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Motion eGroup :: Week of December 16

The Big Give

Main Idea: Look For Creative Ways To Give.
Bible Story: Be Rich
Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 6:18
Memory Verse: 
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.”
– 
1 Timothy 6:18, NIV

Kid Connect

THE BIG RACE

WHAT YOU NEED: giant game board, Christmas game pieces (16), game cards (32), die (1), green cards (12), yellow cards (12)

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 “The Big Race.”

  • Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Give each kid a Christmas game piece and tell them to place their game piece on any one of the starting spaces (a space with a Motion gear on it).
  • Shuffle the game cards. Give one game card to each kid.
  • Kids may not switch starting spaces after game cards have been given.
  • Explain the game cards feature something they might see around Elevation. Kids will race to get to the spot on the game board showing the same Elevation icon as the one on their game card. The first kid to reach the space with their Elevation icon wins!
  • Roll the die. All kids will move that many spaces on the game board from their starting space toward the Elevation icon shown on their game card.
  • Kids may move horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  • Kids may only enter an icon space through the semi-circle entry points. Kids are allowed to use one move to enter an icon space through one door and another move to exit the icon space through the other door.
  • If kids land on a green space, they can choose if they want to take a green card. Green cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a bonus for another player.
  • If kids land on a yellow space, they can choose if they want to take a yellow card. Yellow cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a penalty for themselves.
  • Repeat until one kid reaches the icon shown on their game card. This kid is the winner!
  • Play again if time allows.

Bible Connect

BIBLE STORY CONCENTRATION

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story card (1), concentration cards (16), question 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 series called The Big Give where we’re learning about being generous. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about how the Bible says to be rich in generosity.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to   1 Timothy 6:18. 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 1 Timothy 6:18 aloud from an NIV Bible, then use the Bible story card to read the verse aloud from other versions. Explain to kids these are all the same verse, but they use different words to explain the same meaning.
  • Divide the group into four teams.
  • While laying out the concentration cards face-down in a 4×4 grid on the floor, explain kids will have to find the answers to Bible story questions on the concentration cards.
  • After hearing a question, teams will take turns turning over one concentration card and reading it aloud to the group.
  • If the card they turn over answers the question correctly, they can keep the card. If not, they will turn it back face-down in the same place they found it.
  • Remind kids to pay close attention to the cards other teams turn over so they can remember where those answers are later when they need them!
  • Read the first question aloud. Tell the first team to turn over one of the concentration cards and read the answer aloud. If it answers the question correctly, the team can keep it. If it doesn’t, they should put it back where they found it and let the next team turn over a concentration card. Repeat until the correct answer is found.
  • Repeat for each of the remaining questions. The team with the most cards after all questions have been answered wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Being generous is not trying to get everyone the fanciest gift. It’s about following God’s instruction to love one another. He asks us to be rich in doing good things for others. You could do your siblings chores or let someone ahead of you in line. When you are generous you can look for creative ways to give!”

You Connect

I CAN USE THAT

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (12), gift bag (1)

WHAT YOU DO:

    • Place the activity cards in the gift bag.
    • Pass around the gift bag and have kids choose an activity card from the bag without looking.
    • When each kid has picked something, go around the eGroup and engage kids in a conversation about the items chosen and how they could be used to help others.
      • Example: A marker could be used to draw someone a picture or write them a nice note.
      • Example: A bottle of water or shampoo could be given to a homeless person to stay hydrated or feel clean.
      • Example: A bookmark could be used in a book that’s read to a little kid or an elderly person.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“The items in these bags are pretty simple, and you probably see them around your house and don’t think much of them. But if you look for creative ways to give, you can use just about anything to bless someone else. You can give by helping others, you can give by spending time with others, and you can give by using your talents for others. God has given you so many ways you can give. Looking for creative ways to give shows us how to help others and show them God’s love just as He tells us to do in 1 Timothy 6:18.”

Discussion Questions:

  • According to God, in 1 Timothy 6:18, what makes a person rich?
  • What are ways you can be generous?
  • What gets in the way of being generous?
  • If you don’t have a way to buy things for others, can you still be generous? How?

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned to look for creative ways to give. When you choose to seek out opportunities to be generous, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one creative way you will give this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray that God will help you as you are generous!”

