Do you ever teach a memory verse in Sunday School? Or in an after school church group? There are lots of ways to help children learn a verse from the Bible. So on Memory Mondays we’ll look at some ideas. New year – new Monday plan!
This Monday it’s Matthew 3:17 ‘A voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’
Getting started – give some examples about the things people say about us – let the children give ideas too. I wrote some out in speech bubbles to give ideas.
Talk about what our parents might say about us.
Moving on – explain that God the Father had something to say about his Son – Jesus. Read the verse from the Bible to the children. Was it good or bad? It was good! God was pleased with his Son, Jesus.
Take it to heart– the verse can be cut up – get the children to put it back together in the right order. If children aren’t confident readers make sure that you go through the words first and give some clues. If the group is large then prepare a couple of cut up verses and get the children to work in groups.
This is something a little different – but just might become a bit of a feature of the blog. A few posts about things we do in Sunday School or children’s mid week clubs. Why we do them and different ideas about how we do them. The comment box is there for you to share ideas too. There is so much to learn from the way people do things!
So this post is all about Teaching Memory Verses.
Do you still teach children verses from the Bible? Do they still enjoy learning verses from the Bible?
Children can of course learn really well. But teaching a verse from the Bible needs to be more that learning by rote. Repetition will help them remember the words but won’t aid their understanding of what the words mean.
So why bother with Memory Verses?
The Bible is God’s book and worth remembering
If you learn a verse really well it’ll stay with you
That verse that has stayed with you can be useful in life – a promise to lean on, words that bring comfort, a reminder about who God is.
God’s words help us in the way that we live. Psalm 119 is full of reminders that God’s words are helpful. They guide us and comfort us.
So if and when we teach a memory verse to children and they learn it’s meaning and remember it, we are giving them something that will stay with them. We are building in to their future.
It’s worth doing!
Next time – catching the children’s interest (Memory Verse Know How 2)