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Motion eGroup :: Week of September 16

Rise Above

Main Point: God says He’s got me.
Bible Story: Esther | The Queen | Esther 5-8
Memory Verses: 
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)

“Have I not commanded you? 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 1:9 (NIV)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Kid Connect

ULTIMATE CARD THROWDOWN

WHAT YOU NEED: name tags, nickname generator card, Sharpie marker, playing cards

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?
  • As you talk, give each kid a name tag. Use the nickname generator card to figure out each kid’s boxer nickname. Encourage kids to write their boxer nickname on their name tag with the Sharpie marker.

Once you have five to six kids begin “Ultimate Card Throwdown.”

  • Give each kid four cards.
  • Place the remaining cards in the center to become the draw pile. As additional kids join the group, deal them four cards from the draw pile and encourage them to join in.
  • Explain the goal of the game is to get rid of all their cards without having the ultimate fighting opponent – The Jabbing Joker – in their hand at the end.
  • Kids can get rid of cards by collecting three of a kind. Once they have three of a kind, kids will call out, “Throwdown!” and put the three cards down on the floor in front of them. Once a kid has thrown down three of a kind, they can add any additional cards of the same value to the pile they’ve already started.
  • To collect three of a kind, kids will take turns swapping cards with other players. On each turn, a kid can choose one player and ask them for a specific card (a two, a King, etc.). If the other player has it, they have to give it to the kid who asked. The kid who asked will then allow the other player to take one random card from them in exchange.
  • Kids also have the option to put any one of their cards on the bottom of the draw pile and take two random cards from the top of the pile.
  • The first kid to throw down all their cards without having The Jabbing Joker in their hand wins!

Bible Connect

BOXING MASTERCLASS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Masterclass story sheet, answer sheet, pens, boxer profile, white board, white board marker

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 month we’re in a series called Rise Above, where we’re learning how to listen to God’s voice above anything else. Today we’re getting in the ring with fear as Esther shows us how to fight against the voices that tell us we aren’t going to be okay. Let’s check out her fight against fear!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Esther 5. 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 Masterclass story sheet aloud to the group, pausing at each blank to allow kids to guess what should go in the blank. Encourage them to use their Bibles as needed to make an educated guess. Write the word children guess in the blank.
  • Give each kid a pen and a boxer profile. Point out how the fill-in-the-blank section at the top matches the one they just tried to guess the answers to as a group.
  • Read aloud the Bible story section at the top of the boxer profile and give kids the correct answer for each blank using the answer sheet. Use the white board and white board marker to write words out for kids who need help spelling.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Esther had every reason to feel fear. She could have feared Hamaan because of the way he was attacking her people. She surely feared the possibility of being killed for approaching the king. But when Esther faced fear, she had to choose to trust God to protect her. She had to believe that He would guide her to say and do the right thing to save her people, and God did! When she wasn’t sure she was going to be okay, Esther learned to trust that God had her situation under control.”

You Connect

FACE YOUR FEARS

WHAT YOU NEED: fear cards, boxer profiles

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Help kids divide into pairs. Line up the pairs to form two straight lines with partners facing each other.
  • Explain kids will be acting out different common fears. The goal is for each kid to get their partner to guess the fear being acted out as quickly as possible. As soon as the partner guesses the fear, the pair can sit down. The last pair left standing is out for the next round.
  • Tell all the partners who will be guessing to turn and face away from you. Show one of the fear cards to the partners who will be acting out the fear.
  • Instruct the guessing partners to turn around and face their partner, then tell the acting partners to begin acting out the fear.
  • As partners guess correctly, encourage pairs to sit down. Once only one pair is left standing, ask that pair to stay seated for one round.
  • Repeat with the remaining fear cards, alternating which partner is acting and guessing each time.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“At some point, we all face fear. When you feel afraid, you wonder if you’ll be okay; you aren’t sure if you’ll be safe and secure. Fearful thoughts are bound to creep into our minds at some point, but when they do, we can rise above them when we remember that God says He’s got us!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Using the kids’ boxer profiles, discuss the questions under “The Fight” section.
  • Encourage kids to use their Bibles to fill in the blanks in the verses under “The Win” section. Explain kids can use these verses to knock out fear when that feeling tries to take them down!

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can win the fight against fear when we remember God says He’s got us. When you use God’s Word to rise above fear, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one fear you face, then choose one of the Bible verses from your boxer profile that you’ll use to fight that fear. When you share, you can share what the fear is and then shout the verse you’ll fight back with!”

WHAT YOU DO:

As each kid shares, write the fear and the scripture they chose in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“Dear God, thank you for keeping us safe and secure. When we feel afraid, help us remember You are with us and You will protect us. We know You’ve got us! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity!

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, memory verse cards, Bible tool kits, pens, 1 John 4:4 verse mat, Joshua 1:9 verse mat, 1 John 1:9 verse mat, Isaiah 41:10 verse mat, command card

WHAT YOU SAY:

“This month we have four great Bible verses to help us rise above the negative chatter in our minds. You get to choose which verse you want to memorize! You can choose the one you think will be your best weapon against insecurity, fear, condemnation, or discouragement.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into four teams and assign each team one of the verses to look up in their Bibles. Ask one kid from each group to read the verse aloud. (Younger kids may need help from the eGroup Leader to read the verse.) Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible.
  • Use the memory verse cards to read 1 John 4:4 and Isaiah 41:10 if no one has an NLT Bible.
  • Tell kids they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge with all four verses so they can choose which one to memorize and use it to practice at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Knockout” or “Verse Practice.”

VERSE KNOCKOUT

    • Give each team a pen and the verse mat for the verse they were assigned.
    • Explain kids will compete to “knock out” (cross out) the most words from their memory verse.
    • Read the instructions one at a time from the command card and encourage kids to jump up and punch straight up into the air when they’ve found the word(s) you described.
    • eGL Tip: To challenge kids who may have played the game before, commands can be read in any order.
    • For each command, tell the team who finds the word(s) first to use their pen to “knock out” (cross out) those word card(s).
    • The team with the most words knocked out after all commands have been read wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

      • 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: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
        • MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.