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Motion eGroup Week of May 26

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies lead to guilt; truth leads to peace.
Bible Story: Jacob and Esau
Bible Passage: Genesis 27; 32-33
Memory Verse: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

KID CONNECT

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet (1)

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 “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Tell kids three statements about yourself. Two of the statements should be true statements; the other should be a lie, but something that could plausibly be true.
Encourage kids to stand if they know which statement was a lie. Choose one of the standing kids to guess. If the kid is incorrect, choose another kid to guess. If the kid is correct, that kid gets to share his/her two truths and a lie next.
Repeat until all kids have shared their truths and lies.

BIBLE CONNECT

TRUTH OR LIE?

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bible story sheet (1), blank paper (1 sheet per kid), Truth sign (1), Lie sign (1), leader sheet (1)

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!
This is the last week of Up in the Air, where we’ve been learning about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone whose lies kept him trapped in guilt for many years.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 27. 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 Genesis 27 and 32-33 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.

Divide kids into two teams and send both teams to one side of the eGroup space. Place the Truth sign and Lie sign on the floor on the opposite side of the eGroup space, about a foot apart from each other.
Give each kid one sheet of paper and encourage kids to make a paper airplane.
Explain kids will listen to a statement about the Bible story. They will try to determine if the statement is true or a lie.
One kid from each team will try to answer the question by flying their paper airplane to the appropriate sign on the other side of the eGroup space. If any part of the airplane touches any part of the correct sign, the team gets a point. If it touches the wrong sign, the team loses a point. If it doesn’t touch either sign, no points are given or taken.
Read the first statement from the leader sheet and encourage each team to send one player to answer. The player will answer by flying their paper airplane to the correct sign. Award or take points as directed.
Repeat for each remaining statement on the leader sheet.
The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“As long as Jacob hid from his lies, his mind couldn’t get free from fear and guilt. Jacob couldn’t find peace until he told the truth about his lies and asked for forgiveness. Lies lead to guilt; truth leads to peace.”

YOU CONNECT

GIANT LIES

WHAT YOU NEED:
giant game board (1), game cards (12), die (1), traffic cones (4)

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 traffic cone and tell them to place it on one of the “Start” spaces on the game board.
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 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:
“When we’ve made the choice to lie, our problems don’t end. If anything, they quickly start to feel worse because of the guilt that can take over our minds. Guilt causes you to feel so badly about what you’ve done that you can lose sight of the truth.
When we choose truth, we can find peace instead of guilt. Even when we don’t tell the truth right away, we can fight back against the lies and their guilt by finding a way to tell the truth. It may not be easy, but when we replace lies with truth, we can replace guilt with peace.”

Discussion Questions:
“Have you ever felt guilty about something you did wrong? What does guilt feel like to you?”
“Why do you think lying makes you feel guilty?”
“Can you think of a time when you told the truth about something you’d done wrong? How did you feel once you told the truth?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies lead to guilt, but truth leads to peace! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
We all sin, or make wrong choices, and sometimes we lie to try to cover up our sins. But the more we lie, the more our guilt will keep us trapped and unhappy. The only way to escape guilt and find peace is to choose truth!
This month, we’ve learned four rewards of truth: truth makes you strong, helps others, sets you free, and leads to peace. I want you to choose one of those rewards — the one that seems the most important to you right now. When you’re tempted to lie, you can remind yourself of that reward so you’ll be ready to choose truth!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage each kid to share the reward of truth that they will remember. Write down each kid’s name in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, we’ve learned the rewards of choosing truth instead of lies. Please help us remember those rewards when we start to think it might be easier or better to lie. We want to obey you and choose truth every day. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, phrase cards (30), cheek retractor (1)
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Proverbs 12:22, tells us God hates it when we lie, but it makes Him truly happy when we choose to be truthful.”
WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Psalm 12:22
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 a memory verse activity: “Face Off” or “Verse Practice.”
CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERSE?
Shuffle the phrase cards well.
Explain kids will listen as the eGroup Leader reads a phrase from the phrase cards while wearing a cheek retractor. Some of the phrases will be phrases from the memory verse; some phrase will be completely random.
The kids can make five guesses for each phrase the eGroup Leader reads. If the kids guess correctly in five guesses or less, they can keep the phrase card. If, after five guesses, the kids haven’t guessed correctly, the eGroup Leader keeps the card.
The eGroup Leader will compete against the kids to build the entire memory verse by collecting each phrase of the verse and placing them on the ground in order. (There are two cards for each phrase of the verse, so it is possible for both the kids and the eGroup Leader to collect each verse phrase.) Whoever completes the verse first wins!
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 May 12

