Bible Scripture Reading

Our newest contest encourages Bible Scripture public reading.  Open to grades from 3rd thru 8th.  Memorization is encouraged but not required.  The public schools are encouraged to provide the information to children interested in participating, but it is the parents’ responsibility to submit participants’ names to the school and for guiding their child in preparation.

Contest Coordinator: Jody Garner

Competition site:  North Ridge Church of Christ

Contest Guidelines
1.  Contestants may use the King James or NIV Bibles.  Students should write a short introduction and conclusion that explains where their passage is located in the bible and why they chose it.  Bible passage must come from concurrent scriptures.  The selection must include a minimum of 3-4 verses from the Bible.  A single verse is not enough.  Example: Matthew 3:1-15.

    Grades 3/4- Time Limit – 1-2 minutes

    Grades 5/6 & 7/8 – Time Limit – 3-4 minutes

2.   Reading will be judged by a point system similar to the Speech contest.  Contestants will be judged in areas such as enunciation, poise, voice tone & etc. (see following score sheet).  Passages may be read, however, points may be awarded to a participant for memorization.

3.  Face & hand expressions ONLY.  NO costumes or props!!!

4.  Schools are responsible for selecting top 4 candidates in each grade. (NO ALTERNATE)

5.  Each Speech contest will be combination of grades into a single contest.:  3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th  grades.  Even though there is only one contest, schools may still send 4 candidates from each grade level.  For example, three students from 7th grade and three students from 8th grade may all compete in the 7th/8th grade contest.

6.  All contestants should arrive 15 minutes early for their contests.

7.  Each contestant will be assigned a number.

8.  Contestants may use notes, read the scripture, or memorize for extra points.

9. There will be door monitors and holding room for contestants.

10. An adjustable podium can be provided.

11. Small children should be left out of the speaking room.  Audience members will be allowed to enter and exit between speeches.  Room will be cleared after each grade level.

12. There will be door monitors, three judges, and a person to greet and register each contestant.

13. Participants will receive a ribbon.  First place in each contest level will receive a $30 Walmart Gift Card, Second place will receive a $20 Gift Card and Third place will receive a $10 Gift Card.

14 Free tickets will be given to each participant.

15. Winners will be announced immediately following the judges' decision in the East Room

Schedule for Bible Reading 2016:  
Sunday, Sept 25th -
3:30 p.m. -  7th and 8th grade

Monday, Sept 26th - 
6:00 p.m. -  5th and 6th grade

Tuesday, Sept 27th - 
5:00 p.m. - 3rd and 4th grade