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Motion eGroup :: Week of October 14

The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure

Main Point: I can show courage when I’m doing something for the first time.
Bible Story: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
Bible Passage: Daniel 2
Memory Verse: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV

Kid Connect

STEAMPUNK SPOT IT!

WHAT YOU NEED: Steampunk Spot It! cards (2 sets)

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 favorite 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 “Steampunk Spot It!”

  • Seat kids in a circle. If you have more than six kids, split them into two groups.
  • Explain the object of the game in Steampunk Spot It! is always to be the first to spot the matching symbol between two cards and call it out. Between any two cards in the whole deck, there will always be exactly one pair of matching symbols.
  • Deal one card face-down to each player. Place the remaining cards face-up in the middle of the group to form the draw pile.
  • At the same time, players flip over their cards and try to spot the symbol that appears on the center card and their own card.
  • The first player to call out the matching symbol and grab the card places it on top of their flipped card, building a personal pile. Now they use the new top card on their personal pile to find a match with the center card.
  • Repeat until no cards remain in the draw pile. The person who collects the most cards wins.
  • Variations to try as time allows:
    • Place one card face-up in the middle and deal the rest of the cards face-down to all players. Players will compete to be the first to get rid of all their cards by identifying the matching symbol between their card and the center card. The first player to identify the match calls it out and places their card on top of the center card.
    • Deal one card face-down to each player and place the remaining cards face-up in the middle of the table to form the draw pile. At the same time, players flip over their cards and look for a match between the center card and any other player’s cards. The first to spot a match and call it out takes the center card and places it on top of that other player’s card. Continue until the draw pile is gone. The player with the least number of cards wins the game.

Bible Connect

SNEAK PEEK SLIDE PUZZLE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet (1), slide puzzle pieces (4 sets of 8 pieces), slide puzzle boards (4), question sheets (4), dry erase sleeves (4), dry erase markers (4), answer card (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 The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure, where we’re learning the importance of courage. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn about how Daniel showed courage, even when it was difficult!

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Daniel 2. 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.
  • Set a slide puzzle board in the center of the group and place one set of slide puzzle pieces randomly in the squares on the board. (There will be an empty square.) Explain how a slide puzzle works.
  • The goal is to form a picture by sliding the pieces around.
  • Players can rearrange the pieces by sliding pieces into an empty, adjacent square. (Pieces can only be moved into an empty space vertically or horizontally. Remind players that when they slide a piece, it cannot move over another piece.)
  • Tell kids the completed slide puzzle will show a sneak peek of today’s video!
  • Divide kids into four teams and give each team a dry erase sleeve with a question sheet in it and a dry erase marker.
  • Explain kids will answer the questions about the Bible story by writing on the dry erase sleeve with the dry erase marker. As soon as they have answered all the questions correctly, they will receive their slide puzzle board and pieces. The first team to complete the slide puzzle by correctly arranging the pieces wins!
  • As teams finish answering their questions, check their answers using the answer card. When all questions have been answered correctly, give the team their slide puzzle board and pieces.
  • Kids can use the answers found on the slide puzzle pieces to help put the pieces in order. The first team to finish the puzzle wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Daniel had never been asked to interpret a dream before, much less guess what someone else had dreamed! But when Daniel begged God for help, God showed Daniel exactly what the king and dreamed and helped Daniel understand what it meant. It still would’ve been hard to believe he could do something crazy that he’d never tried before, especially knowing his life was on the line, but God gave Daniel the courage to do it anyway.”

You Connect

COURAGE BINGO

WHAT YOU NEED: Bingo boards (16), Bingo chips (180), call cards (8)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Give each kid a Bingo board and a small pile of Bingo chips.
  • Explain kids will use the Bingo chips to cover pictures that relate to common first-time fears. The first kid to get four in a row wins!
  • Read the scenario from the front of a call card. Encourage kids to put a Bingo chip on a spot on their Bingo board featuring the picture that corresponds to that scenario (shown on the back of the call card).
  • eGL NOTE: Each board features two of each picture. Kids should only cover ONE of the pictures corresponding to each scenario, but they may choose which one to cover.
  • Continue playing until a kid covers four in a row. That kid is the winner!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“It’s never easy to do something new for the first time. Not knowing if you’ll like it and wondering what you’ll do if you don’t like it can be scary! But God can help us show courage when we do something for the first time. Remember, courage is all about taking the first step, so when you choose to try something for the first time, you’re already showing courage!”

