Updated: Nov 18, 2018
We've heard it a thousand times. Pastors who hate children's messages; preschool teachers who aren't quite sure how to lead the music lesson; VBS leaders who are struggling to find a musical and interactive group experience. One of the biggest challenges is coming up with new material week after week....after week.
Sing, Move, and Memorize will do five things
in any of these children's ministry lessons GUARANTEED:
1. Teach a Bible verse that children will NEVER forget.
2. Be musical, interactive, and fun for everyone involved.
3. Leave children begging to come back for more.
4. Give you easy-to-prepare material for 2-7 lessons.
5. Put a Bible verse book in the hands of every family that walks through your doors.
How it Works
Help children memorize scripture in your children's ministry setting using the following framework.
1. Choose which Bible verse works for you. Right now we have three different verses with a corresponding curriculum. There are more coming, but you'll have to wait! Our verse choices are:
-Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own...."
-Isaiah 54:10 "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my
unfailing love won't be shaken from you..."
-Deuteronomy 6:5 "Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your..."
2. Sign up with your email in order to get the password to access our lessons. (We promise no annoying or pestering emails.) You'll be able to see and download free lesson plans and watch free videos of the lessons in action.
3. Choose how many weeks you will spend on a single verse. We recommend 3-7 lessons per verse so children have enough time to learn the verse and remember it long term.
4. Tailor each lesson the amount of time you have. For the lessons that have to be concise (like a children's message), I practice several times at home and time myself to make sure they'll fit in 3-5 minutes. I also cut out any instructions that would take young children a long time to figure out. Keep it very simple if you need it short.
If you have more time in the lesson, give the children plenty of time with each activity. Look at making a little performance out of the piece and arrange it. Give more children an opportunity to volunteer to sing the verse themselves or control the dancing drum. For more ideas, check out this free resource.
5. Make sure to learn the song and sign language well before trying your first lesson. The first lesson's video starts with the song and the accompanying sign language in order to prepare you. You won't need to be able to play a piano or guitar, so these lessons are more accessible to more leaders.
6. Enjoy teaching the verses, and the children will enjoy them, too! These lessons are designed to be interactive and fun. Children will move, clap, sing, dance, hum, drum, play other instruments, use scarves, and use sign language. The children's messages will even get your congregation involved in learning the verse!
7. Include a 'hook'. At the end of each lesson give children a tiny taste of what's coming next. "If you come back next week, we'll get to use the magic microphone." Or "If you come back next week, we'll be using instruments like this!"
8. Make sure to order books for your children*. Our Sing, Move, and Memorize ministry is two-fold. We have a children's ministry curriculum for churches to teach scripture memory, and we have children's books for parents to reinforce the scripture memory at home for years after they first learned a verse. Families will love nestling in with a book, singing the Bible verse, and using the baby sign language with it. It's an extra fun way to end your series of lessons. "Next week is our last week of learning Proverbs 3:5-6, and if you join us, we'll give you a free book to take home, so you can remember this Bible verse for a lifetime!"
*Note: These books are not yet published or for sale. Watch for them coming soon, and if you join our email list we'll let you know when they're ready to be purchased!