Verse Magnets: Helping Families Memorize Scripture Together
Do you struggle with getting kids to memorize scripture at your church?
Does it seem like busier and busier schedules are drowning spiritual disciplines like verse memorization?
This is something we struggle with at our church, so we’ve tried a few things to help our kids hide God’s word in their hearts.
A little over a year ago, I shared a post about verse pins, which we gave to kids every month to put on their backpacks (You can read more about them here: Verse Pins: Getting Kids Excited About Memorizing Scripture).
We still like the idea of verse pins (and they might be right for your setting), but we wanted to try something new in the New Year to involve the whole family to memorize scripture.
What are verse magnets?
The picture at the top of this post is an example of verse magnets.
It’s a magnet that has the first letter of each word in our monthly memory verse.
Here’s how it works: “Training The Body Has Some Value. But Being Godly Has Value In Every Way. It Promises Help For The Life You Are Now Living And The Life To Come. 1 Timothy 4:8
This method of having kids (and adults; this works fantastically for me) memorize scripture using verse initials has been very effective over the past year.
My guess is you can learn the verse above with just the initials in a minute or two (go ahead, give it a try).
You’ll also notice on the bottom of the magnet, it has the verse written out in small print and placed upside down, so kids (and adults) can get some help if they need it.
How we use them
We give these verse magnets to families, as well as any of our volunteers who want them, starting the first Sunday of each month.
We encourage parents to place the magnets on their refrigerators and work with their kids to memorize scripture.
Then next month, we give them a new verse magnet and encourage them to add it to their refrigerator collection.
An added bonus with doing verse magnets is that the families can continually review verses from past months so that the verses make their way into long-term memory.
We realize that asking families to memorize 12 scriptures in a year isn’t setting a high bar, but we want to give all our families a starting point because we know that it’s 12 more scriptures than they would have learned otherwise.
What is the cost?
As far as cost, you can purchase 50 magnets for $20 or less.
We use Vistaprint (FYI, that is a referral link) and the total came out to $18.98 with 6-day shipping; although orders over $25 ship free, so if we would have combined 2-months, it would have been even less.
What are some effective ways you help kids (and parents and volunteers) memorize scripture at your church? Leave a comment here or on Facebook!
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