“When You Think You Are Alone, You Can Trust That God Is With You”
Joseph Sold By His Bothers
Genesis 37, 39:1-2
Engage is a time to welcome kids to your eGroup with a fun activity to help them feel comfortable and get to know each other.
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 the Engage activity.
SUPPLIES: verse cups (10), stopwatch
- Challenge each kid to balance one cup on various parts of their bodies (head, nose, fingertip, elbow, knee, foot, etc.).
- Split the eGroup into two teams and give each team five cups. Remind kids not to mess with or pull off the labels on the cups! Explain the rules:
- Each team will send one kid forward at a time to complete a challenge.
- A challenge is completed when a kid can balance the cups for five seconds without any cups falling.
- Cups cannot be stacked nestled inside each other; they can only be stacked rim-to-rim or bottom-to-bottom.
- Cups can be balanced beside each other as long as all cups are situated on the given body part.
- Players who cannot complete the challenge are out and must sit down to cheer on their teammates. The team of the last player standing wins!
- Call out the following challenges for players to complete. Choose a number of cups to balance (two, three, four, five) based on the age and ability of your eGroup.
- Balance _____ cups on your elbow.
- Balance _____ cups on your foot.
- Balance _____ cups on your upper arm.
- Balance _____ cups on your head.
- Balance _____ cups on your thigh. (This must be completed standing.)
- Balance _____ cups on your fingertips.
- Balance _____ cups on your knee.
- Balance _____ cups on one hand.
- Balance _____ cups on your arm.
- Make up other challenges as needed.
PRIME TIME allows the eGroup leader to communicate expectations for a positive Motion experience.
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.)
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY
Bibles, Bible story sheet, 6 LEGO people
- Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Genesis 37:1. 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, two merchants, 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: “Joseph was not treated well by his brothers, and he likely felt like he was alone even before they sold him to the Midianite merchants. But we know from the Bible story that God was with Joseph. And we also know that God is with us. Remember, when you think you’re alone, you can trust God is with you.”
- “Has there been a time when you’ve felt alone and needed the reminder that God is with you?” (Note: This could lead to some sensitive situations. Please handle with care and encourage kids to respect each other. Of course, if there are dangerous situations referenced, share the information with your eTeam Leader and eKidz Director immediately.)
- Do you believe God is always with you? Why or why not? What can we do to build our trust in God?”(Read the Bible and spend time with God so we invite His presence into our hearts regularly, talk to older people we trust who believe in God and have a spiritual connection to Him.)
TALK TO THE CHAIR
DO: Set the chair up in front of your eGroup space or somewhere in the middle.
SAY: “If I try to sit down over here, without the chair underneath me, what will happen? (Pause.) Why? (Pause.) Right, because of gravity. And even though I can’t see gravity, I know it exists. (Walk over to stand in front of the chair.) If I try to sit down while standing here over the chair, will I still fall to the floor? (Pause.) Why? (Pause.) Right, because even though gravity is still pulling me down, I can trust that this chair is able to hold me up.
Sometimes the hardest part about God is knowing He exists, but not being able to see Him or touch Him, especially if you’re going through something hard. When you look around and see bad circumstances you might be tempted to think God isn’t there. But God is real and trustworthy, like this chair, even though we don’t see Him with our eyes. And sometimes we can’t see what He is up to or how He could possibly make something good out of this situation. So today we are going to look to this chair and imagine our great God is sitting right here with us. And we’re going to talk to Him. What would you want to tell him?”
(Note: If your group is hesitant to do this aloud, you can do this more like a responsive prayer, with the responses being silent.)
- Let’s start by calling out some of the things we KNOW about God.” (God, You are…)
(suggestions: my friend, the Creator of everything, stronger than anything I face, in control)
- “Then let’s call out some of the ways we would DESCRIBE God to others.” (God, thank you for being…)
(suggestions: good, loving, powerful, wise, mighty)
- “Finally, let’s tell God something you are going to TRUST Him about.” (God, I trust You that…)
(suggestions: You won’t leave me when I feel alone, You can heal me, You will help me make great friends)
(Close your time by simply telling God you’re glad that we aren’t alone and we can trust Him no matter what.)
TIGHT ROPE SIMON SAYS
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKidz Prayer Journal, pens, painter’s tape, stopwatch
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
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. Guide kids to say this phrase as part of a responsive prayer: “I trust that You are with me.”
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for promising to be with us even when we feel alone. This week, when I feel alone because I am facing a big problem … (I trust that You are with me). When I feel alone because my family or friends misunderstand me … (I trust that You are with me). When I feel alone at school or at home or during practice or in my neighborhood … (I trust that You are with me.) No matter how alone I feel, I will remember Your promise and … (I trust that You are with me). We love you! In Jesus’ name, 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.
HIGH WIRE DISK DROP
BRING IT CHALLENGE GAME
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!”
DO: 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.”