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, today we talked about how You want us to be rich. Not rich in money and stuff we own, but rich in doing good things for You. Give us eyes to see opportunities to be generous and hearts that are willing to share what we have. We need Your help to think of creative ways to give. Thank You for the wonderful gift You gave us when You sent Your Son Jesus. Remind us to focus on Jesus, on loving You, and loving others. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity!

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (4 sets of 20), verse mats (4), command card (1), clothespins (20), gift bows (4)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:18, tells us we should be generous in the way we act and give to others. We serve a generous God, and it gives Him joy when we choose to be generous toward others!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose a memory verse activity: “Put a Bow on It” or “Verse Practice.”

PUT A BOW ON IT

  • Split kids into four teams.
  • Give each team a verse mat. Explain kids will compete to be the first team to clip all five bows on their mat.
  • Give each team a set of word cards, face down, and tell teams to shuffle their word cards well. Once all teams are done shuffling, tell teams to turn their cards over and put them in order on the verse mat as fast as they can.
  • Use clothespins to clip over two bows on the fastest team’s verse mat.
  • Give each team a gift bow.
  • Read the instructions on the command card one at a time, encouraging kids to put a bow on the word you describe. Use a clothespin to clip over one bow on their verse mat each time a team finishes the task first.
  • The first team to get all five bows clipped wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

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

Motion eGroups :: Week of December 9

The Big Give

Main Idea: Don’t miss your chance to give.
Bible Story: Parable of the Rich Man/Bigger Barns
Bible Passage: Luke 12:13-21
Memory Verse: 
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.”
– 
1 Timothy 6:18, NIV

Kid Connect

THE BIG RACE

WHAT YOU NEED: giant game board, Christmas game pieces (16), game cards (32), die (1), green cards (12), yellow cards (12)

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 “The Big Race.”

  • Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Give each kid a Christmas game piece and tell them to place their game piece on any one of the starting spaces (a space with a Motion gear on it).
  • Shuffle the game cards. Give one game card to each kid.
  • Kids may not switch starting spaces after game cards have been given.
  • Explain the game cards feature something they might see around Elevation. Kids will race to get to the spot on the game board showing the same Elevation icon as the one on their game card. The first kid to reach the space with their Elevation icon wins!
  • Roll the die. All kids will move that many spaces on the game board from their starting space toward the Elevation icon shown on their game card.
  • Kids may move horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  • Kids may only enter an icon space through the semi-circle entry points. Kids are allowed to use one move to enter an icon space through one door and another move to exit the icon space through the other door.
  • If kids land on a green space, they can choose if they want to take a green card. Green cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a bonus for another player.
  • If kids land on a yellow space, they can choose if they want to take a yellow card. Yellow cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a penalty for themselves.
  • Repeat until one kid reaches the icon shown on their game card. This kid is the winner!
  • Play again if time allows.

Bible Connect

BIBLE STORY CONCENTRATION

WHAT YOU NEED: concentration cards (16), question 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 series called The Big Give where we’re learning about being generous. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read a parable Jesus told about a man who missed his chance to be generous.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 12:13. 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 Luke 12:13-21 aloud.
  • Divide the group into four teams.
  • While laying out the concentration cards face-down in a 4×4 grid on the floor, explain kids will have to find the answers to Bible story questions on the concentration cards.
  • After hearing a question, teams will take turns turning over one concentration card and reading it aloud to the group.
  • If the card they turn over answers the question correctly, they can keep the card. If not, they will turn it back face-down in the same place they found it.
  • Remind kids to pay close attention to the cards other teams turn over so they can remember where those answers are later when they need them!
  • Read the first question aloud. Tell the first team to turn over one of the concentration cards and read the answer aloud. If it answers the question correctly, the team can keep it. If it doesn’t, they should put it back where they found it and let the next team turn over a concentration card. Repeat until the correct answer is found.
  • Repeat for each of the remaining questions. The team with the most cards after all questions have been answered wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“The man from our Bible story didn’t want to give up any of what he had. But having all that stuff didn’t bring him happiness. Jesus tells us through this parable: Don’t miss your chance to give. God wants you to give and be willing to share because when you’re generous, you show others that you love them and that they’re more important than having stuff. You also show them that God loves them and cares for them.”

