Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Plans to Rebuild the Wall
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:11-18
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV
“Welcome to Motion and welcome to our series Dirty Jobs! This month, we’re learning how we can take initiative and what it means to DO, not just think, but actually DO the right thing. Let’s go ahead and take a look at our virtue this month, initiative, and see what’s up.
Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Last week we were introduced to a man named Nehemiah who began to take initiative on a MASSIVE project back in his home country. This week we’re going to check in again with Nehemiah and see how the project is going. Before we dive into the second part of Nehemiah’s story, I want you to help me welcome a friend..
Motion, put your hands together and help me welcome __________ to the stage!”
Bible Connect WITH BIBLE COMMUNICATOR
Bible Story Video Intro
Bible Story Video
Bible Story Video Outro
Connect Questions Intro
“When Nehemiah saw that wall, he could have looked at the giant mess and said, ‘Nope. I’m out! See you later!’ But Nehemiah knew that he couldn’t wait for someone else to come along and do the right thing — it needed to be him and it needed to be done immediately. He knew that God had chosen him to do this work and that God would carry him through.
Now, it’s time for us to answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we just watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!
First question: Nehemiah’s job wasn’t to rebuild a wall – he was a cupbearer for the King. Why do you think Nehemiah was so eager to take on a big project like rebuilding a city? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Next question: What was the last thing you helped with, even though you didn’t think it was your job?
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Last question: How can you take initiative on something that might not be your job?”
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
“Great job, Motion! I heard some amazing answers coming from your eGroups. Now we’ve got the chance to stand to our feet and thank God for everything He’s done. We worship because God has given us SO MUCH and we owe so much to Him.
We’re going to sing, worship, and thank God for everything He’s given us. Everyone stand to your feet and let’s worship God by singing, ‘Undefeated.’”
Worship Song – Undefeated
Worship Song – Alive
Dismissal To eGroups
“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back to your eGroup.”
(dismiss kids back to eGroups)
“Welcome back from your eGroups, Motion! Before we continue, I want to take a moment and welcome our VIPs who are here with us for the first time today! Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!
If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP – a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.
(refer to the screen)
This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.
[VIP Slide – Lanyard]
When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the __________ tent called the Welcome Area.
[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]
Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!
[VIP Slide – Gift]
[VIP Slide – All Combined]
VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.
If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in an eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”
Bible Prize Info
“Now Motion, it’s time to talk about how we’re going to reward you for something I know a lot of you do every week – bringing your Bibles! It’s so important to bring your Bible to eKidz so you can have God’s Word in front of you. That way, you can circle important stories, memory verses, or wisdom you’ll learn about.
If you brought your own personal Bible from home, then you’ll be able to leave today with a prize. After your parents pick you up, you’ll show YOUR Bible to the leader who’s checking your tags at the door. IF you brought your Bible, you can choose from one of the prizes available. Bring a Bible, get a prize. How easy is that?
When I say, ‘Bring a Bible,’ you say, ‘Get a prize!’
Bring a Bible!
(wait for kids to respond)
If you didn’t bring a Bible today, then bring one next time! Each week you can get a prize for bringing your Bible.”
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY
“Now Motion, it’s time for us to work on this month’s memory verse! First, let’s take a look at it on the screen.
(refer to the memory verse slide on the screen)
Ok, let’s all say the verse. I’ll say it first, then we’ll say it together.
(say the memory verse, then say the memory verse with the kids)
Ok, now we’re going to do an activity that’ll help you learn this month’s verse. In just a moment I’m going to have you say the verse with a partner. The trick will be that you need to say the memory verse three times to your partner and every time you say the memory verse, your voice needs to get lower and lower and lower. In case you need it, I’ll keep the verse on the screen, but I want whoever is saying the verse to try and say it with their back to the screen. Try to really push yourself to memorize the verse! Take 30 seconds to find a partner and then once you’ve all got a partner, I’ll give you four minutes to say the memory verse three times each. Find a partner now!
(give kids 30 seconds to find a partner)
Now, say the memory verse three times with your partner with your voice getting lower and lower each time. Do that now!”
(give kids four minutes to say the verse three times each)
Memory Verse Activity
Game Setup – Here’s My Problem
“Great job, Motion! We’re getting closer and closer to memorizing this month’s verse! To reward all of the hard work you’re putting in, we’re going to take a break and play a game!
During today’s game, you are going to be deciding on which kind of equipment you would need for a specific job. I’m going to show an image on the screen of a job and then ask which of two very specialized tools you would use for the job. You’ll move to either the left or right side of the room to make your choice and then I’ll show you which of the tools is actually the right one for the job.
I’ll begin every round by saying ‘Here’s my problem…’ I’ll put an image on the screen and then talk about what I need to happen. Then, two options of tools will appear on the screen and you make your choice from there. You may think it sounds pretty simple, but my problems may be a little trickier than you think.
Everyone stand to your feet and let’s get ready to play ‘Here’s My Problem!’”
Game – Here’s My Problem
Dismissal Movie Intro
“Great job during the game, Motion! Your parents will be here in just a few minutes to pick you up. Remember, if you brought your Bible today, you can show it to the leader at checkout for a prize.