eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 2: MAY 14/15
Standing up for what is right, even when others don’t.
You can stand for what’s right,
even when it’s not popular.
MEMORY VERSE: JAMES 4:17
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
The Fiery Furnace
Engage is a time to welcome kids to your eGroup with a fun activity to help them feel comfortable and get to know each other.
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 favorite 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 the Engage activity.
DANCE CARDS, TOKENS, SAND TIMER, PLAYLIST (download on your electronic device), SCORE CARD, PEN
SAY: “During Star Search we’ll watch a group of talented kids audition for a spot on the TV show Star Search. Rosie, the main character, is a very talented dancer. Let’s see how your dance moves compare to hers!”
Explain players will dance out words from the dance cards to earn points. Points can be earned just for dancing, too! The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Form a “dance” circle and place the dance cards in the center of the circle.
Give each player two tokens. During a player’s turn, other players can toss one token into the dance circle if they really like the dance moves. Each token thrown is worth one point.
NOTE: At the end of the game, any player with tokens in his or her possession loses five points for each token. This encourages players to support and compliment each other.
Choose one player to dance first. After that plays moves to the left.
Turn over the sand timer and play the Dance Charades Playlist from your electronic device. This is the only approved playlist allowed – please do not play any personal music. The player will choose a dance card and dance what is on the card while the other players try to guess what the player is dancing. If someone guesses the word, the player will draw another card and keep dancing to earn more points. Each card guessed correctly is worth one point.
At the end of the player’s turn, add up the total points (dance cards and tokens) and record on the score card. Place the used dance cards and tokens in a discard pile.
Continue as time allows.
During this time introduce your eGroup to the series virtue and memory verse. Spend time teaching and practicing the memory verse.
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!
Last week we began a series called Star Search featuring Rosie from The Finders. When Rosie hears about auditions for the popular TV show Star Search, she is faced with an identity crisis when she has to decide the act she will put together. But while the most popular girl in the school, Tiffany, is pressuring her to be someone else entirely, Rosie’s friend Tyson tries to help her be true to herself. Will Rosie show conviction and take a stand for what’s right or give in to pressure from others?
Conviction means to stand up for what’s right, even when others don’t. The best place to find out how to show conviction is God’s Word. Showing conviction might be difficult at times, but James 4:17 encourages us to keep going even when we’re tired of standing up and doing what is right. When you know what God says, it makes it easier to figure out when and how you should stand for what’s right. Let’s memorize this verse to help us remember to stand for what is right.
Read the verse out loud:
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the pens to underline the verse in their Bible.
As time allows, practice the verse with your group. You can use the following methods to help kids learn the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat the words after you.
PAIR UP: After practicing the verse as a group, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to help remember the verse as a group. Practice it together.
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will learn from times in Daniel’s live when he stood up and showed conviction by taking a stand for what was right.
BIBLES, SCRIPTURE CARDS, BIBLE STORY CARD, PENS
SAY: “During Star Search we are going to look at a group of people who showed conviction throughout their whole life. In the first chapter of Daniel, Daniel and his friends chose to follow what God said even when it meant they could get in trouble. Two chapters later we see Daniel’s friends make a choice they knew the king would not like.”
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles. Give scripture cards to kids who do not have a Bible.
Instruct kids to turn to Daniel 3 in their Bibles. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps them 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 from the Bible Story Card. After being instructed to “READ” from the Story Card use your own Bible to read each passage.
What was the command King Nebuchadnezzar gave the people? In your Bible or on your scripture card, underline the command. (verse 5-6: When you hear the music you must worship the statue or be thrown into the furnace.)
How did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego do what was right? (They didn’t worship the gold statue or other gods.) Find the verses where the friends told the king why they weren’t worshipping his gods. Write “NOT POPULAR” beside these verses. (verses 16-18)
Verse 28 tells us the king’s response to God saving the friends from the fire. Circle the phrase, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego.” (verse 28)
SAY: “When faced with bowing down to an idol or a fiery furnace, it wasn’t a question. Although it wasn’t the popular choice, the friends did what was right. Because of their conviction and by standing up for what was right, the king realized God was the true God and should be worshipped.”
