eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 5: JULY 9/10
Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.
Be kind to people by serving them.
MEMORY VERSE: LUKE 6:31
Do to others as you would have them to do to you.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man Luke 5:17-26
Look for these eKidz Values icons in the lesson plan!
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.
STAR WARS FINGER TATTOOS, WET WIPES
SAY: “In the movie Star Wars Jedi’s are members of the mystical knightly order, trained to guard peace and justice in the universe. They use lightsabers to defend and protect their galaxy, but are required to go through Jedi training to use a lightsaber.”
Give each kid a Star Wars finger tattoo and wet wipe. Help kids apply tattoos.
STEP 1: Peel off the plastic top sheet and place the tattoo face down on their right index finger.
STEP 2: Place the wet wipe on top of the tattoo and hold for 15-30 sections. Make sure the entire tattoo design is covered by the wet wipe.
STEP 3: Peel off the backing and let dry.
After all kids have a tattoo, have kids find a partner and explain kids will compete in Jedi training duels, trying to be the last Jedi standing.
Both partners will face one another and place their right index finger (light saber) pointing out. With their other right hand fingertips, partners will grab their opponent’s right hand fingertips and clasp them tightly together.
Jedi’s win their light saber duel by ‘tagging’ or touching their opponent with their light saber finger.
When a Jedi loses a duel, the Jedi has to cheer on their opposing Jedi until this Jedi loses. If this Jedi loses, they cheer for the Jedi who beat them. Each Jedi who wins will find another winning Jedi to duel.
Play continues until there is one Jedi left standing.
ME MORY VERSE
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!
This is our last week of Hollywood Highlight Reel: The Force of Kindness. During this series we’ve been learning about a powerful force at our disposal – the force to show others how valuable they are. The power lies in how you treat others. The world has one idea of how we should treat others but Jesus set a clear example for us.
God created kindness. No one is kinder than God: no one has ever done more to show us how valuable we are than God has done. He values us more than anyone else can. He sent Jesus, His Son, to SHOW us how valuable we are to Him. Jesus gave us the gold standard of kindness in Luke 6:31: Do to others what you want them to do to you. When we are kind to others, they notice – perhaps because kindness isn’t so common. It sets us apart and can lead to real changes in the hearts of others. Let’s memorize this verse to help us remember how we should treat others because of the example Jesus set for us.”
Read the verse out loud:
Do to others as you would have them to do to you. Luke 6:31
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.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will act out the Bible story and through the story of Jesus telling us when we show kindness to one of the least of these, learn it’s as if we’re showing kindness to Him.
BIBLES, ONE STAR WARS MASK, SCRIPTURE CARDS, NARRATOR STORY CARD
SAY: “This is a special week in our church called Love Week where we show others how valuable they are by serving them. When we serve others, God is using us to do something big by helping others. In today’s Bible story Jesus shows us how service can change someone’s life.”
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 Luke 5 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.
Assign the following roles to kids in the group: Narrator, Jesus, a crowd (two to four kids, depending on the size of your eGroup), four friends, and the sick man.
Give the narrator the Star Wars mask and story card. The narrator will wear the mask and read the Bible story from the narrator story card in his or her best Star Wars voice. The other characters will act out what is being read. (The Narrator may take home the mask at the end of the day.)
As the narrator reads from the narrator story card encourage kids to follow along in their Bibles or with their scripture cards.
After the story, discuss the following:
• How did the friends of the paralyzed man serve him?
• How did their service change his life?
• How did Jesus heal the paralyzed man? (Not only could be walk again, but Jesus healed him by forgiving his sins.)
SAY: “For the paralyzed man in our Bible story, even the simplest task was difficult and often impossible. But by serving him, his friends changed the paralyzed man’s life forever! When we serve others we can change someone’s life, too.”
Collect pens and scripture cards. Make sure kids write their names on their scripture cards. Hand scripture cards back to kids during dismissal.
SOFT SERVE KINDNESS
Kids will discuss people in their lives who are overlooked and how they can be kind to them.