Discussion Questions:

  • “When was the last time you tried something new for the first time? Was it easy or difficult? Why?”
  • “What do you usually do when you feel nervous about trying something new?”
  • “What makes it easier for you to try something for the first time?”
  • “Think about the situations from our Bingo cards. Could you relate to one of those situations? How could you take the first step toward trying something new in that situation?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can show courage when we try something for the first time. When you choose to show courage even when it’s difficult, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one new thing you know you should try, but have been afraid to try. It could be anything from trying a new food to learning a new skill. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you to find the courage to try that new thing this week.”

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, thank you for helping us show courage when we have to do something for the first time. Help us see the opportunities for You to do something new through us instead of focusing on our fears or uncertainties. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, automaton cards (4 sets of 6 cards), dice (2), dice key card (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our new Bible verse tells us we must stand firm and find the courage to make wise choices, no matter what. It also reminds us that everything we do, even the tough stuff that really stretches our courage, is worthy of our best effort because we’re not doing it for ourselves; we’re doing it for God!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Help kids find 1 Corinthians 15:58 in their Bibles. Read the verse aloud.
  • Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they can find the verse in their trading card starter pack so they can still practice the verse at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Assemble the Automaton” or “Verse Practice.”

ASSEMBLE THE AUTOMATON

  • Divide kids into four teams. Give each team a set of automaton cards. Instruct teams to shuffle their set of automaton cards and place them face-down in front of them.
  • Explain kids will race to assemble an automaton by putting the pieces in order. When the automaton is assembled correctly, the verse will be in order. Once all teams have assembled their automatons, teams will compete to destroy each others’ automatons while restoring their own.
  • Instruct teams to turn over their automatons cards and assemble the automaton by putting the cards in the correct order. Note which team correctly assembles their automaton first; this team will be given an advantage in the second part of the game.
  • Once all teams have correctly assembled their automatons, tell all teams except the team who finished assembling first to turn three of their cards face-down. The team who assembled their automaton first only has to two of their cards face-down.
  • Roll both dice and use the dice key card to tell teams what to do to their own automaton or their opponents’ automatons. Kids should follow the instructions for BOTH dice each time they are rolled.
    • eGL Tip: For younger groups, only use one die.
  • Continue playing until it is time to clean up. The team with the most fully-assembled automaton (the team with the most cards facing up) wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

  • Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
    • REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase 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 October 7

The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure

Main Point: I can show courage when I’m in a new place.
Bible Story: Daniel Training In Babylon
Bible Passage: Daniel 1
Memory Verse: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV

 

STEAMPUNK SPOT IT!

WHAT YOU NEED: Steampunk Spot It! cards (2 sets)

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 favorite 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 “Steampunk Spot It!”
Seat kids in a circle. If you have more than six kids, split them into two groups.
Explain the object of the game in Steampunk Spot It! is always to be the first to spot the matching symbol between two cards and call it out. Between any two cards in the whole deck, there will always be exactly one pair of matching symbols.
Deal one card face-down to each player. Place the remaining cards face-up in the middle of the group to form the draw pile.
At the same time, players flip over their cards and try to spot the symbol that appears on the center card and their own card.
The first player to call out the matching symbol and grab the card places it on top of their flipped card, building a personal pile. Now they use the new top card on their personal pile to find a match with the center card.
Repeat until no cards remain in the draw pile. The person who collects the most cards wins.
Variations to try as time allows:
Place one card face-up in the middle and deal the rest of the cards face-down to all players. Players will compete to be the first to get rid of all their cards by identifying the matching symbol between their card and the center card. The first player to identify the match calls it out and places their card on top of the center card.
Deal one card face-down to each player and place the remaining cards face-up in the middle of the table to form the draw pile. At the same time, players flip over their cards and look for a match between the center card and any other player’s cards. The first to spot a match and call it out takes the center card and places it on top of that other player’s card. Continue until the draw pile is gone. The player with the least number of cards wins the game.

