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Motion eGroup Week of October 6

More or Less

Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: God can help you be okay no matter what.
Bible Story: Be Content.
Bible Passage: Philippians 4:11b-13
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MORE OR LESS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Motion check-in sheet (1), painter’s tape (1 roll)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in 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 playing More or Less!
Use the painter’s tape to make a line down the center of the eGroup space and tell kids to stand on the line.
Explain you will read a fact to the group, but the number in the fact will be wrong. They will have to decide whether the correct number in the fact should be more or less than the number you give.
Point to the left and tell kids they will walk to that side of the line if they think the real number is more. Point to the right and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the real number is less.
Read the following facts and instruct kids to stand on the designated sides to show if they think the number should be more or less.

FACTS:
The sun is 3,000 times as large as Earth. (MORE – It is 300,000 times as large.)
There are 300 ways to make change for a dollar. (LESS – There are 293 ways.)
A cat has 12 muscles in each ear. (MORE – It has 32 muscles in each ear.)
Dolphins can hear sounds underwater from 10 miles away. (MORE – It can hear sounds from 15 miles away.)
Popcorn can pop up to five feet in the air. (LESS – It can pop up to three feet in the air.)
A pizza topped with real 24-karat gold sold for more than $5,000. (LESS – It sold for about $4,000.)
The world’s largest gingerbread house was decorated with 5,000 pounds of icing. (LESS – It had 4,750 pounds of icing.)
Early lacrosse matches could have 1,000 players at once. (MORE – They could have 2,000 players at once.)
Astronauts orbiting Earth can see up to 12 sunrises and sunsets every day. (MORE – They can see up to 16 sunrises and sunsets.)

GROUP CONNECT

FACTUAL OR FALSE FIGURES

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

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! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Share the following fact about yourself, inserting an INCORRECT number for the “#” symbol: “# of my bones have been broken in my entire life.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think the actual number of bones you’ve broken is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think the actual number of bones you’ve broken is less than the number you said.
Share the correct number of bones you’ve broken with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and tell about the most painful injury they’ve ever had.
Bring kids back to the center of the room and share the following fact about yourself, inserting an INCORRECT number for the “#” symbol: “I wear size # shoes.”
Encourage kids to stand on one side of the room if they think your actual shoe size is more than the number you said. Direct kids to the other side if they think your actual shoe size is less than the number you said.
Share your correct shoe size with kids. Encourage kids to find two other kids on the same side of the room as them, introduce themselves, and share what size shoe they wear.

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage kids to sit in a circle.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)
ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)

YOU CONNECT

HOW TO BECOME CONTENT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bible cards (20), question mark cards (20), mouth cards (20), scenario sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Remind kids that contentment means deciding to be okay with what you have. Ask kids to share times when it might be difficult to choose to be content.
Seat kids in a circle and give each kid one Bible card, one mouth card, and one question mark card.
Explain that each picture represents something you can do to help yourself become content with a situation. Hold each type of card up as you explain what it represents.
Bible card: You can read the Bible or remember verses you’ve memorized.
Question mark card: You can ask God for help to be content.
Mouth card: You can talk to someone Godly and ask them for advice about how to be content.
Tell kids that after you read a scenario, they will choose which of those three methods they would use to help themselves be content in that situation.
Read a scenario from the scenario sheet. Tell kids they have five seconds to choose which card represents the best method for them to find contentment in that situation.
Count down from five, then tell kids to hold up the card they chose.
Encourage kids to find another kid holding up the same card they chose. Give kids thirty seconds to share with their partner why they chose that method.
Tell kids to return to their seats. Read another scenario and tell kids to choose which method would be best for them in that situation. Encourage kids to hold up their card, find a partner with the same card, and explain their choice.
Repeat for each of the remaining scenarios.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It’s not always easy to be content, is it? There are a lot of things that can happen throughout the day that make us upset, angry, or just sad because something else didn’t happen that we think would be better.
But we can be content no matter what, because God can help us. We can remember verses that will help us be content. We can ask God to help us. And we can talk to Godly people and let them help teach us how to be content. God can help you be okay no matter what.”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“In your own words, what does it mean to be content?”
“When is it difficult for you to be content? When is it easy?”
“How would you describe a person who is content? Can you think of someone you know who is a content person?”
“How do you think gratitude and contentment work together?”
“How can you choose to be content even when there’s something you actually need (not just things you want)?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You for giving us Your Word to teach us how to be content and for always helping us be content when we ask. We need Your help to believe that You are always with us and that Your plan is always best. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

FIX THE BIBLE STORY FACT

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:
Instruct kids to turn to Philippians 4 in their Bibles. (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.)
Review Philippians 4:11-13 with kids. Tell them they have 30 seconds to study the passage, and that they will want to try to remember as much about it as they can!
After 30 seconds, have kids close their Bibles and set them aside.
Stand at one end of the eGroup space. Tell kids to line up side-by-side at the other end of the eGroup space, facing you.
Explain that you will read a statement related to the Bible story, then say, “1, 2, 3, thumbs out!” When you say, “thumbs out,” kids will either hold their thumbs up or down to show if they think the number in the statement should be more (thumbs up) or less (thumbs down) than the number you said.
Kids who answer correctly can take one step toward you.
The kids who answered can earn a bonus step forward by doing the following: when you call out, “1, 2, 3, numbers out!” kids can use their fingers (instead of thumbs up/down) to show what they think the correct number is. Kids who guess the correct number can take an additional step toward you.
Repeat for each of the remaining statements. The first kid to reach you (or the kid who is closest to you after the last statement is completed) wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Paul’s name has three letters in it.” (more — 4)
“We read four verses in this passage from Paul.” (less — 3)
“This passage is found in chapter eight of Philippians.” (less — 4)
“Paul used the word ‘content’ five times in this passage.” (less — 2)
“After saying he had learned the secret of being content in any situation, Paul gave one example of a time when he could be content.” (more — 4)
“Paul said, ‘I have learned,’ three times.” (less — 2).
“Paul said, ‘I have learned the secret of being ____ in any and every situation…’ The missing word has four letters in it.” (more — 7) 
(Kids may need a little extra time to think about this one since they have to figure out the missing word and then count the letters!)