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Motion Large Group 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

WELCOME

“Welcome to Motion! I’m sure you’re all having an amazing summer and you’re trying all kinds of new, exciting things. This summer we’re learning all about confidence, including how we can have confidence in new situations. But what is confidence? Let’s find out together!
Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.

Now Motion, we’re going to learn how God wants us to live our lives to their fullest potential and how we can live confidently for Him no matter what. Check out the screen!”

Bible Story Video Intro

Bible Story Video

Bible Story Video Outro

Connect Questions Intro

“Life can be distracting, but we need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. We learned today that when we keep our eyes on Him, nothing can shake our confidence.

Now, it’s time for us to answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we just watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

First question: Why do you think Peter began to fall in the water? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Next question: What types of things distract you from your parents, from household chores, or from Jesus?

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Last question: How can you limit the distractions in your life and focus on Jesus?”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Wow, you really had some great answers today! We can have confidence that God has done great things, and that He’ll always be with us. Let’s celebrate that today as we sing, dance, clap our hands, and praise God. Stand to your feet and let’s sing, ‘Louder.’”

Worship Song – Louder

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, Motion! Before we continue, I want to take a moment and welcome our VIPs who are here with us for the first time today! 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 an eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

BRING IT! CHALLENGE SETUP

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

The Bring It! Challenge is where you can earn fun prizes for doing something you already do — learning your memory verse and virtue! 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:

FIND Philippians 1:6 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.

RECITE the verse for this series, Philippians 1:6, from memory.

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

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.

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. Take a look at the screen and you can see the prizes now!

(refer to the prize slide)

Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s complete the Bring It! Challenge!”

Bring It! Challenge

Game Setup – Stayin’ Dry

“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Now, it’s time for us to play today’s extreme game. In today’s video, Max showed us the extreme sport of kayaking and whenever your extreme sport involves sailing down a rushing river, you don’t really want to get too wet. That’s rally the point of today’s game — to stay dry and send all of the water in your boat to one of the other teams.

In this game, we’re going to divide the room into two halves.(Larger campuses may opt to divide the room into four quarters.) We’re going to put a ton of water, or blue paper, on each side of the room. When I say ‘GO!’ you and your team will start throwing your water into the other teams’ area in an effort to stay ‘dry.’ After 30 seconds, the team that has the least amount of water in their are, or the team that is the most ‘dry,’ is the winner of that round.

Every round we play the game I’m going to make it a little more difficult to stay dry. I may have you play with one arm behind your back, I may have you be seated on the ground, or I may have you toss the paper behind your back. Every round is something new, so stay sharp!

Let’s divide into even teams and get ready to try and stay dry!’”

Game – Stayin’ Dry

Dismissal Movie Intro

“Your parents will be here in just a minute, but before they get here, let’s take one more look at living with confidence. Check out the screen.”

Dismissal Movie

 

 


Quest eGroup Week of July 7

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me God made me the way I am.
Bible Passage: Psalm 139:14 ● Genesis 25:19-28
Memory Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages, Quest animal check-in sheet
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page. Write children’s names and tag numbers on the Quest animal check-in sheet.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking what they have done today or what they are going to do.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

FACE-OFF

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the whole deck of cards evenly among all children. Each child should have a small stack of cards face-down on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to flip over their top card and place it on the floor close to the center of the circle. The highest card (two is lowest; ace is highest) wins that hand and takes the cards from the center. These cards can be added to their personal stack. Continue having children flip over their top card and allowing the child with the highest cards to take all the cards from the center. When a child runs out of cards, the child is out. The player to collect all the cards first is the winner!
If two people both play the card with the highest value, they will compete in a “face-off.” Each child will lay down three cards, face-down, and then flip the fourth card face-up. The highest cards wins all the cards played!

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. If you do an action when I haven’t said, ‘The leader says,’ you’ll have to pretend to ride a bike all the way around our eGroup rug before you can get back in the game!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction starts with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully and then encourage the child to pretend to ride a bike around the eGroup rug.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month as we continue our Bikes and Trikes series, we’re learning that when we learn God’s Word, we can take the Bible with us wherever our bikes and trikes might take us! Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the activity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the activity card where he/she thinks it looks best on the activity mat.
After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.
What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:
Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)
Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)
If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:
I am (allow response)
a (insert animal group name) (allow response)
I will (allow response)
be kind and safe! (allow response)
On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story that shows us how exciting it is to have God’s Word with us wherever we are!”

