Members of the Childrenâ€™s Bible Drill Team search for a passage Wednesday during practice. Pictured are, from left, Luke Mitchem, Tyler Bingle, Stephen Harris, Zane Pearce, Chris Mayhew and Casey Roark. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
Children stand at attention â€” shoulders back, heads up and Bibles out.
They flip frantically to the proper page and step forward, prepared to cite scripture to their caller. All in a dayâ€™s work for children in the Childrenâ€™s Bible Drill Team at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Ten children â€” fourth- through sixth-graders â€” and one youth participate in the program.
â€œItâ€™s easy. I usually never mess up,â€ says fifth-grader Jessica Whitlock.
Participants are given a study sheet in preparation for the drills. Sheets include 25 verses and 10 key passages from the Old and New Testament. Children also must learn all the books in the Bible in order.
â€œThey never know whatâ€™s on a drill,â€ says leader Doranne Beam. â€œThey have to memorize all the scripture and all the passages.â€
Children line up facing the caller who will work from three categories: quotation, completion and Bible search. Each category tests the knowledge of participants.
The Bible Drill team has been going strong at Macedonia Baptist for 12 years. Each year members of the team strive to make it to the state level.
Wednesday night the children studied in preparation for the South Fork Baptist Associationâ€™s drill.
This yearâ€™s association drill will be Sunday at Macedonia Baptist. Ten children from the church will participate along with children from First Baptist Church in Maiden, Faith Baptist Church and Olivet Baptist Church.
Beam stresses that the drills are a demonstration of knowledge rather than a competition. Children must get 16 out of 24 references correct at the association competition to proceed to the state level.
Each drill does more than teach children to recite scripture, Beam says.
â€œThe main purpose is that if children know the scripture, theyâ€™ll know the truth,â€ she says. â€œWe feel itâ€™s so important to memorize Godâ€™s word.â€by Diane Turbyfill