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Motion eGroup :: Week of September 30

Rise Above

Main Point: God says I can.
Bible Story: Elijah | The Rainmaker| 1 Kings 19
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’ve been 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 discouragement as Elijah shows us how to fight against the voices that tell us we can’t do what God wants us to do. Let’s check out Elijah’s fight against discouragement!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct half the kids to turn to 1 Kings 19. 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:

“Elijah struggled with discouragement. He had lost hope in himself and his ability to do what God wanted him to do. But when Elijah cried out to God, God reminded Elijah that He would give Elijah everything Elijah needed to fulfill his calling. When he started to doubt he could do anything right, God told Elijah he could do it, and God says we can do what we need to do, too!”

You Connect

WHO CAN?

WHAT YOU NEED: playing cards, pens

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Encourage kids to spread out around the eGroup space and place the playing cards and pens in the center where everyone can reach them.
  • Explain kids will attempt to complete a series of challenges.
  • Read the following challenges one at a time, giving kids time to attempt each one before moving on.
  • Do ten jumping jacks.
  • Take a pen and balance it on the back of your hand.
  • Take one playing card and balance it on top of your head. Take three steps forward without the card falling off.
  • Do fifteen sit-ups.
  • Take a pen and balance it on the tip of one finger.
  • Take one playing card and balance it on the tip of your finger. Take three steps forward without the card falling off.
  • Do twenty-five push-ups.
  • Take a pen and balance it on top of your shoe. Hop five times without the pen falling off.
  • Take one playing card and stand it up on your hand (with the edge of the card resting on the hand, not lying flat). Balance it like that for fifteen seconds.
  • Lace your fingers together and swing your arms around like they are a jump rope. Jump over your “jump rope” five times.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“There are some things you can do easily without even having to learn how, and there are other things you can learn how to do by practicing and working hard. There are also some things you probably can’t do and will likely never be able to do, like using your arms as a human jump rope. However, when God tells us to do something, He promises that we can do it. If He has told us to do it, He will give us what we need to do it. It won’t always be easy, but we can fight discouragement by remembering God says we can!”

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

I want you to think about some of the challenges you face on a daily basis that can cause you to feel discouraged, like being kind to someone who bullies you or being patient when you feel like you’ve been waiting forever for something. I want you to turn that discouraging thought into an, ‘I CAN’ statement, like, ‘I CAN be kind even when it’s hard,’ or, ‘I CAN be patient and wait with a happy heart.’ I’m going to write these ‘I CAN’ statements in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray specifically for God to help you fight back against discouragement in that situation this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:
As each kid shares, write their “I CAN” statement 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 telling us WE CAN. We believe that if You’ve told us to do it, You will give us exactly what we need to get it done. Thank you for giving us Your Word to help fight the negative chatter in our lives. 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.