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Motion eGroup Week of September 22

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
Bible Story:Nehemiah and Sanballat
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:19-20; 4,6
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MASTER BUILDERS

WHAT YOU NEED: Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

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 Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents a thing they enjoy focusing on.
eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as a sport they like to play, a TV show they like to watch, a game they like to play, a book if they like to read, or a place they like to go.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid who built it to share the story behind it.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.

GROUP CONNECT

WHO’S IN YOUR CORNER?

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:
Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs for a whole month, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: washing smelly socks for an entire soccer team
Corner 2: cleaning all the sticky spiderwebs off a fence
Corner 3: helping a farmer clean his muddy pigs
Corner 4: taking out a trash bag full of dirty baby diapers
“If you could make me do one of these dirty jobs for a whole year, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: washing smelly socks for an entire soccer team
Corner 2: cleaning all the sticky spiderwebs off a fence
Corner 3: helping a farmer clean his muddy pigs
Corner 4: taking out a trash bag full of dirty baby diapers

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)

FOCUS REMINDERS
WHAT YOU NEED: cardboard boxes (4 per kid), blank label strips (20), pens, label sheets (3 pages each of 4 labels), bags (1 per kid), Sharpie (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid four cardboard boxes and help kids assemble them.
Explain these boxes will become focus reminders kids can place in front of things that might distract them from doing what needs to be done. Discuss places where they might need a reminder to help them stay focused. (in front of the TV, by their tablet charger or wherever they keep their tablet, on their video game controller, in their room by a favorite toy, etc.)
Pass around the label sheets with the Dirty Jobs series graphic and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Pass around the label sheets with the initiative definition and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Pass around the label sheets with the memory verse and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Pass around the label sheets with the goggles and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Give each kid a blank label strip and a pen. Point out that there are four labels across the top of the label strip. Tell kids to choose four places where they will place their focus reminders. They should write or draw a picture of one of these places on each of those four labels.
Help kids put one of these labels on each of their four dice.
On the remaining four blank labels, kids can write motivational reminders to themselves that will help them remember to stay focused on what needs to be done. Give kids several examples and encourage them to share other ideas. (Stay focused! Get back on track! Don’t get distracted! Show initiative! Make wise choices!)
Help kids put one of these labels on each of their four dice.
Each completed box should have one series graphic label, one virtue label, one memory verse label, one goggle label, one label showing where the box will be placed, and one motivational reminder label.
Give each kid a bag and tell them to put their dice in the bag.
Pass around the Sharpie and tell kids to write their name on the bag.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“When you get home today, go ahead and put your focus reminders in front of the four places you chose that you know you tend to get distracted from doing what needs to be done. When you see these focus reminders, let them help you redirect your attention to the job you should be doing. Let them be a reminder that there might be more important or more helpful things you could be doing with your time than watching that TV show or playing with that toy. It’s okay to do those things sometimes, but don’t let them take your focus away from what needs to be done!”

YOU CONNECT

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What distracts you from doing what needs to be done at home? Share the places you put on your focus reminders.”
“What distracts you from doing what needs to be done at school? At church?”
“When you realize something is distracting you, what do you usually do to get yourself back on track?”
“Is it wrong to do things just for fun sometimes? (No!) Of course not. So how do you know when something is distracting you and when it’s ok to just have fun?”
“Is it possible for people to distract you from what needs to be done? What are some things you could say to someone who tends to break your focus?”
“How can God’s Word help you stay focused on what needs to be done?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, there are so many distractions in the world—everything from noise to screens to other people. We even get distracted by our own minds and the thoughts that come in and out of them. Please help us this week to ignore these distractions and stay focused on what needs to be done. When distractions come, we pray that You would help us remember to ask You for peace and for focus. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

