2009-03-26 / Personalities

First Baptist offering enrollment in National Bible Bee program

The Shelby Kennedy Foundation has announced the establishment of the National Bible Bee, a motivating Bible memory competition for children and youth from 7 to 18 years old. The goal of the Bible Bee is to build godly character in young people by calling them back to the lost discipline of Scripture memorization.

Most people are familiar with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where youth compete annually in the nation's longest-running educational contest. While it is certainly beneficial for our children to commit the spelling of words to memory, imagine how life-changing it can be for them to memorize the Word of God.

Local Bible Bee contests will be conducted throughout the United States on Saturday, September 12, 2009. One hundred finalists from each of three age categories will then advance to the National Bible Bee for a two-day, world-class competition which will be held in Washington, D.C., on November 5-6.

First Baptist Church of Washington will be hosting a local contest for our region on September 12. All interested contestants are invited to participate. You may find out more about the Bible Bee Competition by visiting the Bible Bee website: www.biblebee.org

Official enrollment in the Bible Bee is currently underway and is handled in a two-step process. First, call First Baptist Church at 706-678-2912 to reserve your spot and receive the location ID number. Then, complete enrollment online at www.biblebee.org. An associated enrollment fee of $20 is collected to help cover the administrative costs associated with the national contest. There is a reduced fee scale for families with multiple contestants. Scholarships are available, but you must inquire when calling the church.

Enrollment closes on April 30, 2009.

The Bible Bee Competition will distribute more than $260,000 in prize money with $100,000 being awarded to the first-place winner of the top age bracket.

The long-term vision of Bible Bee Competition is to equip children and youth to be bold ambassadors for Jesus Christ to the next generation.

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