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Motion eGroup of July 1

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Uniqueness. Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Main Point: God made you to be you.
Bible Story: David and Saul’s Armor
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 17
Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

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 “Lego Creations.”
Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can reach the pieces.
Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.
Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
Create something that represents what makes you unique.
Create something that represents your happiest memory.
After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

BIBLE STORY

STORY CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, creation cards (10), blank copy paper (1 per kid), self-inking stamps (1 per kid)

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!
As we continue our Gadgets and Gizmos series, we’re shifting our focus to making a difference by embracing the unique traits and characteristics God has placed in each of us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about some people in the Bible who embraced their uniqueness to do great things for God!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 1 Samuel. 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.
Give each kid one creation card, a piece of blank copy paper, and a self-inking stamp. If any cards are leftover, give kids the option to take a second creation card and piece of copy paper.
Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a picture of the item listed on their creation card using the paper and stamps. (They can use the stamp to stamp the outline of the item.)
eGL Tip: Be sure children stamp on their copy paper, NOT on the creation card.
After kids have had a couple of minutes to create their picture, explain kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their picture for everyone to see.
Read 1 Samuel 17 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet and encourage kids to hold up their pictures as their words are read.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“God didn’t choose David to fight for and eventually lead His people because David was the biggest, strongest, or smartest. David was unique among the Israelites because he possessed strength that came from his faith in God and sensitivity to God’s voice. Like David, God has given you unique talents and experiences. He wants to use you to stand strong for Him, too. You won’t be crushing giants or slinging stones at anyone, but if you choose to stand for God, He will use you in courageous and meaningful ways with those around you. God made you to be you and no one else.”

GROW

CHARADES

WHAT YOU NEED: charades cards (8)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Explain kids will act out using common supplies they might find around a home or workplace.
Teams will be allowed to make only two guesses each round, so kids are encouraged to discuss their guesses with the rest of their team before calling them out.
Choose a kid from the first team to be the actor; the rest of the group will be guessers for this round. Let the actor randomly choose one of the charades cards and act out using the supply shown on the card.
The guessers may make up to two guesses. If they guess correctly, give the team the charades card. If they do not guess correctly, discard the charades card.
Choose an actor from the other team and repeat.
Continue alternating between teams, choosing a new actor for each charades card.
The team with the most charades cards at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Great job, everyone! Each of these supplies has a specific purpose. A stapler holds paper together; scissors cut paper apart. A stapler can’t do what a pair of scissors can do just like a pair of scissors can’t do what a stapler does. They each have their own unique and purposeful job. In the same way, God has given each of us a set of unique gifts, traits, and characteristics that He can use to do great things. I can’t do your job and you can’t do mine; we each need to fulfill our unique purpose. God made you to be you!”

Discussion Questions:
“What makes you unique? How could God use that unique characteristic?”
“Has their ever been a time you didn’t like one of your unique characteristics? Does it change your mind about that unique trait to know God can use it to make a difference?”
“God made us in different ways on purpose. How does understanding that change the way you treat others?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God made you to be you, and He has a unique purpose for each unique person. When you use your uniqueness to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one thing that is unique about you. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can pray for God to show us ways He can use our unique traits to do great things.”

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:
“Heavenly Father, You are awesome! Thank You so much for each one of these kids, and thank You for the way You’ve made each of them special. Help us discover and embrace our uniqueness so we can make a difference in the world around us. Help us to trust and follow You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, circuit boards (4), verse cards (4 sets: blue, red, orange, and green)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10, tells us God created each of us with a unique purpose and unique abilities to help us fulfill that purpose!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. 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 will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it 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 Circuit” or “Verse Practice.”
VERSE CIRCUIT
Split kids into four teams. Give each team a circuit board and a set of verse cards.
Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order. Once the cards are in order, they’ll have to arrange the cards to form a path across their circuit board from one of the batteries to one of the lightbulb ports.
The verse cards must stay in the correct order, but kids can rotate and arrange the pieces as needed to create a continuous path.
eTL NOTE: Each set of cards has a different path, so teams can’t look at each other’s boards for clues as they try to figure out the correct path.
The first team to form a continuous path from a battery to a lightbulb port 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 June 17

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Creativity: Imagining what you could do because you are made in God’s image.
Main Point: God made you.
Bible Story: Adam and Eve
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:26 – 2:25
Memory Verse: “How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that.” Psalm 139:14 (NIrV)

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos

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 “Lego Creations.”

  • Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can reach the pieces.
  • Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.
  • Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
  • Create something that represents your favorite memory.
  • Create something that represents someone who is important to you.
  • After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
  • Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

BIBLE STORY

STORY CREATIONS

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, creation cards (10), Legos

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 week two of Gadgets and Gizmos, where we’re learning about the creativity God has given us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about the One who is the ultimate Creator!

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 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.
  • Give each kid one creation card and place the Legos where kids can reach them easily.
  • Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a representation of the item listed on their creation card using the Legos.
  • After kids have had a couple of minutes to form their Lego creations, explain that kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their Lego creation for everyone to see.
  • Read Genesis 1:26-2:25 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet and encourage kids to hold up their Lego creations as their words are read.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God made you in His image. So when you think of who God is, imagine what you could do because you’re made in God’s image; imagine all the things you can do with what God has given you. If you can see, you can use your eyes to look for ways you can help people. If you can hear, you can use your ears to listen to music or to listen to a friend who needs to talk. If you have a voice, you can use it to sing or to speak kindly to someone. You are God’s masterpiece and when God made you, He made you to be creative.”

GROW

CREATIVE THINKING

 

ME TOO!

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (10)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Seat children in a circle.
  • Read the back of one of the activity cards and encourage kids to switch places as directed.
  • Repeat for the remaining activity cards.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“In many ways God made you similar to others. You might have the same interests, physical traits, or likes and dislikes as some of the other people around you. But in some ways, He made you very different from everyone else. YOU are part of His great plan. He needs you to be YOU and use the things you’re good at and that you enjoy to bring Him glory. It’s exciting to think that you’re able to serve God just by being YOU. You don’t have to be taller, smarter, older, or any cooler than you already are. All you have to do is follow God. He can point you in the right direction because He made you for a specific purpose.”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Have you ever wanted to be more like someone else? Why did you want to be more like that person?”
  • “What is something you think God could do through you because of the unique way He created you?”
  • “How can our memory verse encourage you when you feel unsure or insecure about the unique way God made you?” (Review the verse with kids if needed.)

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

 

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned God made each of us, and He gave us the ability to be creative, too. When you use your creativity to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one unique thing about you that you’re thankful for. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can remember to thank God for making us each in a unique and amazing way.”

WHAT YOU DO:

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“Dear God, thank You for the incredible gift of creativity! Everywhere we look, we can see Your creative workmanship and handiwork. Thank You for creating us. Thank You for making us unique and gifted. Help us use our imaginations and creativity in ways that bring glory to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, yarn strands (20), verse cards (4 sets: blue, red, orange, and green)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, Psalm 139:14, tells us we can praise God because He created everything, including us, and we can trust that what He creates is good!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. 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 will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it 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: “Fill the Gap” or “Verse Practice.”

FILL THE GAP

    • Split kids into four teams. Give each team five yarn strands. Each team also needs a set of verse cards, but take one random card from each set and place it to the side before giving the teams their set.
    • Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order, but there will be one word missing from each team’s set.
    • To fill the spot for the missing word, kids will create a representation of the word using their yarn strands (either the word or an image).
    • The first team to correctly put the verse in order AND fill in the spot for the missing word with the yarn wins!
    • Before starting another round, make sure to return the cards you removed at the beginning to the correct set.
    • Play again by removing a different card from each set and then repeat the activity with kids creating a representation for the new missing words.
    • As kids grow more comfortable with the verse, remove two or three cards from each set and encourage kids to create representations to replace each missing word.

