Virtue: Humility: Putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.
Main Point: I can put others first by letting go of what I want.
Bible Story: Jesus Praying in the Garden
Bible Passage: Matthew 26:36-56
Memory Verse:“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.”
Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
WHAT YOU NEED: finger soccer ball (1), finger shoes (2), game cards (15)
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?
Once you have five to six kids begin playing “GOAL.”
-Divide kids into two to four teams with no more than four kids per team. Seat teams in lines.
-Explain the rules and procedures for GOAL:
-Teams will compete to make different types of shots at the goal with a finger soccer ball while wearing finger shoes. Each time a player misses a shot, their team will receive a letter from the word GOAL. Once a team has received all four letters, they are out. The last team left in the game wins!
-Begin a round by reading a game card. The game card will give instructions for a specific type of shot kids will take with the finger soccer ball.
-Choose one kid from the back of a line to form the “goal” in front of the rest of the group. The kid forms the goal by creating an ‘L’ with the pointer finger and thumb on each hand, putting their thumbs together, and then turning their hands down so that their pointer fingers rest on the floor.
-One at time, the kid at the front of each line will put on the finger shoes and take the specified shot at the goal. If they miss, their team earns a letter. After a kid from each team has taken the shot, send those kids to the back of their lines.
-Begin a new round by choosing a new kid to form the goal and then turning over a new game card. Follow the instructions again with the kids who are now at the front of each line. Repeat until only one team is left in the game and declare them the winners!
Bible Story Activity
WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, soccer field game board (1), soccer ball cards (10), answer card (1), dry erase board (1), dry erase marker (1)
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!
We’re in a series called GOOOOOAL, where we’re learning what it means to show humility. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn what humility looks like from Jesus’ example!
WHAT YOU DO:
-Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 26. 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 Matthew 26:36-56 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
-Divide kids into two teams.
-Place the soccer field game board in the center of the group and spread the soccer ball cards across the game board.
-Explain kids will choose a soccer ball card and answer the question from the Bible story from the back of the card. If they answer correctly, their team has scored a “goal!” Keep track of the score by tallying it on the dry erase board.
-Each soccer ball card has a number. The answer for each question can be found by the corresponding number on the answer card.
-Ask a kid to choose a soccer ball card and answer the question on the back. If they get it right, give the team a point on the dry erase board. If they get it wrong, give the other team the chance to answer the question and steal the point.
-Repeat until all statements have been read.
-eGroup Leader Tip: Be sure a different kid has the opportunity to answer each time their team chooses a soccer ball card.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“When Jesus was praying, He asked God to take the whole situation away. But Jesus finished His prayer by giving up what He wanted. He knew that no matter what it cost Him, God’s plan was bigger and best, so He committed to following God’s plan no matter what. If we want to be like Jesus, we must let go of what we want to put others first.”
WHAT YOU NEED: game board (2), game cards (2 sets of 12), game pieces (2 sets of 8), dice (2)
WHAT YOU DO:
-Place a game board and a set of game cards in the center of the circle. If you have more than 8 kids in your eGroup, divide kids into two groups and give each group a set of materials.
-Tell each player to choose a partner. Each pair should choose two game pieces and put both pieces on one “Start” space on the game board. Different pairs cannot put their pieces on the same “Start” space.
-The goal of the game is to get both of a pair’s game pieces from “Start” to “Home.”
-Pairs will roll the dice to determine how many spaces to move their game piece. Each time they land on a “Draw card” space, kids will read the scenario and then choose another pair to move closer to home as directed.
-With each roll, a pair can choose which of their two pieces to move. Both pieces can be moving around the board at once, or they can move one piece all the way “Home” before starting the next piece.
-The game ends when a pair has moved both of their pieces from “Start” to “Home.”
WHAT YOU SAY:
“We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first. WE want to win the game. WE want to choose the movie. WE want to do things OUR way. But God wants us to think and act differently. He wants us to put others first. It’s not always easy, but when you put others first, you’ll be doing what Jesus did, and that’s a great thing! We can put others first by letting go of what we want.”
-“Can you think of a time when someone gave up what they wanted to help you? How did it make you feel?”
-“What keeps you from letting go of what you want to help someone else?”
-“What might happen if everyone in your home or everyone in your school gave up just one thing they wanted to put someone else first?”
WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, leader card, timing device, dry erase board, dry erase marker
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Philippians 2:3, tells us we shouldn’t do anything to serve ourselves. Everything we do should reflect how much we value others!”
WHAT YOU DO:
-Read the verse out loud: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
-Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
-Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them. Use the New Living Translation to explain the meaning of the verse: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”
-Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Search” or “Verse Practice.”
-Split kids into teams of two to four kids. Each team will need a Bible
-Explain kids will race to find the verse in the Bible and then find a specific word or phrase according to your instructions.
-NOTE: It’s fine for kids to have the verse highlighted or underlined in their Bible, but kids cannot mark the page itself.
-Once they have found the word or phrase from the verse in the Bible, kids should stand and pretend to kick a soccer ball.
-Each team that finds the word or phrase in 30 seconds gets a point. The team that finds it first gets a bonus point.
-Kids will close their Bibles and then find the verse again for each new instruction.
-Read an instruction from the leader card. Use your timing device to give kids 30 seconds to find the word or phrase.
-As kids find it, they should stand and pretend to kick a soccer ball. Check to see if they are pointing to the correct word/phrase and award points as described above. Points can be recorded on the dry erase board.
-The team with the most points after all instructions have been read wins!
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.
Bring it! Challenge
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet, Bring It! Challenge stickers, memory verse cards
WHAT YOU SAY:
“In Motion we want you to Bring It! to church each weekend! The Bring It! Challenge encourages you to bring yourself, your Bible, 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 GOOOOOAL, you can earn fun prizes each week. All you have to do is FIND Philippians 2:3 in your Bible, RECITE it from memory, and SAY what our series virtue, humility, means!”
WHAT YOU DO:
-Encourage kids to show you Philippians 2:3 in their personal Bible AND recite the verse from memory, then ask them to tell you what humility means. (Use the virtue definition found in the sidebar or on the back of the memory verse cards as a reference.) Kids must do all three things to complete the challenge.
-Give any kids who complete the challenge a Bring It! Challenge sticker and tell them the sticker will allow them to choose a prize as they are dismissed at the end of the experience.
-On the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet, record the number of kids who recited the memory verse, recited the virtue, and/or brought a Bible, as well as the number of stickers earned.
-As kids are dismissed, give each kid who did not bring a Bible a memory verse card so they can prepare to recite the verse and virtue, and remind them to bring their Bible with them to Motion next time!
-Give the tracking sheet to your eTeam Leader at the end of the worship experience.