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Motion eGroup Week of June 16

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: God is stronger than anyone. Live like you believe it!
Bible Story: Samson
Bible Passage: Judges 13-16
Memory Verse: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, NIV

KID CONNECT

AMPED UP TIC-TAC-TOE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), blank paper (20), pens

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 playing Amped Up Tic-Tac-Toe!
Give each kid a piece of paper and a pen. Ask kids to draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid on their pieces of paper.
Note: Their grids should not cover the full page. Grids should be large enough to write a few words in each box, but small enough to fit multiple grids on the paper so more rounds can be played.
Explain that kids will hear a category such as “places to eat.” They will write down one place in each box on the Tic-Tac-Toe grid, without letting others see what they wrote.
The goal of the game is to write down answers they think others will also write down.
Give kids a few minutes to write. When they’re finished, go around the circle and have kids read aloud what they wrote on their grids.
If kids have written the same word someone else calls out in any of the boxes, they can X it out. The words must be the same, but they do not have to be placed in the same box.
The first person to get three X’s in a row on their grid wins!
Play as many rounds as time allows. Use the following categories: sports, snacks, pieces of clothing, pets, and vehicles.
Variations:
“Amped X” – Kids race to X out the five spaces along both diagonals on the grid to create an ‘X’ across it.
“Fully Amped” – Kids race to X out all nine spaces.
For younger groups: Divide kids into two teams. Help each team draw one large grid on their paper, then encourage teams to work together to fill their grid with words relating to the category. Be available to help with writing/spelling words for both teams as needed! (NOTE: Younger kids may need help designating a capable writer for their team.)

BIBLE CONNECT

EXTREME LIVING ART

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible story sheet

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 Amped, where we’re learning about confidence. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about how God gave someone incredible strength!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Judges 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 the Bible passage aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Explain that kids will create extreme living art scenes to represent the Bible passage. Once a team has created their scene, the challenge is to stay completely still, like a statue or a painting, for the remainder of the activity while other teams form their scenes.
Divide kids into five teams and assign each team a scene to create:
The angel gives Manoah and his wife instructions for the baby.
Samson eats honey out of the dead lion he killed.
Samson is taken prisoner, but escapes his ropes and kills one thousand Philistines.
Delilah tricks Samson and they cut his hair, taking his strength.
Samson destroys the Philistine temple with his bare hands.
Encourage kids to work as a team to decide the best way to represent their scene. Give them three or four minutes to plan.
Ask the first team to go to one side of the eGroup space and pose to create their living art scene. Once they’ve formed their scene, remind the team to stay completely still until all teams have completed their living art scenes. Point out the different elements of their scene to the rest of the group.
One at a time, invite other teams to stand in different places around the edge of the eGroup space and create their living art scenes. While they stay still, explain each scene as it’s finished.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The real source of Samson’s strength wasn’t his hair; it was God’s power in him. He was weak without God’s power, but because God is stronger than anyone, God’s power enabled him to do great things. Because of this, you and I can trust God and have confidence in His strength, too!”

YOU CONNECT

CONFIDENT STRENGTH

WHAT YOU NEED:
Chinese finger traps (1 per kid)

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid a Chinese finger trap.
Encourage kids to put their fingers in either end of the trap. Explain that the trap represents insecurity and uncertainty.
Tell the kids to try as hard as they can, with all their strength, to pull their fingers out of the trap. Allow them to try for 30-45 seconds, then explain that is what it’s like when we do things our own way and rely on our own strength – the harder we try the less we can do. It doesn’t work!
Tell kids they can only overcome their insecurities with confidence when they let God do it with His strength.
To show them this, tell one kid to push their fingers together inside the trap. Explain that you will represent how God uses His strength to do what they can’t.
As the kid pushes their fingers together inside the trap, gently hold the finger trap in the middle and encourage the kid to carefully and slowly pull their fingers out.
Encourage the rest of the group to help each other get out of the traps by pushing their fingers together and letting someone else help release them from the trap.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Each one of us will face situations where we realize that we can’t do what needs to be done on our own. We aren’t strong enough to fix the problem or survive the hurt by ourselves. But when we choose to stop trying so hard to do things by ourselves and let God step in, He is strong enough to do exactly what should be done and to give us exactly what we need. He is stronger than anyone, and when we choose to believe that, we can live confidently!”

