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Motion eGroup: April 18/19

Hey Me

MAIN POINT

I will remember, God keeps His promises.

MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 103:1-2 (NLT)

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.

BIBLE STORY

God’s Promise to David
2 Samuel 7:12-16, 27-28
Isaiah 9:6-7
Matthew 1

PSALM FOCUS

Psalm 105:8

ENGAGE

ENGAGE starts 20 minutes before the worship experience begins.

ENGAGE
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. Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to the eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Once you have five to six kids begin the Engage activity.

ENGAGE

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. Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to the eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Once you have five to six kids begin the Engage activity.

TIME
20 MINUTES

TELEPHONE WITH A TWIST

SUPPLIES
NONE

DO:

  • In this version of “Telephone” kids will use actions, instead of words, to send a message from one end of the line to the other.
  • The theme for the message sent is music/musical instrument words.
  • Have the eGroup line up, in a single file line. They cannot turn around during the game until they are tapped on the shoulder by the kid behind them to receive the telephone message.
  • Whisper to the kid at the end of the line the word they will act out. (See list below.) You can help give motions if kids are not sure how to act out the word.
  • The kid at the end of the line will start the telephone message by tapping the shoulder of the person in front of them and acting out the message. The other kids in line are still facing forward and should not be watching.
  • After seeing the message, the kid must remember the actions shown to them and pass the message to the next kid in line by repeating the actions.
  • Once the message reaches the front of the line, the first kid will repeat the actions, then guess the word being acted out to see if the message made it correctly through the line.
  • Play again with a different word.
  • Before the next round begins, the kid who was at the end of the line will go to the front. This allows a different kid to be the guesser and a different kid to start the message each round.
  • As kids join the eGroup, have them watch and join the line when the next round starts.

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CONNECT

ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS (5:00, 9:30, 11:30)

CONNECT
Connect is a time for kids to connect with their eGroup leader. Participate and have fun with your eGroup. Learn the names of your eGroup kids and try to learn something about each one. Let them learn about you!

SUGGESTED TIME
7-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
NONE

DO: Have kids sit in a circle.

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, talk about what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!

We’re in a series called Hey Me! We’re learning some important things we can remember about our God. A song we’ve heard each week has helped us remember the good things God does for us. It’s been stuck in my head all week!”

  • Ask, Do you have a favorite song that gets stuck in your head?
  • Have each kid say their name and their favorite song.
  • Have each kid go around the circle and see if they can remember each kid’s name and favorite song.

DO, AS TIME ALLOWS: Ask a question and have kids share their response.

  • What is a promise? A promise is telling someone you will do or not do something.
  • Have you ever made a promise to someone? Who was it?
  • Has anyone ever broken their promise to you? How did it feel?

SAY: “Promises are important. When someone breaks a promise it hurts, but when someone keeps a promise it feels good. You can trust that person and know they are there for you. Do you know what is great about our God? He always keeps His promises. Today we will learn about God’s promises and remember we can trust God to keep His promises.”

BRING IT! CHALLENGE

OVERVIEW: During Hey Me, we’re learning how to remember the most important truths about God. The best place to find God’s truths is in The BIBLE! The Hey Me Bring It! Challenge is all about teaching the kids to REMEMBER IT! Kids will be rewarded for remembering to BRING IT, READ IT, and SAY IT. Kids will get to choose prizes every week for doing one, two, or three of the REMEMBER IT challenges.

NOTE: If kids tell you they don’t have a Bible at home, write their name on the eTL info sheet provided. Give this to your eTeam Leader on the way to Large Group.

TIME:
7-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES:
STICKERS (1, 2, 3), eTL INFO SHEET

SAY: “This series we are learning the most important truths about God and how we can remember the good things He does for us. Do you know the best place to look for those reminders and promises? (Allow kids to respond. Answer: The Bible!)  In our Bring It! Challenge called, REMEMBER IT, if you remember to BRING IT (Bring your Bible to Motion), READ IT (read the Bible at home by doing a devotional), and SAY IT (say the memory verse any time during the series) you will get to choose from awesome prizes each week!”

SAY: “Our verse this series is Psalm 103:1-2. It reminds us to thank God for all the good things He does for us! Let’s practice!” Have kids repeat the words and motions after you.

Let all that I am (thumbs to chest) praise the Lord;  (point up with both hands)
with my whole heart, (one hand over heart,)
I will praise his holy name. (one hand in the air)
Let all that I am (thumbs to chest) praise the Lord; (point up with both hands)
may I never forget (point to head)
the good things he does for me. (high five two people)
Psalm 103: 1 and 2 (hold up one then two fingers)

SAY: “Now it’s time to award prize stickers for the REMEMBER IT Bring It! Challenge. If you brought back your devotional from last week, get it out now! You’ll get this week’s devotional later today.”

DO:

  • Give kids a chance to SAY IT (the memory verse.)
  • Give kids a sticker based on the number of REMEMBER IT challenges they complete.
  • BRING IT- has Bible, READ IT- has last week’s devotional completed, SAY IT- says memory verse
  • Kids will earn the number of prizes on the sticker at dismissal. (Example: Sticker 1= one prize)
    • “1” Sticker- if they have done one of the REMEMBER IT challenges
    • “2” Sticker- if they have done two of the REMEMBER IT challenges
    • “3” Sticker- if they have done all three of the REMEMBER IT challenges

TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP

GROW

GOD’S PROMISE TO DAVID
2 SAMUEL 7: 12-16, 27-28; ISAIAH 9:6-7; MATTHEW 1:6 and 16

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
BIBLES, BIBLE STORY REMINDERS

SAY: “Mr. Frank talked to us about God and promises. Who remembers what he said? (Allow kids to respond.) God keeps His promises to us. The Bible is full of God’s promises: promises to be with us, take care of us, protect us, and forgive us. Because God keeps His promises we can trust He’ll do the things He says He’ll do. Today we’ll read how God kept His promise to King David.”

