Motion eGroup :: Week of August 12


Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.
Bible Story: Faith of the Roman Commander – Matthew 8:5-13
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a



WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. 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 “Who’s the Ringleader?”

  • Ask kids to form a circle, facing inwards. Choose someone to stand in the middle.
  • Explain the object of the game is for the kid in the center to identify who the ringleader is. The ringleader will lead the group in performing different gestures, trying to change the gesture without the kid in the center seeing them do it.
  • Tell the kid in the center to close and cover their eyes while you choose the ringleader.
  • Choose a ringleader and ask that kid to perform a gesture over and over again, which the group will then follow. (Suggestions: pat head, rub tummy, jump up and down on one leg, high five neighbors, blink really fast, clap, etc.)
    • Note: Once the ringleader begins the gesture, the kid in the middle can open their eyes.
  • Encourage the ringleader to change gestures whenever they want, as often as they want, and as many times as they want.
  • Remind the group to do what the ringleader does as soon as they see the gesture change, but to try not to stare at the ringleader too much so the kid in the middle can’t figure out who it is.
  • Challenge the kid in the middle to identify the ringleader. Once the kid in the middle identifies the right person, choose a new ringleader and a new person to stand in the middle. Repeat as long as time allows.

Bible Story Activity


WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, drum sticks (3), question card, drum cards (10)


“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!

We’re in a series called Drum Line, where we’re learning about showing respect to others. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about what it means to show respect!”


Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 8.

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.

Read Matthew 8:5-13 aloud.

Spread the drum cards on the floor in the center of the eGroup space.

Divide kids into three teams. Choose one kid from each team to play. Give each of these kids a drum stick and make sure they are all seated so they can reach all of the drum cards.

Explain you will be asking questions related to the Bible story. All of the answers can be found on the drum cards. When a kid knows the answer, they can “play” (tap) the drum card with the correct answer.

eGL TIP: Remind kids that they must be responsible with the drum sticks if they want to continue using them – no hitting anyone or anything other than the drum cards with the drum sticks. If kids are not behaving responsibly with the drum sticks, the game can be played without them by having kids pat the drum cards with their hands.

Ask the first question on the question card and encourage the players with the drum sticks to tap the drum card with the correct answer. Give the drum card to the player who taps the correct answer first.

Choose a new kid from each team to play and repeat. Continue until all questions have been asked. The team with the most drum cards when all questions have been asked wins!

“Just like the Roman commander, you should show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. God is in charge of the earth, the stars, the wind, our lives—He is in charge of everything! When you respect God, your actions and words show others how important He is.”



WHAT YOU NEED: activity sheets (2), dry erase sleeve, dry erase marker


  • Put Activity Sheet 1 in the dry erase sleeve.
  • Explain kids will be solving mystery words that involve things God has control over. They have to solve the word before the whole man is drawn or he will run away!
  • Encourage kids to guess letters that might be in the mystery word one at a time. (Activity Sheet 1 answer: weather)
  • If a kid guesses a letter that is in the word, use the dry erase marker to write the letter in the appropriate blank on the activity sheet.
  • If a kid guesses a letter that is not in the word, use the dry erase marker to cross out the letter in the alphabet key at the bottom of the activity sheet, then draw one part of a stick figure man. Draw the stick figure in this order as incorrect letters are guessed: head, body, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg.
  • Continue until all letters have been filled in. If you complete the stick figure man before kids solve the word, tell them the man ran away and fill in the rest of the letters for them.
  • Turn over the dry erase sleeve so Activity Sheet 2 is visible. Repeat the activity to guess the new mystery words. (Activity Sheet 2 answer: earth)
  • Remove the activity sheet and replace it with Activity Sheet 3. Repeat the activity for Activity Sheet 3, then turn the dry erase sleeve over and repeat for Activity Sheet 4 as well. (Activity Sheet 3 answer: our lives; Activity Sheet 4 answer: tomorrow)


“God is in charge of everything in the entire universe! He is in charge of today, tomorrow, and forever! And because of that, we want our words and actions to reflect how important we think God is. What are some things we can do to show God respect because He’s in charge of everything?” (read the Bible, obey Him, thank Him, be kind to people because everyone is made in His image, take care of the earth, etc.)

Discussion Questions:

  • “Does anything ever make you doubt God is in control?”
  • “In our Bible story, the servant was healed as soon as they asked Jesus for help. Will things always be ‘fixed’ right after we talk to Jesus?”
  • “What helps you remember God is in control?”
  • “What is one time God answered your prayers for help?”


WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen


“Today we learned we should show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. When your respectful attitude points others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one thing you’re thankful God is in control of. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you this week.”


Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.


“Dear God, You are awesome! You created everything and You are in control of everything. You have given us so much. We are thankful you are in control of (list some of the ideas kids shared). God, You are so important to us. Guide our actions and our words so we show everyone how much we respect You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, die (1), verse cards (4 sets of 6 cards each)


“Our Bible verse, 1 Peter 2:17, tells us God wants us to show everyone respect. God created them in His image and with a specific purpose, so He wants us to show them the proper respect.”


  • Read the verse out loud: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can remember to practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Roll the Verse” or “Verse Practice.”


  • Split kids into four teams. Give each team a set of verse cards.
  • Assign one player on each team to hold the cards until the team has earned each card.
  • Explain teams will race to put the verse cards in order by rolling the die to earn the cards.
  • When teams earn a card, they should lay it on the ground in front of their team.
  • Cards should be placed on the ground in order as they are earned.
  • Each number represents the word in that position in the memory verse.
    • Example: 1 = “Show,” because it’s the first word in the verse; 6 = “1 Peter 2:17a” because it’s last.
  • Tell kids there are penalties involved.
  • If you roll the number for a word you’ve already earned, you have to return that card to the player holding your stack of cards.
  • If you roll the same number two times in a row, you must return all of your cards to the player holding your stack.
  • Teams will take turns rolling the die to earn cards. The first team to earn all six cards and put the verse in order in front of them wins!


  • Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
    • REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase of the verse after you.
    • PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
    • MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.