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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!)


Motion eGroup Week of October 6

More or Less

Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: God can help you be okay no matter what.
Bible Story: Be Content.
Bible Passage: Philippians 4:11b-13
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:
The sun is 3,000 times as large as Earth. (MORE – It is 300,000 times as large.)
There are 300 ways to make change for a dollar. (LESS – There are 293 ways.)
A cat has 12 muscles in each ear. (MORE – It has 32 muscles in each ear.)
Dolphins can hear sounds underwater from 10 miles away. (MORE – It can hear sounds from 15 miles away.)
Popcorn can pop up to five feet in the air. (LESS – It can pop up to three feet in the air.)
A pizza topped with real 24-karat gold sold for more than $5,000. (LESS – It sold for about $4,000.)
The world’s largest gingerbread house was decorated with 5,000 pounds of icing. (LESS – It had 4,750 pounds of icing.)
Early lacrosse matches could have 1,000 players at once. (MORE – They could have 2,000 players at once.)
Astronauts orbiting Earth can see up to 12 sunrises and sunsets every day. (MORE – They can see up to 16 sunrises and sunsets.)

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: “# of my bones have been broken in my entire life.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think the actual number of bones you’ve broken is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think the actual number of bones you’ve broken is less than the number you said.
Share the correct number of bones you’ve broken with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and tell about the most painful injury they’ve ever had.
Bring kids back to the center of the room and share the following fact about yourself, inserting an INCORRECT number for the “#” symbol: “I wear size # shoes.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think your actual shoe size is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think your actual shoe size is less than the number you said.
Share your correct shoe size with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and share what size shoe they wear.

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

HOW TO BECOME CONTENT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bible cards (20), question mark cards (20), mouth cards (20), scenario sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Remind kids that contentment means deciding to be okay with what you have. Ask kids to share times when it might be difficult to choose to be content.
Seat kids in a circle and give each kid one Bible card, one mouth card, and one question mark card.
Explain that each picture represents something you can do to help yourself become content with a situation. Hold each type of card up as you explain what it represents.
Bible card: You can read the Bible or remember verses you’ve memorized.
Question mark card: You can ask God for help to be content.
Mouth card: You can talk to someone Godly and ask them for advice about how to be content.
Tell kids that after you read a scenario, they will choose which of those three methods they would use to help themselves be content in that situation.
Read a scenario from the scenario sheet. Tell kids they have five seconds to choose which card represents the best method for them to find contentment in that situation.
Count down from five, then tell kids to hold up the card they chose.
Encourage kids to find another kid holding up the same card they chose. Give kids thirty seconds to share with their partner why they chose that method.
Tell kids to return to their seats. Read another scenario and tell kids to choose which method would be best for them in that situation. Encourage kids to hold up their card, find a partner with the same card, and explain their choice.
Repeat for each of the remaining scenarios.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It’s not always easy to be content, is it? There are a lot of things that can happen throughout the day that make us upset, angry, or just sad because something else didn’t happen that we think would be better.
But we can be content no matter what, because God can help us. We can remember verses that will help us be content. We can ask God to help us. And we can talk to Godly people and let them help teach us how to be content. God can help you be okay no matter what.”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In your own words, what does it mean to be content?”
“When is it difficult for you to be content? When is it easy?”
“How would you describe a person who is content? Can you think of someone you know who is a content person?”
“How do you think gratitude and contentment work together?”
“How can you choose to be content even when there’s something you actually need (not just things you want)?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You for giving us Your Word to teach us how to be content and for always helping us be content when we ask. We need Your help to believe that You are always with us and that Your plan is always best. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

FIX THE BIBLE STORY FACT

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:
Instruct kids to turn to Philippians 4 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 Philippians 4:11-13 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:
“Paul’s name has three letters in it.” (more — 4)
“We read four verses in this passage from Paul.” (less — 3)
“This passage is found in chapter eight of Philippians.” (less — 4)
“Paul used the word ‘content’ five times in this passage.” (less — 2)
“After saying he had learned the secret of being content in any situation, Paul gave one example of a time when he could be content.” (more — 4)
“Paul said, ‘I have learned,’ three times.” (less — 2).
“Paul said, ‘I have learned the secret of being ____ in any and every situation…’ The missing word has four letters in it.” (more — 7) 
(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!)


