Motion eGroup :: Week of August 26


Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: You respect God when you respect your parents.
Bible Story: Children Honor Your Parents – Ephesians 6:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:16
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


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 Ephesians 6. 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 Ephesians 6:1-3 aloud.
  • Help kids turn to Deuteronomy 5:16, then read it 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!


“God makes it very clear that we must respect our parents, or the adults in our home who care for us, no matter what. But He also promises that if we do, He will bless us. We are blessed when we respect God by respecting our parents!”



WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies


  • Divide kids into two teams.
  • Explain you will read some situations where kids must choose whether or not to show respect to their parents. Teams will take turns acting out two kinds of responses: respectful responses and disrespectful responses.
  • Read one of the scenarios below and tell one team to act out how the child could respond in a disrespectful way. Then ask the other team to act out how they think the kid could respond respectfully.
  • Jami’s mom tells her to clean her room. Jami says she will, but when she hears her brother playing a video game downstairs, she really wants to go play with him instead.
  • Lamar’s mom is really tired after a long day at work. After dinner, Lamar’s dad asks Lamar to help him clear the table, put away the leftovers, AND put the dishes in the dishwasher. Lamar usually only has to take his own dishes to the kitchen.
  • Toni’s stepmom tells her it’s time to go to bed. Toni knows her dad never makes her go to bed this early.
  • Karson’s dad is sick and in bed. He has asked Karson and his brother Kris to be quiet so he can sleep. Karson and Kris have a hard time agreeing on a quiet game to play.
  • Max knows his mom doesn’t like it when he whines when she asks him to do something. But when she asks him to help her find her glasses for the fourth time today, he starts to feel frustrated.


“Sometimes when we feel like a situation is frustrating or unfair, it’s really tough to show respect to our parents or the other adults in charge in our home. But God doesn’t command us to respect our parents when it’s easy, or to respect our parents when we agree with them. God tells us we should respond with respect, even when it’s difficult or when we disagree. Respect means showing others they’re important with our words and actions, and we should always show respect to our parents.

Discussion Questions:

  • “When is it easy to be respectful to your parents? When is it hard?”
  • “What usually happens when you’re disrespectful to your parents? Does it make the situation better or worse?”
  • “Tell us about a time when you showed your parents respect, even though it was difficult. How did it make you feel?”


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


“Today we learned we respect God when we respect our parents. When your respectful attitude points others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one way you can be more respectful toward your parents this week. 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.


“God, thank You for giving us parents who love us and take care of us. Help us to always treat them with respect. We know that’s not always easy, but You can help us do anything! 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.