The Grade School Memory Verse Program here at Allegheny Center Alliance Church has evolved over the years to become a great adventure! Children in grades 1-5 can participate and excel as they seek to “hide God’s word in their hearts”.
A few years ago, thanks to the principles taught by Dr. Rob Reimer in his book “Soul Care”, God was very clear that we needed to change the culture of memory work for our grade school aged children. And so, we began with the “Ephesians Adventure”.
In 2018-19 we chose 8 specific verses from Ephesians 1, to begin our new Memory Verse Program because it captures a great foundation of our identity in Christ. Over the years, I ministered to many of our youth who have walked away from their faith and are searching for their identity. It is heartbreaking. We all know that what we believe about ourselves influences our choices. I firmly believe that we need to equip our children with the word of God in their hearts, so they will be able to combat the lies in this world and what Satan is telling them! The Children’s Ministries department is honored to come alongside parents and families as we endeavor to achieve this goal.
With one year of success behind us, we decided to continue the Ephesians Adventure in 2019-20. Eight additional verses have been chosen from Ephesians 4 for our children to memorize.
In addition, we have daily devotions written specifically for Ephesians. These and other memory aids are available at Memory Verse Command Central, located near the Children’s Ministries Information Center. The verse emphasis changes monthly, but the goal here is not to merely memorize or even cram the words in a short time but to plant the Word of God deeply into every heart!
- If a child recites this month’s verse, they may receive a prize from the special Memory Verse Prize Box located in classroom cupboards,
- In May of 2020, if they say this year’s verses, they will receive a medal during church.
- Additionally, in May of 2020, if they say this year’s verses, AND last year’s verses they will receive a trophy during church.
You are invited to come and join the adventure anytime!
In His Love,
September - Ephesians 4:2-3
Don’t be proud at all. Be completely gentle. Be patient. Put up with one another in love. The Holy Spirit makes you one in every way. So try your best to remain as one. Let peace keep you together.
October - Ephesians 4:4
There is one body and one Spirit. You were appointed to one hope when you were chosen.
November - Ephesians 4:5-6
There is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. There is one God and Father of all. He is over everything. He is through everything. He is in everything.
December - Ephesians 4:11
So Christ himself gave the gift of the apostles to the church. He gave the prophets and those who preach the good news. And he also gave the pastors and teachers as a gift to the church.
January - Ephesians 4:12
He gave all these people so that they might prepare God’s people to serve. Then the body of Christ will be built up.
February - Ephesians 4:26-27
Scripture says, “When you are angry, do not sin.” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Don’t give the devil a chance.
March - Ephesians 4:29
Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen.
April - Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of wht Christ has done.