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Motion eGroup :: Week of August 12

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.
Bible Story: Faith of the Roman Commander – Matthew 8:5-13
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Engage

WHO’S THE RINGLEADER?

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:

  • What’s something cool that happened this week?
  • What was the best part of your week?
  • Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
  • What are you looking forward to next week?

 

Once you have five to six kids begin “Who’s the Ringleader?”

  • Ask kids to form a circle, facing inwards. Choose someone to stand in the middle.
  • Explain the object of the game is for the kid in the center to identify who the ringleader is. The ringleader will lead the group in performing different gestures, trying to change the gesture without the kid in the center seeing them do it.
  • Tell the kid in the center to close and cover their eyes while you choose the ringleader.
  • Choose a ringleader and ask that kid to perform a gesture over and over again, which the group will then follow. (Suggestions: pat head, rub tummy, jump up and down on one leg, high five neighbors, blink really fast, clap, etc.)
    • Note: Once the ringleader begins the gesture, the kid in the middle can open their eyes.
  • Encourage the ringleader to change gestures whenever they want, as often as they want, and as many times as they want.
  • Remind the group to do what the ringleader does as soon as they see the gesture change, but to try not to stare at the ringleader too much so the kid in the middle can’t figure out who it is.
  • Challenge the kid in the middle to identify the ringleader. Once the kid in the middle identifies the right person, choose a new ringleader and a new person to stand in the middle. Repeat as long as time allows.

Bible Story Activity

BIBLE STORY BEAT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, drum sticks (3), question card, drum cards (10)

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 Drum Line, where we’re learning about showing respect to others. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about what it means to show respect!”

WHAT YOU DO:

Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 8.

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 Matthew 8:5-13 aloud.

Spread the drum cards on the floor in the center of the eGroup space.

Divide kids into three teams. Choose one kid from each team to play. Give each of these kids a drum stick and make sure they are all seated so they can reach all of the drum cards.

Explain you will be asking questions related to the Bible story. All of the answers can be found on the drum cards. When a kid knows the answer, they can “play” (tap) the drum card with the correct answer.

eGL TIP: Remind kids that they must be responsible with the drum sticks if they want to continue using them – no hitting anyone or anything other than the drum cards with the drum sticks. If kids are not behaving responsibly with the drum sticks, the game can be played without them by having kids pat the drum cards with their hands.

Ask the first question on the question card and encourage the players with the drum sticks to tap the drum card with the correct answer. Give the drum card to the player who taps the correct answer first.

Choose a new kid from each team to play and repeat. Continue until all questions have been asked. The team with the most drum cards when all questions have been asked wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Just like the Roman commander, you should show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. God is in charge of the earth, the stars, the wind, our lives—He is in charge of everything! When you respect God, your actions and words show others how important He is.”

Grow

IT’S UNDER CONTROL

WHAT YOU NEED: activity sheets (2), dry erase sleeve, dry erase marker

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Put Activity Sheet 1 in the dry erase sleeve.
  • Explain kids will be solving mystery words that involve things God has control over. They have to solve the word before the whole man is drawn or he will run away!
  • Encourage kids to guess letters that might be in the mystery word one at a time. (Activity Sheet 1 answer: weather)
  • If a kid guesses a letter that is in the word, use the dry erase marker to write the letter in the appropriate blank on the activity sheet.
  • If a kid guesses a letter that is not in the word, use the dry erase marker to cross out the letter in the alphabet key at the bottom of the activity sheet, then draw one part of a stick figure man. Draw the stick figure in this order as incorrect letters are guessed: head, body, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg.
  • Continue until all letters have been filled in. If you complete the stick figure man before kids solve the word, tell them the man ran away and fill in the rest of the letters for them.
  • Turn over the dry erase sleeve so Activity Sheet 2 is visible. Repeat the activity to guess the new mystery words. (Activity Sheet 2 answer: earth)
  • Remove the activity sheet and replace it with Activity Sheet 3. Repeat the activity for Activity Sheet 3, then turn the dry erase sleeve over and repeat for Activity Sheet 4 as well. (Activity Sheet 3 answer: our lives; Activity Sheet 4 answer: tomorrow)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God is in charge of everything in the entire universe! He is in charge of today, tomorrow, and forever! And because of that, we want our words and actions to reflect how important we think God is. What are some things we can do to show God respect because He’s in charge of everything?” (read the Bible, obey Him, thank Him, be kind to people because everyone is made in His image, take care of the earth, etc.)

