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Motion Large Group Week of October 13

More or Less

Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: Stuff can’t keep you happy.
Bible Story: Don’t Be Controlled By Money
Bible Passage: Hebrews 13:5
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

WELCOME

“Welcome to Motion and welcome to our series More or Less! Everyone say, ‘MORE OR LESS!’
Wait for kids to say MORE OR LESS! Repeat again for emphasis.

Great job everybody! This month we’re learning how to be ok what we have, no matter if it’s more or less than what others have. In fact, being okay with what we have is this month’s virtue called contentment. Everyone take a look at the screen and say this month’s virtue with me.

Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.

This month we’re taking a look at how we can be more content with the things we have and what the Bible says about trying to get more stuff. Now Motion, put your hands together and help me welcome a special friend who’s going to help explain more about being content. Help me welcome __________ to the stage!”

Bible Connect With Bible Communicator

Bible Story Video Intro

Bible Story Video

Bible Story Video Outro

Connect Questions Intro

“In today’s story, Connor learned a lesson that I think we can all learn—having new stuff may be fun for a while, but what happens when the ‘newness’ wears off? We can’t rely on stuff to make us happy; the Bible tells us to be happy with the things God’s given us and to fits more on our relationship with Him.

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 things was Connor missing out on by spending so much time in his room? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Next question: When was the last time you got something that made you happy? How long were you happy for?

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Last question: Getting ‘stuff’ will only make us happy for a short amount of time. What kind of things can you do this week to create something that lasts, like making memories or experiencing new things?

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, Motion! I heard some amazing answers coming from your eGroups. Now we’ve got the chance to stand to our feet and thank God for everything He’s given us, no matter if it’s sometimes a lot or if it’s sometimes a little. We can ALWAYS celebrate what God has given us.

Everyone stand to your feet. Let’s sing, dance, and worship God as we sing, ‘Love Won’t Let Me Down.’”

Worship Song – Love Won’t let Me Down

Worship Song – Undefeated

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 to eGroup so you can learn more about becoming content.”

(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!”

Bible Prize Info

“Now Motion, it’s time to talk about how we’re going to reward you for something I know a lot of you do every week—bringing your Bibles! It’s so important to bring your Bible to eKidz so you can have God’s word in front of you. That way, you can circle important stories, memory verses, or wisdom you’ll learn about.

If you brought your own personal Bible from home, then you’ll be able to leave today with a prize. After your parents pick you up, you’ll show YOUR Bible to the leader who’s checking your tags at the door. IF you brought your Bible, you can choose from one of the prizes available. Bring a Bible, get a prize. How easy is that?

When I say, ‘Bring a Bible,’ you say, ‘Get a prize!’

Bring a Bible!

(wait for kids to respond)

If you didn’t bring a Bible today, then bring one next time! Each week you can get a prize for bringing your Bible.”

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

“Now Motion, it’s time for us to work on this month’s memory verse! First, let’s take a look at it on the screen.

(refer to the memory verse slide on the screen)

Ok, let’s all say the verse. I’ll say it first, then we’ll say it together.

(say the memory verse, then say the memory verse with the kids)

Ok, now we’re going to do an activity that’ll help you learn this month’s verse. In just a moment I’m going to have you say the verse with a partner. The trick will be that you need to say the memory verse three times to your partner and every time you say the memory verse, your voice needs to get deeper and deeper. In case you need it, I’ll keep the verse on the screen, but I want whoever is saying the verse to try and say it with their back to the screen. Try to really push yourself to memorize the verse! Take 30 seconds to find a partner and then once you’ve all got a partner, I’ll give you four minutes to each say the memory verse three times each. Find a partner now!

(give kids 30 seconds to find a partner)

Now, say the memory verse three times with your partner with your voice getting deeper and deeper each time. Do that now!”

(give kids four minutes to say the verse three times each)

Memory Verse Activity

Game Setup – Right or Wrong

“Great job learning your memory verse, Motion! You’re doing great! Now, let’s celebrate all of your hard work by playing today’s game.

In this game, you’ll watch a clip from a popular TV gameshow. After you watch the clip of the gameshow, you’ll need to choose whether you think the person on screen gets the question right or wrong. You’ll move to one side of the room or the other depending on your answer. Once you’ve all made your choice, I’ll reveal the answer to see who’s right and who’s wrong.

