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Motion Large Group :: Week of December 16

The Big Give

Main Idea: Look For Creative Ways To Give.
Bible Story: Be Rich
Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 6:18
Memory Verse: 
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.”
– 
1 Timothy 6:18, NIV

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Welcome to Motion! It’s time for The Big Give, our series all about generosity! But what is generosity? Take a look at the screen and let’s find out together! I’ll say it once and then I want you all to say it with me. Take a look at the screen:

Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away.

Say that with me now.

(repeat the virtue with the kids)

Great job, Motion! It’s time for us to check out the screen and learn more about what it means to show generosity. Take a look.”

Video Host Intro

252 Story

Video Host Outro

Connect Questions

“The Bible says that we can be rich in doing good works, or, in being generous. We don’t have to have a lot of things to be rich – we’re rich when give to others, just like God gave his Son Jesus to us.

Now, let’s answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: In today’s Bible story, we learned about a different way to be rich. What way was that? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Second question: When you’re generous to somebody, how does it make you feel? How do you think it makes them feel? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: What’s something kind you can do for someone else this week? When will you do that? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. We should always be willing to show generosity to others, because God was generous when He gave us Jesus. It’s time to celebrate God’s generosity by singing songs and praising Him. Stand to your feet as we sing, ‘Noel.’”

Worship Song – Noel

Worship Song – Angels We Have Heard

Dismissal To eGroups

“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP – a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to 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 __________ 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]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.

If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“Now Motion, it’s time for the Bring It! Challenge!

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following three things to receive a prize. Check out the screen.

(watch the Bring It! Challenge video)

That’s right, Motion! To receive your Bring It! prize, you’ll need to:

  1. FIND 1 Timothy 6:18 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.
  2.  RECITE the verse for this series, 1 Timothy 6:18, from memory.
  3. SAY our virtue for this series from memory. In fact, that’s on the screen now, too!

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away.

Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Take a look at the screen and you can see the prizes now!

(refer to the prize slide)

Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s complete the Bring It! Challenge!”

Bring It! Challenge

Game Setup – Reindeer Games

“Now Motion, it’s time for today’s game!

One of your group members will be dressed up like a reindeer and put on these AMAZING reindeer antlers. The rest of the team will form a line a few feet away from the person wearing the antlers, and then each kid in line will toss one of these foam rings…

(hold up a foam ring)

…and try to get it to land on one of the antlers. Each kid will get one throw and then go to the back of the line and let the next kid make their toss.

Each Game Group will get 10 tosses total, and at the end of each round we’ll tally up which Game Group got the most points. Then, we’ll swap out the kid that’s the reindeer, bring all of the rings back to the front of the line, and then play again. Motion, form your Game Groups, or groups of 10, and let’s play, Reindeer Games!”

Game – Reindeer Games

252 Movie Intro

“Great job during the game, Motion! Now just a reminder, as if you need a reminder, next week is Christmas! Make sure you invite your friends and family with you next week as we celebrate the most amazing time of the year!

As your parents begin to arrive, let’s take another look at today’s Bible story. Check out the screen!”

252 Movie

Dismissal


Quest eGroup :: Week of December 16

Special Delivery

Main Point: The Angels Tell About Jesus
Bible Story: The Shepherds
Bible Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Memory Verse: 
God (point arms straight up) has given (extend hands forward) a son (pretend to rock a baby) to us.” (point thumbs to chest) – Isaiah 9:6, NCV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

MINI COLORING PAGES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, mini coloring pages (set of 36)

What you do: Shuffle the stack of mini coloring pages. Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child three mini coloring pages.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to color their mini coloring pages. As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their coloring sheets. Use the coloring sheets as game pieces for the “Kid Connect: Special Delivery” activity below.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: game pieces (mini coloring pages from previous activity), giant game board (1), large foam die (1), instruction card

What you do: Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Make sure each child has three mini coloring pages with the child’s name on them — these will become the game pieces for this activity.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to get all three of their game pieces on the game board. When you roll the die, you will read one of the descriptions for that number from the instruction card, explaining which children can lay one of their game pieces on the game board. To lay a piece down, children should call out the name of the object on one of their game pieces and then lay the game piece down on a square on the game board with the same picture. If a child forgets to say the name of the object on their game piece before laying it down, they must take the game piece back. The first child to get all three of their game pieces on the game board wins!

