eGROUP LESSON PLAN
WEEK 4: APRIL 23/24
GRATITUDE Stopping to give thanks, no matter what.
Stop to thank God.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Jesus Heals 10 Lepers
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.
RACE CAR CHALLENGE
BASE CAR KITS (15 per eGroup), BALLOONS (1 per base cart kit), POWER UP PART CARDS, POWER UP CAR PARTS PACK, PAINTERS TAPE, DON’T FORGET THE ENGINE … SHEET
DO: 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.
SAY: “During Pit Stop we’re going behind the scenes to see what it’s like to drive some of the fastest cars around. Let’s see who can build the fastest car today in the Race Car Challenge!
Explain racing teams will be make a balloon powered racing car. Have kids form racing teams. Teams can be an individual kid or a pair.
Give each racing team a base car kit and balloon. Racing teams can only blow up their balloon ONCE before the race. Teams who blow up their balloon more than once will lose the use of their balloon and have to push their car during the race.
Allow racing teams to choose one Power Up card. NOTE: Racing teams cannot start building their car until Power Up cards and parts have been distributed and you give the ‘green light’ to begin.
Each Power Up card earns racing teams one or more additional car parts for their car.
Teams who choose to NOT use their Power Up card will get an extra try when racing their car.
Allow racing teams to redeem their Power Up card and collect car parts from the Power Up Car Parts bag.
Say, ’GREEN LIGHT’ and give racing teams five minutes to build their race cars. Encourage racing teams to use the Don’t Forget The Engine sheet if they need help. While teams are building their cars use the painters tape to mark a START and FINISH line in your eGroup space.
If racing teams finish building their car before time runs out have them place their car on the start line so they aren’t tempted to play with their car before the race.
After five minutes have racing teams place their cars on the starting line. Have all racing teams blow up their balloon and get ready to race their cars. Say, “Drivers, start your engines. Ready, set, go!” and encourage teams to release their balloon. The goal is to be get your car across the finish line the fastest.
Any racing team who did not use a Power Up card can repeat this last step to try and get their go to drive a further distance.
During this time introduce your eGroup to the series virtue and memory verse. Spend time teaching and practicing the memory verse.
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, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
During the Pit Stop series we’re getting a behind the scenes look at the fastest sport around – Nascar! Even though Nascar is the fastest sport around, with cars exceeding 200 mph, drivers have to make pit stops to maintain their cars and keep them running at peak performance. Sometimes our lives feel like they’re flying at 200 mph, too: school, activities, friends, family … in the midst of all we have going on in our lives, it’s important we make pit stops to show gratitude.
But Nascar drivers can’t do it on their own – they have an entire team of people who they work with during a race called the pit crew. We all have our own pit crews; people around us who help us succeed – parents, teachers, coaches, eGroup leaders, and friends. It’s important we stop and give thanks for the people God has placed in our lives. A verse in the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, helps us remember we should take time to give thanks, no matter. what Let’s memorize this verse to help us remember to stop and give thanks.
Read the verse out loud:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use the pens to underline the verse in their Bible.
As time allows, practice the verse with your group. You can use the following methods to help kids learn the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat the words after you.
PAIR UP: After practicing the verse as a group, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to help remember the verse as a group. Practice it together.
MY PIT CREW
CONNECT ACTIVITY: Kids will connect the idea of gratitude with the weekly Pit Stop episode and connect with each other.
PIT CREW CARDS (4), STICKY NOTES (4)
SAY: “In today’s episode we learned how crews film their pit stops to enhance their performance and work faster as a team. Filming the race helps the pit crew focus on improving. Let’s take a look at four different parts of a NASCAR race you’d like to pay extra close attention to.”
NOTE: Before the activity, grab four sticky notes and write one film type on each sticky note: pit stops and crews, final lap, inside the car, victory lap and celebration. Place one sticky note on the back of each pit crew card.
