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Motion eGroup Week of May 12

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies hurt others; truth helps others.
Bible Story: Haman’s Plot
Bible Passage: Esther 3-7
Memory Verse: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

KID CONNECT

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet (1)

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 “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Tell kids three statements about yourself. Two of the statements should be true statements; the other should be a lie, but something that could plausibly be true.
Encourage kids to stand if they know which statement was a lie. Choose one of the standing kids to guess. If the kid is incorrect, choose another kid to guess. If the kid is correct, that kid gets to share his/her two truths and a lie next.
Repeat until all kids have shared their truths and lies.

BIBLE CONNECT

TRUTH OR LIE?

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story sheet (1), blank paper (1 sheet per kid), Truth sign (1), Lie sign (1), leader sheet (1)

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 Up in the Air, where we’re learning about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone whose lies almost destroyed an entire group of people.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Esther 3. 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 Esther 3-7 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Divide kids into two teams and send both teams to one side of the eGroup space. Place the Truth sign and Lie sign on the floor on the opposite side of the eGroup space, about a foot apart from each other.
Give each kid one sheet of paper and encourage kids to make a paper airplane.
Explain kids will listen to a statement about the Bible story. They will try to determine if the statement is true or a lie.
One kid from each team will try to answer the question by flying their paper airplane to the appropriate sign on the other side of the eGroup space. If any part of the airplane touches any part of the correct sign, the team gets a point. If it touches the wrong sign, the team loses a point. If it doesn’t touch either sign, no points are given or taken.
Read the first statement from the leader sheet and encourage each team to send one player to answer. The player will answer by flying their paper airplane to the correct sign. Award or take points as directed.
Repeat for each remaining statement on the leader sheet.
The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Haman was angry Mordecai wouldn’t obey the decree to bow down to him, so he lied by making the king think the entire Jewish nation was filled with lawbreakers. If Esther hadn’t stopped him, the king would have let Haman kill all the Jews. Esther fought back by telling the king the truth. Her bold honesty saved her people.”

YOU CONNECT

HELPFUL TRUTHS

WHAT YOU NEED:
whiteboards (4), dry erase markers (4)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a whiteboard and a dry erase marker.
Explain kids will work as a team to answer questions. Their goal is to think of an answer no other team comes up with. If they are able to come up with a unique answer (an answer that is different from all the other teams’ answers), the team will earn one point. If any other team has the same answer, they will not earn a point for that question. The team with the most points at the end wins!
Read the following questions one at a time. After each question, encourage kids to discuss it and write down an answer. Allow one kid from each team to share their answer, and award one point per question to each team that comes up with a unique answer.
When you and your friend walked in the house after school, you accidentally tracked dirt all over the carpet. That night at dinner, your mom asked who tracked in the dirt. Since your friend had already gone home, you blamed it on him. How could your lie hurt your friend even though he isn’t there anymore?
A girl in your class spent all morning bragging about her new tablet. Later that day, you saw her tablet had fallen behind a bookshelf. She asked you if you’d seen it, but you were irritated about her bragging, so you said no. How could your lie hurt her?
Your mom smiled at you, and when you noticed she had a big piece of food in her teeth, it made you laugh. She asked what you were laughing at, but you didn’t want to make her more embarrassed, so you said, “Nothing.” How could your lie hurt your mom?
You’ve seen a kid in your class hitting and yelling at the boy who sits next to you. You don’t want to be a tattletale or make the bully mad at you, so when your teacher asks if you’ve seen anything like that, you tell her you haven’t. How could your lie hurt your classmate?
You noticed another kid drop a $5 bill on the ground. You could give it back to him before he walks away, but instead you pick it up and keep it yourself. How could your dishonesty hurt the other kid?
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Lies hurt us by making us weak, but they can also hurt others. When you choose to tell a lie or to keep a truth to yourself, it doesn’t just affect you; it can hurt other people, too. When you have to choose whether or not to be truthful, remember that lies hurt others, but truth helps others.”
Discussion Questions:
“Think of a time you lied. How did your lie affect someone else?”
“Can anyone share about a time someone else told a lie that hurt you in some way?”
“It’s also possible for the truth to be hurtful if you say it in the wrong way. Can you think of a time someone said a truth that was hurtful? How could the truth have been shared in a more helpful way?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies hurt others, but truth helps others! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
It’s important for us to always remember that our choice to be truthful or to tell a lie doesn’t just affect us; it can help or hurt others as well. I want you to share one way you can use truth to help someone this week. It could be something big, like telling a teacher about someone you’ve seen being a bully, or it could be something smaller, like telling your mom she’s been fussing at your brother for leaving the door standing open when it’s really been your fault.
I’m going to write down what you share and pray that God will give you the strength to be honest and help others even when it isn’t easy.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Allow a few kids to share how they’re going to use truth to help someone this week. Write down kids’ names in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Thank You, God, for helping us choose truth even when it isn’t easy to be honest. We know our words have a lot of power. We can speak truths that help people, or we can hurt people with our lies. Help us find the strength to help others through our honesty this week. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, phrase cards (30), cheek retractor (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Proverbs 12:22, tells us God hates it when we lie, but it makes Him truly happy when we choose to be truthful.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Psalm 12:22
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.”

CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THE VERSE?

Shuffle the phrase cards well.
Explain kids will listen as the eGroup Leader reads a phrase from the phrase cards while wearing a cheek retractor. Some of the phrases will be phrases from the memory verse; some phrase will be completely random.
The kids can make five guesses for each phrase the eGroup Leader reads. If the kids guess correctly in five guesses or less, they can keep the phrase card. If, after five guesses, the kids haven’t guessed correctly, the eGroup Leader keeps the card.
The eGroup Leader will compete against the kids to build the entire memory verse by collecting each phrase of the verse and placing them on the ground in order. (There are two cards for each phrase of the verse, so it is possible for both the kids and the eGroup Leader to collect each verse phrase.) Whoever completes the verse first 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.