BIBLE CONNECT

Psalm 139:14 ● Genesis 25:19-28

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! Psalm 139:14 tells us we were made by God, and He made everything about us special and important. In our Bible story today, we’ll see two brothers who were very different, but both were made in a special way!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 62-65 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“When Isaac and Rebekah didn’t have any children, did Isaac pray for children, or did he just cry?” (He prayed.)
“Did God answer Isaac’s prayer?” (yes)
“How many babies did Isaac and Rebekah have?”(two)
“Were the twins both boys or girls?”(boys)
“Which boy was red with lots of hair — Jacob or Esau?” (Esau)
“Which boy liked to be home and cook good food — Jacob or Esau?” 
(Jacob)
“Which boy liked to hunt — Jacob or Esau?” (Esau)
“Were Isaac and Rebekah happy with both of their sons, even though they were different than each other?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Even though Jacob and Esau were very different than each other, they were both very special to their mommy and daddy and to God. God made each of them different and special, and He makes each of us different and special, too! God’s Word helps us remember that God made us just right, and He loves us very much. What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.
What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like your bike has a squeaky wheel!”
“Say the verse really slowly, like you’re pedaling your bike through mud.”
“Say the verse in a scared voice, like your trike is going too fast!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

PASS THE HEART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: heart-shaped stress ball (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will pass the heart around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “The Bible is with me wherever I go,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the heart when you finish saying the word, “go,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the memory verse together. Continue passing the heart and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

WONDERFUL CREATIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: wikki stix (1 set of 36), blank activity mats (1 per child)

What you do: Give each child three wikki stix and a blank activity mat.

What you say: “We’re going to create some fun new animals. Each of you gets to create one in your own special way!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children can use their wikki stix to create an animal. It can look any way they want it to! It could be big or little. It could have lots of legs, or one leg, or no legs at all. It could have a tail, or a horn, or anything they want.

Give children five to seven minutes to create their animals. They can build the animal on their activity mat to keep their wikki stix from sticking to the floor. As children finish, allow them to share what is special about their animal and why they made it that way. If children are unsure about what to say, ask questions to prompt them. (How many ears does your animal have? Does it have long legs or short legs? Why did you choose to make it that way?) Encourage each child to share about the special animal they created.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You all made some wonderful and special animals! Each one is different, but that’s what makes them so great. The Bible tells us God made each of us in a special way, too, and it reminds us that He made us that way for a reason! What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

What you do: Set wikki stix creations aside to send home with children at the end of the experience.

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can take God’s Word with us wherever we go.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.
What you say: “Let’s make a list of some of the places we go. We go to the park, the beach, the mountains, our grandparents’ house, the store, the doctor’s office, so many places! When I say your name, tell me one place you go and I’ll write it down. We can use our list when we pray.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Thank you! This is a great list of places. Let’s pray and thank God that His Word is with us wherever we go. Dear God, Your words are so special. They help us know how You made everything, how much You love us, and that Jesus wants to be our friend forever. Thank You for making a way for Your words to go with us wherever we go, like when we go to (read the list the children made). Please help us read and say Your words so we will always have them in our heart. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘I can take God’s Word with me wherever I go.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned we can take God’s Word with us wherever we go!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Place four different cards at four different corners of the eGroup space.
What you say: “Each of you will choose one of our Quest playing cards to stand beside. I’m going to start turning over the other playing cards one at a time. If I turn over a card that matches one of the cards in the corners, everyone standing by the matching card will say the main point together! Our main point is, ‘I can take God’s Word with me wherever I go.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage all children to stand beside one of the four Quest playing cards in a corner of the eGroup space. One at a time, flip over playing cards from the remaining deck until a card matching one of the corner cards is turned over. Ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘I can take God’s Word with me wherever I go.’) together. Allow children to pick a different corner to stand in, and continue to turn over Quest playing cards from the deck until another card matching a corner card is shown. Ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘I can take God’s Word with me wherever I go.’) together. Repeat as long as time and interest allow.

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction starts with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”


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.


Quest Large Group Week of July 7

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: the Bible tells me God made me the way I am.
Bible Passage: Psalm 139:14 ● Genesis 25:19-28
Memory Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11, NIV

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”
SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello friends! Welcome to Quest and welcome to the Wonder! Clubhouse! This month we’re going to learn it’s so important to hide God’s Word, the Bible, in our hearts. That means if we know what God says in the Bible, then He can show us the way wherever we go! Let’s check in with Ollie at the Wonder! Clubhouse and learn more about how we take God’s Word with us wherever we go.”

