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Motion eGroup Week of August 8

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Plans to Rebuild the Wall
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:11-18
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV



Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in 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 Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents the coolest building or structure they’ve ever seen. It could be something they’ve seen in person or in pictures. (eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as a skyscraper, the Eiffel Tower, Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World, or the Great Wall of China.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid why they chose that building or structure.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.



WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

“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! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“Who do you ask for help when you have a dirty job to do?”
Corner 1: your mom or dad
Corner 2: your brother or sister
Corner 3: a friend
Corner 4: no one; you just get it done by yourself
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which would you choose?”
Corner 1: picking up litter or trash in a public park
Corner 2: cleaning animals’ hooves on a farm
Corner 3: cleaning up after people who get sick on amusement park rides
Corner 4: cleaning the cafeteria floors at your school

Encourage kids to sit in a circle.

“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)

ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)



WHAT YOU NEED: swat cards (2 sets of 8), fly swatters (4)

“Sometimes when we face a dirty job, we’d rather wait around and hope someone else will do it. Let’s think about some of the people we might try to leave a dirty job for instead of taking initiative to do it ourselves.”

Divide kids into two teams. Seat teams in half-circles, facing each other.
Spread the swat cards with the pictures facing up in the center of the circle.
Give one kid on each team a swatter. Explain that when you ask a question about who they’d be most likely to wait on to do a difficult task for them, kids will race to swat the picture that represents their answer to the question.
Ask one question and encourage kids to swat their answer:
“When your room is a mess and you know it’s time to clean it, who do you wait on, hoping they’ll clean it for you?”
“When you notice someone has knocked over a trash can at school, who do you hope will clean up the mess?”
“When a trash can blows over during a big storm and spreads trash down the road, who do you wait on to clean it up?”
“When you notice someone in your eGroup left trash on the theater floor, who do you hope will throw it away?”
“When you notice all the balls and equipment are left on the field after P.E. class, who do you hope will put them all away?”
The kid who swats a picture first will explain why they’re likely to wait on that person to do it for them. If the kid gives a good answer, the team can keep the swat card. If the kid does not give a good answer, the eGroup Leader gets to keep the swat card.
Tell the kids on both teams to pass the swatter to the next kid in their line, then repeat the game by asking the next question.
Continue until all question cards have been answered.
The team with the most swat cards at the end wins!
eGL Tip: If your eGroup is larger than 10 kids, after explaining the game, split the eGroup into four teams. Circle two teams around one set of swat cards, then put the other two teams around the second set of swat cards. Give each of the four teams a fly swatter. For each question, let the kid who swat a card first from each circle answer.

“Doing dirty jobs isn’t fun, but we all have to do them sometimes. Selfishly, we might be tempted to hope someone else will notice the dirty job and do it for us. But if we all wait for someone else, there’s a chance it might never get done! Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, we should take the initiative to do the job ourselves.”


WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

“Think about a time when you knew something needed to be done, but you ignored it and waited for someone else to do it. Why didn’t you do it yourself?”
“What excuses do you usually use to avoid doing a dirty job?”
“What do you do when you see a job that seems like it’s too big for you to do alone?”
“Can you think of a time when you did something that needed to be done without being asked? What did you do, and how did you feel afterward?”
“What is one thing you know needs to be done in your home or in your school this week? What will you do to show initiative and get the job done?”

“Dear God, thank You for giving us the ability to see and know when there is a job to be done. Sometimes we might want to wait for someone else to do a dirty job for us, but we know You want us to show initiative and be part of the solution for the problem. Give us strength and courage to jump in and do tough jobs, even when they seem overwhelming. We know You are always with us to help us. We love You! Amen.”



WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 2 in their Bibles. (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.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

“What city did Nehemiah travel to?” (Jerusalem)
“How long was Nehemiah in Jerusalem before he began inspecting the damage?” (three days)
“Did Nehemiah inspect the walls during the day or night?” (night)
“How many people did Nehemiah tell about his plan to rebuild the walls?” (zero)
“Had the walls been broken down or had they fallen down on their own?” (broken down)
“What were the gates destroyed with?” (fire)
“When Nehemiah told the Jews and their leaders about his plan to rebuild the walls, did they agree to work with him or did they tell him to do it on his own?” (They agreed to help him.)