You Connect

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE

WHAT YOU NEED: white board (1), dry erase marker (1)

WHAT YOU DO:

    • Tell kids that they will take turns answering your questions with actions instead of words. The rest of the eGroup will guess what is being acted out.
      • Ask, “What are things you like to do at Christmas time?” (i.e. decorate the tree, hang stockings, shop for Christmas presents, etc.)
      • After the group guesses each kid’s answer, write it on the the board.
      • Ask, “What other things do you do in a normal day in addition to all of these Christmas activities?” (i.e. sports, school, homework, etc.)
      • After the group guesses each kid’s answer, write it on the the board.
      • Discuss with the group which of the things listed on the board relates to giving/generosity.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“When you look at all those things on the board, you can see that this is a very busy time of year. When we get really busy doing lots of things, it can be easy to forget to be generous. We shouldn’t miss our chance to give to other people just because we have a lot going on. We give people gifts on Christmas because God first gave us the gift of His Son. God gave us Jesus to show us that He loves us. Giving to other people is one way we show others that we love them. Don’t miss a chance to give and share God’s love.”

Discussion Questions:

    • Is it easy or hard for you to give to others? Why?
    • What’s something that’s easy for you to give? Why?
    • What’s something that’s hard for you to give? Why?
    • Why does God want us to give?
    • Erase the whiteboard. Discuss and write down ways to give to others. (donate toys, donate food, volunteer with your family, offer to help someone like a teacher or friends, share with others, etc.)

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned to not miss our chance to give. When you choose to seek out opportunities to be generous, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one way you will give to others this week. If you need help, think about what we wrote down on the board together. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray that God will help you so you don’t miss your chance to give.”

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 Your love and generosity towards us! Thank You for giving us Your son Jesus. We ask that You would help us to be thankful for what we have and focus on what we can give, not how much we can get. Please help us see ways we can be generous so we don’t miss our chance to give. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (4 sets of 20), verse mats (4), command card (1), clothespins (20), gift bows (4)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:18, tells us we should be generous in the way we act and give to others. We serve a generous God, and it gives Him joy when we choose to be generous toward others!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose a memory verse activity: “Put a Bow on It” or “Verse Practice.”

PUT A BOW ON IT

  • Split kids into four teams.
  • Give each team a verse mat. Explain kids will compete to be the first team to clip all five bows on their mat.
  • Give each team a set of word cards, face down, and tell teams to shuffle their word cards well. Once all teams are done shuffling, tell teams to turn their cards over and put them in order on the verse mat as fast as they can.
  • Use clothespins to clip over two bows on the fastest team’s verse mat.
  • Give each team a gift bow.
  • Read the instructions on the command card one at a time, encouraging kids to put a bow on the word you describe. Use a clothespin to clip over one bow on their verse mat each time a team finishes the task first.
  • The first team to get all five bows clipped wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

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

Motion eGroup :: Week of December 2

The Big Give

Main Idea: Because God gave, I can give.
Bible Story: God gave us Jesus.
Bible Passage: 1 John 4:9-11
Memory Verse: 
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.”
– 
1 Timothy 6:18, NIV

Kid Connect

THE BIG RACE

WHAT YOU NEED: giant game board, Christmas game pieces (16), game cards (32), die (1), green cards (12), yellow cards (12)

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 “The Big Race.”

  • Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Give each kid a Christmas game piece and tell them to place their game piece on any one of the starting spaces (a space with a Motion gear on it).
  • Shuffle the game cards. Give one game card to each kid.
  • Kids may not switch starting spaces after game cards have been given.
  • Explain the game cards feature something they might see around Elevation. Kids will race to get to the spot on the game board showing the same Elevation icon as the one on their game card. The first kid to reach the space with their Elevation icon wins!
  • Roll the die. All kids will move that many spaces on the game board from their starting space toward the Elevation icon shown on their game card.
  • Kids may move horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  • Kids may only enter an icon space through the semi-circle entry points. Kids are allowed to use one move to enter an icon space through one door and another move to exit the icon space through the other door.
  • If kids land on a green space, they can choose if they want to take a green card. Green cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a bonus for another player.
  • If kids land on a yellow space, they can choose if they want to take a yellow card. Yellow cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a penalty for themselves.
  • Repeat until one kid reaches the icon shown on their game card. This kid is the winner!
  • Play again if time allows.