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 June 10

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Creativity: Imagining what you could do because you are made in God’s image.
Main Point: God made everything
Bible Story: Creation Story
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:1-25
Memory Verse: “How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that.” Psalm 139:14 (NIrV)

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

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 “Lego Creations.”
Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can reach the pieces.
Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.
Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
Create something that represents the most exciting thing you’ve ever done.
Create something that represents either your proudest or most embarrassing moment.
After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

STORY CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, creation cards (15), blank copy paper (1 per kid), markers or other coloring utensils

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 Gadgets and Gizmos, where we’ll learn about the creativity God has given us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about the One who is the ultimate Creator!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 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.
Give each kid one creation card and a piece of blank copy paper. If any cards are leftover, give kids the option to take a second creation card and piece of copy paper. Place the markers or other coloring utensils where kids can reach them easily.
Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a picture of the item listed on their creation card using the paper and markers.
eGL Tip: Be sure children draw on their copy paper, NOT on the creation card.
After kids have had a couple of minutes to draw their picture, explain that kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their picture for everyone to see.
Read Genesis 1:1-25 aloud and encourage kids to hold up their pictures as their words are read.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When God made everything, can’t you imagine that He had so much fun doing it? Think of how much creativity went into every single flower, each bird, and a sea full of fish. Nothing was created by chance. God did it—without any help. In fact, He did it from absolutely nothing—NOTHING—just himself. That should blow our minds. It should also make us step back in awe and wonder at our mighty and powerful Creator—a Creator who made YOU in His image. That means that you have the ability to be creative, too.”

GROW

CREATIVE THINKING

WHAT YOU NEED: bag of letter squares (1 bag)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Tell each team to take four letter squares from the bag and spread them out in front of their team.
Explain kids will fill in the blank in the sentence, “People can be creative through _______” by choosing a word that starts with one of the letters on their letter squares. (Example: “A” could be “art” or “acrobatics.”)
Once kids have used a letter square, they will place it aside in a “completed” pile and then take another letter square from the bag to replace it.
If a team cannot think of a word to fill in the blank starting with any of the letters in front of them, they can choose another letter square from the bag instead of playing on that turn.
The team with the most squares in their completed pile at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“God is the ultimate Creator. He made everything in the universe from nothing! Isn’t it awesome that our great Creator also gives us the ability to be creative like Him? There are so many ways we can be creative, from music to movement and from ballet to band. God gives us endless opportunities to do great and creative things!”

Discussion Questions:
“What are some ways you are creative? What are some areas where you aren’t very creative?”
“How can you use your creativity to help others see God through you?”
“Some people might argue that God didn’t create everything because humans created cars and computers and all kinds of things we use every day. How can we still give God the credit for those things, too?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God made everything, and He gave us the ability to be creative, too. When you use your creativity to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one thing you’re thankful God created. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can remember to thank God specifically for some of the wonderful things He has created.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.
SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, You made everything! Thank You, God, for creating [list some examples kids listed]. You are so creative, God, and I thank You for making us creative. Help us to imagine all we can do because we are made in Your image. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, yarn strands (20), verse cards (4 sets: blue, red, orange, and green)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 139:14, tells us we can praise God because He created everything, including us, and we can trust that what He creates is good!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. 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 will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it 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: “Fill the Gap” or “Verse Practice.”
FILL THE GAP
Split kids into four teams. Give each team five yarn strands. Each team also needs a set of verse cards, but take one random card from each set and place it to the side before giving the teams their set.
Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order, but there will be one word missing from each team’s set.
To fill the spot for the missing word, kids will create a representation of the word using their yarn strands (either the word or an image).
The first team to correctly put the verse in order AND fill in the spot for the missing word with the yarn wins!
Before starting another round, make sure to return the cards you removed at the beginning to the correct set.
Play again by removing a different card from each set and then repeat the activity with kids creating a representation for the new missing words.
As kids grow more comfortable with the verse, remove two or three cards from each set and encourage kids to create representations to replace each missing word.
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 Lesson Plan Week of May 20

Finders VI: The Case Of Camp Jupiter

Virtue: Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.
Main Point: We can work together to change someone’s life.
Bible Story: Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Bible Passage: Luke 5:17-26
Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIrV)

ENGAGE

CAMPFIRE STORIES

WHAT YOU NEED: green dice (1), red dice (1), blue dice (1), story starter 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 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 “Campfire Stories.”
Seat kids in a circle.
Explain the eGroup will work together to tell a story.
Turn over a story starter card and read the story starter sentence.
Encourage the kid beside you to roll the three dice, then continue the story you started by adding a sentence containing at least one of the objects shown on the dice.
Continue around the circle with kids rolling the dice and then adding to the story using the objects shown on the dice.
Once kids end that story or lose interest in it, start a new story by turning over a new story starter card and begin again.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

CAMP JUPITER SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, camp maps (2), question 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 week five of our series Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter, where we’re learning the importance of cooperation. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see a great example of cooperation!

