More or Less
Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: Stuff can’t keep you happy.
Bible Story: Don’t Be Controlled By Money
Bible Passage: Hebrews 13:5
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV
“Welcome to Motion and welcome to our series More or Less! Everyone say, ‘MORE OR LESS!’
Wait for kids to say MORE OR LESS! Repeat again for emphasis.
Great job everybody! This month we’re learning how to be ok what we have, no matter if it’s more or less than what others have. In fact, being okay with what we have is this month’s virtue called contentment. Everyone take a look at the screen and say this month’s virtue with me.
Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
This month we’re taking a look at how we can be more content with the things we have and what the Bible says about trying to get more stuff. Now Motion, put your hands together and help me welcome a special friend who’s going to help explain more about being content. Help me welcome __________ to the stage!”
Bible Connect With Bible Communicator
Bible Story Video Intro
Bible Story Video
Bible Story Video Outro
Connect Questions Intro
“In today’s story, Connor learned a lesson that I think we can all learn—having new stuff may be fun for a while, but what happens when the ‘newness’ wears off? We can’t rely on stuff to make us happy; the Bible tells us to be happy with the things God’s given us and to fits more on our relationship with Him.
Now, it’s time for us to answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we just watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!
First question: What things was Connor missing out on by spending so much time in his room? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Next question: When was the last time you got something that made you happy? How long were you happy for?
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Last question: Getting ‘stuff’ will only make us happy for a short amount of time. What kind of things can you do this week to create something that lasts, like making memories or experiencing new things?
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
“Great job, Motion! I heard some amazing answers coming from your eGroups. Now we’ve got the chance to stand to our feet and thank God for everything He’s given us, no matter if it’s sometimes a lot or if it’s sometimes a little. We can ALWAYS celebrate what God has given us.
Everyone stand to your feet. Let’s sing, dance, and worship God as we sing, ‘Love Won’t Let Me Down.’”
Worship Song – Love Won’t let Me Down
Worship Song – Undefeated
Dismissal To eGroups
“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back to eGroup so you can learn more about becoming content.”
(dismiss kids back to eGroups)
“Welcome back from your eGroups, Motion! Before we continue, I want to take a moment and welcome our VIPs who are here with us for the first time today! Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!
If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP—a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.
(refer to the screen)
This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.
[VIP Slide – Lanyard]
When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the __________ tent called the Welcome Area.
[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]
Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!
[VIP Slide – Gift]
[VIP Slide – All Combined]
VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.
If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in an eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”
Bible Prize Info
“Now Motion, it’s time to talk about how we’re going to reward you for something I know a lot of you do every week—bringing your Bibles! It’s so important to bring your Bible to eKidz so you can have God’s word in front of you. That way, you can circle important stories, memory verses, or wisdom you’ll learn about.
If you brought your own personal Bible from home, then you’ll be able to leave today with a prize. After your parents pick you up, you’ll show YOUR Bible to the leader who’s checking your tags at the door. IF you brought your Bible, you can choose from one of the prizes available. Bring a Bible, get a prize. How easy is that?
When I say, ‘Bring a Bible,’ you say, ‘Get a prize!’
Bring a Bible!
(wait for kids to respond)
If you didn’t bring a Bible today, then bring one next time! Each week you can get a prize for bringing your Bible.”
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY
“Now Motion, it’s time for us to work on this month’s memory verse! First, let’s take a look at it on the screen.
(refer to the memory verse slide on the screen)
Ok, let’s all say the verse. I’ll say it first, then we’ll say it together.
(say the memory verse, then say the memory verse with the kids)
Ok, now we’re going to do an activity that’ll help you learn this month’s verse. In just a moment I’m going to have you say the verse with a partner. The trick will be that you need to say the memory verse three times to your partner and every time you say the memory verse, your voice needs to get deeper and deeper. In case you need it, I’ll keep the verse on the screen, but I want whoever is saying the verse to try and say it with their back to the screen. Try to really push yourself to memorize the verse! Take 30 seconds to find a partner and then once you’ve all got a partner, I’ll give you four minutes to each say the memory verse three times each. Find a partner now!
(give kids 30 seconds to find a partner)
Now, say the memory verse three times with your partner with your voice getting deeper and deeper each time. Do that now!”
(give kids four minutes to say the verse three times each)
Memory Verse Activity
Game Setup – Right or Wrong
“Great job learning your memory verse, Motion! You’re doing great! Now, let’s celebrate all of your hard work by playing today’s game.
In this game, you’ll watch a clip from a popular TV gameshow. After you watch the clip of the gameshow, you’ll need to choose whether you think the person on screen gets the question right or wrong. You’ll move to one side of the room or the other depending on your answer. Once you’ve all made your choice, I’ll reveal the answer to see who’s right and who’s wrong.
Everyone stand to your feet and let’s get ready to play, ‘Right or Wrong!’”
Game – Right or Wrong
Dismissal Movie Intro
“Great job during the game, Motion! Your parents will be here in just a few minutes to pick you up. Remember, if you brought your Bible today, you can show it to the leader at checkout for a prize.
Now, we’ve got one more movie to check out that’s going to show us more about how to become more content. Take a look at the screen!”