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies hurt others; truth helps others.
Bible Story: Haman’s Plot
Bible Passage: Esther 3-7
Memory Verse: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

KID CONNECT

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet (1)

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 “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Tell kids three statements about yourself. Two of the statements should be true statements; the other should be a lie, but something that could plausibly be true.
Encourage kids to stand if they know which statement was a lie. Choose one of the standing kids to guess. If the kid is incorrect, choose another kid to guess. If the kid is correct, that kid gets to share his/her two truths and a lie next.
Repeat until all kids have shared their truths and lies.

BIBLE CONNECT

TRUTH OR LIE?

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story sheet (1), blank paper (1 sheet per kid), Truth sign (1), Lie sign (1), leader sheet (1)

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 Up in the Air, where we’re learning about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone whose lies almost destroyed an entire group of people.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Esther 3. 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 Esther 3-7 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Divide kids into two teams and send both teams to one side of the eGroup space. Place the Truth sign and Lie sign on the floor on the opposite side of the eGroup space, about a foot apart from each other.
Give each kid one sheet of paper and encourage kids to make a paper airplane.
Explain kids will listen to a statement about the Bible story. They will try to determine if the statement is true or a lie.
One kid from each team will try to answer the question by flying their paper airplane to the appropriate sign on the other side of the eGroup space. If any part of the airplane touches any part of the correct sign, the team gets a point. If it touches the wrong sign, the team loses a point. If it doesn’t touch either sign, no points are given or taken.
Read the first statement from the leader sheet and encourage each team to send one player to answer. The player will answer by flying their paper airplane to the correct sign. Award or take points as directed.
Repeat for each remaining statement on the leader sheet.
The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Haman was angry Mordecai wouldn’t obey the decree to bow down to him, so he lied by making the king think the entire Jewish nation was filled with lawbreakers. If Esther hadn’t stopped him, the king would have let Haman kill all the Jews. Esther fought back by telling the king the truth. Her bold honesty saved her people.”

YOU CONNECT

HELPFUL TRUTHS

WHAT YOU NEED:
whiteboards (4), dry erase markers (4)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a whiteboard and a dry erase marker.
Explain kids will work as a team to answer questions. Their goal is to think of an answer no other team comes up with. If they are able to come up with a unique answer (an answer that is different from all the other teams’ answers), the team will earn one point. If any other team has the same answer, they will not earn a point for that question. The team with the most points at the end wins!
Read the following questions one at a time. After each question, encourage kids to discuss it and write down an answer. Allow one kid from each team to share their answer, and award one point per question to each team that comes up with a unique answer.
When you and your friend walked in the house after school, you accidentally tracked dirt all over the carpet. That night at dinner, your mom asked who tracked in the dirt. Since your friend had already gone home, you blamed it on him. How could your lie hurt your friend even though he isn’t there anymore?
A girl in your class spent all morning bragging about her new tablet. Later that day, you saw her tablet had fallen behind a bookshelf. She asked you if you’d seen it, but you were irritated about her bragging, so you said no. How could your lie hurt her?
Your mom smiled at you, and when you noticed she had a big piece of food in her teeth, it made you laugh. She asked what you were laughing at, but you didn’t want to make her more embarrassed, so you said, “Nothing.” How could your lie hurt your mom?
You’ve seen a kid in your class hitting and yelling at the boy who sits next to you. You don’t want to be a tattletale or make the bully mad at you, so when your teacher asks if you’ve seen anything like that, you tell her you haven’t. How could your lie hurt your classmate?
You noticed another kid drop a $5 bill on the ground. You could give it back to him before he walks away, but instead you pick it up and keep it yourself. How could your dishonesty hurt the other kid?
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Lies hurt us by making us weak, but they can also hurt others. When you choose to tell a lie or to keep a truth to yourself, it doesn’t just affect you; it can hurt other people, too. When you have to choose whether or not to be truthful, remember that lies hurt others, but truth helps others.”
Discussion Questions:
“Think of a time you lied. How did your lie affect someone else?”
“Can anyone share about a time someone else told a lie that hurt you in some way?”
“It’s also possible for the truth to be hurtful if you say it in the wrong way. Can you think of a time someone said a truth that was hurtful? How could the truth have been shared in a more helpful way?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies hurt others, but truth helps others! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
It’s important for us to always remember that our choice to be truthful or to tell a lie doesn’t just affect us; it can help or hurt others as well. I want you to share one way you can use truth to help someone this week. It could be something big, like telling a teacher about someone you’ve seen being a bully, or it could be something smaller, like telling your mom she’s been fussing at your brother for leaving the door standing open when it’s really been your fault.
I’m going to write down what you share and pray that God will give you the strength to be honest and help others even when it isn’t easy.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Allow a few kids to share how they’re going to use truth to help someone this week. Write down kids’ names in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Thank You, God, for helping us choose truth even when it isn’t easy to be honest. We know our words have a lot of power. We can speak truths that help people, or we can hurt people with our lies. Help us find the strength to help others through our honesty this week. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, phrase cards (30), cheek retractor (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Proverbs 12:22, tells us God hates it when we lie, but it makes Him truly happy when we choose to be truthful.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Psalm 12:22
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 a memory verse activity: “Face Off” or “Verse Practice.”

CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERSE?

Shuffle the phrase cards well.
Explain kids will listen as the eGroup Leader reads a phrase from the phrase cards while wearing a cheek retractor. Some of the phrases will be phrases from the memory verse; some phrase will be completely random.
The kids can make five guesses for each phrase the eGroup Leader reads. If the kids guess correctly in five guesses or less, they can keep the phrase card. If, after five guesses, the kids haven’t guessed correctly, the eGroup Leader keeps the card.
The eGroup Leader will compete against the kids to build the entire memory verse by collecting each phrase of the verse and placing them on the ground in order. (There are two cards for each phrase of the verse, so it is possible for both the kids and the eGroup Leader to collect each verse phrase.) Whoever completes the verse first wins!

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 May 5

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies make you weak; truth makes you strong.
Bible Story: Peter Denies Jesus
Bible Passage: Luke 22:54-62
Memory Verse: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

KID CONNECT

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. 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 “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Tell kids three statements about yourself. Two of the statements should be true statements; the other should be a lie, but something that could plausibly be true.
Encourage kids to stand if they know which statement was a lie. Choose one of the standing kids to guess. If the kid is incorrect, choose another kid to guess. If the kid is correct, that kid gets to share his/her two truths and a lie next.
Repeat until all kids have shared their truths and lies.

BIBLE CONNECT

TRUTH OR LIE?

WHAT YOU NEED: blank paper (1 sheet per kid), Truth sign (1), Lie sign (1), leader sheet (1)

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!
This week we start a new series called Up in the Air, where we’ll learn about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone who discovered the consequences of lying.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 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 Luke 22:54-62 aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and send both teams to one side of the eGroup space. Place the Truth sign and Lie sign on the floor on the opposite side of the eGroup space, about a foot apart from each other.
Give each kid one sheet of paper and encourage kids to make a paper airplane.
Explain kids will listen to a statement about the Bible story. They will try to determine if the statement is true or a lie.
One kid from each team will try to answer the question by flying their paper airplane to the appropriate sign on the other side of the eGroup space. If any part of the airplane touches any part of the correct sign, the team gets a point. If it touches the wrong sign, the team loses a point. If it doesn’t touch either sign, no points are given or taken.
Read the first statement from the leader sheet and encourage each team to send one player to answer. The player will answer by flying their paper airplane to the correct sign. Award or take points as directed.
Repeat for each remaining statement on the leader sheet.
The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Peter was one of Jesus’ strongest supporters and most enthusiastic followers. But when Jesus was gone, he found himself lying about his closeness to Jesus. When Peter let himself hide behind a lie, he lost the strength to fight for truth, and the lies just kept coming. Lies make you weak; truth makes you strong.”

