Main Point: God says He’s got me.
Bible Story: Esther | The Queen | Esther 5-8
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Welcome / Video Intro
“Hello Motion and welcome to our series Rise Above! This month we’re learning what it takes to rise above the negative voices you hear. Last week we were introduced to Daniel, a young man who is trying to remember God’s promises while facing one of the toughest bullies at school.
What’s going to happen to Daniel and will he be able to rise above his challenges? Let’s find out in this week’s episode of Rise Above!”
Rise Above Episode 2
“What an awesome episode of Rise Above! Daniel remembered God’s promise from Joshua 1:9 that says ‘be strong and courageous.’ When he remembered what God said, that gave him the courage to face the bully, just like Esther had the courage to approach the King in today’s Bible story.
Now, let’s answer a few questions about the Bible story and how God has called us, just like He called Esther. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!
(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)
First question: What were some of the things Daniel was afraid of? Discuss that now.
(give kids one minute to answer the question)
Second question: When was the last time you felt afraid? Discuss that now.
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: The next time you or a friend feel afraid, what can you say or do to rise above that fear? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”
(give kids two minutes to answer the question)
“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. One of the ways that we can rise above the negative voices we hear is to sing worship songs and remind ourselves of the great things God has done. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Unstoppable God!’”
Worship Song – Unstoppable God
Worship Song – Dance
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.”
(dismiss kids back to eGroups)
“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. 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 a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”
Bring It! Challenge Setup
“Now Motion, it’s time for our Bring It! Challenge!
During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following things to receive a prize:
- FIND one of our memory verses in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.
2. RECITE one of the series verses from memory.
Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s work on that now!”
Bring It! Challenge
Game Setup – Street Smarts
“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Everyone find their seat because it’s time for today’s game!
(have kids seated, ready for game instructions)
In today’s game called Street Smarts I’m going to ask you questions all about boxing and some of the greatest boxing matches of all time. In this game I’ll show you a picture, video, or ask you a question and then you’ll either raise or lower your boxing profile into the air, depending on your answer.
If you get it right, you’ll stay in the game. If you get it wrong, I’ll have you move to the outside of the room until I call you back in. Now, everyone stand up with your boxing profiles in hand and let’s get ready to test your Street Smarts!”
Game – Street Smarts
“Great job during the game, Motion! Circle around your eGroup leaders while your parents come by to pick you up!”