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The Promise: An Advent Storybook

Celebrate Christmas this year with The Promise: An Advent Storybook.

Take your family on a journey through the greatest story ever told – from the first light of creation to the birth of Jesus, the light of the word.

Starting on December 1, you can:

  • Read a short, captivating Bible story to your family each day.
  • Dig deeper by reading the Bible passage referenced.
  • Use the simple conversation questions provided to encourage family discussion.
  • Download and print out the collection of advent ornaments that correspond with each daily story. Hang one on your tree each day of December!

Grab The Promise: An Advent Storybook in eKidz at your Elevation location.

The Promise: Advent Printable Ornaments

Click HERE to download all files or click on each picture below to download individually.

 


Motion Large Group :: Week of September 23

Rise Above

Main Point: God says I’m forgiven.
Bible Story: Peter | The Rock | Luke 22 & Acts 2
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 hear. Last week we were introduced to Daniel, a young man who is trying to remember God’s promises while facing down one of the toughest bullies at school.

This week Daniel has a new challenge to face as he confronts the negative voices from another bully. What’s going to happen? Let’s find out! Check out the screen!”

Rise Above Episode 3

Connect Questions

“No matter we’ve done or what we will do, if we ask Jesus into our hearts, He will forgive us of the wrong things we’ve done. Even when we make bad decisions like Peter did in today’s Bible story, we know that God will forgive us.

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

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: Why did Daniel need to ask forgiveness from his father? Why did Daniel think his father would be mad at him? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Second question: When was the last time you had to ask for forgiveness?  Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: We ask God for forgiveness, but God also wants US to forgive OTHERS. Who do you need to forgive 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. 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 memory verses in the series.

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

Bring It! Challenge

Aetherlight Promo Intro

“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Everyone find their seat because I have a very special announcement that you won’t want to miss!

(make sure kids are seated and quiet)

Motion, in two weeks, the Finders are back, but this brand new series is unlike we’ve ever seen before. We’re going to follow two of our Finders, Alex and Zack, as they explore a dangerous new world filled with mystery, adventure, and excitement. Let’s take a look at our newest series beginning in two weeks. Check out the screen.”

Aetherlight Promo

Game Setup – King of the Ring

“Motion, that looks amazing! It looks like our Finders characters are going to go inside the video game world! I know I’m absolutely going to be here in two weeks, when the series begins, and I want to see all of you here, too!

In just a few moments, your parents will be ere to pick you up, but before they do, it’s the for us to play today’s game!

Today’s game is all about coordination and precision, two things that are very important to every boxer. In this game you and your Game Group will try to keep a ball bouncing through the air passing it from one person to the next and not letting it touch the ground. If your Game Group lets the ball fall and hit the ground, your Game Group is out and will have to have a seat until the next round.

Sounds simple, right? WRONG! Every round I’ll make it difficult by telling you how you have to hit the ball. It could either be with a closed fist, your elbow, your head, your foot, only your left hand, or whatever crazy way I can come up with.

Every one form a circle with your Game Group and let’s get ready to play King of the Ring!”

Game – King of the Ring

Dismissal


Child Dedications This Fall

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At Elevation, child dedications are a joint expression of a parent’s desire to raise Godly children. As a church we are committed to empower parents in that calling and help families raise God-honoring kids. We count it an honor to be entrusted with that incredible privilege.

In 1 Samuel 1:27-28, a godly woman named Hannah prayed for years for God to give her a child. He answered her prayers and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words: “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.”

Child dedications are a time for parents, like Hannah, to commit themselves to raising their child God’s way. It’s a powerful time for parents to embrace the responsibility they’ve been given by God and to catch a vision of the impact they can make in their child’s life.

We make these events special by encouraging the whole family to get involved and an event families will always remember.

We invite families with children ages 0 – 4 years to participate in the dedication. Child dedications are scheduled periodically throughout the year at each Elevation location.

If you would like more information about our next child dedications, please complete the form by clicking here


Quest Large Group :: Week of July 29

Kids Rock

Main Point: I can do brave things.
Bible Story: David and Goliath  1Samuel 17:1-50
Memory Verse: “God made (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10, NCV (open hands like a book)

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello, friends! Welcome back to Wonder! Clubhouse. It’s good to see you today! Why am I so glad to see you? Because kids ROCK!” (play air guitar)

STORYTELLER: “Now friends, I’m looking around the room and I’m seeing so many of you wearing your Love Week shirts! That means that you went out and helped others, because you ROCK! If you’re wearing your Love Week shirt and you had people sign it, remember to stop by the prize tent on the way out and receive your prize for helping others last week!

STORYTELLER: This month we’ve learned how God made each of us to do good works, so when I ask you this very important question, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’ I want you to say, ‘I can do what God wants me to do!’ Let’s try it. ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! Now it’s time for us to sing and worship God together. Stand up and sing with me, friends!”

SONG: “Together”

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

SONG: “Wherever, Whatever”

Lead children in singing, “Wherever, Whatever,” with the hand motions.

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, why don’t you all rock out with me by playing an air guitar, just like this … (play the air guitar and encourage the kids to do so as well) Great job! You can sit down now. (pause) Tell me, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! We can do what God wants us to do by doing good works. Watch me say our memory verse with the motions first, and then you can do it with me!
‘God made, (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.’ (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10” (open your hands like a book)

STORYTELLER: “All the boys stand up and say our memory verse with me! Ready?”

