Safari Safari
Quest Quest
Motion Motion
At Home At Home

Motion eGroup: April 3/4/5

Hey Me

MAIN POINT

I will remember, God is good.

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

John 3:16
The Resurrection
Luke 23:32-47, Matthew 27:57-66; 28:1-9

PSALM FOCUS

Psalm 107:1

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.

TIME
20 MINUTES

EGG-TAC-TOE (TIC-TAC-TOE)

SUPPLIES
PLASTIC EASTER EGGS (4 PER KID-8 HALVES), EGG-TAC-TOE BOARDS, CANDY

DO:

  • Have kids pair up to play Egg-Tac-Toe.
  • Give each pair of kids eight plastic Easter eggs (4 orange and 4 blue) and one Egg-Tac-Toe board. Kids will choose to be either the orange or the blue eggs.
  • Kids will take their plastic Easter eggs apart so they have eight egg halves to use as markers on the board. They will place the egg halves open side down so they do not roll.
  • Kids will play Egg-Tac-Toe by seeing who can get three eggs of their color in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
  • THE TWIST: Kids can stack an egg on top of another egg that has already been played. An egg can only be stacked on twice (maximum three egg halves in a stack).
  • For every round a kid wins they earn a piece of candy.
  • Kids can play as many times as they want.
  • For every game ending in a tie, YOU will collect a piece of candy. Have fun and play around with the kids. At the end of Engage give away your candy stash, starting with the kids who have not earned any candy.

VARIATION FOR YOUNGER KIDS: Younger kids can play in teams. Another option is to have younger kids play without using THE TWIST.

CONNECT

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

CONNECT
This weekend CONNECT includes teaching kids the Bible story to prepare them for the salvation message during Large Group.

SUGGESTED TIME
7-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
BIBLE, BIBLE STORY REMINDERS

SAY: “Happy Easter everyone! Welcome to eGroup! My name is ______ and I’m your eGroup leader! I’m so glad you are here today because today is all about remembering and celebrating what Jesus did for us so long ago.

Not only are we celebrating Easter and what Jesus did for us, but we are also starting a new series in Motion called Hey Me! where we will learn to remember God’s truth for our lives! Easter is all about remembering and celebrating how much God loves us. To start our Easter celebration, let’s read the story of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us. I have a few pictures to help us remember the story.”

DO: Read the Bible Story from the Bible. Kids can follow along in their Bibles.

  • Hold up the gift reminder card and read John 3:16.
  • Hold up the cross reminder card and read Luke 23:32-47.
  • Hold up the stone reminder card and read Matthew 27:57-66.
  • Hold up the number 3 reminder card and read Matthew 28:1-9.
  • Quickly review what each picture represents:
    • GIFT: Reminds us of God’s gift to us. We have a problem called sin. God loves us and wants us to be in Heaven with Him one day so He sent us a gift, Jesus.
    • CROSS: Reminds us how God sent Jesus to live a perfect life and to die on the cross to fix our problem of sin.
    • STONE: Reminds us of how Jesus died and took the punishment for us. He was buried in a tomb. The tomb was sealed with a stone.
    • THREE: Reminds us three days later Jesus rose from the dead. Now we can be in Heaven with Him one day.

SAY: “God is good and He loves us. This story reminds us of the most important gift God gave us, Jesus. We will learn more about how we can accept this gift in Large Group.”

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:
“1” STICKERS, DEVOTIONALS, PAPER, eTL INFO SHEET

SAY: “This series we are learning the most important truths about God and how we can always remember the good things He does for us. Do you know best place to look for those reminders and promises? (Allow kids to respond. Answer: The Bible!)  You are going to be rewarded this series for remembering, 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!

Who brought their Bible today? (Allow kids to respond.) Great! You’ll get a prize for remembering your Bible today! If you forgot your Bible at home, don’t worry, remember to bring it next week.”

DO: Give kids who have their Bible a “1” sticker. They will choose one prize at dismissal.

SAY: “To help you remember to READ IT at home, I’m going to give you a Bible reading devotional. If you READ IT and complete the devotional, bring it back next week and you’ll earn a prize!”

DO: Give kids a devotional sticky note. Have them put it in their Bible. If they don’t have a Bible, have them put it on a sheet of paper.

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! Starting next week, if you remember the verse and can SAY IT, you will earn another prize! 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)

TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP

GROW

THE BEST GIFT
THE EASTER STORY (LUKE AND MATTHEW)

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
3 SETS OF 4 PLASTIC EASTER EGGS FILLED WITH SCRIPTURE PAPER AND AN OBJECT

SAY: “Let’s see who can remember the Easter story we read at the beginning of eGroup by working to put the items in these Easter eggs in the correct order. The items in the Easter eggs should remind you of a part of the story. There is also a scripture reminder in each egg to help you remember the part of the story that goes with the item.”

