Motion eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 6

Finders VI: The Case Of Camp Jupiter

Virtue: Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.
Main Point: We can work together to help our community.
Bible Story: Nehemiah and the Wall
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 1-6
Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIrV)



WHAT YOU NEED: green dice (1), red dice (1), blue dice (1), story starter cards

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 favorite 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 “Campfire Stories.”
Seat kids in a circle.
Explain the eGroup will work together to tell a story.
Turn over a story starter card and read the story starter sentence.
Encourage the kid beside you to roll the three dice, then continue the story you started by adding a sentence containing at least one of the objects shown on the dice.
Continue around the circle with kids rolling the dice and then adding to the story using the objects shown on the dice.
Once kids end that story or lose interest in it, start a new story by turning over a new story starter card and begin again.



WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, camp maps (2), question sheet (1)

“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!
This is week three of our series Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter, where we’re learning the importance of cooperation. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see a great example of cooperation!
Nehemiah: nee-uh-MY-uh
Babylonians: bab-uh-LOW-nee-uns

Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 1. 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 aloud from Nehemiah 1-6 as directed on the Bible story sheet.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a camp map.
Explain kids will race to find the answer to the Bible story questions on the camp map.
Each location on the map is labeled with the location name and a Bible story answer.
The first kid to find the correct answer should yell out the name of the location where the Bible story answer is found.
One at a time, ask each question on the question sheet. Encourage kids to race to find the correct answer and call out the location name.
Give a point to the first team to call out the correct location name. The team with the most points at the end wins!

“Nehemiah wasn’t concerned about fame or money; all he wanted was to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem for his people. Nehemiah also didn’t try to do it all himself; he organized the people so they could all work together for the benefit of the whole community. Just like Nehemiah and his people, we can work together to make a difference in our community, too.”



WHAT YOU NEED: game boards (2), game cards (2 sets of 20), game pieces (2 sets of 8), dice (2)

If you have more than six kids in your eGroup, divide kids into two groups. Give each group a game board, a set of game cards, a set of game pieces, and a die.
Each kid should choose a game piece and place it at “Start.” Place the game cards face down on the side of the game board.
Encourage kids to take turns rolling the die and moving their game pieces around the game board.
After moving their game piece, kids will take the game card from the top of the pile, read it aloud, and follow the instructions.
The first player to reach “Finish” wins!

“It might feel like focusing on yourself will help you get ahead, but when we work together, we can actually accomplish more. And when we cooperate with each other, we can do great things to improve and inspire our community.”

Discussion Questions:
“What is the easiest thing about cooperating with others? What makes cooperating difficult?”
“What do you think of when you hear ‘community?’” (the people and places near where you live and go to school)
“How can you be a leader like Nehemiah in helping your community?”


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

“Today we learned we can work together to help our community. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one way you can work with others to help your community. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you do God’s work 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.
“God, thank You for giving each of us opportunities to improve our community. Show us how we can work with others to impact the people we meet and spend time with each day. Thank You for giving us friends and family to help us do more than we could do alone. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”


WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, grid coloring sheets, black crayons, die, colored crayons, grid coloring sheet key

“Our Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9, tells us we should work together and help each other. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own!”

Read the verse out loud: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
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 game board with the memory verse on it at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Mystery Picture” or “Verse Practice.”
Give each kid a grid coloring sheet and a black crayon.
Explain kids will try to figure out what the mystery picture is by coloring the boxes on the grid sheet according to your instructions.
Roll the die. Instruct kids to use a black crayon to color that number of words from the memory verse on the grid coloring sheet. Kids should ONLY be coloring words from the memory verse.
eGL Tip: Allow kids to keep Bibles open to the memory verse so they can look back at the words in the verse as needed.
Continue rolling the die and telling kids how many words from the memory verse to color with their black crayon.
Once all words from the memory verse have been colored, encourage kids to guess what they think the mystery picture might be.
Show kids the key at the bottom of the page. Encourage kids to color the other boxes on the grid according to the instructions in the key. As kids color, continue to allow kids to guess what the mystery picture is.
Before returning to Large Group, show kids the grid coloring sheet key so they can see what the mystery picture is. Encourage kids to take their coloring sheets home and finish coloring the picture on their own.
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.

eGROUP LEADER NOTE: Bring It! Challenge Instructions can be found in the Bring It! Challenge bin in the theater.