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Motion eGroup :: Week of December 10

SPOTLIGHT

Virtue

Joy: Finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.

Main Point

I can have joy because anything is possible with God.

Memory Verse

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

Bible Story

Zechariah and Elizabeth

Luke 1:5-25, 57-59

ENGAGE

ENGAGE is a time to welcome kids to your eGroup with a fun activity to help them feel comfortable and get to know each other.

HEADBOWZ

WHAT YOU NEED: Headbowz game cards (2 sets)

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 is your favorite thing about Christmas?
  • 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 “Headbowz.”
  • Seat kids in a circle. If you have more than eight kids, split them into two groups.
  • Place the Headbowz game cards in the center of the circle with the bow facing up.
  • Tell kids they will take turns trying to guess different people or objects we see at Christmas by asking only yes or no questions.
  • Ask one kid to take a Headbowz card WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE OTHER SIDE and hold it in front of their forehead so the bow is facing them. Encourage the kid to ask the other kids yes or no questions to help guess what is on the card.
  • The kid may ask up to five questions before guessing what is on the card. If the guess is correct, the kid can keep the card. If the guess is wrong, the kid can give the card to the eGroup Leader to discard.
  • The kid with the most cards at the end wins!

 

 

MEMORY VERSE is a time to introduce the series virtue and memory verse. Choose one of the memory verse activity options to help your kids practice the verse. After this activity, GO TO LARGE GROUP.

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible highlighters, memory verse cards, word cards, verse mat, command card, mini bows, dry erase marker

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 month we’re in a series called Put a Bow On It, where we’ll learn about finding joy in every situation. Our Bible verse, Philippians 4:4, tells us we should rejoice always. That means finding joy all the time, no matter what’s going on in our lives. Let’s memorize this verse so we can remember to show joy all the time.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the Bible highlighters to underline the verse in their Bible. Give a memory verse card to kids without a Bible.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Put a Bow On It” or “Verse Practice.”

PUT A BOW ON IT

  • Split kids into four teams.
  • Give each team a verse mat. Explain kids will compete to be the first team to get all five bows on their mat crossed off.
  • Give each team a set of word cards, face down, and tell teams to shuffle their word cards well. Once all teams are done shuffling, tell teams to turn their cards over and put them in order on the verse mat as fast as they can.
  • Cross off two bows on the fastest team’s verse mat with the Expo marker.
  • Read the instructions on the command card one at a time, encouraging kids to put a bow on the word you describe. Cross off one bow on their verse mat each time a team finishes the task first.
  • The first team to get all five bows crossed off wins!

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: After practicing the verse together, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
  • MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.

GROW #1

PASS THE BOW

In the BIBLE STORY activity, kids will act out the Bible story in decreasing amounts of time and learn about how God called Moses to do something he didn’t feel ready for.

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 Minutes

PASS THE BOW

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Pass Word cards, medium bow, Bible story sheet

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 1. 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.
  • Tell kids we will pay attention to important words in the Bible story by passing the bow to someone else each time one of the Pass Words is read.
  • Spread out the Pass Word cards. Read each of the words out loud and remind kids to listen for those words in the Bible story.
  • Give the bow to a kid. Tell kids whoever is holding the bow must pass it to someone else as quickly as they can as soon as they hear one of the Pass Words.
  • Read aloud from Luke 1 as directed on the Bible story sheet and encourage kids to pass the bow each time one of the Pass Words is read.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Do you remember why God took away Zechariah’s voice? (Pause for responses and then read Luke 1:19-20.) Zechariah’s unbelief didn’t make God happy. Old Zechariah couldn’t begin to imagine how he and Elizabeth could possibly become parents at their age. But the thing that Zechariah thought was unbelievably impossible was not too hard for God.

Zechariah’s story reminds us that God can do the things we cannot do. When you face a hard situation this week, think about dear old Zechariah. Even though Zechariah didn’t get how God’s plan was going to play out or even believe that it actually could, he learned that God is all-powerful and able to do anything.”