BUILD THE WALL

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 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.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“How did Sanballat respond when he heard about Nehemiah rebuilding the walls?” (First he made fun of them, then he got angry.)
“Who did Nehemiah talk to when he was discouraged by the way Sanballat reacted?” (God)
“What did Sanballat and the Israelites’ other enemies decide to do when the wall was halfway built?” (attack the Jews)
“Who led the people in protecting themselves?” (Nehemiah)
“While the people worked, what did they keep with them?” (weapons)
“How did Sanballat try to distract Nehemiah so he would leave the walls? Did it work?” (calling him names, threatening to send an army, writing a bunch of letters and demanding responses)
“How many days did it take the Israelites to completely rebuild the walls?” (52)


Motion eGroup Week of September 15

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Helps the Poor
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 5:1-12
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MASTER BUILDERS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

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 Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents a way they’ve helped someone recently.
eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as building a trash can to represent helping their mom take out the trash, building a sandwich to represent sharing their lunch with a friend who left theirs at home, or building a bear to represent sharing their favorite teddy bear with their little sister when she cried.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid who built it to share the story behind it.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.

GROUP CONNECT

WHO’S IN YOUR CORNER?

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:
Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“If you could give your least favorite ‘dirty job’ to someone else for a whole year, who would you choose to give it to?”
Corner 1: your mom or dad
Corner 2: a brother or sister
Corner 3: your best friend
Corner 4: a kid who sits near you at school
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: hauling dead fish off of fishing boats
Corner 2: emptying a garbage can full of dirty diapers
Corner 3: wiping sweat off the weight machines at a gym
Corner 4: scrubbing sticky food out of pots and pans

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

WHO CAN I HELP?

WHAT YOU NEED: picture cards (3 sets of 6), leader sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Make sure all picture cards in each set are in order and have the numbered side face-up. (Numbers are found in the bottom right corner.)
Divide kids into three teams. Give each team card number one and make sure they are only looking at the numbered side.
Explain these cards show a zoomed-in part of a picture. Teams will work together to guess what the full picture shows.
Encourage teams to study their picture cards and try to decide what they think the picture is. Teams should discuss quietly so the other teams don’t hear their guesses!
Give teams about 30 seconds to discuss, then ask a representative from each team to share what they think the picture is. If the team guess correctly, let them keep the card. If they guessed incorrectly, they should give the card back to you.
Read the scenario from the leader sheet for that picture.
Repeat these steps for each of the remaining picture cards. The team holding the most picture cards at the end wins!
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Just like Nehemiah looked around and saw his people in need, there are people all around us who need something. Some need food, some need help with a difficult task, or some may just need a friend. But rather than waiting for someone else to step in and help them, we should follow Nehemiah’s example and step in to help fill the need ourselves. Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Think about the people you spend time with on a regular basis. What needs do you think some of them could have?”
“Sometimes kids feel like they don’t have much to offer when it comes to helping people. But I bet you can do more than you think! What are some of the ways you can help people around you?”
“There are going to be some needs you can’t necessarily meet by yourself. Who are some people you could ask for help when you see a need that needs to be met?”
“Let’s practice thinking through some ways you could help people in need. Share some ways could show initiative and help someone in need in each of the following situations using only things you already have.”
“How could you help someone who is being treated unfairly at school?”
“How could you help your brother or sister when they’re tired and cranky?”
“How could you help a kid who has missed a lot of school because he’s been sick?”
“How could you help your mom when she’s had a rough week and is feeling too tired to do anything exciting over the weekend?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, You know all the needs of the people in the world. Sometimes the needs seem too big for us, but we also know there are things we can do to help. Please remind us this week: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need. We pray that we would be the ones to step forward and help someone this week. Amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

BUILD THE WALL

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 5 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.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Did the men and their wives raise complaints against other Jews or against the king?” (against other Jews)
“What did they say they needed to make food from?” (grain)
“What did they have to borrow to pay their taxes?” (money)
“What happened to their sons and daughters?” (They were enslaved.)
“Was Nehemiah confused or angry when he heard about their problems?” (angry)
“When Nehemiah accused the Jewish nobles and officials of treating their people unfairly, did they argue back or keep quiet because they knew he was right?” (They kept quiet.)
“When Nehemiah demanded that the leaders give their fields back and treat the people more fairly, did they agree to do it?” (yes)

 


Motion eGroup Week of August 8

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Plans to Rebuild the Wall
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:11-18
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MASTER BUILDERS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

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 Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents the coolest building or structure they’ve ever seen. It could be something they’ve seen in person or in pictures. (eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as a skyscraper, the Eiffel Tower, Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World, or the Great Wall of China.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid why they chose that building or structure.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.