Discussion Questions:

  • “Does anything ever make you doubt God is in control?”
  • “In our Bible story, the servant was healed as soon as they asked Jesus for help. Will things always be ‘fixed’ right after we talk to Jesus?”
  • “What helps you remember God is in control?”
  • “What is one time God answered your prayers for help?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we should show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. When your respectful attitude points others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one thing you’re thankful God is in control of. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you 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:

“Dear God, You are awesome! You created everything and You are in control of everything. You have given us so much. We are thankful you are in control of (list some of the ideas kids shared). God, You are so important to us. Guide our actions and our words so we show everyone how much we respect You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, die (1), verse cards (4 sets of 6 cards each)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Peter 2:17, tells us God wants us to show everyone respect. God created them in His image and with a specific purpose, so He wants us to show them the proper respect.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can remember to practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Roll the Verse” or “Verse Practice.”

ROLL THE VERSE

  • Split kids into four teams. Give each team a set of verse cards.
  • Assign one player on each team to hold the cards until the team has earned each card.
  • Explain teams will race to put the verse cards in order by rolling the die to earn the cards.
  • When teams earn a card, they should lay it on the ground in front of their team.
  • Cards should be placed on the ground in order as they are earned.
  • Each number represents the word in that position in the memory verse.
    • Example: 1 = “Show,” because it’s the first word in the verse; 6 = “1 Peter 2:17a” because it’s last.
  • Tell kids there are penalties involved.
  • If you roll the number for a word you’ve already earned, you have to return that card to the player holding your stack of cards.
  • If you roll the same number two times in a row, you must return all of your cards to the player holding your stack.
  • Teams will take turns rolling the die to earn cards. The first team to earn all six cards and put the verse in order in front of them wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

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

Motion eGroup Week of July 15

GADGETS AND GIZMOS

VIRTUE: UNIQUENESS. DISCOVERING WHO GOD MADE YOU TO BE SO YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
WEEKLY MAIN POINTS:

WEEKLY MAIN POINT: GOD MADE YOU TO FOLLOW JESUS.

WEEKLY BIBLE STORIES:  PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN OFFICIAL ● ACTS

SERIES MEMORY VERSE: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

WHAT YOU DO:

• Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:

  • What’s something cool that happened this week?
  • What was the best part of your week?
  • Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good

    _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?

  • What are you looking forward to next week?

    Once you have five to six kids begin “Lego Creations.”
    • Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can

    reach the pieces.
    • Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents

    one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.

    Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
    Create something that represents your favorite book or movie.

    Create something that represents someone who

    influences you to be more like Jesus.
    • After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue

    creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
    • Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

STORY CREATIONS

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!

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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Acts 8. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
  • Give each kid one creation card and place the Legos where kids can reach them easily.
  • Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a representation of the item listed on their creation card using the Legos.
  • After kids have had a couple of minutes to form their Lego creations, explain that kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their Lego creation for everyone to see.
  • Read Acts 8:26-40 aloud and encourage kids to hold up their Lego creations as their words are read.

    WHAT YOU SAY:

    “The Ethiopian official was desperate for answers to his questions. Philip explained God made him to follow Jesus. He told him how Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for his sin. He told him how Jesus came back to life again. As Philip spoke, the Ethiopian official began to understand. Right then and there, the official believed and began to follow Jesus. The same is true for us. Anyone who puts their faith in Christ is doing what God created them to do: belonging to Jesus and following Him. Keep asking questions and seeking God the way the Ethiopian man did, and God will show you His unique plan for your life.”

GROW

ARE YOU FOLLOWING ME?

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Explain you will give kids instructions about an imaginary snack they’ll create in their minds. Tell them to close their eyes, and instruct them not to talk.
  • Read the following instructions out loud:
    Think of a plain but yummy food. We’ll call this your base food. It could be a cracker, a cake, a pizza crust, a donut, a tortilla… whatever you like best!
    Now in your mind spread something delicious across the whole top of the base food you chose, like a sauce or a frosting.
    Finally, sprinkle at least three of your favorite toppings across the top of your snack.
    Describe the snack you created to a friend beside you.
  • Give kids time to describe their unique snacks to a friend.

