eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 2: JUNE 18/19
Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.
There’s always time to be kind.
MEMORY VERSE: LUKE 6:31
Do to others as you would have them to do to you.
Jesus and the Children
Look for these eKidz Values icons in the lesson plan!
Engage is a time to welcome kids to your eGroup with a fun activity to help them feel comfortable and get to know each other.
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 favorite 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 the Engage activity.
STAR WARS FINGER TATTOOS, WET WIPES
SAY: “In the movie Star Wars Jedi’s are members of the mystical knightly order, trained to guard peace and justice in the universe. They use lightsabers to defend and protect their galaxy, but are required to go through Jedi training to use a lightsaber.”
Give each kid a Star Wars finger tattoo and wet wipe. Help kids apply tattoos.
STEP 1: Peel off the plastic top sheet and place the tattoo face down on their right index finger.
STEP 2: Place the wet wipe on top of the tattoo and hold for 15-30 sections. Make sure the entire tattoo design is covered by the wet wipe.
STEP 3: Peel off the backing and let dry.
After all kids have a tattoo, have kids find a partner and explain kids will compete in Jedi training duels, trying to be the last Jedi standing.
Both partners will face one another and place their right index finger (light saber) pointing out. With their other right hand fingertips, partners will grab their opponent’s right hand fingertips and clasp them tightly together.
Jedi’s win their light saber duel by ‘tagging’ or touching their opponent with their light saber finger.
When a Jedi loses a duel, the Jedi has to cheer on their opposing Jedi until this Jedi loses. If this Jedi loses, they cheer for the Jedi who beat them. Each Jedi who wins will find another winning Jedi to duel.
Play continues until there is one Jedi left standing.
During this time introduce your eGroup to the series virtue and memory verse. Spend time teaching and practicing the memory verse.
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!
We are in a series called Hollywood Highlight Reel: The Force of Kindness. We all have a powerful force at our disposal – the force to show others how valuable they are. The power lies in how you treat others. The world has one idea of how we should treat others but Jesus set a clear example for us.
God created kindness. No one is kinder than God: no one has ever done more to show us how valuable we are than God has done. He values us more than anyone else can. He sent Jesus, His Son, to SHOW us how valuable we are to Him. Jesus gave us the gold standard of kindness in Luke 6:31: Do to others what you want them to do to you. When we are kind to others, they notice – perhaps because kindness isn’t so common. It sets us apart and can lead to real changes in the hearts of others. Let’s memorize this verse to help us remember how we should treat others because of the example Jesus set for us.”
Read the verse out loud:
Do to others as you would have them to do to you.Luke 6:31
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the pens to underline the verse in their Bible.
As time allows, practice the verse with your group. You can use the following methods to help kids learn the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat the words after you.
PAIR UP: After practicing the verse as a group, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to help remember the verse as a group. Practice it together.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will act out the Bible story and through the story of Jesus and the children learn they are never so important that they can’t take time to be kind to others.
BIBLES, ONE STAR WARS MASK, SCRIPTURE CARDS, NARRATOR STORY CARD
SAY: “No one demonstrates the force of kindness better than Jesus. In today’s Bible story Jesus teaches His disciples there is always time to be kind.”
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles. Give scripture cards to kids who do not have a Bible.
Instruct kids to turn to Mark 10 in their Bibles. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps them 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.
Assign the following roles to kids in the group: Narrator, Jesus, two to four little children and their parents (depending on the size of your group), two or three disciples
Give the narrator the Star Wars mask and story card. The narrator will wear the mask and read the Bible story from the narrator story card in his or her best Star Wars voice. The other characters will act out what is being read. (The Narrator may take home the mask at the end of the day.)
As the narrator reads from the narrator story card encourage kids to follow along in their Bibles or with their scripture cards.
After the story, discuss the following:
Why did the disciples try and stop the children from coming to Jesus? Do you think the disciples were right to try and keep the children away from Jesus? Why or why not?
What did Jesus say? If you had been one of the children there that day, how would you have responded to what Jesus said?
After the disciples saw how Jesus responded to and treated the children, what do you think the disciples were thinking? How do you think this changed the way the disciples treated others, especially children, in the future? How can Jesus’ example affect how we treat others?
