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2024 Topic is still being planned.

2023 Topic:  "By Faith..."

Our focus this year will be on the book of Genesis!

Genesis functions as the cornerstone for all subsequent revelation. Without it sin, the cross, salvation, and human existence would all be meaningless. To its contemporaries, it revealed the gospel in living illustrations. To all subsequent generation it provides the theological and philosophical framework for understanding God, man, the world, and the interrelations between them.  We are excited to see this book come to life at the SEMO ScriptureFest!

The book of Genesis will provide MANY opportunities for dramatization which fills the memories of young and old.  We look forward to your many creative efforts.  As always, we welcome recitations, music, singing or sharing a recitation with family and friends, making the memorizing of God's word as little or as much as you would like.

2023 Schedule

Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 2023 

(Schedule is in development, a general plan is below)




10:00  – Registration

10:45 – Welcome / Worship

11:45 – Lunch

1:00 – Recitations 

3:00 – Break / Game Show set up

3:15 – Whippersnappers Game Show

4:15 – Dinner 

5:45 – Depart for Barn Square Dance (off-site)

6:00 – Square Dance/Hymn Sing/Dessert

9:30 – Depart for lodging/host housing


10:30 – Welcome / Worship

11:00 – Message 

11:30 – Lunch 

1:00 – Recitations

2:45 – Break / Game Show set up

3:00 – Game Show  (TBA)

4:00 - Elite Game Show (TBA)

5:00 - Dinner

6:30 – Final Showdown Round

6:45 – Closing / Worship

7:00 – Fellowship & Games

8:30 - Clean up/departure


For those staying over from out of town, we invite you to join us for church at the same location as the ScriptureFest.  Sunday morning Bible Study begins at 9:40am and/or join us only for worship at 10:45am.  All are welcome to a fellowship luncheon immediately following the service.  Fill up with both food and fellowship before heading out to your respective home states!

Interested in Attending but not so sure about all this?  Read on...

We encourage you to sign up even if you are brand new to recitation.  You can do it!


Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to recite at least 1 passage (see passages available here) as an individual and/or as a family or group in the various forms of recitation that we offer. NO AGE LIMITS!!!!  Individuals, families and/or groups can sign up for as few or as many passages as they would like.  You can do just a little to get your feet wet, or sign up for a whole chapter.  The choice is yours.  You might be surprised at how addicting it is, once you memorize a passage you want to try to memorize more and more, thus giving yourself more of God's word hidden in your heart!  Try it!  We'll help you!

You may simply recite your passage or you may use visuals or a dramatization or even singing.  Typically you'll see some of all types of recitations.  We only ask that if you are dramatizing your recitation that you do your best to add to and not distract from the scripture you are sharing.


All registrants are encouraged to pray about and reserve each chapter and/or passage with an established idea of how he or she intended to use their recitation to edify & bless others, as well as bring glory to God.


All scripture sign ups are ONLY to be made using the volunteer sign up sheet which you will find a link to on the REGISTRATION page of this website.  When a passage/chapter is reserved, it will be crossed out on the list and we will update our list as well, as soon as we are alerted to the request. 

For those who like to dramatize their recitation with emotional expression, related props & wardrobe, and even assisting, but not disruptive or distracting, sound effects, may do so. (All props, wardrobe & relevant effects were to be disclosed in advance to SEMO ScriptureFest organizers and receive advanced approval.)


The passages we have chosen will provide quite a few opportunities to dramatize so get as creative as you like, as long as it is an exact recitation from God's word.  You may use the Bible version of your choice.

We want to strive for excellence in the handling of God’s Word. While we desire for all Bible recitations to be enjoyable for the orator, we especially want it to be edifying for the hearers; therefore, in reserving even 1 passage, we always request that all who make reservations, whether for “straight” recitation or dramatization, have their passage(s) fully memorized and mastered, at least, 3 weeks in advance of the scriptorium. Event organizers might require any & all scheduled reciters to either perform their chapter(s) in advance, upon request, or submit video/audio evidence by the middle of March 2023.

Event organizers reserve the right to reassign or reduce chapter recitations in the event of cancellation, due to illness, injury, family tragedy, travel delays, other unforeseen circumstances, or lack of necessary preparation in order to recite satisfactorily and uphold our goals for the event.

To see a list of all scripture passages go to the registration page of this website.  You can view all passages without actually signing up so feel free to take a look!

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