Registrants in the Communication Division may submit entries in the following categories:

  • Short Sermon
  • Spoken Word
  • Short Film
  • Bible Memorization
  • Speech –Patriotic
  • Speech – Poetry
  • Speech – Dramatic Quotation

SHORT SERMON

  • Short Sermon, Elementary is open to students enrolled in grades 3-5
  • Short Sermon, Middle. is open to students enrolled in grades 6-8
  • Short Sermon, High is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12

SHORT SERMON RULES

  • An entry in Short Sermon is the art of verbally communicating a biblical message that includes Scripture quotations or readings presented by one eligible student.
  • Scripture reference must be cited with all scripture quotations or readings.
  • Short Sermon entries have a time limit of 5 minutes.
  • All presentations must be in harmony with the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God. A copy of the Statement of Fundamental Truths is available online at www.lcstoday.org.
  • All entries must be original material, not just a memorization of someone else’s sermon. Participants are permitted to use illustrations personal testimonies, statistics, stories, etc. Sources must be cited.
  • Participants are allowed to use notes. The sermon does not need to be memorized.
  • Participants may only use a Bible, notes, a podium and handheld visual aids. The festival provides only the podium.
  • All aspects of the sermon must take place within the boundaries of the stage.
  • The wearing of costumes is not permitted.
  • The use of audio or audiovisual devices is not permitted. Neither flammable nor liquid visual aids are permitted.
  • All presentations must be given with due reverence for God and His people and must not be a cynical or satirical portrayal of any form of the ministry.

SPOKEN WORD (EXHIBITION)

This is an exhibition Category.

SPOKEN WORD RULES

  • An entry in Spoken Word is for the art and ministry of communicating poetry that is specifically composed for performance before an audience.
  • Spoken Word entries must be entirely the original work of one eligible student.
  • There is a time limit of 3 minutes for all Spoken Word entries. Time begins when the participant does or says anything to indicate the beginning of the presentation.
  • The entire presentation must be memorized.
  • The use of additional media is not permitted.
  • Neither live nor recorded music nor singing by the student is permitted.
  • Neither costumes nor props are permitted

SHORT FILM (EXHIBITION)

INFORMATION REGARDING SHORT FILM

All Short Film entries will be evaluated prior to the district Festival. Results will be available at the Festival.

SHORT FILM RULES

  • The creation of a Short Film is the art and process of producing a film containing a combination of visual images and sounds to communicate effectively a mood, emotion and/or message by one to ten eligible students.
  • In the Short Film category, the following genres are accepted:
    • Animation
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • Documentary
    • Experimental
    • Music Video
    • Fiction/Live Action
  • Short Film entries must include the following information in the Video Description on YouTube or Vimeo:
    • Title
    • Participant(s)
    • School name, city
  • Entries in Short Film have a time limit of 5 minutes.
  • The creator(s)/producer(s) of the film must meet the age or grade requirements and must register as participants. Adults may not serve as the primary director(s) or editor(s) of the film being submitted by the participant(s). However, those appearing in the film or supporting the production (actors, grips, lighting, boom operator, etc.) do not need to meet age requirements nor register as participants.
  • Copyright policy: the League of Christian Schools and it’s subsidiaries are not responsible for assuring that all material included in students’ film productions is in compliance with existing copyright laws. It is the responsibility of the students, parents and leaders to be completely legal and ethical in their conduct regarding copyrighted material used to create an entry for the LCSF. Students must obtain either the copyrights or explicit written permission for use of all software, graphics, parodies, recorded music and/or sound files included. See “Copyrighted Material” under General Rules for an additional list of guidelines.
  • Credits must be included and count toward the overall time limit of 5 minutes.
  • Any script or story line must be the original work of the participant(s) and not previously submitted in this festival.
  • Short Film entries must submit a YouTube or Vimeo URL with the registration form.
  • The participant(s) is not required to be present at the Festival. However, the registration form and fee must be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

