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Motion eGroup Week of June 17

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Creativity: Imagining what you could do because you are made in God’s image.
Main Point: God made you.
Bible Story: Adam and Eve
Bible Passage: Genesis 1:26 – 2:25
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

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 your favorite memory.
  • Create something that represents someone who is important to you.
  • 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

STORY CREATIONS

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, creation cards (10), Legos

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 is week two of Gadgets and Gizmos, where we’re learning 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 place the Legos where kids can reach them easily.
  • Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a representation of the item listed on their creation card using the Legos.
  • After kids have had a couple of minutes to form their Lego creations, 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 Lego creation for everyone to see.
  • Read Genesis 1:26-2:25 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet and encourage kids to hold up their Lego creations as their words are read.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God made you in His image. So when you think of who God is, imagine what you could do because you’re made in God’s image; imagine all the things you can do with what God has given you. If you can see, you can use your eyes to look for ways you can help people. If you can hear, you can use your ears to listen to music or to listen to a friend who needs to talk. If you have a voice, you can use it to sing or to speak kindly to someone. You are God’s masterpiece and when God made you, He made you to be creative.”

GROW

CREATIVE THINKING

 

ME TOO!

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (10)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Seat children in a circle.
  • Read the back of one of the activity cards and encourage kids to switch places as directed.
  • Repeat for the remaining activity cards.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“In many ways God made you similar to others. You might have the same interests, physical traits, or likes and dislikes as some of the other people around you. But in some ways, He made you very different from everyone else. YOU are part of His great plan. He needs you to be YOU and use the things you’re good at and that you enjoy to bring Him glory. It’s exciting to think that you’re able to serve God just by being YOU. You don’t have to be taller, smarter, older, or any cooler than you already are. All you have to do is follow God. He can point you in the right direction because He made you for a specific purpose.”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Have you ever wanted to be more like someone else? Why did you want to be more like that person?”
  • “What is something you think God could do through you because of the unique way He created you?”
  • “How can our memory verse encourage you when you feel unsure or insecure about the unique way God made you?” (Review the verse with kids if needed.)

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

 

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned God made each of us, 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 unique thing about you that you’re thankful for. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can remember to thank God for making us each in a unique and amazing way.”

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 incredible gift of creativity! Everywhere we look, we can see Your creative workmanship and handiwork. Thank You for creating us. Thank You for making us unique and gifted. Help us use our imaginations and creativity in ways that bring glory to You. 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.