STORYTELLER AND BOYS: “God made, (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.’ (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10” (open your hands like a book)

STORYTELLER: “Great job! All the boys can sit down! (pause) Now, all the girls stand up and say our memory verse with me! Ready?”

STORYTELLER AND GIRLS: “God made, (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.’ (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10” (open your hands like a book)

STORYTELLER: “Great job! Girls, go ahead and sit down. Our God made us to do good works. Remind me one more time, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! Now let’s check in with Ollie at Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more.”

VIDEO: “KROCJuly_LG_Episode 5”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “That was great! I’m so glad we learned about the time David bravely defeated the giant, Goliath. Even though he was only a kid, he was able to do what God wanted him to do, because kids ROCK!”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. By being brave and trusting God, David was able to do what God wanted him to do, and so can you. Let’s pray and thank God for our Bible story today. Everyone bow your heads and close your eyes.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for David and how he was able to listen to You, even when he was a kid. Thank You that You have made us all to do good works, and I can do what You want me to do! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! I hope you had fun at Wonder! Clubhouse, learning about David and his bravery. Right now it’s time for you to go back to your eGroups, but I’ll see you again next time. Bye!”

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.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: White Warthog) 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 :: July 29

 Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Uniqueness: Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Main Point: God made you to do good.
Bible Story: The Good Samaritan
Bible Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Engage

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

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 “Lego Creations.”
Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can reach the pieces.
Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.
Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
Create something that represents the nicest thing someone has ever done for you.
Create something that represents how you served during Love Week.
After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

 

Bible Story Activity

STORY CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, creation cards (10), scratch art paper, scratch art sticks

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
This month in our Gadgets and Gizmos series, we’ve been focusing on making a difference by embracing the unique traits and characteristics God has placed in each of us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about some people in the Bible who embraced their uniqueness to do great things for God!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 10. 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.
Give each kid one creation card, one piece of scratch art paper, and one scratch art stick.
Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a scratch-art picture of the item listed on their creation card.
After kids have had a couple of minutes to create their scratch-art pictures, explain that kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their picture for everyone to see.
Read Luke 10:25-37 aloud and encourage kids to hold up their scratch-art pictures as their words are read.
After the activity, allow kids to keep or discard their scratch art papers, but save the scratch art sticks for the remaining experiences.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The Samaritan who stopped to help the hurt man used what he had to do a good thing for someone else. He loaded the man on his donkey, took him to an inn, used his own money to pay for a room, and used the resources he had to clean the man’s wounds and care for him. God has given us what we need to help others, too. Whether He has given you things you can share with someone who needs it or the ability to say exactly the kind words someone needs to hear in a tough situation, God has uniquely equipped you to do good things for other people.”

 

Grow

GOOD GIFTS

WHAT YOU NEED: gifts list, Personal Gifts cards, pens (or other writing utensils)

WHAT YOU DO:
Place the gifts list in the center of the group. Give each kid a Personal Gifts card and a pen.
Tell kids to write their first and last name on the back of their Personal Gifts card.
Using the gifts list, read the gifts and the explanation for each gift aloud. Encourage each kid to use the gifts on the list to choose three gifts God has given them and write those three gifts on their Personal Gifts card. (They do not need to include the explanation; they can just write the gift.)
Read the scenarios below and encourage kids to share how their personal gifts could help them do good things for someone in that scenario.
A kid in your class broke his leg.
Your mom has had a stressful week.
Your little sister can’t sleep because she’s scared of the dark.
Your best friend’s grandpa is very sick.
A dog got into your neighbor’s trash and made a big mess.
Your team lost the soccer game and a kid on your team is really upset about it.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“There are opportunities every day for us to do good things for others, and God has given each of us unique gifts to help us do these good things. When you notice someone around you is hurting or in need, stop to think about the special gifts God has given you and then choose to make time to do something good for them!”

Discussion Questions:
“Which one of your gifts do you use the most to do good things for others?”
“What might keep you from doing good things for other people?”
“Why is it important to focus on doing good things for others?”

 

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God made you to do good. When you choose to do good things for others, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one way you’ll use one of your unique gifts to do something good this week. I’ll write your name and what you share in our Prayer Journal, and then when we pray I’ll ask God to help you as you do good things 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, we love You. Thank You for giving us unique gifts that we can use to do good things for others. Help us see all the opportunities you give us to do good things, and help us use our gifts to show Your love to everyone around us. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, circuit boards (4), verse cards (4 sets: blue, red, orange, and green)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10, tells us God created each of us with a unique purpose and unique abilities to help us fulfill that purpose!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
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 at the end of the worship experience 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: “Verse Circuit” or “Verse Practice.”
VERSE CIRCUIT
Split kids into four teams. Give each team a circuit board and a set of verse cards.
Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order. Once the cards are in order, they’ll have to arrange the cards to form a path across their circuit board from one of the batteries to one of the lightbulb ports.
The verse cards must stay in the correct order, but kids can rotate and arrange the pieces as needed to create a continuous path.
eTL NOTE: Each set of cards has a different path, so teams can’t look at each other’s boards for clues as they try to figure out the correct path.
The first team to form a continuous path from a battery to a lightbulb port 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.