SNEAK PEEK SLIDE PUZZLE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet (1), slide puzzle pieces (4 sets of 8 pieces), slide puzzle boards (4), question sheets (4), dry erase sleeves (4), dry erase markers (4), answer card (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 begin a new series called The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure, where we’ll learn the importance of courage. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn about how Daniel showed courage, even when it was difficult!

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Daniel 1. 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.
Set a slide puzzle board in the center of the group and place one set of slide puzzle pieces randomly in the squares on the board. (There will be an empty square.) Explain how a slide puzzle works.
The goal is to form a picture by sliding the pieces around.
Players can rearrange the pieces by sliding pieces into an empty, adjacent square. (Pieces can only be moved into an empty space vertically or horizontally. Remind players that when they slide a piece, it cannot move over another piece.)
Tell kids the completed slide puzzle will show a sneak peek of today’s video!
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a dry erase sleeve with a question sheet in it and a dry erase marker.
Explain kids will answer the questions about the Bible story by writing on the dry erase sleeve with the dry erase marker. As soon as they have answered all the questions correctly, they will receive their slide puzzle board and pieces. The first team to complete the slide puzzle by correctly arranging the pieces wins!
As teams finish answering their questions, check their answers using the answer card. When all questions have been answered correctly, give the team their slide puzzle board and pieces.
Kids can use the answers found on the slide puzzle pieces to help put the pieces in order. The first team to finish the puzzle wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In a new place with new people, it would’ve been easier for Daniel and his friends to eat like everyone else rather than disagree and stand out. But Daniel had the courage to do things God’s way instead of doing what was easy just to fit in. God rewarded Daniel’s courage by helping him and his friends become healthier and wiser than any of the other young men they trained with. Just like Daniel, you can show courage in new places, too!”

UNKNOWN TERRITORY

WHAT YOU NEED: game boards (2), game cards (2 sets of 12), game pieces (8), dice (2)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two groups. Give each group a game board, a set of game cards, four game pieces, and one die. Groups should place their game cards on the spots on the board where it says, “DRAW A CARD.”
In each group, help kids form four teams. Teams may consist of one or two kids depending on the size of the eGroup.
Tell each team to choose a game piece and 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 A CARD” space, the team on that space should take a card, read it aloud, and follow the instructions. Used cards can be returned to the bottom of the pile and reused if needed.
The first team to get their game piece to the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Being in a new place or any unfamiliar situation can be scary. The easy thing to do would be to avoid new places altogether, or to do whatever it takes to blend in if you have to go somewhere new. But these cards gave us some great ideas how we can take the first step to show courage. Even when it’s difficult, we can show courage when we’re in a new place!”

Discussion Questions:
“When was the last time you remember being in a new place? How did it feel walking into that place for the first time?”
“What was it like the first time you came to Motion? Do you remember anything in particular that made it difficult or easy to come in for the first time?”
“What do you usually do when you feel nervous about going somewhere new?”
“How do you find courage when you’re in a new place?”
“Knowing how tough it can be to be the new person in an unfamiliar place, what are some things you could do to help someone else who is new?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can show courage when we’re in a new place. When you choose to show courage even when it’s difficult, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think of one strategy you’ll commit to using to find courage the next time you’re in a new place. Maybe you’ll stop to pray and ask God for strength or remind yourself of a Bible verse that encourages you. Maybe you’ll focus on something great about yourself, like your kind attitude or your fun personality, that will help you find the courage to take the first step into the new situation. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you to be able to find courage the next time you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation.”

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, thank you for putting Your strength in us to help us show courage in new places or unfamiliar situations. Help us focus on what You can do through us in a new place instead of focusing on our fears or uncertainties. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse Activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, automaton cards (4 sets of 6 cards), dice (2), dice key card (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our new Bible verse tells us we must stand firm and find the courage to make wise choices, no matter what. It also reminds us that everything we do, even the tough stuff that really stretches our courage, is worthy of our best effort because we’re not doing it for ourselves; we’re doing it for God!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Help kids find 1 Corinthians 15:58 in their Bibles. Read the verse aloud.
Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they can find the verse in their trading card starter pack so they can still practice the verse at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Assemble the Automaton” or “Verse Practice.”

