WEEK 4: AUGUST 22/23
Giving thanks no matter what happens.
Find A Blessing No Matter What
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 107:1 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Joseph Comforts His Brothers
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
- 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.
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 keeping the board balanced so no pieces fall off.
- Have kids sit in a circle around the game board.
- Give each kid four game pieces.
- Have each kid share his/her name and four of their favorite sweet treats (candy, cookies, etc).
- After each kid shares have him/her add the games pieces to the game board.
- The eGroup should work together and help each other decide where to put the game pieces 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 five pieces! During Overboard we’re learning 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
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 NEXT WEEKEND, August 29/30, or the following weekend, September 5/6.”
JOSEPH COMFORTS HIS BROTHERS
BIBLE STORY WAKEBOARD (2), BIBLE STORYBOARD CARDS (2 SETS), LEADER SHEET, BIBLES
SAY: “It’s time for the Ollie Update! In today’s episode Ollie is upset about getting hurt after his hard work learning how to wakeboard.
- How did Ollie seem to feel about being hurt? (Allow kids to respond.)
Nigel could tell Ollie wasn’t happy about having his arm in a sling, so what did he tell Ollie? (Allow kids to respond: “You can find a blessing no matter what.”)
Did you notice a change in how Ollie felt about gratitude? (Ollie starts to think about what Nigel told him and eventually discovers Nigel was right.)
After Ollie talked to Nigel, he started looking for a blessing no matter what. When he saw Molly come along, he chose to see it as a blessing and he spent the rest of the afternoon having fun with her and Gage. Sometimes we have to change how we look at things so we can see a blessing. Today we’re going to read a Bible story about Joseph. He also chose to find a blessing even when things in his life didn’t look the best they could be.”
- 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.
SAY: “A wakeboarder learns lots of moves and tricks to be good at the sport of wakeboarding. It takes a lot of practice and getting back up on the board, no matter what. Today let’s learn a wakeboarding word that will help us remember to show gratitude.
Our wakeboarding word is digger, which is when a wakeboarder has a bad wreck or a wipeout while trying to do a trick. Learning how to wakeboard means having a digger every now and then. If a wakeboarder feels like they are heading towards a digger, they might bail on the wakeboarding trick, which means they fall off their wakeboard on purpose! Sometimes we can be in a situation like a digger where nothing seems to go right and we’re just having a bad day. Instead of bailing, we can choose to find a blessing in our situation!”
- Have kids sit in a circle. Hold up the “digger” picture.
- How did Joseph have a “digger” in our Bible story? (Joseph’s brothers treated him badly. He lived away from his family for a long time. His father passed away.)
- How did Joseph see the blessing in his situation? (Even though his brothers meant to harm him, God used the situation to accomplish something good and save many people.)
- Do you think Jesus ever had a “digger?” (Yes! He had hard days just like you and me.)
- How did Jesus choose to see the blessings instead of focusing on what wasn’t going his way? (He chose to praise God. He showed gratitude towards God and others.)
- What can we learn from Jesus and Joseph? (We can look for God’s blessing in every situation, even when it seems hard to find.)
- Think of a “digger” in your own life.
- When kids are describing their “digger,” have them hold the “digger” picture. This could be their last bad day or something that didn’t go well for them. (bad grade on a test, none of your good friends in your class at school, broke your arm, lost a game, etc)
- After each kid has given an example of their “digger,” have other kids in the group offer a way to find a blessing in the “digger” situation. (Example: If none of their good friends are in their class at school, the blessing could be they will make new friends this school year.)
SAY: “Everybody has “diggers” from time to time. But having an attitude of gratitude means we can find a blessing in every situation! If we look for a blessing, our whole perspective shifts. Just like Jesus and Joseph, we can see how God is using our situation for good.”
SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PEN, GAME CARDS, LEADER GAME SHEET
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 powerful God who works everything together for our good. Thank You for always watching over us and working in our lives. Please help us to find a blessing no matter what situation we are in. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.””
SAY: “In today’s episode of Overboard Nigel drew a smiley face on Ollie’s sling to remind him to look for a blessing no matter what. Today we are going to play a game where we have to find the blessings hidden in middle of all the wipeouts.”
- The goal is to be the team to earn the most smiley face cards in order to win the game.
- Have the kids split up into two teams.
- Lay out the game cards face down in a 5 x 5 grid. There are ten smiley face cards (blessing cards) and 15 wipeout cards.
- Teams will take turns choosing one game card to turn over.
- If the card is a wipeout card the team loses the turn and turns the game card back face down.
- If the card is a smiley face card read a question from the leader game sheet.
- If the team answers correctly they get to keep the card, earning a point.
- If the team answers incorrectly the other team gets a chance to steal the point by answering the question correctly.
- The team with the most smiley face cards at the end of the game wins!