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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?”

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?”

Quest eGroup:: Week of December 2

Special Delivery

Main Point: God told us He would give us Jesus
Bible Story: The Angel and Mary
Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46-49
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 ANGEL AND MARY | LUKE 1:26-33, 38, 46-49

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 266-270 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 did God send the angel, Gabriel, to visit?” (Mary)
  2. “Was Mary sad or afraid when she saw the angel?” (afraid)
  3. “Did the angel tell Mary she was going to have a baby or a surprise party?”(a baby)
  4. “What did the angel tell Mary to name the baby?”(Jesus)
  5. “Was Mary surprised or mad she was going to have a baby?” (surprised)
  6. “The angel said all things are possible with who?” (God)
  7. “Did Mary say she would have the baby?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God sent the angel to Mary with BIG news! Can anyone tell me what the news was? (Pause.) Mary would have a baby and his name would be what? (Pause.) Yes! Jesus! God told us He would give us Jesus. What a special gift. 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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

You Connect

THE GREATEST GIFT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: postcards (1 per child), crayons

What you say: “In our Bible story today, the angel delivered a very special message from God. He told Mary God was going to send His Son, Jesus. God told us He would give us Jesus, and we can tell others the good news, too!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Give each child a postcard and set the crayons in the center of the eGroup. Explain children will color their postcards to make them look extra special, and then after they leave children can mail their postcards to someone who needs to know about Jesus’ special birthday.

As children color, encourage them to share ideas about who they could send their postcards to. Offer suggestions as needed: a grandparent, an aunt/uncle, a friend, a neighbor, or a teacher.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “WOW! Your postcards look amazing! I cannot wait for you to mail them. It is so much fun to give things to people who are special to us. And we are so special to God that He gave us JESUS! How do we know God loves us?” (God gave us Jesus.)

What you do: Set the postcards aside until children are dismissed. Make sure each child takes their postcard home with them!

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 God told us He would give us Jesus. Jesus was 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: “Since gifts are a big deal at Christmas, today we’re going to make a list of gifts we want for Christmas. When I say your name, tell me one gift you want for Christmas.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Do you know that even though all of these gifts would be super cool, Jesus is the most special gift anyone will ever give us? It’s true! God gave us Jesus to be our friend forever, because He loves us. So no matter what gifts you get for Christmas, God has already given you the BEST gift. God gave YOU Jesus!

Let’s pray together and thank Him now! Dear God, thank You for giving us Jesus, the most special gift ever! Things like (read the list the children made) would be great, but we know You’ve already given us the best gift we could ever get. 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, ‘God told us He would give us 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 God told us He would give us 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, “God told us He would give us Jesus.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will strike a pose or say an action while saying today’s main point: “God told us He would give us 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?”

Quest eGroup :: Week of November 25

Recipe for Thanks

Main Point: I am thankful God gives me what I need.
Bible Story: The Lord is my Shepherd
Bible Passage:
Psalm 23
Memory Verse:
I will give thanks (thumbs to chest)
to the Lord (point both fingers up)
with my whole heart.” (hands over heart)
Psalm 111:1, ESV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, bingo board coloring page set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a bingo board coloring page from the set.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to color their bingo board coloring page. 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: Use the coloring sheets as game boards for the “Kid Connect: Quest Animal Bingo” activity below.

QUEST ANIMAL BINGO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: bingo board coloring sheets (from previous activity), Quest playing cards (1 set), bingo chips (180)

What you do: Shuffle the playing cards. Encourage each child to lay their coloring sheet flat on the floor with the bingo board facing up. Give each child a handful of bingo chips.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to get bingo by covering the Quest animals on their bingo boards as you call out the animals’ names. The group can play multiple rounds of bingo by encouraging children to compete for the following variations of bingo:

  • three in a row
  • ‘X’ (two diagonals)
  • border (eight spaces around the edges)
  • full board

Turn over a Quest animal playing card and call out the name of the Quest animal shown on the card. Any child with that animal on their bingo board can put a bingo chip on top of the animal. If an Ollie card is turned over, tell children Ollie flew away with one of their bingo chips and tell each child to take one bingo chip off their bingo board. When a child gets bingo, encourage them to yell, “Bingo!”

FOLLOW THE RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and make a large circle around the edge of the eGroup space.

