Motion eGroup Week of February 24


Virtue: Kindness: Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.
Main Point: Be kind to people who aren’t kind to you.
Bible Story: Love Your Enemies.
Bible Passage: Matthew 5:43-48
Memory Verse: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31, NIV



WHAT YOU NEED: Picture This! cards, white boards (2), dry erase markers (2)

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 “Picture This!”
Divide kids into two groups.
“Picture This!” is played in rounds. For each round choose a kid from each team to be a drawer.
Show the drawer from each team the same “Picture This!” card.
The drawers will race to get their teams to guess the word on the card by drawing on the whiteboard. Drawers cannot talk.
You can give the kids one hint. All words on the “Picture This!” cards relate to movie villains.
This first team to guess the word gets a point for that round.
Choose two different drawers and play another round with a different “Picture This!” card.
Continue with different team drawers and rounds until all cards have been used or time is up.
The team with the most points wins!



Bibles, Bible story sheet, Find What’s Kind activity page (1 per kid), pens

“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 Rewind, where we’re learning about kindness. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about people Jesus says need our kindness.”
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 5. 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 5:43-48 aloud.
Give each kid a “Find What’s Kind” activity page and have them write their name on their paper.
Explain that together you will rewind to find what was kind in today’s Bible story.
Answer the questions together and have kids write responses on the activity page.
Who should I be kind to? People who aren’t kind to you.
How does Jesus say I can be kind? Jesus says we should love our enemies and pray for them.
What does this mean for me? I can find ways to show God’s love and kindness to people I might not get along with all of the time. I can choose not to be mean back.
Options for Younger Kids: Let younger kids can draw instead of write if they prefer.
Options for Older Kids: Have them answer the questions on the activity page with a partner and then discuss as a group.

“When someone hits you or throws unkind words at you, you want to do it back to them. But Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 to be kind to people who aren’t kind to you. You can show kindness to them and pray for them. That doesn’t mean letting others hurt you over and over again. Get help from an adult if that is happening. It means choosing not to be mean back. God wants you to be kind to others— even when they might not be nice to you.”



“Kindness Origami” activity page (1 per kid), leader instruction card

Help kids fold their “Kindness Origami” using the leader instruction card. Walk them through folding on the lines one fold at a time.
If kids finish folding early, have them help others fold their “Kindness Origami.”
Once all of the kids in your group have folded their “Kindness Origami” demonstrate how the “Kindness Origami” works.
Use your fingers to manipulate the “Kindness Origami.”

Step One: Choose a number. Close and open the origami the amount chosen. Each time the origami is opened it should alternate the colors you see. (Purple, yellow, pink, and orange. Then, blue, brown, green, and red.)

Step Two: Choose a color. Spell the color while opening and closing the origami, like step one.

Step Three: Choose a second color and lift the flap. Read the act of kindness under the chosen color.
One at a time have kids use their “Kindness Origami” to choose a way to be kind this week. Have them give an example of how they’ll do this during the week.

“There will be times in your life—maybe even today—when people are not going to be kind to you. They might be rude instead of polite. They might say something about you behind your back, make fun of you, not include you, or do any number of things that are just plain mean. It happens to everyone here, but that doesn’t make it any easier. However, what does help is knowing that it happened to Jesus and that He showed us how to respond when it happens to us. These ‘Kindness Origami’ have given us some great ways to choose kindness and love like Jesus taught us to do.”

Why do you think people are unkind?
What does choosing to be kind show to those who aren’t kind to us?
If you can’t stop someone from being unkind to you, what should you do?
What are some kind ways to react to the small, irritating things that family members and others do to you?
If someone hurts you or your feelings in a big way, how should you react?


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

“Today we learned to be kind to people who aren’t kind to you. When you choose kindness, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share a way you will choose kindness this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you as you grow your faith in God.”

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 Your amazing love and kindness. We know it isn’t always easy to be kind, especially when others aren’t kind to us. Give us the strength to choose to be kind in those situations. Help us to be kind to people who aren’t kind to us. We love You. In Jesus name, amen.”


Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (3 sets), dice (3), Remix Relay dice key (3)

“Our Bible verse, Luke 6:31, tells us that if we want to see kindness shown to us, we can show that same kindness to others. Kindness means showing others they are valuable by how we treat them. Everyone is valuable to God and because of God’s great love for us, we can be kind to everyone.”

Read the verse out loud: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them 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 practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose a memory verse activity: “Remix Relay” or “Verse Practice.”

Split your group into two for this memory verse relay race. If you have a larger group of kids, split your group into three teams.
Designate a starting line for each team and have team members line up behind that spot.
Give each team a die and Remix Relay dice key.
About ten feet across from each team place a set of memory verse cards.
The second kid in line is in charge of rolling the die. When they roll the die, the first kid in line will follow the directions on the Remix Relay dice key, working their way toward the memory verse cards.
The first roll determines how many steps the first person in line takes.
The second roll determines the kind of steps the first person in line takes. 1=giant step, 2=leap, 3=twirl, 4=hop, 5=baby step, 6= step back
Once the first player in line reaches the memory verse cards they must put the verse in order. Their team can help them by saying the verse but must stay in line.
Once the verse is in correct order they will mix up the words and run back to their team, sitting at the back of the line. The next person in line will start working their way towards the memory verse.
The first team to have all team members put the memory verse together is the winner!

Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:

REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases 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.