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Motion eGroup:: Dec. 5/6

THE FINDERS: FOOL’S GOLD

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Week 4: December 5/6

 

 eGROUP LESSON PLAN

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Doing what you are supposed to do.

MAIN POINT

Doing what you are supposed to do by not giving up.

MEMORY VERSE: LUKE 16:10 (NIV)

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,
and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

BIBLE STORY

Esther Helps the Jews

Esther 1-8

ENGAGE

ENGAGE starts 20 minutes before the worship experience begins. (4:40, 9:10, 11:10)

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.

TIME
30 MINUTES

DO: 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.

SPOT IT: “FIND IT FIRST” EDITION

SUPPLIES

SPOT IT CARDS (1 FOOL’S GOLD CARD IN EACH DECK)

 

FIND IT FIRST – VERSION 1 (TWO TO EIGHT PLAYERS)

  • OBJECT: The object of the game is to collect the most cards.
  • SET UP: Have players sit in a circle. Shuffle the cards and deal one card face-up to each player. Place the remaining cards face down in the center of the group to form a draw pile.
    • Flip over the top card from the draw pile. Players try to be the first to find the ONE matching symbol appearing on both the center card and on their own card. The first player to do so should call it out (ex: “Lion!”) then take the center card and place it face-up on top of their flipped card, building a personal pile.
    • The first player to find the fool’s gold card must call out, “FOOL’S GOLD.” The first player to call it out gets to take a card from any player they choose.
    • Players will continue to use the top card of their personal pile to find a match with the revealed draw pile card. Repeat this process each time a new draw pile card is revealed. Play continues until no cards remain in the draw pile. The player with the most cards is the winner!

 

FIND IT FIRST – VERSION 2 (TWO TO EIGHT PLAYERS)

  • OBJECT: The object of the game is to have the least amount of cards after all rounds have been played. This is accomplished by getting rid of cards each round.
  • SET UP: Have players sit in a circle. Shuffle the cards and deal one card face down to each player. Set aside the remaining cards to use later. Decide how many rounds to play (between 4 and 8).
    • At the same time, players turn over the card in their hand, holding the card flat and steady in their palm so everyone can see. If players find a match between their card and another player’s card, he/she must call it out. (example: “Banana!”)
    • The player to call it out first places their card on top of matching player’s card and is now out for the round. (NOTE: Players with more than one card only look at their top card.) The round continues until one player ends up with all of the cards. The player loses the round and places the cards in a personal pile.
    • The first player to find the fool’s gold card must call out “FOOL’S GOLD.” The first player to call it out will give away their card to any player and is out for that round OR if they have a personal pile from losing a previous round they can give away their pile to any player.
    • Play as many rounds as decided at the beginning. Each round the losing player keeps the cards.
    • After all rounds have been played the player with the least amount of cards wins!

MEMORY VERSE

BEGIN ACTIVITY 10 MINUTES AFTER THE START OF THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE (5:10, 9:40, 11:40)

MEMORY VERSE
During this time introduce your eGroup kids to the series virtue and memory verse. Spend time teaching and practicing the memory verse.

SUGGESTED TIME
5-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
NONE

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 weekend we continue our series, Finders 4: Fool’s Gold! Our favorite mystery-solving friends, The Finders, will find out that to be trusted with important things, you have to be responsible. Responsibility is doing what you are supposed to do. Today we will learn being responsible means doing what you are supposed to do by not giving up. 

When you have been asked to do something like a chore, class work, or a job, it’s called a responsibility. The Bible tells us when you do what you are supposed to do, with the smallest responsibilities, you can be trusted with big responsibilities, too. Let’s memorize Luke 16:10 to help us remember what Jesus taught in the Bible about responsibility.”

DO: Practice the memory verse with kids. 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.
  • DROP A BEAT: Put the verse to a beat as you say it together. You can do this by clapping, patting your legs, stomping, or any combination to make a beat.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, 

and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Luke 16:10 (NIV)

STOP: TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP

CONNECT

FINDING RESPONSIBILITY

CONNECT ACTIVITY: Kids will connect the idea of responsibility with the weekly Finders 4: Fool’s Gold episode and connect with each other.

SUGGESTED TIME

7-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

FINDERS 4 CHARACTER CARDS (Caleb, Zack, Hannah, Charlie, Sydney, Goldman) 

SAY: “I can’t believe how episode four of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold ended! I knew Goldman was behind the gold pieces all along, but I wonder why he wants the assimilation ray so badly? Do you have any guesses? (Allow Kids to Respond?

