Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
Bible Story:Nehemiah and Sanballat
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:19-20; 4,6
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.
This month we have a chance to look at an incredible man in the Bible named Nehemiah and how he took initiative to do something EXTRAORDINARY. Nehemiah’s done a lot to help the city start rebuilding, but this week, we’re going to hear that there were a few people who weren’t pleased about Nehemiah’s plan. Now Motion, put your hands together and help me welcome a special friend who’s going to help tell our Bible story. 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 could have let himself be distracted by all of the things happening to him, but he stayed focused on what needed to be done, even when the people trying to distract him threatened to have him killed. YIKES! But Nehemiah knew that God sent him to do this job and no one could cause him to lose focus.
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: What things did Nehemiah’s enemies try to distract him with? Why didn’t those distractions work? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Next question: What distracts you from doing the things you’re asked to do?
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Last question: What can do to limit the distractions in your life? What rules can you make for yourself to help you stay focused?”
(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)
We’re going to do an activity that’ll help you learn this month’s verse. In just a moment you’re going to find a partner and the two of you are going to read the verse to each other back and forth, but you’re gong to do it ‘popcorn style.’ That means you’ll say one word of the verse, then your partner will say the next word. You’ll go back and forth until you get to the end of the verse. When you finish, you’ll do it one more time, but this time, you’ll switch which word you say.
After you say it twice with a partner, we’ll do it one final time where the whole room will say it ‘popcorn style’ with me. For now, go ahead and find a partner and say twice. You’ve got two minutes. Go!
(give kids two minutes to find a partner and say their memory verse ‘popcorn style’ twice)
Great job! Everyone focus on me and let’s say the memory verse popcorn style.’ I’ll start! Whatever…
(say the memory verse popcorn style with the whole room)
Memory Verse Activity
Game Setup – Clean Sweep
“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!
Today’s game will require everyone in the room to divide into two teams. I’ll then call one person from each team to the stage and those two people will compete against each other in a game called ‘Clean Sweep.’
The two people coming onto the stage will be given a broom and must use the broom to sweep dirt from their side of the stage to the other. The two sides of the stage will be marked off by a tape line on the ground and you’ll have 15 seconds to sweep as much dirt off the ground across the line as possible.
Now, it’s not going to be as easy as just sweeping, though. We’re going to tie a bandana around their eyes to make it impossible to see the dirt on the ground and they must rely on their team to shout out where they should go and when they should be sweeping. Teams will be giving directions while the people on stage sweep.
Take 20 seconds and divide into two large teams and move to different sides of the room. Once you’re divided, I’ll chose one person from each team to come up and compete.
Divide up now and let’s start playing, ‘Clean Sweep!’”
Game – Clean Sweep
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.
Now, we’ve got one more movie to check out that’s going to show us more about how we can be on the lookout for things that need to be done. Take a look at the screen!”