WEEK 5: AUGUST 29/30
Giving thanks no matter what happens.
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 107:1 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Jesus Heals 10 Lepers
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’ve learned 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 five game pieces.
- Have each kid share his/her name and five things they are thankful for.
- 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! During Overboard our memory verse taught 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! I hope everyone has learned this verse to remind you 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 VIP kids and kids new to series.
- 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: “This series, you’ve come to Motion and earned reward points on your Ollie’s Milkshake Reward card. You can redeem your prizes THIS WEEKEND by turning in your reward card at dismissal. If you forgot your reward card, you can bring it next weekend, September 5/6, to redeem your prize.”
JESUS HEALS 10 LEPERS
BIBLE STORY WAKEBOARD (2), BIBLE STORYBOARD CARDS (2 SETS), LEADER SHEET, BIBLES
SAY: “It’s time for the Ollie Update! In today’s episode when Ollie decided he couldn’t compete, Molly stepped up and told him she would compete for him.
- Did Ollie think Molly was going to be able to help him? (Allow kids to respond.)
- No, he didn’t. But Molly surprised him! After she competed in his place and beat Zane, what did Ollie do? (Allow kids to respond.)
Ollie made a point to say thank you to Molly, Nigel, and Gage for helping him. He made sure his friends knew he was grateful for them. It’s great to be thankful for the people in your life, and it’s even better to say it out loud! Today we’re going to read a Bible story about a man thanking Jesus. He and Ollie both can show us how important it is to give thanks!”
- 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 was this one man different than the other nine men Jesus healed? (He was the only one who chose to come back to thank Jesus.)
- What can we learn from this man? (It’s important to say give thanks. Jesus even pointed out no one else came back to praise God except for this man! When you are thankful, don’t just think it, say it and show it!)
SAY: “A wakeboarder 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. Today let’s learn a wake boarding word that will help us remember to show gratitude.
Our wake boarding word is butter. If the water is really smooth, it’s called glass or butter. A wakeboarder likes smooth water because it makes landing and pulling off tricks smooth and easy. Sometimes things don’t go right in our lives, and other times our lives feel like they’re going smooth like butter! If everything is going great, sometimes we can forget to give thanks. Let’s try to remember to always thank Jesus and also thank people in our lives! When you are thankful you say it and show it! Gratitude is never silent!”
- Have kids stand in a circle.
- Show kids how to glide on the feet like they are sliding on butter (scoot your feet forward like you’re ice skating).
- Let kids practice.
- Read the below scenarios one at a time.
- For each scenario, have kids face the center of the circle.
- Whoever knows how the kid in the scenario can show gratitude should slide towards the inside of the circle. Let each of these kids share their answers.
- After the kids answer, have the kids glide back to join the other kids in the circle and start again.
- Jeremiah didn’t understand how to do a math problem, but when he asked his teacher about it, she sat down with him and explained it until he understood.
- Kiely sister got new toys for her birthday. Her sister is sharing the toys so she and Keira can play together.
- Lawrence’s grandma had a snack waiting for him as soon as he got home from school.
- Cara’s mom wakes up early every day to make her lunch and take her to school.
- Mario’s dad took him out one afternoon to see a movie.
- Dion’s brother helped him clean his room so he could come outside and play.
SAY: “When someone does something nice for us, whether it is big or small, we should thank them! And we should always remember to thank Jesus because He is with us all the time and helping us through every problem we have.”
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PEN, BALL (1 PER eGROUP), SAND TIMER (1 PER eGROUP)
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 the times when our lives feel like they’re going smooth. Thank You for the people in our lives who do nice things for us even when they don’t have to. Help us to remember to give thanks more often. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
SAY: “In today’s episode of Overboard Ollie told his friends and Nigel ‘thank you.’ It’s important to give thanks to the people who help us. Today let’s see how well we can remember to be thankful by playing a game called Remembering Thanks.”
- Have the kids sit in a circle.
- Go around the circle and have each kid say who they’re going to give thanks to this week.
- Encourage them to come up with a unique answer so each kid doesn’t just say, “my mom,” or “my dad.” This could be other family members, friends, teachers, a principal, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, etc.
- After each kid has said who he or she is going to give thanks to, start the game.
- The goal is to stay in the game by remembering who each person will give thanks to and not get caught with the ball before time runs out.
- Choose a kid to go first and give them the ball.
- When you start the sand timer, the kid with the ball will say who he/she is thankful for, then pass the ball to the left.
- The next kid will say who he/she is thankful for, in addition to the previous kid’s answer. This will continue around the circle. For example:
- Kid A: Mom (passes ball)
- Kid B: Brother, mom (passes ball)
- Kid C: Dad, brother, mom (passes ball)
- If a kid gets stuck the group can offer help, but if the sand timer runs out while he/she is holding the ball, they kid is out! He/she will move to the outside of the circle.
- The kid who stay in the longest wins the game!