DO:

  • Split the eGroup into three teams. Give each team a set of Easter eggs.
  • Have teams shake the Easter eggs to guess what is inside. Without looking have the teams put the Easter eggs in order based on what they think is inside.
  • Have the teams open the Easter eggs to see if they were correct.
  • Have kids put the eggs in the correct order based on the Bible story. Teams can use the scripture reminder to help recall the Bible story. Use the chart below to help guide them.
  • Have the teams retell the story using the Easter egg items.
  • For younger kids, have teams put the items in order, then read the scripture out loud for all the teams, retelling the story together.

SAY: “Great job remembering our Bible story! This is one of the most important stories you can remember from the Bible. This story tells us how good our God is that He would send His only Son as a gift for the people of the world. Sin keeps us from going to Heaven, but because Jesus died for us, He fixed our problem with sin. We can go to heaven one day if we accept this amazing gift from God. Everyone say, I will remember, God is good!”

DO: Have kids place the items and scripture reminders back into the corresponding eggs. The eggs will be used during the next worship experience.

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 10.54.50 AM

GROW

I WILL REMEMBER
DISCUSSION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

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

SAY: “The Easter story tells of God’s goodness and there is a verse in Psalm 107 which also talks of God’s goodness.”

DO: Read Psalm 107:1 from the Bible.

SAY: “The writer of this Psalm is thanking God and praising Him for the good things He does and how His love will last forever. What are some things you can thank God for right now? (Allow kids to respond.) It’s important to remember to thank God every day for the amazing things He does for you. God gave us a gift that will last forever when He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.”

DISCUSSION:

  • Why did Jesus die? To take the punishment for our sins, so one day we can go to Heaven and be with Him.
  • How is what Jesus did by dying on the cross like a gift to us? We have a sin problem. Because of sin we can’t go to heaven but God is good and He loves us. He gave us the gift by sending Jesus to take our punishment for sin by dying on the cross.
  • How can you show God you are thankful for this gift? If we believe in Jesus and what He did by dying on the cross for us.
  • What is a way to remember the story of Easter all year long? Talk about God’s goodness and share the story of Jesus with others.

SAY: “How do you remember things that are important to you? (Allow kids to respond.) One way to remember things is by writing them down. This series, we are working together to remember God’s promises, so I am going to give you your very own pad of Hey Me post-its! I want you to always remember this story of what God did for us by sending Jesus to die for us. To help us remember how good God is, let’s write it down!”

DO: Give each kid a Hey Me post-it pad and a pen. Have them write down, “God is good.” Have them write down two more things they want to remember from eGroup, like a part of the Bible story or Psalm 107:1.

SAY: “Put these post-its 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. That way, you can remember how God is good when you see them. Use the other post-its in your Hey Me post-it pad to write down things you are thankful for this week so you can remember to pray to God and thank Him! God is good. Take time to thank Him for what He does for you.”

GROW

DON’T FORGET
PRAYER AND MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, MEMORY VERSE CARDS, POST-IT PADS, “1” AND “2” STICKERS

SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together and thank God for all the good things He has done for us.”

DO: Take prayer requests and write them down in your eKidz Prayer Journal to pray for your 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 sending Your Son Jesus to die for our sins. This amazing gift is not something we deserve and we will remember the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. You are a good God and we are so thankful for Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen!”

SAY: “Our memory verse for the series helps us remember to praise God and thank Him for all the good things He does for us. We are going to practice the verse and see how much of it you can remember!”

DO:

  • Review Psalm 103:1-2.

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)

  • Have kids put the memory verse cards in the correct order.
  • Choose a kid to cover up one of the memory verse cards with a post-it.
  • Read the memory verse cards together and have the group work together to remember the part of the verse covered by the post-it.
  • Remove this post-it note and choose another kid to cover a different part of the verse with a post-it.
  • After a few rounds, choose three kids to cover three memory verse cards with post-its to see if the eGroup can remember bigger chunks of the memory verse.
  • Before heading back to Large Group see if anyone can remember the whole memory verse!
  • Give any kid who can say the memory verse a sticker to earn a prize at dismissal for remembering to SAY IT. NOTE: Give kids a “1” sticker if they do not have a sticker yet. Or give kids “2” sticker if they have already received a sticker for bringing their Bible.