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Motion eGroup :: Week of December 2

The Big Give

Main Idea: Because God gave, I can give.
Bible Story: God gave us Jesus.
Bible Passage: 1 John 4:9-11
Memory Verse: 
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.”
– 
1 Timothy 6:18, NIV

Kid Connect

THE BIG RACE

WHAT YOU NEED: giant game board, Christmas game pieces (16), game cards (32), die (1), green cards (12), yellow cards (12)

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 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 “The Big Race.”

  • Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Give each kid a Christmas game piece and tell them to place their game piece on any one of the starting spaces (a space with a Motion gear on it).
  • Shuffle the game cards. Give one game card to each kid.
  • Kids may not switch starting spaces after game cards have been given.
  • Explain the game cards feature something they might see around Elevation. Kids will race to get to the spot on the game board showing the same Elevation icon as the one on their game card. The first kid to reach the space with their Elevation icon wins!
  • Roll the die. All kids will move that many spaces on the game board from their starting space toward the Elevation icon shown on their game card.
  • Kids may move horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  • Kids may only enter an icon space through the semi-circle entry points. Kids are allowed to use one move to enter an icon space through one door and another move to exit the icon space through the other door.
  • If kids land on a green space, they can choose if they want to take a green card. Green cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a bonus for another player.
  • If kids land on a yellow space, they can choose if they want to take a yellow card. Yellow cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a penalty for themselves.
  • Repeat until one kid reaches the icon shown on their game card. This kid is the winner!
  • Play again if time allows.

Bible Connect

BIBLE STORY CONCENTRATION

WHAT YOU NEED: concentration cards (16), question card (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 The Big Give, where we’ll learn about being generous. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about what Godly generosity looks like!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 1 John 4. 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 1 John 4:9-11 aloud.
  • Divide the group into four teams.
  • While laying out the concentration cards face-down in a 4×4 grid on the floor, explain kids will have to find the answers to Bible story questions on the concentration cards.
  • After hearing a question, teams will take turns turning over one concentration card and reading it aloud to the group.
  • If the card they turn over answers the question correctly, they can keep the card. If not, they will turn it back face-down in the same place they found it.
  • Remind kids to pay close attention to the cards other teams turn over so they can remember where those answers are later when they need them!
  • Read the first question aloud. Tell the first team to turn over one of the concentration cards and read the answer aloud. If it answers the question correctly, the team can keep it. If it doesn’t, they should put it back where they found it and let the next team turn over a concentration card. Repeat until the correct answer is found.
  • Repeat for each of the remaining questions. The team with the most cards after all questions have been answered wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“The most important thing about the Christmas season is to remember that God gave the gift of His Son to everyone. He came so that everyone who would ever live on earth could know Him. God gave us the biggest gift of all, and because God gave, we can give to others, too.”

You Connect

GUESS THE GIFT

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (2 sets of 8), timing device

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into two teams.
  • Explain kids will take turns trying to get their teams to guess something they can give others. The activity cards will tell them what their team is trying to guess. Kids will have 30 seconds to get their team to guess the gift correctly.
  • Kids can talk or act things out, BUT they are not allowed to say the name of the gift listed on the card, and they also cannot say any of the other words listed on the card.
  • The other team will have a copy of the card as well. If they catch their opponents saying any of the words on the card, the team should make a loud buzzer noise, signaling the opponent to stop talking/acting.
  • If the eGroup Leader determines the kid did say an off-limits word, the opposing team gets to keep both copies of the card. If the guessing team guesses correctly within thirty seconds, they can keep both copies of the card.
  • Encourage the first team to choose their first actor, the kid who will describe and act out the gift on the first activity card. Give a copy of the same activity card to the opposing team so they can listen for off-limits words.
  • Give the first actor 30 seconds to try to get their team to guess the gift. If the team guess correctly in 30 seconds, give their team both copies of the activity card. If they say an off-limits word, give both copies of the activity card to the opposing team. If they run out of time, set both copies of the activity card aside.
  • Repeat with the remaining activity cards, alternating teams. Encourage teams to choose different kids to be the actor each round. The team with the most cards at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“These were all gifts each of you can give, whether you have a lot or a little! Because God gave us the ultimate gift, it’s important for us to be ready and willing to give to others.”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Which one of these gifts could you give someone this Christmas? How could it make someone’s day for you to give that away?”
  • “When is it easy for you to be generous? When is it difficult?”
  • “How do you feel when someone gives you a gift? Does it make it easier to give knowing you can share that feeling?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can give because God gave to us first. When you choose to seek out opportunities to be generous, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one thing you could give someone else this week. If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea, think back to the gifts we guessed during our game. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you this week, that God will help you seek out this opportunity to be generous.”

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 us the most amazing gift anyone could give—Your Son. Please help us to remember this week when we see Christmas presents all around us that because God gave, we can give. Remind us of all the opportunities for generosity we talked about today. Help us think more about what we are giving than what we are getting this year. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (4 sets of 20), verse mats (4), command card (1), clothespins (20), gift bows (4)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:18, tells us we should be generous in the way we act and give to others. We serve a generous God, and it gives Him joy when we choose to be generous toward others!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18
  • 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: “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 clip all five bows on their mat.
  • 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.
  • Use clothespins to clip over two bows on the fastest team’s verse mat.
  • Give each team a gift bow.
  • Read the instructions on the command card one at a time, encouraging kids to put a bow on the word you describe. Use a clothespin to clip over one bow on their verse mat each time a team finishes the task first.
  • The first team to get all five bows clipped wins!

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.