Posted tagged ‘Books of the Bible’

Leading with beauty

March 20, 2014

Prayer tables for April classrooms.

I know of a catechist who began her lesson on God the Father with this illuminating activity:  Each student was given a paper plate and a crayon.  Each was to hold the plate on top of his or her head while drawing a picture of God the Father on it.  Of course, the students were handicapped by these parameters in a number of ways, not the least of which was that they could not see what they were doing!  It was a fun introduction to the fact that we don’t know what the Heavenly Father looks like because no one has ever seen Him directly and left a description for us.

We will also not find physical details in Scripture beyond the fact that He wants to be known as “Father,”  so artists think about His other attributes when creating an image (He knows everything, is all powerful, and is not limited in any way).  God is typically depicted as a powerful mature man, often in some kind of regalia.  As you’re looking for ways to decorate your prayer table this month, consider these pieces:

Singing the Books of the Bible …

February 7, 2013

Two of the kids who recited all Books of the Bible last weekend are sisters so I asked their mom for some advice:


[For] the Old Testament, though, we just made it into a kind of chant.  We group them into 3-4 at a time and add on until we know the whole shebang. Like anything worth doing, it takes time, practice, and patience.  It is part of our morning prayer time.  We recite all the books of the bible….every day.  I figure it’s good review for all the kids who know them and the younger kids keep hearing them and become more and more familiar with them each day.  Our 3 year old is very close and can do it if I say them with her.  She kind of freezes up when she’s put on the spot, so we’ll see if she is able to earn her t-shirt this year or not!

If you’d like more suggestions, click on the Books of the Bible link here or in the word cloud on the side bar.

Church of Saint Paul –

November 8, 2012

Our Books of the Bible Challenge prizes are almost ready to go!  When you’re ready to recite, just stop in the education office during office hours or catch us before or after any Family Formation meeting time.  There’s no cost for any student enrolled in Family Formation or Little Lambs, and they’re just $5 (to cover costs) for any grown ups or teens in your family.  The catch, of course, is that you have to earn the shirt to get one, so start practicing your Books of the Bible list!

We’ve already had three kids who earned their shirts on Saturday and four more plus a mom (!) who successfully recited on Monday.

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Game Night!

November 1, 2012

Subtitle: More Free Stuff

Our creative catechists have been busy coming up with ways to help your kids memorize the books of the Bible and we’d like to share a few of them with you.  One game’s focus is helping your students categorize all the books according to their major divisions (Old or New Testament?  Wisdom, prophet, law? Etc.).  The other’s objective is to help kids learn the names of all 73 books in order.  These games add manipulative and visual elements to the learning and they add action!  Both games were designed for classroom use, but could easily be adapted for family fun.  The links below open into pdf’s that you can print.

Books of the Bible Race

Classifying the Books of the Bible game


Testimony from a Parent

December 11, 2009

Today my sixth grader came home from school and she was amazed that none of the kids in her class at school knew how to find anything in the Bible. In her words, many of them didnt even know one book or how to look up the readings or anything. The kids were kind of joking and saying I bet no one would be able to memorize the books of the Bible and she kind of quietly said, I did. Of course they didnt believe her until she started reciting them.

The important thing here is that she goes to a Catholic school and many of the kids in her class have been there since Kindergarten.  I thought this was a great tribute to Family Formation and it’s one more thing that made me thankful for our fabulous church and program.

On Encouragement

December 8, 2009

Many thanks to Dan, the brave dad who correctly recited all the books of the Bible for the parents at Saturday’s Family Formation meeting!

One of the nice surprises I had this weekend came while hearing people recite the Books of the Bible.  Most of those who were ready came in teams – a father/daughter team, three sisters, a mom and her son, four siblings, and more.  All were working on memorizing the challenge together in their little groups and all tapped into the power of encouragement that Saint Paul knew well:

Encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do!  I Thessalonians 5:11

For I long to see you, that I may share with you some spiritual gift so that you may be strengthened, that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by one another’s faith, yours and mine.  Romans 1:11-12

We must consider how to rouse each other to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

We all need to develop the fortitude to forge ahead no matter what the circumstances, but everyone agrees it’s so much better to go with a companion!   You can be that encouragement to your kids (and they to you) as you work together to meet this challenge.

If your saints are having trouble getting started, consider a partnership.  Set up a regular practice time.  Hold each other accountable.  Celebrate small victories.  Some kids thrive on competition and you can use that to your advantage also.  (Especially if they are competing with you, and you are okay with a little humility when they learn faster and with less effort.)

Memorizing the books of the Bible in order can be a practical, lifelong help in your daily reading of Scripture, and has the added bonus of making us all more comfortable with our knowledge of God’s Word!  That’s a worthy goal.

And We’re Off!

November 4, 2009

Congratulations to Evie (grade 1), Maria (grade 5), and Philip (grade 5) for being the first students to recite all the Books of the Bible at Monday’s Family Formation meeting!  This year’s freshly printed prizes are available and are ready to be claimed by you!

To get your Books of the Bible t-shirt you just have to recite all 73 Old and New Testament books in order to one of the Family Formation staff members (Matt, Laurie, Sue, or one of the principals) at any monthly classroom meeting, or stop by the education office during regular office hours.

We’re excited about this great start and look forward to this being our best Challenge ever!


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