Your Sunday School class will love playing Memory Verse Freeze because it will give them an excuse to jump around and be silly. You’ll love having your kids play Memory Verse Freeze because it will help them memorize their memory verse faster!
The only preparation you’ll need for this Sunday School game is to have a poster with the memory verse written on it displayed in a place where your whole class can see it. If you don’t use posters to display memory verses, then just write the entire memory verse on the blackboard or chalkboard at the front of the class.
Ask for a volunteer to come to the front of the class. Tell them that they’re going to lead the class in a game called Memory Verse Freeze. Their job is to pick an action (for example, running in place or patting your tummy) and have the class follow them in performing this action over and over. After a few seconds, the volunteer at the front of the class will then yell “Freeze!” and the whole class should freeze what they’re doing at this point.
Once everyone has frozen in place, have them read the memory verse in a loud voice together as a class. Only after they’ve repeated the memory verse all the way through can they unfreeze from their frozen position.
Ask for a new volunteer and have him or her pick a new action, the crazier the better, and lead the class in this activity again. Encourage your volunteers to be creative with their actions. They can hop on one foot, spin around, do jumping jacks or even somersaults. The important part is that they freeze in place and repeat the memory verse together every time they hear the word “Freeze!”
You can make the game a little more challenging by erasing words from the memory verse one at a time or by taking down the poster with the memory verse altogether after they’ve gone through the game a few times. This will force your class to really focus and try to remember the memory verse word-for-word. If you see that they are struggling, put the memory verse back up and give them some more time to try to memorize it.
Since there are no real winners or losers in this game, you can thank the volunteers who led the class in different actions at the front of the class for participating by having the class give them a round of applause at the end of the game. If you want to really encourage participation, you can have a small prize on hand to give to the volunteers as they complete their turn.