Everyone stand to your feet and let’s get ready to play, ‘Right or Wrong!’”

Game – Right or Wrong

Dismissal Movie Intro

“Great job during the game, Motion! Your parents will be here in just a few minutes to pick you up. Remember, if you brought your Bible today, you can show it to the leader at checkout for a prize.

Now, we’ve got one more movie to check out that’s going to show us more about how to become more content. Take a look at the screen!”

Dismissal Movie

 


Quest eGroup Week of October 6

CAMP OUT

Main Point: God Is Always With Me
Bible Passage: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ● Daniel 3:10-28
Memory Verse: “God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages, Quest 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 check-in sheet as children arrive.

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.

CAMPOUT MATCHING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: matching cards (1 set of 30 cards)
What you do: Seat children in a circle around the eGroup space. Arrange the cards in a six-by-five grid on the floor in the center of the eGroup.
What you say: “Let’s play matching and make sure we know all the supplies we should take with us when we go camping!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will take turns turning over two cards. If the two cards match, the child can hold onto the two cards until the end of the game. Encourage children to congratulate the child who made the match by cheering, “That’s a happy camper!”
If the two cards do not match, the child will return them to the same spots, face-down. Encourage children to call out, “Lights out at the campground!” and then lie down and freeze for five seconds before the next child can take a turn.
The child with the most matches at the end wins!
Activity modifications:
For larger groups, help each child find a partner. Every turn, each child in the partnership can turn over one card.
For smaller groups and/or younger groups, decrease the number of matches used in the game. (Instead of using 15 matches, use only six or eight matches.)
For large groups of kindergartners who are familiar with how to play matching, divide children into two smaller groups and allow groups to play separately with six or seven matches per group, monitoring each group.

GET TO KNOW YOU

CAMPFIRE QUESTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Hey there, campers! This month we’re heading out on a camping adventure as we learn about trusting God. No matter what we face, we don’t have to be worried, afraid, or lonely, because God’s got it! Before we read our Bible story, let’s take a minute and get to know each other better.
Today you’ll each get to answer this campfire question: If we were going on a camping trip, which job would you choose to do? Would you rather use the map to help us find the campground (pretend to study a map), set up the tents (make a triangle over your head), or catch fish for our dinner (pretend to cast a fishing line)? Show me your answer by doing the motion for the activity you would choose!” (Repeat choices and motions if needed.)

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. Once children have said their names, they can stop doing the motion for their answer. If time allows, encourage a few children to share why they chose that job.
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 middle 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 our Bible story!”

BIBLE CONNECT

SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO
DANIEL 3:10-28

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: The Beginner’s Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 247-250 in the Beginner’s 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!”
“Whose army defeated the Israelites? Was his name King Naaman or King Nebuchadnezzar?” (King Nebuchadnezzar)
“What did King Nebuchadnezzar build?” (a golden statue)
“Did he want all the people to bow down to the idol or build a house for the idol?”(bow down to the idol)
“Where would they throw people who wouldn’t bow down to the idol?”
(in a fiery furnace)
“Did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego bow down to the idol?” (no)
“Did that make the king happy or mad?” (mad)
“Did the king throw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the furnace?” (yes)
“When the king looked into the furnace, what did he see?” (four men walking around)
“Did one of the men look like an angel or an animal?” (an angel)
“Who did the king say had protected them in the fire?” (God)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and He will always be with us, too. Tell me, who’s got it? (God’s got it.) That’s right! Nothing is too scary or hard for God! He’s even stronger and more powerful than fire!”

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can trust God to take care of us all the time because He’s with us wherever we go!”

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. You can use all of the voice options or choose a few, depending on time and interest.
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 an excited voice, like you can’t wait to get to your campsite!”
“Say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re trying not to wake up the forest animals!”
“Say the verse like you have a mouth full of roasted marshmallows!”
“Say the verse in an underwater voice, like you’re swimming in the lake with the fish!”
“Say the verse in an echoing voice, like you’re shouting it and it’s echoing across the mountains!”
“Say the verse in a grumpy voice, like a bear who was woken up from his nap by a bunch of noisy campers!”
“Say the verse in a scared voice, like you’re lost in the middle of the woods and can’t find your map!”
“Say the verse in an energetic voice, like a squirrel who’s running around in the trees!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust that God’s got it, and He’ll be with us wherever we go!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can begin reciting the verse from memory next week to earn a special Quest animal prize!

