Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Helps the Poor
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 5:1-12
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.
As we’re learning about how we can take initiative, we’ll be learning about Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a guy who took saw a problem and took the initiative to go fix it. We’ve been studying about how Nehemiah began one of the largest building projects in history and how we needed to trust God every step of the way. Today we’re going to learn more about this incredible true story, but to do so, I’m going to call a friend to help.
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
“Nehemiah was so busy rebuilding the wall that it would have been easy for him to ignore the needs of the poor people who needed help. After all, fixing the wall was already a HUGE project! But Nehemiah knew that he couldn’t just ignore people who needed help. Nehemiah took initiative for a problem that wasn’t even his and made a difference in the lives of the people who needed help the most.
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: Why do you think Nehemiah decided to stop the wall project and help the poor people? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Next question: Think of the last time you were generous to someone who needed it. How did you help?
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Last question: Who can you help this week? 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 eGroup and gain a little wisdom yourself.”
(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 five times AS FAST as you can. This week, it’s all about speed and you and your partner will race against each other to see who can say it the fastest.
Take 30 seconds to find a partner and then once you’ve all got a partner, I’ll give you two minutes to practice the memory verse once or twice normally, then the race can begin. Remember, you’ll race against each other five times and the winner is the person who can say it fastest three out of the five times. Ok, take 30 seconds and find a partner now!
(give kids 30 seconds to find a partner)
Now, say the memory verse with your partner as fast as you can. Do that now!”
(give kids three minutes to say the verse back and forth as fast as they can five times each)
Memory Verse Activity
Game Setup – Don’t Get Distracted!
“Great job, Motion! We’re getting closer and closer to memorizing this month’s verse! Now, it’s time for us to play this week’s game!
Whenever you’re working on a dirty job, you need to keep your eyes open and be on alert for anything dangerous that might be heading your way. In today’s game you and your team will need to stay alert and be on the lookout for things that might be sailing over to your team’s side of the room.
In just a moment, we’re going to divide the room into two teams. One half will sit on one side, one half on the other. In between the two halves of the room we’re going to hold up a giant tarp that will block your view of the other team. Then, we’re going to introduce a couple beach balls into the mix.
Your job will be to try and keep the beach balls from hitting the ground by knocking the balls back over to the other side. If a beach ball lands on your side of the room, the other team will earn a point. Everyone in the room will need to stay on their toes and look for beach balls as they could come over the wall at any moment.
My special rule for this game is that everyone has to stay seated so we all stay safe while playing. Everyone say, ‘I Will!’
(wait for kids to say, ‘I Will”)
(wait for kids to say, ‘Stay Seated”)
Alright! Let’s divide the room into two teams and get ready to play!
(Divide the room into two teams. Prepare the beachballs and the tarp. Have two or more volunteers holding the tarp between the two teams.)
Now that we’re in our teams, let’s get ready to play, ‘Don’t Get Distracted!’”
Game – Don’t Get Distracted!
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.