WEEK 1: AUGUST 1/2
Giving thanks no matter what happens.
Have An Attitude Of Gratitude
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 107:1 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Job is Grateful
ENGAGE starts 20 minutes before the worship experience begins.
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. 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.
OVERBOARD GAME CONTENTS: 48 PLAY PIECES (4 COLORS/12 OF EACH COLOR), OVERBOARD TOWER, GAME BASE, PLAYING DIE, INSTRUCTION CARD, OTHER SUPPLIES: LOVE WEEK BAND COUNT
- Place the Overboard game in the center of your eGroup area.
- Split your eGroup into four teams. As new kids come in to eGroup assign them to a team. Teams will have about 2-3 kids.
- For eGroups larger than 12 use the second Overboard game set to start another game.
- Choose one of the three variations of Overboard for your eGroup to play.
- Use the instruction card to play the variation selected.
- Play again if time allows.
- This weekend kids will come with Love Week Bands from serving during Love Week. They will have 2 hour and 1 hour bands.
- As kids come in to eGroup, use the Love Week Band Count to record kids’ names and how many hours of service they completed.
- Give the Love Week Band Count to your eTeam Leader on the way to Large Group.
ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS (5:00, 9:30, 11:30)
Connect is a time for kids to connect with their eGroup leader. Participate and have fun with your eGroup. Learn the names of your eGroup kids and try to learn something about each one. Let them learn about you!
OVERBOARD GAME AND PIECES
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, play games, and learn what it means to live for Jesus!This series we are learning about gratitude. Gratitude means being thankful all the time, whether we are having a good day or if we are having a bad day. Before we learn more about how to have an attitude of gratitude, let’s get to know each other. We’re going to work together as an eGroup team to keep this board balanced.”
- The goal of Balancing Act is to work together as an eGroup team to add game pieces to the game board and keep the board balanced so no game pieces fall off.
- Have kids sit in a circle around the game board.
- Give each kid one game piece.
- Have each kid share his/her name and their favorite thing to do at the pool/lake/beach. After each kid shares have him/her add the game piece to the game board.
- The eGroup should work together and help each other decide where to put the game piece to keep the game board balanced.
- If any game pieces fall off decide where to add them back to the game board and continue.
SAY: “Great job working together to keep the board balanced! Next week we’ll see if we can each add two pieces! During Overboard we’ll learn about gratitude. The Bible tells us we can show gratitude to God. Psalm 107:1 says to give thanks to God because He is good to us and will always love us! This series let’s learn this verse to remind us how important it is to show gratitude to God.” Practice memory verse with kids.
Give thanks to the Lord, (allow kids to repeat)
for He is good; (allow kids to repeat)
His love endures forever. (allow kids to repeat)
Psalm 107:1 (allow kids to repeat)
STOP: TRANSITION TO LARGE GROUP. Take Love Week Band Count to eTeam Leader.
BRING IT! CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW: During Overboard, kids will get an Ollie’s Milkshake Rewards card to earn reward points for bringing their Bible and reciting the series memory verse. Five points on the Ollie’s Milkshake Rewards card earns kids a bow tie milkshake straw. Ten points on the Ollie’s Milkshake Rewards card earns kids a milkshake gift card. Prizes can be redeemed the weekends of August 29/30 and September 5/6.
OLLIE’S MILKSHAKE REWARD CARDS, REWARD POINT PUNCH, OVERBOARD PRIZE POSTER
SAY: “If you remember Ollie from Selfie Switch you might remember he worked in a diner and one of his favorite snacks is a refreshing, delicious milkshake. That’s why during Overboard, Ollie wants you to have the chance to earn a milkshake by bringing your Bible to Motion and learning the series memory verse.”
- Show kids the Ollie’s Milkshake Reward card.
- Explain how to earn reward point punches on the Ollie’s Milkshake Reward card.
- Bring your Bible = 2 reward points
- Say the Memory Verse = 1 reward point
- Review prizes using the Overboard prize poster.
- 5 reward points = Nigel’s Bow Tie Milkshake Straw
- 10 reward points = Ollie’s Milkshake
- Hand out an Ollie’s Milkshake Reward card to each kid.
- Point out memory verse on back of card and have kids write their name on the card.
- Use the reward point punch to award reward points to kids who brought a Bible and recited the memory verse.
- Encourage kids to keep the Ollie’s Milkshake Reward card in their Bible so they remember to bring their Bible and reward card to Motion every week.
SAY: “Come to Motion every weekend to earn milkshake reward points during Overboard! Keep your Ollie’s Milkshake Reward card in your Bible so you remember to bring your Bible and reward card back every week to Motion! You can redeem your prizes on August 29/30 or September 5/6.”
JOB IS GRATEFUL
BIBLE STORYBOARD CARDS, LEADER SHEET, BIBLES, BIBLE STORY WAKEBOARD
SAY: “It’s time for the Ollie Update! In today’s episode we learned Ollie is spending the summer with his aunt and uncle at their lake house. They have a nice house on a lake and everything Ollie needs is provided for him.
- Does Ollie seem excited? (Allow kids to respond.)