Discussion Questions:
“Why does it sometimes feel easier to try to handle things by yourself?”
“When you realize you aren’t strong enough to handle something on your own, who do you turn to first? Is it God, or is it a friend, family member, or teacher?”
“Real strength isn’t about muscles; it’s about having the confidence to live in a way that honors God. It’s about being strong enough to make right choices, even when it’s tough. Can you think of an area of your life where you need God to give you His strength to make better choices?”

YOU CONNECT

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God is stronger than anyone, and we should live like we believe it! When you let that truth fill you with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one situation where you could use God’s strength to make better choices. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to let God fill you with His strength to make better choices in that situation!”

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You for loving us more than we can imagine and for offering Your strength to us whenever we need it. Help us rely on Your strength instead of our own strength when we have problems or when we face tough choices. Thank You for promising You will always help us. We love You, Lord. You are SO good. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, craft sticks (1 per kid), dice (8)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:13, tells us we can always be confident that God is good. We can believe and be sure that we will see His goodness in every situation.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
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 an activity: “Dice Challenge” or “Verse Practice.”

DICE CHALLENGE

Give each kid a craft stick.
Divide kids into two teams and have each team line up, shoulder-to-shoulder.
The first kid in each line will be the “Balancer” and the second kid in each line will be the “Caller.”
Hand a Bible to each Caller and four dice to each Balancer.
When you say, “Go,” the Balancers will place their craft sticks in their mouths and carefully balance four dice — one on top of the other — on the end of their craft sticks.
Once their dice are stacked, the Caller must read or recite the memory verse. If the dice fall before the Caller has completed the verse, the Caller must begin the verse again.
When finished, the Balancer will pass the dice to the Caller, who will then become the new Balancer.
The Caller will pass the Bible to the next person in line, who will become the new Caller and will hold the Bible and say the verse.
Continue repeating these steps down the line of kids.
Once the dice reach the end of the line, the first Balancer becomes the Caller. As soon as that kid finishes reciting the verse (while the last kid in line balances the dice), the entire team should sit down.
The first team to sit down is the winning team!

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 June 9

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: God can use you no matter what. Live like you believe it!
Bible Story: Gideon
Bible Passage: Judges 6-8
Memory Verse: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, NIV

KID CONNECT

AMPED UP TIC-TAC-TOE

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), blank paper (20), pens

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 playing Amped Up Tic-Tac-Toe!
Give each kid a piece of paper and a pen. Ask kids to draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid on their pieces of paper.
Note: Their grids should not cover the full page. Grids should be large enough to write a few words in each box, but small enough to fit multiple grids on the paper so more rounds can be played.
Explain that kids will hear a category such as “places to eat.” They will write down one place in each box on the Tic-Tac-Toe grid, without letting others see what they wrote.
The goal of the game is to write down answers they think others will also write down.
Give kids a few minutes to write. When they’re finished, go around the circle and have kids read aloud what they wrote on their grids.
If kids have written the same word someone else calls out in any of the boxes, they can X it out. The words must be the same, but they do not have to be placed in the same box.
The first person to get three X’s in a row on their grid wins!
Play as many rounds as time allows. Use the following categories: sports, snacks, pieces of clothing, pets, and vehicles.
Variations:
“Amped X” – Kids race to X out the five spaces along both diagonals on the grid to create an ‘X’ across it.
“Fully Amped” – Kids race to X out all nine spaces.
For younger groups: Divide kids into two teams. Help each team draw one large grid on their paper, then encourage teams to work together to fill their grid with words relating to the category. Be available to help with writing/spelling words for both teams as needed! (NOTE: Younger kids may need help designating a capable writer for their team.)