BIBLE MEMORIZATION

  • Each school may enter no more than 3 students per grade.
  • Presentations are from the approved list of scriptures which is available in the appendix of this manual, or on the www.lcsfestival.org website.
  • All presentations must be memorized (notes and prompters are not permitted).
  • Participants shall provide one copy of their speech to the judges.
  • All presentations must begin with an introduction. Students should give the scripture reference, the version of Bible they are using, and a brief summary of the passage they are quoting.
  • Students should communicate the message of their selection through their vocal and facial expressions, being sure to include speech techniques described on the judging sheet.
  • Bodily movements and gestures are allowed, but not required, and must not be overdone.
  • The presentation may not be dramatized.
  • Costumes and props are not allowed.
  • Eye contact should be with the audience, not the judges.
  • Picture taking or video recorders are not permitted during the student’s presentation.

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SPEECH – PATRIOTIC ORATION

  • This category is for patriotic material written by or presented by famous persons.
  • No poems are allowed.
  • Each school may enter no more than 3 students per grade.
  • Presentations are from the approved list of famous speeches which is available in the appendix of this manual, or on the www.lcsfestival.org website. Or a student may use another patriotic speech from a notable historical figure. The length of the selection should be 250 – 500 words.
  • All presentations must be memorized (notes and prompters are not permitted).
  • Participants shall provide one copy of their speech to the judges.
  • All presentations must begin with an introduction. The student should give the title and some background information regarding their selection.
  • Students should communicate the message of their selection through their vocal and facial expressions, being sure to include speech techniques described on the judging sheet.
  • Bodily movements and gestures are allowed, but not required, and must not be overdone.
  • The presentation may not be dramatized.
  • Costumes and props are not allowed.
  • Eye contact should be with the audience, not the judges.
  • Picture taking or video recorders are not permitted during the student’s presentation.

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POETRY

  • This category is for poetry written by a well known author.
  • Each school may enter no more than 3 students per grade.
  • Presentations are from the approved list of poems which is available in the appendix of this manual, or on the www.lcsfestival.org website.
  • All presentations must be memorized (notes and prompters are not permitted).
  • Participants shall provide one copy of their speech to the judges.
  • All presentations must begin with an introduction. The student should give the title and some background information regarding their selection.
  • Students should communicate the message of their selection through their vocal and facial expressions, being sure to include speech techniques described on the judging sheet.
  • Bodily movements and gestures are allowed, but not required, and must not be overdone.
  • The presentation may not be dramatized.
  • Costumes and props are not allowed.
  • Eye contact should be with the audience, not the judges.
  • Picture taking or video recorders are not permitted during the student’s presentation.

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DRAMATIZED QUOTING

  • Dramatized Quoting is the art of telling a story through verbal communication and action by the direct quote of a scripture portion of the Bible by one eligible student, or the memorized oral interpretation by an individual of a selection includes dialogue between two or more characters (interpreted by one person) or a monologue.
  • A time limit of 5 minutes is allowed for Dramatized Quoting entries. There are 90 seconds for setup and 90 seconds for tear down.
  • Selections are to be made from scripture portions, plays, stories, or other works from published sources. The selection used must be memorized, presented from consecutive verses or in full context and continuity (not abridged), and quoted word perfect. The version of Bible used is the choice of the student.
  • Four typed copies of the selection must be presented to the evaluators at the assigned presentation time. Typed selections must be black Arial or Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, and include complete citation of source, or, if using the Bible, the version, book, chapter and verse references.
  • Participants must introduce their presentations by stating the work used, or the Bible version, book, chapter, and verses used. Introductory remarks count toward the overall time limit.
  • All aspects of the drama must take place within the boundaries of the stage.
  • Chairs may be used as props. However standing on chairs is not allowed and may result in disqualification. The only chairs allowed are the chairs available on-site in the presentation room. Participants may not bring their own chairs to the Festival.
  • Handheld props are allowed. Neither flammable nor liquid props are permitted.
  • Costumes are permitted.
  • Neither masks nor costume make up is allowed.