There are so many opportunities for small group games that help members learn the Bible. Today we’re going to talk about one called Tag-Team Scripture Memory.
What do you think about when I say Tag-Team? Do you think about the childhood game of tag? How about a relay race? Both would probably work in this case.
Here’s how it works:
As the small group leader select a hand full of scripture verses. Write one verse on a small piece of paper and fold it in half. Repeat for each verse. Place all the papers in a bag, bowl, or hat. You will need one verse for every two people in the group. Therefore if you have 6 members, you would need 3 verses altogether.
Count off your small group members as 1 or 2. Then have the 1s pick a folded paper.
Next have the 1s partner with 2s. Each person picks a partner.
Explain the rules:
The team is to memorize the verse before the next meeting. But there’s a catch. The each person must memorize every other word of the verse.
For example let’s say the verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Person 1 would memorize “I do things Christ strengthens”
Person 2 would memorize “can all through who me”
At the next small group meeting the team would say the verse back together to make it complete.
Each person says only the word they memorized. Person 1 says “I”, person 2 says “can”, etc until the whole verse is spoken.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
What does this silly little game teach us?
We were designed for community and relationship. This game shows us that we need each other. By memorizing one part of the verse, we depend on the other to fully understand the verse. It also shows how things work better together.