eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 1: JUNE 11/12
Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.
Be kind to your family and friends.
MEMORY VERSE: LUKE 6:31
Do to others as you would have them to do to you.
Ruth and Naomi
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.
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 week we begin a new series called Hollywood Highlight Reel: The Force of Kindness. We all have 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 Ruth learn to show kindness to those they care about most.
BIBLES, ONE STAR WARS MASK, SCRIPTURE CARDS, NARRATOR STORY CARD
SAY: “When it comes to our family and friends, often we take them for granted. But the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Bible helps us learn to show kindness to those we care about most.”
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 Ruth 1 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, Elimelek [ee-LIHM-eh-lehk](husband to Naomi), Naomi (wife to Elimelek and mother), Mahlon [MAH-luhn] (son to Naomi), Kilion (son to Naomi), Ruth (married to Mahlon; daughter-in-law to Naomi), Orpah (married to Kilion; daughter-in-law to Naomi)
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 who showed kindness in the Bible story and how they showed kindness. (Naomi told Ruth to go back to her family where her life would be better. Ruth stayed with Naomi and worked hard to gather food for them. Boaz gave Ruth food to eat. Boaz told his workers to leave extra barley for Ruth to pick up.)
SAY: “When Ruth’s husband died, she had the opportunity to return home to her family. Instead, she chose to show kindness to Naomi and stay with her. Ruth’s kindness didn’t go unnoticed. Boaz noticed Ruth and offered kindness to Ruth, too.”
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 practice being kind and discuss ways to be kind.
DINNER ROLES CARDS (2 SETS), FINE DINING TIPS SHEET (2), PENS
SAY: “Showing kindness can be tough, especially when it comes to our families and friends. Today Anikin showed kindness to his friend, R2D2, by launching a rescue mission to save him, but did not react kindly to the new R3 unit assigned to him. We often go out of our way to be kind to our best buddies, but are mean to our siblings or someone who wants to be our friend. God doesn’t want us to pick and choose who we’re kind to. We are called to be kind to everyone. Sometimes being kind to our friends and families takes some practice.”
Place a set of dinner roles cards (plate side facing up), a fine dining tips sheet, and a pen in two corners of your eGroup space.
Have kids get in teams with other kids who have the same Star Wars tattoos (from the Engage activity). Assign two teams to sit around one set of dinner roles cards and the other two teams to sit around the other set of cards.
Explain each kid will select one dinner roles cards, read it, then place it in front of him or her so the other kids can read each other’s roles. It’s okay if not all cards are used.
NOTE: One person MUST be the mystery guest. This character is responsible for recording the acts of kindness the family demonstrates on the fine dining tips sheet.
Kids will pretend to be a family sitting down to eat dinner together and act out their role during dinner. The goal is to see which family (team) can be the kindest as they pretend to eat and talk at the dinner table.
Give teams 3-5 minutes to role play.
How many acts of kindness did each mystery guest witness? What kind act did the family/team do the most? Which family member was the kindest?
Did any family members do something kind that wasn’t on the fine dining tips sheet?
Besides family meals, what are some other situations where it’s hard to be kind to our family or friends?
How can remembering Luke 6:31 help you show kindness to your family and friends?
This week what is one way you can show kindness to a family member or friend?
SAY: “Kindness is how we treat others because of the way God treated us. His kindness sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us. We’re to show this kindness to others, too. Treating our family and friends with kindness isn’t always easy, but it’s important and shows the people closest to us how valuable they are.”
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 the kindness you showed us by sending Jesus to take our punishment and die on the cross for our sins. Show us how to love our family and friends with kindness that honors you. Teach us how to show others they are valuable by how we treat them, especially as we choose to be kind to our families and friends. 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
OVERVIEW: 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 each week to learn more about how to live out what Jesus said about showing others they are valuable. This week work on learning our memory verse, Luke 6:31, and remember to bring your Bible to Motion next week!”