    WHAT YOU SAY:

    “When I tried this, I created a (insert your snack here). (Sample: a chocolate cupcake topped with caramel frosting and sprinkled with coconut, chocolate chips, and marshmallow drizzle) It doesn’t sound like anyone ended up with the same thing I created, even though we followed the same directions. Some of you may have had something similar, but some of you had things that were really different. Some of you may not have even followed my instructions at all! Because it was happening in your mind, I couldn’t see what was happening along the way.

    That’s how it is when you follow Jesus. You aren’t literally walking behind Him; you’re following His directions by reading the Bible, praying, and listening to what other Godly people tell you. People won’t be able to see you physically following Jesus, although hopefully your actions will tell them. And your journey with God may not look like everyone else’s, but if you follow Him, it will come out awesome in the end!”

    Discussion Questions:

  • “How could you tell if someone is following Jesus?”
  • “What is easy about following Jesus? What is hard about

    following Jesus?”

  • “What can you do this week to show others you are following

    Jesus?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned God made you to follow Jesus. When you use what you’re learning as you follow Jesus to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share the name of someone you know who follows Jesus. I’ll write your name and their name in our Prayer Journal, and then when we pray I’ll ask God to use that person to encourage and teach you as you learn to follow Jesus.”

WHAT YOU DO:

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“God, we love You. Thank You for giving us Your Word and putting Godly people in our lives to help us learn how to follow You. Help these kids to surround themselves with other believers who can help them live in a way that honors You, and then use them as examples for others to see how to follow You, too. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Circuit” or “Verse Practice.”

    VERSE CIRCUIT

    • Split kids into four teams. Give each team a circuit board and a set of verse cards.

    • Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order. Once the cards are in order, they’ll have to arrange the cards to form a path across their circuit board from one of the batteries to one of the lightbulb ports.

    The verse cards must stay in the correct order, but kids can rotate and arrange the pieces as needed to create a continuous path.

    • eTL NOTE: Each set of cards has a different path, so teams can’t look at each other’s boards for clues as they try to figure out the correct path.

    • The first team to form a continuous path from a battery to a lightbulb port wins!

    VERSE PRACTICE

• Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:

REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together. MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.


Motion eGroup Week of July 8

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Uniqueness. Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Main Point: God made you for an adventure.
Bible Story: Abraham. Genesis 12:1-9
Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

WHAT YOU DO:

• Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:

  • What’s something cool that happened this week?
  • What was the best part of your week?
  • Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good_________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
  • What are you looking forward to next week?Once you have five to six kids begin “Lego Creations.”
    • Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can

    reach the pieces.
    • Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents

    one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.

    Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
    Create something that represents what you think would be the ultimate adventure.

    Create something that represents your biggest fear. • After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue

    creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
    • Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

STORY CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, creation cards (10), Wikki stix (50)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!

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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 12. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
  • Give each kid one creation card and four or five Wikki stix.
  • Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a representationof the item listed on their creation card using the Wikki stix.
  • After kids have had a couple of minutes to create their Wikki stixcreations, explain kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their creation for everyone to see.
  • Read Genesis 12:1-9 aloud and encourage kids to hold up their creations as their words are read.WHAT YOU SAY:

    “Abraham was a pretty amazing guy. He wasn’t afraid of an adventure as long as God was the one leading the way. When God told Abraham to take his entire family and leave their home, Abraham went. He trusted that God had a plan—that God had an adventure in store for him. Do you think Abraham was a little nervous about packing up and heading to a new land? Would he have liked a few more details spelled out? Almost certainly! But he didn’t let those questions or fears get in the way of believing God knew what He was doing and would stick with him all the way. God took Abraham on an adventure, and He made you for an adventure, too!”

GROW

A GREAT ADVENTURE

WHAT YOU NEED: adventure cards (6)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into four teams.
  • Explain kids will hear a situation that doesn’t sound very fun.Their goal is to come up with a way to turn the situation into

    an adventure.

