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Motion eGroup Week of July 8

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Uniqueness. Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Main Point: God made you for an adventure.
Bible Story: Abraham. Genesis 12:1-9
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 what you think would be the ultimate adventure.

    Create something that represents your biggest fear. • 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), Wikki stix (50)

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’re 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 Genesis 12. 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 and four or five Wikki stix.
  • Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a representationof the item listed on their creation card using the Wikki stix.
  • After kids have had a couple of minutes to create their Wikki stixcreations, explain 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 creation for everyone to see.
  • Read Genesis 12:1-9 aloud and encourage kids to hold up their creations as their words are read.WHAT YOU SAY:

    “Abraham was a pretty amazing guy. He wasn’t afraid of an adventure as long as God was the one leading the way. When God told Abraham to take his entire family and leave their home, Abraham went. He trusted that God had a plan—that God had an adventure in store for him. Do you think Abraham was a little nervous about packing up and heading to a new land? Would he have liked a few more details spelled out? Almost certainly! But he didn’t let those questions or fears get in the way of believing God knew what He was doing and would stick with him all the way. God took Abraham on an adventure, and He made you for an adventure, too!”

GROW

A GREAT ADVENTURE

WHAT YOU NEED: adventure cards (6)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Divide kids into four teams.
  • Explain kids will hear a situation that doesn’t sound very fun.Their goal is to come up with a way to turn the situation into

    an adventure.

  • After each team shares their adventure idea, the eGroupLeader will choose the best one and give that team the adventure card. Teams will compete to collect the most adventure cards.
  • Read the scenario from the back of one of the adventure cards and encourage teams to discuss how they could turn that scenario into an adventure.
  • Allow teams to share their ideas one at a time. Give the adventure card to the team with the best idea.
  • Repeat with the remaining adventure cards. The team with the most adventure cards at the end wins!WHAT YOU SAY:

    “When you face things that are unexpected or even unpleasant, you can face them with faith and anticipation knowing that it’s all part of God’s adventure for you. Adventures can come in all sorts of ways: learning a new skill, going to a different school, finding new friends, or even a trip to the emergency room. Your adventure won’t look exactly like somebody else’s. That’s where your uniqueness comes in. God made you for an adventure.”

    Discussion Questions:
    • “If you could choose your own adventure, what kind of

    adventure would you want God to take you on?”
    • “Would it make you nervous to go on an adventure without

    knowing where you’re going or what you’ll do there? Why or

    why not?”
    • “How could your unique gifts and abilities help you on your

    unique adventure?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned God made you for an adventure, and He has specifically chosen a unique adventure just for you. When you use your uniqueness to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one of your unique gifts or traits that you think God will use to do great things through you on your adventure. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can pray for God to show us ways He can use our unique traits to do great things.”

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 reminding us You are with us and You have made us for adventure! Help us to trust You like Abraham did. Show us where You want us to go and how You’ve uniquely created us for all the adventures ahead. Help us use our unique gifts from You to show Your love to the people we meet on our adventure. 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.