ASSEMBLE THE AUTOMATON

Divide kids into four teams. Give each team a set of automaton cards. Instruct teams to shuffle their set of automaton cards and place them face-down in front of them.
Explain kids will race to assemble an automaton by putting the pieces in order. When the automaton is assembled correctly, the verse will be in order. Once all teams have assembled their automatons, teams will compete to destroy each others’ automatons while restoring their own.
Instruct teams to turn over their automatons cards and assemble the automaton by putting the cards in the correct order. Note which team correctly assembles their automaton first; this team will be given an advantage in the second part of the game.
Once all teams have correctly assembled their automatons, tell all teams except the team who finished assembling first to turn three of their cards face-down. The team who assembled their automaton first only has to two of their cards face-down.
Roll both dice and use the dice key card to tell teams what to do to their own automaton or their opponents’ automatons. Kids should follow the instructions for BOTH dice each time they are rolled.
eGL Tip: For younger groups, only use one die.
Continue playing until it is time to clean up. The team with the most fully-assembled automaton (the team with the most cards facing up) wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase 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 September 30

Rise Above

Main Point: God says I can.
Bible Story: Elijah | The Rainmaker| 1 Kings 19
Memory Verses: 
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

 Kid Connect

ULTIMATE CARD THROWDOWN

WHAT YOU NEED: name tags, nickname generator card, Sharpie marker, playing cards

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?
  • As you talk, give each kid a name tag. Use the nickname generator card to figure out each kid’s boxer nickname. Encourage kids to write their boxer nickname on their name tag with the Sharpie marker.

Once you have five to six kids begin “Ultimate Card Throwdown.”

  • Give each kid four cards.
  • Place the remaining cards in the center to become the draw pile. As additional kids join the group, deal them four cards from the draw pile and encourage them to join in.
  • Explain the goal of the game is to get rid of all their cards without having the ultimate fighting opponent – The Jabbing Joker – in their hand at the end.
  • Kids can get rid of cards by collecting three of a kind. Once they have three of a kind, kids will call out, “Throwdown!” and put the three cards down on the floor in front of them. Once a kid has thrown down three of a kind, they can add any additional cards of the same value to the pile they’ve already started.
  • To collect three of a kind, kids will take turns swapping cards with other players. On each turn, a kid can choose one player and ask them for a specific card (a two, a King, etc.). If the other player has it, they have to give it to the kid who asked. The kid who asked will then allow the other player to take one random card from them in exchange.
  • Kids also have the option to put any one of their cards on the bottom of the draw pile and take two random cards from the top of the pile.
  • The first kid to throw down all their cards without having The Jabbing Joker in their hand wins!

Bible Connect

BOXING MASTERCLASS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Masterclass story sheet, answer sheet, pens, boxer profile, white board, white board marker

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 month we’ve been in a series called Rise Above, where we’re learning how to listen to God’s voice above anything else. Today we’re getting in the ring with discouragement as Elijah shows us how to fight against the voices that tell us we can’t do what God wants us to do. Let’s check out Elijah’s fight against discouragement!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct half the kids to turn to 1 Kings 19. 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 Masterclass story sheet aloud to the group, pausing at each blank to allow kids to guess what should go in the blank. Encourage them to use their Bibles as needed to make an educated guess. Write the word children guess in the blank.
  • Give each kid a pen and a boxer profile. Point out how the fill-in-the-blank section at the top matches the one they just tried to guess the answers to as a group.
  • Read aloud the Bible story section at the top of the boxer profile and give kids the correct answer for each blank using the answer sheet. Use the white board and white board marker to write words out for kids who need help spelling.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Elijah struggled with discouragement. He had lost hope in himself and his ability to do what God wanted him to do. But when Elijah cried out to God, God reminded Elijah that He would give Elijah everything Elijah needed to fulfill his calling. When he started to doubt he could do anything right, God told Elijah he could do it, and God says we can do what we need to do, too!”

You Connect

WHO CAN?

