You can trust God no matter what.
Joseph Forgives His Brothers
BALANCING ACT 2.0
Painters tape, verse cup (1), stopwatch
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 favorite 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 “Balancing Act 2.0.”
- • Make a long zigzag tape line across your eGroup area. Kids willwalk along this line while balancing a cup on their heads.
• At three random points along the line, make an ‘X’ across theline with the tape.
• Decide what “challenge” should be presented at these pointsbased on the age and abilities of your group (crouch, kneel,hop, stand on one foot, or twirl, etc).
• Give each kid a cup and instruct them to balance it on theirheads while navigating the tapeline with the challenges. (The cup will probably sit best on kids’ heads if they put it upside down on their heads.)
• If kids run through this activity quickly, use the stopwatch and let them compete for time on the course. You can also increase the difficulty of the challenges.
MEMORY VERSE is a time to introduce the series virtue and memory verse. Choose one of the memory verse activity options to help your kids practice the verse. After this activity, GO TO LARGE GROUP.
WHAT YOU NEED
Bibles, Bible highlighters, memory verse card, target board, painter’s tape, beanbag, verse cups (2 sets, 10 cups each)
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 week we begin a new series called High Wire, where we’ll learn about trusting God even when it isn’t easy. Whether we feel alone, our lives don’t make sense, or we’re facing pressure, we can always trust God no matter what. Our Bible verse, Proverbs 3:5-6, tells us that if we trust God, even when we don’t understand everything, He promises to guide us and help us. Let’s memorize this verse to help us remember to trust God in every situation.”
- Read the verse out loud: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
- Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the Bible highlighters to underline the verse in their Bible. Give a memory verse card to kids without a Bible.
- Choose one of the memory verse games: “Target Practice” or “Verse Stacking”.
- Place the target board on the floor and tape along the edges to secure the board to the floor. Also use the tape to mark a starting line about two feet away from the target board.
- Divide kids into two teams. Form two lines behind the starting line and have kids take turns tossing the beanbag at the target.
- If any part of the beanbag touches circle one, the other team says the verse together.
- If any part of the beanbag touches circle two, the kid who tossed it can choose any two kids on the other team to say the verse together.
- If any part of the beanbag touches circle three, the eGroup Leader says the verse.
- If the beanbag touches more than one circle or is not touching any circles, the tossing team says the verse together.
- Divide kids into two teams. Give each team a set of verse cups.
- Tell kids they have to put the verse together by stacking the cups in order in a pyramid shape. (eGL Tip: If kids are having a hard time, encourage them to put the cups in order in one long line first, then use the last four cups as the bottom row and build up backwards from there.)
In the BIBLE STORY activity, kids will use LEGO® people to act out the Bible story and explore how Joseph trusted God, even when he was under intense pressure.
Bibles, Bible story sheet, 6 LEGO people
- Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 42. 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.
- Hand out the LEGO® people and help kids assign roles to them: Joseph, Jacob, Benjamin, Simeon, Reuben, and Judah. Larger groups can redistribute the LEGO® people partway through the story so every kid can have a turn.
- Read the Bible story aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet and encourage kids to following along while using the LEGO® people to act it out.
SAY: “You can trust God no matter what. Joseph believed this. All throughout Joseph’s life with all the twists and turns, there were plenty of times he must have been wondering what in the world God was doing. But he trusted that God had a plan, and that God’s plan was much bigger and better than Joseph could have ever imagined. Joseph could trust God no matter what! And you can too! When you are facing something you don’t understand, remember you can trust God no matter what!”
- “Read Philippians 4:12-13. What do you think Paul meant whenhe said he could do all things through Jesus? Why would that help him be content—which means confident and calm—no matter what? How did that show that Paul trusted God?”
- “Can you think of anyone you know who is having a hard time being content and trusting God in their situation? Don’t name names, but tell us what they’re going through. What would you tell that friend to help him trust God?”
- “What about you? What is hard for you to be content about right now? How could you trust God in that situation?”