Bible Connect

BIBLE STORY CONCENTRATION

WHAT YOU NEED: concentration cards (16), question 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 Big Give, where we’ll learn about being generous. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about what Godly generosity looks like!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 1 John 4. 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 1 John 4:9-11 aloud.
  • Divide the group into four teams.
  • While laying out the concentration cards face-down in a 4×4 grid on the floor, explain kids will have to find the answers to Bible story questions on the concentration cards.
  • After hearing a question, teams will take turns turning over one concentration card and reading it aloud to the group.
  • If the card they turn over answers the question correctly, they can keep the card. If not, they will turn it back face-down in the same place they found it.
  • Remind kids to pay close attention to the cards other teams turn over so they can remember where those answers are later when they need them!
  • Read the first question aloud. Tell the first team to turn over one of the concentration cards and read the answer aloud. If it answers the question correctly, the team can keep it. If it doesn’t, they should put it back where they found it and let the next team turn over a concentration card. Repeat until the correct answer is found.
  • Repeat for each of the remaining questions. The team with the most cards after all questions have been answered wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“The most important thing about the Christmas season is to remember that God gave the gift of His Son to everyone. He came so that everyone who would ever live on earth could know Him. God gave us the biggest gift of all, and because God gave, we can give to others, too.”

You Connect

GUESS THE GIFT

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (2 sets of 8), timing device

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into two teams.
  • Explain kids will take turns trying to get their teams to guess something they can give others. The activity cards will tell them what their team is trying to guess. Kids will have 30 seconds to get their team to guess the gift correctly.
  • Kids can talk or act things out, BUT they are not allowed to say the name of the gift listed on the card, and they also cannot say any of the other words listed on the card.
  • The other team will have a copy of the card as well. If they catch their opponents saying any of the words on the card, the team should make a loud buzzer noise, signaling the opponent to stop talking/acting.
  • If the eGroup Leader determines the kid did say an off-limits word, the opposing team gets to keep both copies of the card. If the guessing team guesses correctly within thirty seconds, they can keep both copies of the card.
  • Encourage the first team to choose their first actor, the kid who will describe and act out the gift on the first activity card. Give a copy of the same activity card to the opposing team so they can listen for off-limits words.
  • Give the first actor 30 seconds to try to get their team to guess the gift. If the team guess correctly in 30 seconds, give their team both copies of the activity card. If they say an off-limits word, give both copies of the activity card to the opposing team. If they run out of time, set both copies of the activity card aside.
  • Repeat with the remaining activity cards, alternating teams. Encourage teams to choose different kids to be the actor each round. The team with the most cards at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“These were all gifts each of you can give, whether you have a lot or a little! Because God gave us the ultimate gift, it’s important for us to be ready and willing to give to others.”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Which one of these gifts could you give someone this Christmas? How could it make someone’s day for you to give that away?”
  • “When is it easy for you to be generous? When is it difficult?”
  • “How do you feel when someone gives you a gift? Does it make it easier to give knowing you can share that feeling?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can give because God gave to us first. When you choose to seek out opportunities to be generous, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one thing you could give someone else this week. If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea, think back to the gifts we guessed during our game. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you this week, that God will help you seek out this opportunity to be generous.”

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 us the most amazing gift anyone could give—Your Son. Please help us to remember this week when we see Christmas presents all around us that because God gave, we can give. Remind us of all the opportunities for generosity we talked about today. Help us think more about what we are giving than what we are getting this year. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (4 sets of 20), verse mats (4), command card (1), clothespins (20), gift bows (4)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:18, tells us we should be generous in the way we act and give to others. We serve a generous God, and it gives Him joy when we choose to be generous toward others!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose a memory verse activity: “Put a Bow on It” or “Verse Practice.”

PUT A BOW ON IT

  • Split kids into four teams.
  • Give each team a verse mat. Explain kids will compete to be the first team to clip all five bows on their mat.
  • Give each team a set of word cards, face down, and tell teams to shuffle their word cards well. Once all teams are done shuffling, tell teams to turn their cards over and put them in order on the verse mat as fast as they can.
  • Use clothespins to clip over two bows on the fastest team’s verse mat.
  • Give each team a gift bow.
  • Read the instructions on the command card one at a time, encouraging kids to put a bow on the word you describe. Use a clothespin to clip over one bow on their verse mat each time a team finishes the task first.
  • The first team to get all five bows clipped wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

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

Motion eGroup :: Week of November 25

reFocus

Main Point: Always Be Grateful
Bible Story: Give Thanks No Matter What
Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Memory Verse:
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

Kid Connect

FIND YOUR FOCUS

WHAT YOU NEED: magic picture cards (6 pictures, 8 copies of each)

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 “Find Your Focus.”

