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Motion eGroup :: Week of September 9

Rise Above

Main Point: God says I’m His.
Bible Story: Moses | The Plague | Exodus 3
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 week we begin a new series called Rise Above, where we’ll learn how to listen to God’s voice above anything else. Today we’re getting in the ring with insecurity as Moses shows us how to fight against the voices that tell us we don’t have what it takes. Let’s check out his fight against insecurity!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Exodus 3. 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:

“Moses didn’t think he had what it took to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He didn’t feel important enough to talk to Pharaoh and he wasn’t a good communicator. But when God created Moses, God already knew exactly what He would ask Moses to do one day, so He created Moses with everything Moses could need to do his job. When we are doing what God wants us to do, we don’t have to wonder if we’re good enough; He made us and gave us exactly what we need!”

You Connect

JUMP ROPE TRAINING

WHAT YOU NEED: painter’s tape, boxer profiles

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Make a line on the floor with the painter’s tape and line kids up on one side of the line.
  • Read the following yes/no questions. If a kid’s answer is yes, they will jump to the other side of the line. If their answer is no, they stay on that side. After each question, encourage one or two kids who jumped to explain their answer.
  • Have you ever been in a room full of people you didn’t know and worried they wouldn’t like you?
  • Have you ever really enjoyed doing something (playing a certain game, reading a specific book, watching a TV show, etc.) but you thought about not doing it anymore because you thought other people might think it was silly or dumb?
  • Have you ever wished you could look or dress more like someone else?
  • Have you ever wished you could act more like someone else?
  • Have you ever wanted to try something new but were scared to try because you didn’t think you had the skills to do it?
  • Have you ever been too afraid to try something new because you were worried other people wouldn’t like it?
  • Have you ever been scared to show people something you can do or something you made because you weren’t sure they would think it was good enough?
  • Have you ever pretended to like something you didn’t because you were worried other kids might think you were weird?

WHAT YOU SAY:

“At some point, we all face insecurity. Insecurity is not being confident in yourself or your ability to do things well. When you feel insecure, you’re not sure if you can do things the ‘right’ way. Insecure 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 tells us we are His!”

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 insecurity when those feelings try to take them down!

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pens, mini sticky notes

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we can win the fight against insecurity when we remember God says we are His. When you use God’s Word to rise above insecurity, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one situation where you battle insecurity. Maybe it’s in school when you have to read in front of your whole class, or on your sports team when you feel like you can’t play as well as everyone else. I’ll give each of you a pen and a sticky note for you to write your insecurity on so you don’t have to say it out loud in front of everyone. I’m going to collect your sticky notes and keep them in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you fight to rise above insecurity this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:

Give each kid a mini sticky note and encourage them to write their insecurity on the sticky note. Stick the sticky notes 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 calling us your own. Thank you for creating us in exactly the right way to accomplish the plans You have for us. When we feel insecure, help us remember the promises in your Word that say we are enough and we can do everything You’ve created us to do. 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.