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Motion eGroup Week of June 16

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: God is stronger than anyone. Live like you believe it!
Bible Story: Samson
Bible Passage: Judges 13-16
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

AMPED UP TIC-TAC-TOE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), blank paper (20), pens

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 Amped Up Tic-Tac-Toe!
Give each kid a piece of paper and a pen. Ask kids to draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid on their pieces of paper.
Note: Their grids should not cover the full page. Grids should be large enough to write a few words in each box, but small enough to fit multiple grids on the paper so more rounds can be played.
Explain that kids will hear a category such as “places to eat.” They will write down one place in each box on the Tic-Tac-Toe grid, without letting others see what they wrote.
The goal of the game is to write down answers they think others will also write down.
Give kids a few minutes to write. When they’re finished, go around the circle and have kids read aloud what they wrote on their grids.
If kids have written the same word someone else calls out in any of the boxes, they can X it out. The words must be the same, but they do not have to be placed in the same box.
The first person to get three X’s in a row on their grid wins!
Play as many rounds as time allows. Use the following categories: sports, snacks, pieces of clothing, pets, and vehicles.
Variations:
“Amped X” – Kids race to X out the five spaces along both diagonals on the grid to create an ‘X’ across it.
“Fully Amped” – Kids race to X out all nine spaces.
For younger groups: Divide kids into two teams. Help each team draw one large grid on their paper, then encourage teams to work together to fill their grid with words relating to the category. Be available to help with writing/spelling words for both teams as needed! (NOTE: Younger kids may need help designating a capable writer for their team.)

BIBLE CONNECT

EXTREME LIVING ART

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible story sheet

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 Amped, where we’re learning about confidence. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about how God gave someone incredible strength!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Judges 13. 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.
Explain that kids will create extreme living art scenes to represent the Bible passage. Once a team has created their scene, the challenge is to stay completely still, like a statue or a painting, for the remainder of the activity while other teams form their scenes.
Divide kids into five teams and assign each team a scene to create:
The angel gives Manoah and his wife instructions for the baby.
Samson eats honey out of the dead lion he killed.
Samson is taken prisoner, but escapes his ropes and kills one thousand Philistines.
Delilah tricks Samson and they cut his hair, taking his strength.
Samson destroys the Philistine temple with his bare hands.
Encourage kids to work as a team to decide the best way to represent their scene. Give them three or four minutes to plan.
Ask the first team to go to one side of the eGroup space and pose to create their living art scene. Once they’ve formed their scene, remind the team to stay completely still until all teams have completed their living art scenes. Point out the different elements of their scene to the rest of the group.
One at a time, invite other teams to stand in different places around the edge of the eGroup space and create their living art scenes. While they stay still, explain each scene as it’s finished.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The real source of Samson’s strength wasn’t his hair; it was God’s power in him. He was weak without God’s power, but because God is stronger than anyone, God’s power enabled him to do great things. Because of this, you and I can trust God and have confidence in His strength, too!”

YOU CONNECT

CONFIDENT STRENGTH

WHAT YOU NEED:
Chinese finger traps (1 per kid)

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid a Chinese finger trap.
Encourage kids to put their fingers in either end of the trap. Explain that the trap represents insecurity and uncertainty.
Tell the kids to try as hard as they can, with all their strength, to pull their fingers out of the trap. Allow them to try for 30-45 seconds, then explain that is what it’s like when we do things our own way and rely on our own strength – the harder we try the less we can do. It doesn’t work!
Tell kids they can only overcome their insecurities with confidence when they let God do it with His strength.
To show them this, tell one kid to push their fingers together inside the trap. Explain that you will represent how God uses His strength to do what they can’t.
As the kid pushes their fingers together inside the trap, gently hold the finger trap in the middle and encourage the kid to carefully and slowly pull their fingers out.
Encourage the rest of the group to help each other get out of the traps by pushing their fingers together and letting someone else help release them from the trap.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Each one of us will face situations where we realize that we can’t do what needs to be done on our own. We aren’t strong enough to fix the problem or survive the hurt by ourselves. But when we choose to stop trying so hard to do things by ourselves and let God step in, He is strong enough to do exactly what should be done and to give us exactly what we need. He is stronger than anyone, and when we choose to believe that, we can live confidently!”

Discussion Questions:
“Why does it sometimes feel easier to try to handle things by yourself?”
“When you realize you aren’t strong enough to handle something on your own, who do you turn to first? Is it God, or is it a friend, family member, or teacher?”
“Real strength isn’t about muscles; it’s about having the confidence to live in a way that honors God. It’s about being strong enough to make right choices, even when it’s tough. Can you think of an area of your life where you need God to give you His strength to make better choices?”

YOU CONNECT

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God is stronger than anyone, and we should live like we believe it! 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 situation where you could use God’s strength to make better choices. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to let God fill you with His strength to make better choices in that 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 loving us more than we can imagine and for offering Your strength to us whenever we need it. Help us rely on Your strength instead of our own strength when we have problems or when we face tough choices. Thank You for promising You will always help us. We love You, Lord. You are SO good. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, craft sticks (1 per kid), dice (8)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 27:13, tells us we can always be confident that God is good. We can believe and be sure that we will see His goodness in every situation.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
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: “Dice Challenge” or “Verse Practice.”

DICE CHALLENGE

Give each kid a craft stick.
Divide kids into two teams and have each team line up, shoulder-to-shoulder.
The first kid in each line will be the “Balancer” and the second kid in each line will be the “Caller.”
Hand a Bible to each Caller and four dice to each Balancer.
When you say, “Go,” the Balancers will place their craft sticks in their mouths and carefully balance four dice — one on top of the other — on the end of their craft sticks.
Once their dice are stacked, the Caller must read or recite the memory verse. If the dice fall before the Caller has completed the verse, the Caller must begin the verse again.
When finished, the Balancer will pass the dice to the Caller, who will then become the new Balancer.
The Caller will pass the Bible to the next person in line, who will become the new Caller and will hold the Bible and say the verse.
Continue repeating these steps down the line of kids.
Once the dice reach the end of the line, the first Balancer becomes the Caller. As soon as that kid finishes reciting the verse (while the last kid in line balances the dice), the entire team should sit down.
The first team to sit down is the winning team!

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.