Courage: being brave enough to take the next step, even when you’re afraid.
You can take the next step even when you don’t know what will happen next.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b
Birth of Moses / Mom and Miriam With The Basket
ENGAGE is a time to welcome kids to your eGroup with a fun activity to help them feel comfortable and get to know each other.
NEED: decks of cards (2)
• 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 favorite 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?
- Seat kids in a circle. If you have more than six kids, split them into two groups. Other kids can be added to either group as they come.
- Deal one deck of cards as evenly as possible among players; Stack any extra cards face up in the center of the group.
- Each player should stack their cards facedown in front of them.
- Instruct one player to start the fame by quickly turning the card from the top of their stack over onto the pile in the middle. The next player will do the same. Play continues this way until someone turns over a Jack.
- When a Jack is turned over, players compete to be the first to slap the Jack to win the pile of cards. The winner places the pile of cards they won under the others in their stack.
- If more than one player slaps the Jack, the player whose hand is at the bottom wins.
- If a player is incorrectly slaps the pile when no Jack was played, the player must give a facedown penalty card to the player who played the card.
- Players who have no more cards to play (or played joining the game after it has started) may try to slap their way back in.
- The person who collects all the cards wins.
- Variations to try as time allows:
- Players can slap an Ace to win all of the cards from another player of their choosing.
- Have each player “count” as he plays a card. The first player says “Ace,” the next says “two,” and so on up to “King.” If the card played matches what the player said then the first person to slap wins the pile.
- Make the object of the game to be first to get rid of their cards. The last player to slap the Jack must take all the cards from the pile.
MEMORY VERSE is a time to introduce the series virtue and memory verse. Choose one of the memory verse activity options to help your kids practice the verse. After this activity, GO TO LARGE GROUP.
WHAT YOU NEED
Bibles, Bible highlighters, memory verse card, target board, painter’s tape, beanbag, verse cups (2 sets, 10 cups each)
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 begin a new series called Fear, Inc., where we’ll learn about being brave enough to take the next step, even when we’re afraid. Our Bible verse, Joshua 1:9, tells us we can be courageous because God is always with us. Let’s memorize this verse so we can remember God will be with us and help us be brave even when we feel afraid.”
- Read the verse out loud: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b
- Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the Bible highlighters to underline the verse in their Bible. Give a memory verse card to kids without a Bible.
- Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Practice” or “It’s All in the Timing.”
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 each phrase in the verse. Practice it together.
IT’S ALL IN THE TIMING
- Explain that, at your signal, someone (anyone) should say the first word of Joshua 1:9b.
- Then, in no particular order, another kid should say the second word.
- Continue through the entire verse by having random kids speak one word at a time.
- Make sure they know the goal is to avoid speaking at the same time as someone else. If that happens, the group must begin the verse again.
- Once they’ve played the game successfully a couple of times, try a time challenge to see how quickly they can get through the whole verse by timing them with the stopwatch.
In the BIBLE STORY activity, kids will use LEGO® people to act out the Bible story and explore how Joseph trusted God, even when he was under intense pressure.
- Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Exodus 2:1-10. 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 the Bible story aloud.
- Form groups of three to four. Be sure at least one kid in each group has a Bible.
- Tell kids to work as a team to act out today’s story. The catch is they must be able to tell the entire story in exactly 60 seconds — no more, no less. Kids can use their Bibles to check for details.
- Give teams a few minutes to get ready and then invite each group to perform their “fast act” as you time them with the stopwatch.
- Next, give teams another few minutes to figure out how to act out the story in exactly 30 seconds and let them take turns performing the story. If necessary, help kids think of ways to cut their time, such as not using full sentences, cutting out details, or eliminating dialogue.
- Lastly, have teams tell the story in exactly 15 seconds.
