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Motion eGroup Week of January 14

Brain Games

Virtue: Knowledge: Learning something new so you can be better at whatever you do.
Main Point: What God says is the most important thing to know.
Bible Story: Boy Jesus at the Temple
Bible Passage: Matthew 2:41-52
Memory Verse: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

 Engage

BRAIN WARM-UPS

WHAT YOU NEED: Warm-Up activity cards (2 sets), whiteboards (2), whiteboard markers (2), leader card

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 the coolest thing you’ve learned recently?
  • What’s something cool that happened this week?
  • What was the favorite 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 “Brain Warm-Ups.”

  • 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 kids one of the Warm-Up activity cards, a whiteboard, and a whiteboard marker.
  • Explain this week kids will work together to solve Hink Pinks. This is a type of word puzzle where kids will come up with a pair of rhyming words to match the meaning of the clue words.
  • Use card number one as an example. Show kids the words “basic choo-choo” on the card. Encourage kids to brainstorm other words that mean the same thing as “basic” (simple, easy, plain, boring, etc.) and write these words on one side of the whiteboard. Do the same for “choo-choo” (train, locomotive, subway, etc.) on the other side of the whiteboard. Show kids how two of the words (“plain” and “train”) rhyme. The Hink Pink for “basic choo-choo” is “plain train.”
  • Encourage kids to work together solve the remaining Hink Pinks.
  • Once kids have solved a Hink Pink, check their answer using the leader card. If they’re wrong, encourage them to try again. If their answer is correct, give them the next activity card.
  • Continue until all cards have been completed.

 

Modification for first and second grade groups:

  • Work together to read and solve the Hink Pinks as a group.
  • Offer hints or guidance as needed to help kids get the answer if they are struggling.
  • Cards marked with this brain symbol contain simpler Hink Pinks and may be better for younger groups.

 Bible Story

4×4

WHAT YOU NEED: masking tape, Bible, question cards (16), green brain bulb cards (8), pink brain bulb cards (8), brain stress ball

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 continuing our series called Brain Games, where we’re learning about building knowledge, especially knowledge about God’s Word. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn about a boy who understood the importance of knowledge about Godly things!

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 2. 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 2:41-52 aloud.
  • Place a question card in each square of the 4×4 floor grid.
  • Divide kids into two teams. Give one team the green brain bulb cards and the other team the pink brain bulb cards.
  • Explain kids will try get four of their brain bulb cards in a row on the grid by rolling the brain stress ball onto the grid and answering a question about the Bible story.
  • Instruct the green team to roll the brain stress ball onto the grid. If it lands on a grid space, read the question from the question card on that space and encourage the green team to answer. If they answer correctly, tell them to put a green brain bulb card on the space. If they don’t, place the question back on the grid.
  • If the brain stress ball lands on a space that already has a brain bulb card or does not land on the grid, the other team may choose one of any remaining questions for them to answer.
  • Answers are on the cards; kids may not read cards themselves.
  • Repeat for the pink team. Continue until a team wins by getting four brain bulb cards on the grid in a row.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus knew that what God says is the most important thing to knowHe was in the temple teaching others all about God so they could know Him better. Sometimes we might have hard times, or bad things might happen, but we know that God is always with us and we can always discover what He says by reading the Bible and learning more about Him from others who know Him.”

 

PRIORITY PYRAMID

WHAT YOU NEED: pyramid mats, learning slips (1 set per kid)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Give each kid a pyramid mat and a set of learning slips.
  • Ask kids to spread the learning slips out around their mat and read the learning slips out loud to the group. Explain that each learning slip has a different thing kids might need to know about.
  • Encourage kids to put their learning slips in order from most important to least important. The most important thing to know goes at the top of the pyramid; the least important things go across the bottom of the pyramid.
  • After kids have had several minutes to arrange the learning slips, compare several different kids’ pyramids by pointing out the similarities and differences in how they prioritized different things on their pyramids.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“There are so many types of things for us to learn. The bottom rows of our pyramids might look different because we are unique and have different interests. I love music and reading books. Maybe you enjoy learning about sports or how to bake new creations. But no matter what we find interesting, the tops of all our pyramids should look the same. What is the most important thing for you to know?” (What God says)

Discussion Questions:

  • “Why do you think what God says is the most important thing to know? How can God’s Word affect your day at school? On the soccer field? While playing with your friends?”
  • “We know what God says is the most important thing to know, so what are some different ways you can learn about God?”
  • “If learning about God is the most important thing, are you spending enough time learning about Him compared to the other things you learn about?”

Grow

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pens, grid sheets, timing device

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God’s Word is the most important thing we can learn about. When you spend time in God’s Word and learn how to live the way He wants you to, you can see God do great things through you! I want you to think about the time you spend learning about God and choose one specific way you will make learning about God a priority this week. 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:

“God, thank You for giving us Your Word so we can know You. Help us remember to (read what kids shared from the journal) so we can know You and love You more. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s stretch your brains a little more and see if you can think of words no one else can think of!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Give each kid a grid sheet and a pen.
  • Tell kids when you start the time they’ll need to fill in words for each category that start with the letter at the top of the column (i.e. under “L,” “Names,” they could write “Larry”).
  • Kids will earn a point for each word they write down that no one else thinks of; no points are awarded if any other kids write down the same word.
  • Set the timer for three minutes and start the timer. Let kids fill in words, encouraging them to be creative.
  • After three minutes, stop the timer and have one kid read through what they wrote in one category of the grid. Tell the other kids to cross out any words they wrote in that category that are the same. Repeat for the remaining categories.
  • When this is done for all categories, go around the circle and let kids read any remaining words (not crossed out).
  • Each kid scores their own sheet by awarding themselves one point for each answer that wasn’t crossed out. The kid with the most points wins!

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kit, word cards (5 sets)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 119:105, tells us God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. That means God’s Word is meant to guide us and help us see the right way to go as we walk through life. Let’s memorize this verse so we can remember to let God’s Word guide us.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit (Bible highlighters, sticky notes, and/or Bible bookmarks) 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: “Brains On, Sight Off” or “Verse Practice.”

BRAINS ON, SIGHT OFF

  • Split kids into teams of two or three (up to five teams).
  • Give each team a set of word cards. Explain teams will compete to  be the first to put the words from the memory verse in order. The tricky part is that the kid arranging the word cards can’t see them; that kid will have to keep their eyes closed while the other teammate(s) tell them how to rearrange the word cards.
  • Instruct each team to choose which kid will keep their eyes closed. Remind these kids to play honestly and fairly — no peeking! Tell kids to close their eyes and listen for instructions from their teammate(s).
  • Instruct the other kids to shuffle their words cards and then spread them on the floor in front of the kid whose eyes are closed.
  • Signal teams to begin and encourage teams to give verbal cues to help their sightless teammate put the word cards in order.
  • The first team to get all the word cards in order 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

BRAINIAC BRING IT!

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge eGroup bin (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 Brain Games, you can earn fun prizes each week that will be fun and stretch your brain at the same time! All you have to do is show me Psalm 119:105 in your Bible, recite it from memory, and tell me what our series virtue, Knowledge, means!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Encourage kids to show you Psalm 119:105 in their personal Bible AND recite the verse from memory, then ask them to tell you what knowledge 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 and/or brought a Bible. 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 and remind them to bring their Bible with them to Motion next time!