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Motion Large Group Week of September 29

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.
Bible Story: The Wall is Rebuilt.
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 3-4, 6:15-16, 8:1-17
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MASTER BUILDERS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in sheet.
Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the best part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?
Once you have five to six kids begin playing Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents the best celebration they’ve ever been a part of.
eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as a really awesome birthday party, the great trip their family went on to celebrate an anniversary, the dinner their team went out to in celebration of a winning season, or the time they got to be part of a family member’s wedding.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid who built it to share the story behind it.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.

GROUP CONNECT

WHO’S IN YOUR CORNER?

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“How would you choose to celebrate when you’ve finished a really intense dirty job?”
Corner 1: watching whatever you want on TV for two hours
Corner 2: eating a bunch of your favorite cookies
Corner 3: going shopping at your favorite store
Corner 4: having a friend over for a sleepover
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: scrubbing your dog after he runs through mud
Corner 2: cleaning gum off the bottom of a shoe
Corner 3: scrubbing dead bugs off the front of a car
Corner 4: cleaning up glitter that spilled on carpet

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage kids to sit in a circle.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)
ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)

YOU CONNECT

BUILD YOUR OWN CELEBRATION WALL

WHAT YOU NEED:
activity pages (1 per kid), graham cracker sticks (1 pack per kid)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“After showing initiative and finishing a dirty job, the best way we can celebrate what we saw God do is to be grateful for all the ways He helped us! Let’s think about things we can show God gratitude for after a dirty job.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid an activity page and a pack of graham cracker sticks. Explain they will use the graham cracker sticks as bricks to build a wall throughout the activity, so they shouldn’t eat any until the end.
Read the statements below and encourage kids to build their wall by placing graham cracker sticks over the appropriate brick spaces as they share their answers with another kid beside them. (eGL Tip: For younger eGroups, use the pictures in each space to help kids identify which space to put a brick over.)
Cleaning up your toys isn’t a fun job, but it needs to be done. As you clean up your toys, instead of complaining, you can thank God that you have toys to clean up! For each ‘TOY’ space (spaces with a Lego house) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share one of your toys that you’re grateful for.

Doing homework can be difficult or boring, but you know your teachers assign it to help you learn. As you do your homework, you can thank God for all the important things you’ve learned in school! For each ‘LEARNING’ space (spaces with books) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share one thing you’ve learned in school that you’re grateful to know.

The chores you do around your home may not be enjoyable, but when you’re part of a family, you help make your family great when you contribute or help out. As you do chores in your home, you can thank God for the people in your family that you’re helping support. For each ‘FAMILY’ space (spaces with a family picture) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share the name of a person in your family that you’re grateful for.

Picking up trash you see lying around seems gross, but when you do it safely, it’s an important way to take care of the world God has given us. As you help pick up trash, you can thank God for giving us a beautiful world to live in! For each ‘WORLD’ space (spaces with the Earth) on your wall, place a brick over the space only if you can share one thing about our world that you’re grateful for.

Tell kids we’ll finish celebrating what God has done by enjoying a snack together! Allow kids to eat, then clean up the eGroup space.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Don’t wait for someone else to point out all the ways you are blessed; show initiative by staying on the lookout for ways to celebrate what God has done in your life!”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED:
no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What are some things in your life that are easy to forget to celebrate and be thankful for?”
“What are some ways we can celebrate or praise God for what He has done in our lives beyond just telling Him, ‘thank you’?”
“Who do you know who does a great job celebrating what God has done in their life? What can you do to be more like this person?”
“How can we celebrate what God has done even if something doesn’t work out the way we’d hoped?” (Example: you study super hard for a test and still don’t get a great grade, or you work really hard to clean up the house for your mom and she doesn’t even notice)
“How does stopping to celebrate what God has done help you show initiative again in the future?” (Example: When you focus on the great things God did because you showed initiative, you’ll remember the great outcomes and want to see that happen again the next time an opportunity comes up.)

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, we can’t thank You enough for all the wonderful gifts You have given us. We are so blessed and so thankful to You for everything we have. Most of all, we are thankful for the way You love and care for us. We pray that this week You would help us look for ways to celebrate and be grateful for what You have already done. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

BUILD THE WALL

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 3 in their Bibles. (NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.

Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!

Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.

Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).

Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Name one of the Gates that was rebuilt.” (Sheep Gate, Fish Gate, Jeshanah Gate, Valley Gate, Dung Gate, Fountain Gate, Horse Gate)
“Who had made fun of the Israelites for trying to repair the walls and led the plan to attack them?” (Sanballat)
“Were Sanballat and his followers able to stop the Israelites from rebuilding the walls?” (no)
“Who helped the Israelites all throughout the process?” (God)
“When the wall was finished, what did the people gather to read together?” (The Book of the Law — God’s Word)
“Name one way Nehemiah encouraged the people to celebrate.” 
(praising God, eating and drinking, sharing with each other)
“What did the people who returned from exile build to live in?” 
(temporary shelters)