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 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 Luke 5:17-26 aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a camp map.
Explain kids will race to find the answer to the Bible story questions on the camp map.
Each location on the map is labeled with the location name and a Bible story answer.
The first kid to find the correct answer should yell out the name of the location where the Bible story answer is found.
One at a time, ask each question on the question sheet. Encourage kids to race to find the correct answer and call out the location name.
Give a point to the first team to call out the correct location name. The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The friends in the story had to cooperate to get the paralyzed man to Jesus. They worked together to carry him to the house on the mat, they worked together to come up with another plan when they couldn’t get through the door, and they worked together again to lower the man safely through the roof to Jesus. Because they were willing to continue working together, their friend got to Jesus and was healed! When we are willing to work together with others, we can change someone else’s life, too.”

GROW

COOPERATION RELAY

WHAT YOU NEED: friend mat (4), painters’ tape (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
• Divide kids into groups of four. Assign each kid on each team a number, one through four.
• Give each group a friend mat.
• Use the painters’ tape to create a start line and a finish line at 
opposite ends of your eGroup space and send groups to 
stand at the start line.
• Explain each group will compete to get their “friend” on the 
mat from one side of the space to the other side as fast as they can. However, kids will have a special rule about how they can move based on the number you gave them!
Kid 1 can only use 1 leg.
Kid 2 can’t use their hands.
Kid 3 must keep both hands above their head at all times.
Kid 4 has no restrictions.
• Each kid in the group must be touching the friend mat in some way at all times.
• If kids drop their “friend” on the way across, they must pick the friend up and start over.
• Signal kids to start the race and watch to make sure kids are following the rules and using only the allowed body parts to transport their “friend.”
• The team that reaches the finish line first wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It took time and effort to figure out how to move your ‘friend,’ but when you worked together you were able to move him to the other side, just like the friends in our Bible story today got the paralyzed man to Jesus. When you’re willing to cooperate with others to help people learn about Jesus, you could change someone’s life, too!”

Discussion Questions:
“How has your life changed as you’ve learned more about Jesus?”
“Why is it important to help other people learn about Jesus?”
“What are some ways you could cooperate with people in your life to help others learn about Jesus?”
“How could it change someone else’s life when they know Jesus?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can work together to change someone’s life. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share the name of one person whose life would change if you helped them learn about Jesus. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you do God’s work 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 giving each of us the privilege of helping others learn who You are and how much You love us. Help us notice the people around us whose lives would change if they knew You, and show us how we can cooperate with others to show them Your love. Thank You for giving us friends and family to help us do more than we could do alone. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, grid coloring sheets, black crayons, die, colored crayons, grid coloring sheet key

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9, tells us we should work together and help each other. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. 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 will receive a game board with the memory verse on it at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Mystery Picture” or “Verse Practice.”
MYSTERY PICTURE
Give each kid a grid coloring sheet and a black crayon.
Explain kids will try to figure out what the mystery picture is by coloring the boxes on the grid sheet according to your instructions.
Roll the die. Instruct kids to use a black crayon to color that number of words from the memory verse on the grid coloring sheet. Kids should ONLY be coloring words from the memory verse.
eGL Tip: Allow kids to keep Bibles open to the memory verse so they can look back at the words in the verse as needed. Kids may also refer to the verse on their game boards.
Continue rolling the die and telling kids how many words from the memory verse to color with their black crayon.
Once all words from the memory verse have been colored, encourage kids to guess what they think the mystery picture might be.
Show kids the key at the bottom of the page. Encourage kids to color the other boxes on the grid according to the instructions in the key. As kids color, continue to allow kids to guess what the mystery picture is.
Before returning to Large Group, show kids the grid coloring sheet key so they can see what the mystery picture is. Encourage kids to take their coloring sheets home and finish coloring on their own.
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.

eGROUP LEADER NOTE: Bring It! Challenge Instructions can be found in the Bring It! Challenge bin in the theater.


