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Motion eGroup Week of July 14

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: Stay focused on Jesus
Bible Story: Peter Walks on Water
Bible Passage: Matthew 14:22-33
Memory Verse: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will  carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6, NIV

KID CONNECT

EXTREME FACTS

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 playing Extreme Facts!
Tell kids to stand in the center of the eGroup space.
Explain you will read an extreme or crazy fact to the group. They will have to decide whether it is true or false.
Point to your left and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is true. Then point to your right and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is false.
Tell kids there will be a penalty for choosing the wrong side! They can choose to do ten jumping jacks or count to ten in a crazy voice (squeaky, deep, opera, underwater, robot, etc.).
Read the following facts and instruct kids to stand on the designated sides to show if they think it’s true or false. Lead kids standing on the wrong side in performing the penalty.

EXTREME FACTS:
It is impossible for a crocodile to stick out its tongue. (True)
It is possible to fracture a rib by sneezing too hard. (True)
Snails can sleep for up to two years. (False; they can actually sleep up to three years.)
Hippopotamus milk is blue. (False; it’s pink.)
Sneezes move faster than 200 miles per hour. (False; they are often around 100 miles per hour.)
Before 1913, kids could be mailed to their grandparents’ house through the postal service. (True)
Cows can walk up stairs, but not down them. (True)
You can buy eel-flavored ice cream in Japan. (True)
The Nile crocodile can hold its breath up to an hour underwater while waiting for prey. (False; it can hold its breath up to two hours.)
The highest wave ever surfed was as tall as a five-story building. (False; it was as tall as a ten-story building.)

BIBLE CONNECT

STUMP THE CROWD

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, whiteboards (2), whiteboard markers (2)

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 someone who learned the importance of keeping his focus on Jesus!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 14. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read the Bible story aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a whiteboard and whiteboard marker. Make sure each team also has a Bible.
Explain kids will write three questions about the Bible story. Their goal is to come up with questions that will stump the other team. The questions should still be fair though, so remind kids to make sure the answers to all questions can be found in Matthew 14:22-33.
Allow kids four to five minutes to brainstorm questions with their teams and write them on the whiteboards.
Allow Team One to ask Team Two one of their questions. If Team Two gets it right, Team Two gets a point. If they get it wrong, Team One gets a point.
Repeat the process with Team Two asking a question, then continue alternating between teams. The team with the most points at the end wins!

eTL Tip: For younger groups that can’t write as well, simply skip the part where kids write the questions on the whiteboards. Allow children to discuss the questions and then ask the other team verbally. Remind teams that they should all participate in the discussion so their team doesn’t forget the questions they came up with.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus may not call us to walk on the water, but He does call us to follow Him. But there are many things in our lives that can distract us from this calling. What kinds of things can keep us from focusing on Jesus? (video games and TV, playing with friends, forgetting to spend time with Him, etc.) Remember that no matter what you have going on, nothing is more important than to stay focused on Jesus.”

YOU CONNECT

FOCUS CHART

WHAT YOU NEED:
focus charts (1 per kid), dice (1), pens/markers

WHAT YOU DO:
Seat kids in a circle. Give each kid a focus chart and a pen or marker.
Lead kids in brainstorming different things in their life that take up their time. (sports, music lessons, video games, time on their tablet or game device, hanging out with friends, etc.)
Encourage kids to choose six things that take up their time and write one in each piece of their focus chart. Tell children to leave the circle in the middle blank for now.
eGL Tip: Younger kids can draw pictures instead of writing.
Explain kids will take turns rolling the die. The number they roll will tell which piece of their focus chart to read from. Kids will tell the activity they wrote about in that piece of their focus chart and explain why that activity takes up a notable amount of their time.
As each kid shares, encourage them to tell how they could still focus on Jesus while doing that activity.
To help kids get started, provide an example from your own life, such as: “If I rolled a three and my number three was ‘cleaning my house,’ I could get distracted because I could end up spending too much time cleaning and not leave any time to read my Bible. However, I could keep my focus on Jesus by listening to a sermon or Christian podcast on my phone while I clean.
Make sure kids understand that not every single activity they do throughout their day has to be completely focused on Jesus, but guide them to see that there are ways they can focus on Jesus during many of their everyday activities.
Encourage kids to write “JESUS” in the center circle as a reminder that time with Him doesn’t have to be a separate thing; we can find ways to focus on Him during any of our other activities!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“You each came up with some incredible examples of how to stay focused on Jesus during the things that take up time in your life! I’m also proud that you recognize how even the good things can sometimes distract us from being close to Him. No matter what is filling our time, we always have a chance to stay focused on Jesus.”