  • Divide kids into two teams. Choose one kid from each team to be the first guesser for their team.
  • Explain the rest of the group will study a magic picture to find the image hidden in the background of the picture. Since many children may not have seen magic pictures before, share the following tips for seeing the hidden image:
  • Hold the magic picture card right in front of your nose. It should be blurry. Try to focus like you’re looking through the image instead of at it.
  • Move the picture away from your face very slowly. The page should continue to look blurry.
  • Look for a 3-D image to pop out of the background. If the page no longer looks blurry and you can’t see the 3-D image, bring it back to your nose and begin again.
  • Keep staring until the 3-D image appears.
  • Give each team four copies of the first magic picture card (the one labeled with a “1”).
  • Once the group has figured out what the hidden image is, they will begin acting it out as a group until the guesser can guess what the image is. The group that guesses correctly first may keep one copy of that magic picture card; the other group must give all theirs back.
  • Choose a new guesser from each team and repeat with the second magic picture card. Continue until teams have guessed all six magic picture cards or until time runs out.
  • The team with the most magic picture cards at the end wins!

Magic Picture Card Answers:

1. bull
2. bagel
3. race car
4. elephant
5. camera
6. sharks

Bible Connect

WORD FOCUS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story card (1), word collage sheets (8), pens, question card (1), whiteboard (1), whiteboard marker (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 wrapping up our series called reFocus, where we’ve been learning about focusing on showing gratitude. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about how we can show gratitude no matter what!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 1 Thessalonians 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 1 Thessalonians 5:18 aloud from an NIV Bible, then use the Bible story card to read the verse aloud from other versions. Explain to kids these are all the same verse, but they use different words to explain the same meaning.
  • Divide the group into pairs. (It’s fine to have a group of three if there is an odd number of kids in the group.) Give each pair a word collage sheet and a pen.
  • Explain you will ask the group questions about the Bible story. All of the answers can be found in the word collage, but they may be tricky to find in all the jumbled up words. Kids will have to focus on the right words to find the answer.
  • When a pair finds the answer, they should jump up and put their hands in circles around their eyes like binoculars. If they found the correct answer, the pair who found it first will circle the answer with their pen.
  • Ask a question from the question card and encourage pairs to find the answer on their word collage. Allow the pair who finds it first to circle the answer with their pen. The pair with the most words circled at the end wins!
  • eGL TIP: For younger groups with new readers, discuss the question first and share the answer as a group. Write the answer on the whiteboard first so kids can see what word to look for, then signal kids to begin racing to find the answer on the word collage sheet.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“This verse is so important because it teaches us to thank God in every situation we face. God doesn’t need to hear our thanks, but He wants us to develop the habit of being grateful no matter what!”

You Connect

SPEAK OUT THANKFUL STYLE

WHAT YOU NEED: cheek retractors (1 per kid), activity cards (16)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“We’ve been learning how important it is always to be grateful. This means that no matter what, we need to find a way to say thank you. Today we’re going to practice saying thank you in a very unique way!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into two teams.
  • Explain kids will say thank you for some unexpected things. On their turn, they will get an activity card with a gratitude phrase and they will read it aloud to their team. To make it challenging, kids will have to say the gratitude phrase with a cheek retractor in their mouths! Their team will try to guess what they’re saying thank you for.
  • Each kid will only get to say their gratitude phrase three times, and their team can only make three guesses. Teams should discuss their guesses carefully before making an official guess.
  • If a team can’t identify the gratitude phrase correctly after three guesses, the other team can have one chance to guess the phrase.
  • When a gratitude phrase is guessed correctly, give the activity card with that phrase to the team who guessed it. The team with the most activity cards at the end wins!
  • Choose a kid from the first team to put in their cheek retractor and read the phrase from an activity card. Once it has been guessed correctly, choose a kid from the other team and give them an activity card to read with their cheek retractor in. Repeat until all cards have been read or time runs out.
  • eGL Tip: For younger groups who may not be able to read the cards well, whisper the phrase on the card into their ears.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“This may have been a strange way to express your gratitude, and you may have said thank you for some weird things, but the point is that no matter what, we should always choose to be grateful!”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Why do you think God wants us to thank Him?’”
  • “What kinds of things are easy to be grateful for? What kinds of things are harder to be grateful for?”
  • “What can you do to change your attitude when you don’t feel like being grateful?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned to always be grateful. When your gratitude lets you refocus your attention on the great things God is doing, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one person you could express gratitude to for something specific they’ve done for you. Each of you will share that person’s name and what you’re going to thank them for. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for God to help you remember to express your gratitude 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, I pray this week You will help us all have a heart of gratitude! I don’t just ask this so that we would be happy, but so others can see the joy and thankfulness You’ve put in our hearts. What a great example it is to people that even when we are going through something tough, we can always be grateful! I pray we will honor You and love You by making this happen! In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, camera cards (30)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, tells us God wants us to give thanks in every situation. He doesn’t want us to show gratitude because He needs our thanks, but because He wants us to experience the joy that comes with having a consistently grateful heart!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose a memory verse activity: “Camera Walk” or “Verse Practice.”