GROUP CONNECT

WHO’S IN YOUR CORNER?

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:
Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“Who do you ask for help when you have a dirty job to do?”
Corner 1: your mom or dad
Corner 2: your brother or sister
Corner 3: a friend
Corner 4: no one; you just get it done by yourself
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which would you choose?”
Corner 1: picking up litter or trash in a public park
Corner 2: cleaning animals’ hooves on a farm
Corner 3: cleaning up after people who get sick on amusement park rides
Corner 4: cleaning the cafeteria floors at your school

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

SWAT

WHAT YOU NEED: swat cards (2 sets of 8), fly swatters (4)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Sometimes when we face a dirty job, we’d rather wait around and hope someone else will do it. Let’s think about some of the people we might try to leave a dirty job for instead of taking initiative to do it ourselves.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams. Seat teams in half-circles, facing each other.
Spread the swat cards with the pictures facing up in the center of the circle.
Give one kid on each team a swatter. Explain that when you ask a question about who they’d be most likely to wait on to do a difficult task for them, kids will race to swat the picture that represents their answer to the question.
Ask one question and encourage kids to swat their answer:
“When your room is a mess and you know it’s time to clean it, who do you wait on, hoping they’ll clean it for you?”
“When you notice someone has knocked over a trash can at school, who do you hope will clean up the mess?”
“When a trash can blows over during a big storm and spreads trash down the road, who do you wait on to clean it up?”
“When you notice someone in your eGroup left trash on the theater floor, who do you hope will throw it away?”
“When you notice all the balls and equipment are left on the field after P.E. class, who do you hope will put them all away?”
The kid who swats a picture first will explain why they’re likely to wait on that person to do it for them. If the kid gives a good answer, the team can keep the swat card. If the kid does not give a good answer, the eGroup Leader gets to keep the swat card.
Tell the kids on both teams to pass the swatter to the next kid in their line, then repeat the game by asking the next question.
Continue until all question cards have been answered.
The team with the most swat cards at the end wins!
eGL Tip: If your eGroup is larger than 10 kids, after explaining the game, split the eGroup into four teams. Circle two teams around one set of swat cards, then put the other two teams around the second set of swat cards. Give each of the four teams a fly swatter. For each question, let the kid who swat a card first from each circle answer.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Doing dirty jobs isn’t fun, but we all have to do them sometimes. Selfishly, we might be tempted to hope someone else will notice the dirty job and do it for us. But if we all wait for someone else, there’s a chance it might never get done! Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, we should take the initiative to do the job ourselves.”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Think about a time when you knew something needed to be done, but you ignored it and waited for someone else to do it. Why didn’t you do it yourself?”
“What excuses do you usually use to avoid doing a dirty job?”
“What do you do when you see a job that seems like it’s too big for you to do alone?”
“Can you think of a time when you did something that needed to be done without being asked? What did you do, and how did you feel afterward?”
“What is one thing you know needs to be done in your home or in your school this week? What will you do to show initiative and get the job done?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You for giving us the ability to see and know when there is a job to be done. Sometimes we might want to wait for someone else to do a dirty job for us, but we know You want us to show initiative and be part of the solution for the problem. Give us strength and courage to jump in and do tough jobs, even when they seem overwhelming. We know You are always with us to help us. We love You! Amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

BUILD THE WALL

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 2 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.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What city did Nehemiah travel to?” (Jerusalem)
“How long was Nehemiah in Jerusalem before he began inspecting the damage?” (three days)
“Did Nehemiah inspect the walls during the day or night?” (night)
“How many people did Nehemiah tell about his plan to rebuild the walls?” (zero)
“Had the walls been broken down or had they fallen down on their own?” (broken down)
“What were the gates destroyed with?” (fire)
“When Nehemiah told the Jews and their leaders about his plan to rebuild the walls, did they agree to work with him or did they tell him to do it on his own?” (They agreed to help him.)