SAY: “That was a fun way of thinking and acting fast, but for Jochebed and Miriam, thinking fast wasn’t so fun. In spite of their fear, they did what they had to do to try to save Moses’ life, even though they had no idea what would happen next. The fear of the unknown can be terrifying, but all we can do is take the next step forward and trust God to take care of the rest, even when we don’t know what will happen next.”
- “When we’re in a scary situation, it’s hard to remember God is with us. Why is that?”
- “What are some situations you are afraid might happen?”
- “How can we remind ourselves God is always with us, even when we’re afraid? How can this make a difference even if the situations don’t change?”
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
In the APPLICATION activity, kids will think about tough situations they might face that would cause them to feel like they’re under pressure and discuss how they could respond in a Godly way.
No supplies needed
- As a group, create a story with each kid adding one sentence at a time. After one kid adds a sentence, you can cue the next kid by saying, “What happens next?”
- Kids can act out their sentence as they say it.
- Story starters could be:
- I was looking out my window when I saw a spaceship land in my yard. (Put your hands to your eyes as if you are peering out a window.) What happened next?
- I went to introduce myself to my new neighbors who just moved in next door. (Walk in place as if you are walking to your neighbor’s house and knock on a pretend door.) What happened next?
- I went to our kitchen to get breakfast and there was a giant spider sitting at my kitchen table reading the newspaper. (Make a face of shock and horror.) What happened next?
- I signed up for the soccer team even though my friends were signing up for baseball. (Pretend to write your name on a sign-up sheet.) What happened next?
SAY: “You created a great story! The whole time you were creating it, you didn’t know what would happen next or what the ending would be; you just kept adding to the story. Sometimes when you are afraid, all you need to do is take the next step. You may not know how you are going to do on a spelling test, or if you’ll make the team, or if someone will want to be your friend, but you can take the next step even when you don’t know what will happen next. You still study your spelling words, you still practice in your backyard, you still introduce yourself — you take the next step.
In our Bible story, Jochebed and Miriam didn’t know how it would turn out when they put Moses in a basket and sent the basket down the river. They were afraid for his life, but they took a step anyway. Responding with courage — being brave enough to take the next step even when you’re afraid — is one way to show the world God is bigger than your fears and you trust Him no matter what.”
Spend time in PRAYER with your eGroup before beginning the GAME ACTIVITY.
BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKidz Prayer Journal, pens, painter’s tape, stopwatch
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
DO: Write down any prayer requests in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Kids can share their requests out loud or can write them directly in the journal.
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for being bigger than any fear we may have. Help us to not use fear as an excuse for not doing what we know we should do. Instead, help us use it as an opportunity to grow and trust you in greater ways. We love you! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
SAY: “The phrase ‘between a rock and a hard place’ means that you feel stuck in an impossible situation where there is no good choice to make. That can be a scary feeling! Let’s see how you do choosing between two things that could be scary or not fun!”
- Give each kid a “Between” card to hold.
- Count to ten while kids move quickly around the eGroup space. When you say, “Between a rock and a hard place!” kids have to link arms with the person closest to them and freeze.
- Choose a pair and use their cards to fill in the blanks of this question: “What would you choose between _____ and ____?”
- Encourage several kids to answer that question, then tell kids to let go of their partner and begin moving around the eGroup space again. Repeat as long as time allows.
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
The BRING IT! CHALLENGE is completed during Large Group.
TAKING THE NEXT STEP
Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet
SAY: “In Motion we want you to Bring It! to church each weekend! The Bring It! Challenge encourages you to bring yourself, your Bible, your friends, 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 take the next step to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.
During Fear, Inc., you can earn fun prizes each week that will remind you to take the next step! All you have to do is show me Joshua 1:9b in your Bible AND recite it from memory!”
- Encourage kids to show you Joshua 1:9b in their Bible AND recite the verse from memory. Kids must do both to earn a prize. NOTE: Very few kids should be able to do this the first week of the series.
- On the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet, record the number of kids who recited the memory verse and/or brought a Bible. Give this sheet to your eTeam Leader at the end of the worship experience.