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Motion :: Week of February 11

LOVE: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
MAIN POINT: Comfort others who are hurting.
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Calms the Storm | Mark 4:35-41
MEMORY VERSE: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

God is love. As we read through the Bible, we see an epic love story unfold that reaches a dramatic and unmatchable climax when God sends His own Son to die for our sins to ensure we can spend eternity with Him. That ultimate act of perfect love changes everything. And when we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show them a glimpse into this perfect love God has for each and every one of us.

This week we learned love is comforting others when they’re hurting.

In Mark 4:35-41 we look at a Bible story from a different point of view. Jesus and His disciples were out on the sea when a flash storm struck fear into the disciples. Jesus showed love for His disciples. He calmed the storm and showed that He can be trusted no matter what.

Just like Jesus comforted the disciples, we can comfort others who are hurting. We meet people everyday who need comfort. As kids discover how Jesus showed love in comforting His disciples during the storm, we pray they will start to become aware of ways they can show love and comfort people in their lives. We can all learn to encourage people in our lives and show them how much God cares about their needs.

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner, ASK: If you were going through something hard, how would you want the people around you to respond?
  • At bedtime, read Mark 4: 35-41. Ask God to show you ways to encourage those going through storms this week.
  • TV Time: Join everyone’s favorite Scottish Rapper, MC Haggis, as he shares his brilliant insights on love!

February Bring It! Challenge

BringIt_Sign_8.5x11_January2017We want kids to Bring It! to church. The Bring It! Challenge encourages Motion kids to bring themselves, their Bible, and scripture they’ve learned to Motion. Not only can kids be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.

During Behind the Scenes, kids can earn fun prizes each week by:

  • FINDING 1 John 4:10 in their Bible.
  • RECITING 1 John 4:10 from memory.
    • SAYING the series virtue, LOVE, from memory. (Love: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.)

In Psalm 119:105, we read that God’s word is like a light that guides us. When we dig into God’s word, we start to know how God wants us to live. The Bring It! Challenge helps kids dig into God’s words and see the next steps to take on their journey through life. God’s Word points the way towards a growing relationship with Jesus.


Safari :: Week of February 4

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus loves you.
VERSE FOCUS: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This month we are learning, “Jesus loves you.” We read the story of Jesus and the Children in Luke 18:15-17. Jesus was teaching a crowd of people and said, “Let the children come to me.” He held the children and He told the crowd to never stop children from coming to see Him, because children are very important to God. Jesus loved the children in the Bible story and He loves us, too.

Meal Time Bible Story Mat | Week 1

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember Jesus loves us. Place the Meal Time Bible Story Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your child:

  • What do you see in the picture? (Jesus and the children.)
  • What did God teach us in the story of Jesus and the children? (Jesus loves us.)

Say, “Just like Jesus loved the children in the Bible story, He loves us, too.”


Quest – Week of February 4

Bible Story: Mary and Martha | Luke 10:38-42
Main Point: Jesus wants to spend time with me.
Memory Verse: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18, NIV

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! Big, big, big! Jesus has many ways of showing us how much He loves us. Jesus shows His love for us by simply wanting to spend time with us. Jesus wants us to come to Him – anytime, anywhere – just come. Jesus shows He loves us by helping us. And, Jesus loves us no matter what.

In this week’s lesson, Jesus visits Mary and Martha because He wanted to spend time with them.

Just like Mary spent time with Jesus, Jesus wants us to spend time with Him, too. There are lots of ways we can spend time with Jesus every day. He loves spending time with each of us because His love for us is so big!

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your child this week:

  • At BathTime add some bubbles to the bath and tell your child to pop them. Say, “Jesus loves me,” each time a bubble is popped!
  • At PlayTime take your child to visit a friend. Talk about how we like spending time with friends, like Jesus spent time with His friends Mary and Martha.
  • This month, wake your child to, “Good morning! Jesus loves you SO big!” Spread your arms out wide when you say SO then give your child a hug.


February Memory Verse
This month join us in helping your child learn Ephesians 3:18 (NIrV). Children can recite the verse every week in February to earn a special memory verse card. When your child receives a memory verse card celebrate with them on learning their verse and put the card on their Quest poster.

How wide (stretch arms wide)
and long (stretch arms vertically)
and high (reach arms high)
and deep (reach arms low)
is the love of Christ. (hug yourself)
Ephesians 3:18 (open hands like a book)

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! This month our Bible verse says Jesus’ love for us is wide and long and high and deep. Jesus loves us SO much that it cannot be measured! He loves us A LOT!

Practice this verse together and encourage your child to recite it to their eGroup Leader this week in Quest.


Motion – Week of February 4 #Motion

LOVE: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
MAIN POINT: Love others because Jesus loves you.
BIBLE STORY: No Greater Love | John 15:12-13
MEMORY VERSE: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

God is love. As we read through the Bible, we see an epic love story unfold that reaches a dramatic and unmatchable climax when God sends His own Son to die for our sins to ensure we can spend eternity with Him. That ultimate act of perfect love changes everything. And when we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show them a glimpse into this perfect love God has for each and every one of us.

We will spend the month of February taking a closer look at the way love shows up throughout the Gospels in how Jesus interacts with others.

In John 15:12-13, we discover that Jesus showed us love in the most sacrificial way possible, by laying down His life for us. Jesus asks us to love one another, just as He loved us in the way we sacrifice for our friends.

Love others because Jesus loves you. As we learn about Jesus’ sacrificial love for us, we pray they will start to understand how they can show love sacrificially to the people in their lives. Showing love to others will not always be convenient. When we begin to see our potential to love in light of Jesus’ love for us, we will understand that showing love, even when it’s difficult, is worth all the effort.

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner, ASK: If you had a super power, what would it be and how would you use it to show love to others?
  • At bedtime, read John 15:12-13. Pray together that you will be ready each day to give up your lives in big or small ways for others.
  • What is love?: All the stories in the Bible tell one amazing, big story of God’s love for us. 

February Bring It! Challenge

BringIt_Sign_8.5x11_January2017We want kids to Bring It! to church. The Bring It! Challenge encourages Motion kids to bring themselves, their Bible, and scripture they’ve learned to Motion. Not only can kids be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.

During Behind the Scenes, kids can earn fun prizes each week by:

  • FINDING 1 John 4:10 in their Bible.
  • RECITING 1 John 4:10 from memory.
    • SAYING the series virtue, LOVE, from memory. (Love: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.)

In Psalm 119:105, we read that God’s word is like a light that guides us. When we dig into God’s word, we start to know how God wants us to live. The Bring It! Challenge helps kids dig into God’s words and see the next steps to take on their journey through life. God’s Word points the way towards a growing relationship with Jesus.


eKidz at Home :: February Activities and Conversation Starters

Parent Cue was created to help parents do family better. Use the monthly Parent Cue card to begin conversations with your child about what they are learning in church. Each week on the eKidz site find weekly information to continue conversations about Jesus at home.

QUEST (3 years – Kindergarten)

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TO PRINT: Download and print on 8.5 x 11 paper.

MOTION (1st – 5th grade)

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TO PRINT: Download and print on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Another great resource available at your fingertips is the Parent Cue App. The app sends weekly CUES that remind you to connect with your kids at home and on the go. You can even watch Bible story videos during your drive time using the app.