4 Ways to Teach bible Drill in a Socially Distanced World – video training

I hope your Bible Drill year is off to a great start! In August, Alabama hosted the webinar “Four ways you can teach Bible Skills in a socially distanced world.” The session leaders in the webinar are Belinda Stroud with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, David Jennings with First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Maria Brannen with Georgia Baptist Bible Drill and Speakers, Inc. and Deborah Robson with North Carolina Baptist Bible Drill. The webinar and resource was a joint venture between the three states.

If you missed the live webinar, you can view it online on our website and learn about some creative, fun ways churches can teach Bible Drill at home, online, at church or while discovering the outdoors even though we are living in a socially distanced world.

I’d love to hear how your Bible Drill group is meeting!

Download the free ebook and at home resource here: How to do Bible Drill in a Socially Distanced World.

2020 High School Essay Competition

This fall, students in Grades 9-12, are invited to participate in a High School Essay Contest sponsored by Georgia Baptist Bible Drill and Speakers, Inc. The winner of this contest will receive a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice.

Topic: “Coffee with Three New Friends” – Write about a gathering/chat at a local coffee shop that you would host for yourself and three biblical characters (Old or New Testament). Why did you choose these three? Since you are the host you get to choose the topic(s) of conversation. Your title can be different from the topic as long as you stay on topic.)

Judging Criteria:

* Creativity  (Originality; thought provoking;)

* Grammar (Use proper sentence and paragraph structuring; correct punctuation and spelling)

* Scripture Based (Use Scripture which is meaningfully used and is applicable.)

* Evidence of Research: Minimum of 4 footnotes or endnotes and at least 3 bibliographical entries, Scripture can only be counted once in bibliography and twice in your footnote/endnote count. A separate bibliography is required.

* Length: Minimum of 750 words

Include a personal bio sheet with following information: name; address, email, phone, and church membership.

Use a PDF format when submitting your essay.

Deadline: December 1.

Use this link to submit your essay: https://www.dropbox.com/request/bKy96QBiIzLbuT5mv5H0

2020 Essay Competition – College Students

This fall, Georgia Baptist Bible drill and Speakers, Inc. is sponsoring a College Essay Competition. The prize is a $500 scholarship to the College of your choice. This essay competition is open to current college students. The topic is: “My Life as a Christ Follower While in College.” Students are to write about their experience as a Christian disciple or their spiritual hopes as a disciple during this time. Students may change the name of their title, but need to stay on topic.

Judging Criteria:

* Creativity  (Originality; thought provoking)

* Grammar (Use proper sentence and paragraph structuring; punctuation and spelling)

* Scripture Based (Scripture used meaningfully and is applicable)

* Evidence of Research: Minimum of 5 footnotes or endnotes and at least 4 bibliographical entries. Scripture can only be used once in your bibliography count and twice as footnotes or endnotes count.  A separate bibliography is required. 

* Length:  Minimum of 1000 words

Include a personal bio sheet with the following information: name; address, email, phone number; church membership, and college you attend.

Submit the essay as a pdf using this link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/Cq7QXTlVuscj2c6ihDbu

Deadline: November 14, 2020 

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Water Balloon Toss – Bible Drill activity Idea #4

As you begin your new year in Bible Drill, do you have a Bible Drill Kick-off night or are you meeting outside? Try the Water Balloon Toss idea from our new ebook.  It’s a fun game you can play outdoors with your drillers.

Materials needed:  water balloons; bin to hold water balloons

Prep: Fill water balloons with water.  Provide 1 balloon per 2 drillers and a few extras.

Do: Have 2 drillers stand across from each other approximately 1 foot.   Both drillers will take turns tossing the balloon back and forth and will try to catch it.  As they toss the water balloon back and forth, they take a small step back each time.  As they toss the balloon, they will say the books of the Bible or scripture verse.   The last team with their balloon not popped, are the winners.

Reminder: It’s a good idea to have drillers use hand sanitizer before and after playing this game.

