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Motion eGroup :: Week of December 3

SPOTLIGHT

Virtue

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

Main Point

I can have joy because God keeps His promises.

Memory Verse

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

Bible Story

God Promises A Savior

Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:6-11

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 week we begin a new 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

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Isaiah 9. 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 Isaiah 9:6-7 aloud and encourage kids to pass the bow each time one of the Pass Words is read. Help kids turn in their Bibles to Luke 2:6-11 and instruct kids to continue passing the bow as you read.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“In Isaiah, God promised He would send a Messiah, and then He fulfilled His promise when Jesus was born.One of the fantastic things about our great God is that He is a keeper of promises. He won’t give up on anything He said He will do. That doesn’t mean everything will be easy or that God will make all of our problems go away. But He does promise He’ll always be with us and that He’ll always provide what we need for the moment. So I can have joy no matter what because I know God will always keep His promises to me!”

Discussion Questions:

  • “What are some ways we can learn and remember God’s promises?”
  • “When things aren’t going well, is it ok to doubt or question God’s promises? How can you find joy in those times?”
  • “If someone asked you why you had joy in a tough time, what would you tell them?”

GROW #2

PROMISES FOR JOY

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

called Spotlight, and we wanted to close it out by giving each of you a headlamp so you can continue putting the spotlight on others even after you leave! In this game, we’ll use the headlamps to help us put the spotlight on different ways we can give God the credit for all of the great things in our lives!”

WHAT YOU NEED: situation cards, whiteboards (5), whiteboard markers (5)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into teams of three to four kids and give each team a whiteboard and marker.
  • Lay the situation cards out across the center of the group and encourage kids to try to memorize the situations represented on the cards.
  • After about a minute, take all the situation cards back and put them away where they can’t be seen. Encourage teams to list as many of the situations as they can remember from the situation cards on their whiteboards.
  • When teams are done, take the situation cards back out and lay them across the center of the group. Tell kids they can put a check mark on their whiteboard by each situation they correctly remembered.
  • Ask kids to think about what these situations all have in common. (They’re all tough situations – situations where it would be difficult to find joy.)
  • Pick up and discuss each situation card one at a time. Ask kids if they’ve ever been in a similar situation and if they were able to find joy in spite of it. Remind kids that God makes promises to us in the Bible to help us find joy, then read the promises on the back of the card.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God’s promises last forever. They never fail us when we need them. One of God’s greatest promises was to send a Savior to rescue us from our sin, and He kept that promise. It’s why we can celebrate Christmas in a way that those who don’t know Jesus are not able to do. Because God keeps His promises, I can always find joy!”

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 God keeps His promises. 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 of God’s promises that can help you find joy. I’m going to write your name and the promise you choose in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can pray for you to remember that promise 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:

“Lord, we just want to say how grateful we are for the many promises You have given us in Your Word, such as (read the promises children shared from the Prayer Journal). Your promises give us hope and joy. They remind us that You love us and are always with us even on our hardest days. Thank You for giving us a way to be happy even when things don’t go our way. 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.

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. Note: Very few kids should be able to do this the first week of the series.
  • 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.