YOU CONNECT

TRUE STRENGTH

WHAT YOU NEED: balloon (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage kids to form a circle around the eGroup space.
Explain kids will try to keep the balloon from touching the ground. When you read, “Lies make you weak!” statements, kids will “lose” a body part, meaning they must stop using that body part for the rest of the game.
The goal is to keep the balloon in the air until all statements have been read. If the balloon hits the ground, tell all kids to do 10 jumping jacks before resuming the game.
Read the following statements. Encourage kids to try to keep the balloon from hitting the ground, but make sure they do not use any body parts that have been “lost” for the remainder of the game.
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you obey! It might feel easier to lie to get out of doing something, but you should still choose truth and obey willingly.
Lies make you weak! You just lied and told your teacher she never gave you your homework paper, but you really just forgot to do it. You all just lost your left arm!
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you are kind! You might be tempted to make up an unkind lie about someone when you’re upset with them, but you should still choose truth and show kindness.
Lies make you weak! You just lied and told your friend you never borrowed his soccer ball, but the truth is that you lost it. Now you all have lost your right arm!
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you are brave! When you’re afraid, you’re choosing to believe the lie that God can’t keep you safe, so remember to choose truth and be brave.
Lies make you weak! You just lied and told your parents you had a good day at school, but you really got in trouble twice. You all just lost both of your feet! (Kids can still kneel, lie on the floor, etc.)
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you are generous! It would be easy to lie about what you have when you don’t want to share, but you should always choose truth and share with a generous heart.
Lies make you weak! You just told your brother he was in trouble, but he’s not; you were just trying to scare him. You all just lost your eyes! (The balloon should drop quickly at this point.)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The more lies you told, the weaker you became in your attempt to keep the balloon up! Next time you’re tempted to lie, remember that lies make you weak, but truth makes you strong!”

Discussion Questions:
“Think of a time you lied. Why did you lie instead of choosing truth?”
“Once you tell one lie, how does it make you weaker the next time you’re tempted to lie?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies make us weak, but truth makes us strong! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
It’s so important to remember that honesty makes us stronger! I want you to think of one way you’re going to choose to be more honest this week. Maybe you need to choose to tell your mom the whole truth about something instead of covering part of it up, or maybe you need to choose to tell a friend how something they’re doing is hurting your feelings instead of pretending it’s ok. I’m going to write your names in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to remember to choose truth so that you can become strong.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Allow a few kids to share how they’re going to be more honest this week. Write down kids’ names in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Thank You, God, for helping us choose truth even when it isn’t easy to be honest. We know we get stronger every time we choose truth. We also know that when we do lie, You will forgive us and help us find the strength to be honest the next time. Help us to make honesty our habit in everything we say and do. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, phrase cards (30), cheek retractor (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Proverbs 12:22, tells us God hates it when we lie, but it makes Him truly happy when we choose to be truthful.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Psalm 12:22
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 a memory verse activity: “Face Off” or “Verse Practice.”

CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERSE?

Shuffle the phrase cards well.
Explain kids will listen as the eGroup Leader reads a phrase from the phrase cards while wearing a cheek retractor. Some of the phrases will be phrases from the memory verse; some phrase will be completely random.
The kids can make five guesses for each phrase the eGroup Leader reads. If the kids guess correctly in five guesses or less, they can keep the phrase card. If, after five guesses, the kids haven’t guessed correctly, the eGroup Leader keeps the card.
The eGroup Leader will compete against the kids to build the entire memory verse by collecting each phrase of the verse and placing them on the ground in order. (There are two cards for each phrase of the verse, so it is possible for both the kids and the eGroup Leader to collect each verse phrase.) Whoever completes the verse first wins!

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 April 28

Road Trip

Virtue: Patience: Waiting until later for what you want now.
Main Point: When you think you can’t wait, think twice.
Bible Story: Esau’s Impatience
Bible Passage: Genesis 25:24-34
Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIV

KID CONNECT

ROAD TRIP GAMES

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), category cards (30), Bingo chips (1 bag)

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 choose one of the Road Trip games!
Alphabetical Categories
Turn over a category card and read the category to the group.
Each kid will name one thing that belongs in that category. Kids will name items in alphabetical order, so the first kid will name something in that category beginning with the letter ‘A,’ the second kid will name something beginning with the letter ‘B,’ and so on.
If a kid can’t name something for their letter, the kid is out for the rest of that category. The last kid in the game wins!

