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Motion eGroup Week of July 7

Amped

Virtue: Confidence: Living like you believe what God says is true.
Main Point: Find friends who help you trust Jesus.
Bible Story: Philip and Nathaniel
Bible Passage: John 1:43-51 
Memory Verse: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, 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:

You lose between 150 and 200 hairs per day. (False; you lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day.)
The world’s smallest fruit, the utricle, is the size of a small ant. (True)
The Hercules beetle can grow big enough to cover an adult human head. (True)
Olympic snowboarders typically soar up to 10 stories above the ground. (False; they’re usually up to four stories above ground.)
It’s impossible to burp in space. (True)
Children have almost 100 more bones in their bodies than adults. (True; adults have 206, while children have 300.)
It takes around 6 hours for food to fully digest. (False; it takes around 12 hours.)
A soccer midfielder runs about seven miles in a full-length match. (True)
No matter how big or thick it is, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven times. (True)

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 couldn’t wait to tell his friend about Jesus!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to John 1. 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 John 1:43-51.
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:
“When you’re excited about something, you can’t wait to talk about it with your friends. You want your friends to get excited too, right? That’s why Philip ran to his friend Nathanael and said, ‘Come and meet Jesus.’ Good friends want to help us know and follow Jesus. I’d say that makes Philip the best friend Nathanael ever had!”

YOU CONNECT

FRIEND PORTRAITS

WHAT YOU NEED: activity sheets (1 per kid), markers

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid an activity sheet and put the markers where all kids can reach them.
Explain kids will think about their friends who help them do different things.
Each box on the activity sheet will describe a different way a friend helps them.
Kids will write the name of a friend who helps them that way in the blank and then draw a picture of the friend in the box.
eTL Tip: For younger kids who still need help reading, work through the sheet as a group, one box at a time. Read the friend description aloud, then encourage kids to begin drawing the friend who helps them that way. As kids draw, you can help spell and/or write their friends’ names as needed.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“There are so many important characteristics to look out for in a good friend. But the most important thing is to find friends who help you trust Jesus. Those are the friends who will help you make right decisions and who will treat you and other people well, because they want to be like Jesus!”
Discussion Questions:
“Which of your friends is most helpful to you? What does that friend do that makes him/her so helpful?”
“What do you do to be helpful to your friends?”
“What do friends who trust Jesus do?” (pray together when a friend is having a tough time, be kind and loving like Jesus is, invite other friends to church, share Bible verses with each other, etc.)
“Do your friends make it easier for you to know and trust Jesus? Are there any friends you should spend less time with because they keep you from following Jesus?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we should find friends who help us trust 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 friend who helps you trust Jesus. I’m going to write your name and the name of the friend you say in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I’ll pray for God to help you build better friendships with the friends who help you trust 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, I thank You so much for the friend we have in Jesus! We pray that we are able to find friends who trust You and that we would help all of our friends grow to trust You, too. Help us build great friendships with the people who help us know and trust You more. 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.