BIBLE CONNECT

EXTREME LIVING ART

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible story sheet

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 Amped, where we’re learning about confidence. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about how God used someone unexpected to do something great!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Judges 6. 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 passage aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Explain that kids will create extreme living art scenes to represent the Bible passage. Once a team has created their scene, the challenge is to stay completely still, like a statue or a painting, for the remainder of the activity while other teams form their scenes.
Divide kids into five teams and assign each team a scene to create:
The angel visits Gideon to give him the Lord’s message.
Gideon blows a trumpet, calling the Israelites to battle.
Gideon separates the soldiers who lapped water out of their cupped hands from the ones that knelt down to drink.
The Midianites ran from Gideon and his small army.
The Israelites honor Gideon for his victories.
Encourage kids to work as a team to decide the best way to represent their scene. Give them three or four minutes to plan.
Ask the first team to go to one side of the eGroup space and pose to create their living art scene. Once they’ve formed their scene, remind the team to stay completely still until all teams have completed their living art scenes. Point out the different elements of their scene to the rest of the group.
One at a time, invite other teams to stand in different places around the edge of the eGroup space and create their living art scenes. While they stay still, explain each scene as it’s finished.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Gideon had no confidence. He NEVER expected God would choose him to lead an entire army to fight the big, bad Midianites. But God can do anything and He can use anybody. You can live confidently knowing that God can use you no matter what.”

YOU CONNECT

NOT-SO-CONFIDENT CHARADES

WHAT YOU NEED:
activity cards (10)

WHAT YOU DO:
Place the cards scenario-side down in the center of the eGroup.
Explain that in the pile of cards are examples of situations that might make kids feel “not so confident.”
Choose a kid to be the first actor. The kid will take a card and act out the scenario for the group to see if they can figure out what the situation is.
Younger kids who aren’t confident readers yet may need the contents of the card whispered to them.
Be prepared to give suggestions if the kids need help figuring out how to act out their scenario.
Once the group correctly guesses the scenario, select another kid to choose a scenario and act it out for the group.
Continue until all activity cards have been completed. If time allows, let kids come up with their own scenarios and act them out for the group.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It’s easy to feel confident about things that you’re good at or the things you’ve done before. But new things, scary things, things that seem impossible . . . well, we’re not always so confident about those. The truth is, for all of your life—even when you’re older like me—you will face situations that test your confidence.
The key to having confidence is remembering that it doesn’t come from you and what you can do. Real confidence comes from God and your faith and trust in Him. Remember, God can use you no matter what. But if you want to live a life God can use, you have to be willing to let Him guide you, and you have to trust that He will help you.”
Discussion Questions:
“Do you ever feel like Gideon and wonder if God could use you?”
“Choose one of the scenarios from the charades game that you could relate to. What would it look like to live like you believe God could use you in that situation?”
“Knowing God can use any of us, what are some ways you’d like to see God use you?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God can use us no matter what, and we should live like we believe it! When you let that truth fill you with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one situation where you think you could make a difference, but you don’t feel confident. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to have the confidence to let God use you in that situation!”

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Heavenly Father, sometimes it is hard to let You use us to do great things when we aren’t confident. But we trust You. Help us to remember that just like You were with Gideon, You are with us, too. Help us to have confidence and remember that You can use us no matter what. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, craft sticks (1 per kid), dice (8)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:13, tells us we can always be confident that God is good. We can believe and be sure that we will see His goodness in every situation.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
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 an activity: “Dice Challenge” or “Verse Practice.”

BIBLE CONNECT

DICE CHALLENGE

Give each kid a craft stick.
Divide kids into two teams and have each team line up, shoulder-to-shoulder.
The first kid in each line will be the “Balancer” and the second kid in each line will be the “Caller.”
Hand a Bible to each Caller and four dice to each Balancer.
When you say, “Go,” the Balancers will place their craft sticks in their mouths and carefully balance four dice — one on top of the other — on the end of their craft sticks.
Once their dice are stacked, the Caller must read or recite the memory verse. If the dice fall before the Caller has completed the verse, the Caller must begin the verse again.
When finished, the Balancer will pass the dice to the Caller, who will then become the new Balancer.
The Caller will pass the Bible to the next person in line, who will become the new Caller and will hold the Bible and say the verse.
Continue repeating these steps down the line of kids.
Once the dice reach the end of the line, the first Balancer becomes the Caller. As soon as that kid finishes reciting the verse (while the last kid in line balances the dice), the entire team should sit down.
The first team to sit down is the winning team!

