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Motion eGroup Week of June 9

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: God can use you no matter what. Live like you believe it!
Bible Story: Gideon
Bible Passage: Judges 6-8
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 used someone unexpected to do something great!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Judges 6. 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 visits Gideon to give him the Lord’s message.
Gideon blows a trumpet, calling the Israelites to battle.
Gideon separates the soldiers who lapped water out of their cupped hands from the ones that knelt down to drink.
The Midianites ran from Gideon and his small army.
The Israelites honor Gideon for his victories.
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:
“Gideon had no confidence. He NEVER expected God would choose him to lead an entire army to fight the big, bad Midianites. But God can do anything and He can use anybody. You can live confidently knowing that God can use you no matter what.”

YOU CONNECT

NOT-SO-CONFIDENT CHARADES

WHAT YOU NEED:
activity cards (10)

WHAT YOU DO:
Place the cards scenario-side down in the center of the eGroup.
Explain that in the pile of cards are examples of situations that might make kids feel “not so confident.”
Choose a kid to be the first actor. The kid will take a card and act out the scenario for the group to see if they can figure out what the situation is.
Younger kids who aren’t confident readers yet may need the contents of the card whispered to them.
Be prepared to give suggestions if the kids need help figuring out how to act out their scenario.
Once the group correctly guesses the scenario, select another kid to choose a scenario and act it out for the group.
Continue until all activity cards have been completed. If time allows, let kids come up with their own scenarios and act them out for the group.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It’s easy to feel confident about things that you’re good at or the things you’ve done before. But new things, scary things, things that seem impossible . . . well, we’re not always so confident about those. The truth is, for all of your life—even when you’re older like me—you will face situations that test your confidence.
The key to having confidence is remembering that it doesn’t come from you and what you can do. Real confidence comes from God and your faith and trust in Him. Remember, God can use you no matter what. But if you want to live a life God can use, you have to be willing to let Him guide you, and you have to trust that He will help you.”
Discussion Questions:
“Do you ever feel like Gideon and wonder if God could use you?”
“Choose one of the scenarios from the charades game that you could relate to. What would it look like to live like you believe God could use you in that situation?”
“Knowing God can use any of us, what are some ways you’d like to see God use you?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God can use us no matter what, 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 think you could make a difference, but you don’t feel confident. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to have the confidence to let God use you 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:
“Heavenly Father, sometimes it is hard to let You use us to do great things when we aren’t confident. But we trust You. Help us to remember that just like You were with Gideon, You are with us, too. Help us to have confidence and remember that You can use us no matter what. 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.”

BIBLE CONNECT

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.