 


Motion eGroup Week of August 18

The Hunt

Virtue: Wisdom: Finding out what you should do and doing it.
Main Point: If you want to be wise, hang outwit wise people.
Bible Story: Rehoboam Listens to Fools
Bible Passage: 2 Chronicles 10
Memory Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God…and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a, NIV

KID CONNECT

SPOONS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking 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 Spoons!
Tell kids to sit in a circle.
Arrange the spoons in a small circle in the center of the circle. The number of spoons in the center should be one less than the number of kids playing.
Deal four cards to each player. Keep the rest of the deck by you. Tell kids they should only keep four cards in their hand at a time.
Explain that the goal is to collect four of a kind (four 2’s, four Jacks, four Aces, etc.).
Take a card off the top of the deck and decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you do not want to keep it, pass it facedown to the left. If you do want to keep it, remove another card from your hand and pass that card facedown to the left.
The kid on the left will then have the option to keep that card or pass it to their left. If they keep it, the kid will pass on another card from their hand. This continues around the circle.
The last player (the player to your right) places his discard into a trash pile between the two of you. If at any time the deck runs out, shuffle the trash pile and keep going.
Cards should be picked up and passed quickly around the circle until a kid has collected four of a kind.
As soon as a kid has four of a kind, the kid should grab a spoon from the center of the circle as quickly as possible. The rest of the kids will then race to grab the remaining spoons.
The player left without a spoon is out, and play starts over again. Always leave one fewer spoon in the middle than the number of players.
Larger groups of kids can be divided into two groups with their own decks, or kids who are “out” can start a new game with the second deck.

BIBLE CONNECT

BIBLE SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, search lists (4), pens

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!
We’re in a series called The Hunt, where we’re learning about wisdom. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see what we can learn about wisdom!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 2 Chronicles 10. 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.
Read 2 Chronicles 10 aloud.
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a search list and pens.
Explain kids will work with their teams to find all the things described on their search list and fill in the answers as quickly as possible. All answers can be found in their Bibles.
The first team to finish the scavenger hunt by completing the entire search list wins!
eTL Tip: For younger groups who can’t read/write as well, read the first item on the list aloud and encourage teams to race to be the first team to find that answer. Once the first team shares the answer, allow all teams to write the answer down if they’re able. When kids are ready, read the second item aloud and encourage teams to race to find it. Repeat for each item on the list, one at a time.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Because Rehoboam chose to listen to his foolish friends, he made a foolish decision that tore his kingdom apart and caused him to lose respect. Had he listened to the wise elders who had served his father, he would have been much more successful as a king. He learned the hard way that if you want to be wise, you have to hang out with wise people.”

YOU CONNECT

WISE OR FOOLISH FRIENDS?

WHAT YOU NEED:
painter’s tape (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Make a line across the center of the eGroup space with a long strip of painter’s tape.
Tell all children to stand behind the tape line. Explain they should jump across to the other side of the tape line if you say something a wise friend would do, but they should freeze in place if you say something a foolish friend would do.
Read the scenarios below and encourage children to jump across the line when applicable.
eTL NOTE: Wise friend scenarios are in bold.
When someone makes fun of you, this friend says, “It’s ok. You don’t have to listen to them!” Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend wants you to watch a movie you know your parents don’t want you to watch. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend tries to talk you into playing a video game that has a lot of bad language. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend isn’t afraid to tell others about Jesus. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend lies to keep from getting into trouble. Wise friend or foolish friend?
Whenever this friend sees someone who is lonely, they go and sit by them. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend is always kind and lets others go first. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend likes to play tricks on others because they think it’s funny. But the people they play tricks on don’t think it’s funny at all. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend is always willing to share. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend steals pencils and other things from people at school. Wise friend or foolish friend?

