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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.


Motion eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 6

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 help our community.
Bible Story: Nehemiah and the Wall
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 1-6
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, Bible story sheet, 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 three 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!
PRONUNCIATION KEY:
Nehemiah: nee-uh-MY-uh
Babylonians: bab-uh-LOW-nee-uns

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 1. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read aloud from Nehemiah 1-6 as directed on the Bible story sheet.
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:
“Nehemiah wasn’t concerned about fame or money; all he wanted was to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem for his people. Nehemiah also didn’t try to do it all himself; he organized the people so they could all work together for the benefit of the whole community. Just like Nehemiah and his people, we can work together to make a difference in our community, too.”

GROW

COOPERATION GAME

WHAT YOU NEED: game boards (2), game cards (2 sets of 20), game pieces (2 sets of 8), dice (2)

WHAT YOU DO:
If you have more than six kids in your eGroup, divide kids into two groups. Give each group a game board, a set of game cards, a set of game pieces, and a die.
Each kid should choose a game piece and place it at “Start.” Place the game cards face down on the side of the game board.
Encourage kids to take turns rolling the die and moving their game pieces around the game board.
After moving their game piece, kids will take the game card from the top of the pile, read it aloud, and follow the instructions.
The first player to reach “Finish” wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It might feel like focusing on yourself will help you get ahead, but when we work together, we can actually accomplish more. And when we cooperate with each other, we can do great things to improve and inspire our community.”

Discussion Questions:
“What is the easiest thing about cooperating with others? What makes cooperating difficult?”
“What do you think of when you hear ‘community?’” (the people and places near where you live and go to school)
“How can you be a leader like Nehemiah in helping your community?”

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 help our community. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one way you can work with others to help your community. 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 opportunities to improve our community. Show us how we can work with others to impact the people we meet and spend time with each day. 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.


Motion eGroup Week of April 29

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 help someone else succeed.
Bible Story: Defeating the Amalekites
Bible Passage: Exodus 17:8-13
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 two 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 Exodus 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 Exodus 17:8-13 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.
Kids who have their Bibles with them are allowed to look up the answer if they can’t remember it.
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:
“Most people get tired of holding their arms up after only a few minutes, but for the Israelites to win Moses needed to hold his arms up for an entire battle. A battle could last hours or even days! Moses could never have held his arms up that long by himself, so Aaron and Hur had to work together to help Moses hold up his arms. Because of their cooperation, the Israelites won the battle!”

GROW

MAD LIBS

WHAT YOU NEED: Mad Lib sheet, pen

WHAT YOU DO:
Fill in the top half of the Mad Lib sheet by asking kids to choose words as directed.
Read the story from the bottom half of the Mad Lib sheet by inserting the words kids chose on the top half into the blanks.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“You guys definitely made that into a super silly story, but I think it still teaches us an important lesson about cooperation. Marco needed his friends to work together to help him win his competition. With a little cooperation from his friends, Marco would’ve had a better chance at being successful. Working together isn’t just important for helping ourselves get something done better or faster. We can also work together to help someone else succeed.”

Discussion Questions:
“What does it mean to succeed?”
“What are some ways two or more people can work together to help someone succeed?”
“Can you think of a time when someone helped you succeed or you helped someone else succeed?”
“What do you think could motivate you to try to work together with others in the future?”

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 help someone else succeed. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one way you can use cooperation to help someone else succeed this week. 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 opportunities to help others succeed. Show us how we can work together to support the other people in our lives this week. 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

HEAD TO LARGE GROUP AFTER THIS 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.


Motion eGroup Week of April 22

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, Bible story sheet, 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 week we begin a new series called Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter, where we’ll learn 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 Exodus 24. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
-Read the Bible story aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
-Divide kids into 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:
“When God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle, He didn’t ask Moses to do it alone. It was way too big a job for one man to do by himself! God instructed Moses to have the people of Israel work together to prepare His tabernacle. When they worked together, the Israelites were able to create the perfect place for God’s spirit to live among them. Just like the Israelites, we can work together to get God’s work done.”

Grow

LETTERS FROM DR. OLDMAN

WHAT YOU NEED: letters (4), blank copy paper (20 pieces)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In our first episode of Finders VI, the Finders all received letters from Dr. Oldman. We have some letters from Dr. Oldman to open, too; let’s see what he has to say!

WHAT YOU DO:
-Divide kids into two to four teams. There should be three to four kids on each team.
-Explain there are four letters from Dr. Oldman with tasks for teams to complete. Each team can choose whether one person will complete the task alone or whether the team will complete the task together.
-Open one letter and encourage teams to complete the task as quickly as possible. Repeat for each of the remaining letters.
-The team that completes each task first will take the letter from Dr. Oldman. The team with the most letters at the end wins!
-eGL Note: After the activity, be sure to collect all four letters and return them to their envelopes so they can be used again at the next worship experience!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“For each of those tasks, it was so much quicker to work together to get the job done than to try to do it alone. That’s how it was for the Israelites in our Bible story today — they worked together to get God’s work done, and it went so much faster than if Moses had tried to do it all himself.

God may not need us to build Him a tabernacle today, but He still has work for us to do. God wants each of us to tell other people about Him. He wants us to love people, and He wants us to help people who are in need. There are so many ways we can continue to do God’s work, but the important thing to remember is we can do more when we work together.”

Discussion Questions:
-“What does it look like to do God’s work?”
-“What are some ways you can do God’s work this week?”
-“Is it always easy to work with others? What can make it difficult to work with others?”
-“What are some of the benefits or working together with others?”

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 get God’s work done. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one way you can work with someone else to get God’s work done this week. 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 opportunity to help do Your work. Show us how we can work together to tell others about You and show them Your love this week. Thank You for giving us friends and family to do Your work with us. 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.
-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.