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Motion eGroup Week of March 11

Fix it Up

Virtue: Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
Main Point: Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me.
Bible Story: The Lost Son
Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-26
Memory Verse:“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

ENGAGE

TAPPLE

WHAT YOU NEED: Tapple wheel, game cards (20)

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’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 “Tapple.”

  • Seat kids in a circle. Put the Tapple wheel in the middle.
  • Explain the rules and procedures for Tapple:
  • A round begins when a kid chooses a game card and reads the category aloud. You will then start the timer.
  • Kids will go around the circle giving single word answers to fit the topic before the timer goes off.
  • After kids say their word related to the topic, they should push down the first letter of their word on the Tapple wheel. Each kid after that must choose a word that begins with a letter that hasn’t been pushed down yet.
  • If a kid doesn’t push down a letter before the timer goes off, he/she is out for the rest of that round.
  • When only one player remains in a round, he/she collects the game card.
  • Begin a new round with a new game card.
  • The player with the most game cards at the end wins!

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

TRUE, FALSE, OR NOT IN STORY

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, construction buckets (3), ball (1), leader sheet

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 Fix It Up, where we’re learning about what it means to forgive. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and hear a parable from Jesus about forgiveness!

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 15. 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 15:11-24 aloud.
  • Place the three buckets in a line at one edge of the eGroup space. Make sure kids can see the label on each of the buckets.
  • Divide kids into two teams. Have the teams sit in lines across from the buckets.
  • Ask the first kid in each line to stand. Read a statement from the leader sheet and give the ball to the first one to correctly tell you if the statement is true, false, or not in the story.
  • Give the kid’s team one point for the correct answer.
  • The team receives two additional points if the kid can throw the ball into the bucket for the correct answer.
  • Repeat until all statements have been read.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Jesus tells this story to us to show us how we can be forgiven and live with Him now and forever. Just like the son in the story, there are times we disobey God; we SIN. Perhaps you don’t end up eating pig food, but you eventually realize the consequences of your sin and know you disobeyed God and need to be rescued. You need God’s forgiveness. Here is the amazing part: when you confess you are a sinner, believe Jesus is your Savior, and receive God’s forgiveness, God forgives you!”

eGroup Leader Tip: If a kid has questions about salvation, there are Faith Starter Kits and Next Level Kits available on your campus. Talk with your eTeam Leader before the end of the worship experience about connecting with the family to make the appropriate resource available.

GROW

EVERYONE

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle while you stand in the middle.
  • Explain that the person in the middle will make an “Everyone” statement, like, “Everyone who is wearing the color blue, find a new spot,” or “Everyone who likes to eat cookies, find a new spot.” Everyone who fits that statement will need to find a new spot – including you!
  • Whoever is left without a spot becomes the new person in the middle.
  • Be ready to give kids category hints if they can’t think of an everyone statement.
  • Sports (“Everyone who likes soccer”)
  • Hobbies (“Everyone who loves to dance”)
  • Food (“Everyone who likes pizza”)
  • Places (“Everyone who’s been to Disney World”)
  • Family (“Everyone who has a brother”)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“I’m going to make a few more “Everyone” statements, but you don’t need to move; just raise your hand if the statement describes you.”

  • “Everyone who has ever said something unkind, raise your hand.”
  • “Everyone who has ever disobeyed a parent or teacher, raise your hand.”
  • “Everyone who has ever hit, kicked, or pushed someone, raise your hand.”
  • “Everyone who has ever acted unkindly to someone else, raise your hand.”

“Everyone probably raised your hand on at least one of those, because one thing we have in common is that we’ve all sinned. That means we all need to be forgiven! The great news is that God offers forgiveness to every single one of us; all we have to do is tell God what we’ve done and ask for forgiveness. He forgives us every time!”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Why do we need to confess our sins to God?”
  • “Is it easier to confess some sins than others? Why?”
  • “What might keep someone from confessing their sins?”
  • “Is it ever too late to confess your sins? Why or why not?”

 

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pen

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned every single one of us needs to be forgiven. When you recognize your need for God’s forgiveness, you can see God do great things through you!

For anyone who feels comfortable sharing, I want you to share one thing you need to ask God’s forgiveness for today. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you to remember and have the boldness to confess it and ask God to forgive you.”

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:

“Heavenly Father, You are an awesome, loving God. We believe when we mess up, You offer forgiveness. And we know we need it because everyone needs to be forgiven, even me. Thank You for hearing our prayers and for loving us enough to forgive us when we ask You to. We love You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

WHAT YOU NEED: dots sheets (1 per pair of kids), colored pens (1 per kid)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, Colossians 3:13, tells us we need to be ready to forgive others when they hurt us, just like God always offers His forgiveness to us when we sin against Him.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13
  • 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 didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Dots” or “Verse Practice.”

VERSE DOTS

  • Split kids into pairs. If you have an odd number of kids in your group, you can have a group of three.
  • Give each pair a dots sheet and pens. Make sure kids don’t have the same pen color as their partner.
  • Explain kids will take turns drawing lines between dots on the dots sheet. The player who completes the most boxes wins.
  • Players take turns joining two adjacent dots with a horizontal or vertical line.
  • If a player completes the fourth side of a box, they will write the first word of the verse in the box, then draw another line.
  • Each time a player completes a box, they should write the next word of the verse in the box and then draw another line.
  • When the final word of the verse is written, players can count up how many words are written in their color. The player with the most words in their color 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 Fix It Up, you can earn fun prizes each week. All you have to do is FIND Colossians 3:13 in your Bible, RECITE it from memory, and SAY what our series virtue, forgiveness, means!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Encourage kids to show you Colossians 3:13 in their personal Bible AND recite the verse from memory, then ask them to tell you what forgiveness 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.
  • 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!