CAMERA WALK

  • Split kids into two teams. Place the cards in a big circle around the eGroup space with the activity title facing up.
  • Tell every kid to stand behind a card. Explain kids will walk from card to card around the outside of circle while you say the verse aloud. Once you finish saying the reference (1 Thessalonians 5:18), kids must freeze behind the card closest to them. When you tell them to turn the card over, kids will read the card and follow the instructions.
    • eGL Tip: For young groups with new readers, choose a few kids each round to turn over cards, then read the cards aloud for them.
  • The goal is to be the first team to collect all the camera cards with memory verse phrases and put the verse in order. Some cards have verse phrases, some are blank, and some are penalty cards. If a kid turns over a penalty card, the whole team must complete the instructions on the card before the next round can begin. The first team to assemble the whole verse wins!
  • Assign a spot for each team to collect and assemble their camera cards with verse phrases.
  • To begin the game, say the verse aloud (see sidebar). Once you’ve finished saying the reference, remind kids to freeze!
  • Tell kids to turn over their camera cards. Show each team where to begin assembling any verse cards they collect and guide teams in completing any penalties. Verse cards will be removed from the game as they are collected; blank and penalty cards can be returned to the same spot in the circle.
  • Repeat until one team wins by assembling the entire memory verse!

VERSE PRACTICE

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

 


Motion eGroup :: Week of November 18

reFocus

Main Point: Say “Thank You”
Bible Story: Jesus Heals 10 Men
Bible Passage: Luke 17:11-19
Memory Verse:
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

Kid Connect

FIND YOUR FOCUS

WHAT YOU NEED: magic picture cards (6 pictures, 8 copies of each)

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 “Find Your Focus.”

  • Divide kids into two teams. Choose one kid from each team to be the first guesser for their team.
  • Explain the rest of the group will study a magic picture to find the image hidden in the background of the picture. Since many children may not have seen magic pictures before, share the following tips for seeing the hidden image:
  • Hold the magic picture card right in front of your nose. It should be blurry. Try to focus like you’re looking through the image instead of at it.
  • Move the picture away from your face very slowly. The page should continue to look blurry.
  • Look for a 3-D image to pop out of the background. If the page no longer looks blurry and you can’t see the 3-D image, bring it back to your nose and begin again.
  • Keep staring until the 3-D image appears.
  • Give each team four copies of the first magic picture card (the one labeled with a “1”).
  • Once the group has figured out what the hidden image is, they will begin acting it out as a group until the guesser can guess what the image is. The group that guesses correctly first may keep one copy of that magic picture card; the other group must give all theirs back.
  • Choose a new guesser from each team and repeat with the second magic picture card. Continue until teams have guessed all six magic picture cards or until time runs out.
  • The team with the most magic picture cards at the end wins!

Magic Picture Card Answers:

