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Sunset Reading

VERSEathon

What is VERSEathon?

This is a multi-year Bible passage memorization challenge.

There are multiple levels, and each level has a set of passages. All passages on a particular level should be completed, before moving to the next. Everyone goes through the same list, but at their own pace.

The aim is not to compete against anyone, it is just about trying to achieve your best and helping everyone learn.

Why are we doing this?

Psalm 119:11 – “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Keeping God’s word in our heart is essential for our spiritual growth. This journey will help us get a bit closer to God’s word.

Who can participate?

Though Sunday School is taking the initiative for this challenge, youth & adults are encouraged to participate.

Making it a family activity will make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. After all, learning God’s word is everyone’s responsibility!

What is being done to ensure I don’t forget what I learnt in the past?

When the new Sunday school year starts, teachers/reviewers would test whether previous passages are still in memory.

Eg. If you had completed Level 3 as part of the Winter Challenge, you may be asked to recite all passages in Level 1,2 & 3 before you can start with level 4 as part of the new year.

(Teachers may decide to do a review of selected passages.)

How do VERSEathon Shekels work?

  • VERSEathon Shekels can be earned by completing new passages/levels

    • Completing a new passage under a new level will earn 20 VERSEathon Shekels

      • Students from Nursery, KG & Grade-1 will earn VERSEathon Shekels for completing a part of the passage.

    • Completing a new level will earn 100 VERSEathon Shekels

    • Completing the revision of previous levels will earn 100 VERSEathon Shekels

    • All VERSEathon Shekels earned should be deposited at the collection box near the staircase.​

  • On the 1st Sunday of the month, all students who have earned Shekels in the past month will be acknowledged during the Sunday school opening session.

  • We will have a celebration at Sunday School when we have earned enough VERSEathon Shekels.

  • ​Everyone (students & adults) who have completed new levels during the Sunday School year will be awarded certificates at the end of the year. Completion of milestone levels will earn a gift as well.

How will I be tested?

  • For Sunday school kids

    • Any Sunday School teacher who is not your parent can test you.

    • Your Sunday School teacher will award you the VERSEathon Shekels.

  • For Youth/ Adults

    • Be in touch with Anu/ Bonny/ any Sunday school teacher. 

Can I use an English/ Malayalam Bible?

Yes, both are acceptable.

NIV is preferred if you are learning new, but no need to re-learn in NIV.

I have more questions, who can answer those?

Please reach out to Anu Paul / Bonny Varkey

Learning resources

Fruit of the Spirit Song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rezg4jYFoj0 

Everyone is encouraged to share resources that may help with the memorizations – songs, videos.

If you have something that has helped you/ your child learn. Please let Anu Manoj know so that it gets included here.

Passages to memorize

Level -1

  • The Lord’s Prayer(St. Luke 11:1-4)

  • Psalm 23

  • 10 Commandments

  • Fruit of the Spirit(Galatians 5:22-23)

Level - 4

  • St. Matthew 7:7-12, 5:1-12

  • 1 Corinthians 13

  • Psalm 19

  • Books of the Old Testament

Level - 7

  • Psalm 139

  • Nicene Creed

Level - 10

  • St. Matthew 25:34-40

  • Psalm 118

Level - 13

  • Psalm 30​

  • Isaiah 61:1-4

  • Matthew 24:36-43

Level - 2

  • Psalm 121

  • Psalm 1

  • Psalm 91

Level - 5

  • Psalm 103

  • St. John 6:53-58

  • Psalm 117

  • Psalm 133

Level - 8

  • St. Matthew 5: 38-48

  • Ephesians 4:25-32

  • Psalm 42

Level  - 11

  • Psalm 128

  • John 15:1-8

  • Philippians 4:4-8

  • James 3:9 -12

Level - 14

  • Deuteronomy 6:4-12

  • Psalm 46

  • Colossians 1:15-20

Level - 3

  • Psalm 34

  • Psalm 51

  • Books of the New Testament

Level - 6

  • St. Matthew 6:25-34

  • Habakkuk 3:17-19

  • Psalm 27​

Level - 9

  • St. Mark 8:34-38

  • Ephesians 6:10-17

  • Psalm 127

Level 12

  • Psalm 100, 150

  • Isaiah 55:8-13

  • Romans 12:1-8

  • Colossians 3:12-15

Level - 15

  • Psalm 119: 1-8

  • Mark 16:15-18

  • Romans 8:28-39

Leader board

Goal - 20,000 points.                           Actual - 24,000 points.                                  Ended on - February 28, 2022.

Every new level completed by an individual =100 points.      Every level completed by a grade (All students + teacher) =500 points.

Level - 1

Kindergarten

Emma Becca Jacob

Elijah Mathew

Elvyn Navin Johnson

Olivia Praveen

Tia Mathew

Nursery

Anaiah Beth John

Grade 1

Tanav Vijoy

Timothy Iby

Grade 7

Rhea Jacob

Tuhina George

Grade 8

Raina Mathews

Grade 5

Joshua Mathews

Level 2

Kindergarten

Dan Alex

Grade 1

Abram George

Isa Jacob

Grade 2

Annika Mathew

Christa Mathew

Christina George

Grade 5

Drishya Mathew

Grade 4

Alyssa George

Gianna Punnoose

Naithan John

Grade 7

Isaac Thomas

Jayden Thomas

Michael Iby

Grade 8

Hannah Oommen

Level 3

Grade 1

Talia Punnoose

Grade 3

Reuben Jim

Grade 4

Aman Jacob

Grade 5

Liza Mathew

Johan Varughese

Level 4

Level 6

Level 10

Grade 8

Ryan Jim

Grade 5

Hannah Mathew

Grade 3

Natanya Sarah Ron

Grade 5

Samara Liza Ron

Level 5

Grade 8

Lydia Mathew

Grade 5

Mahima Susan Manu

Grade 7

Alyssa Mathew

Joann John

Grade 8

Ben Mathew

Youth/Adult

Level 1

Ajay Abraham

Babita Joy

Chitra Varghese

Deepthi John

Iby Thampy

Level 2

Divia Thomas

Jenny Ann Varghese

Jolly Meloot

Nitin Punnen

Sharo Chacko

Level 5

Anu Rachel Paul

Bonny Varkey

Tinsy George

Ciny Rachel Easow

Level 3

Jani Jacob

Level 7

Mariamma(Omana) Titus

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