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Motion eGroup Week of February 4

Behind the Scenes

Virtue: Love: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Main Point: Love others because Jesus loves you.
Bible Story: No Greater Love – Luke 22:7-16, John 15:12-13
Bible Passage: John 1:19-42
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

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, Bible story sheet, dry erase sleeves (3), dry erase markers (3), film strip pages (3)

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY: Ensure each dry erase sleeve has a film strip page in it. (The reverse sides 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!

This week we begin a new series called Behind the Scenes, where we’ll learn about how to show love God’s way. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn how Jesus defined love!

WHAT YOU DO:
-Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 22. 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 Luke 22:7-16 and John 15:12-13 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet.
-Divide kids into three 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 story of Jesus is a true love story. It’s not some mushy movie plot someone made up a long time ago. His love for you is real and goes on forever. It won’t change or end no matter how the story of your life plays out. And Jesus doesn’t want you to keep this love to yourself. You can love others because Jesus loves you. When you pay attention to what others need and do what you can to help them, you’re sharing His love.”

Grow

A STICKY PROBLEM

WHAT YOU NEED: object cards (15), sticky hands (1 per kid)

WHAT YOU DO:
-Spread the object cards (object pictures facing up) around the center of the eGroup space. Seat kids in a circle so they are at least two feet away from the nearest object cards.
-Give each kid a sticky hand. Instruct kids not to open the packaging until all instructions have been given.
-Explain kids will use their sticky hands to “grab” the object cards that show something they want by holding onto the end and flinging the sticky hand onto the cards.
-Signal kids to open the packaging and begin using their sticky hands to take the objects they want. Watch kids carefully to ensure they are only flinging their sticky hands at the cards (not at other kids or other things in the room).
-After kids have had several minutes to “grab” the objects they want, tell kids to stop using their sticky hands. Encourage kids to wrap the sticky hands back in the plastic packaging to protect them until kids leave, then instruct kids to put the stick hands either in their pockets or in a designated area of the room until they take them home.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What’s the opposite of being selfless and giving up stuff and time to love others? (Pause for kids to respond.) Selfishness is the opposite of giving things up for others. In our game, your sticky hands stuck to the stuff you wanted. Selfishness can be like those sticky hands —it grabs onto stuff and pulls it closer to you and away from others.

Selfish attitudes make it hard for us to let go of stuff and give it away to others. But we can shake off selfishness by following Jesus’ example. We can love others freely and selflessly. And the more we love others, the less selfish and more like Jesus we become.”

Discussion Questions:
-“Can anyone share an example of a time when someone showed you genuine love? How did you know they were showing you love?”
-“Are there people you like all the time — people who never upset you or get on your nerves? Can you still love someone even if you don’t like them in the moment? Who are some people you choose to love even when you don’t feel like it?”
-“Is it ‘fake’ to show love to someone you don’t like? What is good or not good about that kind of love?”

 

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can choose to love others because Jesus loves us. When you intentionally show love to others, you can see God do great things through you! I want you to share the name of one person you are going to choose to show love to this week and tell us how you will show them love. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal.”

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 many ways You show us Your love—especially for the way You sent Jesus to save us. We want to share your love with others. Help us this week as we choose to love (read the names kids shared from the journal). We want to love others completely and selflessly, like You love 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. Note: Very few kids should be able to do this the first week of the series.
-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!