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Motion eGroup :: September 26/27

MY BIBLE: UNPLUGGED

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Week 3:  September 26/27

 

 eGROUP LESSON PLAN

 

UNPLUGGED

The Bible only needs to be read at church.

PLUGGED IN

The Bible should be part of our lives each and every day!

WEEKLY SCRIPTURE: PSALM 119:105

 

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. 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
30 MINUTES

BIBLE GAMES
Choose from one of two Bible themed games to play with your eGroup during Engage. Explain the words used in the games are words found in the Bible.

BIBLE WORD GAME

SUPPLIES
BIBLE CARDS, SAND TIMER

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DO: 

  • Split kids into two teams. As kids enter eGroup have them join an existing team, but try to keep teams even.
  • Teams will take turns sending up one of their teammates to be the guesser.
  • Hand the guesser a Bible card to hold above their forehead. THE GUESSER MUST NOT LOOK AT THE CARD.
  • The guesser has until the sand timer runs out to guess the word on the card. He/she can only ask yes or no questions. For example, “Am I a person? Am I am place? Am I a thing? Do I live in the water? Am I a fish?”
  • The team can only answer “yes” or “no.” Teams cannot give clues to the guesser.
  • Teams score a point if the guesser correctly guesses the word on the card before time is up.
  • The team with the most points after eight rounds wins the game. (1 round = both teams take a turn)

 

BIBLE ARTISTS

SUPPLIES
CREATIVE CARDS, PERFORMER CARDS, SAND TIMER, DOUGH, CREATION MAT, PAPER, MARKER

 

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DO: 

  • Split kids into two teams. As kids enter eGroup have them join an existing team, but try to keep teams even.
  • Teams will take turns sending up one of their teammates to be the artist.
  • The artist will choose either a creative card (create with dough or draw) OR a performer card (act out or hum). The artist must get his/her team to guess what is on the card before the sand timer runs out. If the team guesses correctly they earn a point.
  • The team with the most points after eight rounds wins the game. (1 round = both teams take a turn)

WEEKLY SCRIPTURE

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

WEEKLY SCRIPTURE
During this time you will introduce kids to the series and help them mark the weekly scripture in their Bibles. Kids will take their Bibles with them to Large Group.

SUGGESTED TIME
5 -10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
BIBLES, BOOKMARKS, WEEKLY SCRIPTURE CARD (FOR KIDS WITHOUT BIBLES)

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SAY: “Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, read from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games! We are in a series called My Bible: Unplugged. During My Bible, we’ll unplug from ideas like the Bible is boring, unconnected to our lives, or unimportant and plug into the Bible to learn more about it, how to use it, and how it applies to our everyday lives.”

DO:

  • Explain bringing a Bible to Motion is very important because we use it to help us learn about Jesus and how to  live.
  • Not only will we be using our Bibles in eGroup, we’ll also be taking them to Large Group this series.
  • Have kids get out their Bibles to look up the weekly scripture.
  • Let kids who do not have their Bible share from your eGroup Bible supply. These kids will also take a scripture card with them to Large Group.
  • Give VIP kids/kids new to series a bookmark to mark the verse in their Bibles so they can find it easily during Large Group. The bookmark has the books of the Bible to help them locate scripture in their Bible.
  • Kids who already have a bookmark should bring their bookmark back each week.

SCRIPTURE FINDING SKILLS

SAY: “Our scripture this week is Psalm 119:105. Psalms is a book of the Bible found in the Old Testament. Turn to the Table of Contents in your Bible. Let’s find the word Psalm there.” Help kids locate the Table of Contents and find Psalm.

SAY: “The Table of Contents can help you find a book in the Bible. What page does Psalms start in your Bible? Let’s turn to that page right now!” NOTE: This page number will be different depending on the Bible. Help kids find the page in their Bibles.

SAY: “Next, let’s look at the big, dark numbers. The big numbers are the chapters for each book. We need to find chapter 119 for Psalms 119.” Help kids find Psalms 119 in their Bibles.

SAY: “Now, we need to find the verse. The verse is the little number. We need to look for the little 105 that is after the big 119. Got it? Once you do put your bookmark on that page!” Help kids mark their Bibles in the correct spot.

STOP: TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP
Take Bibles/Weekly Scripture Cards to Large Group!

LIGHT ON MY PATH
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: During the first part of Grow kids will connect with the Bible and also with each other.

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
BIBLES, WEEKLY SCRIPTURE CARD (FOR KIDS WITHOUT BIBLES – FROM PREVIOUS ACTIVITY)

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SAY: “Today Chelsea explained to us how the Bible is like a light for our lives. When we aren’t sure what choices to make in life, it’s kind of like being on a dark path and not being able to see. But we can look in the Bible and understand what Jesus would’ve done, and that can be like a light to show us the next step we need to take. Everything in the Bible is true and we can trust what it says to help us live. Let’s read Psalm 119:105 again.”

