eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 4: MAY 28/29
Standing up for what is right, even when others don’t.
Get in the habit of standing up for what’s right.
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.
Daniel and the Lion’s Den
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!
In our Star Search series we’ve been learning about conviction from 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 life 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’ve been looking at Daniel’s life and how he stood up and showed conviction. Probably the most famous story about Daniel is the lion’s den. In Daniel 6, we discover that even in the face of death, Daniel’s habit of praying to God was unbreakable. God came to the rescue and Daniel was saved.”
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 6 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.
Daniel’s faith was a testimony to King Darius and those around him. In your Bible or on your scripture card, look at verses 25-27. Underline who would hear about God because of Daniel’s conviction. (verse 26: people in “every part of my kingdom”)
Our memory verse this series, James 4:17, says if we know the good things we should do but don’t do it, it is a sin. Draw a sad face next to the wrong thing the rulers did. (verse 7: They lied to the king because they were jealous of Daniel.)
What were the good things Daniel did? (verses 3-5: He was trustworthy, honest, and did his job well with excellence; verse 10: He did what was right by only praying to God.)
How did Daniel stand up and show conviction? Draw a “C” in a circle next to the verse where Daniel showed conviction. (verse 10)
SAY: “Daniel was a man of conviction: he stood up for what was right when he refused to eat the king’s food, was thrown in the fiery furnace for not bowing down to the golden statue, and bravely speaking up to interpret the king’s dream. Daniel couldn’t know for sure what would happen to him in the lions’ den, but he was in the habit of standing for what’s right, and he knew it was right to only pray to the One True God!”
Collect pens and scripture cards. Make sure kids write their names on their scripture cards. Hand scripture cards back to kids during dismissal.
APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Kids will be reminded that the more they stand up for what’s right, the easier it gets.
SAY: “Do you remember when you learned to walk? From scooting to crawling to standing to their first few wobbly steps, walking is hard work. Did you know it takes most babies 1,000 hours of practice from when they pull themselves upright to when they can walk alone? It’s not easy, but the more steps a baby takes, the easier it gets to walk.”
Explain teams are going to race to be the first to walk. One partner will stand in the center of the eGroup space while the other partner will walk around. When you yell, “Stop walking!” the walking partner will race to reach their partner in the center of the circle. The last team to reach their partner does not advance to the next stage of walking and must continue walking in their current stage. NOTE: This game is similar to Musical Chairs, but instead of racing to a seat, a person will race to their partner.
There are four stages to walking:
Stage 1: Scooting – Kids will army crawl on their stomachs.
Stage 2: Crawling – Kids will crawl on their hands and knees.
Stage 3: Baby Steps – Kids will walk on their knees.
Stage 4: Walking – Kids will walk/run as normal.
Have kids form pairs. If there is an odd number, the eGroup leader will partner with a kid.
Have one kid from each pair stand in a row in the center of the eGroup space. The other partners, who will be walking, will stand in a circle around the row.
When you say, “Time to walk!” the walking partners will move around the row, moving in a circle. All walking partners start out in stage 1 by scooting around the row. When you yell, “Stop walking!” the walking partners have to race to find their partner in the row. The kid to reach his or her partner does not advance to the next stage of walking, while all the other teams move to the next stage.
Continue until one team has competed all four walking stages.
SAY: “The more steps someone takes, the easier it is to walk. When we make a habit of something and do it over and over, it gets easier. The same is true for conviction. It can be hard at first to stand up for what is right, but that’s why we need to get in the habit of standing for what is right! When we make it a habit, it will get easier to make wise choices and stand up for what’s right in the big things and little things we encounter every day.”
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, standing up for what’s right is sometimes difficult because it’s not always the easy thing to do. Please help us to have conviction to do what’s right and not just what’s easy. Please help us to remember this week that we need to listen to You and make the wise choice. 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!”