Challenge

A Challenge activity consists of memorizing a longer passage from the Bible or general information about the Bible or Bible times.  These activities are good for all elementary school students.  We begin by listing suggestions for helping the children in your Christian Children's Ministry class master the Challenge.  Then we list several ideas for Challenge activities.

Suggestions for Mastering the Challenge

The Challenge should fit the skill levels of the class.  For example, a first grader might be challenged to learn to read Psalm 23.  An older student could memorize part or all of the Psalm.

Build the skills from week to week through repetition.

First week, let each student read the first verse of the challenge.  Then let each student say the first verse from memory.

Second week, let each student read the first two verses of the challenge.  Then let each student say the first two verses from memory.

And so on.

Requiring individual participation encourages everyone to master the challenge.

Use Games to make it fun.

Divide the Challenge into verses or phrases and write in large letters on separate sheets of paper.  Use velcro to attach the individual phrases to poster board.  Recite the Challenge, remove a verse and say it again.

Reward and celebrate success.  Tell the children you will throw a pizza party or have a special snack during regular class time if all the regular comers in the class master the challenge.  Tell them they can invite their friends.

Identify the students that have mastered the Challenge but are too shy to recite it one on one with a teacher.  Figure out a way to help them succeed.

Challenge Activities

Click on a Challenge activity below to go to a page you can print, copy and give to your students.

Memorize The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

There are as many versions of The Lord's Prayer as there are versions of the Bible.  We present several versions so you can choose the version which is the most familiar to the families in your church.  Click here to see the following versions.

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP).  If you say "forgive us our trespasses", you probably learned this version.

King James Version (KJV).

New King James Version (NKJV).

New American Standard Bible Version (NASB).

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

New International Version (NIV).

Memorize the Ten Commandments.

Memorize the Beatitudes.

Memorize Psalm 23.

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