1. coffee mug
2. train
3. airplane
4. dinosaur
5. chair
6. heart

Bible Connect

WORD FOCUS

WHAT YOU NEED: word collage sheets (8), pens, question card (1), whiteboard (1), whiteboard marker (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 reFocus, where we’re learning about focusing on showing gratitude. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about how we can show gratitude no matter what!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 17. 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 17:11-19 aloud.
  • Divide the group into pairs. (It’s fine to have a group of three if there is an odd number of kids in the group.) Give each pair a word collage sheet and a pen.
  • Explain you will ask the group questions about the Bible story. All of the answers can be found in the word collage, but they may be tricky to find in all the jumbled up words. Kids will have to focus on the right words to find the answer.
  • When a pair finds the answer, they should jump up and put their hands in circles around their eyes like binoculars. If they found the correct answer, the pair who found it first will circle the answer with their pen.
  • Ask a question from the question card and encourage pairs to find the answer on their word collage. Allow the pair who finds it first to circle the answer with their pen. The pair with the most words circled at the end wins!
    • eGL TIP: For younger groups with new readers, discuss the question first and share the answer as a group. Write the answer on the whiteboard first so kids can see what word to look for, then signal kids to begin racing to find the answer on the word collage sheet.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“In our Bible story today Jesus changed 10 men’s lives when He healed them of an awful disease. The men were free from pain and could go home to their families! But only ONE of them stopped to say thank you. It’s so important for us to be like that man and always stop to say thank you. If you don’t say it and you don’t show it, no one will know it! Always remember to say thank you.”

You Connect

WAYS TO SAY THANK YOU

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (4), pens, timing device

WHAT YOU SAY:

“It’s always important to say the words, ‘thank you,’ but your gratitude shouldn’t stop there. Your actions should show your gratitude as well! Let’s think about some ways we can go out of our way to show gratitude.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into four teams. Give each team an activity card and a pen.
  • Explain kids will have three minutes to write down as many ways as they can think of to say thank you and show gratitude other than saying the words, ‘thank you.’ Their goal should be to think of unique ways to say thank you — any of their responses that overlap with other teams’ responses won’t count! The team with the highest number of unique ways to say thank you wins!
  • Use your timing device to give kids three minutes to write down as many ways as they can to show gratitude.
  • For younger groups, give them additional time or allow them to draw simple sketches in place of writing. They can then explain their sketches instead of reading words when they share.
  • Give each team an opportunity to share the ideas they wrote down on their activity cards. As each team shares, the other teams should be listening carefully. If another team shares an idea that is also listed on their card, the team should cross it off. The team with the most ideas left on their activity card after all teams have shared wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“It’s so important to show people gratitude by saying thank you with both your words and your actions. People know you value them and the ways they help you when you go out of your way to express gratitude.”

Discussion Questions:

  • “What are some of the ways you usually show gratitude beyond saying the words, ‘thank you?’”
  • “Has there ever been a time when you did something to help someone else and they didn’t say thank you? How did that make you feel?”
  • “Can you think of a time you should have shown gratitude but didn’t? Do you think it’s ever too late to go back and say thank you?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned to say thank you with our words and actions. When your gratitude lets you refocus your attention on the great things God is doing, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one thing you can tell someone thank you for this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for God to help you remember to express your gratitude 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, You deserve all the thanks in the world! You give us so much, and sometimes we forget to express our gratitude for things like the clothes You give us to wear or the food You provide us to eat. You have also put people in our lives who help us get the things we need. God, help us not forget how blessed we are. Remind us to express our gratitude to You and all the other wonderful people You have put in our lives. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, camera cards (30)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, tells us God wants us to give thanks in every situation. He doesn’t want us to show gratitude because He needs our thanks, but because He wants us to experience the joy that comes with having a consistently grateful heart!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose a memory verse activity: “Camera Walk” or “Verse Practice.”

CAMERA WALK

  • Split kids into two teams. Place the cards in a big circle around the eGroup space with the activity title facing up.
  • Tell every kid to stand behind a card. Explain kids will walk from card to card around the outside of circle while you say the verse aloud. Once you finish saying the reference (1 Thessalonians 5:18), kids must freeze behind the card closest to them. When you tell them to turn the card over, kids will read the card and follow the instructions.
    • eGL Tip: For young groups with new readers, choose a few kids each round to turn over cards, then read the cards aloud for them.
  • The goal is to be the first team to collect all the camera cards with memory verse phrases and put the verse in order. Some cards have verse phrases, some are blank, and some are penalty cards. If a kid turns over a penalty card, the whole team must complete the instructions on the card before the next round can begin. The first team to assemble the whole verse wins!
  • Assign a spot for each team to collect and assemble their camera cards with verse phrases.
  • To begin the game, say the verse aloud (see sidebar). Once you’ve finished saying the reference, remind kids to freeze!
  • Tell kids to turn over their camera cards. Show each team where to begin assembling any verse cards they collect and guide teams in completing any penalties. Verse cards will be removed from the game as they are collected; blank and penalty cards can be returned to the same spot in the circle.
  • Repeat until one team wins by assembling the entire memory verse!

VERSE PRACTICE

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