UMMMM…

Turn over a category card and read the category to the group.
Each kid will name five things in that category. If a kid says, “Ummm…” at any point on their turn, they are out of the game.
Continue turning over category cards and encouraging kids to name five things in the category, eliminating kids who say, “Ummm…” from the game. The last kid in the game wins!

SUITCASE RULES

Tell kids the eGroup is packing for a trip. Kids will take turns suggesting things to bring along, but there is a secret rule about what kinds of things they can take. Their goal is to guess what the rule is and suggest the right things to bring along.
Read one category card silently to yourself; do not read or show it to any kids.
Encourage kids to take turns suggesting items to bring along on the trip. If the item fits in the category on the card, give the kid a Bingo chip.
Once one kid has earned three chips for the same category, choose a new category card. Continue playing as long as time allows. The kid with the most Bingo chips at the end wins!

BIBLE CONNECT

BIBLE STORY MAP

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, map (1), index cards (1 pack), pens/markers

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 finishing up our series called Road Trip, where we’ve been learning about patience. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone who lost out when he didn’t choose to have patience!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 25. 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 Genesis 25:24-34 aloud.
Divide kids into five teams and assign each team one part of the Bible story.
Esau and Jacob are born.
Isaac loved Esau, the hunter, while Rebekah favored Jacob, who preferred to stay at home.
Esau came home and was starving, so he begged Jacob for some stew.
Jacob told Esau he would give Esau the stew in exchange for Esau’s birthright.
Esau was so hungry, he gave Jacob his whole birthright for one meal.
Place the pens and/or markers where all kids can reach them. Give each kid an index card and encourage kids to draw a picture representing their portion of the Bible story on the card.
After kids have had a few minutes to draw, encourage each team to choose the best picture from their team to represent their part of the story.
Encourage kids to place their team’s picture on the appropriate space on the Bible story map so that the full story is shown in the correct order. If time allows, encourage kids to retell the story using the pictures on the map.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Because Esau was born first, he received a birthright. This meant once his father died, he would be the head of the family and he would receive a double amount of his father’s money and property. Esau gave away all of that for a bowl of soup! His hunger made him impatient. If Esau had stopped to think twice, he probably would have realized he would be better off waiting for a meal so he could keep his special birthright.”

YOU CONNECT

WOULD YOU RATHER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:
Explain kids will answer a “Would You Rather” question by moving to one side of the eGroup space or the other.
For each question, point to your left when you read the first option, then point to the right as you read the second option. This will show kids which side of the eGroup space to move to as an indication of which option they would choose.
Read the following “Would You Rather” questions. After each question, choose one or two kids on each side to share why they chose that option.
Would you rather receive $10 today or $50 next month?
Would you rather get one cookie tonight after dinner or two cookies after dinner next weekend?
Would you rather have no homework for the rest of this school year or no homework for the whole year next year?
Would you rather go to the beach this summer or save up money to go to Disney World in two years?
Would you rather get 100 dollars right now, or 10 dollars every week for a whole year?
Would you rather have one really incredible birthday party this year but no more birthday parties until you’re an adult, or have a small party every year for your whole life?

WHAT YOU SAY:
“These situations all had something in common — you were choosing to have something good now or to have something better later. Sometimes all we can think about is how great something could be right now, but if we stop to really think about it, we may realize there could be something better coming along if we’re willing to wait for it. When you think you can’t wait, think twice.”

Discussion Questions:
“How does it feel when you finally get something great you’ve been waiting for?”
“Can you share a situation where you had to choose between getting something good now or getting something better later?”
“What are some strategies you can use to help yourself slow down and think when you feel impatient?”
“When you’re facing a decision, who is someone trustworthy you could ask for advice while you think twice about which option to choose?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned when we think we can’t wait, we should think twice! When you choose to be patient the way God wants you to, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one strategy you will use to help you slow down and think twice the next time you need to make a choice. Maybe you need to decide to always start by asking God what He thinks is best, or maybe there’s a Godly person in your life you can talk to. You could even make a list to show what could happen as a result of each decision. When we pray together, I’m going to pray that God will help you remember that strategy to help you think twice when you feel like you can’t wait.”