SOFT SERVE KINDNESS CARDS (4 SETS), FIND YOUR FLAVOR CARDS (1 PER KID), PENS, LOVE WEEK SHIRT POSTER, ICE CREAM TREATS (1 PER KID)
SAY: “Serving others is one way to be kind and show people they are valuable. In today’s clip from The Clone Wars the younglings had to show kindness and serve each other to become Jedi’s and have the ability to use the force. We have a powerful force at our disposal, too – the force to show others how valuable they are. We can do that by serving. There are lots of ways we can serve. Have you ever been to an ice cream shop where there are lots of flavors of one cream? That’s like how serving others is – there are many different ways we can serve others and we don’t just have to choose one flavor!”
Have kids get in teams with others who have the same tattoos. Give each team one set of Soft Serve Kindness cards.
Teams will read the question on the first Soft Serve Kindness card (card #1: What are four ways to serve others?) and discuss it as a group. Continue for the remaining three cards.
After a team has discussed all four questions give each kid on that team a pen and a Find Your Flavor card. Teams will use the information they shared during discussion to finish the statements on their Find Your Flavor card.
Have teams share how they will serve others. Give each kid an ice cream lollipop as a reminder to serve others by being kind!
SAY: “Love Week is an entire week where we serve with organizations in our community. This week use your unique flavors of kindness to serve others! Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and He wants us to do the same. With God, we can be kind to others by serving them. But we don’t have to serve God by ourselves, we can serve with our friends and family, just like the friends in the Bible story! Whether you’re telling someone about Jesus, planting flowers, or making a card for someone who is sick, you are showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.”
Hold up the Love Week poster.
Read the poster to the group. Explain TODAY kids have an opportunity to show kindness by serving others right after church! Encourage kids to serve today and to get their Love Week shirt after church is over.
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, PAINTERS TAPE, BLUE AND GREY PAPER
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, thank You for showing us Jesus’ miracles – and this one is so amazing. Thank You for Your life changing power. I pray we will find ways to serve others to change others’ lives, just as You have changed ours. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen!”
SAY: “During this Hollywood Highlight Reel series we’re watching clips from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Clone War is a battle between the Republic’s clone army in their struggle against Count Dooku’s Separatist forces. Let’s see who will win today in our own space battle between the Republic and the Separatist’s.”
DO: Play ‘Space Battle.’
Place the painters tape on the floor to divide your eGroup into two equal sections.
Divide your eGroup into two teams, the Republic and the Separatist’s. Use the finger tattoos kids are wearing to have kids get in teams with others who have the same tattoos. (Ex. Kids with a Yoda and Darth Vader tattoo are a team and kids with a Princess Leia and Chewbacca tattoo are a team.)
Pass out one sheet of blue paper to each kid on the Republic team and a sheet of grey paper to each kid on the Separatist team.
Help kids fold their paper to make a fighter ship (paper airplane).
When you say, “GO,” teams will have a space battle by flying their paper fighter ships to the opponents’ side. Teams will continue flying fighter ships to their opponents side, trying to get no paper ships on their side of the space.
After 2 minutes say, “STOP!” Count the number of fighter ships on each side. The team with the least number of fighter ships on their side wins!
Award this team with one piece of candy from the Force Field candy bin in large group.
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
During The Force of Kindness kids have an opportunity to be rewarded for using their Bibles and learning what the Bible says about kindness.
FORCE FIELD CANDY BIN
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.”
During The Force of Kindness, you can earn Star Wars candy from the Force Field each week if you can show me Luke 6:31 in your Bible AND recite it from memory!”
Encourage kids to show you Luke 6:31 in their Bible AND recite the verse from memory. Kids must do both to earn a piece of candy.
Allow kids to pick a piece of candy from the Force Field candy bin.
SAY: “Make sure to come to Motion next week as we start Finders 5! The Finders are back in a brand new adventure helping Charlie’s intern, Less, try to locate his birth parents. But unbeknownst to them, Less is faced with a series of nearly impossible choices from his secret boss. What will he choose? You are NOT going to want to miss next week as we start Finders 5!
And if you’ve been here for any Finders series, make sure to bring back your Finders cards! You’ll need them as we play The Finders: The Game and earn more cards for your collection.”