The time has come once again for Seventh Day Baptists who have completed our yearly Scripture Memory Program to report their completion! Despite the cancellation of the in-person portion of our yearly General Conference sessions, we still intend to honor those who have completed this year’s program!
Each year, the Christian Education Council encourages the members of local Seventh Day Baptist churches to commit themselves to memorizing the Scriptures. The verses selected for the program in 2019-2020, related to our Conference theme is “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus,” as selected by our Conference President Rev. Kevin Butler. As ever, there are three age levels for the program: one for primary age groups (ages 5-8), one for juniors (9-12) and one for youth and adults (13+). Individuals also had the option of memorizing a designated longer passage of Scripture instead of the monthly verses if they desired. This year, the longer passage was Hebrews 12:1-11.
At the completion of each year’s program, member churches of the General Conference can report their members who complete their program to the Christian Education Council for the recognition of their members. In addition, the Christian Education Council recognizes the member church with the highest number of congregants who have completed the program with the Mary G. Clare Scripture Memory Bowl in honor of the congregation’s achievement. An additional award, the Andrew J. Camenga Award, is awarded to the member church with the highest percentage of participants.
The program materials allow for completion of the material in either May or June, depending on when a church chooses to start the program, but as individuals should be wrapping up for the year, we request that local churches collect the names of those who have completed the program and record them on the provided form with the names as they would like them to appear on the completion certificates we will send them. Completed forms can either be emailed to Nick Kersten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mailed to the SDB Center. Forms must be received by July 2, 2020 for churches to be considered for the participation awards, so don’t waste time and get those forms in! Alternative forms of reporting may also be acceptable; for more information on other ways you can report, please contact Nick.