Each time the same number is rolled twice in a row, shout, “SPECIAL DELIVERY!” and deliver each of the children’s game pieces back to them, clearing all pieces off the board.

If both spots featuring an object are already covered, a child can lay their game piece on top of the previous one by calling out the name of the object two times. If they forget to say the name of the object two times, they must take their game piece back.

BETHLEHEM IN ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Christmas animal stickers

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “The story of Jesus’ birth is one of the most wonderful stories in the Bible! It would have been so exciting to be there in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. We’re going to play a game where we act out some of the things that might have happened the night Jesus was born!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will say the phrase, “I have a special delivery!” and then ask children to act out something that might have happened when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Tell children you will deliver a special Christmas Quest animal sticker to the child who does the best job acting out each action! If children complete an action when you didn’t start with, “I have a special delivery!” they will have to sit down for the next action.

For each action, give a sticker to the child who does the best job acting out that action. (If two children do equally well, it’s ok to give a sticker to each one!) After reading an instruction without the phrase, “I have a special delivery,” encourage any children who did the action to sit down, then re-read the same action beginning with the phrase, “I have a special delivery!”

What you say:

  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem on its back?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a cow in the stable?”
  • “Who can act like a little baby lying in a manger?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like Joseph holding baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a horse in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like an angel flying high in the sky?”
  • “Who can act like a sheep playing in a field?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a shepherd who was afraid when he heard the angels singing in the sky?”
  • “Who can act like a twinkling star, leading people to baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a wise man bringing a gift to baby Jesus?”

Get To Know You

Once the Worship Experience Begins

SETTING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: stable mat, nativity cards (12)

What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the stable mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the nativity cards around (but not on) the table mat.

What you say: “This month we’re celebrating the birth of the most important person who ever lived on earth! Do you know who I’m talking about? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right; we’re celebrating Jesus’ birthday! Before we get started, let’s set up our nativity scene to help us remember what it looked like when Jesus was born while we get to know each other better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the nativity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the nativity card where he/she thinks it belongs on the stable mat.

After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:

  1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules) 
  2. Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)

If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about the most special Christmas ever!”

Bible Connect

THE SHEPHERDS | LUKE 2:8-20

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: The Beginner’s Bible, Bible story stickers

What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 277-281 in the Beginner’s Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

  1. “Who were watching the sheep in the fields?” (the shepherds)
  2. “Who showed up in the fields with God’s light shining all around?” (an angel)
  3. “Did the angel want the shepherds to be afraid or not afraid?”
    (not afraid)
  4. “Did the angel have good news or bad news?”(good news)
  5. “Where did the angel tell the shepherds the Savior had been born?”(in Bethlehem)
  6. “Did a choir of angels or another flock of sheep show up to sing praises to God?” (a choir of angels)
  7. “Did the shepherds stay with their sheep or rush to Bethlehem?” (They rushed to Bethlehem.)
  8. “Did the shepherds find baby Jesus?” (yes)
  9. “Did the shepherds tell everyone about baby Jesus or did they keep Him a secret?” (They told everyone about baby Jesus.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I’m so glad the angels told the shepherds about Jesus. God sent Jesus because He loved those shepherds, and He sent Jesus because He loves you and me, too! How do we know God loves us?” (God gave us Jesus.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God gave us the greatest gift ever — Jesus!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.

What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”

  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like the angels singing!”
  • “Say the verse in a crying voice, like a little baby!”
  • “Say the verse in a silly sheep voice!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! We know God loves us because He gave us Jesus!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

VERSE DELIVERY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: special delivery envelopes

What you do: Seat children in a circle.