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 April 2

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: Jesus matters most. Live like you believe it!
Bible Story: Jesus is the Cornerstone
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:20-22a
Memory Verse: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, NIV

KID CONNECT

AMPED UP TIC-TAC-TOE

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), blank paper (20), pens

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 playing Amped Up Tic-Tac-Toe!
Give each kid a piece of paper and a pen. Ask kids to draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid on their pieces of paper.
Note: Their grids should not cover the full page. Grids should be large enough to write a few words in each box, but small enough to fit multiple grids on the paper so more rounds can be played.
Explain that kids will hear a category such as “places to eat.” They will write down one place in each box on the Tic-Tac-Toe grid, without letting others see what they wrote.
The goal of the game is to write down answers they think others will also write down.
Give kids a few minutes to write. When they’re finished, go around the circle and have kids read aloud what they wrote on their grids.
If kids have written the same word someone else calls out in any of the boxes, they can X it out. The words must be the same, but they do not have to be placed in the same box.
The first person to get three X’s in a row on their grid wins!
Play as many rounds as time allows. Use the following categories: sports, snacks, pieces of clothing, pets, and vehicles.

Variations:
“Amped X” – Kids race to X out the five spaces along both diagonals on the grid to create an ‘X’ across it.
“Fully Amped” – Kids race to X out all nine spaces.
For younger groups: Divide kids into two teams. Help each team draw one large grid on their paper, then encourage teams to work together to fill their grid with words relating to the category. Be available to help with writing/spelling words for both teams as needed! (NOTE: Younger kids may need help designating a capable writer for their team.)

BIBLE CONNECT

EXTREME LIVING ART

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles

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 start a new series called Amped, where we’ll learn about confidence. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about who we can build all our confidence upon!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Ephesians 2. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read the Bible passage aloud.
Tell kids that a cornerstone is the most important part of any building. It’s the piece that holds the whole building up. It would be like one of the bottom corner pieces in a Jenga game — if you pull that one out, the whole tower will tip over!
Explain that kids will create extreme living art scenes to represent the Bible passage. Once a team has created their scene, the challenge is to stay completely still, like a statue or a painting, for the remainder of the activity while other teams form their scenes.
Divide kids into three teams and assign each team a scene to create:
A builder laying the cornerstone of a building
A full building with the cornerstone in place
What happens to a building when the cornerstone isn’t stable or strong
Encourage kids to work as a team to decide the best way to represent their scene. Give them three or four minutes to plan.
Ask the first team to go to one side of the eGroup space and pose to create their living art scene. Once they’ve formed their scene, remind the team to stay completely still until all teams have completed their living art scenes. Point out the different elements of their scene to the rest of the group.
One at a time, invite other teams to stand in different places around the edge of the eGroup space and create their living art scenes. While they stay still, explain each scene as it’s finished.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus is like the most important stone in the building. He is what matters most and should be the only source of our confidence. When we build our lives on Jesus’ promises, we can find the confidence to live boldly.”

YOU CONNECT

WHAT MATTERS MOST

WHAT YOU NEED:
activity cards (6)

WHAT YOU DO:
Show kids the extreme sports picture on one of the activity cards. Tell kids what the extreme sport is called and allow them to share what they know about that sport.
Encourage kids to share answers to the following question: If you were competing in this sport, what would be most important to you? Guide kids to focus on things that will keep them safe and help them be successful.
Example: A skydiver definitely wouldn’t want to jump without a parachute. Goggles to protect their eyes and let them see the incredible views on the way down would also be important and helpful, but not as crucial as the parachute.
Repeat for each of the remaining activity cards.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In each of these sports, there are certain things you can’t do without if you want to be safe and successful. You can’t go skydiving without a parachute, you wouldn’t do motocross on a bike with unreliable tires — there are some items that you just shouldn’t attempt an extreme sport without.
When we think about living lives that make a difference in the world, we can’t expect to do it without Jesus. When we believe in His power to save us, we can have confidence that He’ll help us through anything. He’ll help us when we’re sad, He’ll help us when we’re lonely, He’ll help us when we’re scared, He’ll help us when we’re angry, and He’ll help us when we’re confused. No matter what, Jesus will always help us. So remember: Jesus matters most.”

