

The rest of the students in the circle say: “so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.” The student who was chosen then points to another student and says: “For I have chosen him.” The rest of the circle repeats the last part of the memory verse. This continues until everyone in the circle has been chosen.

Lesson 2, July 8, 2017

“So Abram said to Lot, ‘Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives’” (Genesis 13:8).

Write the power text in a visible location. Divide the students into pairs or equal groups or “teams.” Give each pair of students/teams a 2-foot-long rope. Have the students hold the rope taunt. Let them begin to say the memory verse “So Abram said to Lot,” and have them drop the rope when they get to ‘Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers.”

Lesson 3, July 15, 2017

“And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised” (Hebrews 6:15).

Write the power text in a visible location. You will need a fancy wrapped gift box complete with bow and large gift tag that says “TO ABRAHAM, LOVE, GOD.” Inside the box place a small baby doll, a picture of a baby, or a paper with the words, “His promised son Isaac.”

Line the students shoulder to shoulder (for larger classes, you may want to have more than one line and more than one gift). As you give the gift to the first person in line say: “And so after waiting patiently.” Hand the gift to the person and ask the rest of the class to repeat with you, “Abraham received what was promised.” The first person then takes the gift, stands in front of person number 2 and says: “And so after waiting patiently,” hands the gift to person number 2 as the class repeats together, “Abraham received what was promised.”

After about half of the class has received the gift, erase the power text and continue down the line, repeating from memory, until you reach the end of the line. Close by asking: ”What was the ‘gift’ that Abraham received?” Tear open the package and let the class see that the promised gift was a baby boy.

Lesson 4, July 22, 2017

“Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:14).

Before class prepare a variety of questions on small pieces of paper, fold, and put in a bowl or container. Make sure it contains a minimum of one question per student. The questions should begin with “What about” and then follow with such things as “taking care of us when we are scared?”

Examples:

  • What about providing when our parents lose their jobs?
  • What about helping us to make good choices?
  • What about forgiving us when we do something bad-on purpose?
  • What about loving us even when we don’t love Him?
  • What about comforting us when someone we love is dying?
  • What about guiding our president as he leads our country?
  • What about when we are facing something that seems impossible?
  • What about healing someone that the doctor says can’t be healed?
  • What about when we need a miracle?

Arrange everyone in a circle and ask: Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Everyone shouts: No! Then a student draws a question from the container, reads it, and asks the question again: Is anything too hard for the Lord? The students reply: No! Nothing is too hard for Him! Continue around the circle until everyone has an opportunity to draw from the container.

Close with: No matter how scary life seems sometimes, nothing is too big, too difficult, or too hard for Jesus.

Lesson 5, July 29, 2017

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21).

Write the power text verse in a visible location. Divide the class into boys and girls. Demonstrate to the girls a curtsey and to the boys a formal bow. Give them a moment to practice their skills, and then line them opposite each other. Each boy should approach a girl, bow, and say: “Submit to one another.” The girl should respond with a curtsey and the words, “Out of reverence for Christ.” The entire class then shouts, “Ephesians 5:21!” After about half the students have finished, erase or hide the power text.

Lesson 6, August 5, 2017

“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided’” (Genesis 22:14).

Prepare in advance 27 large stones, rocks, or bricks for each group of 10 students. Hide rocks in an unnoticed location in the room. Write one word from the power text on each of the stones and on the 27th stone write the reference. Write the power text on the whiteboard or poster board. Invite the students to build an altar with the rocks. When the altar is finished, the words of the power text must be in order and visible so that the text can be read from the altar. Ask the students to repeat the verse several times, each time removing two or three of the rocks, so they are repeating more from memory.

Lesson 7, August 12, 2017

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

Display the power text in the classroom.

Before class, hide heart shapes with the words, “Ask, seek, and knock” all over your classroom. On your signal, students should begin to “hunt” for the hearts. As each heart is found, the student brings it to the teacher and repeats the power text, before continuing to search for more hearts. Continue the activity until all hearts have been recovered.