YOU CONNECT

WHAT’S IN YOUR CAMPING PACK?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: camping packs (1 per child) with supply cards (1 set of 10 cards in each camping pack), leader sheet
What you do: Give each child a camping pack with supply cards.
What you say: “These camping packs have pictures of some of our most important camping supplies in them, so we’re going to check our packs for these supplies. We’ll also find some pictures of things that help us remember God is always with us, no matter where we go! Let’s check our camping packs together now.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that you will tell children a specific picture to look for in their camping packs. Each child will search through their camping pack to find the picture. When they find it, they’ll hold it up in front of them where everyone can see it.
Call out the first picture shown on the leader sheet. After all children have found the picture, read the prompt by that picture on the leader sheet and encourage children to respond.
Tell children to return the card to their camping pack, then call out the next picture on the leader sheet and encourage children to respond to the prompt. Repeat until all cards have been found and discussed.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “No matter where we are, whether it’s at Grandma’s house or at school, God promises to always be with us, so we can trust Him to take care of everything! Who’s got it? (God’s got it.) Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes and thank God for always being with us. Dear God, thank You for promising to be with us all the time. We know we can trust You to take care of anything we might face, no matter where we are. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Make sure children have returned all 10 cards to their camping packs and collect the camping packs from them.

PASS THE OWL

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: owl stress ball (1), foam dice (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and hold the owl stress ball.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Remind children our main point today is, “God is always with me.” Explain children will pass the owl around the circle while you say the memory verse. When you finish saying the verse, the child holding the owl will roll the foam dice. The child will choose that many friends to stand with him/her and say the main point, “God is always with me.”

DISMISSAL

QUEST DISMISSAL CARD GAMES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards
What you do: Choose one of the card games to play with your group as parents arrive to pick children up.

CATCH OLLIE
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing cards in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up in the middle of the group. The next child will do the same by placing the card from the top of their personal pile on top of the card in the center. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card on top of the center pile. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “catch” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who catches Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)

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!

MATCHING
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Spread out the playing cards face-up and encourage children to help you find 10 matching pairs of cards. Set aside the other playing cards; they will not be used in the game.
Seat children in a circle. Shuffle the matching pairs together and lay them face-down in the center of the eGroup in a 4-by-5 grid.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Children will take turns flipping over two cards. If the two cards match, the child can hold onto the two cards until the end of the game. If the two cards do not match, the child will return them to the same spots, face-down. The child with the most matches at the end wins!
eGL Note: If there are more than 10 children in the eGroup, split children into two smaller groups. Encourage children to help you create another set of 10 matching pairs of cards. Create another 4-by-5 card grid and allow each group to play with their own set of cards.

 


Quest Large Group Week of October 6

CAMP OUT

Main Point: God Is Always With Me
Bible Passage: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ● Daniel 3:10-28
Memory Verse: “God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

– PART 1 –

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 headed to the great outdoors where we’re going to Camp Out and learn that no matter where we go or what we do, God is with us.”

STORYTELLER: “Since we’re in the great outdoors, I want us all to howl like wolves howling at the moon! That’s right friends! Howl with me!”

Howl with the children. You can repeat this one or two more times

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! I love camping in the woods and hearing all of the sounds of God’s amazing animals! It reminds me that no matter where I go or what I do, God’s got me, no matter what! When I say, ‘Who’s got it?’ you say, ‘God’s got it!’ Let’s practice! ‘Who’s got it?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! God is always with us whether we’re camping in the great outdoors or we’re playing with our friends, and that’s something to celebrate! Let’s sing songs today thanking God for always being with us. Let’s stand to our feet and sing, ‘Trustin’ N U!’”

SONG: “Trustin’ N U”

Lead children in singing, “Trustin’ N U,” with the hand motions.

