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Motion eGroup Week of February 17

Rewind

Virtue: Kindness: Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.
Main Point: Be kind to people who are overlooked.
Bible Story: The Least of These.
Bible Passage: Matthew 25:35-40
Memory Verse: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31, NIV

KID CONNECT

PICTURE THIS!

WHAT YOU NEED:
Picture This! cards, white boards (2), dry erase markers (2)

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 “Picture This!”
Divide kids into two groups.
“Picture This!” is played in rounds. For each round choose a kid from each team to be a drawer.
Show the drawer from each team the same “Picture This!” card.
The drawers will race to get their teams to guess the word on the card by drawing on the whiteboard. Drawers cannot talk.
You can give the kids one hint. All words on the “Picture This!” cards relate to people we can be kind to.
This first team to guess the word gets a point for that round.
Choose two different drawers and play another round with a different “Picture This!” card.
Continue with different team drawers and rounds until all cards have been used or time is up.
The team with the most points wins!

BIBLE CONNECT

FIND WHAT’S KIND

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible story sheet, Find What’s Kind activity page (1 per kid), pens

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 in a series called Rewind, where we’re learning about kindness. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about who Jesus says needs our kindness.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 25. 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 Matthew 25:35-40 aloud.
Give each kid a “Find What’s Kind” activity page and have them write their name on their paper.
Explain that together you will rewind to find what was kind in today’s Bible story.
Answer the questions together and have kids write responses on the activity page.
Who needs our kindness? People who are overlooked/go unnoticed.
When can we show them kindness? All of the time. We can always look for people who need our love and help, then we can show them the kindness of Jesus.
How can we show them kindness? If someone is hungry, we can help them get food. If someone is lonely, we can spend time with them.
Options for Younger Kids: Let younger kids can draw instead of write if they prefer.
Options for Older Kids: Have them answer the questions on the activity page with a partner and then discuss as a group.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When we do kind things for others, it’s like we’re doing them for God. We can be kind to the people we know and love, but God also wants us to keep an eye out for people who are overlooked and do kind things for them, too.”

YOU CONNECT

OVERLOOKED SUBJECTS

WHAT YOU NEED:
“Overlooked Subjects” and “Acts of Kindness” activity page (3), dice (3), timer

WHAT YOU DO:
Split your kids into three team.
Give each team an “Overlooked Subjects” and “Acts of Kindness” activity page and a die.
Explain to the group that as a team, they will share ways to show kindness to people who are overlooked.
Each team will roll the die twice.
The first roll will determine the overlooked subject.
The second roll will determine the act of kindness.
Once they have rolled twice, each team will determine how they can be kind to their selected person with the selected item. For example: I can be kind to the homeless person by giving him a bottle of water.
Give teams two minutes to decide how they will act out the scenario they rolled with the die.
Teams will have one minute to get the other teams to guess correctly who is overlooked and how the team is being kind.
Each team will receive a point if the other teams can guess correctly before time is up.
Have teams repeat rolling the dice and acting out scenarios two more times. (Each team will act a total of three times.)
The team with the most points wins!
Note: Be careful not to encourage kids to invite a stranger into their home. If they happen to roll the combination of house and homeless man/new kid at school, give suggestions such as, “Get to know the new kid and then ask a parent if you can invite him over,” or, “Ask a parent to help homeless person find a shelter to go to.”

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The options are endless for how we can show kindness to others. We often forget about the people all around us who may need a kind word or action. Maybe it’s the new girl in school who doesn’t have any friends yet. Or perhaps it’s the person you know who doesn’t have as much as you. Whoever it may be, we can all be kind to people who are overlooked.”

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
What does it feel like to be left out?
When have you felt welcomed by someone? What unexpected kindness did they show you?
Why do you think God wants us to show kindness to those who are overlooked?
When is it hard to show kindness to people who are overlooked?
What gets in the way or makes it hard for you to include others?
What can you do to be more aware of the needs of others?

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned to be kind to people who are overlooked. When you choose kindness, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share a way you will show kindness this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you as you grow your faith in God.”

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, I thank You that You do not overlook anyone! Thank You for truly loving the least of these, and thank You for giving Your love and kindness to us. I pray that You cause our group to see Your people like You do. Help us to see the overlooked and boldly reach out to them with kindness. Show us this week how we can be kind to people who are overlooked. We love You. In Jesus name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (3 sets), dice (3), Remix Relay dice key (3)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Luke 6:31, tells us that if we want to see kindness shown to us, we can show that same kindness to others. Kindness means showing others they are valuable by how we treat them. Everyone is valuable to God and because of God’s great love for us, we can be kind to everyone.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
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: “Remix Relay” or “Verse Practice.”

REMIX RELAY
Split your group into two for this memory verse relay race. If you have a larger group of kids, split your group into three teams.
Designate a starting line for each team and have team members line up behind that spot.
Give each team a die and Remix Relay dice key.
About ten feet across from each team place a set of memory verse cards.
The second kid in line is in charge of rolling the die. When they roll the die, the first kid in line will follow the directions on the Remix Relay dice key, working their way toward the memory verse cards.
The first roll determines how many steps the first person in line takes.
The second roll determines the kind of steps the first person in line takes. 1=giant step, 2=leap, 3=twirl, 4=hop, 5=baby step, 6= step back
Once the first player in line reaches the memory verse cards they must put the verse in order. Their team can help them by saying the verse but must stay in line.
Once the verse is in correct order they will mix up the words and run back to their team, sitting at the back of the line. The next person in line will start working their way towards the memory verse.
The first team to have all team members put the memory verse together is the winner!

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.