Discussion Questions:

    • “What are some other Bible stories you remember where God did something that seemed impossible?”
    • “If God said He would do something impossible in your life, what might you ask Him for? How would you respond if it never happened?”
    • “Have you ever seen God do something that seemed impossible in your life or for someone you know?”

GROW #2

JOY TOSS

In the APPLICATION activity, kids will think about how they can take the next step even when they aren’t completely ready.

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 Minutes

WHAT YOU NEED:

activity cards (15), medium gift bow (1)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into three teams.
  • Turn the activity cards facedown and shuffle them. Lay the activity cards out across the center of the group in a 3×5 grid pattern.
  • Tell the first team to choose a player to toss the gift bow onto the grid. Retrieve and turn over the card their bow lands on (or closest to).

    - If the bow lands on a joy statement card, read the statement aloud and award the team one point.

    - If the bow lands on a smiley face card, read the scenario and encourage the team to decide how they could choose joy in that situation. Once they’ve answered, award the team one point.

    - If the bow lands on a frowny face card, read the scenario and encourage the team to share what they would do if they did not choose joy. Once they’ve answered, the team loses a point UNLESS they can also share a way they could choose joy in that situation. If they also come up with a joyful response, no points are awarded or lost.

  • Play until all cards have been turned over and then total all the points. The team with the most points wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“In our lives, we’ll face some great things that make us smile and some not-so-great things that make us frown. But joy isn’t about being happy. Because it IS possible to have joy even when you face a situation that makes you unhappy. Knowing God and understanding how much He loves you can help you have joy no matter what situation you face!”

GROW #3

Spend time in PRAYER with your eGroup before beginning the GAME ACTIVITY.

CHRISTMAS NO-NO BINGO

PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 Minutes

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pens, Bingo boards, Bingo chips, activity cards

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can have joy because anything is possible with God. When you choose joy no matter what you face, you can see God do great things through you! I want you to think about a situation in your life where it feels impossible to find joy. I’m going to write your name and the situation you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can pray for you to find joy in that situation and so I can continue praying for you throughout the 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 to remember God’s promises to them throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“God, thanks for reminding us through the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth that we can have joy. Even when things seem impossible to us, they are possible with You. Help us to remember that You can do ANYTHING! We can have joy because anything is possible with God. We love You. Thanks for loving us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Choosing joy is part of showing your Christmas spirit! But sometimes all the craziness that comes with Christmas can bring out our grumpy side. Let’s see if you’ve ever experienced some of these joy-killing Christmas No-No’s!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Give each kid a Bingo board and put the Bingo chips where kids can take them as they need them.
  • Tell kids to call out “Bingo” when they have covered five spaces in a row.
  • Instruct kids to put a Bingo chip over the free space in the middle of the board.
  • Read the activity cards one at a time and encourage kids to put a Bingo chip on their board when applicable. Discuss ways kids could have chosen a more joyful attitude each time a child puts a chip on their board.

BRING IT! CHALLENGE

The BRING IT! CHALLENGE is completed during Large Group.

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet, Bring It! Challenge stickers

WHAT YOU SAY:

“In Motion we want you to Bring It! to church each weekend! The Bring It! Challenge encourages you to bring yourself, your Bible, your friends, and scripture you’ve learned to Motion. Not only can you be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.

During Put a Bow On It, you can earn fun prizes each week that will remind you to have fun and savor the joy of the Christmas season! All you have to do is show me Philippians 4:4 in your Bible AND recite it from memory!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Encourage kids to show you Philippians 4:4 in the Bible AND recite the verse from memory. Kids must do both to earn a prize.
  • Give any kids who complete the challenge a Bring It! Challenge sticker and tell them the sticker will allow them to choose a prize as they are dismissed at the end of the experience.
  • On the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet, record the number of kids who recited the memory verse and/or brought a Bible. Give this sheet to your eTeam Leader at the end of the worship experience.