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
“Welcome to Motion and welcome to the last week of 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.
Throughout the month we’ve been looking at a man named Nehemiah and how Nehemiah showed initiative when he rebuilt the walls of a city. Nehemiah faced many distractions and difficulties during his mission, but today I think we’re going to hear some good news. Let’s check on Nehemiah by inviting one of my friends to the stage to help us with today’s Bible story. 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 knew that there is a time to ask for forgiveness for the problems we’ve caused, but there is also a time to celebrate the things we’ve been able to accomplish with God’s help!
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 did the people of Jerusalem seem so upset? Why did they start to cry? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Next question: Nehemiah told the people that they needed to celebrate what God was able to do through them. What has God done for you that you can celebrate?
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Last question: Why is thanking God important? What’s something you can thank God for right now?”
(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.”
(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 or memory verses 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 together.
(say the memory verse with the kids)
In just a moment, I’m going to have you practice the verse three times with a partner and then we’re going to do something special and let three kids who have got the memory verse mastered to say the verse in front of the room. This way, we can celebrate the kids who have worked hard over this past month.
As you’re practicing the verse back and forth with your partner, I’ll be on the lookout for kids who are doing an AMAZING job. I’ll ask those kids to say the verse into the microphone. Then, I’ll give you three minutes to practice the memory verse. Practice can look different for different partners — you can try saying fast, slow, backwards, popcorn, eyes closed, or however you want.
In three minutes I’ll pick three kids who I think are doing a great job to share their progress with the whole room. Find a partner quickly and start practicing, because three minutes begins now!”
Memory Verse Activity
Game Setup – Dress for the DIRTY JOb you (Don’t) want
“Great job, everybody! You’ve all done such an amazing job this month learning the memory verse! Next month we begin a brand new series which means we’ll have a another chance to learn more about what God’s Word says.
It’s time for us to play our game and this game is going to dive into one of the coolest shows to ever come on TV called Dirty Jobs! In this show, the host goes to all kinds of different, gross, disgusting, and stinky jobs that people might have. In this game, you’re going to see the host of Dirty Jobs show up in an outfit that he needs to wear for his job. You’ll need to guess which job Mr. Mike Rowe, the Host, is about to go to by moving to the side of the room that represents your answer. Once you’ve all made your choice, we’ll reveal the answer by showing a clip from the TV show.
Everyone stand to your feet and let’s get ready to play ‘Dress For The Job You (Don’t) Want!’”
Game – Dress for the DIRTY JOb you (Don’t) want
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!”