Zoom Game: Bible Drill Kahoot – Bible Drill Idea #3

Looking for a fun, interactive online game to use with your Bible Drillers or in a Sunday school Class? Try our Bible Drill Kahoot idea from our new ebook. This can be used on a Zoom Call or with your in person class.

Materials Needed: Each participant needs a smart phone or tablet/iPad.

Prep: Leader: Create a free Kahoot account.  Then create a game to review verses, books, or Key Passages.  Here is one free for your use: https://create.kahoot.it/share/bible-drill-red-cycle-review/462da5e3-1622-4d8e-905f-af5a7f757c67

Ask parents to download the Kahoot app on a smartphone or tablet/iPad before logging onto the zoom call (or coming to class).

Do: Zoom Call option: After welcoming your drillers, make sure they each have the smartphone or tablet with the Kahoot app installed nearby.  Leaders: You will use the screen share feature on zoom to play the game.  For the in-person class option, display Kahoot on a computer screen or flat screen monitor using an HDMI cord. Ask all drillers to login in on Kahoot with the id/pin displayed to play the game.  Enjoy the game. 

Variation: On a zoom call, have the parents and drillers compete against each other and see who is the winner!

Swimming Pool Games – Bible Drill ideas #2

Looking for a fun ideas to kickoff a new year in Bible Drill? Try our swimming pool game ideas from our new ebook. These activities can be used at home or at a Bible Drill pool party.

1. Pool Hoop-de-loop

Materials needed: 2 pool noodles; Duct tape; foam noodles, knife, permanent marker

Prep: Make a giant foam noodle hoop by attaching the 2 pool noodles together, into the form of a circle, with duct tape; Cut a noodle into 1-2-inch pieces.  Write the Books of the Bible on the foam noodle pieces.

Do: Toss the giant foam noodle into the swimming pool, then toss the books of the Bible into the hoop.   Have the “swimmers” close their eyes and choose a book of the Bible, then they have to say the book before, book chosen and the book after. 

Variation:  Do this game with scripture verses.

2. Kickboard Books of the Bible Scavenger Hunt

Materials needed:  One kickboard per swimmer, foam noodles, knife, permanent marker

Prep: Cut a noodle into 1-2-inch pieces.  Write the Books of the Bible on the foam noodle pieces

Do: Take the Books of the Bible foam pieces and toss in the pool.  Swimmers will use their kickboard to “swim” across the pool to find the books of the Bible, in order. 

Variation:  You can do just the major prophets, the gospels, or the books of law, etc.  Consider making a color-coded set per swimmer and see who can find all the books and put them in order the quickest.

Idea: Create a set of books/verses on foam pieces for color coded for each driller. This makes it easier to social distance in the pool as they have fun with these activities.

3 creative ways for engaging families in Bible Drill

During this time of social distancing, one option of encouraging Bible Skills/Bible Drill is to provide parents with easy resources to disciple their kids. The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions has developed an excellent at home resource for Bible Drill that includes a devotion for each Red Cycle Children’s Bible Drill verse as well as a fun learning activity. 

Here are 3 ways to engage families in Bible Drill using this resource:

  1. Use it as a weekly family devotional resource for all of the families in your kids’ ministry.
  2. Use this resource to engage your families when sheltered in place whether by word of the governor of your state or by their choice.
  3. Use this resource as a supplement to your weekly virtual or in person Bible Drill program.

Consider providing the supplies for the activities for your families. A few options of what this might look like:

– Weekly:  This option allows the ability to adapt and change plans on a weekly basis.  For example, you can send home resources with drillers if meeting at the church or do a drop-off/pick-up option if sheltering in place part of the school year.    

– In a monthly box/bag: While convenient, this allows the flexibility of regularly touching base with families/drillers through drop-offs or pick-ups.

-In a box for the entire year:  This is the most convenient option and allows families to go through the devotions at their own pace.


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Bible Drill Activity Idea #1

Looking for a fun, creative idea to use with your Bible Drillers or in a Sunday school Class? Try our Draw a verse idea from our new ebook. This activity can be used at home, online during a zoom call, at church, or outdoors.