DO: 

  • Review the characters in today’s episode of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold by displaying the six Finders 4 character cards seen in the episode.
  • Place the Caleb, Zack, Hannah, Charlie, Sydney, and Goldman cards in separate sections of the eGroup area.
  • Have kids sit around the character cards of their favorite character from today’s episode. There should be no more than four kids around each character card.
  • Once kids are sitting around the card have them introduce themselves to their group and share why this character is their favorite from episode four of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold.

SAY: “One of the things I love about The Finders is we can always connect with at least one character each week. Let’s talk about what happened to the characters in this week’s episode.”

DO:

  • Ask the following questions and have kids discuss in their groups. Share answers from different groups after each question.
  • QUESTIONS:
  • How did Hannah show she was responsible? (Completed the tasks her Uncle Xander gave her at the bakery. She did not go with Zack and Caleb to look for Sydney and Goldman.)
  • Did Hannah’s actions show she considered others first? (She considered her Uncle Xander first before her own desires; she did what she was supposed to do at the bakery instead of searching for Sydney.)
  • How was Hannah’s responsibility helpful to The Finders? (Sydney was not able to take the assimilation ray because as she was leaving she slipped on the freshly cleaned floor.)
  • Why is it important to consider others first? (It shows you care about others. It makes other people feel good knowing you want to help them.)
  • Collect the cards before moving on to the next activity.

 

GROW

ESTHER HELPS THE JEWS | ESTHER 1-8

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will assimilate the story by piecing different parts of the story together. Kids will draw how the Bible story characters acted responsibly or did not act responsibly.

SUGGESTED TIME

8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

BIBLES, ASSIMILATION SHEET, PENS, NOTECARDS, LEADER SHEET, CANDY CLUE 1

SAY: “One way we can be responsible is by considering others first. Because Hannah was responsible and did what she was supposed to do, her Uncle Xander’s assimilation ray was not stolen by Sydney. And it’s a good thing, because there are still more flavors of Xander’s Candy to try! Before we can get today’s special flavor, we have to earn a clue. To receive our first candy clue, we need to assimilate our Bible story and see how important it is to consider others first in our own lives.”

NOTE: Assimilate means to to take in and understand, like putting pieces of information together to learn.

DO: 

    • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles.
    • Use the leader sheet to instruct kids where to turn in their Bibles to find and read the story of Esther. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps them learn skills for reading the Bible on their own.
    • Give each kid a notecard and a pen. Have kids draw two lines to divide their notecard into four sections.
    • For each part of the Bible story you read to the kids, have them draw parts of the story on their notecard.
    • ASK:
    • How did Esther consider others first? (By not considering her own needs, like her safety, and trying to save the Jews.)
    • Esther did the right thing by putting others before herself. What happened because of her decision? (The Jews were saved and so was Esther. God used Esther to protect the Jews.)
    • After discussion, have kids put their notecards on the Bible Story Box on the Assimilation Sheet.

SAY: “Great job! We’ve earned our first clue by finding responsibility in the Bible! (Show kids candy clue 1.) What flavor could today’s Xander Candy be? (Allow kids to respond.) Let’s learn how to be responsible in our own lives by putting others first to get our final clue.”

DO: Place the candy clue 1 card on the Clue 1 Box on the Assimilation Sheet.

 

GROW

CONSIDERING OTHERS FIRST 

DISCUSSION ACTIVITY: Kids will apply the lesson of responsibility to their own lives.

SUGGESTED TIME

7-8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES: 

CANDY CLUE 2 (4 PIECES), ASSIMILATION SHEET (FROM PREVIOUS ACTIVITY), POST-IT NOTES, PENS, XANDER’S CANDY OF THE WEEK (ONE FOR EACH CHILD)

 

SAY: “Esther was very brave to consider others first. There are lots of people in the Bible who put others first, but there is one person who put US first and made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Who do you think this is? (Allow kids to answer.) Jesus! He considered all of us before himself when He died on the cross. Jesus knew God gave Him the responsibility to die for our sins, even though it was difficult. Let’s talk about how we can be more like Jesus by considering others first.”

DO: 

  • Use the tape and make a tape line to divide your eGroup space into two sections.
  • Give each kid one Post-It note and a pen. On their Post-It note, have kids write or draw one responsibility they have. (ex. washing dishes, cleaning room, watching siblings, taking out the trash, vacuuming floors, setting the table, washing clothes, doing chores, cooking, making bed)
  • Spread out the Post-It notes in the center of the circle and choose one child to pick up a Post-It note.
  • Kids who have this responsibility will sit on the left side of the tape line and kids who do not have this responsibility will sit on the right side of the tape line.
  • Use the questions below to discuss the responsibility on the Post-It note.
  • After the responsibility has been discussed, place a candy clue piece in the center of the circle.
  • Continue until all four candy clue pieces have been handed out. Put all the pieces together on the Assimilation Sheet and the second candy clue will be revealed!