- Why not? (Allow kids to respond.)
- Does he have an attitude of gratitude? (Allow kids to respond.)
- What does Nigel tell him about being thankful? (Allow kids to respond.)
Things at the lake are not like Ollie expects or wants, and his attitude seems ungrateful. Ollie’s attitude needs to change, but first he needs to learn to be thankful all the time. That is what gratitude is, giving thanks no matter what happens. Today we are going to read about a man in the Bible named Job who chose to have an attitude of gratitude even when things were not good in his life.”
- For eGroups larger than 12 split the kids into two groups for this activity. Give each group a Bible story wakeboard and set of Bible storyboard cards.
- Randomly lay out the Bible storyboard cards on the Bible story wakeboard.
- Have kids put the Bible storyboard cards in the order they think they go in before reading the Bible story. Then read the Bible story from the leader sheet.
- Have kids review the order of the Bible storyboard cards and rearrange as necessary so they are in the correct order.
- HOw did Job have an attitude of gratitude after he lost everything he had? (He praised God. He was thankful no matter what happened.)
- What can we learn from Job? (We can be thankful and give thanks to God in our prayers no matter what happens.)
SAY: “A wake boarder learns lots of moves and tricks to be good at the sport of wake boarding. It takes a lot of practice and getting back up on the board, no matter what. Each week we’ll learn wake boarding tricks and tips to help us remember to show gratitude.
Today’s wake boarding move is called the Surface 180. To pull off this trick the wake boarder must turn 180 degrees on the surface of the water. This causes the wake boarder to face the opposite direction. Changing your attitude to one of gratitude is like doing a Surface 180. Instead of being ungrateful you can make a 180 move towards gratitude by being thankful no matter what happens.”
- Have kids stand in a circle.
- Show them how to turn 180 degrees like a Surface 180 (turn to face the opposite direction).
- Let kids practice the move.
- Read the below scenarios one at a time. For each scenario, have kids face the center of the circle.
- If the kid in the scenario has an attitude of gratitude the group should continue facing the center of the circle.
- If the kid in the scenario needs to change his/her attitude have the group do a Surface 180 (turn to face the opposite direction). Have kids turn back around and say how the kid in the scenario could give thanks no matter what happens.
- Jeremiah doesn’t want to eat what his dad made for dinner. Instead of complaining he eats what his dad made and says thank you.
- Keira is fighting with her best friend. She is in a bad mood and is being rude to her family. (Surface 180)
- Lamar can’t find his favorite shirt to wear to the skatepark. He yells at his mom and tells her he has no clothes to wear. (Surface 180)
- Corrine is grounded for disobeying her parents. She prays to Jesus and thanks Him for parents who care about her. She asks Jesus to help her obey.
- Bernardo got new shoes from his grandma. He got her some flowers to say thank you.
- Dion’s Uncle got him new school supplies, but Dion didn’t say thank you. (Surface 180)
SAY: “No matter what happens, we need to give thanks to Jesus and others for what they do for us. If we are having a bad day we should stop and talk to Jesus. Thank Him for the blessings He has given you in the past and pray for Him to help you see the good things even when everything else seems bad.
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PEN, MINI SOLO CUPS (2 PER eGROUP), PING PONG BALLS (2 PER eGROUP), TAPE
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
DO: Take prayer requests and write them down in your eKidz prayer journal so you can pray for your eGroup kids during the week. Encourage kids to share one or two prayer requests. Invite kids to pray with you if they want.
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, You are a mighty and powerful God. You are always there for us. Thank You for Your love and protection. Please help us to have an attitude of gratitude by giving thanks to You and others not matter what happens. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
SAY: “Nigel is the butler for Ollie’s aunt and uncle. He’s taking great care of Ollie and even gave him an egg for breakfast in a fancy bowl. He also taught Ollie a little about gratitude in today’s episode, like how it’s important to God we are thankful and have an attitude of gratitude. He challenged Ollie to be thankful because gratitude goes a long way. For our eGroup game we are going to complete Nigel’s Challenge! Listen as I explain how the race will go.”
- The goal is to be the team to complete Nigel’s Challenge.
- Nigel’s Challenge: In this relay race, each member of the team must balance the egg (ping pong ball) on the upside down cup on their hand as they walk to the line of tape. Once at the line of tape kids must tell you something they are thankful for. Then they will walk back to the starting line, still balancing the cup and egg (ping pong ball) and pass the cup and egg (ping pong ball) to the next kid in line.
- Designate a starting line with tape and place a line of tape for each team about 10 feet from the starting line.
- Split the eGroup into two teams. If teams are uneven have the first person on the smaller team go twice. Have teams line up at the starting line.
- Demonstrate how to balance the egg (ping pong ball) on the upside down cup on your hand while walking to the line of tape and back to the starting line. NOTE: Kids cannot grasp the cup to prevent it from falling.
- If the egg (ping pong ball) falls during the race kids must recite the main point before picking up the egg (ping pong ball) and continuing.
- When you say “Go,” kids will race to see who can complete Nigel’s Challenge first.