SAY: “Back in Jesus’ time, children were of little value, but Jesus did something different. He said, ”Let the little children come to me.” Jesus showed kindness to the children when He welcomed them with open arms. We are never so important that we can’t take time to be kind to those around us.”
Collect pens and scripture cards. Make sure kids write their names on their scripture cards. Hand scripture cards back to kids during dismissal.
AROUND THE CLOCK
APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Kids will brainstorm times in their day they can take time to be kind to others.
PIECE OF PAPER, “CLOCK” ACTIVITY PAGE, PENS
SAY: “It’s easy to show kindness to someone when it’s convenient for us, but when we are busy, whether we’re playing our favorite game or doing homework, showing kindness to others becomes much harder. The farmer in today’s episode showed kindness by helping the group of Clone Troopers after they were hurt by the Drone army. Even though the farmer was attacked, he chose to go out of his way to help and show kindness to the hurt Clone Troopers. It might not always be easy to be kind to someone, but it can make someone’s day.”
As a group, brainstorm a list of people kids see at different times during the day and write them on the piece of paper. (ex. teacher, parent, classmates, stepbrother, bus driver, coach, etc.)
Give each child a “Clock” activity page and a pen.
Explain kids are going to play “Kindness Freeze Tag.” If anyone gets tagged by “IT” they are frozen. To become unfrozen, kids must fill in one blank on their clock with the name of someone they see during that time they can be kind to. The kid will then raise their hand to share what he or she wrote with the eGroup leader. The eGroup leader will then tap the kid on the head and the kid becomes unfrozen again.
Choose two kids to be “IT” and play freeze tag.
Continue until a kid has filled all the spots on their clock or as time allows.
Optional Freeze Tag (for environments that don’t have space for kids to play running freeze tag): Have kids place their clock on their head as they try to avoid kids who are “IT.” If the paper falls off their head, they are frozen. This will slow them down and discourages running.
SAY: “That was a fun game! The clock is a great reminder to take time to be kind all the time, around the clock! And it’s a simple way to remember all the different people in your day so you can make time to be kind to each of them. Sometimes it’s hard to stop what you’re doing and go out of your way to be kind. But no matter what else is going on, kindness is very important to God. He wants us to realize there’s always time to be kind.”
STAR WARS MAD LIBS
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY: Prayer is an important way to share Jesus with passion. Spend time in prayer with your eGroup before beginning the game.
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, STAR WARS MAD LIB STORY CARD (4), WORD KEY (4), PENS
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
DO: Write down any prayer requests in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Kids can share their requests out loud or can write them directly in the journal.
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, we know our kindness to others is one way we can show them Your love. Help us recognize people we feel You want us to be kind to this week. Show us how to do this through Your strength. We love you! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
SAY: “During this Hollywood Highlight Reel series we’re watching clips from the Star Wars story called The Clone Wars. Let’s take a look at another Star Wars story, but this one YOU get to write!”
Have kids get in teams with others who have the same tattoos.
Give each team a Star Wars Mad Lib story card, a word key, and a pen.
Give teams three to five minutes to fill in their story card using only the words from the word key.
Allow each team to share their finished story. Let kids vote on their favorite story by putting their Star Wars tattoos in the air when you point to the team whose story they liked the best.
Award the team with the most votes with one piece of candy from the Force Field candy bin in large group.
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW: During The Force of Kindness kids have an opportunity to be rewarded for using their Bibles and learning what the Bible says about kindness.
FORCE FIELD CANDY BIN
SAY: “In Motion we want you to Bring It! to church each weekend! The Bring It! Challenge encourages you to bring yourself, your Bible, your friends, and scripture you’ve learned to Motion. Not only can you 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 The Force of Kindness, you can earn Star Wars candy from the Force Field each week if you can show me Luke 6:31 in your Bible AND recite it from memory!”
Encourage kids to show you Luke 6:31 in their Bible AND recite the verse from memory. Kids must do both to earn a piece of candy.
Allow kids to pick a piece of candy from the Force Field candy bin.
SAY: “Make sure to come to Motion each week to learn more about how to live out what Jesus said about showing others they are valuable. This week work on learning our memory verse, Luke 6:31, and remember to bring your Bible to Motion next week!”