  • After each team shares their adventure idea, the eGroupLeader will choose the best one and give that team the adventure card. Teams will compete to collect the most adventure cards.
  • Read the scenario from the back of one of the adventure cards and encourage teams to discuss how they could turn that scenario into an adventure.
  • Allow teams to share their ideas one at a time. Give the adventure card to the team with the best idea.
  • Repeat with the remaining adventure cards. The team with the most adventure cards at the end wins!WHAT YOU SAY:

    “When you face things that are unexpected or even unpleasant, you can face them with faith and anticipation knowing that it’s all part of God’s adventure for you. Adventures can come in all sorts of ways: learning a new skill, going to a different school, finding new friends, or even a trip to the emergency room. Your adventure won’t look exactly like somebody else’s. That’s where your uniqueness comes in. God made you for an adventure.”

    Discussion Questions:
    • “If you could choose your own adventure, what kind of

    adventure would you want God to take you on?”
    • “Would it make you nervous to go on an adventure without

    knowing where you’re going or what you’ll do there? Why or

    why not?”
    • “How could your unique gifts and abilities help you on your

    unique adventure?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned God made you for an adventure, and He has specifically chosen a unique adventure just for you. When you use your uniqueness to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one of your unique gifts or traits that you think God will use to do great things through you on your adventure. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can pray for God to show us ways He can use our unique traits to do great things.”

WHAT YOU DO:

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“God, we love You. Thank You for reminding us You are with us and You have made us for adventure! Help us to trust You like Abraham did. Show us where You want us to go and how You’ve uniquely created us for all the adventures ahead. Help us use our unique gifts from You to show Your love to the people we meet on our adventure. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Circuit” or “Verse Practice.”VERSE CIRCUIT

    • Split kids into four teams. Give each team a circuit board and a set of verse cards.

    • Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order. Once the cards are in order, they’ll have to arrange the cards to form a path across their circuit board from one of the batteries to one of the lightbulb ports.

    The verse cards must stay in the correct order, but kids can rotate and arrange the pieces as needed to create a continuous path.

    • eTL NOTE: Each set of cards has a different path, so teams can’t look at each other’s boards for clues as they try to figure out the correct path.

    • The first team to form a continuous path from a battery to a lightbulb port wins!

    VERSE PRACTICE

• Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:

REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together. MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.


Motion eGroup of July 1

Gadgets and Gizmos

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

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the best part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?

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

BIBLE STORY

STORY CREATIONS

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
As we continue our Gadgets and Gizmos series, we’re shifting our focus to making a difference by embracing the unique traits and characteristics God has placed in each of us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about some people in the Bible who embraced their uniqueness to do great things for God!”

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

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

GROW

CHARADES

WHAT YOU NEED: charades cards (8)

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

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

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

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

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

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.
SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Heavenly Father, You are awesome! Thank You so much for each one of these kids, and thank You for the way You’ve made each of them special. Help us discover and embrace our uniqueness so we can make a difference in the world around us. Help us to trust and follow You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

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

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

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Circuit” or “Verse Practice.”
VERSE CIRCUIT
Split kids into four teams. Give each team a circuit board and a set of verse cards.
Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order. Once the cards are in order, they’ll have to arrange the cards to form a path across their circuit board from one of the batteries to one of the lightbulb ports.
The verse cards must stay in the correct order, but kids can rotate and arrange the pieces as needed to create a continuous path.
eTL NOTE: Each set of cards has a different path, so teams can’t look at each other’s boards for clues as they try to figure out the correct path.
The first team to form a continuous path from a battery to a lightbulb port wins!
VERSE PRACTICE
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.


Motion eGroup Week of June 17

Gadgets and Gizmos

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

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
  • What’s something cool that happened this week?
  • What was the best part of your week?
  • Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
  • What are you looking forward to next week?

Once you have five to six kids begin “Lego Creations.”

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

BIBLE STORY

STORY CREATIONS

 

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!

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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 1. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
  • Give each kid one creation card and place the Legos where kids can reach them easily.
  • Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a representation of the item listed on their creation card using the Legos.
  • After kids have had a couple of minutes to form their Lego creations, explain that kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their Lego creation for everyone to see.
  • Read Genesis 1:26-2:25 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet and encourage kids to hold up their Lego creations as their words are read.

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

GROW

CREATIVE THINKING

 

ME TOO!

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (10)

WHAT YOU DO:

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

Discussion Questions:

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

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

 

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

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

WHAT YOU DO:

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

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

MEMORY VERSE

 

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Fill the Gap” or “Verse Practice.”

FILL THE GAP

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

VERSE PRACTICE

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