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Why be concerned with Scripture memorisation?
God's word commands it! "These commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about htem when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deut 6:6-7
It's valuable: "How can a young man live a pure life? By living according to God's Word... I have hidden your word in my heart so that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11
Verses committed to memory can be drawn on later in life.
They guide and give direction to life: "Your word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path." Psalm 119:105
Be thoroughly prepared and know how to use your materials/visuals
Always have your materials ready before class
Use a variety of methods (surprise adds excitement!)
The activities should be fun and easy, not challenging
Use lower case letters for young children
Emphasize the central theme of the verse
Use a Bible so that the children can associate the verse with the Bible
Repetition is essential - repeat the verse at least 6 times throughout the meeting
Stress the doing, not just the knowledge of the verse
Give them something to take home to remind them (fridge magnet, etc)
Take no longer than 8 minutes to teach the verse
Always encourage the children
Use both audience participation and competition
Provide mental relaxation after learning the verse (eg a familiar song)
To answer questions, children must raise hands and remain seated - this helps to maintain control
Question all children, not just the 'brighter' ones
Treat all answers seriously
We will share some 'how' ideas for different age groups in a later post.