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Motion Large Group :: Week of October 7

The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure

Main Point: I can show courage when I’m in a new place.
Bible Story: Daniel Training In Babylon
Bible Passage: Daniel 1
Memory Verse: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV

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Welcome / Video Intro

“Hello Motion and welcome to our new series called The Aetherlight*: A Finders Adventure. This week we’re beginning an epic quest as we join our friends The Finders and learn what it means to show courage. Speaking of courage, let’s take a look at the screen and check out what courage is.

Courage: Taking the fist step, even when something is difficult.

That’s right, Motion! Even when things are difficult, we shouldn’t be afraid to do what God’s called us to do and take the next step. While that may be easy for us to say now, what does that look like when we’re not in Motion? What does it look like when we’re in our neighborhoods or in our schools?

That’s exactly what one of the Finders, Alex, has been facing as he’s been teased by kids at school and is wondering what his next step is going to be. Let’s check in with Alex and find out what’s happening in the first episode of The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure. Check out the screen!”

The Aetherlight Episode 1

Connect Questions

“What an amazing first episode! It looks like Alex has been pulled into the game world of Aethasia**. What mysteries are waiting for him? Make sure you’re here next week as we dive deeper into our adventure!

Now, it’s time for us to circle around our eGroup leaders and answer a few questions about the episode we just watched as well as today’s Bible story. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: Why do you think the school kids were acting so mean to Alex? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Second question: What’s the hardest thing you’re facing right now? How can you show courage this week? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: Some of our friends and family members may be facing something difficult. What can you say or do that will give them courage? 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. Now it’s time for us to worship God and thank Him for the things he’s done! When we remember all the things God’s done for us, we can have the courage to face anything! I want everybody to stand to your feet, and get ready to clap and dance as we sing, ‘Alive!’”

Worship Song – Alive

Worship Song – Undefeated

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!”

Trading Card Overview

“Now Motion, because we’re in a new Finders series, that means we’re going to be collecting all new trading cards!

(initiate applause)

We’re going to give you all your own starter pack of trading cards to begin this awesome adventure, but before I do, I want to explain all of the cool things you’ll find inside.

(either hold up a starter pack or, preferably, have someone come on stage to hold up the contents of the pack)

Inside the pack you’ll find four Aetherlight trading cards that that will help you start your trading card collection and begin your quest to earn some cool prizes. What prizes can you earn? Check out the screen!

(refer to the screen)

Game Builder’s Challenge: Collect Alex, Zack, and the Arcade Cabinet to earn an Aetherlight Arcade Candy box.

World Builder’s Challenge: Collect characters from the Aetherlight world to earn the official The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure comic book.

Gear Builder’s Challenge: Collect all of the trading cards from this series to earn your very own Aetherlight hat.

You’ll also find a Bring It! Challenge poster that explains the Bring It! Challenge, the memory verse, the virtue, and all the prizes you can earn. That’s pretty helpful!

But, inside this pack you’ll find something else VERY important. I want to show you this card and make sure that you all know exactly what to do with it.

(hold up the Aetherlight Code Card)

Now Motion, you my not know this, but The Aetherlight is a real video game world, filled with mystery and adventure! The team that created this amazing game want to share the adventure with you, and that’s why, on this card, you’ll find a special code that will be your invitation into the world of Aethasia. You and your parents can follow the instructions on the card and after you download the game, you can play with thousands of other kids all across the world.

Lastly, we want to make sure no one loses their trading cards or game codes, so we’re going to have each of you write your name on this sticker and place it on your bag.

Now, we’re going to hand each eGroup leader starter packs of trading cards and we can go ahead and write our names on those now.”

(help hand out starter packs to eGroup leaders, give kids time to write their names on their starter packs)

Hand Out Starter Packs

Bring It! Challenge Setup

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

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you can do three things to earn a trading card. Check out the screen.

(watch the Bring It! Challenge video)

That’s right, Motion! you:

  1. FIND 1 Corinthians 15:58 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader, you earn one trading card.

2.  RECITE our memory verse for this series, 1 Corinthians 15:58, you earn one trading card..

3.  SAY our virtue for this series, you earn one trading card.

Ok, so let’s recap. You’ll earn a trading card each time you FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month.

You’ll be earning trading cards of characters and places you’ll see throughout this series, and if you collect certain types of cards, you’ll earn special prizes. Let’s find out what they are!

Game Builder’s Challenge: Collect Alex, Zack, and the Arcade Cabinet to earn an Aetherlight Arcade Candy box.

World Builder’s Challenge: Collect characters from the Aetherlight world to earn the official The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure comic book.

Gear Builder’s Challenge: Collect all of the trading cards from this series to earn your very own Aetherlight hat.

Circle around your eGroup leaders and we’ll begin working on our Bring It! Challenge now!”

Bring It! Challenge

Game Setup – Automaton* Attack!

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

In this game, your Game Groups will try to scare away an approaching robot, just like Alex did in today’s episode. Each Game Group will be given a rock, just like this:

(hold up a bean bag)

and toss it towards the robot. If the rock lands on the robot, you’ll earn 100 points. If you get the rock inside the robot and score a direct hit, you’ll earn 500 points! After you toss the rock, you’ll go pick it back up, bring it to the back ofyour teams’ line, and each member of your Game Group will pass the rock to the front, where the next person is waiting to make their throw.

Each round will last one minute and at the end of that minute, we’ll find out which Game Group earned the most points and that Game Group will win the round.

Everyone form your Game Groups and let’s get ready to play Automaton Attack!”

Game – Automaton Attack!

Dismissal

“Motion, you did an amazing job today, and I’m so glad you were here for the first week of our new adventure. Make sure you’re here next week as we discover what’s going to happen to Alex in this mysterious new world.

As your parents begin to arrive, take a few minutes and trade cards with your friends and see if you can start making progress towards earning a Bring It! Challenge prize!”