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Motion eGroup Week of June 10

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Creativity: Imagining what you could do because you are made in God’s image.
Main Point: God made everything
Bible Story: Creation Story
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:1-25
Memory Verse: “How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that.” Psalm 139:14 (NIrV)

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

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 “Lego Creations.”
Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can reach the pieces.
Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.
Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
Create something that represents the most exciting thing you’ve ever done.
Create something that represents either your proudest or most embarrassing moment.
After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

STORY CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, creation cards (15), blank copy paper (1 per kid), markers or other coloring utensils

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 Gadgets and Gizmos, where we’ll learn about the creativity God has given us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about the One who is the ultimate Creator!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 1. 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.
Give each kid one creation card and a piece of blank copy paper. If any cards are leftover, give kids the option to take a second creation card and piece of copy paper. Place the markers or other coloring utensils where kids can reach them easily.
Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a picture of the item listed on their creation card using the paper and markers.
eGL Tip: Be sure children draw on their copy paper, NOT on the creation card.
After kids have had a couple of minutes to draw their picture, explain that kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their picture for everyone to see.
Read Genesis 1:1-25 aloud and encourage kids to hold up their pictures as their words are read.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When God made everything, can’t you imagine that He had so much fun doing it? Think of how much creativity went into every single flower, each bird, and a sea full of fish. Nothing was created by chance. God did it—without any help. In fact, He did it from absolutely nothing—NOTHING—just himself. That should blow our minds. It should also make us step back in awe and wonder at our mighty and powerful Creator—a Creator who made YOU in His image. That means that you have the ability to be creative, too.”

GROW

CREATIVE THINKING

WHAT YOU NEED: bag of letter squares (1 bag)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Tell each team to take four letter squares from the bag and spread them out in front of their team.
Explain kids will fill in the blank in the sentence, “People can be creative through _______” by choosing a word that starts with one of the letters on their letter squares. (Example: “A” could be “art” or “acrobatics.”)
Once kids have used a letter square, they will place it aside in a “completed” pile and then take another letter square from the bag to replace it.
If a team cannot think of a word to fill in the blank starting with any of the letters in front of them, they can choose another letter square from the bag instead of playing on that turn.
The team with the most squares in their completed pile at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“God is the ultimate Creator. He made everything in the universe from nothing! Isn’t it awesome that our great Creator also gives us the ability to be creative like Him? There are so many ways we can be creative, from music to movement and from ballet to band. God gives us endless opportunities to do great and creative things!”

Discussion Questions:
“What are some ways you are creative? What are some areas where you aren’t very creative?”
“How can you use your creativity to help others see God through you?”
“Some people might argue that God didn’t create everything because humans created cars and computers and all kinds of things we use every day. How can we still give God the credit for those things, too?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God made everything, and He gave us the ability to be creative, too. When you use your creativity to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one thing you’re thankful God created. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can remember to thank God specifically for some of the wonderful things He has created.”

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, You made everything! Thank You, God, for creating [list some examples kids listed]. You are so creative, God, and I thank You for making us creative. Help us to imagine all we can do because we are made in Your image. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, yarn strands (20), verse cards (4 sets: blue, red, orange, and green)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 139:14, tells us we can praise God because He created everything, including us, and we can trust that what He creates is good!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children 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 at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Fill the Gap” or “Verse Practice.”
FILL THE GAP
Split kids into four teams. Give each team five yarn strands. Each team also needs a set of verse cards, but take one random card from each set and place it to the side before giving the teams their set.
Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order, but there will be one word missing from each team’s set.
To fill the spot for the missing word, kids will create a representation of the word using their yarn strands (either the word or an image).
The first team to correctly put the verse in order AND fill in the spot for the missing word with the yarn wins!
Before starting another round, make sure to return the cards you removed at the beginning to the correct set.
Play again by removing a different card from each set and then repeat the activity with kids creating a representation for the new missing words.
As kids grow more comfortable with the verse, remove two or three cards from each set and encourage kids to create representations to replace each missing word.
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: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.