What you say: “When you’re cooking or baking it is very important to follow the recipe EXACTLY as it’s written. Since our series is called Recipe for Thanks, I need all you little chefs to help me follow this recipe to make Thankful Soup. We need to be sure to follow the directions carefully!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will give instructions for children to follow and they will need to follow them exactly as you say. If you catch a kid who isn’t following the directions correctly, they’ll have to sit down in their spot until you tell the other chefs to sample the soup. When you give the instruction, “Sample the soup,” all children should pretend to take a bite of the soup, and any children sitting down may stand and rejoin the game.

What you say: “Here we go, chefs! Listen carefully!”

  • “Pull your special pretend chef apron over your head and tie it behind your back!”
  • “Put on your chef hat and tip it over to one side of your head!”
  • “Raise one hand high in the air and then use that hand to pick up a pretend wooden spoon from behind you!”
  • “Twirl around two times, then tuck your wooden spoon in the front pocket of your pretend apron!”
  • “Use only one hand to pick up a heavy basket of pretend vegetables and dump them into our Thankful Soup pot!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Stand on one foot while you stir the Thankful Soup pot three times!”
  • “Do a karate chop with a pretend safety knife and then use it to chop some pretend chicken for the soup!”
  • “Pick up the chicken and jump three times before you dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Pick up a pretend container of seasoning and shake it as hard as you can into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Think of your very favorite food, yell out what it is for the whole group to hear, and then dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Wave your wooden spoon in the air, then use it to take a giant, slurpy bite of our delicious Thankful Soup!”

Get to Know You

Once the Worship Experience begins

SETTING THE TABLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: table mat, tabletop cards (12)

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

What you say: “This month we’ve been learning about some of the many reasons we can say thank you to God. Everything we have comes from God, and He loves to give us good things, so we have a lot of reasons to be thankful! Before we talk about something special we can thank God for, let’s set the table to get our eGroup ready for the day and 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 tabletop cards. Read the question on the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the tabletop card where he/she thinks it belongs on the table 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 that helps us learn to tell God thank you!”

Bible Connect

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD | PSALM 23

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 p.190-193 of 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: “Today we read a song King David wrote to thank God. Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

  1. “Who did King David say was his Shepherd?” (the Lord)
  2. “Did David say God gave him everything he needed or just some of what he needed?” (everything)
  3. “Did David say God gave him new shoes or new strength?” (new strength)
  4. “Who was with David to make him brave and comfort him?”(God)
  5. “David said God prepared a feast for him right in front of his ______.”
    (enemies)
  6. “Did David say God’s goodness and love would follow him for all the days of his life or for a few days?” (for all the days of his life)
  7. “Where did David say he would live forever?” (in the house of the Lord)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Our Bible story tells us God is like a shepherd who gives us everything we need. He gives us the Bible, He tells us how to talk to Him through prayer, He gives us family to helps us, and He gives us food and water to eat and drink. We should always be thankful to God for giving us what we need. Who can you thank for everything?” (I can thank God for everything.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells we can thank God. He has given us everything!”

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 voice as sweet as a marshmallow!”
  • “Say the verse in a voice as deep as a deep-dish pizza!”
  • “Say the verse in a voice as jiggly as a bowl of jello!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can give thanks to God with our whole hearts because He loves to give us everything we need!”

What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse 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.

SLEEPY CHEF VERSE PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you do: Spread children around the eGroup space so they have room to lie down.

What you say: “All right chefs, we’re going to pretend you’re all exhausted and ready to nap after cooking a big meal. But when I say, “All chefs report to the kitchen,” you’re all going to race to wake up and start cooking! The last sleepy chef to start cooking needs to be ready to practice the verse.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain they will lie down, close their eyes, and pretend to sleep until you say, “All chefs report to the kitchen!” When they hear you say that, they should jump up and pretend to cook their favorite food. The last chef to wake up and begin pretending to cook will choose another chef to say the verse with them. After they’ve said the verse, all the chefs can go back to sleep. Repeat the process until most children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, chefs! We can give thanks to God with our whole hearts because He loves to give us everything we need!”

What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse 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

THANKFUL MATCH-UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: matching sheets (1 per child), fruit snacks (1 pack per child)

What you say: “We’re going to use a yummy snack from our Quest kitchen to connect the pictures on the left to the pictures on the right. As we do, we’ll talk about some reasons we are thankful God gives us what we need!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children how they will place fruit snacks along the lines to connect the pictures on the left to the pictures on the right. As children place the fruit snacks on their matching sheets, read the corresponding scenario below for each pair of pictures, and encourage children to respond. Remind children not to eat any of their fruit snacks until after the activity has been completed!

