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Motion eGroup Week of August 18

The Hunt

Virtue: Wisdom: Finding out what you should do and doing it.
Main Point: If you want to be wise, hang outwit wise people.
Bible Story: Rehoboam Listens to Fools
Bible Passage: 2 Chronicles 10
Memory Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God…and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a, NIV

KID CONNECT

SPOONS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
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 Spoons!
Tell kids to sit in a circle.
Arrange the spoons in a small circle in the center of the circle. The number of spoons in the center should be one less than the number of kids playing.
Deal four cards to each player. Keep the rest of the deck by you. Tell kids they should only keep four cards in their hand at a time.
Explain that the goal is to collect four of a kind (four 2’s, four Jacks, four Aces, etc.).
Take a card off the top of the deck and decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you do not want to keep it, pass it facedown to the left. If you do want to keep it, remove another card from your hand and pass that card facedown to the left.
The kid on the left will then have the option to keep that card or pass it to their left. If they keep it, the kid will pass on another card from their hand. This continues around the circle.
The last player (the player to your right) places his discard into a trash pile between the two of you. If at any time the deck runs out, shuffle the trash pile and keep going.
Cards should be picked up and passed quickly around the circle until a kid has collected four of a kind.
As soon as a kid has four of a kind, the kid should grab a spoon from the center of the circle as quickly as possible. The rest of the kids will then race to grab the remaining spoons.
The player left without a spoon is out, and play starts over again. Always leave one fewer spoon in the middle than the number of players.
Larger groups of kids can be divided into two groups with their own decks, or kids who are “out” can start a new game with the second deck.

BIBLE CONNECT

BIBLE SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, search lists (4), pens

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 The Hunt, where we’re learning about wisdom. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see what we can learn about wisdom!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 2 Chronicles 10. 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 2 Chronicles 10 aloud.
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a search list and pens.
Explain kids will work with their teams to find all the things described on their search list and fill in the answers as quickly as possible. All answers can be found in their Bibles.
The first team to finish the scavenger hunt by completing the entire search list wins!
eTL Tip: For younger groups who can’t read/write as well, read the first item on the list aloud and encourage teams to race to be the first team to find that answer. Once the first team shares the answer, allow all teams to write the answer down if they’re able. When kids are ready, read the second item aloud and encourage teams to race to find it. Repeat for each item on the list, one at a time.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Because Rehoboam chose to listen to his foolish friends, he made a foolish decision that tore his kingdom apart and caused him to lose respect. Had he listened to the wise elders who had served his father, he would have been much more successful as a king. He learned the hard way that if you want to be wise, you have to hang out with wise people.”

YOU CONNECT

WISE OR FOOLISH FRIENDS?

WHAT YOU NEED:
painter’s tape (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Make a line across the center of the eGroup space with a long strip of painter’s tape.
Tell all children to stand behind the tape line. Explain they should jump across to the other side of the tape line if you say something a wise friend would do, but they should freeze in place if you say something a foolish friend would do.
Read the scenarios below and encourage children to jump across the line when applicable.
eTL NOTE: Wise friend scenarios are in bold.
When someone makes fun of you, this friend says, “It’s ok. You don’t have to listen to them!” Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend wants you to watch a movie you know your parents don’t want you to watch. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend tries to talk you into playing a video game that has a lot of bad language. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend isn’t afraid to tell others about Jesus. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend lies to keep from getting into trouble. Wise friend or foolish friend?
Whenever this friend sees someone who is lonely, they go and sit by them. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend is always kind and lets others go first. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend likes to play tricks on others because they think it’s funny. But the people they play tricks on don’t think it’s funny at all. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend is always willing to share. Wise friend or foolish friend?
This friend steals pencils and other things from people at school. Wise friend or foolish friend?

WHAT YOU SAY:
“If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. That means you need to choose to surround yourself with people who make good, Godly choices. Seek out friendships with people who make wise choices and will help you do the same.”

Discussion Questions:
“Think about your closest friends. Do most of them make wise or foolish choices? Are there any friends you should spend more time with because you know they’ll help you make wise choices?”
“Do you think your friends would call you a wise friend or foolish friend? Why?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned if we want to be wise, we have to hang out with wise people. When you let God be the source of your wisdom, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about the person you would call your wisest friend. This should be a person you know you can trust to help you make wise choices because they know and follow God’s Word, no matter what! I’m going to write your name and their name in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for God to help strengthen your relationship with this wise friend!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share 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 that we can grow in wisdom when we hang out with wise people. Help us choose our friendships carefully and guide us as we try to surround ourselves with people who will help us be more like You. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits, Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, James 1:5a, tells us God will always give us His wisdom when we ask for it!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God… and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them 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 during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose an activity: “Memory Verse Spoons” or “Verse Practice.”

MEMORY VERSE SPOONS

Tell kids to sit in a circle to play a special version of Spoons. If the group did not play Spoons during Kid Connect, refer to page 1 for basic game instructions.
For the Memory Verse edition of Spoons, the kid who fails to grab a spoon should attempt to say James 1:5a from memory. If the kid can’t recite the verse, he/she gets one letter of the word “WISE.” If a kid gets the whole word, he/she is out of the game.
If a kid collects all four cards with James 1:5a (the card with a headlamp in the background), he/she earns immunity for the rest of the game and cannot be given any letters of the word “WISE,” even if they don’t grab a spoon.

VERSE PRACTICE

Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases 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.