Review the pit crew cards: tire changer, gas man, jackman, and crew chief. Read the name and description for each position.
Place the pit crew cards in separate sections of the eGroup area.
Have kids sit around the cards of the job they would most like to have if they were part of a pit crew.
Once kids are sitting around the card have them introduce themselves to their group and turn over the pit crew card to reveal the NASCAR race part.
Have each kid share what they would hope to see after viewing the race film.
SAY: “Pit crews are always stopping to review their work and look for ways to get faster. Let’s stop and review today’s episode and talk about how we can be grateful.”
Ask the following questions and have kids discuss in their groups. Share answers from different groups after each question.
Life can get so busy and fast, almost like a NASCAR race. Did you have a busy day today/yesterday? Share what you did. (Allow kids to answer.)
How does a pit crew stopping to watch the film review help the pit crew make a race car faster?
What might happen if we stop to take time to think about our day and then be grateful?
Collect the cards before moving on to the next activity.
3 … 2 … 1 …
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will hear the Bible story and have to retell it in 3 … 2 …. or 1 sentences!
BIBLES, NOTE CARDS, PENS
SAY: “We all have so much to be thankful for, but for me, and I’m sure for you too, life often feels like it’s racing by and we can forget to take the time to say thanks, especially to the One who created us – God! In Luke 17 Jesus teaches us the importance of stoping to show gratitude to Him.”
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles.
Instruct kids to turn to Luke 17 in their Bibles. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps them learn skills for reading the Bible on their own.
Give each kid a note card and pen. As you read the passage kids will draw a stick figure for each person mentioned in the story.
Read Luke 17:11-19 from your Bible.
SAY: “Jesus healed 10 men and while all 10 men were happy they were healed, one man did something the other nine didn’t do; he STOPPED to be grateful for what Jesus did for him and said thanks. He stopped, reviewed his game film, and thanked Jesus. While a pit crew is always looking for ways to get faster, even they STOP to review their game film. Let’s stop and think about the Bible story we just heard then see how fast you can work with your pit crew to retell the Bible story in 3 … 2 … 1!”
Assign each kid a number between one and three.
Have kids get in groups based on the number they were assigned.
The group assigned “3” has to summarize the Bible passage in three sentences, the group assigned “2” has to summarize the Bible passage in two sentences, and the group assigned “1” has to summarize the Bible passage in one sentence.
Allow groups 2-4 minutes to work on their sentences then share their sentence with the eGroup. Group 3 will go first, then group 2, then group 1.
SAY: “Saying “thank you” matters. Everything we have is a gift from God: our clothes, food, shelter, family, friends, nature … even the ability to live another day is a gift! The greatest gift God gave us was sending Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. Because of this gift, we can have a relationship with God when we believe in Him. We should thank God everyday for loving us so much!”
STOP AND REVIEW
APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Kids will apply gratitude to their own lives and identity different times they can thank God.
RED FLAGS (9), FILM REVIEW SHEET, MY FILM REVIEW CARD (1 PER KID), PENS
SAY: “When we are thankful for something, we shouldn’t just think about how grateful we are, we need to say it and show it. I bet all the men Jesus healed were happy to be healed, but only one man stopped to say thank you. Let’s look at a story and find nine ways to say and show how thankful we are to God.”
Place nine red flags in the center of the group.
Explain you are going to read the game film about the day in the life of a kid named Angela. Angela had such a busy day she didn’t take time to stop and thank God. Each time the group hears a way Angela could have STOPPED and thanked God kids will race to grab a red flag from the center. (NOTE: Only one flag can be grabbed for each way to thank God.)
Kids need to remember why they grabbed the flag (how Angela could have stopped and thanked God) to discuss at the end of the story.
Read the story from the film review sheet, encouraging kids to listen for ways Angela could have stopped and thanked God.
After the story has been read, each kid who grabbed a flag will share a way Angela could have stopped to thank God.