What you say: “Let’s match up these pictures and talk about how they are connected!”

  • FOOD/STRONG CHILD: “We can be thankful God gives us food that helps us grow big and strong. What’s your favorite food? (Encourage children to respond.) Show me your strong, healthy muscles if you’re thankful God gives us food!”
  • CLOTHES/CHILDREN IN SEASONAL CLOTHES: “We can be thankful God gives us the clothes we need for every season. What’s your favorite thing to wear? (Encourage children to respond.) Give me two thumbs up if you’re thankful God gives you clothes to wear all year long!”
  • GIRL WAVING/GIRLS HUGGING: “We can be thankful God gives us friends we can have fun with. What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends? (Encourage children to respond.) Give yourself a big hug if you’re thankful God gives you friends!”
  • HOUSE/STORM: “We can be thankful God gives us homes to keep us safe, warm, and dry. What’s your favorite place to play in your home? (Encourage children to respond.) Pat your head if you’re thankful God has given you a home!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I am so thankful God gives us what we need! He puts wonderful people in our lives and gives them exactly what they need to be able to take care of us. Who can you thank for everything?” (I can thank God for everything.)

What you do: Allow children to eat their snack as you begin the eKidz Journal and Main Point Card activity on the next page.

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, recipe 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 we can be thankful God gives us what we need. Let’s think about some of the things we need so we can thank God for them.

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: “Since we’re talking about how God gives us what we need, let’s make a list of things we need. We can use our list to thank God for giving us everything we need. When I say your name, tell me one thing you need.” (Note: You may need to help the children think about a need versus a want. Needs can include: food, water, family, shelter, clothes, etc. Wants can include: toys, books, candy, television, iPad®, etc. Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, You are a good Father. You give us exactly what we need, just like a shepherd who takes care of His sheep. Thank You for giving us (read the list the children made). I pray that (name each child) will grow up thanking You with their whole heart for the people who help them. Thank You for everything we have. You are the best. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Give each child a recipe card. Encourage children to color the picture by the main point card as you talk. Do not let children tear off the main point card. 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 we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!

This month, your main point cards will be connected to these fun recipe cards, which have great activities you can do with your family! Today’s main point card says, ‘I am thankful God gives me what I need.’ You can color the picture by your main point card now. Leave the main point card on your recipe card for now, but when you get home you can tear it off and attach it to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

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 we can be thankful God gives us what we need!”

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

MAIN POINT MYSTERY RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle.

What you say: “I need every chef to help me with a special mystery recipe! I’m going to tell you how to make today’s special mystery munchie, and you’re going to pretend to do each step of the recipe while I say the main point. Sometimes I’ll say it fast, sometimes I’ll say it slowly, or I might even say it in a silly voice. When I finish saying the main point, we’ll move on to the next ingredient! While we make our mystery munchie, you should listen to the ingredients and see if you can figure out what we’re making before I tell you the last step in the recipe!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that you’ll stop and give children a chance to guess what the mystery recipe is after each step. Children may only guess once though, so remind them to think carefully before they make their guess! Read the following recipe steps and say, “I am thankful God gives me what I need,” as children complete the action. After each step, give children the chance to make a guess.

What you say: “Time to start working on our mystery munchie recipe!”

  • “Here we go, chefs! Pretend to shake a bag of popcorn into your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to shake out popcorn while you say the main point in a SILLY voice.)
  • “Next, put three scoops of crunchy cereal in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in a LOUD voice.)
  • “Okay chefs, put two scoops of marshmallows in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in a SLOW voice.)
  • We need some chocolate, chefs! Put five handfuls of chocolate chips in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to add the chocolate chips while you say the main point in a LOW voice.)
  • “Next, put three big spoons of raisins in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to add raisins while you say the main point in a ROBOT voice.)
  • “Now add two scoops of mini pretzels to your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in a HIGH voice.)
  • “Here’s the last step, chefs! Mix it all up by shaking your bowl as fast as you can while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to shake their bowls while you say the main point in an EXCITED voice.)

“Great job, chefs! I hope you loved making TRAIL MIX while we practiced our main point today!”

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FOLLOW THE RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and make a large circle around the edge of the eGroup space.

