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Motion eGroup Week of July 14

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: Stay focused on Jesus
Bible Story: Peter Walks on Water
Bible Passage: Matthew 14:22-33
Memory Verse: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will  carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6, NIV

KID CONNECT

EXTREME FACTS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1)

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 Extreme Facts!
Tell kids to stand in the center of the eGroup space.
Explain you will read an extreme or crazy fact to the group. They will have to decide whether it is true or false.
Point to your left and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is true. Then point to your right and tell kids they will walk to that side if they think the fact is false.
Tell kids there will be a penalty for choosing the wrong side! They can choose to do ten jumping jacks or count to ten in a crazy voice (squeaky, deep, opera, underwater, robot, etc.).
Read the following facts and instruct kids to stand on the designated sides to show if they think it’s true or false. Lead kids standing on the wrong side in performing the penalty.

EXTREME FACTS:
It is impossible for a crocodile to stick out its tongue. (True)
It is possible to fracture a rib by sneezing too hard. (True)
Snails can sleep for up to two years. (False; they can actually sleep up to three years.)
Hippopotamus milk is blue. (False; it’s pink.)
Sneezes move faster than 200 miles per hour. (False; they are often around 100 miles per hour.)
Before 1913, kids could be mailed to their grandparents’ house through the postal service. (True)
Cows can walk up stairs, but not down them. (True)
You can buy eel-flavored ice cream in Japan. (True)
The Nile crocodile can hold its breath up to an hour underwater while waiting for prey. (False; it can hold its breath up to two hours.)
The highest wave ever surfed was as tall as a five-story building. (False; it was as tall as a ten-story building.)

BIBLE CONNECT

STUMP THE CROWD

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, whiteboards (2), whiteboard markers (2)

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 Amped, where we’re learning about confidence. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about someone who learned the importance of keeping his focus on Jesus!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 14. 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 the Bible story aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a whiteboard and whiteboard marker. Make sure each team also has a Bible.
Explain kids will write three questions about the Bible story. Their goal is to come up with questions that will stump the other team. The questions should still be fair though, so remind kids to make sure the answers to all questions can be found in Matthew 14:22-33.
Allow kids four to five minutes to brainstorm questions with their teams and write them on the whiteboards.
Allow Team One to ask Team Two one of their questions. If Team Two gets it right, Team Two gets a point. If they get it wrong, Team One gets a point.
Repeat the process with Team Two asking a question, then continue alternating between teams. The team with the most points at the end wins!

eTL Tip: For younger groups that can’t write as well, simply skip the part where kids write the questions on the whiteboards. Allow children to discuss the questions and then ask the other team verbally. Remind teams that they should all participate in the discussion so their team doesn’t forget the questions they came up with.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus may not call us to walk on the water, but He does call us to follow Him. But there are many things in our lives that can distract us from this calling. What kinds of things can keep us from focusing on Jesus? (video games and TV, playing with friends, forgetting to spend time with Him, etc.) Remember that no matter what you have going on, nothing is more important than to stay focused on Jesus.”

YOU CONNECT

FOCUS CHART

WHAT YOU NEED:
focus charts (1 per kid), dice (1), pens/markers

WHAT YOU DO:
Seat kids in a circle. Give each kid a focus chart and a pen or marker.
Lead kids in brainstorming different things in their life that take up their time. (sports, music lessons, video games, time on their tablet or game device, hanging out with friends, etc.)
Encourage kids to choose six things that take up their time and write one in each piece of their focus chart. Tell children to leave the circle in the middle blank for now.
eGL Tip: Younger kids can draw pictures instead of writing.
Explain kids will take turns rolling the die. The number they roll will tell which piece of their focus chart to read from. Kids will tell the activity they wrote about in that piece of their focus chart and explain why that activity takes up a notable amount of their time.
As each kid shares, encourage them to tell how they could still focus on Jesus while doing that activity.
To help kids get started, provide an example from your own life, such as: “If I rolled a three and my number three was ‘cleaning my house,’ I could get distracted because I could end up spending too much time cleaning and not leave any time to read my Bible. However, I could keep my focus on Jesus by listening to a sermon or Christian podcast on my phone while I clean.
Make sure kids understand that not every single activity they do throughout their day has to be completely focused on Jesus, but guide them to see that there are ways they can focus on Jesus during many of their everyday activities.
Encourage kids to write “JESUS” in the center circle as a reminder that time with Him doesn’t have to be a separate thing; we can find ways to focus on Him during any of our other activities!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“You each came up with some incredible examples of how to stay focused on Jesus during the things that take up time in your life! I’m also proud that you recognize how even the good things can sometimes distract us from being close to Him. No matter what is filling our time, we always have a chance to stay focused on Jesus.”

Discussion Questions:
“Are there any activities on your focus chart that might keep you from focusing on Jesus?”
“Which activities easily allow you to continue focusing on Jesus? Which activities are difficult to incorporate Jesus into?”

“Choose one activity you could spend five minutes less on this week. How do you think it could change your day if you spent those five extra minutes focusing on Jesus instead?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we need to stay focused on Jesus. When you live out that truth with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one change you can make this week to help yourself stay focused on Jesus. It could be spending just five minutes reading your Bible each day, or setting aside specific time to pray about what’s going on in your life. Maybe you could start listening to Christian music in your car or while you do your chores. I’m going to write your name and the change you plan to make in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I’ll pray for God to help make this change so you can stay focused on Jesus!”

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 know that our time is filled with many things. Some are really good for us, and others are just for fun. Whatever we are doing this week, I pray that we can always stay focused on Jesus. Help us learn how to make You the center of everything we do and say! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible tool kits

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Philippians 1:6, tells us we can always be confident in God’s good plans for us. When we choose to follow Him, He gives us a part in His plan, and He will always make sure His plans happen perfectly!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
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: “Imitation Recitation” or “Verse Practice.”

IMITATION RECITATION

Tell kids to stand in a circle around the eGroup space.
Explain that their goal is to stand completely still, like a statue, throughout the entire game. The only time they can move is when you stop in front of them and ask them to repeat a phrase from the memory verse.
When you stop in front of a kid, say one phrase from the memory verse. The kid in front of you must echo the words without blinking at all until you’ve moved on to the next kid.
The phrases can be divided in this way: Being confident of this / that he who began / a good work in you / will carry it on / to completion until / the day of Christ Jesus. / Philippians 1:6
If the kid in front of you blinks before you move on, or if any kid is caught moving when they aren’t supposed to, the kid is out of the game and must sit down. This kid will then help watch the rest of the group to catch other kids who move when they aren’t supposed to.
Each time you begin the verse again, change the way kids must echo the words. Instead of not blinking, they could be required to imitate the tone or pitch of your voice, mirror your movements as you speak, use the same facial expression (fish face, squinty eyes, wide eyes, etc.) or follow a familiar tune such as “Happy Birthday.”
The last kid standing wins!

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.