Discussion Questions:
“What does it mean to put our confidence in Jesus?”
“What are other things people might try to put their confidence in, or other things people might trust to keep them safe? (money, friends, jobs, parents, “stuff”) Why aren’t those good things to put our confidence in?
“Is it wrong to be confident in yourself? Why or why not? Why is it important to put the most confidence in Jesus?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned Jesus matters most, and we should live like we believe it! When you let that truth fill you with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think about one thing you might be tempted to trust in other than Jesus. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to remember that Jesus matters most because only He can give you the confidence you need to live the life God wants for you!”

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 loving us enough to send Your Son, Jesus, to love us and save us. Thank You that He is always with us to give us the confidence we need to do great things with our lives. Help us learn to find our confidence only in Your promises to us. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, craft sticks (1 per kid), dice (8)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:13, tells us we can always be confident that God is good. We can believe and be sure that we will see His goodness in every situation.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
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 an activity: “Dice Challenge” or “Verse Practice.”

DICE CHALLENGE

Give each kid a craft stick.
Divide kids into two teams and have each team line up, shoulder-to-shoulder.
The first kid in each line will be the “Balancer” and the second kid in each line will be the “Caller.”
Hand a Bible to each Caller and four dice to each Balancer.
When you say, “Go,” the Balancers will place their craft sticks in their mouths and carefully balance four dice — one on top of the other — on the end of their craft sticks.
Once their dice are stacked, the Caller must read or recite the memory verse. If the dice fall before the Caller has completed the verse, the Caller must begin the verse again.
When finished, the Balancer will pass the dice to the Caller, who will then become the new Balancer.
The Caller will pass the Bible to the next person in line, who will become the new Caller and will hold the Bible and say the verse.
Continue repeating these steps down the line of kids.
Once the dice reach the end of the line, the first Balancer becomes the Caller. As soon as that kid finishes reciting the verse (while the last kid in line balances the dice), the entire team should sit down.
The first team to sit down is the winning team!

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 May 26

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies lead to guilt; truth leads to peace.
Bible Story: Jacob and Esau
Bible Passage: Genesis 27; 32-33
Memory Verse: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

KID CONNECT

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Tell kids three statements about yourself. Two of the statements should be true statements; the other should be a lie, but something that could plausibly be true.
Encourage kids to stand if they know which statement was a lie. Choose one of the standing kids to guess. If the kid is incorrect, choose another kid to guess. If the kid is correct, that kid gets to share his/her two truths and a lie next.
Repeat until all kids have shared their truths and lies.

BIBLE CONNECT

TRUTH OR LIE?

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bible story sheet (1), blank paper (1 sheet per kid), Truth sign (1), Lie sign (1), leader 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 the last week of Up in the Air, where we’ve been learning about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone whose lies kept him trapped in guilt for many years.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 27. 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 Genesis 27 and 32-33 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.

Divide kids into two teams and send both teams to one side of the eGroup space. Place the Truth sign and Lie sign on the floor on the opposite side of the eGroup space, about a foot apart from each other.
Give each kid one sheet of paper and encourage kids to make a paper airplane.
Explain kids will listen to a statement about the Bible story. They will try to determine if the statement is true or a lie.
One kid from each team will try to answer the question by flying their paper airplane to the appropriate sign on the other side of the eGroup space. If any part of the airplane touches any part of the correct sign, the team gets a point. If it touches the wrong sign, the team loses a point. If it doesn’t touch either sign, no points are given or taken.
Read the first statement from the leader sheet and encourage each team to send one player to answer. The player will answer by flying their paper airplane to the correct sign. Award or take points as directed.
Repeat for each remaining statement on the leader sheet.
The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“As long as Jacob hid from his lies, his mind couldn’t get free from fear and guilt. Jacob couldn’t find peace until he told the truth about his lies and asked for forgiveness. Lies lead to guilt; truth leads to peace.”

YOU CONNECT

GIANT LIES

WHAT YOU NEED:
giant game board (1), game cards (12), die (1), traffic cones (4)

WHAT YOU DO:
Open the giant game board in the center of the eGroup space. Shuffle the game cards and place them by the game board.
Help kids form four even teams. Give each team a traffic cone and tell them to place it on one of the “Start” spaces on the game board.
Explain teams will roll the die to move around the game board from their “Start” space to their “Home” space.
If a game piece lands on a “DRAW CARD” space, the team on that space should take a card, read it aloud, and follow the instructions. Used cards can be set aside and reused if needed.
The first team to get their game piece to their “Home” wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When we’ve made the choice to lie, our problems don’t end. If anything, they quickly start to feel worse because of the guilt that can take over our minds. Guilt causes you to feel so badly about what you’ve done that you can lose sight of the truth.
When we choose truth, we can find peace instead of guilt. Even when we don’t tell the truth right away, we can fight back against the lies and their guilt by finding a way to tell the truth. It may not be easy, but when we replace lies with truth, we can replace guilt with peace.”