What you say: “When you’re cooking or baking it is very important to follow the recipe EXACTLY as it’s written. Since our series is called Recipe for Thanks, I need all you little chefs to help me follow this recipe to make Thankful Soup. We need to be sure to follow the directions carefully!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will give instructions for children to follow and they will need to follow them exactly as you say. If you catch a kid who isn’t following the directions correctly, they’ll have to sit down in their spot until you tell the other chefs to sample the soup. When you give the instruction, “Sample the soup,” all children should pretend to take a bite of the soup, and any children sitting down may stand and rejoin the game.

What you say: “Here we go, chefs! Listen carefully!”

  • “Pull your special pretend chef apron over your head and tie it behind your back!”
  • “Put on your chef hat and tip it over to one side of your head!”
  • “Raise one hand high in the air and then use that hand to pick up a pretend wooden spoon from behind you!”
  • “Twirl around two times, then tuck your wooden spoon in the front pocket of your pretend apron!”
  • “Use only one hand to pick up a heavy basket of pretend vegetables and dump them into our Thankful Soup pot!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Stand on one foot while you stir the Thankful Soup pot three times!”
  • “Do a karate chop with a pretend safety knife and then use it to chop some pretend chicken for the soup!”
  • “Pick up the chicken and jump three times before you dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Pick up a pretend container of seasoning and shake it as hard as you can into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Think of your very favorite food, yell out what it is for the whole group to hear, and then dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Wave your wooden spoon in the air, then use it to take a giant, slurpy bite of our delicious Thankful Soup!”

Quest eGroup :: Week of November 18

Recipe for Thanks

Main Point: I am thankful for people who help me.
Bible Story: Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz
Bible Passage:
Ruth 1-2
Memory Verse:
I will give thanks (thumbs to chest)
to the Lord (point both fingers up)
with my whole heart.” (hands over heart)
Psalm 111:1, ESV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, bingo board coloring page set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a bingo board coloring page from the set.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to color their bingo board coloring page. 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: Use the coloring sheets as game boards for the “Kid Connect: Quest Animal Bingo” activity below.

QUEST ANIMAL BINGO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: bingo board coloring sheets (from previous activity), Quest playing cards (1 set), bingo chips (180)

What you do: Shuffle the playing cards. Encourage each child to lay their coloring sheet flat on the floor with the bingo board facing up. Give each child a handful of bingo chips.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to get bingo by covering the Quest animals on their bingo boards as you call out the animals’ names. The group can play multiple rounds of bingo by encouraging children to compete for the following variations of bingo:

  • three in a row
  • ‘X’ (two diagonals)
  • border (eight spaces around the edges)
  • full board

Turn over a Quest animal playing card and call out the name of the Quest animal shown on the card. Any child with that animal on their bingo board can put a bingo chip on top of the animal. If an Ollie card is turned over, tell children Ollie flew away with one of their bingo chips and tell each child to take one bingo chip off their bingo board. When a child gets bingo, encourage them to yell, “Bingo!”

FOLLOW THE RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and make a large circle around the edge of the eGroup space.

What you say: “When you’re cooking or baking it is very important to follow the recipe EXACTLY as it’s written. Since our series is called Recipe for Thanks, I need all you little chefs to help me follow this recipe to make Thankful Soup. We need to be sure to follow the directions carefully!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will give instructions for children to follow and they will need to follow them exactly as you say. If you catch a kid who isn’t following the directions correctly, they’ll have to sit down in their spot until you tell the other chefs to sample the soup. When you give the instruction, “Sample the soup,” all children should pretend to take a bite of the soup, and any children sitting down may stand and rejoin the game.

What you say: “Here we go, chefs! Listen carefully!”

  • “Pull your special pretend chef apron over your head and tie it behind your back!”
  • “Put on your chef hat and tip it over to one side of your head!”
  • “Raise one hand high in the air and then use that hand to pick up a pretend wooden spoon from behind you!”
  • “Twirl around two times, then tuck your wooden spoon in the front pocket of your pretend apron!”
  • “Use only one hand to pick up a heavy basket of pretend vegetables and dump them into our Thankful Soup pot!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Stand on one foot while you stir the Thankful Soup pot three times!”
  • “Do a karate chop with a pretend safety knife and then use it to chop some pretend chicken for the soup!”
  • “Pick up the chicken and jump three times before you dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Pick up a pretend container of seasoning and shake it as hard as you can into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Think of your very favorite food, yell out what it is for the whole group to hear, and then dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Wave your wooden spoon in the air, then use it to take a giant, slurpy bite of our delicious Thankful Soup!”