SONG: “Get Up”

Lead children in singing, “Get Up,” with the hand motions.

– PART 2 –

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘Who’s got it?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! God’s got it! We don’t need to worry, be afraid, or feel alone because our Bible verse for this month tells us God will be with us no matter what. Listen to the Bible verse as I say it, then, we will repeat it together with the hand motions. Listen carefully:
‘God (point both hands straight up) is with you (point out to a friend) wherever (wave your hands in a circle) you go’ (march in place) Joshua 1:9” (open hands like a book)

STORYTELLER WITH CHILDREN: “‘God (point both hands straight up) is with you (point out to a friend) wherever (wave your hands in a circle) you go’ (march in place) Joshua 1:9” (open hands like a book)
Repeat the memory verse two more times and have kids repeat it with you.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Let’s say it one more time, ‘Who’s got it?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! Today, we get to hear the story about three men who trusted God, even though they went through something that should have made them very afraid. Let’s check in with Ollie at the Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more.”

VIDEO: “COUT_LG_WK1”
SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

– PART 3 –

STORYTELLER: “Wow! God protected the three men and showed them that God will always be with them.”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Who’s got it?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. Today we discovered that God will always be with us, no matter what. Even if things get hard or we become afraid, He’ll ALWAYS be there. Let’s bow our heads, close our eyes, and thank God for promising to always be with us.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for always being with us. We love You. Amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Now friends, it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups where you’re going to learn more about how God will always be with you.”

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.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Teal Tiger) 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 eGroup Week of October 6

More or Less

Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: God can help you be okay no matter what.
Bible Story: Be Content.
Bible Passage: Philippians 4:11b-13
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MORE OR LESS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Motion check-in sheet (1), painter’s tape (1 roll)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in 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 More or Less!
Use the painter’s tape to make a line down the center of the eGroup space and tell kids to stand on the line.
Explain you will read a fact to the group, but the number in the fact will be wrong. They will have to decide whether the correct number in the fact should be more or less than the number you give.
Point to the left and tell kids they will walk to that side of the line if they think the real number is more. Point to the right and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the real number is less.
Read the following facts and instruct kids to stand on the designated sides to show if they think the number should be more or less.

FACTS:
The sun is 3,000 times as large as Earth. (MORE – It is 300,000 times as large.)
There are 300 ways to make change for a dollar. (LESS – There are 293 ways.)
A cat has 12 muscles in each ear. (MORE – It has 32 muscles in each ear.)
Dolphins can hear sounds underwater from 10 miles away. (MORE – It can hear sounds from 15 miles away.)
Popcorn can pop up to five feet in the air. (LESS – It can pop up to three feet in the air.)
A pizza topped with real 24-karat gold sold for more than $5,000. (LESS – It sold for about $4,000.)
The world’s largest gingerbread house was decorated with 5,000 pounds of icing. (LESS – It had 4,750 pounds of icing.)
Early lacrosse matches could have 1,000 players at once. (MORE – They could have 2,000 players at once.)
Astronauts orbiting Earth can see up to 12 sunrises and sunsets every day. (MORE – They can see up to 16 sunrises and sunsets.)

GROUP CONNECT

FACTUAL OR FALSE FIGURES

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

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! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Share the following fact about yourself, inserting an INCORRECT number for the “#” symbol: “# of my bones have been broken in my entire life.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think the actual number of bones you’ve broken is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think the actual number of bones you’ve broken is less than the number you said.
Share the correct number of bones you’ve broken with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and tell about the most painful injury they’ve ever had.
Bring kids back to the center of the room and share the following fact about yourself, inserting an INCORRECT number for the “#” symbol: “I wear size # shoes.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think your actual shoe size is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think your actual shoe size is less than the number you said.
Share your correct shoe size with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and share what size shoe they wear.