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, sometimes it can be so hard to wait because we want something RIGHT NOW. But we know it’s better to stop and think twice, even when we think we can’t wait. So help us this week to use these strategies to think twice about our decisions. Help us think twice before we do or say something we might regret. Help us think twice before we decide to rush something that You have told us we need to wait for. Help us to think twice because we love You and we believe that Your way is the best way. Amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (1 bag)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:14, tells us to wait for the Lord. It also encourages us to be strong and take heart, meaning it might not always feel easy to wait for His answer. But if we choose to show patience and wait for Him, God will always follow through on His promises.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
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 a memory verse activity: “Stoplight Verse” or “Verse Practice.”

STOPLIGHT VERSE

Divide kids into four teams. Send the four teams to different corners of the eGroup space.
Shake the bag of verse cards to ensure the cards are well-shuffled. Dump out the verse cards in the center of the eGroup space.
Explain kids will compete to assemble the entire verse, one word at a time, on the floor in front of their team.
To collect the words, one kid from each time will run to the verse card pile and try to find the first word of the verse. Once it is found, the kid will take it back to their team.
As soon as the first kid gets back, another kid will race to the middle to find the next word. Kids will continue finding the words to the verse in order until the entire verse is assembled, including the scripture reference.
It does NOT matter which color kids grab as they scramble for words; they can grab any combination of colors.
As soon as a team has completed assembling the verse, they will read it aloud together to the eGroup Leader, using the colors of the words to determine how quickly to say them. They should read green words very quickly, yellow words at a normal speed, and red words very slowly.
The first team to successfully assemble the verse and read it aloud using the color-coded pacing instructions wins!

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 April 21

Road Trip

Virtue: Patience: Waiting until later for what you want now.
Main Point:When you think you can’t wait, think about what’s true.
Bible Story: Golden Calf
Bible Passage: Exodus 32:1-35
Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIV

KID CONNECT

ROAD TRIP GAMES

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), category cards (30), Bingo chips (1 bag)

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 choose one of the Road Trip games!

ALPHABETICAL CATEGORIES
Turn over a category card and read the category to the group.
Each kid will name one thing that belongs in that category. Kids will name items in alphabetical order, so the first kid will name something in that category beginning with the letter ‘A,’ the second kid will name something beginning with the letter ‘B,’ and so on.
If a kid can’t name something for their letter, the kid is out for the rest of that category. The last kid in the game wins!

UMMMM…
Turn over a category card and read the category to the group.
Each kid will name five things in that category. If a kid says, “Ummm…” at any point on their turn, they are out of the game.
Continue turning over category cards and encouraging kids to name five things in the category, eliminating kids who say, “Ummm…” from the game. The last kid in the game wins!

SUITCASE RULES
Tell kids the eGroup is packing for a trip. Kids will take turns suggesting things to bring along, but there is a secret rule about what kinds of things they can take. Their goal is to guess what the rule is and suggest the right things to bring along.
Read one category card silently to yourself; do not read or show it to any kids.
Encourage kids to take turns suggesting items to bring along on the trip. If the item fits in the category on the card, give the kid a Bingo chip.
Once one kid has earned three chips for the same category, choose a new category card. Continue playing as long as time allows. The kid with the most Bingo chips at the end wins!

