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Motion eGroup Week of September 22

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
Bible Story:Nehemiah and Sanballat
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:19-20; 4,6
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MASTER BUILDERS

WHAT YOU NEED: Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

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 Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents a thing they enjoy focusing on.
eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as a sport they like to play, a TV show they like to watch, a game they like to play, a book if they like to read, or a place they like to go.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid who built it to share the story behind it.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.

GROUP CONNECT

WHO’S IN YOUR CORNER?

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:
Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs for a whole month, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: washing smelly socks for an entire soccer team
Corner 2: cleaning all the sticky spiderwebs off a fence
Corner 3: helping a farmer clean his muddy pigs
Corner 4: taking out a trash bag full of dirty baby diapers
“If you could make me do one of these dirty jobs for a whole year, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: washing smelly socks for an entire soccer team
Corner 2: cleaning all the sticky spiderwebs off a fence
Corner 3: helping a farmer clean his muddy pigs
Corner 4: taking out a trash bag full of dirty baby diapers

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)

FOCUS REMINDERS
WHAT YOU NEED: cardboard boxes (4 per kid), blank label strips (20), pens, label sheets (3 pages each of 4 labels), bags (1 per kid), Sharpie (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid four cardboard boxes and help kids assemble them.
Explain these boxes will become focus reminders kids can place in front of things that might distract them from doing what needs to be done. Discuss places where they might need a reminder to help them stay focused. (in front of the TV, by their tablet charger or wherever they keep their tablet, on their video game controller, in their room by a favorite toy, etc.)
Pass around the label sheets with the Dirty Jobs series graphic and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Pass around the label sheets with the initiative definition and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Pass around the label sheets with the memory verse and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Pass around the label sheets with the goggles and tell kids to put one of these labels on each of their dice.
Give each kid a blank label strip and a pen. Point out that there are four labels across the top of the label strip. Tell kids to choose four places where they will place their focus reminders. They should write or draw a picture of one of these places on each of those four labels.
Help kids put one of these labels on each of their four dice.
On the remaining four blank labels, kids can write motivational reminders to themselves that will help them remember to stay focused on what needs to be done. Give kids several examples and encourage them to share other ideas. (Stay focused! Get back on track! Don’t get distracted! Show initiative! Make wise choices!)
Help kids put one of these labels on each of their four dice.
Each completed box should have one series graphic label, one virtue label, one memory verse label, one goggle label, one label showing where the box will be placed, and one motivational reminder label.
Give each kid a bag and tell them to put their dice in the bag.
Pass around the Sharpie and tell kids to write their name on the bag.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“When you get home today, go ahead and put your focus reminders in front of the four places you chose that you know you tend to get distracted from doing what needs to be done. When you see these focus reminders, let them help you redirect your attention to the job you should be doing. Let them be a reminder that there might be more important or more helpful things you could be doing with your time than watching that TV show or playing with that toy. It’s okay to do those things sometimes, but don’t let them take your focus away from what needs to be done!”

YOU CONNECT

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What distracts you from doing what needs to be done at home? Share the places you put on your focus reminders.”
“What distracts you from doing what needs to be done at school? At church?”
“When you realize something is distracting you, what do you usually do to get yourself back on track?”
“Is it wrong to do things just for fun sometimes? (No!) Of course not. So how do you know when something is distracting you and when it’s ok to just have fun?”
“Is it possible for people to distract you from what needs to be done? What are some things you could say to someone who tends to break your focus?”
“How can God’s Word help you stay focused on what needs to be done?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, there are so many distractions in the world—everything from noise to screens to other people. We even get distracted by our own minds and the thoughts that come in and out of them. Please help us this week to ignore these distractions and stay focused on what needs to be done. When distractions come, we pray that You would help us remember to ask You for peace and for focus. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

BUILD THE WALL

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 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.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“How did Sanballat respond when he heard about Nehemiah rebuilding the walls?” (First he made fun of them, then he got angry.)
“Who did Nehemiah talk to when he was discouraged by the way Sanballat reacted?” (God)
“What did Sanballat and the Israelites’ other enemies decide to do when the wall was halfway built?” (attack the Jews)
“Who led the people in protecting themselves?” (Nehemiah)
“While the people worked, what did they keep with them?” (weapons)
“How did Sanballat try to distract Nehemiah so he would leave the walls? Did it work?” (calling him names, threatening to send an army, writing a bunch of letters and demanding responses)
“How many days did it take the Israelites to completely rebuild the walls?” (52)