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Motion :: Week of September 29

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.
Bible Story: The Wall is Rebuilt | Nehemiah 3-4, 6:15-16, 8:1-17 

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15- 16, and 8:1-17,  Nehemiah and the people who helped build the wall had a lot to be thankful for and they celebrated all that God had done. God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the wall in only 52 days! Not only did they celebrate during those 52 days, but also throughout their history as His people as they heard God’s word and remembered how God had been faithful to them. 

DirtyJobs_September_Episode5 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Look for ways to celebrate what God has done. When we realize that God is doing amazing things in our lives, we can’t help but give Him thanks. We pray that throughout this month looking at Nehemiah’s story, kids will see how God helps them each and every day. We hope they learn to celebrate God’s continued work in their lives.

At dinner tonight, ask: What is something you can do around the house to make “your world” a better place?


Motion :: Week of September 22

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah and Sanballat | Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, 6

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, and 6, Nehemiah dealt with some distractions. Not everyone liked what Nehemiah was doing. He had enemies who tried to distract the people from finishing the wall. But he saw through their plan and stayed focused on the job God gave him to finish.

DirtyJobs_September_Episode4 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Stay focused on what needs to be done. From cleaning their rooms to finishing their homework, kids have all sorts of things that need to be done. But it often doesn’t take long for cleaning a room to become playing with the toys you’re supposed to be picking up. We hope kids will see that focusing on the task at hand is important. God has all sorts of jobs for us to do. We can trust Him to give us the focus we need to finish them.

At bedtime, read Nehemiah 2:19-20; 4–6. Pray for each other, asking God to help you to focus so you can finish the work that He calls you to do.


Motion :: Week of September 15

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Helps the Poor | Nehemiah 5:1-12

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severely mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to help them figure out a solution.

DirtyJobs_September_Episode3 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need. When kids see people in need, we pray that they take initiative to help instead of thinking it is someone else’s problem. God can use them along with the trusted adults in their life to make an impact in the lives of others.

Sing a song about initiative with. Visit http://studio252.tv/fun2watch and click 252 Music to sing along!


Motion :: Week of September 8

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Plans to Rebuild the WallNehemiah 2:11-18

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In Nehemiah 2:11-18 we see that Nehemiah took initiative and set out to fix the wall. When no one else would step up, He went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. And it’s that initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved.

DirtyJobs_September_Episode2 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done. When kids see something that needs to be done, they might think that someone else will take care of it. But what would happen if our kids saw it was possible for them to be part of the job? We want kids to realize that when they see what needs to be done, God might be telling them they can be the one to do it. And if they can’t do it all on their own, they can ask someone they trust for help.

At bedtime, read Nehemiah 2:11-18. Brainstorm some things you’ve seen that need to be done that your family could do together. Then, pray that God would help your family follow through to meet those needs.


Motion :: Week of September 1

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Be on the lookout for what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Hears About the WallNehemiah 1:1-2:9

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In our first week, we start at the beginning of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:9. We discover that Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the huge need, but before he did anything he prayed. Nehemiah knew that whatever he would do, he’d need God’s help to accomplish it.

DirtyJobs_September_Episode1 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Be on the lookout for what needs to be done. Before you can do what needs to be done, you have to see what needs to be done. We hope the story from Nehemiah inspires kids to be more aware of the needs around them. These don’t have to be huge either. Our homes and schools are filled with opportunities where we can show initiative, we just have to be open to seeing them.

At dinner tonight this week ask, “What is something you never seem to see that needs to be done?”