WHAT YOU NEED: playing cards, pens

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Encourage kids to spread out around the eGroup space and place the playing cards and pens in the center where everyone can reach them.
  • Explain kids will attempt to complete a series of challenges.
  • Read the following challenges one at a time, giving kids time to attempt each one before moving on.
  • Do ten jumping jacks.
  • Take a pen and balance it on the back of your hand.
  • Take one playing card and balance it on top of your head. Take three steps forward without the card falling off.
  • Do fifteen sit-ups.
  • Take a pen and balance it on the tip of one finger.
  • Take one playing card and balance it on the tip of your finger. Take three steps forward without the card falling off.
  • Do twenty-five push-ups.
  • Take a pen and balance it on top of your shoe. Hop five times without the pen falling off.
  • Take one playing card and stand it up on your hand (with the edge of the card resting on the hand, not lying flat). Balance it like that for fifteen seconds.
  • Lace your fingers together and swing your arms around like they are a jump rope. Jump over your “jump rope” five times.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“There are some things you can do easily without even having to learn how, and there are other things you can learn how to do by practicing and working hard. There are also some things you probably can’t do and will likely never be able to do, like using your arms as a human jump rope. However, when God tells us to do something, He promises that we can do it. If He has told us to do it, He will give us what we need to do it. It won’t always be easy, but we can fight discouragement by remembering God says we can!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Using the kids’ boxer profiles, discuss the questions under “The Fight” section.
  • Encourage kids to use their Bibles to fill in the blanks in the verses under “The Win” section. Explain kids can use these verses to knock out condemnation when that feeling tries to take them down!

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can win the fight against discouragement when we remember God says we can. When you use God’s Word to rise above discouragement, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think about some of the challenges you face on a daily basis that can cause you to feel discouraged, like being kind to someone who bullies you or being patient when you feel like you’ve been waiting forever for something. I want you to turn that discouraging thought into an, ‘I CAN’ statement, like, ‘I CAN be kind even when it’s hard,’ or, ‘I CAN be patient and wait with a happy heart.’ I’m going to write these ‘I CAN’ statements in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray specifically for God to help you fight back against discouragement in that situation this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:
As each kid shares, write their “I CAN” statement 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 telling us WE CAN. We believe that if You’ve told us to do it, You will give us exactly what we need to get it done. Thank you for giving us Your Word to help fight the negative chatter in our lives. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, memory verse cards, Bible tool kits, pens, 1 John 4:4 verse mat, Joshua 1:9 verse mat, 1 John 1:9 verse mat, Isaiah 41:10 verse mat, command card

WHAT YOU SAY:

“This month we have four great Bible verses to help us rise above the negative chatter in our minds. You get to choose which verse you want to memorize! You can choose the one you think will be your best weapon against insecurity, fear, condemnation, or discouragement.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into four teams and assign each team one of the verses to look up in their Bibles. Ask one kid from each group to read the verse aloud. (Younger kids may need help from the eGroup Leader to read the verse.) Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible.
  • Use the memory verse cards to read 1 John 4:4 and Isaiah 41:10 if no one has an NLT Bible.
  • Tell kids they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge with all four verses so they can choose which one to memorize and use it to practice at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Knockout” or “Verse Practice.”

VERSE KNOCKOUT

  • Give each team a pen and the verse mat for the verse they were assigned.
  • Explain kids will compete to “knock out” (cross out) the most words from their memory verse.
  • Read the instructions one at a time from the command card and encourage kids to jump up and punch straight up into the air when they’ve found the word(s) you described.
  • eGL Tip: To challenge kids who may have played the game before, commands can be read in any order.
  • For each command, tell the team who finds the word(s) first to use their pen to “knock out” (cross out) those word card(s).
  • The team with the most words knocked out after all commands have been read wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

  • Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
    • REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase 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 September 23

Rise Above

Main Point: God says I’m forgiven.
Bible Story: Peter | The Rock | Luke 22 & Acts 2
Memory Verses: 
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Kid Connect

ULTIMATE CARD THROWDOWN

WHAT YOU NEED: name tags, nickname generator card, Sharpie marker, playing cards

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?
  • As you talk, give each kid a name tag. Use the nickname generator card to figure out each kid’s boxer nickname. Encourage kids to write their boxer nickname on their name tag with the Sharpie marker.