Close by saying: “When we spend time searching and seeking to know Jesus we will find Him.”

Lesson 8, August 19, 2017

“It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him” (Deuteronomy 13:4).

Display the power text in the classroom.

Before class, gather 28 large rocks and write one word of the power text on each and the reference on the last one. Instruct the students to line the rocks up in the order of their memory verse.

Once the rocks are in order, say the verse together, then shuffle the rocks, and repeat the activity again .

Lesson 9, August 26, 2017

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

Display the power text in your classroom. Give each student a note card and pen; let them work individually or with friends for two minutes to make a list of all the things kids might worry about or be afraid of. After two minutes have the class circle up in the middle of your room and, one at a time, share what is on their list. After each student or group of students has shared, recite the power text together as follows: (Name of student) “Do not be anxious. . . present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Repeat the activity around the circle, reassuring each student of the promise in Philippians. Close with prayer, thanking God that He is taking good care of us.

Lesson 10, September 2, 2017

“They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain” (Isaiah 56:11).

Divide the class into two groups and give each group half of the power text.

  1. They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough.
  2. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.

Give each group three minutes to discuss: “What would you be accused of, if this was said to you?”

At the end of the three minutes, allow the groups to share their thoughts with each other and recite the power text together. Close by asking; “How can you be faithful servant and honor God in your life ?” Or, “How does this verse go along with our Bible lesson for today?”

Lesson 11, September 9, 2017

“Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few’” (1 Samuel 14:6).

In advance prepare

LET’S GO OVER
PERHAPS
THE LORD
WILL ACT
IN OUR BEHAL
NOTHING CAN
HINDER THE LORD
IN SAVING
WHETHER
BY MANY
OR BY FEW
I SAMUEL 14:6

Make two sets of the above, 26 cards in all. Place all of the cards face down in the middle of a table, or in the middle of the floor. Display the full power text, while reading it aloud, and then cover the display. Let students take turns turning over two cards at a time, until they find the matching word or phrase, as in the game Memory. As the matches are collected, instruct the students to arrange them to complete the power text. If necessary, reveal the power text to help arrange the words/phrases. If time permits, reshuffle and play the game a second time. End by saying the verse together as a class.

Lesson 12, September 16, 2017

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Display the power text in your classroom. Invite the students to pair up and give each a piece of paper. Give them a few minutes to ‘describe’ the other person on their paper, i.e. hair color, eye color, build, height, age, gender, etc. Once they have finished, have the students say, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance.” Then instruct the students to fold the paper in half and draw a heart on the outside of the fold. Now have them say, “but the Lord looks at the heart.” Divide the class and let the one half say the first part of the memory verse and the second half the last part. Now have the students reverse the part they say. End with the whole class repeating the memory verse together.

Lesson 13, September 23, 2017

“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6).

Display the power text in your classroom and create the following cue cards:

WHAT DO THE LIVING KNOW?
that they will die!

WHAT DO THE DEAD KNOW?
nothing!

THEY WILL NEVER AGAIN HAVE A PART IN WHAT?
anything that happens under the sun

WHERE CAN WE FIND THIS IN GOD’S WORD?
Ecclesiastes 9: 5, 6

Read and recite the power text together then cover the text. Give one of each of the cue cards to eight different students. Instruct them to read them aloud in order, first the question then the answer. Repeat as time allows.

Lesson 14, September 30, 2017

“But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple” (Psalm 5:7).

Display the power text in the classroom. Place a sign that reads “Holy Temple” on the wall or bulletin board.

Give each student a blank piece of paper and ask them to trace their foot and then using each traced foot make a path that leads from the back of the room, ending in front of the “Holy Temple” sign. Let each student begin with the first foot print and step on each print while reciting the power text.

Close by reminding the students that when we step in to church or Sabbath School, it is our privilege to worship, pray, and kneel before the King of the universe. Ask everyone to kneel and pray together.