DO: Read the Bible Story using the Bible and the Bible story reminder cards. Kids can follow along in their Bibles.

AFTER READING THE BIBLE STORY

DO:  Review the story using the Bible story reminder cards. Split the kids into three groups. Give each group a Bible story reminder card. In the order below, have them retell the part of the story the picture reminds them of.

  • HOUSE: God promised to establish His kingdom with a descendant of the house of David. 2 Samuel 7: 12-16, 27-28 
  • BABY: The prophet Isaiah told of Jesus and how He would come from David’s family. Isaiah 9:6-7
  • FAMILY TREE: God kept His promise. Jesus came from the David’s family. Matthew 1:6 and 16

SAY: “God promised David that Jesus would come from David’s family. That is a HUGE deal, because Jesus is the Savior of the world. He came to Earth as a gift from God to help fix our problem with sin. And Jesus did come from David’s family, just like God promised. It took a long time, but it happened. In your life, remember this important truth, God keeps His promises. It doesn’t always happen right away or in the way we expect, but God always keeps His promises.”

GROW

I WILL REMEMBER
DISCUSSION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
BIBLE, DEVOTIONALS, PAPER, POST-IT PADS (1 PER KID), PENS

DO:

  • Have kids find Psalm 105:8 in their Bibles. Read Psalm 105:8 from the Bible.
  • Give kids the Bring It! Challenge devotional post-it for this week. Remind them to READ IT again at home. Have them place the sticky note near Psalm 105:8 in their Bible. If they don’t have a Bible, have them put it on a piece of paper.

SAY: “This Psalm was written by David after God made him the promise we read about in the Bible story. David wrote a song of praise as a way to thank God for the promise, because David knew if God promised something, it was guaranteed to happen.

Just like David wrote down what he wanted to remember about God, we can write the truths we’re learning about God, too. I am going to give you your very own Hey Me post-it pads! Each week in Motion you will get a post-it pad to help you remember God’s truths and goodness.”

DO: Give each kid a Hey Me post-it pad.

DISCUSSION:

  • What are God’s promises to us? to forgive us, to protect us, to be there for us, to give us what we need, etc.

DO: Give kids a pen.

  • On a post-it write down/draw a picture of a time God kept one of these promises to you. Have kids share.
  • Where can you find more promises from God? In the Bible.
  • When you are feeling discouraged, how can you trust God and remember He will keep His promises? Remember how He has kept His promises to you before and know He will keep them again.

SAY: “To help us remember how God keeps His promises, let’s write it down!

DO: Have them write down, “God keeps His promises.” Have them write down two more things they want to remember from eGroup. This could be something from the Bible story (God kept His promise to King David) or the reference for this weekend’s Psalm (Psalm 105:8).

SAY: “Put the reminders from the post-it pad in a place where you will notice them. Put them on the bathroom mirror, your bedroom door, in your Bible, or on a school notebook. Look for other promises this week and write them down on your post-it pad. When you see them you can remember how good God is and how He keeps His promises to you!”

GROW

HEY ME
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, WHITEBOARDS (2 PER eGROUP), DRY ERASE MARKERS (2 PER EGROUP)

SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together and thank God for keeping His promises to us!”

DO: Take prayer requests and write them down in your eKidz prayer journal so you can pray for your eGroup kids during the week. Encourage kids to share one or two prayer requests. Invite kids to pray with you if they want.

SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for keeping Your promises to us. We trust in You, know You will take care of us, and know You will always be there for us. We love you. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

SAY: “When we remember God keeps His promises, we can celebrate and praise God! When you sing worship songs in Large Group or in the car with your family, you are remembering God’s promises and thanking Him for all He does! Right now, I want to see how well you remember the lyrics to the worship song, ‘Hey Me’”

DO:

  • Split the kids into two teams
  • For each round the kids will discuss the missing lyric(s) and be the first team write the correct lyric down on the whiteboard.
  • If they don’t have the correct lyric, have them try again.
  • The first group to fill in the missing lyric correctly earns a point.
  • After each round, repeat the line from the song with the correct lyric to help kids learn the song.

ROUND 1: “Hey Me will you __________” (remember)
ROUND 2: “that Jesus came to ______” (save)
ROUND 3: “Hey Me, will you remember, that He’s the ____ ____” (only way)
ROUND 4: “When I’m older, I don’t wanna forget ____  __  _______ in all He says” (God is faithful)
ROUND 5: “A love that’s with me, and _______ ______” (never ends)
ROUND 6: “He’s now and ______” (forever)
ROUND 7: “Hey me, will you remember, He has a ____ ___ ___“ (plan for you)
ROUND 8: “Hey me, will you remember, His promises ___ ____” (are true)
ROUND 9:  “I will remember, (________ _________)” (remember, remember)
ROUND 10: “He is who He says He is, and _ __ ___” (I am His)

VARIATION FOR YOUNGER KIDS: Instead of writing down the lyrics, choose a team captain for each team. After the team decides on the missing lyrics have the team captain run up to you. The first team captain to reach you gets to say the missing lyric.