Collect pens and scripture cards. Make sure kids write their names on their scripture cards. Hand scripture cards back to kids during dismissal.
WOULD YOU RATHER
APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Kids will hear situations then it’s hard to stand up for what’s right and discuss how to show conviction.
WOULD YOU RATHER CARDS (4), LEADER CARD
SAY: “We have to make lots of choices every day. Some are easy, and some aren’t. Some choices we make are popular and some are not popular. Daniel and his friends made a choice that was not popular with the King. The friends decided they would rather stand for what was right instead of bowing down to what was wrong.”
Place the Would You Rather cards in four corners of your eGroup space. Have kids stand in the center of the four cards.
Explain you are going to read a statement. After hearing the four “Would you rather” options kids will choose one card to stand behind.
Use the leader card to read a statement. Continue for all four statements.
After all statements have been read, discussion the questions below.
What does popular mean? (liked, admired, or enjoyed by a person or group)
Have you ever stood up for what’s right, even when it wasn’t popular? Was it hard or easy?
What are some situations where you might be called to stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not popular?
Why is it sometimes easier to stand up for what’s right at the park, where you might not know anyone, instead of at school, in front of all your classmates?
Think about the statements I read earlier. For each statement, what could happen if someone didn’t stand up for what was right.
How can James 4:17 help you show conviction and stand up for what’s right?
SAY: “God knew it would be hard for us to show conviction, to stand for what is right, even when others don’t. But God can help you stand for what’s right, even when it’s not popular. ”
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY: Prayer is an important way to share Jesus with passion. Spend time in prayer with your eGroup before beginning the game.
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PENS
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
DO: Write down any prayer requests in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Kids can share their requests out loud or can write them directly in the journal.
SUGGESTED PRAYER: ““Dear God, sometimes we want to just do what is popular or what everyone else is doing, but we know that sometimes that’s not the wisest choice. Please help us to do the right thing even when it’s hard and please help us to know how to stand for what’s right. We love you! Amen.”
SAY: “Rosie’s talent may be dancing, but Tyson is pretty good at karate. One of the exercises he does to increase his speed and accuracy is a game called, Wa! Let’s play Wa! and see how your ninja skills compare to Tyson’s.”
DO: Play ‘Wa!’
Have kids stand in a circle and choose a Wa Master.
The Wa Master will start with both hands together in front of his or her chest, quickly chop/point in a downward motion towards another kid in the circle while saying, “Wa!” NOTE: Kids standing to the left and right of the Wa Master cannot be chosen.
The kid “receiving” the “Wa!” (the kid being pointed at) will raise his or her arms above their head with their hands together and say, “Wa!” The kids to the left and right of the kid receiving the “Wa!”will chop the kid receiving the “Wa!” with a “Wa!”
The “receiving” kid will then send/throw a “Wa!” towards another kid in the group, moving their hands from above their head down towards another kid in the circle.
Kids are eliminated when they incorrectly or inappropriately say, “Wa!”
The game is over when only three kids remain!
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW: During Star Search kids have an opportunity to be rewarded for practicing standing for what is right. Kids can earn stars by learning about what the Bible says about conviction and applying it to their lives.
STAR SEARCH BRING IT! CHALLENGE CARD, HOLE PUNCH
SAY: “In Motion we want you to Bring It! to church each weekend! The Bring It! Challenge encourages you to bring yourself, your Bible, your friends, and scripture you’ve learned to Motion. Not only can you be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.”
Give each kid a Star Search Bring It! Challenge card.
Review the information on the Star Search Bring It! Challenge card.
Kids can earn ONE star in each category each weekend for:
finding James 4:17 in their Bible.
reciting James 4:17.
answering questions about conviction.
having conversations about conviction.
NOTE: Each weekend, kids can only earn ONE star for finding James 4:17 in their Bible or reciting James 4:17.
SAY: “Make sure to come to Motion each week to learn more about standing up for what is right. Keep your Star Search Bring It! Challenge card in your Bible to help you remember to bring your Bible and Star Search card back to Motion every week!”