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Motion eGroup Week of March 24

jTV: Forgiveness in Real Life

Virtue: Forgiveness: Showing love to someone who has hurt you.
Main Point: I need to ask for forgiveness.
Bible Story: Forgive Each Other
Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:32
Memory Verse: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

KID CONNECT

jTV

WHAT YOU NEED: deck of cards (2)

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 “jTV.”
Kids can play this game in groups of eight. Use the second deck of cards to start a second group if needed.
Deal the entire deck of cards as evenly as possible to all kids. Kids should look at the cards in their personal deck.
It’s okay if some kids receive fewer cards than others.
Choose a kid to begin play. This kid starts by choosing one card from his or her deck to create a center pile. This pile should be in reach of all kids.
Rotating clockwise, each kid will try to match the card just played.
If a kid can’t play the same card as the center card, he or she loses their turn.
If a kid can play the same card as the center card:
The first kid who can play the same card will lay their card down and say, “j.”
The second kid who can play the same card will lay their card down and say, “T.”
The final kid who can play the same card will lay their card down and say, “V.”
The kid who said “V” will start the next round by laying any card from their personal pile on the center pile.
The first kid to get rid of all the cards in their personal deck wins!

BIBLE CONNECT

LIVESTREAM

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Livestream scripts (6)

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 jTV, where we’re learning about forgiveness. Even though the Bible was written thousands of years ago, we’re going to livestream the story today and act it out in real life. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see how our memory verse connects with the lesson we learn from several different Bible stories.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Choose five kids to be the actors and have them stand in front of the eGroup. Assign them each a part and give them each their corresponding script. SEE THE LEADER TIP ON THE LEFT.
The eGroup leader is the narrator. Read the Livestream script aloud while the kids livestream (read and act out) the story.
After finishing the story, let the group review and discuss what happened in the livestream story and what it teaches about forgiveness.
Read today’s Bible passage with the eGroup.
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Ephesians 4. 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/recite Ephesians 4:32 aloud as a group. Encourage kids to share what this verse has taught them about forgiveness.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“There are so many stories in the Bible about people whose lives were changed for the better once they admitted they’d done something wrong and asked for forgiveness.
Asking for forgiveness helps the other person by showing them you’re sorry for what you’ve done, but it also helps you. It doesn’t always feel easy to ask for forgiveness, but when you choose to do it anyway, God can fill you with His peace, joy, and love!”

YOU CONNECT

MAD LIBS

WHAT YOU NEED: Mad Libs story sheet, dry erase sleeve, dry erase marker

WHAT YOU DO:
Put the Mad Libs story sheet in the dry erase sleeve.
Using the dry erase marker, fill in the Mad Libs story sheet by asking kids to choose words to write in the blanks.
DO NOT read the story as you go along; only read the pink instruction under each line and write the word kids choose in the blank.
Once all blanks have been filled in, then read the entire story aloud.
Go back through the story again and encourage kids to share what words they think should go in the blanks to tell the story correctly.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Anthony needed to ask his mom for forgiveness. When he apologized and asked her to forgive him, it helped her feel better to know he was sorry. But it also helped Anthony because he didn’t have to keep feeling guilty all the time. When we do something wrong, we need to ask for forgiveness not just because the other person deserves our apology, but also because we can’t find joy or peace until we’ve tried to make things right.”

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Can you think of a time when you had to ask someone for forgiveness? Was it easy or hard for you?
Which do you think is harder: forgiving someone else, or asking them to forgive you?
What might keep you from asking for forgiveness? How will you push yourself to get past that and ask for forgiveness anyway?
Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you should ask for forgiveness, but you didn’t do it? How did that make you feel?

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we need to ask for forgiveness. When you choose to ask for forgiveness, you can see God do great things through you!
We’ve seen today that it changes things in our hearts and our minds when we ask for forgiveness. It’s not always easy to ask someone to forgive you, but it helps both of you when you sincerely seek their forgiveness. Today I want you to think of one way you think asking for forgiveness could change you the next time you do something wrong. We’ll ask God to help us remember these things the next time we need to ask forgiveness so we don’t try to avoid doing it.”

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.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s all pray together and ask God to help us ask for forgiveness when we do something wrong.”

SUGGESTED PRAYER: “God, thank You for helping us feel aware of times when we’ve done something wrong. When we need to ask for someone’s forgiveness, remind us of all the great ways You can change us and make us more like You when we humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness. Thank You for always being there to help us. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, deck of cards (2), Face Off challenge sheet

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32, tells us that we should forgive others. Forgiveness means showing love to someone who has hurt you. Because God first forgave us, we can forgive others.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
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 a memory verse activity: “Face Off” or “Verse Practice.”

FACE OFF

Kids can play this game in groups of four to eight. Use the second deck of cards to start a second group if needed.
Deal the cards as evenly as possible to all kids. Kids should not look at the cards in their personal deck.
All kids will turn over a card at the same time from the top of their deck.
The kids with the highest and lowest card will face off to win all the cards turned over for that round.
Use the Face Off challenge sheet to call out one challenge for the two kids to complete. The first kid to complete the challenge wins the round and all the cards. Have them add the cards to the bottom of their deck.
Continue for each round.
Play as time allows. The kid with the most cards (or all the cards) wins!

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.