Get To Know You

Once the Worship Experience begins

SETTING THE TABLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: table mat, tabletop cards (12)

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

What you say: “This month we’re learning about some of the many reasons we can say thank you to God. Everything we have comes from God, and He loves to give us good things, so we have a lot of reasons to be thankful! Before we talk about something special we can thank God for, let’s set the table to get our eGroup ready for the day and 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 tabletop cards. Read the question on the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the tabletop card where he/she thinks it belongs on the table 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 something special we can be thankful for!”

Bible Connect

RUTH, NAOMI, AND BOAZ | RUTH 1-2

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 p.152-155 of 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. “How many sons did Naomi have?” (two)
  2. “Who married one of Naomi’s sons?” (Ruth)
  3. “What happened to her sons and her husband?” (They died.)
  4. “After Naomi’s son died, did Ruth want to go back to her own family or stay with Naomi?”(stay with Naomi)
  5. “Naomi and Ruth needed food, so what did Ruth gather from the fields each day?”(leftover grain)
  6. “Who helped Ruth by leaving extra grain behind for her to gather?” (Boaz)
  7. “Did Ruth and Boaz get married or become neighbors?” (They got married.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Ruth and Naomi were so hungry, and they needed help! God sends people to help us just like he sent Boaz to help Ruth and Naomi. We can thank God for people who help us. Who can you thank for everything?” (I can thank God for everything.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells we can thank God. He has given us everything!”

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 voice as sweet as a marshmallow!”
  • “Say the verse in a voice as deep as a deep-dish pizza!”
  • “Say the verse in a voice as jiggly as a bowl of jello!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can give thanks to God with our whole hearts because He loves to give us everything we need!”

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.

SLEEPY CHEF VERSE PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you do: Spread children around the eGroup space so they have room to lie down.

What you say: “All right chefs, we’re going to pretend you’re all exhausted and ready to nap after cooking a big meal. But when I say, “All chefs report to the kitchen,” you’re all going to race to wake up and start cooking! The last sleepy chef to start cooking needs to be ready to practice the verse.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain they will lie down, close their eyes, and pretend to sleep until you say, “All chefs report to the kitchen!” When they hear you say that, they should jump up and pretend to cook their favorite food. The last chef to wake up and begin pretending to cook will choose another chef to say the verse with them. After they’ve said the verse, all the chefs can go back to sleep. Repeat the process until most children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, chefs! We can give thanks to God with our whole hearts because He loves to give us everything we need!”

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

THANKFUL MATCH-UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: matching sheets (1 per child), goldfish (1 pack per child)

What you say: “We’re going to use a yummy snack from our Quest kitchen to connect the pictures on the left to the pictures on the right. As we do, we’ll talk about some reasons we are thankful for people who help us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children how they will place goldfish along the lines to connect the pictures on the left to the pictures on the right. As children place the goldfish on their matching sheets, read the corresponding scenario below for each pair of pictures, and encourage children to respond. Remind children not to eat any of their goldfish until after the activity has been completed!

What you say: “Let’s match up these pictures and talk about how they are connected!”

  • DOCTOR/MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: “We can be thankful for doctors who help us stay healthy and give us medicine when we’re sick! What is one thing your doctor does to help you stay healthy? (Encourage children to respond.) Show me your strong, healthy muscles if you’re thankful for doctors who help you!”
  • POLICE OFFICER/CROSSING GUARD SUPPLIES: “We can be thankful for police officers who help us stay safe! Some officers keep us safe by directing cars so we can cross the road. What is another way police officers can keep you safe? (Encourage children to respond.) Give me two thumbs up if you’re thankful for police officers who help you!”
  • PARENTS/FOOD: “We can be thankful for parents who help us by giving us things we need, like food that helps our bodies grow! What is another way your parents help you? (Encourage children to respond.) Give yourself a big hug if you’re thankful for parents who help you!”
  • TEACHER/BOOKS: “We can be thankful for teachers and leaders who help us learn new things! What is the coolest thing a teacher or leader has taught you? (Encourage children to respond.) Pat your head if you’re thankful for teachers and leaders who help you!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I am so thankful for all the people who help us. God knows we all need help sometimes, so He puts lots of people around us who can help us! Who can you thank for everything?” (I can thank God for everything.)

