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Motion eGroup Week of May 5

Up In The Air

Virtue: Honesty: Choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Main Point: Lies make you weak; truth makes you strong.
Bible Story: Peter Denies Jesus
Bible Passage: Luke 22:54-62
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: no supplies

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 “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: 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 week we start a new series called Up in the Air, where we’ll learn about honesty. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone who discovered the consequences of lying.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 22. 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 22:54-62 aloud.
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:
“Peter was one of Jesus’ strongest supporters and most enthusiastic followers. But when Jesus was gone, he found himself lying about his closeness to Jesus. When Peter let himself hide behind a lie, he lost the strength to fight for truth, and the lies just kept coming. Lies make you weak; truth makes you strong.”

YOU CONNECT

TRUE STRENGTH

WHAT YOU NEED: balloon (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage kids to form a circle around the eGroup space.
Explain kids will try to keep the balloon from touching the ground. When you read, “Lies make you weak!” statements, kids will “lose” a body part, meaning they must stop using that body part for the rest of the game.
The goal is to keep the balloon in the air until all statements have been read. If the balloon hits the ground, tell all kids to do 10 jumping jacks before resuming the game.
Read the following statements. Encourage kids to try to keep the balloon from hitting the ground, but make sure they do not use any body parts that have been “lost” for the remainder of the game.
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you obey! It might feel easier to lie to get out of doing something, but you should still choose truth and obey willingly.
Lies make you weak! You just lied and told your teacher she never gave you your homework paper, but you really just forgot to do it. You all just lost your left arm!
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you are kind! You might be tempted to make up an unkind lie about someone when you’re upset with them, but you should still choose truth and show kindness.
Lies make you weak! You just lied and told your friend you never borrowed his soccer ball, but the truth is that you lost it. Now you all have lost your right arm!
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you are brave! When you’re afraid, you’re choosing to believe the lie that God can’t keep you safe, so remember to choose truth and be brave.
Lies make you weak! You just lied and told your parents you had a good day at school, but you really got in trouble twice. You all just lost both of your feet! (Kids can still kneel, lie on the floor, etc.)
Truth makes you strong, and you are strong when you are generous! It would be easy to lie about what you have when you don’t want to share, but you should always choose truth and share with a generous heart.
Lies make you weak! You just told your brother he was in trouble, but he’s not; you were just trying to scare him. You all just lost your eyes! (The balloon should drop quickly at this point.)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The more lies you told, the weaker you became in your attempt to keep the balloon up! Next time you’re tempted to lie, remember that lies make you weak, but truth makes you strong!”

Discussion Questions:
“Think of a time you lied. Why did you lie instead of choosing truth?”
“Once you tell one lie, how does it make you weaker the next time you’re tempted to lie?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned lies make us weak, but truth makes us strong! When you choose to be honest, you can see God do great things through you!
It’s so important to remember that honesty makes us stronger! I want you to think of one way you’re going to choose to be more honest this week. Maybe you need to choose to tell your mom the whole truth about something instead of covering part of it up, or maybe you need to choose to tell a friend how something they’re doing is hurting your feelings instead of pretending it’s ok. I’m going to write your names in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you to remember to choose truth so that you can become strong.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Allow a few kids to share how they’re going to be more honest 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 we get stronger every time we choose truth. We also know that when we do lie, You will forgive us and help us find the strength to be honest the next time. Help us to make honesty our habit in everything we say and do. We love You, Lord. 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.