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Motion Large Group :: Week of November 25

reFocus

Main Point: Always Be Grateful
Bible Story: Give Thanks No Matter What
Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Memory Verse:
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to Motion and welcome to reFocus – our series all about how we can show gratitude. Let’s find out what gratitude is! Take a look at the screen and you can say it with me:

Gratitude: Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.

(say the virtue with the kids, repeat as needed)

Great job, Motion! Today we’re going to talk about how we can give thanks, no matter what, just like we learned in today’s Bible story. Let’s check out the screen to discover more!”

Video Host Intro

252 Story

Video Host Outro

Connect Questions

“No matter what happens in our lives, we can and SHOULD always find ways to show people how thankful we are! We need to refocus our vision so we can show gratitude to the people who make our lives better.

Now, let’s answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: What reasons did Lee have to be upset? Would you have been upset if you were in Lee’s place? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Second question: Have you ever found it difficult to be grateful for something? What about a time when you should have been happy, but all you could feel was mad? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: How can you help your friends to be more grateful this week? What have you learned that could help them? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. We can show gratitude right now by celebrating what God has done in our lives through worship. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Passion!’”

Worship Song – Passion

Worship Song – I Am Yours

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.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

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]

Let’s review.

[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 a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“Now Motion, it’s time for the Bring It! Challenge!

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following three things to receive a prize. Check out the screen.

(watch the Bring It! Challenge video)

That’s right, Motion! To receive your Bring It! prize, you’ll need to:

  1. FIND 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.
  2. RECITE our memory verse for this series, 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
  3. SAY our virtue for this series. In fact, that’s on the screen now, too!

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Gratitude: Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.

Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Take a look at the screen and you can see the prizes now!

(refer to the prize slide)

Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s complete the Bring It! Challenge!”

Bring It! Challenge

Game Setup – Focus On Me

“Now Motion, it’s time for today’s game!

This month is all about making sure we focus on the right things and in today’s game, you and your eGroup will need to focus carefully on your teammate who will be trying to show you something very important.

I’ll choose one person from the crowd to come on stage and act out something in front of everybody. Then, each eGroup will have to guess what the kid on stage was trying to act out and then write it on their whiteboard. The first team to write it down so I can read it and hold it up in the air wins that round.

Every round I’ll call a different kid or leader to come on stage and be the actor, so make sure you give all of your focus to whoever is on stage. Let’s hand out the game supplies and then we’ll play ‘Focus On Me!’”

Game – Focus On Me

The Promise: An Advent Devotional

“Great job during the game, Motion! Before you go, I’ve got one more thing to share with you!

On the way out you’ll receive a something special – it’s called The Promise: An Advent Devotional. This book will help you countdown the days until Christmas, but more importantly, it will help you understand more about why the birth Jesus is so important.”

252 Movie Intro

“As your parents begin to arrive, let’s have another look at today’s Bible Story. Take a look at the screen!”

252 Movie

Dismissal