Once you have five to six kids begin “Ultimate Card Throwdown.”

  • Give each kid four cards.
  • Place the remaining cards in the center to become the draw pile. As additional kids join the group, deal them four cards from the draw pile and encourage them to join in.
  • Explain the goal of the game is to get rid of all their cards without having the ultimate fighting opponent – The Jabbing Joker – in their hand at the end.
  • Kids can get rid of cards by collecting three of a kind. Once they have three of a kind, kids will call out, “Throwdown!” and put the three cards down on the floor in front of them. Once a kid has thrown down three of a kind, they can add any additional cards of the same value to the pile they’ve already started.
  • To collect three of a kind, kids will take turns swapping cards with other players. On each turn, a kid can choose one player and ask them for a specific card (a two, a King, etc.). If the other player has it, they have to give it to the kid who asked. The kid who asked will then allow the other player to take one random card from them in exchange.
  • Kids also have the option to put any one of their cards on the bottom of the draw pile and take two random cards from the top of the pile.
  • The first kid to throw down all their cards without having The Jabbing Joker in their hand wins!

Bible Connect

BOXING MASTERCLASS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Masterclass story sheet, answer sheet, pens, boxer profile, white board, white board marker

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 month we’re in a series called Rise Above, where we’re learning how to listen to God’s voice above anything else. Today we’re getting in the ring with condemnation as Peter shows us how to fight against the voices that tell us we aren’t good enough. Let’s check out his fight against condemnation!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct half the kids to turn to Luke 22 and the other half to turn to Acts 2. 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 Masterclass story sheet aloud to the group, pausing at each blank to allow kids to guess what should go in the blank. Encourage them to use their Bibles as needed to make an educated guess. Write the word children guess in the blank.
  • Give each kid a pen and a boxer profile. Point out how the fill-in-the-blank section at the top matches the one they just tried to guess the answers to as a group.
  • Read aloud the Bible story section at the top of the boxer profile and give kids the correct answer for each blank using the answer sheet. Use the white board and white board marker to write words out for kids who need help spelling.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Peter struggled with feeling condemnation – the feeling that he wasn’t good enough because of the things he thought and did. But Jesus showed Peter that His forgiveness was greater than any of the wrong things Peter did. Even though Peter made a mistake and chose not to stand by Jesus when Jesus was suffering, Jesus forgave Peter and used Peter to do great things in the early Church!”

You Connect

SIN WON’T WIN

WHAT YOU NEED: blank copy paper, pens, example sheet, markers

WHAT YOU SAY:

“As we learned in Peter’s story, sin can’t win because God is so much more powerful than our sin! He can take what looks like a terrible mistake and use it to accomplish something good. The Bible says God works all things together for good – even the bad stuff. In this activity, you will practice turning ‘mistakes’ into something awesome!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Seat kids in a circle. Give each kid a piece of paper and a pen.
  • Encourage each kid to close their eyes and make a quick scribble on their paper. After they open their eyes and see their scribbles, explain that most people would look at the scribble and see a mistake, but we can turn these ‘mistakes’ into something great.
  • Show kids the example sheet. Point out how the scribble in the first frame eventually became a fun picture!
  • Tell each kid to pass their paper to the kid on their left. Explain kids will look at the scribble on the page they’re holding now and turn it into something new with five marks or less.
  • After a couple of minutes, tell kids to pass their papers to the left again. Kids will look at the drawing on the new paper and use five marks or less to add more to the picture.
  • Repeat one more time, encouraging kids to pass their papers to the left and add to the drawing they receive with five marks or less.
  • Return kids’ pictures to the kid who drew the first scribble. If time allows, kids can use markers to color the picture during the discussion time.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“At some point, we all face condemnation. When you feel condemnation, you wonder if you’re good enough, or if your sins have made you unworthy to do anything for God. Condemning thoughts are bound to creep into our minds at some point, but when they do, we can rise above them when we remember that God says we’re forgiven!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Using the kids’ boxer profiles, discuss the questions under “The Fight” section.
  • Encourage kids to use their Bibles to fill in the blanks in the verses under “The Win” section. Explain kids can use these verses to knock out condemnation when that feeling tries to take them down!

