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Motion Large Group :: Week of September 16

Rise Above

Main Point: God says He’s got me.
Bible Story: Esther | The Queen | Esther 5-8
Memory Verses: 
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Hello Motion and welcome to our series Rise Above! This month we’re learning what it takes to rise above the negative voices you hear. Last week we were introduced to Daniel, a young man who is trying to remember God’s promises while facing one of the toughest bullies at school.

What’s going to happen to Daniel and will he be able to rise above his challenges? Let’s find out in this week’s episode of Rise Above!”

Rise Above Episode 2

Connect Questions

“What an awesome episode of Rise Above! Daniel remembered God’s promise from Joshua 1:9 that says ‘be strong and courageous.’ When he remembered what God said, that gave him the courage to face the bully, just like Esther had the courage to approach the King in today’s Bible story.

Now, let’s answer a few questions about the Bible story and how God has called us, just like He called Esther. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: What were some of the things Daniel was afraid of? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Second question: When was the last time you felt afraid? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: The next time you or a friend feel afraid, what can you say or do to rise above that fear? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. One of the ways that we can rise above the negative voices we hear is to sing worship songs and remind ourselves of the great things God has done. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Unstoppable God!’”

Worship Song – Unstoppable God

Worship Song – Dance

Dismissal To eGroups

“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP – a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.

(refer to the screen)

This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.

[VIP Slide – Lanyard]

When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the __________ tent called the Welcome Area.

[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]

Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!

[VIP Slide – Gift]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.

If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“Now Motion, it’s time for our Bring It! Challenge!

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following things to receive a prize:

  1. FIND one of our memory verses in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.

2. RECITE one of the series verses from memory.

Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s work on that now!”

Bring It! Challenge

Game Setup – Street Smarts

“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Everyone find their seat because it’s time for today’s game!

(have kids seated, ready for game instructions)

In today’s game called Street Smarts I’m going to ask you questions all about boxing and some of the greatest boxing matches of all time. In this game I’ll show you a picture, video, or ask you a question and then you’ll either raise or lower your boxing profile into the air, depending on your answer.

If you get it right, you’ll stay in the game. If you get it wrong, I’ll have you move to the outside of the room until I call you back in. Now, everyone stand up with your boxing profiles in hand and let’s get ready to test your Street Smarts!”

Game – Street Smarts

Dismissal

“Great job during the game, Motion! Circle around your eGroup leaders while your parents come by to pick you up!”


Motion Large Group :: Week of September 9

Rise Above

Main Point: God says I’m His.
Bible Story: Moses | The Plague | Exodus 3
Memory Verses: 
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Hello Motion and welcome to our series Rise Above! This month we’ll be learning what it takes to Rise Above the negative voices you might hear. This month we’ll follow a student named Daniel who will learn to hear God’s voice above all others.

Now, before we take a look at the screen, when I say ‘Rise Above,’ you say ‘Boxing Glove!’

Rise Above!

(encourage kids to respond)

Great job! Now, check out the screen for the first episode of Rise Above.

Rise Above Episode 1

Connect Questions

“What an awesome episode of Rise Above! Daniel was able to remember that no matter what, God says we’re His. He created us, He loves us, and He calls us His sons and daughters! Even when we’re feeling insecure, God says we’re His!

Now, let’s answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and how God has called us, just like He called Moses. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: What did God ask Moses to do? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Second question: Moses didn’t think he could do what God had asked him to do. Have you ever felt like you couldn’t do something before? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: When you feel insecure, how can you remind yourself that you being to God? What ca you say to yourself? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. One of the ways that we can Rise Above the negative voices we hear is to sing worship songs and remind ourselves of the great things God has done. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Unstoppable God!’”

Worship Song – Unstoppable God

Worship Song – Dance

Dismissal To eGroups

“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP – a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.

(refer to the screen)

This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.

[VIP Slide – Lanyard]

When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the __________ tent called the Welcome Area.

[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]

Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!

[VIP Slide – Gift]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.

If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“Now it’s time for us to clean up these game materials and get ready for our Bring It! Challenge.

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following things to receive a prize:

  1. FIND one of our memory verses in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader

2. RECITE one of the memory verses in the series.

Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s work on that now!”

Bring It! Challenge

Game Setup – Shadowboxer

“During this month we’ll be playing games showcasing some boxing moves and what better way to start than by playing one of our most famous called Shadowboxer. In this game, you’ll see punches coming from all over the screen. While holding the boxing profile you brought from your eGroups, you’ll need to duck and dodge out of the way to avoid the hits coming your way.

If you see a punch coming from the left or right, you and your boxing profile will need to dodge in the opposite direction. If you see a foot coming from the bottom of the screen, you’ll have to jump over it. If you see a karate chop coming from the top of the screen, you and your boxing profile will have to duck under it.

Follow along with the warm up round on the screen and then when we’re done with that, we’ll play for real! Hold up your boxing profiles and let’s check out the screen.

(do the video warm up with the kids)

Great job, Motion! Now, it’s time for us to play for real! I’ll perform the same moves you saw on the screen and you’ll need to dodge them the same way. However, if you’re too slow or you perform the wrong moves, our theater volunteers and eGroup leaders are going to send you outside of the ring for a few rounds.

