Goody Goody Gumdrops
(make book with hands)
Everyone who is (spread arms up and out)
a child of God (point to others)
has the power (show muscles one at a time)
to win (cheer)
1 John 5:4
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.
Candy Connections mat, candy game pieces (4 types of candy, 10 of each piece), dice, game card
WELCOME children to your group. Let them know how happy you are they are in Quest and how much fun we
PLACE the Candy Coordinates mat in the center of the group. CHOOSE a Candy Coordinates game from the game card to play with your group.
Quest candy coloring page, crayons. dice
GET TO KNOW YOU
ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS
(5:00, 9:30, 11:30)
candy game pieces (pink and teal), Quest animal stickers
SPREAD OUT the pink and teal candy game pieces in the center of the circle. CHOOSE one candy game piece and introduce yourself. READ aloud a question from the back of the candy game piece and SHARE your answer with the eGroup.
CHOOSE one child to PICK a candy game piece and have the child SHARE his or her name. READ aloud the question from the back of the candy game piece and have the child answer the question. CONTINUE for each child.
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:
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 will (allow response)
Be kind and safe!
On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert group name)
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.
JOHN IS BORN
Bible Story cards, candy stickers
ASK the following questions to review the Bible story. Each time a child answers a question, GIVE the child a candy sticker.
SAY: God kept his promises to Zechariah and He will keep his promises to you, too! We can believe all of God’s promises! Repeat our main point after me:
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY
candy game pieces, die
Everyone who is (spread arms up and out)
Practice the memory verse a few times.PLACE the candy game pieces in the center of the group. ALLOW each child to ROLL the die and COLLECT the number of candy game pieces ROLLED. After all children have ROLLED the die, CHOOSE children to RECITE the verse based on the following statements:
CALL OUT a few If You … statements then have children RETURN the candy game pieces to the center of the group. REPEAT a few rounds until all children have recited the memory verse.
EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a Goody Goody Gumdrop for their candy jar!
HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.
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.
dry erase sleeve, dry erase marker, eraser, Sweet Tree Forest Drawing Mat, Sweet Treat Forest Leader Sheet
USE the dry erase sleeve and dry erase marker to DRAW an image from the leader sheet. ALLOW children to guess what you’re drawing.
ERASE the picture and DRAW another image from the leader sheet. CONTINUE until all the situations have been READ.
M&M’s (1 pack per child), napkins
GIVE each child a pack of M&M’s and a napkin. HELP children open their M&M’s and place the M&M’s on the napkin. ENCOURAGE children to not eat their snack yet. SAY: I BELIEVE I can balance one M&M on the tip of each of my fingers. LAY your hand flat with your palm facing up and PUT one M&M on the tip of each finger.
SAY: I BELIEVE you can do it, too! Try and balance one M&M on each finger. ENCOURAGE children to COMPLETE the action. SAY: Great job! I believed you could do it! Everyone can eat one M&M.
CONTINUE for the remaining I BELIEVE statements: SAY: I BELIEVE I can balance four M&M’s on the back of my hand in a square shape. DEMONSTRATE the action.
SAY: I BELIEVE you can do it, too! Try and make an M&M square on the back of your hand. ENCOURAGE children to COMPLETE the action. SAY: Great job! I believed you could do it! Everyone can eat one M&M.
SAY: I BELIEVE I can balance three M&M’s on my face. DEMONSTRATE by leaning your head back and PLACING an M&M on your forehead and one on each cheek. SAY: I BELIEVE you can do it, too! Try and balance three M&M’s on your face. ENCOURAGE children to COMPLETE the action. SAY: You did it! I believed you could. Now everyone can eat one M&M.
SAY: Here’s a tricky one. I BELIEVE i can stack one M&M on top of the other. LAY one M&M on the napkin and balance another M&M on top of it. SAY: I BELIEVE you can do that, too! Try to stack your M&M’s, just like mine. ENCOURAGE children to stack their M&M’s. SAY: That was hard, but I believed you could do it! Let’s eat another M&M.
SAY: This is the last one. I BELIEVE I can balance this M&M on the tip of my tongue for three seconds. PUT an M&M on the top of your tongue, COUNT to three with your fingers, then EAT the M&M. SAY: I BELIEVE you can do that, too! Try and balance and M&M on the tip of your tongue for three seconds before eating it. ENCOURAGE children to COMPLETE the action. SAY: Great job everyone!
SAY: I BELIEVED we could do some silly things with our M&M’s. But I BELIEVE ALL the promises God makes to us in His Word. Let’s pray and thank God for all His promises before eating our snack.
ENCOURAGE children to BOW their heads, CLOSE their eyes, and REPEAT the prayer after you. EAT the snack and clean up the eGroup area.
gumdrop Jar poster, Main Point Gumdrops, glue, Sharpie marker, Grandma Ginger’s Gingerbread House Competition Handout
EXPLAIN children can receive Goody Gumdrops by SAYING their memory verse, BEING safe and kind, and COLLECTING a gumdrop from the Goody Goody Gumdrop Tree! TELL children to ask their parents to find the tree after church to get another gumdrop!
GIVE each child a Gumdrop Jar poster and main point gumdrop. HELP children GLUE the gumdrop on their poster. WRITE each child’s name on the back of the Gumdrop Jar poster with the Sharpie marker.
SAY: Take your Gumdrop Jar poster home and hang it in a place you can see it everyday to help you. remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned we can believe all of God’s promises because God always does what He says He will do! Let’s say our main point together:
Candy Connections mat, candy game pieces (4 types of candy, 10 of each piece), 2 dice, gamecard