WHAT YOU SAY:
“If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. That means you need to choose to surround yourself with people who make good, Godly choices. Seek out friendships with people who make wise choices and will help you do the same.”

Discussion Questions:
“Think about your closest friends. Do most of them make wise or foolish choices? Are there any friends you should spend more time with because you know they’ll help you make wise choices?”
“Do you think your friends would call you a wise friend or foolish friend? Why?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned if we want to be wise, we have to hang out with wise people. When you let God be the source of your wisdom, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about the person you would call your wisest friend. This should be a person you know you can trust to help you make wise choices because they know and follow God’s Word, no matter what! I’m going to write your name and their name in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for God to help strengthen your relationship with this wise friend!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You that we can grow in wisdom when we hang out with wise people. Help us choose our friendships carefully and guide us as we try to surround ourselves with people who will help us be more like You. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, James 1:5a, tells us God will always give us His wisdom when we ask for it!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God… and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose an activity: “Memory Verse Spoons” or “Verse Practice.”

MEMORY VERSE SPOONS

Tell kids to sit in a circle to play a special version of Spoons. If the group did not play Spoons during Kid Connect, refer to page 1 for basic game instructions.
For the Memory Verse edition of Spoons, the kid who fails to grab a spoon should attempt to say James 1:5a from memory. If the kid can’t recite the verse, he/she gets one letter of the word “WISE.” If a kid gets the whole word, he/she is out of the game.
If a kid collects all four cards with James 1:5a (the card with a headlamp in the background), he/she earns immunity for the rest of the game and cannot be given any letters of the word “WISE,” even if they don’t grab a spoon.

VERSE PRACTICE

Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.


Motion eGroup Week of August 11

The Hunt

Virtue: Wisdom: Finding out what you should do and doing it.
Main Point: If you want to be wise, look before you leap.
Bible Story:Wise People See Danger
Bible Passage: Proverbs 22:3
Memory Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God…and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a, NIV

KID CONNECT

SPOONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking 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 Spoons!
Tell kids to sit in a circle.
Arrange the spoons in a small circle in the center of the circle. The number of spoons in the center should be one less than the number of kids playing.
Deal four cards to each player. Keep the rest of the deck by you. Tell kids they should only keep four cards in their hand at a time.
Explain that the goal is to collect four of a kind (four 2’s, four Jacks, four Aces, etc.).
Take a card off the top of the deck and decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you do not want to keep it, pass it facedown to the left. If you do want to keep it, remove another card from your hand and pass that card facedown to the left.
The kid on the left will then have the option to keep that card or pass it to their left. If they keep it, the kid will pass on another card from their hand. This continues around the circle.
The last player (the player to your right) places his discard into a trash pile between the two of you. If at any time the deck runs out, shuffle the trash pile and keep going.
Cards should be picked up and passed quickly around the circle until a kid has collected four of a kind.
As soon as a kid has four of a kind, the kid should grab a spoon from the center of the circle as quickly as possible. The rest of the kids will then race to grab the remaining spoons.
The player left without a spoon is out, and play starts over again. Always leave one fewer spoon in the middle than the number of players.
Larger groups of kids can be divided into two groups with their own decks, or kids who are “out” can start a new game with the second deck.

