WEEK 2: AUGUST 8/9
Giving thanks no matter what happens.
Remember How Others Have Helped
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 107:1 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Paul Remembers People
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 and keep the board balanced so no game pieces fall off.
- Have kids sit in a circle around the game board.
- Give each kid two game pieces.
- Have each kid share his/her name and two of their favorite foods. After each kid shares have him/her add both game 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 three 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
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.”
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 didn’t show gratitude for how his aunt and uncle are helping him this summer. He focused on all the things he doesn’t like about being at their house.
- Even though he hasn’t met them, how have they helped him? (Allow kids to respond. Answers: a nice place to live, good food to eat)
- How does Nigel help Ollie? (Allow kids to respond. Answer: introduces him to Gage, his wake boarding champion nephew)
- How can Ollie be thankful for what others have done for him? (Allow kids to respond.)
Nigel explained to Ollie how God helps all of us and He usually does it through other people. Today we are going to read about a man in the Bible named Paul who remembered and showed gratitude to people in his life who helped him.”
- 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.
- Paul went through a lot of hard times. Instead of being upset and giving up, what did he choose to focus on? (Thanking Jesus for helping him. Thanking the people who Jesus brought into his life to help him.)
- What can we learn from Paul? (Instead of focusing on the bad in our lives we can be thankful to Jesus and the people in our lives who help us.)
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 Rewind. For this move the wake boarder uses the wake to jump in the air. While in the air the wake boarder turns the board 90 degrees, turns back where they started then back 90 degrees again. It’s like they are rewinding themselves in midair. We can do a Rewind, too, to have an attitude of gratitude. We can “rewind” in our mind and think back to a time when others helped us. Once we think about how someone helped us we can be thankful to them!”
- Have kids stand in a circle.
- Show them how to do a Rewind wake boarding jump.
- Have kid stand in a line side by side.
- Have them jump in place to face the right.
- Have them jump back to face you.
- Have them jump back to the right again.
- Let kids practice the move a few times.
- Have kid sit down for discussion.
SAY: “Let’s rewind in our minds and remember who has helped us.”
- Who is someone who has helped you? (parents, teachers, friends, etc.)
- How did that person help you?
- How did you feel when they helped you?
- When we are having a hard day we can remember how God has been faithful to send others to help us. How can you show you are thankful for His help? (thank and praise Him though prayer, remember and thank people who have helped you)
SAY: “God sent Jesus to help us. Sin, the wrong things we do, keep us from God. God sent Jesus to die for our sins so that we can go to Heaven to be with Jesus and God one day. That is the biggest help of all!Live out our memory verse, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!’ Remember to be grateful to God and others for what they have done for you.”
MAKE A NOTE
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, NOTECARDS
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, Thank You for helping us and sending others to help us. We will show gratitude by remembering and thanking others for how they have helped us. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
SAY: “We just named people in our lives who have helped us, but let’s see how good we are at remembering the people who have helped the others in our group.”
- Have kids sit in a circle.
- Give each kid a notecard.
- On one side of the notecard have the kids write their name.
- On the other side of the notecard have kids write the name a person has who helped them. This can be the same person they mentioned during discussion time. NOTE: Help younger kids with writing names.
- Under the name of the person, have kids write or draw how this person helped them.
- Have kids go around the circle and share what is on their notecard.
- Collect and mix up the notecards.
- Place a notecard in front of each kid. Do not put a kid’s own notecard in front of him/her. Make sure the name side of the notecard is face down.
- Have one kid start by reading the notecard in front of them. NOTE: Help younger kids with reading.
- Have the group work together to remember who the card belongs to.
- The kid who read the notecard to the group will return the card to the owner. The owner of the notecard will now read the notecard in front of him/her.
- If after three guesses the group cannot remember, have the owner of the notecard stand up and receive their notecard. Check the back of the notecard for a name if no one stands up.
- Continue until all notecards have been read and returned to the correct owner.