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God gave us the greatest gift ever — Jesus! To practice our verse, we’re going to pass a special delivery envelope around our circle while I say our special delivery chant. If you’re holding the envelope when I finish the chant, you can choose a friend in our eGroup to deliver the envelope to, and then the two of you can say the memory verse together!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to pass the envelope around the circle while you say the special delivery chant (to the tune of “Eeny-meeney-miney-mo”): “It’s a special delivery, yes it’s true! God gave His Son to me and you! I’m excited and you are, too, because God gave His Son to me and you!” When the chant is over, ask the child holding the envelope to deliver it to a friend, then encourage the two of them to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! We know God loves us because He gave us Jesus!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

You Connect

WE CAN TELL

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: matching cards (16)

What you do: Spread the matching cards on the floor by laying the cards face-down in a 4×4 grid.

What you say: “Just like the angels told the shepherds about Jesus, we can tell people about Jesus, too! Let’s play a game to help us think about some of the people we can tell and how we can tell them.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will take turns turning over two cards. If the two cards match, read the prompt below that corresponds to the matching cards. The child can hold onto the two cards until the end of the game. If the two cards do not match, the child will return them to the same spots, face-down.

eGL Tip: As you discuss different people children can tell and the ways they can tell them, encourage older children to name a specific people they could invite, call, etc.

What you say: (As a match is found, read the prompt below for that match.)

  • QUEST CHRISTMAS INVITE: One way to tell someone about Jesus is to invite them to come to church with you. Last week you got an invitation that looks like this to our special “Happy Birthday Jesus Party!” Just like we invited you to our party, you can invite a friend to come with you. If you can invite someone to come to church with you, give me two thumbs up! (Encourage children to give two thumbs up.)
  • KIDS ON SWINGS: You can tell your neighbors about Jesus while you play together. If you can think of a neighbor you can tell about Jesus, give a friend beside you a hug! (Encourage children to give hugs.)
  • PHONE: You can tell a friend or family member about Jesus by calling them on a phone. If someone in your family has a phone you could use to tell people about Jesus, pull on your ears gently! (Encourage children to pull on their ears.)
  • KIDS HIGH-FIVING: Whether you’re at home, school, or anywhere else, you can tell all your friends about Jesus. If you can think of a friend you can tell about Jesus, give the friend beside you a high-five! (Encourage children to give high-fives.)
  • FAMILY: Many of you will be spending time with lots of different people in your family over the next few weeks. If there is someone in your family you can tell about Jesus, wave your arms in the air! (Encourage children to wave their arms.)
  • WAITER: You meet people you can tell about Jesus all the time, like the waiter at a restaurant or the cashier at the grocery store. If you can tell new people you meet about Jesus, pat your knees! (Encourage children to pat their knees.)
  • SHEEP (2 pairs): Just like the shepherds, we can tell everyone the good news that God gave us Jesus. Let’s all stand up and yell, “God gave us Jesus!”
    (Encourage children to stand and yell together.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Since Jesus is the greatest gift ever, we should tell everyone we know about Him! God gave Jesus for all of us, so He wants everyone to know about His great gift. How do we know God loves us?” (God gave us Jesus.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned about when the angels told the shepherds about Jesus!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.

What you say: “When the angels told the shepherds the good news that God gave us Jesus, the shepherds ran to see baby Jesus. Then they ran to tell everyone else the good news! Now that we know the good news that God gave us Jesus, who can we run and tell? When I say your name, tell me one person you can tell the good news that God gave us Jesus. (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

There are so many people we can share the good news with! Let’s pray together now and ask God to help us tell them. Dear God, we have the best news ever to tell people. Please help (name each child) tell (read the list the children made) the good news that God gave us Jesus. We want everyone to know You love us so much that You gave us Your Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!

Today’s main point card says, ‘The angels tell about Jesus.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned the angels told about Jesus!

What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

MAIN POINT MIRRORING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Spread children around the eGroup space.

What you say: “For this game, you’ll need to REALLY concentrate. I want you to do exactly what I do and say exactly what I say. You’ll be like little mirrors of me while we practice our main point, “The angels tell about Jesus.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will strike a pose or say an action while saying today’s main point: “The angels tell about Jesus.” Children should repeat the main point while doing the exact same pose or action. After a few rounds, children who have done a great job mirroring your actions can have the opportunity to be the leader and make up poses or actions for the rest of the group!

