Heard About the National Bible Bee? (Bible Memory Contest)

The 1st annual National Bible Bee will be held 5-6 November 2009 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Prior to that, on 12 September 2009, local Bees will take place all across the United States. The Bible Bee is “very similar to a spelling bee, except contestants are required to recite Bible passages and facts rather than spell words”. Amazingly, First Prize in the National Bee is $100,000.00! This is a first-class contest with a noble motive.

I encourage you to visit the Bible Bee website… it’s very nicely done and quite informative. Some of the info you’ll find there includes an interesting Bible Bee overview, a calendar of events, an interactive map showing local contest sites, the Bible Bee e-store, and even a video message from Kirk Cameron. Registration to participate in this year’s Bible Bee events closed April 30th, but it would still be fun to follow the events and perhaps even attend a local Bee in your area. And there will always be next year!

Bible Bee is the brainchild of the Shelby Kennedy Foundation, an organization inspired by the life of Shelby Kennedy, who died from cancer in 2005 at the age of 23.

Do You Know Kids Doing The Bible Bee?

Leave a comment to share what they are doing to get ready.  What are their Bible memory strategies? Is your church supporting the effort?

You can also read the Baptist Press story about the Bible Bee.


  1. Ruby Smith says

    All this sounds great, but it does not tell me how to get started in my own church. I did not find resources I could order to learn more. Could you lead me to find out more. Thanks, Ruby Smith

  2. Yani says

    I am glad to hear that there is something like this. We had one in our church on the annual children’s day this month (22nd Aug ) and it was wonderful. We had children of 10 and below giving out more than 30 memory verses and reciting whole psalms. It was an eye opener to what the children can learn if given the right motivation and encouragement. It is our view that these verses will remain with them for life. Next year we are planning a bigger event with more children from different branches involved.

  3. says

    That’s a great encouragement! I really love the concept behind the Bible Bee and I am sure it will continue to grow. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Holly (Kennedy) Wakefield says

    I just came across your website and have enjoyed browsing through it. I have 4 and 5 year old little girls and was looking for some new creative ideas for their Bible times.
    I was super excited to see you have the Bible Bee linked to your page! Shelby Kennedy was my big sister and left quite a legacy. I was at the first Bible Bee last year and am so excited about what God is doing through this outreach and the potential it has for young people! What better way to equip the next generation then by filling them with the Word of God that can never return void! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Karen says

    My son is going! He made it into the top 100 in the nation. Woo hoo! The really amazing part is that he prepared almost totally on his own. My father was in the hospital for nearly 60 days this summer, and my husband was laid off also. It was just crazy at our house, but through it all my son studied and studied and studied!

  6. says

    They have been promoting it at our son’s Christian School. I’ve looked over the materials and think it’s going to be a really good thing.

  7. Kristin says

    I’ve never heard of this, but what a great idea! Thanks for sharing:) What better way for them to learn the Word of God?

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