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage kids to sit in a circle.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)
ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)

YOU CONNECT

HOW TO BECOME CONTENT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bible cards (20), question mark cards (20), mouth cards (20), scenario sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Remind kids that contentment means deciding to be okay with what you have. Ask kids to share times when it might be difficult to choose to be content.
Seat kids in a circle and give each kid one Bible card, one mouth card, and one question mark card.
Explain that each picture represents something you can do to help yourself become content with a situation. Hold each type of card up as you explain what it represents.
Bible card: You can read the Bible or remember verses you’ve memorized.
Question mark card: You can ask God for help to be content.
Mouth card: You can talk to someone Godly and ask them for advice about how to be content.
Tell kids that after you read a scenario, they will choose which of those three methods they would use to help themselves be content in that situation.
Read a scenario from the scenario sheet. Tell kids they have five seconds to choose which card represents the best method for them to find contentment in that situation.
Count down from five, then tell kids to hold up the card they chose.
Encourage kids to find another kid holding up the same card they chose. Give kids thirty seconds to share with their partner why they chose that method.
Tell kids to return to their seats. Read another scenario and tell kids to choose which method would be best for them in that situation. Encourage kids to hold up their card, find a partner with the same card, and explain their choice.
Repeat for each of the remaining scenarios.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It’s not always easy to be content, is it? There are a lot of things that can happen throughout the day that make us upset, angry, or just sad because something else didn’t happen that we think would be better.
But we can be content no matter what, because God can help us. We can remember verses that will help us be content. We can ask God to help us. And we can talk to Godly people and let them help teach us how to be content. God can help you be okay no matter what.”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In your own words, what does it mean to be content?”
“When is it difficult for you to be content? When is it easy?”
“How would you describe a person who is content? Can you think of someone you know who is a content person?”
“How do you think gratitude and contentment work together?”
“How can you choose to be content even when there’s something you actually need (not just things you want)?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You for giving us Your Word to teach us how to be content and for always helping us be content when we ask. We need Your help to believe that You are always with us and that Your plan is always best. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

FIX THE BIBLE STORY FACT

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:
Instruct kids to turn to Philippians 4 in their Bibles. (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.)
Review Philippians 4:11-13 with kids. Tell them they have 30 seconds to study the passage, and that they will want to try to remember as much about it as they can!
After 30 seconds, have kids close their Bibles and set them aside.
Stand at one end of the eGroup space. Tell kids to line up side-by-side at the other end of the eGroup space, facing you.
Explain that you will read a statement related to the Bible story, then say, “1, 2, 3, thumbs out!” When you say, “thumbs out,” kids will either hold their thumbs up or down to show if they think the number in the statement should be more (thumbs up) or less (thumbs down) than the number you said.
Kids who answer correctly can take one step toward you.
The kids who answered can earn a bonus step forward by doing the following: when you call out, “1, 2, 3, numbers out!” kids can use their fingers (instead of thumbs up/down) to show what they think the correct number is. Kids who guess the correct number can take an additional step toward you.
Repeat for each of the remaining statements. The first kid to reach you (or the kid who is closest to you after the last statement is completed) wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Paul’s name has three letters in it.” (more — 4)
“We read four verses in this passage from Paul.” (less — 3)
“This passage is found in chapter eight of Philippians.” (less — 4)
“Paul used the word ‘content’ five times in this passage.” (less — 2)
“After saying he had learned the secret of being content in any situation, Paul gave one example of a time when he could be content.” (more — 4)
“Paul said, ‘I have learned,’ three times.” (less — 2).
“Paul said, ‘I have learned the secret of being ____ in any and every situation…’ The missing word has four letters in it.” (more — 7) 
(Kids may need a little extra time to think about this one since they have to figure out the missing word and then count the letters!)


Motion Large Group Week of October 6

More or Less

Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: God can help you be okay no matter what.
Bible Story: Be Content.
Bible Passage: Philippians 4:11b-13
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

WELCOME

“Welcome to Motion and welcome to our series More or Less! Everyone say ‘MORE OR LESS!’
Wait for kids to say MORE OR LESS! Repeat again for emphasis.
Great job everybody! This month we’re learning how to be ok what we have, no matter if it’s more or less than what others have. In fact, being okay with what we have is this month’s virtue called contentment. Everyone take a look at the screen and say this month’s virtue with me.

Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.

This month we’re taking a look at how we can become more content with the things we have and what the Bible says about trying to get more stuff. Now Motion, put your hands together and help me welcome a special friend who’s going to help explain a more about being content. Help me welcome __________ to the stage!”