Poses or actions could include:

  • cupping your hands around either side of your mouth like you’re shouting
  • standing with your feet spread apart and both hands in the air
  • running in place
  • rocking a baby
  • stomping your feet
  • jumping up and down
  • standing with your fists on your hips
  • doing a silly dance
  • standing on one leg with one arm up in the air
  • hopping on one foot
  • spinning in a circle
  • standing very still so only your mouth is moving
  • holding your thumb and pinkie to your face like a telephone
  • waving your arms over your head
  • clapping your hands as you say each word

Dismissal

BETHLEHEM IN ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Christmas animal stickers

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “The story of Jesus’ birth is one of the most wonderful stories in the Bible! It would have been so exciting to be there in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. We’re going to play a game where we act out some of the things that may have been happening the night Jesus was born!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will say the phrase, “I have a special delivery!” and then ask children to act out something that might have been happening when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. If children complete an action when you didn’t start with, “I have a special delivery!” they will have to sit down for the next instruction.

After each instruction, deliver a special high-five to the child who did the best job completing the action! After reading an instruction without the phrase, “I have a special delivery,” encourage any children who did the action to sit down, then re-read the same action beginning with the phrase, “I have a special delivery!”

What you say:

  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem on its back?”
  • “Who can act like a cow in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a little baby lying in a manger?”
  • “Who can act like Joseph holding baby Jesus?”
  • “Who can act like a horse in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like an angel flying high in the sky?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a sheep playing in a field?”
  • “Who can act like a shepherd who was afraid when he heard the angels singing in the sky?”
  • “I have a special delivery!Who can act like a twinkling star, leading people to baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a wise man bringing a gift to baby Jesus?”

Motion eGroup :: Week of December 16

The Big Give

Main Idea: Look For Creative Ways To Give.
Bible Story: Be Rich
Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 6:18
Memory Verse: 
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.”
– 
1 Timothy 6:18, NIV

Kid Connect

THE BIG RACE

WHAT YOU NEED: giant game board, Christmas game pieces (16), game cards (32), die (1), green cards (12), yellow cards (12)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
  • What’s something cool that happened this week?
  • What was the best part of your week?
  • Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
  • What are you looking forward to next week?

Once you have five to six kids begin “The Big Race.”

  • Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Give each kid a Christmas game piece and tell them to place their game piece on any one of the starting spaces (a space with a Motion gear on it).
  • Shuffle the game cards. Give one game card to each kid.
  • Kids may not switch starting spaces after game cards have been given.
  • Explain the game cards feature something they might see around Elevation. Kids will race to get to the spot on the game board showing the same Elevation icon as the one on their game card. The first kid to reach the space with their Elevation icon wins!
  • Roll the die. All kids will move that many spaces on the game board from their starting space toward the Elevation icon shown on their game card.
  • Kids may move horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  • Kids may only enter an icon space through the semi-circle entry points. Kids are allowed to use one move to enter an icon space through one door and another move to exit the icon space through the other door.
  • If kids land on a green space, they can choose if they want to take a green card. Green cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a bonus for another player.
  • If kids land on a yellow space, they can choose if they want to take a yellow card. Yellow cards could be a bonus for themselves OR a penalty for themselves.
  • Repeat until one kid reaches the icon shown on their game card. This kid is the winner!
  • Play again if time allows.

Bible Connect

BIBLE STORY CONCENTRATION

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story card (1), concentration cards (16), question card (1)

WHAT YOU 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!

