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Motion eGroup :: Week of September 23

Rise Above

Main Point: God says I’m forgiven.
Bible Story: Peter | The Rock | Luke 22 & Acts 2
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 condemnation as Peter shows us how to fight against the voices that tell us we aren’t good enough. Let’s check out his fight against condemnation!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct half the kids to turn to Luke 22 and the other half to turn to Acts 2. 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:

“Peter struggled with feeling condemnation – the feeling that he wasn’t good enough because of the things he thought and did. But Jesus showed Peter that His forgiveness was greater than any of the wrong things Peter did. Even though Peter made a mistake and chose not to stand by Jesus when Jesus was suffering, Jesus forgave Peter and used Peter to do great things in the early Church!”

You Connect

SIN WON’T WIN

WHAT YOU NEED: blank copy paper, pens, example sheet, markers

WHAT YOU SAY:

“As we learned in Peter’s story, sin can’t win because God is so much more powerful than our sin! He can take what looks like a terrible mistake and use it to accomplish something good. The Bible says God works all things together for good – even the bad stuff. In this activity, you will practice turning ‘mistakes’ into something awesome!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Seat kids in a circle. Give each kid a piece of paper and a pen.
  • Encourage each kid to close their eyes and make a quick scribble on their paper. After they open their eyes and see their scribbles, explain that most people would look at the scribble and see a mistake, but we can turn these ‘mistakes’ into something great.
  • Show kids the example sheet. Point out how the scribble in the first frame eventually became a fun picture!
  • Tell each kid to pass their paper to the kid on their left. Explain kids will look at the scribble on the page they’re holding now and turn it into something new with five marks or less.
  • After a couple of minutes, tell kids to pass their papers to the left again. Kids will look at the drawing on the new paper and use five marks or less to add more to the picture.
  • Repeat one more time, encouraging kids to pass their papers to the left and add to the drawing they receive with five marks or less.
  • Return kids’ pictures to the kid who drew the first scribble. If time allows, kids can use markers to color the picture during the discussion time.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“At some point, we all face condemnation. When you feel condemnation, you wonder if you’re good enough, or if your sins have made you unworthy to do anything for God. Condemning 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 we’re forgiven!”

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 condemnation 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 condemnation when we remember God says we’re forgiven. When you use God’s Word to rise above condemnation, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of something wrong you’ve done that keeps you from feeling like you’re good enough to do great things for God. You don’t need to say it out loud. I’m going to pass our eKidz Prayer Journal around the circle. When you get the journal, you can write your name with the word ‘FORGIVEN’ in big letters beside it. While you wait for your turn with the journal, you can pray and ask God to forgive you for the sin and help you let go of any feelings of condemnation. When we’re done, we can use this as a reminder that whatever sin is on our minds, God has already forgiven us for it!”

WHAT YOU DO:

Pass your eKidz Prayer Journal around the circle and encourage kids to write their names and the word ‘FORGIVEN.’ Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“Dear God, thank you for being willing to forgive us no matter what. We are so thankful You choose to give us another chance and that You want to use us to do great things for You. 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.