Bible Connect with Bible Communicator

Bible Story Video Intro

Bible Story Video

Bible Story Video Outro

Connect Questions Intro

“When we lose something we’re used to or if things change and we’re not as happy, the Bible tells us that we need to be content with what we have, because we’ll always have times in our life when we have more, and times when we have less. Through everything, God will give us the strength we need.

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: Zoe’s family had to give up a lot when they moved. What did they have to give up? How did Zoe feel living in the city? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Next question: When was the last time you had to give something up? How did that make you feel?

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Last question: How can we be content when someone else has something we want? What can you say to yourself to remind you to be content?”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, Motion! I heard some amazing answers coming from your eGroups. Now we’ve got the chance to stand to our feet and thank God for everything He’s given us, no matter if it’s sometimes a lot or if it’s sometimes a little. We can ALWAYS celebrate what God has given us.

Everyone stand to your feet. Let’s sing, dance, and worship God as we sing, ‘Love Won’t Let Me Down.’”

Worship Song – Love Won’t let Me Down

Worship Song – Undefeated

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 to eGroup so you can learn more about becoming content.”

(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!”

Bible Prize Info

“Now Motion, it’s time to talk about how we’re going to reward you for something I know a lot of you do every week—bringing your Bibles! It’s so important to bring your Bible to eKidz so you can have God’s word in front of you. That way, you can circle important stories, memory verses, or wisdom you’ll learn about.

If you brought your own personal Bible from home, then you’ll be able to leave today with a prize. After your parents pick you up, you’ll show YOUR Bible to the leader who’s checking your tags at the door. IF you brought your Bible, you can choose from one of the prizes available. Bring a Bible, get a prize. How easy is that?

When I say, ‘Bring a Bible,’ you say, ‘Get a prize!’

Bring a Bible!

(wait for kids to respond)

If you didn’t bring a Bible today, then bring one next time! Each week you can get a prize for bringing your Bible.”

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

“Now Motion, it’s time for us to work on this month’s memory verse! First, let’s take a look at it on the screen.

(refer to the memory verse slide on the screen)

Ok, let’s all say the verse. I’ll say it first, then we’ll say it together.

(say the memory verse, then say the memory verse with the kids)

Ok, now we’re going to do an activity that’ll help you learn this month’s verse because when we learn verses, we can know how to follow God. In just a moment I’m going to have you break into small groups, no more than four, and work to develop hand motions or moves that will help you remember the verse better. Then after five minutes is over, I’m going to ask two teams to come and share the motions they created.

Okay, everyone break into your teams and let’s get started! You’ve got five minutes to come up with some motions. Show me what you got! Go!”

(give kids five minutes to assemble a team, create motions, and prepare to present)

Ok, let me find two teams who want to show off what they created! If you want to show your motions, raise your hand.

(Call two teams to show their motions on stage. Limit each team to roughly 30 seconds.)

Memory Verse Activity

Game Setup – Higher or Lower

“Great job with the memory verse motions! I saw some real creativity out there today! Now, it’s time for today’s game.

This month during More or Less, we’ll be playing games like some of the most famous game shows around. Today, we’re going to play a game called, ‘Higher or Lower’ where two contestants will need to decide if the price of something is higher or lower than what’s listed on the screen.

In just a moment, we’ll divide the room in half. Next, I’ll call one kid from each side of the room onto the stage to compete. I’ll give each contestant a game buzzer and then I will show an item on the screen. The contestants on stage need to guess if the item on screen is higher or lower than $10. The first kid to buzz in and correctly guess either higher or lower than $10 earns their team 100 points.

Now, people in the audience, if your team buzzes in first, you can TOTALLY help them out by screaming out whether or not you think the prices higher or lower than $10. Hopefully, you can help lead your team to victory!

Divide into two separate teams now and when we’ve split up, I’ll call our first two contestants to the stage!”

Game – Higher or Lower

Dismissal Movie Intro

“Great job during the game, Motion! Your parents will be here in just a few minutes to pick you up. Remember, if you brought your Bible today, you can show it to the leader at checkout for a prize

Now, we’ve got one more movie to check out that’s going to show us more about how we can be content with the things we have.”

Dismissal Movie