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Motion eGroup Week of May 26

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies lead to guilt; truth leads to peace.
Bible Story: Jacob and Esau
Bible Passage: Genesis 27; 32-33
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!
This is the last week of Up in the Air, where we’ve been learning about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone whose lies kept him trapped in guilt for many years.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 27. 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 Genesis 27 and 32-33 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:
“As long as Jacob hid from his lies, his mind couldn’t get free from fear and guilt. Jacob couldn’t find peace until he told the truth about his lies and asked for forgiveness. Lies lead to guilt; truth leads to peace.”

YOU CONNECT

GIANT LIES

WHAT YOU NEED:
giant game board (1), game cards (12), die (1), traffic cones (4)

WHAT YOU DO:
Open the giant game board in the center of the eGroup space. Shuffle the game cards and place them by the game board.
Help kids form four even teams. Give each team a traffic cone and tell them to place it on one of the “Start” spaces on the game board.
Explain teams will roll the die to move around the game board from their “Start” space to their “Home” space.
If a game piece lands on a “DRAW CARD” space, the team on that space should take a card, read it aloud, and follow the instructions. Used cards can be set aside and reused if needed.
The first team to get their game piece to their “Home” wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When we’ve made the choice to lie, our problems don’t end. If anything, they quickly start to feel worse because of the guilt that can take over our minds. Guilt causes you to feel so badly about what you’ve done that you can lose sight of the truth.
When we choose truth, we can find peace instead of guilt. Even when we don’t tell the truth right away, we can fight back against the lies and their guilt by finding a way to tell the truth. It may not be easy, but when we replace lies with truth, we can replace guilt with peace.”

Discussion Questions:
“Have you ever felt guilty about something you did wrong? What does guilt feel like to you?”
“Why do you think lying makes you feel guilty?”
“Can you think of a time when you told the truth about something you’d done wrong? How did you feel once you told the truth?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies lead to guilt, but truth leads to peace! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
We all sin, or make wrong choices, and sometimes we lie to try to cover up our sins. But the more we lie, the more our guilt will keep us trapped and unhappy. The only way to escape guilt and find peace is to choose truth!
This month, we’ve learned four rewards of truth: truth makes you strong, helps others, sets you free, and leads to peace. I want you to choose one of those rewards — the one that seems the most important to you right now. When you’re tempted to lie, you can remind yourself of that reward so you’ll be ready to choose truth!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage each kid to share the reward of truth that they will remember. Write down each kid’s name in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, we’ve learned the rewards of choosing truth instead of lies. Please help us remember those rewards when we start to think it might be easier or better to lie. We want to obey you and choose truth every day. 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.