Main Point: God says I can.
Bible Story: Elijah | The Rainmaker| 1 Kings 19
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Welcome / Video Intro
“Hello Motion and welcome to the final week of Rise Above! All month we’ve been learning what it takes to Rise Above the negative voices you hear. This series we’ve been introduced to Daniel, a young man who is trying to remember God’s promises while fighting against the negative voices he hears from people at his school.
Daniel faces a new challenge this week from a bully who is trying to discourage him from being brave and doing something new and exciting. What will Daniel do when he hears this negative voice? Will he be able to rise above it? Let’s find out!”
Rise Above Episode 4
“God has a great plan for us and because God is with us, we know we shouldn’t be discouraged. Daniel heard today that God will make us stronger – strong enough to do what we never thought was possible without Him.
Now, let’s answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and how God gave Elijah courage. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!
(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)
First question: Why do you think that Elijah felt discouraged? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Second question: When was the last time something seemed too difficult and you wanted to stop doing it? Discuss that now.
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: Sometimes our friends may be going through something that makes them want to give up. What can you say to them that will help encourage them? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. One of the ways that we can Rise Above the negative voices we hear is to sing worship songs and remind ourselves of the great things God has done. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Unstoppable God!’”
Worship Song – Unstoppable God
Worship Song – Dance
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)
“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!
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 a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”
Bring It! Challenge Setup
“Now Motion, it’s time for our Bring It! Challenge!
During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following things to receive a prize:
- FIND one of our memory verses in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader
- RECITE one of the memory verses in the series.
Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s work on that now!”
Bring It! Challenge
“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Now, listen up because I’ve got an amazing announcement about our series beginning next week.
(give kids a moment to face the front)
Next week we begin a brand new series in Motion that is unlike anything we’ve ever done before. That’s because we’ll be going on an adventure with Zack and Alex from the Finders who uncover the secrets of a mysterious arcade machine and get pulled into a new world filled with action, adventure, and danger. Let’s take a sneak peek at our next Motion series, The Aetherlight: A Finders Adventure. Take a look at the screen!”
(watch the trailer with the kids)
“That looks amazing! Motion, it looks like the Finders will be heading into a video game beginning next week! Not only do we begin a brand new series, but we’ve also got exciting new trading cards, prizes, and some special prizes that you’ll only find out about next week! Make sure you’re here with us as we begin our newest adventure!
Game Setup – Rise Above
“Now, for the final game of Rise Above, we’re going to put your speed and listening skills to the test.
Everybody begins this game seated on the floor. When I say ‘Rise Above,’ you’ll quickly stand to your feet. The last person to stand up is out and will stay seated for the rest of the game.
Now, during this game, I’m going to try and trip you up by saying things like ‘Fries Above’ or ‘Rise Alone.’ If you move when I say one of those things, you’ll also be out and have to stay seated. eGroup leaders, you’ll help me keep track of who’s still in the game and who’s out.
For those of you that are out though, don’t worry! When I hit my boxing gloves together like this
(punch the boxing gloves together a few times)
That means that you’re back in the game and can begin playing immediately.
Everybody make sure you’re paying attention and let’s get ready to play ‘Rise Above!’”