eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 3: MARCH 12/13
Knowing who God says I am.
I am called.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 PETER 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
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 the eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Once you have five to six kids begin the Engage activity.
TAPPLE GAME, WHITE PAPER, PENS
DO: Play “Speed Art.”
Have kids sit in a circle. Give each kid a few pieces of paper and a pen.
For each round, kids start the timer by pressing the red button in the center of Tapple, pressing down one letter on the game, and passing the game around the circle.
Before the game can be passed to the next player, the player holding it has to draw an object on their paper which starts with the letter tapped.
If the timer runs out before a player can draw an object, the player collects all pieces of paper drawn on during that round.
As needed, give kids more paper and start the next round.
When all letters have been pressed, reset Tapple by pushing the yellow tabs on the game.
The kid who has collected the least amount of paper wins!
TAPPLE GAME, WHITE PAPER, PENS
DO: Play “Sc∙art∙tegories.”
Have kids sit in a circle. Give each kid a few pieces of paper and a pen.
For each round, choose one kid to start the timer by pressing the red button in the center of Tapple and pressing down a letter of their choice.
Kids will draw as many objects on their paper starting with the letter tapped before the timer runs out.
When times run out, kids, in turn, will show and name their pictures out loud. Kids receive a point only if their pictures are not the same as any other player’s pictures.
Continue for a few rounds. The kid with the highest combined score from all rounds wins!
During this time introduce your eGroup to their eGroup team.
BIBLE PENS, RED POST IT NOTES, MEMORY VERSE CARDS
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 continue our series called (Un)Qualified. We are all given labels by the people around us. Maybe we’ve been called smart, or wimpy, or boring, or funny, or athletic, or weird, or stupid, or pretty, or you fill in the blank. We often let those words from others, as well what we think of ourselves, determine who we are or how we should act, but our real identity should come from understanding how God sees us.
We all wrestle with who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified or not good enough. But God loves unqualified people. God uses unqualified people. And when we know who God says we are, God can use us to do big things. A verse in the Bible, 1 Peter 2:9, tells us who God says we are. Let’s memorize this verse to help us remember each of us is chosen by God.”
Read the verse out loud:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the Bible pens to highlight the verse in their Bible and a red sticky note to mark the spot in their Bible. Give a memory verse card to kids who did not bring their Bibles.
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.
CONNECT ACTIVITY: Kids will connect the idea of being unqualified with familiar faces and their own lives.
SKETCH PADS, COVER STICKERS, SHARPIE MARKERS (3), (UN)QUALIFIED CARDS, GLUE STICKS (3)
SAY: “How many of you would consider yourself an artist? (Allow responses). Did you see the illustration Scott the artist did while Mr. Frank was teaching us about Moses? During (Un)qualified you’ll all become artists and use a sketch pad, like Scott’s, as we learn to know who God says we are.”
Give VIP’s or kids new to the series a sketch pad and cover sticker. Kids who forgot their sketch pad should not receive a new one.
Before kids place the cover sticker on the front of their sketch pad, have them use the Sharpie marker to write their name on the sticker. [NOTE: Stickers should only be placed on the front cover (on the outside) of the sketch pad.]
SAY: “It may be hard to believe, but everyone feels unqualified or like they are not good enough. Let’s take a look at some people you may know who felt unqualified.”
Have each kid choose an (Un)Qualified card. You can place the cards in the center of the circle, hold the cards in your hand like a deck of cards, or give each kid a card.
Have kids glue their (Un)Qualified card on the second page of their sketch pad then find kids who have the same (Un)Qualified card as them and sit together in a circle.
Once kids are sitting together have them introduce themselves to their group.
Have kids read the sentence description on the (Un)Qualified card then discuss the questions on their card as a group. Walk around to monitor groups and ensure groups are engaged in discussion.
After groups have discussed all four questions, have each group show the person on their (Un)Qualified card and read the sentence description.
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will hear and illustrate the Bible story.
