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Quest eGroup :: Feb 13/14

Wonder! Clubhouse:
Buckets of Love

MAIN POINT

Jesus
(point up)
loves everyone
(hug self)
even when we do something wrong!
(make a sad face)

BIBLE STORY

Zacchaeus
Luke 19:1-10

MEMORY VERSE

Love each other (hug self)
as I (point up)
have loved you(point out)
John 15:12 (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 ANIMALS OF LOVE
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 the 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

QUEST ANIMAL MEMORY
GAME ACTIVITY
SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES
SUPPLIES
memory cards (8 pairs), die
LAY the memory cards facedown in the center of the group.

PLAY Animal Memory. Each child gets to turn over two memory cards and keep them if the picture matches. If a player turns over two cards which do not match, those cards are turned facedown again. It becomes the next child’s turn whether the pictures do or do not match.

PLAY as time allows or until all the matches are found.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • GROUP: Use the die to determine the number of cards each child will turn over on his or her turn.
  • INDIVIDUAL: On their turn, each child will roll the die to determine how many cards to turn over.

KID CONNECT

QUEST ANIMAL ACTIONS
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
die, ball, memory cards, Quest animal stickers

CHOOSE one child to start the game. Give the child the ball and ALLOW the child to ROLL the die. The group will PASS the ball around the circle the number of times ROLLED. The group can PASS the ball around the circle by HANDING it to the next child or TOSSING the ball in a random order.

After COMPLETING the action the child will COLLECT an animal card (memory card). The child with the most cards wins a Quest animal sticker!

GET TO KNOW YOU

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

WHAT I LOVE

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
candy game pieces, Quest animal stickers

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview: 

Jesus loves everyone! His love is huge and will never fail; it is always there. And Jesus wants us to love everyone, too. He taught us how we should treat others by the way He loved everyone. Not only that, Jesus wants us to tell other He loves them. He wants us to go and tell about His GREAT love for everyone!

SAY: I love Jesus and telling others about Jesus! Let’s tell each other some other things we love.

LAY the memory cards facedown in the center of the group. CHOOSE one memory card and introduce yourself. READ aloud this question, “Name one thing you love that is [insert animal color from memory card]. and SHARE your answer with the eGroup.

Each child will CHOOSE one memory card and SHARE his or her name. ASK each child this question: Name one thing you love that is [insert animal color from memory card]. and have children 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:

  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.

ZACCHAEUS
BIBLE STORY

SUGGESTED TIME
8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
God’s Story for Me Bible, heart stamp

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

SHOW and READ the Bible Story on page 403-408 from the God’s Story For Me Bible.

SAY: I love that Jesus took the time to talk to this woman! Jesus and this woman were from different places. People from their different countries did not usually talk to each other. But Jesus didn’t care that they were different. Because He took the time to talk to her, she was able to tell other people about Jesus.

ASK the following questions to review the Bible story. Each time a child answers a question, GIVE the child a heart stamp. STAMP hearts only on hands or a child’s coloring page.

  1. What was Zacchaeus’s job? (He was a tax collector.)
  2. Why didn’t people like Zacchaeus? (He stole extra money from them.)
  3. Why couldn’t Zacchaeus see Jesus over the crowd? (He was very short.)
  4. What did Zacchaeus climb up so he could see Jesus? (a tree)
  5. Who showed love to Zacchaeus by spending time with him? (Jesus)

SAY: Everybody knew Zacchaeus was a thief who took people’s money and had done some wrong things. Jesus knew all of this, but He chose to show love to Zacchaeus anyway! Jesus loves everyone even when we do something wrong! Repeat our main point after me:

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (spread arms wide)
even when we do something wrong! (make sad face)

BIBLE CONNECT

BUCKET OF LOVE
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
bucket, heart cards, memory verse heart

SAY: This month we’re learning Jesus loves everyone! Since Jesus loves everyone, we should love everyone, too! Our Bible verse says:

Love each other (hug self)
as I (point up)
have loved you. (point out)
John 15:12 (open hands like book)

Practice the memory verse a few times.

