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Motion eGroup Week of April 14

Road Trip

Virtue: Patience: Waiting until later for what you want now.
Main Point: When you think you can’t wait, keep your cool.
Bible Story: A Patience Proverb
Bible Passage: Proverbs 14:29
Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIV

KID CONNECT

ROAD TRIP GAMES

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), category cards (30), Bingo chips (1 bag)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 best 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 choose one of the Road Trip games!

ALPHABETICAL CATEGORIES
Turn over a category card and read the category to the group.
Each kid will name one thing that belongs in that category. Kids will name items in alphabetical order, so the first kid will name something in that category beginning with the letter ‘A,’ the second kid will name something beginning with the letter ‘B,’ and so on.
If a kid can’t name something for their letter, the kid is out for the rest of that category. The last kid in the game wins!

UMMMM…
Turn over a category card and read the category to the group.
Each kid will name five things in that category. If a kid says, “Ummm…” at any point on their turn, they are out of the game.
Continue turning over category cards and encouraging kids to name five things in the category, eliminating kids who say, “Ummm…” from the game. The last kid in the game wins!

SUITCASE RULES
Tell kids the eGroup is packing for a trip. Kids will take turns suggesting things to bring along, but there is a secret rule about what kinds of things they can take. Their goal is to guess what the rule is and suggest the right things to bring along.
Read one category card silently to yourself; do not read or show it to any kids.
Encourage kids to take turns suggesting items to bring along on the trip. If the item fits in the category on the card, give the kid a Bingo chip.
Once one kid has earned three chips for the same category, choose a new category card. Continue playing as long as time allows. The kid with the most Bingo chips at the end wins!

BIBLE CONNECT

BIBLE STORY MAP

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, map (1), index cards (1 pack), pens/markers

WHAT YOU 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!
We’re in a series called Road Trip, where we’re learning about patience. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read some verses that show us practical ways to show patience!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Proverbs 14. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids 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.
Read today’s verse, Proverbs 14:29, aloud. Ask kids to discuss what this verse teaches them about patience.
Choose a kid to read each of the following verses aloud and encourage kids to discuss what these verses teach about patience.
Proverbs 15:18
Proverbs 16:32
Isaiah 40:31
Galatians 6:9
Divide kids into five teams and assign each team one verse.
Place the pens and/or markers where all kids can reach them. Give each kid an index card and encourage them to draw a scenario that represents what that verse teaches about patience.
After kids have had a few minutes to draw, encourage each team to choose the best picture from their team to represent their verse.
Encourage kids to place their team’s picture on the Bible story map and explain how their picture shows what they learned from their team’s verse about patience.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The Bible teaches us that patience makes us wise, brings peace in tough situations, makes us strong, and brings reward. It sounds like it’s definitely worth it to have patience! So when you’re in a situation where you feel like you just can’t wait any longer, remember it will be worth your while to keep your cool.”

YOU CONNECT

 

PATIENCE STRATEGIES

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bingo chips

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into four teams and give each team five Bingo chips.
Explain teams will hear a scenario and then work as a team to come up with a strategy they could use to keep their cool in that situation. (If needed, give examples of strategies for keeping your cool, like taking deep breaths or counting to 20 before saying or doing anything.)
Read the first scenario below. Encourage teams to discuss what strategy they would use to keep their cool in that situation.
Ask each team to share their strategy. After all teams have shared, each team should choose the team they think shared the best strategy (they CANNOT choose their own team!) and give that team a Bingo chip.
Repeat for all remaining scenarios. The team with the most Bingo chips at the end wins!
Scenarios:
You’re helping your mom keep an eye on your little sister for thirty minutes, and your sister just spilled her juice cup on your homework for the third time!
Your dad was supposed to take you to the park, but he’s late getting home from work again.
Your brother said you could play his new video game when he was done playing, but it seems like he’ll never be done.
The soccer game you are looking forward to playing gets rained out.
You’ve been waiting in line to ride your favorite roller coaster when you see some people ahead of you cut in line.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Sometimes we are put into situations where we have no choice but to be patient. When that happens and we have no choice but to wait, we need to find a way to be patient. Those are good times to take a moment to pray, because when you think you can’t wait, you can talk to God about it.”

Discussion Questions:
“Which of the situations we talked about would have been hardest for you to be patient in? Why?”
“What do you think is your best strategy for keeping your cool when you feel impatient?”
“Can you think of a recent situation where you had a hard time keeping your cool while you waited? What could you have done to help yourself stay patient?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned when we think we can’t wait, we can choose to keep our cool! When you choose to be patient the way God wants you to, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about a strategy you know you can use to help yourself be more patient. When we pray together, I’m going to pray that God will help you remember to use that strategy when you feel like you can’t wait.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, thank You for teaching us in the Bible how to keep calm and be patient because You knew all along that we would need to know that. Please give us patience this week when we are in situations where we feel frustrated or stressed or like we just want to blow up. Remind us of the strategies we can use to stay patient. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (1 bag)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:14, tells us to wait for the Lord. It also encourages us to be strong and take heart, meaning it might not always feel easy to wait for His answer. But if we choose to show patience and wait for Him, God will always follow through on His promises.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose a memory verse activity: “Stoplight Verse” or “Verse Practice.”

STOPLIGHT VERSE
Divide kids into four teams. Send the four teams to different corners of the eGroup space.
Shake the bag of verse cards to ensure the cards are well-shuffled. Dump out the verse cards in the center of the eGroup space.
Explain kids will compete to assemble the entire verse, one word at a time, on the floor in front of their team.
To collect the words, one kid from each time will run to the verse card pile and try to find the first word of the verse. Once it is found, the kid will take it back to their team.
As soon as the first kid gets back, another kid will race to the middle to find the next word. Kids will continue finding the words to the verse in order until the entire verse is assembled, including the scripture reference.
It does NOT matter which color kids grab as they scramble for words; they can grab any combination of colors.
As soon as a team has completed assembling the verse, they will read it aloud together to the eGroup Leader, using the colors of the words to determine how quickly to say them. They should read green words very quickly, yellow words at a normal speed, and red words very slowly.
The first team to successfully assemble the verse and read it aloud using the color-coded pacing instructions wins!

VERSE PRACTICE
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:

REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.