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Motion eGroup :: Week of January 6

Work It Out

Virtue: Commitment: Making a plan and putting it into action.
Main Point: Practice hearing and doing what God says.
Bible Story: Sand and Rock
Bible Passage: Matthew 7:24-27
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 4:18, 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!
This week we start a new series called Work It Out, where we’ll learn about commitment. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read what it means to commit to hearing and doing what God says.”
WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 7:24. 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 7:24-27 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. Week 1 secret word is HEARING.
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:
“Commitment to growing in our faith means hearing what God says. We do that by reading our Bibles and learning about God at church. We also need to follow through by actually doing what God says. Like the wise builder who chose to build his house on the strong rock foundation, our faith is stronger when we choose to practice hearing and doing what God says.”

You Connect

LIKE A ROCK

WHAT YOU NEED: “HEARING” and “DOING” response card (1 per kid)
WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid a “HEARING” and “DOING” response card.
Read the scenarios below.
If kids think the scenario is someone hearing God’s words, they should hold up the “HEARING” side of the response card.
If kids think the scenario is someone doing what God’s word says, they should hold up the “DOING” side of the response card.
SCENARIOS:
Last night your mom read Mark 12:30 to you from the Bible which says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (hearing)
Your eGroup leader shared Proverbs 17:17 with you: “A friend loves at all times.” (hearing)
You chose to let your friend go first in line at lunch, even though you were really hungry. (doing)
You invited a friend to come to church with you. (doing)
During Motion you heard the story of the wise and foolish builder. (hearing)
You commit to reading your Bible every night before bed. (hearing)
A friend is feeling nervous about basketball tryouts so you pray God will give him courage and help him perform his best. (doing)
You commit to memorizing the series memory verse. (hearing/doing)
Last week you read Proverbs 12:22 from the Bible: “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” (hearing/doing)
You haven’t finished your homework. When your Mom asks, you tell the truth, even though you know it means you’ll have to stop what your doing to go finish it. (doing)
You pray to God each morning before school asking Him to help you make the best choices. (hearing/doing)
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we’ve been talking about how important it is to practice hearing and doing what God says. You want to make good choices that help you live the best kind of life—one that honors God. You have to hear what God says so you can know how He wants you to live. But once you hear it, God wants you to do something with that knowledge. As you learn to hear from God through His Word, look for opportunities to do what He says.”
Discussion Question:
How can you commit to building a strong foundation for your faith in God? (memorize His Word, read the Bible, pray, talk to others about God, worship Him, practice doing what God says)

You Connect

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned how we can practice hearing and doing what God says. 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 one way you can commit to hearing and doing what God says 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, thank You for loving us and for giving us Your Word so that we can know You more. Help us to not only hear Your Word, but also to be like the wise man who built his house on the rock and do what You’ve asked us to do. We trust that Your way is the best way. 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.