What you do: Allow children to eat their snack as you begin the eKidz Journal and Main Point Card activity on the next page.

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, recipe 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 we can be thankful for people who help us. Let’s think about some of the people who help us so we can thank God for them.

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: “I think we should make a list of the people who help us. When we pray we can thank God for the people on our list. This might be a really long list, because we have so many people who help us! When I say your name, tell me some of the people who help you.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, we have so much to be thankful for today! Thank You for loving us enough to send so many people to help us. Thank You for sending [person child listed] to help [child’s name]. (Repeat for each child.) You are so good to us, God. Help us to love You with our whole heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Give each child a recipe card. Encourage children to color the picture by the main point card as you talk. Do not let children tear off the main point card. 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 we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!

This month, your main point cards will be connected to these fun recipe cards, which have great activities you can do with your family! Today’s main point card says, ‘I am thankful for people who help me.’ You can color the picture by your main point card now. Leave the main point card on your recipe card for now, but when you get home you can tear it off and attach it to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

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 we can be thankful for people who help us!”

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

MAIN POINT MYSTERY RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle.

What you say: “I need every chef to help me with a special mystery recipe! I’m going to tell you how to make today’s special mystery munchie, and you’re going to pretend to do each step of the recipe while I say the main point. Sometimes I’ll say it fast, sometimes I’ll say it slowly, or I might even say it in a silly voice. When I finish saying the main point, we’ll move on to the next ingredient! While we make our mystery munchie, you should listen to the ingredients and see if you can figure out what we’re making before I tell you the last step in the recipe!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that you’ll stop and give children a chance to guess what the mystery recipe is after each step. Children may only guess once though, so remind them to think carefully before they make their guess! Read the following recipe steps and say, “I am thankful for people who help me,” as children complete the action. After each step, give children the chance to make a guess.

What you say: “Time to start working on our mystery munchie recipe!”

  • “Here we go, chefs! Pretend to crack two eggs into your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to crack eggs while you say the main point in a SILLY voice.)
  • “Next, put three scoops of flour in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in a LOUD voice.)
  • “Okay chefs, put two scoops of sugar in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in a SLOW voice.)
  • We need some butter, chefs! Put five pieces of butter in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to add the butter while you say the main point in a LOW voice.)
  • “Next, put three spoons of baking powder in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to add baking powder while you say the main point in a ROBOT voice.)
  • “Now add a little pinch of salt to your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to pinch salt while you say the main point in a HIGH voice.)
  • “Here’s the last step, chefs! Add three big scoops of sprinkles to your bowl and stir it up while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in an EXCITED voice.)

“Great job, chefs! I hope you loved making CONFETTI COOKIES while we practiced our main point today!”

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FOLLOW THE RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and make a large circle around the edge of the eGroup space.

What you say: “When you’re cooking or baking it is very important to follow the recipe EXACTLY as it’s written. Since our series is called Recipe for Thanks, I need all you little chefs to help me follow this recipe to make Thankful Soup. We need to be sure to follow the directions carefully!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will give instructions for children to follow and they will need to follow them exactly as you say. If you catch a kid who isn’t following the directions correctly, they’ll have to sit down in their spot until you tell the other chefs to sample the soup. When you give the instruction, “Sample the soup,” all children should pretend to take a bite of the soup, and any children sitting down may stand and rejoin the game.

What you say: “Here we go, chefs! Listen carefully!”

  • “Pull your special pretend chef apron over your head and tie it behind your back!”
  • “Put on your chef hat and tip it over to one side of your head!”
  • “Raise one hand high in the air and then use that hand to pick up a pretend wooden spoon from behind you!”
  • “Twirl around two times, then tuck your wooden spoon in the front pocket of your pretend apron!”
  • “Use only one hand to pick up a heavy basket of pretend vegetables and dump them into our Thankful Soup pot!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Stand on one foot while you stir the Thankful Soup pot three times!”
  • “Do a karate chop with a pretend safety knife and then use it to chop some pretend chicken for the soup!”
  • “Pick up the chicken and jump three times before you dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Pick up a pretend container of seasoning and shake it as hard as you can into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Think of your very favorite food, yell out what it is for the whole group to hear, and then dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Wave your wooden spoon in the air, then use it to take a giant, slurpy bite of our delicious Thankful Soup!”