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Motion eGroup Week of March 25

Fix it Up

Virtue: Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
Main Point: When you don’t forgive, you miss out.
Bible Story: The Older Brother
Bible Passage: Luke 15:21-32
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 Matthew 18. 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 Matthew 18:21-35 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 stories like these to help teach us a lesson. Can you believe the man in the story who had JUST been forgiven for such a big debt then refused to forgive someone who owed him very little? We are like that man. God has forgiven us. He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins when He died on the cross. Because of what Jesus did, we know that God forgives us when we mess up. But sometimes it’s so hard for us to remember to forgive others. Since God forgave you, you should forgive others.”

GROW

WHO SHOULD I FORGIVE?

WHAT YOU NEED: activity sheets (2), dry erase sleeve, dry erase marker

WHAT YOU DO:
-Put Activity Sheet 1 in the dry erase sleeve.
-Explain kids will be solving mystery words that represent types of people they may need to forgive. They have to solve the word before the whole man is drawn or he will run away!
-Encourage kids to guess letters that might be in the mystery word one at a time. (Activity Sheet 1 answer: bullies)
-If a kid guesses a letter that is in the word, use the dry erase marker to write the letter in the appropriate blank on the activity sheet.
-If a kid guesses a letter that is not in the word, use the dry erase marker to cross out the letter in the alphabet key at the bottom of the activity sheet, then draw one part of a stick figure man. Draw the stick figure in this order as incorrect letters are guessed: head, body, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg.
-Continue until all letters have been filled in. If you complete the stick figure man before kids solve the word, tell them the man ran away and fill in the rest of the letters for them.
-Turn over the dry erase sleeve so Activity Sheet 2 is visible. Repeat the activity to guess the new mystery words. (Activity Sheet 2 answer: brothers and sisters)
-Remove the activity sheet and replace it with Activity Sheet 3. Repeat the activity for Activity Sheet 3, then turn the dry erase sleeve over and repeat for Activity Sheet 4 as well. (Activity Sheet 3 answer: friends; Activity Sheet 4 answer: grown-ups)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Because we all sin, we ALL need forgiveness. There are some people in our lives who might be easier to forgive, like friends, or some who might be hard to forgive, like bullies. Whoever they may be, since God forgives us, we should forgive them, too.”

Discussion Questions:
-“We talked about a few types of people — bullies, brothers and sisters, friends, and grown-ups — who we might need to forgive. Who else might you need to forgive?”
-“What makes it difficult to forgive someone?”
-“What can you do to help yourself forgive when you don’t feel like it?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: personal cards, journal cards, eKidz Prayer Journal, pens

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid a personal card, a journal card, and a pen.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we should forgive others because God has already forgiven us. When you forgive because you understand the forgiveness God has already given, you can see God do great things through you!

Today we’re going to do something different. I’ve given each of you two cards. On both cards, anywhere you see a blue blank, I want you to write your name. (Pause for kids to write.)

Now comes the harder part: I need you to think about someone you need to forgive. But I don’t want you to try to think of someone you can forgive easily, like forgiving your sister for bumping into you on the way out the door this morning or forgiving your best friend for forgetting to call you yesterday. I want you to think of someone you know you need to forgive, but you don’t want to because they’ve done something really hurtful. When you know who that person is, I want you to write their name anywhere you see a green blank. (Pause for kids to write)

These cards are your commitment to forgive this person, even though they’ve done something wrong. Because God has forgiven you, you can choose to forgive them! You can take the orange card (hold up a personal card for kids to see), home with you as a reminder that you will forgive them. I’m going to take your other card (hold up a journal card for kids to see) and put it in my journal so I can remember to pray for you as you forgive them.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Put the journal cards 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 always forgiving us. Because You have forgiven us, we know we should also forgive others. Help us this week as we choose to forgive people who have hurt us. When we choose to forgive others, we can become more like You. We love You. In Jesus’ name, 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

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.

This is the last week for you to earn a fun prize during Fix It Up. 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 continue to remember the verse and virtue even after the series ends, and remind them to bring their Bible with them to Motion next time!