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Motion eGroup Week of January 27

Work It Out

Virtue: Commitment: Making a plan and putting it into practice.
Main Point: Practice living for God.
Bible Story: The Widow’s Offering.
Bible Passage: Mark 12:41-44
Memory Verse: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:8, NIV

 

KID CONNECT

BRAINS AND BRAWN

WHAT YOU NEED: deck of cards (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 “Brains and Brawn.”
Kids can play this game in groups of eight. Use the second deck of cards to start a second group if needed.
Divide out the cards as evenly as possible, face down, to all kids. Kids make their own pile with the cards dealt to them.
Choose a kid to begin play. This kid starts by flipping over the top card of his or her pile to create a center pile. This pile should be in reach of all kids.
Rotating clockwise, kids continue flipping over their top card, adding to the center pile until a face card is placed on top of the center pile.
Kids should do the following when a face card is played:
Ace | Brain Work Out: All kids flip over the top card of their pile. The kid with the highest card gets to take the center pile and add it to the bottom of their pile. Ace has the highest value, two the lowest.
King | Brain Work Out: Kids can show their knowledge of the series virtue with this challenge by saying the series virtue. The first kid to put their hand on their head gets a chance to recite the series virtue to you. The first kid to do this successfully can take the center pile and add it to their pile. (The virtue is in the side bar on the left.)
Queen | Muscle Work Out: The kid with the quickest reflexes who puts their hand on the center pile first takes the center pile and adds it to their own pile.
Jack | Muscle Work Out: The kid who jumps to their feet the fastest gets to take the center pile and add it to their own pile.
If a kid runs out of cards, they can re-enter the game by being the fastest to respond when a face card is played.
The game ends when one kid has all the cards or if time is up, the kid with the most cards is the winner!

BIBLE CONNECT

COMMIT TO IT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story question sheets (4), plastic sleeves (4), dry erase markers (4), Bible story question answer sheet (1), secret word letters (4 sets)

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 Work It Out, where we’re learning about commitment. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about a woman who Jesus saw living for God.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Mark 12:41. 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 Mark 12:41-44 aloud.
Divide the group into four teams.
Give each team a Bible story question sheet in a protective plastic sleeve and a dry erase marker.
Have teams work together to answer the Bible story questions.
Once a team has answered all the questions correctly, give them a set of the secret word letters. You may need to scramble the letter cards before giving them to the kids in order to not give away the word.
Teams must unscramble the letters to make a word. The week 4 secret word is LIVING.
The first team to figure out the secret word wins!
Option for younger kids: Answer the questions and unscramble the secret word letters as a group.
Have kids paperclip their secret word letters back together so they are ready for the next Worship Experience.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus stopped to watch the people putting their money into the temple treasury. Jesus pointed out the poor widow who only gave two small coins. Her gift proved that she trusted God to take care of her. She obediently gave all she had. Talk about living for God! We can live for God, too, by how we honor God with our whole lives—through how we love others and serve them, how we give of our time and talents, and how we obey and praise God.”

YOU CONNECT

LIVING FOR GOD

WHAT YOU NEED: location cards (16), X/O cards (set of 9), leader question sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Create a 4×4 grid using the location cards. Point out that these are places kids may go during the week.
Tell the kids they will be playing a version of Tic-Tac-Toe.
Divide kids into two teams.
Decide which team will be “X” and which team will be “O.”
Choose a team to go first.
When each team takes a turn they will select a location card.
Use the leader question sheet to ask the question that corresponds with the location chosen.
Once teams have answered the question, allow them to place their teams marker over location card.
Teams will need to be strategic in choosing their location cards in order to get four of their team markers in a row.
Teams can win by having four in a row diagonally, horizontally, or vertically. If no team gets four in a row, declare the game a tie.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Living for God means the things you do, say, and give honors God. When you practice living for God, it has value in every way for every part of your life! If you want to live the best kind of life, the best thing you can do is look at how God wants you to live. But it takes commitment. It takes practice. You don’t get to do one thing for God and then you’re done forever! You have to do it over and over. But the good news is, God wants us to do that, and so He’ll help us! All we have to do is ask Him.”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned growing in our faith means living for God. When you follow God’s instructions for your life, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share with me a way you can live for God 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, You are an awesome God, and we know that living Your way is the best way! Thank you for your Word which teaches us how to live for You! Help us this week to live a life that honors You and to be focused on You. We love You. In Jesus name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, deck of cards (1), “Work It Out” leader key (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 4:18, tells us having a healthy body has value but godliness, choosing to follow God and do what He says, has even more value. When you commit to following God, you will live the best kind of life!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:18
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: “Work It Out” or “Verse Practice.”

WORK IT OUT

Split your group into two teams.
Teams will earn points by completing “Work It Out” challenges. Some challenges work out the commitment to growing our faith with memory verse practice. Some challenges work out the body with exercises.
Teams can use their Bibles to complete verse related challenges.
Teams will take turns choosing a card from the deck to earn points. The number on the card is the number of points the team will earn only if the entire team chooses to complete the challenge. Refer to the “Work It Out” leader key for game challenges.
When all cards are gone or time is up, teams will add up the numbers on their playing cards. (Jack, Queen, King and Ace are worth 12 points.) The team with the most points 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.