LEADER SHEET, SKETCH PADS, BIBlE STORY CARDS, GLUE STICKS (3), COLORED PENCILS (24), PENCIL SHARPENERS (3)
SAY: “Everyone feels unqualified or like they are not good enough. But to be qualified God’s way, we need to see ourselves how God sees us. The Bible is full of true stories which help us know who God says we are. Let’s check out the story from Moses’ life right after God told Moses He was sending him to Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. By himself, Moses wasn’t qualified to do anything special, but because God chose him, he would become one of the most important leaders in the Bible!”
Have kids sit in a circle with their sketch pads. Give each kid a Bible story card.
Have kids glue their Bible story card in their sketch pads.
Explain kids are artists who will help each other draw the picture on their Bible story card. Artists will draw on their Bible story card while listening as you read the Bible story. Each time kids hear, “ARTIST SWAP,” they will pass their sketch pad to the left. This artist will continue drawing, working to illustrate the Bible story.
Place the colored pencils in the center of the group for the artists to use.
Use the leader sheet to read about Moses.
SAY: “When God told Moses He was going to use him to save the Israelites from slavery, Moses’ first thoughts were, “No way!” Moses worried Pharaoh or the Israelites wouldn’t believe or listen to him. He even called himself “slow of speech and tongue” and asked God to send someone else to do the job. But God had called Moses to do something great – to save the Israelites and bring them out of slavery in Egypt. Even though Moses didn’t think we was qualified to be used by God, God had a purpose for Moses’ and gave him everything he needed to fulfill his calling.”
I AM CALLED
APPLICATION AND PRAYER ACTIVITY: Kids will learn God has called us and has a purpose for each of us. Prayer is an important way to share Jesus with passion. Spend time in prayer with your eGroup before heading to Large Group.
SKETCH PADS, COLORED PENCILS (24), PENCIL SHARPENERS (3), eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PENS
Have each kid turn to a blank page in their sketch pad and use the colored pencils to write, “I AM CALLED.”
SAY: “God has called each of us and wants to use each of us in a special way. But that doesn’t mean God will only use us when we are older or know how to do more things. God has called us to obey Him, to love Him, and to love others. Our calling is how we live out our relationship with God. If you have questions about what it means to start a relationship with God, ask me or another eGroup Leader in a blue shirt – we’d love to talk to you about placing your faith in Jesus.
One thing God has called each of us is to love others. That’s something we can do right now!”
On the same page in their sketch pad have kids write two ways God has called them to love others. Encourage kids to write ways which may be a little harder or push them out of their comfort zone. (ex. sitting next to the new kid at lunch, smiling at someone to brighten their day, praying for a classmate who is sad, helping their parents with house work, standing up for someone at school, telling a friend about Jesus, forgiving someone who hurt their feelings)
SAY: “God has called each of you and has a special purpose for your life. When we obey God, we are living out our calling. This week, live out your calling by loving others. It’s not always easy to love others; in fact, it can be really hard! We may even feel unqualified, but remember, just like God called Moses, He has called you, too. Let’s pray and thank God for loving us and calling us.”
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for calling us and having a special plan and purpose for our lives. Even when we feel unqualified, help us remember you have a great plan for our life. This week, help us to love those around us and through our actions, people will know how much You love them. We love you. Amen!”
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW: During (Un)Qualified kids can collect letters from UNQUALIFIED for attending Motion, brining their Bible, and saying the series memory verse. Kids who collect all the letters will earn an (Un)Qualified prize pack!
SKETCH PADS, LETTER STICKERS
SAY: “When we know who God says we are, God can use us to do big things. Each weekend during (UN)Qualified, learn more about the person God says you are by coming to church and bringing it!
Have kids turn to the first page in their sketch pad.
Review the information on the Bring It! card.
Explain how to earn letter stickers:
attend Motion = 1 letter sticker
bring your Bible = 2 letter stickers
recite the memory verse = 2 letter stickers
Award letter stickers to kids who attended Motion, brought a Bible, or recited the memory verse.
SAY: “Make sure to bring your sketch pad and come to Motion each week to earn more letters to spell (Un)Qualified! Collect all the letters to earn an (Un)Qualified prize pack!”