VIDEO: “BATR2_LG_WK2”
SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Wow! God’s Word tells us we were made by God. Our heads, shoulders, knees, and toes were all made by our God who loves us — that’s something we can take with us wherever we go!”

STORYTELLER: “Before we head back to our eGroups, I wanted to let all of you know how proud I am with the work you did during Love Week.

Production will put a Love Week Slide on the screen.

Remember, Love Week was when you went into your neighborhoods and cities and helped our friends and neighbors.

A lot of you worked with your family all week painting, fixing, or cleaning up and I think a lot of you deserve a prize.

Production will put a Love Week Prize Slide on the screen.

If you participated in Love Week and you’re wearing your Love Week shirt today, you can head to the prize area outside after your parents pick you up from Quest. There you can get a prize for serving during Love Week. Awesome! Thanks for participating in Love Week, friends!”

STORYTELLER: “Now friends, it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups where we’re going to learn more about how God made us.”

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Purple Parrot) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.


Motion Large Group 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

WELCOME

“Welcome to Motion! I’m so excited you’re here and I know that all of you are having an awesome summer. All this summer we’ve been learning about confidence and how we can become confident even in the most extreme circumstances. But what is confidence? Let’s find out together!

Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.

Now Motion, we’re going to learn how God wants us to live our lives to their fullest potential and how we can live confidently for Him, even while we’re doing something crazy, like extreme sports. Check out the screen!”

Bible Story Video Intro

Bible Story Video

Bible Story Video Outro

Connect Questions Intro

“It’s important for us to have friends in our lives who will encourage us when we’re going through good times or bad. Phillip was able to be a good friend towards Nathaniel and I think we all need a friend just like that.

Now, it’s time for us to answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we just watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

First question: What made Philip such a good friend? Do you have any of those qualities? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Next question: What makes you a good friend? How do you pray for your friends?

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Last question: In what ways can you become a better friend this week? What can you say or do for a friend to let them know you care?”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Wow, you really had some great answers today! We can have confidence that God has done great things, and that He’ll always be with us. Let’s celebrate that today as we sing, dance, clap our hands, and praise God. Stand to your feet and let’s sing, ‘Louder.’”

Worship Song – Louder

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, Motion! Before we continue, I want to take a moment and welcome our VIPs who are here with us for the first time today! 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 an eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

BRING IT! CHALLENGE SETUP

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

The Bring It! Challenge is where you can earn fun prizes for doing something you already do — learning your memory verse and virtue! 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:

FIND Philippians 1:6 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.

RECITE the verse for this series, Philippians 1:6, from memory.

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

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.

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. Take a look at the screen and you can see the prizes now!

(refer to the prize slide)

Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s complete the Bring It! Challenge!”

Bring It! Challenge

Love Week Recap / Prizes

“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Now, before we continue I wanted to take a minute and recognize the incredible week we had during Love Week. For those of you who don’t know, Love Week is a time for our whole church to come together and spend time in our communities making them a cleaner and safer place to play, to go to school, and to share more about Jesus.

If you served during Love Week, then you collected signatures on the back of your Love Week bingo shirts which have earned you some awesome eKidz prizes! Let’s check out the screen!

(refer to the Love Week Prize Slide)

Here are the three prizes you could have earned during Love Week. You can get your prize by heading to the prize tent located __________ and showing them the Love Week t-shirt you’ve got on. The more signatures you earned, the higher level prize you’ll get. Thanks again for serving during Love Week, Motion!”

Game Setup – BMX-TREME

“Now, for today’s game we’re going to take a look at the extreme sport of ‘BMX,’ or bicycle motocross! In this game we’re going to watch a clip about some awesome people doing incredible, perilous stunts. Then, halfway through the clip I’m going to pause the video and you’ll have to figure out what happens next.

There will be four ‘corners’ in the room and each ‘corner’ will be marked by a volunteer who’s holding a sign. After the first video clip ends, you’ll be presented with four choices of what happens next. You’ll move to the corner that has the answer you think is correct. Once everyone has made their choices, I’ll continue the video clip and we’ll find out which ‘corner’ got the answer correct.

Ok, let’s take a look at the screen and get started playing ‘BMX-Treme!’”

Game – BMX-Treme

Dismissal Movie Intro

“Your parents will be here in just a minute, but before they get here, let’s take one more look at becoming more confident. Check out the screen.”

Dismissal Movie