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Motion eGroup :: July 29

 Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Uniqueness: Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Main Point: God made you to do good.
Bible Story: The Good Samaritan
Bible Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Engage

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

WHAT YOU DO:
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 “Lego Creations.”
Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can reach the pieces.
Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.
Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
Create something that represents the nicest thing someone has ever done for you.
Create something that represents how you served during Love Week.
After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

 

Bible Story Activity

STORY CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, creation cards (10), scratch art paper, scratch art sticks

WHAT YOU SAY:
“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!
This month in our Gadgets and Gizmos series, we’ve been focusing on making a difference by embracing the unique traits and characteristics God has placed in each of us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about some people in the Bible who embraced their uniqueness to do great things for God!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 10. 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.
Give each kid one creation card, one piece of scratch art paper, and one scratch art stick.
Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a scratch-art picture of the item listed on their creation card.
After kids have had a couple of minutes to create their scratch-art pictures, explain that kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their picture for everyone to see.
Read Luke 10:25-37 aloud and encourage kids to hold up their scratch-art pictures as their words are read.
After the activity, allow kids to keep or discard their scratch art papers, but save the scratch art sticks for the remaining experiences.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The Samaritan who stopped to help the hurt man used what he had to do a good thing for someone else. He loaded the man on his donkey, took him to an inn, used his own money to pay for a room, and used the resources he had to clean the man’s wounds and care for him. God has given us what we need to help others, too. Whether He has given you things you can share with someone who needs it or the ability to say exactly the kind words someone needs to hear in a tough situation, God has uniquely equipped you to do good things for other people.”

 

Grow

GOOD GIFTS

WHAT YOU NEED: gifts list, Personal Gifts cards, pens (or other writing utensils)

WHAT YOU DO:
Place the gifts list in the center of the group. Give each kid a Personal Gifts card and a pen.
Tell kids to write their first and last name on the back of their Personal Gifts card.
Using the gifts list, read the gifts and the explanation for each gift aloud. Encourage each kid to use the gifts on the list to choose three gifts God has given them and write those three gifts on their Personal Gifts card. (They do not need to include the explanation; they can just write the gift.)
Read the scenarios below and encourage kids to share how their personal gifts could help them do good things for someone in that scenario.
A kid in your class broke his leg.
Your mom has had a stressful week.
Your little sister can’t sleep because she’s scared of the dark.
Your best friend’s grandpa is very sick.
A dog got into your neighbor’s trash and made a big mess.
Your team lost the soccer game and a kid on your team is really upset about it.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“There are opportunities every day for us to do good things for others, and God has given each of us unique gifts to help us do these good things. When you notice someone around you is hurting or in need, stop to think about the special gifts God has given you and then choose to make time to do something good for them!”

Discussion Questions:
“Which one of your gifts do you use the most to do good things for others?”
“What might keep you from doing good things for other people?”
“Why is it important to focus on doing good things for others?”

 

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God made you to do good. When you choose to do good things for others, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one way you’ll use one of your unique gifts to do something good this week. I’ll write your name and what you share in our Prayer Journal, and then when we pray I’ll ask God to help you as you do good things this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:
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.
SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, we love You. Thank You for giving us unique gifts that we can use to do good things for others. Help us see all the opportunities you give us to do good things, and help us use our gifts to show Your love to everyone around us. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, circuit boards (4), verse cards (4 sets: blue, red, orange, and green)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10, tells us God created each of us with a unique purpose and unique abilities to help us fulfill that purpose!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children 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 at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Circuit” or “Verse Practice.”
VERSE CIRCUIT
Split kids into four teams. Give each team a circuit board and a set of verse cards.
Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order. Once the cards are in order, they’ll have to arrange the cards to form a path across their circuit board from one of the batteries to one of the lightbulb ports.
The verse cards must stay in the correct order, but kids can rotate and arrange the pieces as needed to create a continuous path.
eTL NOTE: Each set of cards has a different path, so teams can’t look at each other’s boards for clues as they try to figure out the correct path.
The first team to form a continuous path from a battery to a lightbulb port wins!
VERSE PRACTICE
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase 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.