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can win the fight against condemnation when we remember God says we’re forgiven. When you use God’s Word to rise above condemnation, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of something wrong you’ve done that keeps you from feeling like you’re good enough to do great things for God. You don’t need to say it out loud. I’m going to pass our eKidz Prayer Journal around the circle. When you get the journal, you can write your name with the word ‘FORGIVEN’ in big letters beside it. While you wait for your turn with the journal, you can pray and ask God to forgive you for the sin and help you let go of any feelings of condemnation. When we’re done, we can use this as a reminder that whatever sin is on our minds, God has already forgiven us for it!”

WHAT YOU DO:

Pass your eKidz Prayer Journal around the circle and encourage kids to write their names and the word ‘FORGIVEN.’ Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“Dear God, thank you for being willing to forgive us no matter what. We are so thankful You choose to give us another chance and that You want to use us to do great things for You. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity!

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, memory verse cards, Bible tool kits, pens, 1 John 4:4 verse mat, Joshua 1:9 verse mat, 1 John 1:9 verse mat, Isaiah 41:10 verse mat, command card

WHAT YOU SAY:

“This month we have four great Bible verses to help us rise above the negative chatter in our minds. You get to choose which verse you want to memorize! You can choose the one you think will be your best weapon against insecurity, fear, condemnation, or discouragement.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into four teams and assign each team one of the verses to look up in their Bibles. Ask one kid from each group to read the verse aloud. (Younger kids may need help from the eGroup Leader to read the verse.) Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible.
  • Use the memory verse cards to read 1 John 4:4 and Isaiah 41:10 if no one has an NLT Bible.
  • Tell kids they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge with all four verses so they can choose which one to memorize and use it to practice at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Knockout” or “Verse Practice.”

VERSE KNOCKOUT

    • Give each team a pen and the verse mat for the verse they were assigned.
    • Explain kids will compete to “knock out” (cross out) the most words from their memory verse.
    • Read the instructions one at a time from the command card and encourage kids to jump up and punch straight up into the air when they’ve found the word(s) you described.
    • eGL Tip: To challenge kids who may have played the game before, commands can be read in any order.
    • For each command, tell the team who finds the word(s) first to use their pen to “knock out” (cross out) those word card(s).
    • The team with the most words knocked out after all commands have been read wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

      • Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
        • REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase 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 September 16

Rise Above

Main Point: God says He’s got me.
Bible Story: Esther | The Queen | Esther 5-8
Memory Verses: 
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Kid Connect

ULTIMATE CARD THROWDOWN

WHAT YOU NEED: name tags, nickname generator card, Sharpie marker, playing cards

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?
  • As you talk, give each kid a name tag. Use the nickname generator card to figure out each kid’s boxer nickname. Encourage kids to write their boxer nickname on their name tag with the Sharpie marker.

Once you have five to six kids begin “Ultimate Card Throwdown.”

  • Give each kid four cards.
  • Place the remaining cards in the center to become the draw pile. As additional kids join the group, deal them four cards from the draw pile and encourage them to join in.
  • Explain the goal of the game is to get rid of all their cards without having the ultimate fighting opponent – The Jabbing Joker – in their hand at the end.
  • Kids can get rid of cards by collecting three of a kind. Once they have three of a kind, kids will call out, “Throwdown!” and put the three cards down on the floor in front of them. Once a kid has thrown down three of a kind, they can add any additional cards of the same value to the pile they’ve already started.
  • To collect three of a kind, kids will take turns swapping cards with other players. On each turn, a kid can choose one player and ask them for a specific card (a two, a King, etc.). If the other player has it, they have to give it to the kid who asked. The kid who asked will then allow the other player to take one random card from them in exchange.
  • Kids also have the option to put any one of their cards on the bottom of the draw pile and take two random cards from the top of the pile.
  • The first kid to throw down all their cards without having The Jabbing Joker in their hand wins!

