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Quest eGroup :: April 16/17

Wonder! Clubhouse:
My Neighborhood

MAIN POINT

I can love God
(hug self)
and people
(point out)
with what I have!
(hold palms out)

BIBLE STORY

Peter and John
Acts 3:1-16

MEMORY VERSE

Love (hug self)
the Lord your God 
(point up) 
with all your heart. 
(place both hands over heart)
Love 
(hug self)
your neighbor 
(point out)
as yourself. 
(thumbs to chest)
Matthew 22:37-39 
(open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
Kid Connect is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with the kids and for the kids to make connections with each other. Activities are listed in the order they are to be completed. It’s okay if you don’t complete all the activities – some activities will work better for your group than others. Begin Kid Connect when doors open. KID CONNECT ENDS WHEN THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS.

Words in italics, whether on lessons or in handouts, are meant to be said out loud to your group.  Anything not in italics is an instruction that does not necessarily need to be read aloud.

QUEST COLORING PAGE
COLORING ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Quest coloring page, crayons, die

PLACE crayons in the center of the circle and GIVE each child a Quest coloring page. INSTRUCT children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did that day.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • Use a die to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Roll the die again and switch crayon colors.
  • Use the number die to determine how many items to color with a certain color crayon. Allow children to color the number of items then roll the die again.
  • Have children take turns rolling the die. Children will compete to be the first to color their coloring page, coloring the number of items rolled each turn.

KID CONNECT

MY NEIGHBORHOOD
GAME ACTIVITY
SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES
SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, Quest animal game pieces, location cards, die

SPREAD the My Neighborhood game board out in the middle of the circle. EXPLAIN each child will try to be the first to get their Quest animal to a specific location on the game board.

ALLOW each child to choose a Quest animal game piece. PLACE the Quest animal on the house on the game board that is the same color as that Quest animal. GIVE each child a location card. TELL children their goal is to get their Quest animal from the house to the location on that card. HELP children find the location on the game board as needed.

ROLL the die. All players will MOVE their game pieces according to the number rolled. USE the instructions below to TELL players how to move. REPEAT until a player arrives at their assigned location.

  • If you roll 1-4: Move the number of spaces rolled.
  • If you roll 5: All players must switch location cards with another player. The new card shows the new location their animal is trying to reach.
  • If you roll 6: All players must switch animals with another player. The pieces themselves do not move, but the children will move a new Quest animal.

The game can be played as individuals, teams of two or three, or as two teams.

KID CONNECT

NEIGHBORHOOD I SPY
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, neighborhood pieces

PLACE the game board on the ground. GIVE each child three neighborhood pieces. ENCOURAGE children to place their neighborhood pieces anywhere on the game board.

EXPLAIN children will play Neighborhood I Spy. The first child to spy the neighborhood piece being described gets to take one neighborhood piece from the game board. The child with the most neighborhood pieces will win!

DESCRIBE one of the neighborhood pieces by giving simple clue, such as the shape or color of the piece. CONTINUE giving one clue at a time until a child correctly identifies the neighborhood piece being described. ALLOW the child to choose one neighborhood piece to take from the game board. REPEAT as time allows. The child with the most neighborhood pieces is the winner!

GET TO KNOW YOU

ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS
(5:00, 9:30, 11:30)

MY NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITES

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, die, leader card, Quest animal stickers

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview:

God commands us to love one another just as He loves us, and He loves us a lot! God created us to love, too. We can show love to God and our neighbors!

SPREAD the game board in the middle of the circle. ROLL the die and INTRODUCE yourself. READ the question from the leader card that corresponds to the color you rolled and SHARE your answer with the eGroup.

ENCOURAGE each child to ROLL the die, introduce themselves, and ANSWER the corresponding question.

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

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)

SAY: 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)!

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT IS BIBLE CONNECT?

Bible Connect is all about BIBLE CONNECTIONS: for kids to make connections with the Bible and learn to love the Bible! Children will make connections to the Bible in two ways: by hearing and talking about the Bible story and practicing the memory verse. Begin Bible Connect after the Get To Know You activity. AFTER BIBLE CONNECT CHILDREN HEAD TO FREE PLAY AND LARGE GROUP.

PETER AND JOHN
BIBLE STORY

SUGGESTED TIME
8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
The Beginner’s Bible

TELL the children we can find true stories about Jesus in God’s book, the Bible!

SHOW and READ the Bible Story on page 484-487 from The Beginner’s Bible.

ASK the following questions to review the Bible story. Each time a child answers a question correctly, ENCOURAGE the group to say, “Great job, neighbor!”

  1. What was wrong with the man Peter and John met? (He couldn’t walk.)
  2. What was the man doing near the temple? (begging for money)
  3. Did Peter and John give him money? (no)
  4. What did they tell the man to do? (Get up and walk.)
  5. What did the man do when he realized he could walk? (He began walking and leaping and praising God.)
  6. Who did Peter tell the people really healed the man? (Jesus)

SAY: Peter and John didn’t have money to give, but they showed love just by giving what they had. Peter and John had Jesus, and they used His name to give the man something better than money – they gave him the ability to walk! Say our main point with me.

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
with what I have! (hold palms out)

BIBLE CONNECT

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood play pieces, memory verse car

SAY: This month we are learning how we can show love to God and to the people in our neighborhood. That means we’re showing love to the people who live around us – the people we see almost every day! Our new Bible verse teaches us how to love God and others. It says:

Love (hug self)
the Lord your God 
(point up) 
with all your heart. 
(place both hands over heart)
Love 
(hug self)
your neighbor 
(point out)
as yourself. 
(thumbs to chest)
Matthew 22:37-39 
(open hands like a book)

PRACTICE the memory verse together a few times.