BIBLE CONNECT

BIBLE STORY MAP

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible story sheet (1), map (1), index cards (1 pack), pens/markers

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 Road Trip, where we’re learning about patience. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about what happened to God’s people when they didn’t show patience!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Exodus 32. 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 the Bible story aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Divide kids into five teams and assign each team one part of the Bible story.
The people were tired of waiting for Moses so they asked Aaron to make them an idol.
Aaron collected everyone’s gold jewelry and he used it to make a calf-shaped idol.
The people held a festival to worship the idol.
Moses returned to the camp and was so angry when he saw them worshiping the idol that he smashed the tablets with the Ten Commandments.
After he corrected their behavior, Moses begged God to forgive the Israelites.
Place the pens and/or markers where all kids can reach them. Give each kid an index card and encourage kids to draw a picture representing their portion of the Bible story on the card.
After kids have had a few minutes to draw, encourage each team to choose the best picture from their team to represent their part of the story.
Encourage kids to place their team’s picture on the appropriate space on the Bible story map so that the full story is shown in the correct order. If time allows, encourage kids to retell the story using the pictures on the map.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The Israelites got tired of waiting for Moses to bring them God’s Word. But instead of remembering God’s love and faithfulness to them, they chose to make a fake god to worship. When we feel like we can’t wait, we should choose to think about what we know is true.”

YOU CONNECT

TRUE THOUGHTS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bingo chips

WHAT YOU DO:
Explain kids will hear a scenario that describes a time when they might be tempted to feel worried, scared, or disappointed while waiting for something.
Kids will try to think of truths or lies they could think in that situation. For each lie a kid thinks of for a situation, give the kid one bingo chip. For each truth a kid thinks of for a situation, give the kid two bingo chips. (Allow four or five kids to share ideas for each scenario before moving on to the next one.)
Repeat for all remaining scenarios. The kid with the most bingo chips at the end wins!
Scenarios:
You’re waiting for your mom to get home from a long business trip.
Your family has been waiting for six months for your dad to find a new job.
Your best friend has been sick for over a week and doesn’t seem to be getting better.
Your sister’s tutoring appointment is running long, and if it doesn’t end soon, you won’t have time to stop for ice cream on the way home.
Your grandma said she put your birthday present in the mail, but it should have arrived four days ago and you still haven’t seen it.
Your teacher said the class would get a pizza party when the class earned fifty good behavior points, but two kids are keeping the whole class from getting past twenty-six points.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Sometimes when a situation is out of our control, we can start to feel worried, scared, or disappointed. These feelings can cause us to start believing lies, like that your friend will never get well or that your class can never earn the pizza party. But when we feel impatient, it’s more important than ever to think about what we know is true.”

Discussion Questions:
“Which of the situations we talked about would have been hardest for you to be patient in? Why?”
“What are some lies you have believed when you felt impatient?”
“Can you think of a time when you did something you weren’t supposed to do because you were tired of waiting?”
“What are some things you know are always true about God? How can those things encourage you when you’re impatient?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned when we think we can’t wait, we can think about what’s true! When you choose to be patient the way God wants you to, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one thing about God that you know is always true. Maybe it’s that He always loves you, or that He has a good plan for your life. When we pray together, I’m going to pray that God will help you remember that truth when you feel like you can’t wait.”

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:
“God, we pray that we would never put anything above You or in front of You. We pray You would use these truths to help us remember Your promises this week. Remind us of Your words in the Bible so we will remember to trust You when we feel impatient. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (1 bag)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:14, tells us to wait for the Lord. It also encourages us to be strong and take heart, meaning it might not always feel easy to wait for His answer. But if we choose to show patience and wait for Him, God will always follow through on His promises.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
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 a memory verse activity: “Stoplight Verse” or “Verse Practice.”

STOPLIGHT VERSE
Divide kids into four teams. Send the four teams to different corners of the eGroup space.
Shake the bag of verse cards to ensure the cards are well-shuffled. Dump out the verse cards in the center of the eGroup space.
Explain kids will compete to assemble the entire verse, one word at a time, on the floor in front of their team.
To collect the words, one kid from each time will run to the verse card pile and try to find the first word of the verse. Once it is found, the kid will take it back to their team.
As soon as the first kid gets back, another kid will race to the middle to find the next word. Kids will continue finding the words to the verse in order until the entire verse is assembled, including the scripture reference.
It does NOT matter which color kids grab as they scramble for words; they can grab any combination of colors.
As soon as a team has completed assembling the verse, they will read it aloud together to the eGroup Leader, using the colors of the words to determine how quickly to say them. They should read green words very quickly, yellow words at a normal speed, and red words very slowly.
The first team to successfully assemble the verse and read it aloud using the color-coded pacing instructions wins!

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.