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Motion eGroup :: Week of September 2

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: You respect God when you respect the people He’s put in charge.
Bible Story: David Spares Saul | 1 Samuel 24
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Engage

WHO’S THE RINGLEADER?

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 “Who’s the Ringleader?”

  • Ask kids to form a circle, facing inwards. Choose someone to stand in the middle.
  • Explain the object of the game is for the kid in the center to identify who the ringleader is. The ringleader will lead the group in performing different gestures, trying to change the gesture without the kid in the center seeing them do it.
  • Tell the kid in the center to close and cover their eyes while you choose the ringleader.
  • Choose a ringleader and ask that kid to perform a gesture over and over again, which the group will then follow. (Suggestions: pat head, rub tummy, jump up and down on one leg, high five neighbors, blink really fast, clap, etc.)
  • Note: Once the ringleader begins the gesture, the kid in the middle can open their eyes.
  • Encourage the ringleader to change gestures whenever they want, as often as they want, and as many times as they want.
  • Remind the group to do what the ringleader does as soon as they see the gesture change, but to try not to stare at the ringleader too much so the kid in the middle can’t figure out who it is.
  • Challenge the kid in the middle to identify the ringleader.
  • Once the kid in the middle identifies the right person, choose a new ringleader and a new person to stand in the middle. Repeat as long as time allows.

Bible Story

BIBLE STORY BEAT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, drum sticks (3), question card, drum cards (10)

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 Drum Line, where we’ve been learning about showing respect to others. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about what it means to show respect!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 1 Samuel 24. 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 1 Samuel 24 aloud according to the Bible story sheet.
  • Spread the drum cards on the floor in the center of the eGroup space.
  • Divide kids into three teams. Choose one kid from each team to play. Give each of these kids a drum stick and make sure they are all seated so they can reach all of the drum cards.
  • Explain you will be asking questions related to the Bible story. All of the answers can be found on the drum cards. When a kid knows the answer, they can “play” (tap) the drum card with the correct answer.
  • eGL TIP: If kids are not behaving responsibly with the drum sticks, the game can be played without them by having kids pat the drum cards with their hands.
  • Ask the first question on the question card and encourage the players with the drum sticks to tap the drum card with the correct answer. Give the drum card to the player who taps the correct answer first.
  • Choose a new kid from each team to play and repeat. Continue until all questions have been asked. The team with the most drum cards when all questions have been asked wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“David didn’t harm Saul because God put Saul in charge. David respected God by respecting the person God put in charge. There may be times when you disagree with the people God put in charge, like if a coach chooses not to play you in a big game or if a parent makes a rule you don’t like. It’s okay to politely disagree, but it’s not okay to be disrespectful. We respect God when we respect who He’s put in charge.”

Grow

RESPECT TIC-TAC-TOE

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (9), X/O cards (9), beanbags (2)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into two teams. Assign one team to be “X’s” and the other team to be “O’s.”
  • Place the activity cards on the floor to form a three-by-three grid. Give each team one beanbag.
  • Explain teams will take turns tossing their beanbags onto the activity cards. Since this is tic-tac-toe, the goal is to land on three spots in a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
  • When a beanbag lands on an activity card, the team must tell how they would show respect to the person pictured on the activity card. If they give a sufficient answer, the team will remove the beanbag and place an X/O card on top of the activity card with their team’s symbol facing up.
  • The first team to get three in a row wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“You came up with some great ways to show respect. Following the rules, not complaining, and saying thank you are just some of the ways you can respect people God has put in charge. You should show respect to your leaders, your coaches, and your teachers not because they are always right but because God put them in charge. You respect God when you respect the people He’s put in charge.

Discussion Questions:

  • “Who are some people in charge of you who are easy to respect? What makes them easy to respect?”
  • “Are there people in charge of you who are difficult to respect? What makes it harder to respect them?”
  • “How can we still show respect to someone who’s in charge even when we disagree with them?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we respect God when we respect the people He’s put in charge. When your respectful attitude points others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

Today we talked about respecting all the people God has put in charge, even when it’s not easy or we disagree with them. I want each of you to think of someone God has put in charge of you that you sometimes have a hard time respecting. When it’s your turn to share, please don’t say the person’s name; you can just give a description like ‘teacher,’ ‘coach,’ or, ‘family member.’ We’re going to pray today that God would help us find ways to show them respect. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:

Write down what kids share 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 the people You’ve put in charge, even the ones who can be difficult to respect. Help us choose to always be respectful in our attitudes and responses. We know when we choose to respect them, we are also respecting You. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, die (1), verse cards (4 sets of 6 cards each)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Peter 2:17, tells us God wants us to show everyone respect. God created them in His image and with a specific purpose, so He wants us to show them the proper respect.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children 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 remember to practice it 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: “Roll the Verse” or “Verse Practice.”

ROLL THE VERSE

    • Split kids into four teams. Give each team a set of verse cards.
    • Assign one player on each team to hold the cards until the team has earned each card.
    • Explain teams will race to put the verse cards in order by rolling the die to earn the cards.
    • When teams earn a card, they should lay it on the ground in front of their team.
    • Cards should be placed on the ground in order as they are earned.
    • Each number represents the word in that position in the memory verse. (Example: 1 = “Show,” because it’s the first word in the verse; 6 = “1 Peter 2:17a” because it’s last.)
    • Tell kids there are penalties involved.
    • If you roll the number for a word you’ve already earned, you have to return that card to the player holding your stack of cards.
    • If you roll the same number two times in a row, you must return all of your cards to the player holding your stack.
  • Teams will take turns rolling the die to earn cards. The first team to earn all six cards and put the verse in order in front of them 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.