Materials Needed: paper, crayons, colored pencils, or markers; (variation – canvas and paint); Bible
Do: Have the children/students locate the verse and read it out loud. Tell them to write/paint the verse somewhere on the page/canvas. Discuss the verse and then ask the children/students to draw an illustration of the verse. (What does it mean to them or how can they apply that verse to their life?) Set a timer and give the children/student a certain amount of time to do their drawing/painting. When the timer goes off, allow each child/student to show their drawing/painting and tell what it means to them. Then have them recite the verse again.

Recommended Bible Drill verses for this activity: Genesis 1:27; Leviticus 22:31; Deuteronomy 6:5; Job 37:14; Proverbs 20:11; John 15:13; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 6:1; Philippians 4:6; James 1:19
Recommended Key Passages for this activity: The Creation; The Israelites Leave Egypt; The Baptism of Jesus; The Birth of Jesus; The Parable of the Prodigal Son; The Christian’s Armor

Variations: 1. For a Sunday school Class, let children/students pick a verse they have studied this month or a favorite Bible verse to illustrate. 2. Have students scroll through their phone and pick a picture that represents a Bible Drill verse to them. Have them edit the photo and add the text of the verse to the photo. Let students share the photo with your group and/or on social media.

5 Tips for your New Bible Drill Year

As you are preparing for a new school year, begin making plans for your new year in Bible Drill. Here are 5 tips to assist you.

1. Determine when, where and how to meet in this socially distanced world. Download our free ebook that shares strategies for Bible Drill to take place at home, online, at church, or outdoors. We have also provided a sample verse schedule/checklist for Children, Youth, and High School Drillers.

2. If you are a new Children’s Bible Drill leader, you’ll want to download and look over our administrative materials including our New Children’s Bible Drill Leader’s Guide, Our handout on how to have a winning year in Bible Drill, and scoresheet.

3. Be flexible in how you do Bible Drill this year. With families, churches, and communities at varying places on the spectrum of whether to meet in person, virtually, or outdoors, flexibility is the key as we minister to drillers and families. You may have some who are fine meeting in person, while others feel the need to meet virtually/at home. Having a schedule with the flexibility to meet people where they are will allow us to engage more kids and students in discipleship and hiding God’s Word in their hearts.

4. Utilize new resources this year in teaching Bible Drill:

  • This month Alabama Baptist Bible Drill is releasing an at home piece for Children’s Bible Drill that contains a family devotion along with a fun activity for each verse. Once it is released, it will be available for download on our website.
  • Suggestions in our new ebook for fun Bible Skill games you can use when meeting online or outdoors. (Not familiar with zoom? Read the online section in our ebook for more details.)
  • Use the Verse Ring cards featured on our Children, Youth, and High School pages. These are Bible Study flash cards about the size of a baseball card. Choose your age group and translation, then download and print out on white card stock. This is a great printable to have your drillers cut out and use to review verses. They can be used whenever and however you meet.

5. Keep connected with Georgia Baptist Bible Drill and Speakers, Inc and other Bible Drill leaders by subscribing to our website/blog and/or by joining our Facebook group. By entering your email on our website, it will allow you to receive our latest Bible Drill updates by email. Joining our Facebook group is a great way to connect with other Bible Drill leaders in the state.

What is your favorite tip for your new Bible Drill year in 2020/2021?

4 Strategies for doing bible Drill in the midst of a Pandemic

During 2020, we have discovered new ways of connecting and doing ministry in the midst of a pandemic – in a socially distanced world. This includes Kids Ministry and specifically Bible Drill. Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia collaborated and created a new resource for Bible Drill leaders: 4 Ways to do Bible Drill in a Socially Distanced World. This resource includes an A, B, C, D strategy and creative ideas for doing Bible Drill.

The Four Strategies for Doing Bible Drill are:

  • A- At Home (Additional resource to be released later this month)
  • B- Be Online
  • C- Church
  • D- Discover the Outdoors

We will be highlighting some of these strategies in the upcoming weeks. You can download the entire free ebook below:

What creative ideas are you using to do Bible Drill in your church?