We’re in series called The Big Give where we’re learning about being generous. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read about how the Bible says to be rich in generosity.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to   1 Timothy 6:18. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
  • Read 1 Timothy 6:18 aloud from an NIV Bible, then use the Bible story card to read the verse aloud from other versions. Explain to kids these are all the same verse, but they use different words to explain the same meaning.
  • Divide the group into four teams.
  • While laying out the concentration cards face-down in a 4×4 grid on the floor, explain kids will have to find the answers to Bible story questions on the concentration cards.
  • After hearing a question, teams will take turns turning over one concentration card and reading it aloud to the group.
  • If the card they turn over answers the question correctly, they can keep the card. If not, they will turn it back face-down in the same place they found it.
  • Remind kids to pay close attention to the cards other teams turn over so they can remember where those answers are later when they need them!
  • Read the first question aloud. Tell the first team to turn over one of the concentration cards and read the answer aloud. If it answers the question correctly, the team can keep it. If it doesn’t, they should put it back where they found it and let the next team turn over a concentration card. Repeat until the correct answer is found.
  • Repeat for each of the remaining questions. The team with the most cards after all questions have been answered wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Being generous is not trying to get everyone the fanciest gift. It’s about following God’s instruction to love one another. He asks us to be rich in doing good things for others. You could do your siblings chores or let someone ahead of you in line. When you are generous you can look for creative ways to give!”

You Connect

I CAN USE THAT

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (12), gift bag (1)

WHAT YOU DO:

    • Place the activity cards in the gift bag.
    • Pass around the gift bag and have kids choose an activity card from the bag without looking.
    • When each kid has picked something, go around the eGroup and engage kids in a conversation about the items chosen and how they could be used to help others.
      • Example: A marker could be used to draw someone a picture or write them a nice note.
      • Example: A bottle of water or shampoo could be given to a homeless person to stay hydrated or feel clean.
      • Example: A bookmark could be used in a book that’s read to a little kid or an elderly person.

WHAT YOU SAY:

“The items in these bags are pretty simple, and you probably see them around your house and don’t think much of them. But if you look for creative ways to give, you can use just about anything to bless someone else. You can give by helping others, you can give by spending time with others, and you can give by using your talents for others. God has given you so many ways you can give. Looking for creative ways to give shows us how to help others and show them God’s love just as He tells us to do in 1 Timothy 6:18.”

Discussion Questions:

  • According to God, in 1 Timothy 6:18, what makes a person rich?
  • What are ways you can be generous?
  • What gets in the way of being generous?
  • If you don’t have a way to buy things for others, can you still be generous? How?

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned to look for creative ways to give. When you choose to seek out opportunities to be generous, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one creative way you will give this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray that God will help you as you are generous!”

WHAT YOU DO:

Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“God, today we talked about how You want us to be rich. Not rich in money and stuff we own, but rich in doing good things for You. Give us eyes to see opportunities to be generous and hearts that are willing to share what we have. We need Your help to think of creative ways to give. Thank You for the wonderful gift You gave us when You sent Your Son Jesus. Remind us to focus on Jesus, on loving You, and loving others. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Bible Connect

Head to Large Group after this activity!

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, verse cards (4 sets of 20), verse mats (4), command card (1), clothespins (20), gift bows (4)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:18, tells us we should be generous in the way we act and give to others. We serve a generous God, and it gives Him joy when we choose to be generous toward others!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18
  • Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
  • Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
  • Choose a memory verse activity: “Put a Bow on It” or “Verse Practice.”

PUT A BOW ON IT

  • Split kids into four teams.
  • Give each team a verse mat. Explain kids will compete to be the first team to clip all five bows on their mat.
  • Give each team a set of word cards, face down, and tell teams to shuffle their word cards well. Once all teams are done shuffling, tell teams to turn their cards over and put them in order on the verse mat as fast as they can.
  • Use clothespins to clip over two bows on the fastest team’s verse mat.
  • Give each team a gift bow.
  • Read the instructions on the command card one at a time, encouraging kids to put a bow on the word you describe. Use a clothespin to clip over one bow on their verse mat each time a team finishes the task first.
  • The first team to get all five bows clipped wins!

VERSE PRACTICE

  • Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
    • REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases of the verse after you.
    • PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
    • MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.

