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Motion eGroup Week of October 13

More or Less

Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: Stuff can’t keep you happy.
Bible Story: Don’t Be Controlled By Money
Bible Passage: Hebrews 13:5
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MORE OR LESS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Motion check-in sheet (1), painter’s tape (1 roll)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in sheet.
Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the best part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?
Once you have five to six kids begin playing More or Less!
Use the painter’s tape to make a line down the center of the eGroup space and tell kids to stand on the line.
Explain you will read a fact to the group, but the number in the fact will be wrong. They will have to decide whether the correct number in the fact should be more or less than the number you give.
Point to the left and tell kids they will walk to that side of the line if they think the real number is more. Point to the right and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the real number is less.
Read the following facts and instruct kids to stand on the designated sides to show if they think the number should be more or less.
FACTS:
If all the blood vessels in your body were laid end to end, they would reach about 6,000 miles. (MORE – They would reach about 60,000 miles.)
Monster waves of over 500 feet tall can suddenly appear at sea. (LESS – They can randomly grow to over 100 feet tall.)
The longest beard in the world grew to 12 feet long. (MORE – It grew to 17.5 feet long.)
On a clear night, the human eye can see between 1,000 and 2,000 stars in the sky. (MORE – We can see 2,000-3,000.)
The sun is over 5 million miles around at its equator. (LESS – It’s just over 2.5 million miles around.)
In one day your heart beats one million times. (LESS – It beats around 100,000 times.)
It takes food about ten seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach. (LESS – It only takes about seven seconds.)
Most of Greenland is covered by a layer of ice that is one mile thick. (MORE – Most of Greenland is covered by about two miles of ice.)

GROUP CONNECT

FACTUAL OR FALSE FIGURES

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Share the following fact about yourself, inserting an INCORRECT number for the “#” symbol: “# people live in my home with me.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think the actual number of people living in your home is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think the number of people living in your home is less than the number you said.
Share the correct number of people living in your home with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and tell how many people live in their home with them.
Bring kids back to the center of the room and share the following fact about yourself, inserting an INCORRECT number for the “#” symbol: “I am # years old.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think your actual age is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think your actual age is less than the number you said.
Share your correct age with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and share how old they are.

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage kids to sit in a circle.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)
ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)

YOU CONNECT

WOULD YOU RATHER

WHAT YOU NEED:
painter’s tape (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Create a line down the center of your space using the painter’s tape (if it isn’t still there from the Kid Connect activity).
Tell kids you’re going to give them a choice, and they’ll stand on one side of the line or the other depending on which choice they would make.
Read the choices in the list below. As you read each choice, point to one side for choice ‘A’ and the other side for choice ‘B.’
For each choice, encourage one or two kids on each side to share why they chose the option they did.
WHAT YOU SAY: “Would you rather have…”
“A) three old video games or B) one brand new video game?”
“A) four tablets or B) one really big screen TV?”
“A) a birthday party with all of your friends or B) a trip to your favorite place on earth with one friend?”
“A) five tacos or B) one super stuffed burrito?”
“A) one week of all half days at school or B) two whole days off school?”
“A) your favorite sports team winning one important game or B) your least favorite team losing 10 games?”
“A) to eat 200 spoonfuls of hot sauce or B) to eat one sardine?”
“A) to clean the entire house by yourself for one day or B) to do dishes every day for one year?”
“A) five small quizzes or B) one big test?”
“A) to do 500 jumping jacks or B) to run one mile?”
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Did anyone have a hard time deciding the best option? (Allow time for responses.) Having more of something doesn’t always equal having the better end of the deal. Even when we want more of something, we have to always remember that stuff can’t keep us happy.
Why can’t stuff keep us happy? (Sample answers: stuff eventually gets old, we get tired of it, there’s more to life than just having stuff, etc.) Right! God made us to be more than people who just have stuff or fun things. He wants us to be good friends to each other and to love our families and friends, and ultimately He created us to have a friendship with Him!”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What are some things that keep us from being content?”
“What kind of stuff do you always want more of?”
“What can we do when we feel like all we can think about is something we want more of?”
“Since nothing you spend money on lasts forever, what are better things to focus on having?”
“Do you think it’s easier to be content if your family has a lot of money or if your family doesn’t have much money? Why?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, we need Your help to be content. Give us grateful attitudes for all You’ve given us. Rather than focusing on stuff, help us to see what matters most: our relationships with You and with one another. In Your name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

FIX THE BIBLE STORY FACT

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:
Instruct kids to turn to Hebrews 13 in their Bibles. (NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.)
Review Hebrews 13:5 with kids. Tell them they have 30 seconds to study the passage, and that they will want to try to remember as much about it as they can!
After 30 seconds, have kids close their Bibles and set them aside.
Stand at one end of the eGroup space. Tell kids to line up side-by-side at the other end of the eGroup space, facing you.
Explain that you will read a statement related to the Bible story, then say, “1, 2, 3, thumbs out!” When you say, “thumbs out,” kids will either hold their thumbs up or down to show if they think the number in the statement should be more (thumbs up) or less (thumbs down) than the number you said.
Kids who answer correctly can take one step toward you.
The kids who answered can earn a bonus step forward by doing the following: when you call out, “1, 2, 3, numbers out!” kids can use their fingers (instead of thumbs up/down) to show what they think the correct number is. Kids who guess the correct number can take an additional step toward you.
Repeat for each of the remaining statements. The first kid to reach you (or the kid who is closest to you after the last statement is completed) wins!
WHAT YOU SAY:
“The book of the Bible we read from today has five letters in it.” 
(more — 7)
“We read three verses in this passage.” (less — 1)
“This passage is found in chapter fifteen of Philippians.” (less — 13)
“The author used the word ‘never’ four times in this passage.” (less — 2)
“The word ‘you’ is used two times in this passage.” (more — 3)
“The phrase, ‘Never will I,’ is used three times in this passage.” (less — 2).
“The author tells us to be, ‘free from the love of ____…’ The missing word has three letters in it.” (more — 5) 
(Kids may need a little extra time to think about this one since they have to figure out the missing word and then count the letters!)