Discussion Questions:
“Have you ever felt guilty about something you did wrong? What does guilt feel like to you?”
“Why do you think lying makes you feel guilty?”
“Can you think of a time when you told the truth about something you’d done wrong? How did you feel once you told the truth?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies lead to guilt, but truth leads to peace! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
We all sin, or make wrong choices, and sometimes we lie to try to cover up our sins. But the more we lie, the more our guilt will keep us trapped and unhappy. The only way to escape guilt and find peace is to choose truth!
This month, we’ve learned four rewards of truth: truth makes you strong, helps others, sets you free, and leads to peace. I want you to choose one of those rewards — the one that seems the most important to you right now. When you’re tempted to lie, you can remind yourself of that reward so you’ll be ready to choose truth!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage each kid to share the reward of truth that they will remember. Write down each kid’s name 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’ve learned the rewards of choosing truth instead of lies. Please help us remember those rewards when we start to think it might be easier or better to lie. We want to obey you and choose truth every day. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, phrase cards (30), cheek retractor (1)
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Proverbs 12:22, tells us God hates it when we lie, but it makes Him truly happy when we choose to be truthful.”
WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Psalm 12:22
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: “Face Off” or “Verse Practice.”
CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERSE?
Shuffle the phrase cards well.
Explain kids will listen as the eGroup Leader reads a phrase from the phrase cards while wearing a cheek retractor. Some of the phrases will be phrases from the memory verse; some phrase will be completely random.
The kids can make five guesses for each phrase the eGroup Leader reads. If the kids guess correctly in five guesses or less, they can keep the phrase card. If, after five guesses, the kids haven’t guessed correctly, the eGroup Leader keeps the card.
The eGroup Leader will compete against the kids to build the entire memory verse by collecting each phrase of the verse and placing them on the ground in order. (There are two cards for each phrase of the verse, so it is possible for both the kids and the eGroup Leader to collect each verse phrase.) Whoever completes the verse first 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 May 12

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies hurt others; truth helps others.
Bible Story: Haman’s Plot
Bible Passage: Esther 3-7
Memory Verse: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

KID CONNECT

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Tell kids three statements about yourself. Two of the statements should be true statements; the other should be a lie, but something that could plausibly be true.
Encourage kids to stand if they know which statement was a lie. Choose one of the standing kids to guess. If the kid is incorrect, choose another kid to guess. If the kid is correct, that kid gets to share his/her two truths and a lie next.
Repeat until all kids have shared their truths and lies.

BIBLE CONNECT

TRUTH OR LIE?

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story sheet (1), blank paper (1 sheet per kid), Truth sign (1), Lie sign (1), leader 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!
We’re in a series called Up in the Air, where we’re learning about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone whose lies almost destroyed an entire group of people.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Esther 3. 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 Esther 3-7 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Divide kids into two teams and send both teams to one side of the eGroup space. Place the Truth sign and Lie sign on the floor on the opposite side of the eGroup space, about a foot apart from each other.
Give each kid one sheet of paper and encourage kids to make a paper airplane.
Explain kids will listen to a statement about the Bible story. They will try to determine if the statement is true or a lie.
One kid from each team will try to answer the question by flying their paper airplane to the appropriate sign on the other side of the eGroup space. If any part of the airplane touches any part of the correct sign, the team gets a point. If it touches the wrong sign, the team loses a point. If it doesn’t touch either sign, no points are given or taken.
Read the first statement from the leader sheet and encourage each team to send one player to answer. The player will answer by flying their paper airplane to the correct sign. Award or take points as directed.
Repeat for each remaining statement on the leader sheet.
The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Haman was angry Mordecai wouldn’t obey the decree to bow down to him, so he lied by making the king think the entire Jewish nation was filled with lawbreakers. If Esther hadn’t stopped him, the king would have let Haman kill all the Jews. Esther fought back by telling the king the truth. Her bold honesty saved her people.”

