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Motion eGroup Week of April 22

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CAMPFIRE STORIES

WHAT YOU NEED: green dice (1), red dice (1), blue dice (1), story starter cards

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. 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 favorite 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 “Campfire Stories.”
-Seat kids in a circle.
-Explain the eGroup will work together to tell a story.
-Turn over a story starter card and read the story starter sentence.
-Encourage the kid beside you to roll the three dice, then continue the story you started by adding a sentence containing at least one of the objects shown on the dice.
-Continue around the circle with kids rolling the dice and then adding to the story using the objects shown on the dice.
-Once kids end that story or lose interest in it, start a new story by turning over a new story starter card and begin again.

Bible Story Activity

CAMP JUPITER SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, camp maps (2), question sheet (1)

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 begin a new series called Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter, where we’ll learn the importance of cooperation. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see a great example of cooperation!

WHAT YOU DO:
-Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Exodus 24. 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 two teams and give each team a camp map.
-Explain kids will race to find the answer to the Bible story questions on the camp map.
-Each location on the map is labeled with the location name and a Bible story answer.
-The first kid to find the correct answer should yell out the name of the location where the Bible story answer is found.
-One at a time, ask each question on the question sheet. Encourage kids to race to find the correct answer and call out the location name.
-Give a point to the first team to call out the correct location name. The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle, He didn’t ask Moses to do it alone. It was way too big a job for one man to do by himself! God instructed Moses to have the people of Israel work together to prepare His tabernacle. When they worked together, the Israelites were able to create the perfect place for God’s spirit to live among them. Just like the Israelites, we can work together to get God’s work done.”

Grow

LETTERS FROM DR. OLDMAN

WHAT YOU NEED: letters (4), blank copy paper (20 pieces)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In our first episode of Finders VI, the Finders all received letters from Dr. Oldman. We have some letters from Dr. Oldman to open, too; let’s see what he has to say!

WHAT YOU DO:
-Divide kids into two to four teams. There should be three to four kids on each team.
-Explain there are four letters from Dr. Oldman with tasks for teams to complete. Each team can choose whether one person will complete the task alone or whether the team will complete the task together.
-Open one letter and encourage teams to complete the task as quickly as possible. Repeat for each of the remaining letters.
-The team that completes each task first will take the letter from Dr. Oldman. The team with the most letters at the end wins!
-eGL Note: After the activity, be sure to collect all four letters and return them to their envelopes so they can be used again at the next worship experience!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“For each of those tasks, it was so much quicker to work together to get the job done than to try to do it alone. That’s how it was for the Israelites in our Bible story today — they worked together to get God’s work done, and it went so much faster than if Moses had tried to do it all himself.

God may not need us to build Him a tabernacle today, but He still has work for us to do. God wants each of us to tell other people about Him. He wants us to love people, and He wants us to help people who are in need. There are so many ways we can continue to do God’s work, but the important thing to remember is we can do more when we work together.”

Discussion Questions:
-“What does it look like to do God’s work?”
-“What are some ways you can do God’s work this week?”
-“Is it always easy to work with others? What can make it difficult to work with others?”
-“What are some of the benefits or working together with others?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can work together to get God’s work done. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one way you can work with someone else to get God’s work done this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you do God’s work this week.”

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 giving each of us the opportunity to help do Your work. Show us how we can work together to tell others about You and show them Your love this week. Thank You for giving us friends and family to do Your work with us. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, grid coloring sheets, black crayons, die, colored crayons, grid coloring sheet key

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9, tells us we should work together and help each other. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own!”

WHAT YOU DO:
-Read the verse out loud: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
-Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children 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 game board with the memory verse on it at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
-Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Mystery Picture” or “Verse Practice.”

MYSTERY PICTURE
-Give each kid a grid coloring sheet and a black crayon.
-Explain kids will try to figure out what the mystery picture is by coloring the boxes on the grid sheet according to your instructions.
-Roll the die. Instruct kids to use a black crayon to color that number of words from the memory verse on the grid coloring sheet. Kids should ONLY be coloring words from the memory verse.
-eGL Tip: Allow kids to keep Bibles open to the memory verse so they can look back at the words in the verse as needed.
-Continue rolling the die and telling kids how many words from the memory verse to color with their black crayon.
-Once all words from the memory verse have been colored, encourage kids to guess what they think the mystery picture might be.
-Show kids the key at the bottom of the page. Encourage kids to color the other boxes on the grid according to the instructions in the key. As kids color, continue to allow kids to guess what the mystery picture is.
-Before returning to Large Group, show kids the grid coloring sheet key so they can see what the mystery picture is. Encourage kids to take their coloring sheets home and finish coloring the picture on their own.

VERSE PRACTICE
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
-REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase 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.

eGROUP LEADER NOTE: Bring It! Challenge Instructions can be found in the Bring It! Challenge bin in the theater.