Make sure you keep up! Here we go!”

Game – Shadowboxer

Dismissal


Motion Large Group :: Week of September 2

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: You respect God when you respect the people He’s put in charge.
Bible Story: David Spares Saul | 1 Samuel 24
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Welcome to Motion and welcome to the final week of Drumline, our series all about respecting the rhythm! But who should we respect and how do we show it? Let’s check out the screen and find out. Say this with me now:

Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.

In today’s Bible story we’re learning how a great man named David who decided to show respect to someone, even when it would have been easy not to. Take a look at the screen!”

Video Host Intro

252 Story

Video Host Outro

Connect Questions

“David had the chance to remove King Saul from power and to take the kingdom for his own – but he knew that God had another plan for his life. You see, even though Saul was an angry man who even tried to have David killed , David knew that God put Saul in his life for a reason and that no matter what, he needed to show Saul respect. That’s a tough lesson to learn, but that’s one of the many reasons why David was able to become one of the greatest kings that Israel has ever known.

Now, let’s answer a few questions about today’s Bible story. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: Name two things David did that showed respect to King Saul. Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Second question: Why do you think it’s tough to show some people respect? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: How can you show someone in charge more respect this week? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. It’s time for us to celebrate God’s love as we stand to our feet and sing songs of thanks and praise. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Strength To Dance!’”

Worship Song – Strength To Dance

Worship Song – Grace Like A Wave

Dismissal To eGroups

“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP – a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.

(refer to the screen)

This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.

[VIP Slide – Lanyard]

When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the __________ tent called the Welcome Area.

[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]

Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!

[VIP Slide – Gift]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.

If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Game Setup – Respect The Turf

“The final game of our Drumline series is called ‘Respect The Turf’ where you and your team will have to work together to protect your turf from the paper balls flying all over the room.

In this game we’re going to divide the room into four different teams and each team will be responsible for throwing any paper balls that fly towards their teams turf back at another team. The team that has the least amount of paper on their side of the room after 30 seconds wins the round.

A few quick rules:

  1. After I say STOP, everyone has to STOP throwing their paper immediately. If I see someone throwing paper after we finish, I’m going to move a whole bunch of paper to their side of the room and add it to their teams’ total.
  1. After each round I’m going to add a new rule to play play during the next round. You’ve got to respect the rules and play by them because if you don’t, I’m going to add some paper to your teams’ side at the end of the round.
  1. Don’t throw paper at people’s faces. That’s just rude. Make sure you respect others!

Okay Motion! I’m going to divide you all into your four teams and then we’ll get ready to ‘Respect The Turf!’”

Game – Respect The Turf

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“Now it’s time for us to clean up these game materials and get ready for our Bring It! Challenge.

(collect all game materials and make sure eGroup leaders have supplies to complete the Bring It! Challenge)

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following three things to receive a prize. Check out the screen.

(watch the Bring It! Challenge video)

That’s right, Motion! To receive your Bring It! prize, you’ll need to:

  1. FIND 1 Peter 2:17a in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.

2. RECITE our memory verse for this series, 1 Peter 2:17a.

3. SAY our virtue for this series. In fact, that’s on the screen now, too!

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.

Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s work on that now!”

Bring It! Challenge

252 Movie Intro

“As your parents begin to arrive, let’s take another look at today’s Bible Story. Take a look at the screen!”

252 Movie

Dismissal


Motion Large Group :: Week of August 26

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: You respect God when you respect your parents.
Bible Story: Children Honor Your Parents – Ephesians 6:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:16
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Welcome to Motion and welcome to Drumline, our series all about respecting the rhythm! But who should we respect and how do we show it? Let’s check out the screen and find out. Say this with me now:

Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.

This week we’re learning all about what it means to show respect to a special group of people – our parents or the people you live with. Take a look at the screen!”

Host Video Intro

252 Story

Host Video Outro

“When it comes to respecting your parents, here’s what you need to remember: you respect God when you respect your parents.

It’s true! When you show respect to your parents or the people you live with, you’re actually showing God that you understand He’s put them in charge of you for a reason.

Now Motion, it’s time for us to answer some questions based on the Bible story we just heard. Circle around your eGroup leaders now.

Ok, first question: Why does God want us to respect our parents? Discuss that now.

(give kids time to answer the question)

Next question: Think of a time when you didn’t show respect to your parents. How do you think that made them feel? Discuss that now.

(give kids time to answer the question)

Ok, final question: What can you do this week to show your parents respect? Talk about that now.”

Worship Intro

“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. It’s time for us to celebrate God’s love as we stand to our feet and sing songs of thanks and praise. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Strength to Dance!’”

Worship Song – Strength To Dance

Worship Song – Grace Like A Wave

Dismissal To eGroups

“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP – a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.

(refer to the screen)

This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.

[VIP Slide – Lanyard]

When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the __________ tent called the Welcome Area.

[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]

Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!

[VIP Slide – Gift]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.