Quest Large Group :: Week of December 16

Special Delivery

Main Point: The Angels Tell About Jesus
Bible Story: The Shepherds
Bible Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Memory Verse: 
God (point arms straight up) has given (extend hands forward) a son (pretend to rock a baby) to us.” (point thumbs to chest) – Isaiah 9:6, NCV (open hands like a book)

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello friends! Welcome to Quest and as you can see around me, it’s almost time for a Special Delivery! I’m so excited because Christmas is the time of year that God sent us Jesus, which is the most special delivery of all!”

STORYTELLER: “Whenever I ask you this very important question, ‘How do we know God loves us?’ I want you to say, ‘God gave us Jesus!’ Let’s try it. ‘How do we know God loves us?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God gave us Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! Now it’s time for us to sing, dance, and thank God for sending us Jesus. Stand up and sing with me, friends!”

SONG: “Special Delivery”

Lead children in singing, “Special Delivery” with the hand motions.

SONG: “Away In A Manger”

Lead children in singing, “Away In A Manger” with the hand motions.

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘How do we know God loves us?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God gave us Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! The Bible tells us God sent His son, Jesus. Let’s learn our memory verse this month so that we can remember what God has done. I’ll say the memory verse first, and then we’ll all say it together.

STORYTELLER: “‘God (point arms straight up) has given (extend hands forward) a son (pretend to rock a baby) to us.’ (point thumbs to chest) Isaiah 9:6” (open hands like a book)

STORYTELLER AND CHILDREN: “‘God (point arms straight up) has given (extend hands forward) a son (pretend to rock a baby) to us.’ (point thumbs to chest) Isaiah 9:6” (open hands like a book)

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! We’re going to say it again, but instead of saying it like normal, we’re going to pretend we’re sheep! That means we’re going to have to BAAAAAAA.

Now let’s say it together, just like sheep!”

STORYTELLER AND CHILDREN: “‘God (point arms straight up) has given (extend hands forward) a son (pretend to rock a baby) to us.’ (point thumbs to chest) Isaiah 9:6” (open hands like a book)

Say the memory verse with the kids while bleating like a sheep.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Let’s say it one more time, ‘How do we know God loves us?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God gave us Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! Now why did I have you say the memory verse like a sheep? That’s because today’s Bible Story is about a special group of people who took care of some sheep out in the fields on the night Jesus was born. Let’s check in with the Wonder! Clubhouse and find out more!”

VIDEO: “SDEL_LG_WK3”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Friends, I am so excited that the Angels told the shepherds that Jesus was born! It’s important because that means God’s gift of Jesus wasn’t just for Kings, Queens, or heroes. God sent His son Jesus for everybody, including you and me! It’s the most special delivery of all!

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘How do we know God loves us?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God gave us Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. God sent the angels to tell the shepherds that Jesus was born, and that He came for everybody. Let’s all bow our heads and pray as we thank God for that special delivery!”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for sending us Your son, Jesus, for all of us, including the shepherds in the fields. We love you and thank you. Amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! Before you leave today, I’ve been given a special delivery that will help you learn more about God’s great gift. Let me hand each of your leaders this special delivery and then I’ll send you back to

your eGroup.

Hand each eGroup leader their special delivery envelope

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”

STORYTELLER: “Now it’s time to head back to our eGroups!”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Purple Parrot) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Teal Tiger) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: White Warthog) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.


Quest eGroup :: Week of December 9

Special Delivery

Main Point: Jesus is born.
Bible Story: Jesus is born
Bible Passage: Luke 2:1-7
Memory Verse: 
God (point arms straight up) has given (extend hands forward) a son (pretend to rock a baby) to us.” (point thumbs to chest) – Isaiah 9:6, NCV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

MINI COLORING PAGES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, mini coloring pages (set of 36)

What you do: Shuffle the stack of mini coloring pages. Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child three mini coloring pages.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to color their mini coloring pages. As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their coloring sheets. Use the coloring sheets as game pieces for the “Kid Connect: Special Delivery” activity below.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: game pieces (mini coloring pages from previous activity), giant game board (1), large foam die (1), instruction card

What you do: Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Make sure each child has three mini coloring pages with the child’s name on them — these will become the game pieces for this activity.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to get all three of their game pieces on the game board. When you roll the die, you will read one of the descriptions for that number from the instruction card, explaining which children can lay one of their game pieces on the game board. To lay a piece down, children should call out the name of the object on one of their game pieces and then lay the game piece down on a square on the game board with the same picture. If a child forgets to say the name of the object on their game piece before laying it down, they must take the game piece back. The first child to get all three of their game pieces on the game board wins!

