eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 4: MARCH 19/20
Knowing who God says I am.
I am never alone.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 PETER 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Bye, Bye, Bye
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 the eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Once you have five to six kids begin the Engage activity.
TAPPLE GAME, WHITE PAPER, PENS
DO: Play “Speed Art.”
Have kids sit in a circle. Give each kid a few pieces of paper and a pen.
For each round, kids start the timer by pressing the red button in the center of Tapple, pressing down one letter on the game, and passing the game around the circle.
Before the game can be passed to the next player, the player holding it has to draw an object on their paper which starts with the letter tapped.
If the timer runs out before a player can draw an object, the player collects all pieces of paper drawn on during that round.
As needed, give kids more paper and start the next round.
When all letters have been pressed, reset Tapple by pushing the yellow tabs on the game.
The kid who has collected the least amount of paper wins!
TAPPLE GAME, WHITE PAPER, PENS
DO: Play “Sc∙art∙tegories.”
Have kids sit in a circle. Give each kid a few pieces of paper and a pen.
For each round, choose one kid to start the timer by pressing the red button in the center of Tapple and pressing down a letter of their choice.
Kids will draw as many objects on their paper starting with the letter tapped before the timer runs out.
When times run out, kids, in turn, will show and name their pictures out loud. Kids receive a point only if their pictures are not the same as any other player’s pictures.
Continue for a few rounds. The kid with the highest combined score from all rounds wins!
During this time introduce your eGroup to their eGroup team.
BIBLE PENS, RED POST IT NOTES, MEMORY VERSE CARDS, MEMORY VERSE STICKERS
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 week is the last week of our series called (Un)Qualified where we’ve been learning to know who God says we are. We are all given labels by the people around us. Maybe we’ve been called smart, or wimpy, or boring, or funny, or athletic, or weird, or stupid, or pretty, or you fill in the blank. We often let those words from others, as well what we think of ourselves, determine who we are or how we should act, but our real identity should come from understanding how God sees us.
We all wrestle with who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified or not good enough. But God loves unqualified people. God uses unqualified people. And when we know who God says we are, God can use us to do big things. A verse in the Bible, 1 Peter 2:9, tells us who God says we are. During the series we’ve been working to memorize this verse to help us remember each of us is chosen by God.”
Give kids an opportunity to recite the verse. Award letter stickers to kids who recited the verse from memory. Kids will have another opportunity during Bring It! to recite the verse and receive a letter sticker.
Help VIPs/kids new to the series look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the Bible pens to highlight the verse in their Bible and a red sticky note to mark the spot in their Bible. Give a memory verse card to kids who did not bring their Bibles.
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.
CONNECT ACTIVITY: Kids will connect the idea of being unqualified with familiar faces and their own lives.
SKETCH PADS, COVER STICKERS, SHARPIE MARKERS (3), (UN)QUALIFIED CARDS, GLUE STICKS (3)
SAY: “How many of you would consider yourself an artist? (Allow responses). Did you see the illustration Scott the artist did while Mr. Frank was teaching us about Moses? During (Un)qualified you’ll all become artists and use a sketch pad, like Scott’s, as we learn to know who God says we are.”
Give VIP’s or kids new to the series a sketch pad and cover sticker. Kids who forgot their sketch pad should not receive a new one.
Before kids place the cover sticker on the front of their sketch pad, have them use the Sharpie marker to write their name on the sticker. [NOTE: Stickers should only be placed on the front cover (on the outside) of the sketch pad.]
SAY: “It may be hard to believe, but everyone feels unqualified or like they are not good enough. Let’s take a look at some people you may know who felt unqualified.”
Have each kid choose an (Un)Qualified card. You can place the cards in the center of the circle, hold the cards in your hand like a deck of cards, or give each kid a card.
Have kids glue their (Un)Qualified card on a page in their sketch pad then find kids who have the same (Un)Qualified card as them and sit together in a circle.
Once kids are sitting together have them introduce themselves to their group.
Have kids read the sentence description on the (Un)Qualified card then discuss the questions on their card as a group. Walk around to monitor groups and ensure groups are engaged in discussion.
After groups have discussed all questions, have each group show the person on their (Un)Qualified card and read the sentence description.
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will hear and illustrate the Bible story.
LEADER SHEET, SKETCH PADS, BIBlE STORY CARDS, GLUE STICKS (3), COLORED PENCILS (24), PENCIL SHARPENERS (3)
SAY: “Everyone feels unqualified or like they are not good enough. But to be qualified God’s way, we need to see ourselves how God sees us. The Bible is full of true stories which help us know who God says we are. Let’s check out a story from Moses’ life. It might have been easy for Moses and the Israelites to feel like they were alone, but God showed the people how much He loved them. By himself, Moses wasn’t qualified to do anything special, but because God chose him, he would become one of the most important leaders in the Bible!”