DO:

  • Have kids open up their Bibles to Psalm 119:105. It should still be bookmarked from Large Group but if not help kids find the verse again. Kids without Bibles can follow along on the weekly scripture card.
  • Read Psalm 119:105 out loud.
  • Kids will form groups of two to three to answer the following questions. First they will introduce themselves and then answer the question. Have kids form new groups of two to three for each question.
  • Ask a question. Let kids discuss. Then follow up the question with the SAY.
    • QUESTION 1: “Can you remember a time you were afraid of the dark OR a time something scared you in the dark? Tell your group about it!”
    • QUESTION 2: “What are five tools you use to see in the dark?”
      • SAY: “When we can’t see what we are looking for or where to go in the dark we may use a flashlight, a candle, or a cell phone.”
    • QUESTION 3: “If you could choose to have light come out of your eyes or out of your finger tips, which would you choose and why?
    • QUESTION 4: “What would life be like if it were dark as night all the time and we had nothing to light our way? How would you do things like brush your teeth? Make breakfast? Play sports?”
      • SAY: “It would be strange! Light is an important part of our life, just like the Bible is.” 
    • QUESTION 5: “How is the Bible like a light for our lives?”

SAY: “We can look in the Bible and understand what Jesus would’ve done, and that can be like a light to show us the next step we need to take.”

SAY: “God gave us His words in the Bible to light our path. Just like we couldn’t imagine going a whole day without light, the Bible should be a part of our everyday life! We need to plug into it every day so we continue to grow in how Jesus wants us to live. Let’s talk about how we can make the Bible part of every day!”

 GROW

USE THE LIGHT
DISCUSSION ACTIVITY: During discussion kids will interact with the Bible and learn ways to plug into their Bible. The goal is the skills learned will help them as they read their Bible at home.

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
PENS, CALENDAR, WHITEBOARD, DRY ERASE MARKER

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SAY: “Being plugged into your Bible as much as possible is how we use the light God provides us in His Word. Let’s make a plan for how we can make reading the Bible a part of each and every day.”

DO:

  • Give kids a pen and a calendar.
  • Brainstorm with the kids ways they can make reading the Bible a priority. Write them down on the whiteboard. (Examples: read the Bible before school, read the Bible on the way to school, listen to the Bible on the way to school on the Bible App, read the Bible after school, complete your weekly devotional with your family after dinner, read the Bible before bed)
  • Have kids write down a time they can read their Bible each day on the calendar. (Example: Monday- before school)

SAY: “Where can you put your calendar so it is a tool you will use to help read your Bible this week?  (Allow kids to respond. Suggestions: by your bed, on the refrigerator, on your bedroom door.)

By making a point to read the Bible more during the week you’ll see how Jesus lights up the choices you should make in your life.”

 

GROW

SHINE A LIGHT
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, PEN, WHITE PAPER (4 PIECES PER WORSHIP EXPERIENCE), PICTURE INSTRUCTION CARDS, INVISIBLE INK PEN (1 PER eGROUP), WHITE BOARD (HARD SURFACE TO DRAW ON), PICTURE CARDS

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SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”

DO: Take prayer requests and write them down in your eKidz prayer journal so you can pray for your eGroup 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 giving us Your Word to light our path. Please help us to make the Bible part of our every day lives. Help us to use Your Word to light up the choices You want us to make. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

SAY: “Today in our episode, Chelsea talked about light. She said we need light to live. It’s difficult to get things done without light to help us see. For our game today you’ll have to follow the steps to draw pictures using an invisible ink pen. The only way to see our drawings will be with a special light! Let’s see how we can draw without the light!”

DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle.
  • Give a piece of paper and the invisible ink pen to a kid to start the game. The ink from the pen can only be seen with the pen light. Kids cannot shine the light until the end of each drawing.
  • Choose a picture instruction card.
  • Read step 1 and have the first kid draw according to the instructions.
  • Have him/her pass the paper and invisible ink pen to the left. Read step 2 and have the next kid add to the picture according to the instructions.
  • Continue until all steps have been followed. Shine the light on the invisible ink pen on the paper to reveal the picture the kids drew. Then show kids the picture card so they can compare their drawing to what it should look like. Allow kids to respond.
    • SAY: “It was hard to follow the instructions without being able to see! Remember we need God’s light from His Word in the Bible to see how we should live!”
  • Choose another picture instruction card, use a new piece of paper, and repeat. Start with the next kid in the circle. Make sure all kids get a chance to draw.

 

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

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

OVERVIEW: During My Bible, kids will be rewarded weekly for bringing a Bible to Motion. Kids will choose a prize from the My Bible Bin at dismissal from Motion if they have their Bible. Kids will receive a prize for returning their My Bible weekly devotional during the series.

TIME
3-4 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
WEEK 3 DEVOTIONAL, MY BIBLE BIN TICKET


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SAY: “Reading the Bible is the best way to plug in to the plan God has for your life. By bringing your Bible to Motion we’ll learn how to do that together. But something just as important as bringing your Bible to Motion is using your Bible at home, too! That’s how we stay plugged in, by reading the Bible other times during the week.

Each week of My Bible I’ll give you a devotional to do at home with your family. Who brought back their devotional from last weekend? (Reward these kids with a My Bible Bin ticket to receive an additional tool from the My Bible Bin at dismissal.) If you bring a devotional back next weekend you’ll earn another tool from the My Bible Bin to use in your Bible!”

DO: Give kids the Week 3 Devotional. Have them put this in their Bible.