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Motion eGroup : Week of December 24

PUT A BOW ON IT

Virtue

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

Main Point

I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone.

Memory Verse

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

Bible Story

Shepherds and Angels

Luke 2:8-20

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 Christmas movies or songs 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

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!

We’re wrapping up our series called Put a Bow On It, where we’ve been learning 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.”

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

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

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 2. 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 Luke 2:8-20 aloud and encourage kids to pass the bow each time one of the Pass Words is read.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God didn’t announce Jesus’ birth to kings or famous people. He sent an angel choir to announce this news to a bunch of poor shepherds on a hillside. None of us are Bethlehem shepherds, but we do have the same amazing message to share: Jesus, the Savior, has come and He wants people everywhere to believe in Him. That news is worth sharing with everyone we know!”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Who is one person in your life you think you could share God’s story with this week?”
  • “God’s gift of Jesus is for everyone, but not everyone will receive it. When you share your faith, some people may not want to hear it. What are some ways you can you still show God’s love to those who don’t really want to hear about Jesus?”
  • “If God’s story is all about sending Jesus to be our Savior, and if that story is for EVERYONE, how does that impact the
    way you think about Christmas?”

GROW #2

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’ve had the chance to earn fun prizes each week that will remind you to have fun and savor the joy of the Christmas season! This is your last chance to Bring It! during Put a Bow On It! 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.

 

GROW #3

CHRISTMAS MAD LIB

WHAT YOU NEED: Mad Lib sheet, pen

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Fill in the top half of the Mad Lib sheet by asking kids to choose words as directed.
  • Read the story from the bottom half of the Mad Lib sheet by inserting the words kids chose from the top half into the blanks.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“You all created a great story, but that definitely didn’t sound much like God’s story or how we would really share it! Let’s go back through it now and think about better words to go in these blanks.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the Mad Lib story again, pausing at each blank to ask kids what would really make sense in that blank.
  • In the second paragraph of the Mad Lib, encourage kids to be more specific as they think about what it should really say. Push them to share names of people they know they could share God’s story with or specific places where they could find people who need to hear God’s story.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Every day we see people who don’t understand God’s story — people who may not even know that God sent His Son, Jesus, to save them. God doesn’t want us to keep His story to ourselves; He wants us to share it with everyone! Sharing His story with everyone is a great way for us to find and share joy!

GROW #4

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

CHRISTMAS NO-NO BINGO

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. When you choose joy no matter what you face, you can see God do great things through you! I want you to think about one person in your life you can share God’s story with over Christmas. I’m going to write your name and their name in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can pray for you to find a way to share God’s story with them 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 and the person they are sharing God’s story with throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“Dear God, thank You SO much for sending Jesus for everyone! Help us to share this story so the people on our list can have the joy only YOU can give. We know we can have joy because Your story is for everyone. Help us to share that joy this week! We love You. In Jesus’ name, 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.