Each time the same number is rolled twice in a row, shout, “SPECIAL DELIVERY!” and deliver each of the children’s game pieces back to them, clearing all pieces off the board.

If both spots featuring an object are already covered, a child can lay their game piece on top of the previous one by calling out the name of the object two times. If they forget to say the name of the object two times, they must take their game piece back.

BETHLEHEM IN ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Christmas animal stickers

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “The story of Jesus’ birth is one of the most wonderful stories in the Bible! It would have been so exciting to be there in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. We’re going to play a game where we act out some of the things that might have happened the night Jesus was born!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will say the phrase, “I have a special delivery!” and then ask children to act out something that might have happened when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Tell children you will deliver a special Christmas Quest animal sticker to the child who does the best job acting out each action! If children complete an action when you didn’t start with, “I have a special delivery!” they will have to sit down for the next action.

For each action, give a sticker to the child who does the best job acting out that action. (If two children do equally well, it’s ok to give a sticker to each one!) After reading an instruction without the phrase, “I have a special delivery,” encourage any children who did the action to sit down, then re-read the same action beginning with the phrase, “I have a special delivery!”

What you say:

  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem on its back?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a cow in the stable?”
  • “Who can act like a little baby lying in a manger?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like Joseph holding baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a horse in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like an angel flying high in the sky?”
  • “Who can act like a sheep playing in a field?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a shepherd who was afraid when he heard the angels singing in the sky?”
  • “Who can act like a twinkling star, leading people to baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a wise man bringing a gift to baby Jesus?”

Get to Know You

Once the Worship Experience begins

Bible Connect

JESUS IS BORN | LUKE 2:1-7

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: The Beginner’s Bible, Bible story stickers

What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 271-276 in the Beginner’s Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

  1. “Who was Mary going to marry?” (Joseph)
  2. “Where did Joseph’s family live?” (Bethlehem)
  3. “Who was the leader who told people to go back to their homeland?”
    (Caesar)
  4. “Was there an inn for Mary and Joseph to stay in when they got to Bethlehem or were they all full?”(They were all full.)
  5. “Where did they end up staying?” (in a stable)
  6. “Who was born in that stable?” (Jesus)
  7. “What did Mary lay Jesus in?” (a manger)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Mary and Joseph found a stable to sleep in, but in that stable full of hay and animals, something amazing happened! God sent His Son, Jesus, to be born there. God loved us so much that He gave us His Son! How do we know God loves us?” (God gave us Jesus.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God gave us the greatest gift ever — Jesus!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.

What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”

  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like the angels singing!”
  • “Say the verse in a crying voice, like a little baby!”
  • “Say the verse in a silly sheep voice!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! We know God loves us because He gave us Jesus!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

VERSE DELIVERY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: special delivery envelopes

What you do: Seat children in a circle.

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God gave us the greatest gift ever — Jesus! To practice our verse, we’re going to pass a special delivery envelope around our circle while I say our special delivery chant. If you’re holding the envelope when I finish the chant, you can choose a friend in our eGroup to deliver the envelope to, and then the two of you can say the memory verse together!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to pass the envelope around the circle while you say the special delivery chant (to the tune of “Eeny-meeney-miney-mo”): “It’s a special delivery, yes it’s true! God gave His Son to me and you! I’m excited and you are, too, because God gave His Son to me and you!” When the chant is over, ask the child holding the envelope to deliver it to a friend, then encourage the two of them to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! We know God loves us because He gave us Jesus!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

You Connect

WHICH GIFT IS GREATER?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: gift cards (10), Baby Jesus card (1)

What you say: “As Christmas gets closer, we spend a lot of time thinking about the gifts we want to get. But sometimes we forget we already have the greatest gift — Jesus! Let’s play a game to help us remember the greatest gift we can ever get!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children the Baby Jesus card. Explain you will hide the Baby Jesus card under one of the gift cards and children will take turns guessing which gift card Baby Jesus is hidden behind.