Motion eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 13

Finders VI: The Case Of Camp Jupiter

Virtue: Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.
Main Point: We can work together to point others to Jesus.
Bible Story: The Early Church Helps Each Other
Bible Passage: Acts 2:42-47; John 13:35
Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIrV)

ENGAGE

CAMPFIRE STORIES

WHAT YOU NEED: green dice (1), red dice (1), blue dice (1), story starter 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 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 “Campfire Stories.”
Seat kids in a circle.
Explain the eGroup will work together to tell a story.
Turn over a story starter card and read the story starter sentence.
Encourage the kid beside you to roll the three dice, then continue the story you started by adding a sentence containing at least one of the objects shown on the dice.
Continue around the circle with kids rolling the dice and then adding to the story using the objects shown on the dice.
Once kids end that story or lose interest in it, start a new story by turning over a new story starter card and begin again.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

CAMP JUPITER SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, camp maps (2), question 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 week four of our series Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter, where we’re learning the importance of cooperation. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see a great example of cooperation!

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Acts 2 and John 13. 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 Acts 2:42-47 and John 13:35 aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a camp map.
Explain kids will race to find the answer to the Bible story questions on the camp map.
Each location on the map is labeled with the location name and a Bible story answer.
The first kid to find the correct answer should yell out the name of the location where the Bible story answer is found.
One at a time, ask each question on the question sheet. Encourage kids to race to find the correct answer and call out the location name.
Give a point to the first team to call out the correct location name. The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus told His disciples the best way they could share His love was to do whatever it took to show love to others. That still applies to us today! Just like the early church, when we help and care for each other, we can work together to point others to Jesus.”

GROW

INCREASING IMPACT

WHAT YOU NEED: plate with green rock candy sticks, activity mats, leader sheet

WHAT YOU DO:
On the way back from large group, get a plate of green rock candy sticks from the eTeam Leader.
Give each kid a green rock candy stick and an activity mat. Tell kids to wait to eat the green rock candy until after the activity.
Read a scenario from the leader sheet. Encourage kids to use their rock candy sticks to point to the picture on their activity mat that corresponds with the scenario.
Ask kids to share how they could help in that scenario. Then ask them how they could have a bigger impact if they worked together with others in that scenario.
Repeat for each of the remaining scenarios.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When we show love to others, they can see Jesus’ love through us. It’s definitely possible to do this on our own, but our impact can be so much greater when we work together!”

Discussion Questions:
“What are some ways you could point people in your life to Jesus by helping them?”
“If you worked together with others, how would it help them see Jesus even more?”
“What are some ways our church works together to point others to Jesus? Can you think of anything else we could do together to point others to Him?”

GROW

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can work together to point others to Jesus. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one way you could work together with others to point someone to Jesus by showing them love or helping them. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you do God’s work 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 giving each of us the privilege of helping others learn who You are and how much You love us. Help us look for ways we can work together to point others to You. Thank You for giving us friends and family to help us do more than we could do alone. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, grid coloring sheets, black crayons, die, colored crayons, grid coloring sheet key

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9, tells us we should work together and help each other. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. 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 will receive a game board with the memory verse on it at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Mystery Picture” or “Verse Practice.”
MYSTERY PICTURE
Give each kid a grid coloring sheet and a black crayon.
Explain kids will try to figure out what the mystery picture is by coloring the boxes on the grid sheet according to your instructions.
Roll the die. Instruct kids to use a black crayon to color that number of words from the memory verse on the grid coloring sheet. Kids should ONLY be coloring words from the memory verse.
eGL Tip: Allow kids to keep Bibles open to the memory verse so they can look back at the words in the verse as needed.
Continue rolling the die and telling kids how many words from the memory verse to color with their black crayon.
Once all words from the memory verse have been colored, encourage kids to guess what they think the mystery picture might be.
Show kids the key at the bottom of the page. Encourage kids to color the other boxes on the grid according to the instructions in the key. As kids color, continue to allow kids to guess what the mystery picture is.
Before returning to Large Group, show kids the grid coloring sheet key so they can see what the mystery picture is. Encourage kids to take their coloring sheets home and finish coloring the picture on their own.
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.

eGROUP LEADER NOTE: Bring It! Challenge Instructions can be found in the Bring It! Challenge bin in the theater.