Discussion Questions:
“Are there any activities on your focus chart that might keep you from focusing on Jesus?”
“Which activities easily allow you to continue focusing on Jesus? Which activities are difficult to incorporate Jesus into?”

“Choose one activity you could spend five minutes less on this week. How do you think it could change your day if you spent those five extra minutes focusing on Jesus instead?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we need to stay focused on Jesus. When you live out that truth with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one change you can make this week to help yourself stay focused on Jesus. It could be spending just five minutes reading your Bible each day, or setting aside specific time to pray about what’s going on in your life. Maybe you could start listening to Christian music in your car or while you do your chores. I’m going to write your name and the change you plan to make in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I’ll pray for God to help make this change so you can stay focused on 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:
“Dear God, we know that our time is filled with many things. Some are really good for us, and others are just for fun. Whatever we are doing this week, I pray that we can always stay focused on Jesus. Help us learn how to make You the center of everything we do and say! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Philippians 1:6, tells us we can always be confident in God’s good plans for us. When we choose to follow Him, He gives us a part in His plan, and He will always make sure His plans happen perfectly!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
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: “Imitation Recitation” or “Verse Practice.”

IMITATION RECITATION

Tell kids to stand in a circle around the eGroup space.
Explain that their goal is to stand completely still, like a statue, throughout the entire game. The only time they can move is when you stop in front of them and ask them to repeat a phrase from the memory verse.
When you stop in front of a kid, say one phrase from the memory verse. The kid in front of you must echo the words without blinking at all until you’ve moved on to the next kid.
The phrases can be divided in this way: Being confident of this / that he who began / a good work in you / will carry it on / to completion until / the day of Christ Jesus. / Philippians 1:6
If the kid in front of you blinks before you move on, or if any kid is caught moving when they aren’t supposed to, the kid is out of the game and must sit down. This kid will then help watch the rest of the group to catch other kids who move when they aren’t supposed to.
Each time you begin the verse again, change the way kids must echo the words. Instead of not blinking, they could be required to imitate the tone or pitch of your voice, mirror your movements as you speak, use the same facial expression (fish face, squinty eyes, wide eyes, etc.) or follow a familiar tune such as “Happy Birthday.”
The last kid standing 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 July 7

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: Find friends who help you trust Jesus.
Bible Story: Philip and Nathaniel
Bible Passage: John 1:43-51 
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

EXTREME FACTS

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 playing Extreme Facts!
Tell kids to stand in the center of the eGroup space.
Explain you will read an extreme or crazy fact to the group. They will have to decide whether it is true or false.
Point to your left and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is true. Then point to your right and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is false.
Tell kids there will be a penalty for choosing the wrong side! They can choose to do ten jumping jacks or count to ten in a crazy voice (squeaky, deep, opera, underwater, robot, etc.).
Read the following facts and instruct kids to stand on the designated sides to show if they think it’s true or false. Lead kids standing on the wrong side in performing the penalty.

EXTREME FACTS:

You lose between 150 and 200 hairs per day. (False; you lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day.)
The world’s smallest fruit, the utricle, is the size of a small ant. (True)
The Hercules beetle can grow big enough to cover an adult human head. (True)
Olympic snowboarders typically soar up to 10 stories above the ground. (False; they’re usually up to four stories above ground.)
It’s impossible to burp in space. (True)
Children have almost 100 more bones in their bodies than adults. (True; adults have 206, while children have 300.)
It takes around 6 hours for food to fully digest. (False; it takes around 12 hours.)
A soccer midfielder runs about seven miles in a full-length match. (True)
No matter how big or thick it is, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven times. (True)

BIBLE CONNECT

STUMP THE CROWD

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, whiteboards (2), whiteboard markers (2)

