More or Less
Virtue: Contentment: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Main Point: God can help you be okay no matter what.
Bible Story: Be Content.
Bible Passage: Philippians 4:11b-13
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 become 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 a 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
“When we lose something we’re used to or if things change and we’re not as happy, the Bible tells us that we need to be content with what we have, because we’ll always have times in our life when we have more, and times when we have less. Through everything, God will give us the strength we need.
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: Zoe’s family had to give up a lot when they moved. What did they have to give up? How did Zoe feel living in the city? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Next question: When was the last time you had to give something up? How did that make you feel?
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Last question: How can we be content when someone else has something we want? What can you say to yourself to remind you to be content?”
(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 because when we learn verses, we can know how to follow God. In just a moment I’m going to have you break into small groups, no more than four, and work to develop hand motions or moves that will help you remember the verse better. Then after five minutes is over, I’m going to ask two teams to come and share the motions they created.
Okay, everyone break into your teams and let’s get started! You’ve got five minutes to come up with some motions. Show me what you got! Go!”
(give kids five minutes to assemble a team, create motions, and prepare to present)
Ok, let me find two teams who want to show off what they created! If you want to show your motions, raise your hand.
(Call two teams to show their motions on stage. Limit each team to roughly 30 seconds.)
Memory Verse Activity
Game Setup – Higher or Lower
“Great job with the memory verse motions! I saw some real creativity out there today! Now, it’s time for today’s game.
This month during More or Less, we’ll be playing games like some of the most famous game shows around. Today, we’re going to play a game called, ‘Higher or Lower’ where two contestants will need to decide if the price of something is higher or lower than what’s listed on the screen.
In just a moment, we’ll divide the room in half. Next, I’ll call one kid from each side of the room onto the stage to compete. I’ll give each contestant a game buzzer and then I will show an item on the screen. The contestants on stage need to guess if the item on screen is higher or lower than $10. The first kid to buzz in and correctly guess either higher or lower than $10 earns their team 100 points.
Now, people in the audience, if your team buzzes in first, you can TOTALLY help them out by screaming out whether or not you think the prices higher or lower than $10. Hopefully, you can help lead your team to victory!
Divide into two separate teams now and when we’ve split up, I’ll call our first two contestants to the stage!”
Game – Higher or Lower
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 we can be content with the things we have.”