YOU CONNECT

HELPFUL TRUTHS

WHAT YOU NEED:
whiteboards (4), dry erase markers (4)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a whiteboard and a dry erase marker.
Explain kids will work as a team to answer questions. Their goal is to think of an answer no other team comes up with. If they are able to come up with a unique answer (an answer that is different from all the other teams’ answers), the team will earn one point. If any other team has the same answer, they will not earn a point for that question. The team with the most points at the end wins!
Read the following questions one at a time. After each question, encourage kids to discuss it and write down an answer. Allow one kid from each team to share their answer, and award one point per question to each team that comes up with a unique answer.
When you and your friend walked in the house after school, you accidentally tracked dirt all over the carpet. That night at dinner, your mom asked who tracked in the dirt. Since your friend had already gone home, you blamed it on him. How could your lie hurt your friend even though he isn’t there anymore?
A girl in your class spent all morning bragging about her new tablet. Later that day, you saw her tablet had fallen behind a bookshelf. She asked you if you’d seen it, but you were irritated about her bragging, so you said no. How could your lie hurt her?
Your mom smiled at you, and when you noticed she had a big piece of food in her teeth, it made you laugh. She asked what you were laughing at, but you didn’t want to make her more embarrassed, so you said, “Nothing.” How could your lie hurt your mom?
You’ve seen a kid in your class hitting and yelling at the boy who sits next to you. You don’t want to be a tattletale or make the bully mad at you, so when your teacher asks if you’ve seen anything like that, you tell her you haven’t. How could your lie hurt your classmate?
You noticed another kid drop a $5 bill on the ground. You could give it back to him before he walks away, but instead you pick it up and keep it yourself. How could your dishonesty hurt the other kid?
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Lies hurt us by making us weak, but they can also hurt others. When you choose to tell a lie or to keep a truth to yourself, it doesn’t just affect you; it can hurt other people, too. When you have to choose whether or not to be truthful, remember that lies hurt others, but truth helps others.”
Discussion Questions:
“Think of a time you lied. How did your lie affect someone else?”
“Can anyone share about a time someone else told a lie that hurt you in some way?”
“It’s also possible for the truth to be hurtful if you say it in the wrong way. Can you think of a time someone said a truth that was hurtful? How could the truth have been shared in a more helpful way?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies hurt others, but truth helps others! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
It’s important for us to always remember that our choice to be truthful or to tell a lie doesn’t just affect us; it can help or hurt others as well. I want you to share one way you can use truth to help someone this week. It could be something big, like telling a teacher about someone you’ve seen being a bully, or it could be something smaller, like telling your mom she’s been fussing at your brother for leaving the door standing open when it’s really been your fault.
I’m going to write down what you share and pray that God will give you the strength to be honest and help others even when it isn’t easy.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Allow a few kids to share how they’re going to use truth to help someone this week. Write down kids’ names in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Thank You, God, for helping us choose truth even when it isn’t easy to be honest. We know our words have a lot of power. We can speak truths that help people, or we can hurt people with our lies. Help us find the strength to help others through our honesty this week. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, phrase cards (30), cheek retractor (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Proverbs 12:22, tells us God hates it when we lie, but it makes Him truly happy when we choose to be truthful.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Psalm 12:22
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: “Face Off” or “Verse Practice.”

CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERSE?

Shuffle the phrase cards well.
Explain kids will listen as the eGroup Leader reads a phrase from the phrase cards while wearing a cheek retractor. Some of the phrases will be phrases from the memory verse; some phrase will be completely random.
The kids can make five guesses for each phrase the eGroup Leader reads. If the kids guess correctly in five guesses or less, they can keep the phrase card. If, after five guesses, the kids haven’t guessed correctly, the eGroup Leader keeps the card.
The eGroup Leader will compete against the kids to build the entire memory verse by collecting each phrase of the verse and placing them on the ground in order. (There are two cards for each phrase of the verse, so it is possible for both the kids and the eGroup Leader to collect each verse phrase.) Whoever completes the verse first 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.