If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Game Setup – Tap The Beat

“This month during our series Drumline we’ve been learning new rhythms, practicing staying on beat, and learning what happens when we all work together to make the same rhythm. In today’s game we’re going to see how you all do when it’s time for you to create the beat yourself!

I’ll be at the front of the room with a pair of drumsticks and I’m to going to play a rhythm. I’ll tap the rhythm with my sticks and then when I say ‘Go,’ you’ll tap the same rhythm, but instead, you’ll play the drums on the tops of your legs, trying to match the beat just the way I played it.

Every round we play, the beat gets a little harder so you’ll need to think quickly to make sure you’re repeating the same beat that I played. Try to keep up in our game ‘Tap The Beat!’”

Game – Tap The Beat

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“Now it’s time for us to clean up these game materials and get ready for our Bring It! Challenge.

(collect all game materials and make sure eGroup leaders have supplies to complete the Bring It! Challenge)

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following three things to receive a prize. Check out the screen.

(watch the Bring It! Challenge video)

That’s right, Motion! To receive your Bring It! prize, you’ll need to:

1. FIND 1 Peter 2:17a in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.

2. RECITE our memory verse for this series, 1 Peter 2:17a.

3. SAY our virtue for this series. In fact, that’s on the screen now, too!

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.

Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Here’s what the prizes you can earn look like:

(refer to the prize slide)

Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s work on that now!”

Bring It! Challenge

Dismissal Intro

“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Keep working at it so you can earn the Bring It! Challenge by next week!

As your parents begin to arrive, let’s check out the screen to see today’s Bible story told in a different way. Check this out!”

Dismissal Video


Motion eGroup :: Week of August 19

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: You respect God when you respect the people God made.
Bible Story: Don’t Show Favoritism Principle – James 2:1-4, 8-9
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Engage

WHO’S THE RINGLEADER?

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:

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

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

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

Bible Story

BIBLE STORY BEAT

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to James 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 James 2:1-4, 8-9 aloud.
  • Spread the drum cards on the floor in the center of the eGroup space.
  • Divide kids into three teams. Choose one kid from each team to play. Give each of these kids a drum stick and make sure they are all seated so they can reach all of the drum cards.
  • Explain you will be asking questions related to the Bible story. All of the answers can be found on the drum cards. When a kid knows the answer, they can “play” (tap) the drum card with the correct answer.
  • eGL TIP: Remind kids that they must be responsible with the drum sticks if they want to continue using them – no hitting anyone or anything other than the drum cards with the drum sticks. If kids are not behaving responsibly with the drum sticks, the game can be played without them by having kids pat the drum cards with their hands.
  • Ask the first question on the question card and encourage the players with the drum sticks to tap the drum card with the correct answer. Give the drum card to the player who taps the correct answer first.
  • Choose a new kid from each team to play and repeat. Continue until all questions have been asked. The team with the most drum cards when all questions have been asked wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God made all of us in His image and He loves us all. When you decide not to pick favorites, and when you decide to show everyone they are important, you are showing God respect.”

Grow

IT’S UNDER CONTROL

WHAT YOU NEED: people pictures (8)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Spread the people pictures around your eGroup space.
  • Explain you’ll ask kids questions about which of those people they would choose in different situations. The kids will stand by the picture of the person they think would be best in that situation.
  • eGL Tip: Even if kids ask, try not to explain much about who the different people are. The goal is for kids to become aware of their assumptions of people based on just what they see.
  • Read one of the scenarios below and encourage kids to stand by the picture of the person they would choose in that situation. Choose a couple of kids and ask them to explain why they chose that person.
  • If you needed someone to build you a house, who would you choose?
  • If you needed a hug, who would you choose?
  • If you needed help with math homework, who would you choose?
  • If you needed a friend to talk to, who would you choose?
  • If you wanted some freshly-baked cookies, who would you choose?
  • If you wanted to ride bikes with someone, who would you choose?
  • If you needed advice about a tough decision, who would you choose?
  • If you were going camping, who would you choose to take you?

WHAT YOU SAY:

“You wouldn’t ask a baby for help with homework, and an elderly person who uses a cane probably doesn’t ride bikes. But for the most part, you can’t know much about a person based on what they look like. We can be tempted to choose people to be our friends or to help us do something based on what we can see on the outside. But God doesn’t want us to do that. He doesn’t want us to choose favorites and treat some people better than others. We should treat all people with respect. You respect God when you respect the people God made.

Discussion Questions:

  • “Why do you think people choose favorites?”
  • “Have you ever been hurt by someone playing favorites?”
  • “What does it feel like when you’re ‘the favorite’? What does it feel like when you know you’re not?”
  • “What’s one situation where you can show respect by not playing favorites?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we respect God when we respect the people He made. When your respectful attitude points others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one person you could do a better job showing respect to this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:

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

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“God, You love us all so much! We are important to You! Help us show others they are important by what we say and do. Open our eyes to see opportunities to show people respect because we know when we respect the people You made, we respect You. We love You! Amen.”

Memory Verse

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

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

WHAT YOU DO:

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

ROLL THE VERSE

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

VERSE PRACTICE

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

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