Archive for February, 2010

Helping Clubbers Memorize

Memorizing Scripture can be like putting together a puzzle.  Contecting the words in just the right way, remembering the reference, and getting all the pieces to fit can be a challenge. 

Here are some ideas, for a variety of ages, to help your clubbers memorize their sections:

  • Have the child make flash cards
  • Ask the child to teach you the section
  • Print the first letter of each word in a verse on an index card.  As the child uses the letters as a clue, they are actually memorizing the verse
  • Have the child use a small white board to write out the verse.  They can then erase a word at a time as they memorize the Scripture
  • Bounce a ball, saying one word of the section on each bounce
  • Write the verses on a 3×5 card, write the reference on the back, play a memory game by flipping over the cards

Handbook Time Helps

Here are a few suggestions for making sure you make the most of handbook time:

  • Start your group in prayer.  A short prayer will help set the tone and remind clubbers that God is their helper.
  • Spend time with each clubber.  If they don’t have a section prepared, take a few moments to work through a verse together.
  • Help your clubbers understand the Scripture, not just recite the words.
  • Encourage your clubbers to help each other with their sections.
  • Use incentives, like stickers or small toys to occupy their hands.
  • Clubbers should be in control, working on their verse, coloring, or talking quietly.

Handbook time passes quickly but is so important!

Silly String Night

This is an incentive night theme.  For the last three weeks, clubbers who have had a section signed off get them name put into a “hat”.  This week during game time, we’ll draw names from the “hat”.  Those clubbers will get to spray a leader with a can of silly string.

We’ve never tried this before but expect it to be a big hit.  Hopefully clubbers have

“Can I Go First?” Creating Order During Handbook Time

Every clubber wants to be the first to say their sections…

Or maybe the same clubber asks each week to be the first in line.

Try these methods to create order in your handbook group:

*Bring a bag or envelope with numbered slips inside.  Each week clubbers draw from the bag to choose a number.  Number 1 recites sections first, number 2 next, so on.

*Keep a list with a rotating schedule on it:  Clubber A went first this week, next week they move to second position.

Be sure to spend several minutes with each clubber in your group.  Help them work on memorizing a section or understanding the meaning of a verse.