Have kids sit in a circle with their sketch pads. Give each kid a Bible story card.
Have kids glue their Bible story card in their sketch pads.
Explain kids are artists who will help each other draw the picture on their Bible story card. Artists will draw on their Bible story card while listening as you read the Bible story. Each time kids hear, “ARTIST SWAP,” they will pass their sketch pad to the left. This artist will continue drawing, working to illustrate the Bible story.
Place the colored pencils in the center of the group for the artists to use.
Use the leader sheet to read about Moses’ birth.
SAY: “Moving the Israelites from one place to another was a hard job … some people grumbled and complained, and Moses didn’t have a map to follow, only the instructions God gave him! Even when we feel nervous, scared, uncertain, or unqualified, we can remember God is always with us, no matter what!”
I AM YOURS
APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Kids will learn God is always with us, no matter what.
LYRIC CARD, SKETCH PADS, GLUE STICKS (3), COLORED PENCILS (24), PENCIL SHARPENERS (3)
SAY: “It was easy for the Israelites to forget God was always with them because He is an invisible guide; it can be easy for us to forget God is always with us, too. One way to remember God is always with us is to listen to worship music. Singing worship music not only shows God we love Him, but helps us focus on God and remember we are not alone.”
Ask kids to share their favorite worship song. Maybe it’s a song their family listens to, an Elevation worship song, or a song we sing in Motion. Lead the way and share your favorite worship song and why it’s your favorite.
Give each kid a lyric card. Have kids glue their lyric card in their sketch pads.
Explain these lyrics are from a song called “I Am Yours,” written by eKidz Worship.
Read the lyrics out loud or play the song for your group. (MP3 or MUSIC VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/channels/917694/125308241)
SAY: “During (Un)Qualified we’ve been learning all about who God says we are. We’ve learned: I am chosen. I am forgiven. I am called. And today we are learning we are never alone. Everyone say, “I am never alone!(Allow kids to respond.) That song was all about who God says we are! When we know who God says we are, God can use us to do big things.”
Explain kids will work as individuals, pairs, or groups to write another verse to the “I Am Yours” song. This verse should be about God always being with us, no matter what.
Once kids have finished, ask if anyone would like to share their new verse.
SAY: “Jesus loves us so much and wants to have a relationship with us. When we believe in Him and that He took the punishment for our sins, we are HIS! This week, read or sing the lyrics of “I Am Yours” each day to remind you who God says you are. You may need to place your sketch pad next to your bed with the page open to the lyrics card. Even when we feel alone, we can know God is always with us.”
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, PENS, PAINTERS TAPE, PILLAR (FLYING DISC)
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for being with us, no matter what. When we feel unqualified because we are scared, or nervous, or afraid, we know You are always with us and have called us to do big things. Help us to remember we are Yours and nothing can ever change that. We love You. Amen!”
SAY: “Even though Moses and the Israelites didn’t know where God was leading them, they had the pillar of cloud and fire to help remind them they were never alone; the presence of the Lord was with them wherever they went. While we know God is always with us, we may not always know the where He is leading us. In today’s game, you are going to have to try and guess where the pillar is going.”
Use the painters tape to divide your entire eGroup space into four sections.
Divide your group into two teams. Explain teams will try to earn the most points. Choose one team to first guess the destination of the pillar (where the pillar will land) then choose one person from the team to launch the pillar. If the team correctly guessed the destination of the pillar the team earns 100 points.
After launching a pillar teams should use the painters tape to mark a the spot where the pillar landed. This is where the team will start on their next turn.
Allow the next team to guess the destination of the pillar and choose one teammate to launch the pillar.
Continue until each kid has had a turn to launch the pillar or until time allows. The team with the most points wins!
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW: During (Un)Qualified kids can collect letters from UNQUALIFIED for attending Motion, brining their Bible, and saying the series memory verse. Kids who collect all the letters will earn an (Un)Qualified prize pack!
SKETCH PADS, LETTER STICKERS
SAY: “When we know who God says we are, God can use us to do big things. Each weekend during (UN)Qualified, learn more about the person God says you are by coming to church and bringing it!
Have kids turn to the first page in their sketch pad.
Review the information on the Bring It! card.
Explain how to earn letter stickers:
attend Motion = 1 letter sticker
bring your Bible = 2 letter stickers
recite the memory verse = 2 letter stickers
Award letter stickers to kids who attended Motion, brought a Bible, or recited the memory verse.
Kids who have earned all the Bring It! Challenge letter stickers will collect an (Un)Qualified prize pack during dismissal.