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Motion eGroup Week of April 2

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: Jesus matters most. Live like you believe it!
Bible Story: Jesus is the Cornerstone
Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:20-22a
Memory Verse: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, NIV

KID CONNECT

AMPED UP TIC-TAC-TOE

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), blank paper (20), pens

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 begin playing Amped Up Tic-Tac-Toe!
Give each kid a piece of paper and a pen. Ask kids to draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid on their pieces of paper.
Note: Their grids should not cover the full page. Grids should be large enough to write a few words in each box, but small enough to fit multiple grids on the paper so more rounds can be played.
Explain that kids will hear a category such as “places to eat.” They will write down one place in each box on the Tic-Tac-Toe grid, without letting others see what they wrote.
The goal of the game is to write down answers they think others will also write down.
Give kids a few minutes to write. When they’re finished, go around the circle and have kids read aloud what they wrote on their grids.
If kids have written the same word someone else calls out in any of the boxes, they can X it out. The words must be the same, but they do not have to be placed in the same box.
The first person to get three X’s in a row on their grid wins!
Play as many rounds as time allows. Use the following categories: sports, snacks, pieces of clothing, pets, and vehicles.

Variations:
“Amped X” – Kids race to X out the five spaces along both diagonals on the grid to create an ‘X’ across it.
“Fully Amped” – Kids race to X out all nine spaces.
For younger groups: Divide kids into two teams. Help each team draw one large grid on their paper, then encourage teams to work together to fill their grid with words relating to the category. Be available to help with writing/spelling words for both teams as needed! (NOTE: Younger kids may need help designating a capable writer for their team.)

BIBLE CONNECT

EXTREME LIVING ART

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles

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!
This week we start a new series called Amped, where we’ll learn about confidence. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about who we can build all our confidence upon!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Ephesians 2. 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 the Bible passage aloud.
Tell kids that a cornerstone is the most important part of any building. It’s the piece that holds the whole building up. It would be like one of the bottom corner pieces in a Jenga game — if you pull that one out, the whole tower will tip over!
Explain that kids will create extreme living art scenes to represent the Bible passage. Once a team has created their scene, the challenge is to stay completely still, like a statue or a painting, for the remainder of the activity while other teams form their scenes.
Divide kids into three teams and assign each team a scene to create:
A builder laying the cornerstone of a building
A full building with the cornerstone in place
What happens to a building when the cornerstone isn’t stable or strong
Encourage kids to work as a team to decide the best way to represent their scene. Give them three or four minutes to plan.
Ask the first team to go to one side of the eGroup space and pose to create their living art scene. Once they’ve formed their scene, remind the team to stay completely still until all teams have completed their living art scenes. Point out the different elements of their scene to the rest of the group.
One at a time, invite other teams to stand in different places around the edge of the eGroup space and create their living art scenes. While they stay still, explain each scene as it’s finished.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus is like the most important stone in the building. He is what matters most and should be the only source of our confidence. When we build our lives on Jesus’ promises, we can find the confidence to live boldly.”

YOU CONNECT

WHAT MATTERS MOST

WHAT YOU NEED:
activity cards (6)

WHAT YOU DO:
Show kids the extreme sports picture on one of the activity cards. Tell kids what the extreme sport is called and allow them to share what they know about that sport.
Encourage kids to share answers to the following question: If you were competing in this sport, what would be most important to you? Guide kids to focus on things that will keep them safe and help them be successful.
Example: A skydiver definitely wouldn’t want to jump without a parachute. Goggles to protect their eyes and let them see the incredible views on the way down would also be important and helpful, but not as crucial as the parachute.
Repeat for each of the remaining activity cards.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In each of these sports, there are certain things you can’t do without if you want to be safe and successful. You can’t go skydiving without a parachute, you wouldn’t do motocross on a bike with unreliable tires — there are some items that you just shouldn’t attempt an extreme sport without.
When we think about living lives that make a difference in the world, we can’t expect to do it without Jesus. When we believe in His power to save us, we can have confidence that He’ll help us through anything. He’ll help us when we’re sad, He’ll help us when we’re lonely, He’ll help us when we’re scared, He’ll help us when we’re angry, and He’ll help us when we’re confused. No matter what, Jesus will always help us. So remember: Jesus matters most.”

Discussion Questions:
“What does it mean to put our confidence in Jesus?”
“What are other things people might try to put their confidence in, or other things people might trust to keep them safe? (money, friends, jobs, parents, “stuff”) Why aren’t those good things to put our confidence in?
“Is it wrong to be confident in yourself? Why or why not? Why is it important to put the most confidence in Jesus?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned Jesus matters most, and we should live like we believe it! When you let that truth fill you with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think about one thing you might be tempted to trust in other than Jesus. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to remember that Jesus matters most because only He can give you the confidence you need to live the life God wants for you!”

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:
“Dear God, thank You for loving us enough to send Your Son, Jesus, to love us and save us. Thank You that He is always with us to give us the confidence we need to do great things with our lives. Help us learn to find our confidence only in Your promises to us. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, craft sticks (1 per kid), dice (8)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:13, tells us we can always be confident that God is good. We can believe and be sure that we will see His goodness in every situation.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
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 an activity: “Dice Challenge” or “Verse Practice.”

DICE CHALLENGE

Give each kid a craft stick.
Divide kids into two teams and have each team line up, shoulder-to-shoulder.
The first kid in each line will be the “Balancer” and the second kid in each line will be the “Caller.”
Hand a Bible to each Caller and four dice to each Balancer.
When you say, “Go,” the Balancers will place their craft sticks in their mouths and carefully balance four dice — one on top of the other — on the end of their craft sticks.
Once their dice are stacked, the Caller must read or recite the memory verse. If the dice fall before the Caller has completed the verse, the Caller must begin the verse again.
When finished, the Balancer will pass the dice to the Caller, who will then become the new Balancer.
The Caller will pass the Bible to the next person in line, who will become the new Caller and will hold the Bible and say the verse.
Continue repeating these steps down the line of kids.
Once the dice reach the end of the line, the first Balancer becomes the Caller. As soon as that kid finishes reciting the verse (while the last kid in line balances the dice), the entire team should sit down.
The first team to sit down is the winning team!

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.