SAY: “Looking at Angela’s game film we were able to see lots of things Angela could have stopped and thanked God for. We need to look at the game film in our own lives then show gratitude. It’s important that we STOP to think about what God has done for us and then give Him thanks! Today’s Pit Stop Challenge of the Week is to review your own game film and thank God for something.”
Give each kid a My Film Review card and a pen.
Encourage kids to stop and review their game film (their day) from yesterday and today. For each day kids will write one thing they can stop and thank God for.
SAY:”It’s easy to forget to thank God for all He’s done for us, but when we STOP and review our game film, we are able to remember all the things we can thank Him for. This week remember to STOP and thank God for something.”
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY: Prayer is an important way to share Jesus with passion. Spend time in prayer with your eGroup before beginning the game.
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PENS, (2) PIT STOP GAME SETS (1 SET = 1 PIT STOP GAME BOARD, 5 GAME PIECES, 1 DIE)
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for loving us, dying for us, and caring for us. Thank You for our families and friends, our teachers and coaches, and all the other people you have put in our lives who love us. Thank You for providing for me. Help me continue to follow You and to STOP and thank You for all you have given me. We love You. Amen!”
SAY: “We need to remember to stop and give thanks, no matter what. And in the Pit Stop game you’ll want to stop on the red flag spaces to help you race to the finish the fastest!”
DO: Play ‘Pit Stop.’
If you have a large eGroup divide the kids into two smaller groups. Give each group a Pit Stop game board, set of game pieces, and one die.
Kids will need to form pairs if there are more than six kids in a group. Have each kid/pair choose a game piece.
Each round kids/pairs will take turns rolling the die and moving the number of spaces rolled.
Some numbers rolled and the red spaces have actions associated with them:
Roll a 2 = Move backwards three spaces then roll again.
Roll a 4 = Race around the group like you are driving a race car until your next turn.
Roll a 6 = Each time another team rolls an even number yell, “I need to make a pit stop!” until your next turn. If another kid/pair catches you not yelling the phrase you have to move your game piece back two spots.
Red Flag Space: If a kid/pair lands on a red flag space, they have to stand up and say the main point (Stop to thank God.) then move forward four spaces.
Continue until a kid/pair reaches the checkered flag (finish line) and wins the game!
OVERVIEW: During Pit Stop kids have an opportunity to be rewarded for refueling – coming to church to learn about God, worshipping Jesus, and sharing God’s love with others. Kids will play Pit Stop bingo and collect signatures to form a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line to win Pit Stop bingo and pick a prize from the Nascar prize bin!
PIT STOP BINGO CARDS (2 DESIGNS), PEN
SAY: “Even though race car drivers are trying to go as fast as possible, they have to make pit stops to refuel their cars. Just like a race car needs fuel, we need fuel, too! Each week during Pit Stop you can refuel by coming to church to learn about God, worshipping Jesus, and sharing God’s love with others!”
Give each kid a Pit Stop bingo card. There are two designs to choose from.
Review the information on the bingo card.
Kids can mark off fuel spots on their bingo card by completing the following:
attending Motion = 1 fuel spot
bringing your Bible = 2 fuel spots
reciting the memory verse = 2 fuel spots
bringing a friend = 3 fuel spots
winning a large group game = 1 fuel spot
NOTE: For bringing a Bible, reciting the memory verse, or bringing a friend to church kids earn two or three fuel spots on their card. You will sign multiple fuel spots for each category completed. For ex. If a child brings a Bible, the child will choose two fuel spots for you to sign that are labeled “Bring A Bible” on their card.
Sign and date fuel spots on each child’s bingo cards. Allow kids to choose which spot(s) to mark off. All kids will be able to mark off at least one spot for attending Motion that day.
SAY: “Make sure to come to Motion each week to learn more about stopping to give thanks and be the first to win Pit Stop bingo! Keep your Pit Stop bingo card in your Bible to help you remember to bring your Bible and bingo card back to Motion every week!”