Bible Connect

BOXING MASTERCLASS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Masterclass story sheet, answer sheet, pens, boxer profile, white board, white board marker

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 month we’re in a series called Rise Above, where we’re learning how to listen to God’s voice above anything else. Today we’re getting in the ring with fear as Esther shows us how to fight against the voices that tell us we aren’t going to be okay. Let’s check out her fight against fear!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Esther 5. 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 Masterclass story sheet aloud to the group, pausing at each blank to allow kids to guess what should go in the blank. Encourage them to use their Bibles as needed to make an educated guess. Write the word children guess in the blank.
  • Give each kid a pen and a boxer profile. Point out how the fill-in-the-blank section at the top matches the one they just tried to guess the answers to as a group.
  • Read aloud the Bible story section at the top of the boxer profile and give kids the correct answer for each blank using the answer sheet. Use the white board and white board marker to write words out for kids who need help spelling.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Esther had every reason to feel fear. She could have feared Hamaan because of the way he was attacking her people. She surely feared the possibility of being killed for approaching the king. But when Esther faced fear, she had to choose to trust God to protect her. She had to believe that He would guide her to say and do the right thing to save her people, and God did! When she wasn’t sure she was going to be okay, Esther learned to trust that God had her situation under control.”

You Connect

FACE YOUR FEARS

WHAT YOU NEED: fear cards, boxer profiles

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Help kids divide into pairs. Line up the pairs to form two straight lines with partners facing each other.
  • Explain kids will be acting out different common fears. The goal is for each kid to get their partner to guess the fear being acted out as quickly as possible. As soon as the partner guesses the fear, the pair can sit down. The last pair left standing is out for the next round.
  • Tell all the partners who will be guessing to turn and face away from you. Show one of the fear cards to the partners who will be acting out the fear.
  • Instruct the guessing partners to turn around and face their partner, then tell the acting partners to begin acting out the fear.
  • As partners guess correctly, encourage pairs to sit down. Once only one pair is left standing, ask that pair to stay seated for one round.
  • Repeat with the remaining fear cards, alternating which partner is acting and guessing each time.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“At some point, we all face fear. When you feel afraid, you wonder if you’ll be okay; you aren’t sure if you’ll be safe and secure. Fearful thoughts are bound to creep into our minds at some point, but when they do, we can rise above them when we remember that God says He’s got us!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Using the kids’ boxer profiles, discuss the questions under “The Fight” section.
  • Encourage kids to use their Bibles to fill in the blanks in the verses under “The Win” section. Explain kids can use these verses to knock out fear when that feeling tries to take them down!

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can win the fight against fear when we remember God says He’s got us. When you use God’s Word to rise above fear, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one fear you face, then choose one of the Bible verses from your boxer profile that you’ll use to fight that fear. When you share, you can share what the fear is and then shout the verse you’ll fight back with!”

WHAT YOU DO:

As each kid shares, write the fear and the scripture they chose 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 keeping us safe and secure. When we feel afraid, help us remember You are with us and You will protect us. We know You’ve got us! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity!

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, memory verse cards, Bible tool kits, pens, 1 John 4:4 verse mat, Joshua 1:9 verse mat, 1 John 1:9 verse mat, Isaiah 41:10 verse mat, command card

WHAT YOU SAY:

“This month we have four great Bible verses to help us rise above the negative chatter in our minds. You get to choose which verse you want to memorize! You can choose the one you think will be your best weapon against insecurity, fear, condemnation, or discouragement.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into four teams and assign each team one of the verses to look up in their Bibles. Ask one kid from each group to read the verse aloud. (Younger kids may need help from the eGroup Leader to read the verse.) Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible.
  • Use the memory verse cards to read 1 John 4:4 and Isaiah 41:10 if no one has an NLT Bible.
  • Tell kids they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge with all four verses so they can choose which one to memorize and use it to practice at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Knockout” or “Verse Practice.”

VERSE KNOCKOUT

    • Give each team a pen and the verse mat for the verse they were assigned.
    • Explain kids will compete to “knock out” (cross out) the most words from their memory verse.
    • Read the instructions one at a time from the command card and encourage kids to jump up and punch straight up into the air when they’ve found the word(s) you described.
    • eGL Tip: To challenge kids who may have played the game before, commands can be read in any order.
    • For each command, tell the team who finds the word(s) first to use their pen to “knock out” (cross out) those word card(s).
    • The team with the most words knocked out after all commands have been read wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

      • Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
        • REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase 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.