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Motion eGroup Week of March 18

Fix it Up

Virtue: Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
Main Point: Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me.
Bible Story: The Older Brother
Bible Passage: Luke 15:21-32
Memory Verse:“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)



WHAT YOU NEED: Tapple wheel, game cards (20)

-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 playing “Tapple.”
-Seat kids in a circle. Put the Tapple wheel in the middle.
-Explain the rules and procedures for Tapple:
-A round begins when a kid chooses a game card and reads the category aloud. You will then start the timer.
-Kids will go around the circle giving single word answers to fit the topic before the timer goes off.
-After kids say their word related to the topic, they should push down the first letter of their word on the Tapple wheel. Each kid after that must choose a word that begins with a letter that hasn’t been pushed down yet.
-If a kid doesn’t push down a letter before the timer goes off, he/she is out for the rest of that round.
-When only one player remains in a round, he/she collects the game card.
-Begin a new round with a new game card.
-The player with the most game cards at the end wins!



WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, construction buckets (3), ball (1), leader sheet

“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 Fix It Up, where we’re learning about what it means to forgive. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and hear a parable from Jesus about forgiveness!

-Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 15. 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 Luke 15:21-32 aloud.
-NOTE: To avoid age-inappropriate conversation surrounding the mention of prostitutes, SKIP VERSE 30 IN THE TEXT.
-Place the three buckets in a line at one edge of the eGroup space. Make sure kids can see the label on each of the buckets.
-Divide kids into two teams. Have the teams sit in lines across from the buckets.
-Ask the first kid in each line to stand. Read a statement from the leader sheet and give the ball to the first one to correctly tell you if the statement is true, false, or not in the story.
-Give the kid’s team one point for the correct answer.
-The team receives two additional points if the kid can throw the ball into the bucket for the correct answer.
-Repeat until all statements have been read.

“I bet the party the father gave to celebrate his younger son’s return home was fun. Too bad the older son chose not to forgive and missed out on the celebration. Forgiveness is a choice. You can choose to forgive or not, but when you don’t forgive, you miss out. You may miss out on being joyful, on being at peace with family and friends, and most importantly, when you don’t forgive, you miss out on treating others the way you want to be treated and showing others God’s love.”



WHAT YOU NEED: painter’s tape, leader sheet

-Make a line on the floor with the painter’s tape and tell kids to stand on the line.
-Read a scenario from the leader sheet.
-If kids think the situation is fair, tell them to jump in front of the line. If they think it’s unfair, tell them to jump behind the line.
-As you go through each situation, encourage kids to discuss their thoughts about the situation as directed on the leader sheet.

“In some of those situations, it would be really hard to show forgiveness. It would be difficult to show forgiveness to someone who didn’t treat me the way they would want to be treated. But I know even though God doesn’t promise things will always be fair, He promises to always forgive me. Forgiveness isn’t about being fair. It’s about remembering that God has forgiven YOU and remembering when you don’t forgive, you miss out. And because of your love for God and through God’s power, you can forgive others. It’s not easy, but it’s always worth it.”

Discussion Questions:
-“What kinds of things are easy to forgive? What kinds of things are difficult to forgive?”
-“If a friend says something unkind to you and they never say they’re sorry, do you still forgive them?”
-“Think about a time you had to forgive someone. How did you feel after forgiving them?”
-“Is it ever too late to forgive someone?”


WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pen

“Today we learned we miss out when we choose not to forgive. When you recognize the value of offering forgiveness, you can see God do great things through you!

Today I want you to share one situation where you can choose to forgive someone. Don’t say the person’s name; instead you can say, ‘A friend who said something mean to me,’ or, ‘A family member who disappointed me.’ I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you to choose to offer forgiveness this week.”

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.

“God, thank You for sending Jesus to teach us who You are and how You want us to live. Thank You for stories He told like this one to teach us such an important lesson. We don’t want to be like the older brother who refused to forgive and missed out. Help us to forgive when others ask so we don’t miss out on everything You have for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.”


WHAT YOU NEED: dots sheets (1 per pair of kids), colored pens (1 per kid)

“Our Bible verse, Colossians 3:13, tells us we need to be ready to forgive others when they hurt us, just like God always offers His forgiveness to us when we sin against Him.”

-Read the verse out loud: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
-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.
-Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Dots” or “Verse Practice.”

-Split kids into pairs. If you have an odd number of kids in your group, you can have a group of three.
-Give each pair a dots sheet and pens. Make sure kids don’t have the same pen color as their partner.
-Explain kids will take turns drawing lines between dots on the dots sheet. The player who completes the most boxes wins.
-Players take turns joining two adjacent dots with a horizontal or vertical line.
-If a player completes the fourth side of a box, they will write the first word of the verse in the box, then draw another line.
-Each time a player completes a box, they should write the next word of the verse in the box and then draw another line.
-When the final word of the verse is written, players can count up how many words are written in their color. The player with the most words in their color wins!

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: After practicing the verse together, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
-MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.



WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet, Bring It! Challenge stickers, memory verse cards

“In Motion we want you to Bring It! to church each weekend! The Bring It! Challenge encourages you to bring yourself, your Bible, and scripture you’ve learned to Motion. Not only can you be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.

During Fix It Up, you can earn fun prizes each week. All you have to do is FIND Colossians 3:13 in your Bible, RECITE it from memory, and SAY what our series virtue, forgiveness, means!”

-Encourage kids to show you Colossians 3:13 in their personal Bible AND recite the verse from memory, then ask them to tell you what forgiveness means. (Use the virtue definition found in the sidebar or on the back of the memory verse cards as a reference.) Kids must do all three things to earn a prize.
-Give any kids who complete the challenge a Bring It! Challenge sticker and tell them the sticker will allow them to choose a prize as they are dismissed at the end of the experience.
-On the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet, record the number of kids who recited the memory verse, recited the virtue, and/or brought a Bible, as well as the number of stickers earned. Give this sheet to your eTeam Leader at the end of the worship experience.
-As kids are dismissed, give each kid who did not bring a Bible a memory verse card so they can prepare to recite the verse and virtue, and remind them to bring their Bible with them to Motion next time!