What is Bible Bowl?
Bible Bowl is a fun way to learn and memorize the Bible. In short, it is a competitive quick recall game. Students will memorize selections of the Bible and then be challenged to recall the information quickly by participating competitions with other students across the country. All of this in attempt to get students to memorize God's Word and then be able to recall and use it in everyday conversation through key words association or other triggers.
Who can participate in Bible Bowl?
Any 3rd to 12th grade student is allowed to participate in the program as a player. Bible is broken down into two separate programs to help encourage and prepare the younger students. Beginner Bible Bowl for 3rd-5th grade students, and Teen Bible Bowl for 6th-12th grade. Why Bible Bowl? Ephesians 6:4 - ...bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. 3 John 1:4 - I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
Why Bible Bowl?
Because the most important thing we can do as parents is to train our children in the ways and Words of the Lord. Bible Bowl is by no means "The Perfect Program." It is, however, an excellent opportunity and a fun way for students, of all ages, to learn and memorize the Word of God. A pleasant side affect of Bible Bowl for most students (not all mind you) is the improvement in their general study habits. As the program does teach students how to study the Bible, the methods used can easily be applied to any other subject of study. Many students see improvements in their grades at school while increasing their knowledge of God's Word.
So how does it work?
A particular text is chosen. This year we are studying Romans, Hebrews, and James. Students will attend practices, currently scheduled on Sunday afternoons 3:00-5:00 pm. Practice consists of reading a section of the text, a devotion over that section with practical explanation. Guidance in memorizing the text, and then opportunities to recall what they just studied. After that, it really depends on the student's commitment level. For some, this practice is where they stop. But others want and thrive off the competitive side of the program. Many helps including study schedules, fill in the blank texts, prompterizers (the text with only the first letter of every word), and many others are provided. Students that can commit to study at home 15 minutes or more per day are the students who really do well. Like with most things in life, the more the student is willing to put into it, the more they will get out of it. Once a month we travel to Virginia to participate in an area wide competition to check the progress of our studying. Some of the teams we compete against in our area are among the best in the nation. There are a total of seven of these competitions which are really just preparation for the college and national tournaments. It is at these competitions where are most dedicated players want to perform well as they provide opportunities for students to earn scholarships to attend various colleges. FCC Ministries has sent several students to college on such scholarships and our hope is to send many more.
What does it cost?
To play, not a dime. FCC Ministries is behind this program so fully that texts, study helps, practices, monthly competitions, and some fun extras are all covered for the students. Any students who desires to continue through to the college and national competitions will have some financial obligations, however there are even scholarships available for these. So the real major costs are time and sacrifice.
How do I get my child involved?
Please fill out the form below. Season technically begins the end of August, but students can start anytime. There is no Bible Bowl from mid June through the end of August. As this is an extension of our Family Ministries here, Efren Rosario or Ashley Strange are excellent places to start. Ministry leaders for the program here at FCC Ministries is Bill and Lisa Wells.
How can I help?
We have many needs for adult help in Bible Bowl. You do not have to have a child in Bible Bowl to help us, in fact we have several folks involved who do not have children at all, but really enjoy helping.
Coach* - Assists with practices and other team building activities. Coaches are encouraged to travel to competitions with their teams as much as possible.
Mentor** - Assists by aiding a student in their studies. This could include helping with memorization, faster recall, better understanding of the text, general encouragement. We very much would like to encourage our elders and elder's wives to participate as mentors.
Sponsor - Assists by providing prizes and/or scholarships to the program and students. See below for a list of our current needs. If you are interested in helping at any level please contact us: Efren Rosario Ashley Strange Bill and Lisa Wells Notes:
*Requires standard background checks for all Family Ministry student teachers. Any coach able and willing to be a driver will also need to have those background checks as well.
**May require standard student teacher background check depending on the relationship between the student, parent, and mentor. All mentor relationships will be considered on an individual basis.
I want to help as a sponsor, what do you need right now?
Currently we could use:
- Candy in different sizes
Movie Box Candy is great!
- Packs of Gum Candy bars of various sizes $5.00 Gift cards (a few examples:) - Sheetz - Walmart - Target - Chick-Fil-A - Cookout - McDonald's
- Scholarships Any amount - please contact us regarding what you may be willing to do. We have students who need financial assistance for tournament season.