KNOXVILLE– Johnson University’s scripture memory group was started roughly twenty-five years ago by Margaret Eubanks out of a desire to spread her passion for scripture memorization to others.
The current head of the scripture memory group, Sharon Ford, said that Margaret Eubanks “wanted to start something here at school for the students to be able to present in chapel and different venues.”
The students involved with the group usually recite their verses before the message in Tuesday morning chapel services. However, Ford has been planning end of the year events for the scripture memory group for the past three years as a way for the students involved to share their hard work collectively, in a public setting, that honors God.
For the year of 2015, the theme was “The Word Became Flesh.” This was a quiet night of worship, scripture, and communion that celebrated the holiday season through recognizing the coming of Christ as The Word.
Students Hunter Eaton, Jack Downer, Michaela Begley, Lauren Surber, Joel Greenwood, and Joshua Meadows joined Sharon Ford in reciting scripture for their audience.
They began by reciting John 1:1-18 together, after which they each took turns reciting various verses throughout the Gospels, then stopping to partake in Eucharist and singing with the audience.
It was clear to see throughout the night how close the students have become as a unit.
Senior Jack Downer said, “I joined scripture memory group to be accountable to memorizing scripture… and I stayed because of the people in it.” Their hard work and camaraderie certainly showed in their tribute to the birth of Christ.
Anyone interested in joining the scripture memory group this semester should contact Sharon Ford at SFord@johnsonu.edu.