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Motion eGroup Week of July 21

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: When Jesus is with you, you can face anything.
Bible Story: Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin
Bible Passage: Acts 4:1-22
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:

Some of the first soles of Nike© shoes were made by pouring rubber into a waffle iron. (True)
To create the sound of Darth Vader’s breathing, a sound designer breathed into a scuba mask. (True)
Bloodhounds can follow a scent that is one week old. (False; they can follow a scent that is four days old.)
Popsicles were invented by a 10 year old. (False; it was an 11 year old.)
People cut down almost 10,000 trees every day just to make toilet paper. (False; it actually takes around 27,000 per day.)
The first computer in the world was so big, it filled an entire hallway. (True)
Wolverines are real and vicious animals. (True)
During your lifetime, your body will produce enough saliva to fill three swimming pools. (False; it could actually fill up to two.)
In 2015, more people were killed from injuries caused by taking selfies than by shark attacks. (True)

BIBLE CONNECT

STUMP THE CROWD

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Bible story sheet (1), 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 two guys who faced a tough situation with confidence!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Acts 4. 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 as directed on the Bible story sheet.
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 Acts 4:1-21.
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:
“You came up with some difficult review questions! Way to stump the other team. Peter and John faced some times when they could have felt pretty stumped, too. But Peter and John chose to trust what they knew to be true. They knew that when Jesus is with you, you can face anything. We know that whoever or whatever we face, we can trust that we have all we need in Him!”

YOU CONNECT

CONFIDENCE CORNERS

WHAT YOU NEED:
activity cards (6), dice (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Spread the activity cards around the floor of the eGroup space.
Explain that kids will be playing a game similar to four corners with the six activity cards.
Tell kids you will say the memory verse aloud. As you say it, kids will move around the eGroup space while imitating some extreme sports.
By the time you finish saying the memory verse, all kids should be standing behind an activity card.
When you roll the dice, any kids standing behind the activity card with the same number as the number you rolled will examine the picture. They should work together to explain what’s happening in the picture and why that situation might be hard for someone to face.

eTL Tip: If kids have a hard time interpreting the picture, tell them to check the back of the activity card for a hint!

Once kids have discussed a picture, remove that activity card from the game. If that number is rolled again, the whole eGroup should shout the main point together (“When Jesus is with you, you can face anything!”) before rolling again.
Tell kids to begin moving around the eGroup space by moving like they’re doing one of the following extreme sports: downhill skiing, skateboarding, skydiving, bike racing, water skiing, or tightrope walking. As they move, say the memory verse aloud (see sidebar if needed).
After completing the memory verse, make sure every kid is standing behind an activity card, then roll the dice. Encourage kids standing behind that card to discuss that difficult situation.
Repeat until all cards have been discussed.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“We all face tough situations that can feel scary, tiring, or frustrating. But we don’t ever have to feel alone in those tough situations. God can give us the confidence to trust Him, no matter what! When Jesus is with you, you can face anything.”

Discussion Questions:
“When is it hard to be confident? How can you get yourself ready to face those challenges?”
“Think of a tough situation you’ve faced recently. Were you able to respond with confidence? Does it help you find confidence when you remember Jesus is with you?”
“What is something you can face more confidently this week knowing that Jesus is with you?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned when Jesus is with us, we can face anything. When you live out that truth with confidence, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one thing you can face confidently this week because you know Jesus is with you. It could be facing a fear, like playing outside even though there are bugs in your yard or swimming with your mom in the deep end of the pool. Maybe you need to make a new friend by starting a conversation with someone you don’t know well, or maybe you need to work on doing something you’ve been dreading, like cleaning up the giant mess under your bed. 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 you to face tough situations with confidence!”

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 for the reminder that we can trust in You. I know many of us are facing different things in this upcoming week—some exciting, and some that make us nervous. Help us to remember each other this week and to be praying for the situations we are facing ahead. Remind us of Your promise that when Jesus is with us, we can face anything. 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.