If you had to pick your favorite hero to study, who would it be? A caped crusader? An agile Avenger?
Well, for the past seven months, 50 elementary school students from Southeast Christian Church and Christian Academy of Louisville have learned about heroes who killed giants, braved the flames of a fiery furnace and faced the breath of hungry lions.
“Heroes of the Bible” was this year’s theme for the Beginner Bible Bowl season, and 40 teams from across the Midwest and South traveled to Southeast Christian Church’s Blankenbaker Campus March 2 and 3 to demonstrate their knowledge of heroes like David, Elijah and Daniel at the Main Game Event.
This annual two-day celebration combines quick-recall “buzzer” games covering questions taken directly from Scripture with opportunities for fun and fellowship. The event, which is sponsored and run by the teams from CAL and Southeast, has become a sort of “national championship” event for Beginner Bible Bowlers and has grown so popular that the 40 spots for this year’s Main Game Event were filled within 26 hours.
A team from CAL took home first-place honors in the Championship Division.
Cooper Williams, a third-grader on the winning CAL team, could barely contain his enthusiasm.
“I knew when I turned and looked at the score before the 18th question that there was no way at that point the other team could catch us,” he said. “I was so excited, I could hardly keep all the excitement inside for the last two questions!”
His mother, Whitney Williams (who also coaches the team), shared her son’s energy.
“I’m so proud of these kids and how hard they worked all year,” she said. “Last year, I barely had one kid who could quote one or two Bible verses; this year I had them fighting over who got to quote them in competition.”
Another player on the CAL team, Will St. Croix, enjoyed learning all 40 memory verses this year. His favorite verse was Daniel 6:27: “‘He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.’”
Will’s mother, Judy St. Croix, said that she and her family have enjoyed countless benefits by being involved with the Beginner Bible Bowl program.
“We really did not know what this was all about,” she said. “We thought ‘bowling’ and learning God’s Word would be fun. There was no bowling but lots of games and snacks and getting to know God’s Word and lessons. We have met so many wonderful friends as well. My family has learned so much about Jesus and the Bible because we study Beginner Bible Bowl for 15 minutes every day.”
Other teams from Southeast and CAL also brought home trophies for first-, second- and third-place finishes in one of five divisions.
Jenny Hill, the director of the Beginner Bible Bowl program at CAL, has been associated with Bible Bowl for the past 20 years. Her passion for helping kids get excited about learning God’s Word is infectious.
“It’s great to volunteer with a program where other volunteers have the same passion you have, which is to encourage kids to dive deeper into God’s Word with their friends,” Hill said. “Beginner Bible Bowl is the perfect program designed to do that.”
Southeast’s program director, Bruce Jones, has enjoyed watching the program grow and touch so many lives over the past several years.
“Bible Bowl is a great way for your entire family and specifically kids from second grade to seniors to learn God’s Word in a mind-blowing fashion,” Jones said. “Bible Bowl is known for fun games, treasured friendships and families who want to know Scripture. We invite you to join us in the fall as we journey through Acts. We promise your kids and teens will learn more of God’s Word than most learn in their lifetime and have a blast doing it.”
For the “Heroes of the Bible” material, Beginner Bible Bowlers studied 10 chapters of 1 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings and Daniel and memorized 40 verses from those Scriptures.
When asked what he’d like to share with people who are just learning about Beginner Bible Bowl, CAL player Will St. Croix said, “Please let all people on our earth know that we are never alone, and that God is always with us, no matter what.”
FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about Beginner Bible Bowl (for second- through fifth-graders), watch The Southeast Outlook for information about the introductory meeting to be held in August or email Bruce Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about Teen Bible Bowl (for sixth- through 12th-graders), watch The Southeast Outlook for information about the introductory meeting to be held in September or contact Megan Kuhl at email@example.com.