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 someone who couldn’t wait to tell his friend about Jesus!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to John 1. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read the Bible story aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a whiteboard and whiteboard marker. Make sure each team also has a Bible.
Explain kids will write three questions about the Bible story. Their goal is to come up with questions that will stump the other team. The questions should still be fair though, so remind kids to make sure the answers to all questions can be found in John 1:43-51.
Allow kids four to five minutes to brainstorm questions with their teams and write them on the whiteboards.
Allow Team One to ask Team Two one of their questions. If Team Two gets it right, Team Two gets a point. If they get it wrong, Team One gets a point.
Repeat the process with Team Two asking a question, then continue alternating between teams. The team with the most points at the end wins!
eTL Tip: For younger groups that can’t write as well, simply skip the part where kids write the questions on the whiteboards. Allow children to discuss the questions and then ask the other team verbally. Remind teams that they should all participate in the discussion so their team doesn’t forget the questions they came up with.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When you’re excited about something, you can’t wait to talk about it with your friends. You want your friends to get excited too, right? That’s why Philip ran to his friend Nathanael and said, ‘Come and meet Jesus.’ Good friends want to help us know and follow Jesus. I’d say that makes Philip the best friend Nathanael ever had!”

YOU CONNECT

FRIEND PORTRAITS

WHAT YOU NEED: activity sheets (1 per kid), markers

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid an activity sheet and put the markers where all kids can reach them.
Explain kids will think about their friends who help them do different things.
Each box on the activity sheet will describe a different way a friend helps them.
Kids will write the name of a friend who helps them that way in the blank and then draw a picture of the friend in the box.
eTL Tip: For younger kids who still need help reading, work through the sheet as a group, one box at a time. Read the friend description aloud, then encourage kids to begin drawing the friend who helps them that way. As kids draw, you can help spell and/or write their friends’ names as needed.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“There are so many important characteristics to look out for in a good friend. But the most important thing is to find friends who help you trust Jesus. Those are the friends who will help you make right decisions and who will treat you and other people well, because they want to be like Jesus!”
Discussion Questions:
“Which of your friends is most helpful to you? What does that friend do that makes him/her so helpful?”
“What do you do to be helpful to your friends?”
“What do friends who trust Jesus do?” (pray together when a friend is having a tough time, be kind and loving like Jesus is, invite other friends to church, share Bible verses with each other, etc.)
“Do your friends make it easier for you to know and trust Jesus? Are there any friends you should spend less time with because they keep you from following Jesus?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we should find friends who help us trust Jesus. When you live out that truth with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one friend who helps you trust Jesus. I’m going to write your name and the name of the friend you say in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I’ll pray for God to help you build better friendships with the friends who help you trust 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:
“Dear God, I thank You so much for the friend we have in Jesus! We pray that we are able to find friends who trust You and that we would help all of our friends grow to trust You, too. Help us build great friendships with the people who help us know and trust You more. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen!”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Philippians 1:6, tells us we can always be confident in God’s good plans for us. When we choose to follow Him, He gives us a part in His plan, and He will always make sure His plans happen perfectly!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
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: “Imitation Recitation” or “Verse Practice.”

IMITATION RECITATION

Tell kids to stand in a circle around the eGroup space.
Explain that their goal is to stand completely still, like a statue, throughout the entire game. The only time they can move is when you stop in front of them and ask them to repeat a phrase from the memory verse.
When you stop in front of a kid, say one phrase from the memory verse. The kid in front of you must echo the words without blinking at all until you’ve moved on to the next kid.
The phrases can be divided in this way: Being confident of this / that he who began / a good work in you / will carry it on / to completion until / the day of Christ Jesus. / Philippians 1:6
If the kid in front of you blinks before you move on, or if any kid is caught moving when they aren’t supposed to, the kid is out of the game and must sit down. This kid will then help watch the rest of the group to catch other kids who move when they aren’t supposed to.
Each time you begin the verse again, change the way kids must echo the words. Instead of not blinking, they could be required to imitate the tone or pitch of your voice, mirror your movements as you speak, use the same facial expression (fish face, squinty eyes, wide eyes, etc.) or follow a familiar tune such as “Happy Birthday.”
The last kid standing 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 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.