MAKE SURE all children are seated in a circle. PLACE one neighborhood piece on the ground in front of each child. INSTRUCT children not to touch or move the pieces. ASK children to stand and EXPLAIN they will be moving around the circle by stepping forward to the next neighborhood piece each time you clap. Children will CONTINUE moving forward with each clap until you SAY, “Stop, neighbors!

CLAP a slow, steady beat and ENCOURAGE children to move clockwise around the circle, taking one step forward to the next neighborhood piece each time you clap. After clapping a few times, STOP clapping and SAY: Stop, neighbors! CHOOSE children to recite the memory verse based on the following neighbor statements.

SAY: Recite our memory verse if you are a neighbor who is standing behind …

  • a vehicle, like a car or bus.
  • something that grows, like a person or a plant.
  • a sign you might see by the road.
  • something you can see in your neighborhood.

EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse car for their My Neighborhood poster!

ALLOW children an opportunity to RECITE the verse by themselves. GIVE any child who recites the verse by themselves a Memory Verse Car. 

HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.

YOU CONNECT

WHAT IS YOU CONNECT?
You Connect is about the eGroup leader (YOU!) helping children make connections with the main point and their lives. You Connect activities reinforce the main point with fun and engaging activities. BEGIN YOU CONNECT AFTER LARGE GROUP.

WHAT I HAVE
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
mailbox, envelope, picture cards (in envelope), Leader Sheet

SAY: You don’t have to have a lot of money or know how to drive to a store like a grown-up to be able to show love to people. Today we’ve seen we can show love using what we already have! Even if you don’t feel like you have much to use, there are ways all of us can show love to our neighbors!

EXPLAIN children will SEE pictures of things they already have around their homes and DECIDE how they could use those things to show love to their neighbors.

ASK a child to draw an envelope from the mailbox and PASS it to you. LAY OUT the picture cards from the envelope so the whole group can see them and NAME the items found on each picture card. READ the action on the Leader Sheet for those items. ENCOURAGE children to complete the action, then READ the discussion question from the Leader Sheet. ASK children to SHARE ideas with the eGroup.

SAY: Most of the things on these picture cards were things you all have around your home. We can use the things we already have to show love to our neighbors! Let’s say our main point together.

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
with what I have! (hold palms out)

YOU CONNECT

FILL IN THE MAP
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES:
Team 1 map, Team 2 map, mailbox, map pieces

SAY: Today we’re thinking about how we can show love to our neighbors using only what we already have. Sometimes the only thing you need to show someone love is YOU! This game is going to help us practice some ways we can show love to our neighbors without anything other than ourselves!

DIVIDE children into two teams and GIVE each team a map. EXPLAIN children will compete to see which team can fill in the missing pieces on their map first!

CHOOSE a child from Team 1 to DRAW a map piece from the mailbox. ASK children what shape they see in the corner of the map piece and TELL both teams to see if that shape is on their map. If that shape is on Team 1’s map, READ the instructions on the back of the map piece and ENCOURAGE Team 1 to complete the action. If that shape is on the other team’s map, RETURN the map piece to the mailbox; this is the end of their turn. REPEAT for Team 2. CONTINUE until one team has filled their map.

SAY: There are so many ways we can show love to our neighbors without needing anything at all other than ourselves! That means everybody can show love to the people around you any time. Repeat our main point with me.

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
with what I have! (hold palms out)

YOU CONNECT

MY NEIGHBORHOOD
COLLECTIBLE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood poster, main point cars, glue, sharpie marker

HOLD UP the My Neighborhood poster and SAY: Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you can collect main point cars to add to your poster. These cars will help remind us to show love to God and others! Collect six cars and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! 

To receive today’s main point car, children will have to Remember, Think, and Follow! SAY: Let’s REMEMBER … why didn’t Peter and John give the man the money he asked for? (They didn’t have any.) Let’s THINK … What did they give the man instead of money? (the ability to walk) Peter and John didn’t have what the man asked for, but they used what they had – the power of Jesus’ name – to help him. And it turns out, what they had to give was even better than what he asked for! By using what they had, Peter and John showed love to the man. If you can FOLLOW the example set in our Bible story, let’s say our main point together:

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
with what I have! (hold palms out)

GIVE each child a My Neighborhood car.

SAY: Take your car home and glue it to your My Neighborhood poster. Make sure to look at your poster every day to remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned how we can show love to God and to our neighbors! Let’s say our main point together: 

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
with what I have! (hold palms out)

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A MY NEIGHBORHOOD POSTER: GIVE the child a My Neighborhood poster and GLUE the main point car on their poster. WRITE the child’s name on the front of the My Neighborhood poster with the Sharpie marker.

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES


NEIGHBORHOOD I SPY
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, neighborhood pieces

PLACE the game board on the ground. GIVE each child three neighborhood pieces. ENCOURAGE children to place their neighborhood pieces anywhere on the game board.

EXPLAIN children will play Neighborhood I Spy. The first child to spy the neighborhood piece being described gets to take one neighborhood piece from the game board. The child with the most neighborhood pieces will win!

DESCRIBE one of the neighborhood pieces by giving simple clue, such as the shape or color of the piece. CONTINUE giving one clue at a time until a child correctly identifies the neighborhood piece being described. ALLOW the child to choose one neighborhood piece to take from the game board. REPEAT as time allows. The child with the most neighborhood pieces is the winner!