Ask children to spin around in their spot to face outside the circle and then close their eyes. Hide the Baby Jesus card under one of the gift cards. Tell children to open their eyes and turn around, then ask a child to guess which gift Baby Jesus is hiding behind. Pick up the gift card the child chooses.

If the child guessed correctly, ask the children to share what they see on the back of the gift card. Hold up the gift card and say, “[item on gift card] would be a great gift, but who is the greatest gift ever? (Pause for children to respond as you hold up the Baby Jesus card.) Jesus!”

If the child guessed incorrectly, ask the next child to guess. Once a gift card has been discussed, set the card aside. Continue until all gift cards have been discussed.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Some of the gifts on those gift cards looked pretty awesome, but they’ll never be as amazing as having Jesus be our best friend forever! How do we know God loves us?” (God gave us Jesus.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned Jesus is born. Jesus is the greatest gift ever!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.

What you say: “When someone gives us a gift, what should we say? (Pause.) That’s right, we say thank you! I’m going to say your name and write it in my journal. When you hear your name, I want you to say, ‘Thank You, God, for giving me Jesus!” (Write each child’s name in the journal as you say it aloud and encourage children to say thank you to God.)

Let’s pray together and thank Him now! Dear God, we want to tell You thank You for Jesus. Thank You for loving us so much that You gave us Jesus to be our friend forever. Jesus is the best gift! I pray that (name each child) will always remember that Christmas is about celebrating when You gave us Jesus because You love us. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!

Today’s main point card says, ‘Jesus is born.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned Jesus is born!

What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

MAIN POINT MIRRORING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Spread children around the eGroup space.

What you say: “For this game, you’ll need to REALLY concentrate. I want you to do exactly what I do and say exactly what I say. You’ll be like little mirrors of me while we practice our main point, “Jesus is born.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will strike a pose or say an action while saying today’s main point: “Jesus is born.” Children should repeat the main point while doing the exact same pose or action. After a few rounds, children who have done a great job mirroring your actions can have the opportunity to be the leader and make up poses or actions for the rest of the group!

Poses or actions could include:

  • cupping your hands around either side of your mouth like you’re shouting
  • standing with your feet spread apart and both hands in the air
  • running in place
  • rocking a baby
  • stomping your feet
  • jumping up and down
  • standing with your fists on your hips
  • doing a silly dance
  • standing on one leg with one arm up in the air
  • hopping on one foot
  • spinning in a circle
  • standing very still so only your mouth is moving
  • holding your thumb and pinkie to your face like a telephone
  • waving your arms over your head
  • clapping your hands as you say each word

Dismissal

BETHLEHEM IN ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Christmas animal stickers

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “The story of Jesus’ birth is one of the most wonderful stories in the Bible! It would have been so exciting to be there in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. We’re going to play a game where we act out some of the things that may have been happening the night Jesus was born!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will say the phrase, “I have a special delivery!” and then ask children to act out something that might have been happening when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. If children complete an action when you didn’t start with, “I have a special delivery!” they will have to sit down for the next instruction.

After each instruction, deliver a special high-five to the child who did the best job completing the action! After reading an instruction without the phrase, “I have a special delivery,” encourage any children who did the action to sit down, then re-read the same action beginning with the phrase, “I have a special delivery!”

What you say:

  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem on its back?”
  • “Who can act like a cow in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a little baby lying in a manger?”
  • “Who can act like Joseph holding baby Jesus?”
  • “Who can act like a horse in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like an angel flying high in the sky?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a sheep playing in a field?”
  • “Who can act like a shepherd who was afraid when he heard the angels singing in the sky?”
  • “I have a special delivery!Who can act like a twinkling star, leading people to baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a wise man bringing a gift to baby Jesus?”