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Motion eGroup Week of July 1

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: Trust that God is always with you.
Bible Story: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Bible Passage: Daniel 3
Memory Verse: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, NIV

KID CONNECT

EXTREME FACTS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 playing Extreme Facts!
Tell kids to stand in the center of the eGroup space.
Explain you will read an extreme or crazy fact to the group. They will have to decide whether it is true or false.
Point to your left and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is true. Then point to your right and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is false.
Tell kids there will be a penalty for choosing the wrong side! They can choose to do ten jumping jacks or count to ten in a crazy voice (squeaky, deep, opera, underwater, robot, etc.).
Read the following facts and instruct kids to stand on the designated sides to show if they think it’s true or false. Lead kids standing on the wrong side in performing the penalty.

EXTREME FACTS

You can compete in an underwater mountain bike race in Sydney, Australia. (False, but there is one in North Carolina.)
A hippo’s lips are about five feet wide. (False; they are two feet wide.)
The first microwave oven was almost as tall as a refrigerator. (True)
If grasshoppers were the size of people, they could leap the length of a football field. (False; they could leap the length of a basketball court.)
The longest beard on record was ten feet long. (False; it was 17.5 feet long.)
The longest bout of hiccups lasted 69 days. (False; it lasted 69 years.)
The average cumulus cloud weighs roughly 1.1 million pounds. (True)
Bacon was used to make explosives during World War II. (True)
Play-Doh was originally sold as wallpaper cleaner. (True)

BIBLE CONNECT

STUMP THE CROWD

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible story sheet (1), whiteboards (2), whiteboard markers (2)

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 continuing our series called Amped, where we’re learning about confidence. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about some guys who proved they trusted God was always with them!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Daniel 3. 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 the Bible passage aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a whiteboard and whiteboard marker. Make sure each team also has a Bible.
Explain kids will write three questions about the Bible story. Their goal is to come up with questions that will stump the other team. The questions should still be fair though, so remind kids to make sure the answers to all questions can be found in Daniel 3.
Allow kids four to five minutes to brainstorm questions with their teams and write them on the whiteboards.
Allow Team One to ask Team Two one of their questions. If Team Two gets it right, Team Two gets a point. If they get it wrong, Team One gets a point.
Repeat the process with Team Two asking a question, then continue alternating between teams. The team with the most points at the end wins!
eTL Tip: For younger groups that can’t write as well, simply skip the part where kids write the questions on the whiteboards. Allow children to discuss the questions and then ask the other team verbally. Remind teams that they should all participate in the discussion so their team doesn’t forget the questions they came up with.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego had confidence that God was always with them. They were so confident that they were willing to stand up for what they believed in, even when it meant facing a deadly consequence. Just like Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, when you face tough situations, remember God is always with you!”

YOU CONNECT

DRAW BY FAITH

WHAT YOU NEED:
blank index cards (30), pens, activity cards (6)

WHAT YOU DO:
Pair each kid with a partner. Make sure boys partner with boys and girls partner with girls.
Tell each pair to choose one kid from their pair to stand outside the group, then have the other kid from each pair sit on the floor.
Encourage the kids on the floor to sit in a circle. Give each of them an index card and a pen.
Explain you’ll show each of the standing kids a picture from one of the activity cards. Without speaking, they will go sit behind their partners. Using their finger as a pen, these kids will draw the picture from the activity card on their partner’s back.
The partner with the index card will use the pen and index card to draw what they think their partner is drawing on their back.
Show the standing kids the first activity card. Give partners one minute to complete the challenge. Kids should not speak unless they need to ask their partner to redraw the image on their back.
When time is up, let kids show each other the pictures on their index cards and compare them with the one from the activity card.
Use the discussion prompts described below to tell what’s happening in the picture and encourage kids to share why they would need to trust that God is with them if they were in that situation.
Lightning bolt — fear of storms
Sad face — when we feel sad
Band-Aid© — if we get hurt or sick
Roller coaster — trying something new
Stick figure — standing up for what’s right even if you’re alone
House — being home alone, or fear of the dark
Let partners switch roles and play again with a new activity card. Continue until all cards have been used and each picture discussed.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“You can trust that God is always with you. He’s even closer than the friend who was drawing on your back. You couldn’t see him/her, but you knew he/she was there. You can’t see God, but you can know He’s with you. He’s bigger than any problem or fear and even closer than the person sitting next to you. Call on Him anytime, anywhere, and He will hear you.”

Discussion Questions:
“When is it easy to trust God? When is it hard?”
“What does it look like to live like you know God is with you?”
“What can you do to remind yourself you can trust God no matter what?” (make a list of His promises, pray, memorize verses, etc.)

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can trust God is always with us. When you let that truth fill you with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one way you’d like to see God help you 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 to remember that God is with you, and that He will help you in any situation!”

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:
“Dear God, thank You for the promise You have given us that we can trust You are always with us. I pray that whatever we are walking through this week, that we never forget this truth. Help us to be confident not in ourselves, but in the mighty God You are. Thank You for how I know You will be a present help to us this week! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Philippians 1:6, tells us we can always be confident in God’s good plans for us. When we choose to follow Him, He gives us a part in His plan, and He will always make sure His plans happen perfectly!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
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 an activity: “Imitation Recitation” or “Verse Practice.”

IMITATION RECITATION

Tell kids to stand in a circle around the eGroup space.
Explain that their goal is to stand completely still, like a statue, throughout the entire game. The only time they can move is when you stop in front of them and ask them to repeat a phrase from the memory verse.
When you stop in front of a kid, say one phrase from the memory verse. The kid in front of you must echo the words without blinking at all until you’ve moved on to the next kid.
The phrases can be divided in this way: Being confident of this / that he who began / a good work in you / will carry it on / to completion until / the day of Christ Jesus. / Philippians 1:6
If the kid in front of you blinks before you move on, or if any kid is caught moving when they aren’t supposed to, the kid is out of the game and must sit down. This kid will then help watch the rest of the group to catch other kids who move when they aren’t supposed to.
Each time you begin the verse again, change the way kids must echo the words. Instead of not blinking, they could be required to imitate the tone or pitch of your voice, mirror your movements as you speak, use the same facial expression (fish face, squinty eyes, wide eyes, etc.) or follow a familiar tune such as “Happy Birthday.”
The last kid standing 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.