In the APPLICATION activity, kids will think about tough situations they might face that would cause them to feel like they’re under pressure and discuss how they could respond in a Godly way.
Magic Number Cards (first through third grade eGroups), whiteboard, whiteboard marker
MAGIC NUMBER CARDS (first through third grade eGroups)
- Ask one kid to choose a number between one and thirty-one. Tell the kid to write the number on the whiteboard with the whiteboard marker. Make sure the kid does not show you the number!
- Give the kid the Magic Number Cards. Ask the kid to give you back all the cards that have their number on it. If needed, encourage the kid to show the kids sitting nearby the number written on the whiteboard, then allow those kids to help return the cards with the number.
- Add the first number on each card returned to you to get the kid’s number. Say the number out loud, then tell the kid who chose the number to show the whiteboard to the eGroup!
Repeat with other kids as time allows.
THE PERFECT NUMBER TRICK (fourth and fifth grade eGroups)
- Ask one kid to choose a number. Advise the kid to choose a small number since they will be doing math with it!
- Tell the kid to write the number on the whiteboard with the whiteboard marker and draw a big circle around it, then do the following mathematical steps on the whiteboard:
- Add nine to the number.
- Multiply this number by two.
- Subtract four.
- Divide this number by two.
- Subtract the original number.
- Pretend to think for a moment, then announce that the kid’s number is SEVEN!
- Repeat with other kids as time allows.
SAY: “That was pretty cool! Were you surprised I figured it out? I wasn’t surprised because I knew how the number trick works. A lot of things happened in Joseph’s life and in his brothers’ lives that didn’t make sense at first. How could these things ever come together into something amazing? But just like our number experiment, God always knew what the outcome would be. It doesn’t just happen in the Bible, either. God works like that today. Even when things seems random or out of control, I can trust God no matter what!”
TIGHT ROPE SIMON SAYS
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKidz Prayer Journal, pens, painter’s tape, stopwatch
SAY: “Knowing we can trust God is one of the most important things we can know about God. We will all probably face some scary or strange situations in life, like moving, or one of your parent’s losing their job, or someone you love gets really sick. But believing the truth that you can trust God no matter what will help you be brave and have peace, no matter what you face!”
DO: Write down any prayer requests in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Kids can share their requests out loud or can write them directly in the journal.
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, there are a lot of times it seems hard to remember we can trust You no matter what. Please help us, in all the confusing or difficult times in our lives, remember You are doing something fantastic in and through us because You love us and have a plan for us. Thank You for hearing us and never leaving us. Amen.”
SAY: “Circus performers who take on the high wire need to have excellent balance! Let’s test your balancing skills with a game of ‘Tight Rope Simon Says!’”
- Make a tapeline on the floor long enough for each kid to stand and have at least three feet of personal space. You may need to make several lines.
- Instruct kids to find a space on the line and spread out from each other.
- Explain that you’re pretending the line is a tight rope and they have to stay on it while they play “Simon Says.”
- In addition to the regular “Simon Says’ rules, if either foot touches the ground without also touching the line, they’re out.
- Call out the following actions. Make up additional actions as time allows.
- Stand on one foot for 10 seconds.
- Swing one leg out to the side and hold it for five seconds.
- Do a flamingo pose for 10 seconds.
- Hop on one foot five times.
- Jump and face the other way three times.
- Skip in place for 10 seconds.
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
HIGH WIRE DISK DROP
SAY: “In Motion we want you to Bring It! to church each weekend! The Bring It! Challenge encourages you to bring yourself, your Bible, your friends, and scripture you’ve learned to Motion. Not only can you be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.
During High Wire, you can earn up to five pieces of candy by playing the “High Wire Disk Drop” game each week! All you have to do is show me Proverbs 3:5-6 in your Bible AND recite it from memory!”
- Encourage kids to show you Proverbs 3:5-6 in their Bible AND recite the verse from memory. Kids must do both to earn a chance to play “High Wire Disk Drop.”
- Send any kids who complete the Bring It! Challenge to the Host to get their candy by playing “High Wire Disk Drop.”