Gratitude – Stopping to give thanks, no matter what.
Stop to adjust your attitude.
Parable of the Vineyard Workers
Memory Verse: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Welcome / Lego Car Racing
“Welcome to Motion and welcome to Pit Stop, our series all about the exciting sport of Nascar. Right now I want to thank our friends who are here for the first time today. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!
Now Motion, I heard that you’ve all got the need for speed and in your eGroups you made some model cars. I also heard a few of you wanted to come up here and race your cars! Motion eGroup leaders, choose one person from your group to bring their car to the stage and let’s race!
(have one kid from each eGroup come up on stage and bring their cars to the front)
Ok, every stand behind this line and when I say go, you’re going to push your car as hard as you can and whichever car makes it across the finish line first wins the race. Everyone else out in the crowd, I need you all to cheer as loud as you can. Motion, let me hear you scream!
(wait for response)
Ok, ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! On your mark, get set, go!
(give kids time to race)
Congratulations to __________ and his/her eGroup for winning today’s race! Hand your cars back to your eGroup leaders and I need everyone to remain standing as we sing our first worship song. Now Motion, I’ve go to tell you something cool about the song we’re about to sing. This song called He Has Won is the first single off of our brand new worship album coming out at the end of this month! Stand to your feet and let’s prepare to sing.”
Worship Leader Intro Video
Worship Song – He Has Won
Worship Song Intro
“Stay on your feet as we sing Shine A Light”
Worship Song – Shine A Light
Pit Stop Episode 2 Setup
“Great job everybody! You can have a seat.
(wait for kids to be seated)
Motion, last week we started our new series called Pit Stop where we’re following Ben around as he hangs out and learns from some professional pit crew members from one of Nascar’s top teams. Let’s check in on Ben and see what he’s up to this week. Check out the screen!”
(initiate applause, walk off stage)
Pit Stop Episode 2
Video Outro / Dismissal to eGroups
“Motion, I can’t wait to see what happens next week as Ben gets to spend more time with the Pit Crew.
Right now I’m going to send you back to your eGroups where you’re going to learn more about how you can adjust your attitude and show some gratitude! When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can stand up and follow them back to your eGroup.”
(call eGroups leaders’ names and dismiss the kids with their leader)
“Welcome back from your eGroups! Like I said earlier, we’re so thankful to have our VIPs with us today. If you’re a VIP, you’ll want to check out the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.
(refer to the screen)
This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.
[VIP Slide – Lanyard]
When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the orange tent called the Welcome Area.
[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]
Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!
[VIP Slide – Gift]
[VIP Slide – All Combined]
VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.”
Game Setup – Caution Flag
“Motion, I don’t know if you get to watch a lot of Nascar, but one of the biggest parts of the sport is the caution flag and how it can have an impact on the race. A big yellow flag called a caution flag comes out when there is a wreck or something dangerous like a broken piece of a car on the track. When the caution flag comes out, all of the cars slow down, group up together and get wait until they get the green flag to start racing again. In today’s game, we’ll have a race between our eGroups, but you’ll have to watch out for the yellow and the green flag.
Each team will receive 10 cars that will be in a bucket that we’ll call a garage. The garage will be at the back of your eGroup’s line. You’ll pass the race car from the back of the line up to the front and when it gets there, the person at the front of the line must race the car through the finish line located a few feet in front of you. If you roll your car forward but it doesn’t go through through the finish line, you’ll have to grab it and try again.
Here’s where you have to pay attention, though: I’ll have both a yellow caution flag and a green flag in my hands. At any point, I could wave the yellow flag and yell out ‘Caution!’ When I do, I’ll call out a penalty that everyone has to play with until I yell ‘All Clear!’ For example, everyone on your team can only use your left arms, must turn around backwards, or you might have to pass the cars and send it to the finish line using only your elbows! make sure you’re paying attention because if I catch your team not playing by the rules, I’ll send your car back to the garage and you’ll have to start all over.
The first team to send all 10 cars through the track wins the round and the team that wins the most rounds wins the game. Line up with your eGroups and let’s play Caution Flag!”
Game – Caution Flag
Bring It! Challenge Setup
“Great job during the game, Motion! Everyone have a seat and let’s clean up the game supplies.
(remove game materials from the seating area)
During Pit Stop, you can play Pit Stop Bingo and earn fuel spots through the Bring It! Challenge by bringing your Bible, saying your memory verse, and even just for showing up! How easy is that? I want you to circle around your eGroup leaders and they’ll give you more instructions on Pit Stop Bingo.”
Bring It! Challenge
Dismissal Activity Setup
“Your parents will be arriving soon, but before they do, we’re going to play one final game. You see, Nascar is a sport played at extremely high speeds and whenever you have objects moving that fast for very long times, you’re bound to get some wrecks, mistakes, breakdowns, and all the craziness that can happen when you’re going over 200 miles per hour. In our final game, I’m going to show you a clip of a pretty crazy moment from a Nascar race. When the clip ends, I’m going to ask you questions about the clip you watched. You’ll answer the questions with your eGroup leaders, so make sure you’re circled around them. Check out this first clip!”