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Motion eGroup Week of March 4

Fix it Up

Virtue: Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
Main Point: God forgives you.
Bible Story: The Lost Sheep
Bible Passage: Luke 15:1-7
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

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!

This week we begin a new series called Fix It Up, where we’ll learn 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 15:1-7 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:

“God wants us to know there is nothing that can separate us from Him. Just like the shepherd looked for the lost sheep, God pursues us and forgives us even when we are not pursuing Him and appear to be lost. I know I disobey God and you do, too. Maybe our words are unkind and we don’t treat others the way we want to be treated. Maybe we make an unwise choice and ignore our parents’ rules or the rules at school. But no matter what we do or how far we stray, God will always forgive us!”

GROW

SHEEP RESCUE

WHAT YOU NEED: cotton balls (100), chopsticks (2 sets), activity cards (10)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into two teams and seat them in circles on opposite sides of the eGroup space.
  • Shake the cotton balls into a pile in the center of the eGroup space. Explain the cotton balls represent the sheep from the Bible story. Their team circles will represent sheep pens.
  • Tell kids they will take turns working as teams to move as many sheep as they can from the middle of the room to their team’s sheep pen one at a time, using only their chopsticks.
  • Explain you will randomly instruct kids to freeze. When you do, each team will choose an activity card.
  • If the card describes something that is wrong and takes you farther from God, when you say, “Go” they’ll have to move two sheep back from their sheep pen to the center of the room before they can resume the relay.
  • If it describes something that is a right decision and draws you closer to God, when you say, “Go” they can continue moving sheep to their sheep pen.
  • Choose one kid from each team to go first. This kid will take the chopsticks, move one sheep from the middle to their sheep pen using ONLY the chopsticks, and then pass the chopsticks to the next kid in their circle.
  • Repeat until all activity cards have been used. The team with the most sheep in their pen at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“The shepherd in our story didn’t use chopsticks to rescue his sheep, but it must have been really hard to leave all of his other sheep to go find the missing one. But when Jesus told that story, He was saying that God is like the shepherd and we are like the sheep. Every single one of us is as important as that one lost sheep! When you do things that are wrong and take you farther away from God, He will always rescue you by forgiving you because you are SO worth it. God forgives you no matter what!”

Discussion Questions:

  • “Have you ever had to forgive someone for something that really hurt you? Was it easy or hard?”
  • “What makes it so difficult to forgive someone?”
  • “Is there anything you could ever do that God wouldn’t forgive?”

 

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pen

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned God will always forgive you. When you remember to be grateful for His unconditional forgiveness, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one reason you’re thankful for God’s forgiveness. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal.”

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 God. Thank You for loving us no matter what. It doesn’t matter if we mess up a little or a lot. We know that You will forgive us. Remind us to be grateful for Your constant forgiveness. We love You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

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. Note: Very few kids should be able to do this the first week of the series.
  • 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!