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Motion eGroup Week of February 18

Behind the Scenes

Virtue: Love: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Main Point: Give to others in need.
Bible Story: Jesus Calms the Storm
Bible Passage: Mark 6:30-44
Memory Verse: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10, NIV

Engage

COPY THAT

WHAT YOU NEED: dry erase sleeves (2), “Copy That” page, dry erase markers (2), emoji cards (2 sets)

BEFORE KIDS ARRIVE: Insert each “Copy That” page in a dry erase sleeve. The other side of the page will be used for the Bible story activity, so be sure kids use the side labeled “Copy That” for this activity.

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 is something you love to ______ (read/eat/do/play)?
-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 “Copy That.”
-Seat kids in a circle. If you have more than eight kids, split them into two groups and give each group a separate set of supplies.
-Give groups a dry erase sleeve with a “Copy That” page, a dry erase marker, and a set of emoji cards.
-Choose one kid to be Artist 1 and another kid to be Artist 2. Tell Artist 1 to take the emoji cards and Artist 2 to take the dry erase sleeve and dry erase marker.
-Have Artist 1 sit behind Artist 2’s back. The rest of the group will sit in front of Artist 2.
-Explain kids will be competing to guess what emoji Artist 2 is drawing on the dry erase sleeve.
-Artist 1 will look at the emoji on one of the emoji cards and draw it using their finger on Artist 2’s back.
-Artist 2 will try to draw this emoji on the dry erase sleeve as Artist 1 draws it on their back.
-Artists 1 and 2 may not talk at any point during the game.
-The first kid to guess the emoji correctly takes the emoji card. The kid holding the most emoji cards at the end wins the game!

Bible Story

FILM STRIPS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, dry erase sleeves (7), dry erase markers (7), film strip pages (7)

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY: Ensure each dry erase sleeve has a film strip page in it. (The reverse sides of some of these pages were used in the Engage activity.)

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 Behind the Scenes, where we’re learning about how to show love God’s way. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn how we can show love by giving to people in need!

WHAT YOU DO:
-Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Mark 6. 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 Mark 6:30-44 aloud.
-Divide kids into seven groups. Give each group a dry erase sleeve with a film strip page in it and a dry erase marker.
-Explain each group has a part of the story on their film strip page. They are responsible to illustrate their part of the story like a frame in a film strip.
-Encourage kids to take turns in their group so everyone can help draw the picture. Groups should discuss what to include in their picture, then each kid can draw one thing before passing the marker to someone else.
-If time allows, line up the completed film strip frames in order and use them to review the Bible story.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“The disciples wanted to ignore the people’s problem and send them away. It wasn’t the disciples’ fault the people had no food! But Jesus told the disciples to help them anyway. We can show love to others by helping them when they’re in need, even if it doesn’t seem easy for us.”

Grow

TRUE/FALSE TOSS

WHAT YOU NEED: statement sheet, beanbags (8)

WHAT YOU DO:
-Ask kids to choose a partner.
-Tell kids to find a partner then form two lines with partners facing each other. (They should be close enough to give each other a high-five.) Give each pair a beanbag.
-Explain you will read a true or false statement.
-If the statement is true, kids will stand still and hold the beanbag.
-If the statement is false, the kids holding the beanbag should toss it to their partner.
-Each time the partner catches the beanbag, each kid in the pair will take one step backward, moving the pair farther apart.
-If the partner doesn’t catch the beanbag, or if a kid tosses the beanbag at the wrong time, kids should return back to their starting position.
-Read the true/false statements from the statement sheet and encourage pairs to toss the beanbags and move accordingly.
-The pair standing farthest apart after the last true/false statement wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Just like Jesus used the little boy’s lunch, God can use YOU to meet other people’s needs, too. You may not think you have a lot of stuff to give, but God will always use whatever you have. That might be your time. It might be your words. It might be your allowance or stuff in your closet. This week, be looking for ways to give to others. There’s always someone with a need. And God can use the little you have to help them.”

Discussion Questions:
-“What would you say is the greatest need most people have? What is your greatest need right now?”
-“What are some things that get in the way of our seeing the needs others have?”
-“Name three things that would help you notice the needs of other people.”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pen

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we should do everything we can to help people when they see a need. When you choose to show love by giving generously, you can see God do great things through you! I want you to share one way you think you could meet someone’s need this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you give what you have to meet a need this week.”

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, we are so grateful for the way You meet our needs every day. You provided Jesus, who answered our biggest need of all: forgiveness. Thank You. Help us to not be selfish or lazy when it comes to helping others who are in need. Give us eyes to see the needs of those around us and willing hearts to share what we have the way You freely share with us. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kit, cups (10), ping pong balls (4), phrase cards (7)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 John 4:10, tells us God defined what true love is when He sent His Son to die in our place. We don’t have to die for someone to show them we love them, but God does call us to sacrifice what’s fun or easy for us and instead focus on how we can show love to others.”

WHAT YOU DO:
-Read the verse out loud: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
-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 don’t have a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can still practice it at home.
-Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Ping Pong Verse Bounce” or “Verse Practice.”

PING PONG VERSE BOUNCE
-Split kids into four teams. Give each team a ping pong ball.
-Arrange the cups in a pyramid formation (a row of four cups, then a row of three, then two, then one). Cups should NOT be arranged according to color (all red in one row, all blue in another, etc.).
-Encourage each team to form a line on a different side of the pyramid. The first kid in line should hold the ping pong ball. Place a stack of phrase cards by the front of each line.
-Explain kids will take turns holding their team’s ping pong ball out over the cups and dropping it into a cup. Teams will earn or lose phrase cards according to which color cup the ball lands in. As they earn phrase cards, they can take them from their stack at the front of the line and form a new stack at the back of the line.
-Red cup: Earn a phrase card.
-Green cup: Return a phrase card.
-Gold cup: Choose another team to earn a phrase card.
-Silver cup: Earn two phrase cards.
-Tell the first kid in each line to stretch their arm straight out in front of them over the cups and drop it, then instruct them to follow the directions for the cup their ball landed in. That kid will then give the ball to the next kid and go to the back of the line, taking a phrase card with them to the back if applicable.
-If the ping pong ball does not land in a cup, the kid may retrieve the ball and try one additional time before passing the ball to the next kid in line.
-Repeat until all phrase cards have been earned.
-Once a group has earned all seven of their phrase cards, they should arrange the cards to form the verse in order. The first team to complete this 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: After practicing the verse together, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
-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 Behind the Scenes, you can earn fun prizes each week. All you have to do is FIND 1 John 4:10 in your Bible, RECITE it from memory, and SAY what our series virtue, Love, means!”

WHAT YOU DO:
-Encourage kids to show you 1 John 4:10 in their personal Bible AND recite the verse from memory, then ask them to tell you what love 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 earn a prize.
-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. Give this sheet to your eTeam Leader at the end of the worship experience.
-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!