BIBLE CONNECT

BIBLE SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible verse cards (4 sets of 5 cards), search lists (4), pens

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!
We’re in a series called The Hunt, where we’re learning about wisdom. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see what He says about wisdom!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Proverbs 22. 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.
Read Proverbs 22:3 aloud.
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a set of Bible verse cards. Read the Proverbs 22:3 card aloud and explain that it gives the verse you just read together in a different version.
Read the remaining four Bible verse cards aloud. Explain that these verses all show the same idea — we should think about all possible outcomes or consequences of our actions before we act.
Give each team a search list and pens.
Explain kids will work with their teams to find all the things described on their search list and fill in the answers as quickly as possible. All answers can be found on the Bible verse cards.
The first team to finish the scavenger hunt by completing the entire search list wins!

eTL Tip: For younger groups who can’t read/write as well, read the first item on the list aloud and encourage teams to race to be the first team to find that answer. Once the first team shares the answer and all teams write it down, read the second item aloud and encourage teams to race to find it. Repeat for each item on the list, one at a time.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“These verses we studied are all related to our main point: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. It’s about more than not doing something dangerous; it’s about not doing things that might not be best for us. When you’re faced with a tricky situation, think about where it might end up before you do it. If you’re not sure, ask God for help. Read His Word. Ask an older person you trust who knows God’s Word. All of these things will help you look before you leap and make the wise choice.”

YOU CONNECT

LEAP TO THE END

WHAT YOU NEED:
giant game board (1), game cards (1 set of 20), mini flashlights (4), die (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Open the giant game board in the center of the eGroup space. Shuffle the game cards and place them by the game board.
Help kids form four even teams. Give each team a mini flashlight to use as a game piece and tell them to place it on one of the “Start” spaces on the game board. (The flashlights can stand on the wide end.)
Explain teams will roll the die to move around the game board from their “Start” space to their “Home” space.
If a game piece lands on a “DRAW CARD” space, the team on that space should take a game card, read it aloud, and follow the instructions. Used cards can be set aside and reused if needed.
The first team to get their game piece to their “Home” wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“If you want to be wise, look before you leap. Sometimes that means literally using your eyeballs to look around you before you do something—like if you’re crossing the street, jumping off some playground equipment, or throwing a ball to your friend.
Other times it means just to think about what you’re going to do before you do it. Think about where things will end if you do what you’re about to do or say what you’re about to say. If you turn in that paper with sloppy handwriting, will you get a worse grade than if you re-do it with good penmanship? If your friend’s shirt doesn’t match her pants, will she feel bad if you say something about it? This week, take some time to think about the things you do and say before you do them and decide whether it is really a wise choice or not.”

Discussion Questions:
“What causes us to forget to think things through before we do them?”
“Are there times when it’s easier to be wise than others (times when it’s easier to look before you leap)? Are there times when it’s harder to be wise?”
“Share a time when you really messed up and did something unwise because you didn’t look before you leapt. What happened? What did you learn from the experience?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned if we want to be wise, we have to look before we leap. When you let God be the source of your wisdom, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one strategy you can use to help yourself slow down and think before you act.
Maybe if you tend to act unwisely when you’re angry, you should make yourself count to 10 before responding to people when you feel upset.
If you often act unwisely around certain people, maybe you should decide not to spend time with those people, or you only spend time with them when you have another wise friend nearby to support you.
If there’s a specific place where you tend to make unwise choices, you could ask God to make you more aware of your actions before you go there each time.
I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray that these strategies will help you slow down and think before you act!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You for Your wisdom and for sharing it with us in Your Word. Thank You for always being with us to help us slow down and think about what the wise choice would be. Help us to use what we know to be true in order to look before we leap and make wise decisions. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, James 1:5a, tells us God will always give us His wisdom when we ask for it!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God… and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a

Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose an activity: “Memory Verse Spoons” or “Verse Practice.”

MEMORY VERSE SPOONS

Tell kids to sit in a circle to play a special version of Spoons. If the group did not play Spoons during Kid Connect, refer to page 1 for basic game instructions.
For the Memory Verse edition of Spoons, the kid who fails to grab a spoon should attempt to say James 1:5a from memory. If the kid can’t recite the verse, he/she gets one letter of the word “WISE.” If a kid gets the whole word, he/she is out of the game.
If a kid collects all four cards with James 1:5a (the card with a headlamp in the background), he/she earns immunity for the rest of the game and cannot be given any letters of the word “WISE,” even if they don’t grab a spoon.

VERSE PRACTICE

Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.