There are several great memory verses in this passage:
- "love one another, as I have loved you"
- "lay down his life for his friends"
- "you did not choose me, I chose you"
Three amazing lesson subjects in one great passage.
And I love the part where Jesus says he calls us "friends" instead of servants. That could be another direction too.
Computer -- If I were doing this lesson in the computer lab, I'd pull out a copy of Cal & Marty's Scripture Memory Game CD and have the kids type the passage (in sections) into the Verse Editor, add their own comments and quiz to each verse, and then go to another work group's computer to use THEIR John 15 memory verse "unscramble" game and quiz.
For younger kids, I'd type in key phrases for them, instead of entire verses (depending on which verse they were working on) and have them unscramble those phrases. I've used Cal and Marty with 5 yr olds and they can do it WITH HELP. But your older kids will really go to town with the verse editor.
Video -- the GOSPEL OF JOHN DVD does John word for word, so it would include this dramatic passage.
Art -- for an art project idea.... three of these verses has a "flip side" our "two-part" quality to it, which could be written on two sides of a mobile/sun catcher.
You didn't choose me -> I choose you
Love one another -> because I have loved you.
You are no longer servants -> but friends.
There is no greater love -> than to lay down your life for a friend