QUESTIONS

  • When you do this responsibility, how are you considering others first? 
  • Who does this responsibility help? How does it help them?
  • When might it be difficult to consider others first when completing this responsibility?

SAY: “When we consider others first, we are being responsible. Let’s assimilate our last clue to see what today’s flavor of Xander’s Candy is! What is it? (Allow kids to respond.) What do you think our Xander’s Candy flavor is today? (Allow kids to respond.) That’s right! Watermelon! Nice work. Here is a piece of watermelon Xander’s Candy!

DO: Pass out one piece of Xander’s watermelon candy to each kid. Allow them to eat it. Teach them to show responsibility by cleaning up the eGroup area and not leaving any wrappers behind!

GROW

THE RESPONSIBILITY RACE 

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.

SUGGESTED TIME

8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PENS, RESPONSIBILTY CARDS (4 SETS), PAPER

SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for loving us and showing us how to consider others first. Help us consider others first this week, even when it is hard. Show us who we can think of first before ourselves. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

SAY: “In today’s episode of Finders 4: Fool’s Gold, Hannah had a long list of responsibilities she needed to get done in the bakery. Instead of putting herself first and chasing after Goldman, she considered her Uncle Xander and showed responsibility by putting him first. To make sure she got all her responsibilities done, she put each one on a sticky note and stuck it to the bakery refrigerator door.  In today’s game, your team will race to see who can complete their responsibilities the quickest!”

DO:

  • Divide your group into teams with no more than four kids on each team. Give each team a set of responsibility cards.
  • When you say, “GO!” teams will race to complete each responsibility in their set of cards.
    • Teams must complete each responsibility together at the same time before completing the responsibility on the next card. Teams are not allowed to divide the responsibility cards among their team members to complete the responsibilities faster.
    • The first team to complete all 10 responsibilities wins the game!

 

STOP: TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP
Take lesson plan and Bring It! supplies to Large Group!

SUPPLIES: Prize Tickets

 

BRING IT! CHALLENGE

THE BRING IT! CHALLENGE WILL BE COMPLETED IN LARGE GROUP.

OVERVIEW: During Finders 4: Fool’s Gold kids will participate in the most exciting trading card challenge yet, The Finders: The Game! Kids can collect trading cards by attending Motion and use the cards to play The Game. Kids can collect fool’s gold pieces on their game boards for winning trading card games, bringing their Bibles, saying the series verse, showing responsible behavior in eGroup, and participating in Large Group games. Each week kids get one new Finders 4 trading card from the eGroup supply.

TIME 

5-6 MINUTES

SUPPLIES

1 PER CHILD: GAME BOARD, PART 1 GAME BOARD STICKER, TRADING CARD BASE PACK, PLASTIC CARD CONTAINER, GOLD PIECE, WEEKLY ATTENDANCE TRADING CARD
PER eGROUP: PART 1 CARD RELEASE POSTER, FOOL’S GOLD STICKER SHEET

SAY: “Before we start playing The Game, let’s review the Bring It! Challenge and prizes you can earn for winning games!”

DO: 

  • Review the prizes for each level using the information on the game board. Explains kids have to earn the level 1 prize before earning the level 2 prize, and earn the level 2 prize before earning the level 3 prize.
  • Remind kids each in Large Group they will have time to trade cards and play The Game and to bring back their cards every week so they can collect and trade.
  • Tell kids they will receive a card each week for just attending Motion! Show the card release poster for cards being released during The Finders: Fool’s Gold Part 1. Give kids ONE attendance trading card. NOTE: Do not let them choose the card they would like. Randomly distribute one card to each child.
  • Award kids with fool’s gold stickers on their game board for bringing their Bible, saying the same verse, and showing responsible behavior during eGroup. Remind kids they can earn more fool’s gold stickers for winning rounds of The Finders: The Game and participating in Large Group.
  • Give VIP’s/kids new to the series a game board to collect stickers on.
  • Kids who forget their game boards can still collect fool’s gold stickers for your game board. Find a partner and let’s play!”

SAY: “You can earn more cards by winning Large Group games, too! Right now as the worship experience ends, you have time to play The Game sand earn more fool’s gold stickers for your game board. Find a partner and let’s play!”

DO:

  • Give kids who forget their trading cards of game boards loaner packs
  • Collect loaner trading card packs and loaner game boards from each kid before the kid leaves Motion.