Motion Large Group Week of September 29

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.
Bible Story: The Wall is Rebuilt.
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 3-4, 6:15-16, 8:1-17
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 best celebration they’ve ever been a part of.
eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as a really awesome birthday party, the great trip their family went on to celebrate an anniversary, the dinner their team went out to in celebration of a winning season, or the time they got to be part of a family member’s wedding.)
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!”
“How would you choose to celebrate when you’ve finished a really intense dirty job?”
Corner 1: watching whatever you want on TV for two hours
Corner 2: eating a bunch of your favorite cookies
Corner 3: going shopping at your favorite store
Corner 4: having a friend over for a sleepover
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: scrubbing your dog after he runs through mud
Corner 2: cleaning gum off the bottom of a shoe
Corner 3: scrubbing dead bugs off the front of a car
Corner 4: cleaning up glitter that spilled on carpet

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

BUILD YOUR OWN CELEBRATION WALL

WHAT YOU NEED:
activity pages (1 per kid), graham cracker sticks (1 pack per kid)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“After showing initiative and finishing a dirty job, the best way we can celebrate what we saw God do is to be grateful for all the ways He helped us! Let’s think about things we can show God gratitude for after a dirty job.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid an activity page and a pack of graham cracker sticks. Explain they will use the graham cracker sticks as bricks to build a wall throughout the activity, so they shouldn’t eat any until the end.
Read the statements below and encourage kids to build their wall by placing graham cracker sticks over the appropriate brick spaces as they share their answers with another kid beside them. (eGL Tip: For younger eGroups, use the pictures in each space to help kids identify which space to put a brick over.)
Cleaning up your toys isn’t a fun job, but it needs to be done. As you clean up your toys, instead of complaining, you can thank God that you have toys to clean up! For each ‘TOY’ space (spaces with a Lego house) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share one of your toys that you’re grateful for.

Doing homework can be difficult or boring, but you know your teachers assign it to help you learn. As you do your homework, you can thank God for all the important things you’ve learned in school! For each ‘LEARNING’ space (spaces with books) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share one thing you’ve learned in school that you’re grateful to know.

The chores you do around your home may not be enjoyable, but when you’re part of a family, you help make your family great when you contribute or help out. As you do chores in your home, you can thank God for the people in your family that you’re helping support. For each ‘FAMILY’ space (spaces with a family picture) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share the name of a person in your family that you’re grateful for.

Picking up trash you see lying around seems gross, but when you do it safely, it’s an important way to take care of the world God has given us. As you help pick up trash, you can thank God for giving us a beautiful world to live in! For each ‘WORLD’ space (spaces with the Earth) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share one thing about our world that you’re grateful for.

Tell kids we’ll finish celebrating what God has done by enjoying a snack together! Allow kids to eat, then clean up the eGroup space.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Don’t wait for someone else to point out all the ways you are blessed; show initiative by staying on the lookout for ways to celebrate what God has done in your life!”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What are some things in your life that are easy to forget to celebrate and be thankful for?”
“What are some ways we can celebrate or praise God for what He has done in our lives beyond just telling Him, ‘thank you’?”
“Who do you know who does a great job celebrating what God has done in their life? What can you do to be more like this person?”
“How can we celebrate what God has done even if something doesn’t work out the way we’d hoped?” (Example: you study super hard for a test and still don’t get a great grade, or you work really hard to clean up the house for your mom and she doesn’t even notice)
“How does stopping to celebrate what God has done help you show initiative again in the future?” (Example: When you focus on the great things God did because you showed initiative, you’ll remember the great outcomes and want to see that happen again the next time an opportunity comes up.)

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, we can’t thank You enough for all the wonderful gifts You have given us. We are so blessed and so thankful to You for everything we have. Most of all, we are thankful for the way You love and care for us. We pray that this week You would help us look for ways to celebrate and be grateful for what You have already done. We love You! 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 3 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:
“Name one of the Gates that was rebuilt.” (Sheep Gate, Fish Gate, Jeshanah Gate, Valley Gate, Dung Gate, Fountain Gate, Horse Gate)
“Who had made fun of the Israelites for trying to repair the walls and led the plan to attack them?” (Sanballat)
“Were Sanballat and his followers able to stop the Israelites from rebuilding the walls?” (no)
“Who helped the Israelites all throughout the process?” (God)
“When the wall was finished, what did the people gather to read together?” (The Book of the Law — God’s Word)
“Name one way Nehemiah encouraged the people to celebrate.” 
(praising God, eating and drinking, sharing with each other)
“What did the people who returned from exile build to live in?” 
(temporary shelters)


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)