Motion eGroup Week of January 13

Work It Out

Virtue: Commitment: Making a plan and putting it into practice.
Main Point: Practice praying to God.
Bible Story: Model Prayer
Bible Passage: Luke 11:1-4
Memory Verse: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:8, NIV



WHAT YOU NEED: deck of cards (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 “Brains and Brawn.”
Kids can play this game in groups of eight. Use the second deck of cards to start a second group if needed.
Divide out the cards as evenly as possible, face down, to all kids. Kids make their own pile with the cards dealt to them.
Choose a kid to begin play. This kid starts by flipping over the top card of his or her pile to create a center pile. This pile should be in reach of all kids.
Rotating clockwise, kids continue flipping over their top card, adding to the center pile until a face card is placed on top of the center pile.
Kids should do the following when a face card is played:
Ace | Brain Work Out: All kids flip over the top card of their pile. The kid with the highest card gets to take the center pile and add it to the bottom of their pile. Ace has the highest value, two the lowest.
King | Brain Work Out: Kids can show their knowledge of the series virtue with this challenge by saying the series virtue. The first kid to put their hand on their head gets a chance to recite the series virtue to you. The first kid to do this successfully can take the center pile and add it to their pile. (The virtue is in the side bar on the left.)
Queen | Muscle Work Out: The kid with the quickest reflexes who puts their hand on the center pile first takes the center pile and adds it to their own pile.
Jack | Muscle Work Out: The kid who jumps to their feet the fastest gets to take the center pile and add it to their own pile.
If a kid runs out of cards, they can re-enter the game by being the fastest to respond when a face card is played.
The game ends when one kid has all the cards or if time is up, the kid with the most cards is the winner!



WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story question sheets (4), plastic sleeves (4), dry erase markers (4), Bible story question answer sheet (1), secret word letters (4 sets)
“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 Work It Out, where we’re learning about commitment. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read a model for prayer Jesus taught His disciples.”
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 11:1. 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 Luke 11:1-4 aloud.
Divide the group into four teams.
Give each team a Bible story question sheet in a protective plastic sleeve and a dry erase marker.
Have teams work together to answer the Bible story questions.
Once a team has answered all the questions correctly, give them a set of the secret word letters. You may need to scramble the letter cards before giving them to the kids in order to not give away the word.
Teams must unscramble the letters to make a word. Week 2 secret word is PRAYING.
The first team to figure out the secret word wins!
Option for younger kids: Answer the questions and unscramble the secret word letters as a group.
Have kids paperclip their secret word letters back together so they are ready for the next Worship Experience.
“In Luke 11:1-4, Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray. Jesus responded with a prayer that serves as the perfect model for how we can talk to God. We can pray with gratitude and honesty, pray for our needs, and for forgiveness. God knows us and wants to hear from us. With the plan Jesus gave us, we can practice praying to God every day.”



WHAT YOU NEED: F.A.S.T. Corner Cards (4)
Explain the acronym for remembering how Jesus taught us to pray in Luke 1:1-4.
Hold up the “F” corner card. SAY: “F” stands for “Focus on God.” When Jesus prays, “Father, hallowed be your name,” He wants us to remember we are talking to God and to honor His name.
Hold up the “A” Corner Card. SAY: “A” stands for “Ask for what you need.” When Jesus prays, “Give us each our daily bread,” He encourages us to ask for the things we need, like food and shelter.
Hold up the “S” Corner Card. SAY: “S” stands for “Say you’re sorry.” When Jesus prays, “Forgive us our sins,” He shows us it’s important to ask for forgiveness when we mess up.
Hold up the “T” Corner Card. SAY: “T” stands for “Take the right path.” When Jesus prays, “And lead us not into temptation,” He reminds us to ask for God’s help in order to stay away from trouble and take the right path.
Spread out the F.A.S.T corner cards in your eGroup area.
As you read the sample prayers below, have kids move to the F.A.S.T. corner card they think the prayer matches.
God, You are an awesome God! Nothing is more powerful than you.” (Focus on God.)
“God, help me to choose my friends wisely.” (Take the right path.)
“God, I’m sorry for arguing with my mom.” (Say you’re sorry.)
“God, thank you for loving me and for sending Jesus to save me.” (Focus on God.)
“God, I’m sorry for annoying my little brother on purpose this morning.” (Say you’re sorry.)
“God, please help me on my spelling test today.” (Ask for what you need.)
“God, help me to be honest so I can stay out of trouble today.” (Take the right path.)
“God, please provide for me today.” (Ask for what you need.)

“Talking to God is an important part of growing in your faith. F.A.S.T. can help you as you practice praying to God this week. Remember, focus on God, ask for what you need, say you’re sorry, and take the right path. You can pray anytime and anywhere, because God is always listening.”


WHAT YOU NEED: eGroup leader prayer starter pack (1 pack), eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

“Today we learned from Jesus’ prayer how we can practice praying to God. When you follow God’s instructions for your life, you can see God do great things through you!
To help you practice at home you’re going to get a prayer starter pack when you leave Motion today. (Show kids the prayer starter pack.) Let’s practice praying to God now using my prayer starter pack to help us.”
Have kids chose a prayer starter from the pack. Model how you would use the prayer starter to pray. Have kids pray quietly using the prayer starter. After two minutes, collect the prayer starters.
“I want you to share a time you will practice praying to God 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, You are a wise, loving, and awesome God! We ask that You would take care of us this week and bring us back here safely next week. Please forgive us this week when we mess up and help us to make it right. Keep us on the right path as we live according to your Word. We love You. In Jesus name, amen.”

NOTE: eGroup leaders, take your prayer starter pack home with you. In the coming weeks you can talk with your eGroup kids about how you used it to practice praying.


WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, deck of cards (1), “Work It Out” leader key (1)
“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 4:18, tells us having a healthy body has value but godliness, choosing to follow God and do what He says, has even more value. When you commit to following God, you will live the best kind of life!”
Read the verse out loud: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:18
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: “Work It Out” or “Verse Practice.”


Split your group into two teams.
Teams will earn points by completing “Work It Out” challenges. Some challenges work out the commitment to growing our faith with memory verse practice. Some challenges work out the body with exercises.
Teams can use their Bibles to complete verse related challenges.
Teams will take turns choosing a card from the deck to earn points. The number on the card is the number of points the team will earn only if the entire team chooses to complete the challenge. Refer to the “Work It Out” leader key for game challenges.
When all cards are gone or time is up, teams will add up the numbers on their playing cards. (Jack, Queen, King and Ace are worth 12 points.) The team with the most points wins.


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.