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Motion eGroup Week of April 21

Road Trip

Virtue: Patience: Waiting until later for what you want now.
Main Point:When you think you can’t wait, think about what’s true.
Bible Story: Golden Calf
Bible Passage: Exodus 32:1-35
Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIV



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

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!

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!

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!

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!



Bibles, Bible story sheet (1), map (1), index cards (1 pack), pens/markers

“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 about what happened to God’s people when they didn’t show patience!”

Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Exodus 32. 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 story aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Divide kids into five teams and assign each team one part of the Bible story.
The people were tired of waiting for Moses so they asked Aaron to make them an idol.
Aaron collected everyone’s gold jewelry and he used it to make a calf-shaped idol.
The people held a festival to worship the idol.
Moses returned to the camp and was so angry when he saw them worshiping the idol that he smashed the tablets with the Ten Commandments.
After he corrected their behavior, Moses begged God to forgive the Israelites.
Place the pens and/or markers where all kids can reach them. Give each kid an index card and encourage kids to draw a picture representing their portion of the Bible story on the card.
After kids have had a few minutes to draw, encourage each team to choose the best picture from their team to represent their part of the story.
Encourage kids to place their team’s picture on the appropriate space on the Bible story map so that the full story is shown in the correct order. If time allows, encourage kids to retell the story using the pictures on the map.

“The Israelites got tired of waiting for Moses to bring them God’s Word. But instead of remembering God’s love and faithfulness to them, they chose to make a fake god to worship. When we feel like we can’t wait, we should choose to think about what we know is true.”



Bingo chips

Explain kids will hear a scenario that describes a time when they might be tempted to feel worried, scared, or disappointed while waiting for something.
Kids will try to think of truths or lies they could think in that situation. For each lie a kid thinks of for a situation, give the kid one bingo chip. For each truth a kid thinks of for a situation, give the kid two bingo chips. (Allow four or five kids to share ideas for each scenario before moving on to the next one.)
Repeat for all remaining scenarios. The kid with the most bingo chips at the end wins!
You’re waiting for your mom to get home from a long business trip.
Your family has been waiting for six months for your dad to find a new job.
Your best friend has been sick for over a week and doesn’t seem to be getting better.
Your sister’s tutoring appointment is running long, and if it doesn’t end soon, you won’t have time to stop for ice cream on the way home.
Your grandma said she put your birthday present in the mail, but it should have arrived four days ago and you still haven’t seen it.
Your teacher said the class would get a pizza party when the class earned fifty good behavior points, but two kids are keeping the whole class from getting past twenty-six points.

“Sometimes when a situation is out of our control, we can start to feel worried, scared, or disappointed. These feelings can cause us to start believing lies, like that your friend will never get well or that your class can never earn the pizza party. But when we feel impatient, it’s more important than ever to think about what we know is true.”

Discussion Questions:
“Which of the situations we talked about would have been hardest for you to be patient in? Why?”
“What are some lies you have believed when you felt impatient?”
“Can you think of a time when you did something you weren’t supposed to do because you were tired of waiting?”
“What are some things you know are always true about God? How can those things encourage you when you’re impatient?”


eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

“Today we learned when we think we can’t wait, we can think about what’s true! 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 share one thing about God that you know is always true. Maybe it’s that He always loves you, or that He has a good plan for your life. When we pray together, I’m going to pray that God will help you remember that truth when you feel like you can’t wait.”

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.

“God, we pray that we would never put anything above You or in front of You. We pray You would use these truths to help us remember Your promises this week. Remind us of Your words in the Bible so we will remember to trust You when we feel impatient. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”


Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (1 bag)

“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.”

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.”

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!

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.