PLACE the bucket filled with heart cards in the center of the group. ALLOW each child to CHOOSE one heart card from the bucket. After all children have a heart card, CHOOSE children to RECITE the verse based in the following statements:

Stand up and say our verse if …

  • your heart is your favorite color.
  • your heart has [insert color: yellow, pink, purple, blue] in it.
  • you can balance your heart card on the tip of your finger.
  • you are wearing a color on your heart.

After children have RECITED the verse, any children with matching heart cards should SWAP seats. If no one has a heart card like theirs, the child will REMAIN in the same spot. Have children SIT DOWN and all children will RETURN the heart cards to the bucket. REPEAT for 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 heart for their Buckets of Love poster.

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.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
die, leader sheet

SAY: Today at Wonder! Clubhouse Brooklyn accidentally broke her mom’s favorite picture frame. Tap your nose with me if you’ve done something wrong before. ENCOURAGE children to TAP their noses. SAY: We’ve all done wrong things, but Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong! I’m so thankful Jesus will never stop loving us when we don’t make the right choice.

EXPLAIN children will take turns ROLLING the die to ANSWER a question and COMPLETE an action.

ASK a child to ROLL the die. READ a situation from the leader sheet and INSERT the appropriate action based on the color ROLLED.

After all situations have been READ, SAY: Great job! Even when we do something wrong, we can remember Jesus always loves us. Repeat our main point after me: 

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (spread arms wide)
even when we do something wrong! (make sad face)

YOU CONNECT

MAKING IT RIGHT
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES:
game board, Zacchaeus game pieces, cards

SAY: I’m so thankful Jesus always loves us even when we do something wrong! Jesus taught Zacchaeus we can show love just like Jesus by making things right when we’ve done something wrong. Zacchaeus gave money back to all of the people he stole from. We can make things right when we’ve done something wrong, too!

PLACE the game board in the center of the group. DIVIDE your group into two teams and GIVE each team a Zacchaeus game piece. Have each team PLACE Zacchaeus at the bottom of the tree on START.

SAY: We’re going to think about some ways we can make things right after we’ve done something wrong. Each time we choose a way to make things right, Zacchaeus will move up the tree. The first team to get to the highest branch wins!

Have one team TAKE a card from the pile. READ the scenario and ALLOW the team to discuss the situation. MOVE the team’s Zacchaeus game piece up the tree. CONTINUE DRAWING cards and MOVING up the tree until one Zacchaeus has reached the top branch.

SAY: You all did a great job thinking about how we can make things right when we do something wrong. Making things right is one way we can show people love just like Jesus shows love to us! Let’s say our main point again: 

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (spread arms wide)
even when we do something wrong! (make sad face)

YOU CONNECT

BUCKETS OF LOVE
COLLECTIBLE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Buckets of Love poster, main point hearts, glue, Sharpie marker

HOLD UP the Buckets of Love poster and SAY: Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you can collect main point hearts to add to your bucket. These hearts will help remind us Jesus loves everyone! Collect six hearts and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize!

To receive today’s main point heart, children will have to Remember, Think, and FollowSAY: Let’s REMEMBER … who did the people not want to be friends with? (Zacchaeus) Let’s THINK … how did Jesus show he loved Zacchaeus? (He talked to him, asked to stay at his house, and told him to pay back the money.) Jesus showed Zacchaeus He loved him by spending time with him. We can be like Jesus by loving everyone, even when we do something wrong. If you can FOLLOW the example set in our bible story, let’s say our main point together:

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (hug self)
even when we do something wrong! (make sad face)

GIVE each child a main point gumdrop.

SAY: Take your heart home and glue it to your Buckets of Love poster. Make sure to look at your poster everyday to remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned even when we do wrong things, Jesus loves us! Let’s say our main point together: 

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (hug self)
even when we do something wrong! (make sad face)

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A BUCKETS OF LOVE POSTER: GIVE the child a Buckets of Love poster and GLUE the main point heart on their poster. WRITE the child’s name on the front of the Buckets of Love poster with the Sharpie marker.

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES


QUEST ANIMAL MEMORY
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
memory cards (8 pairs), die

LAY the memory cards facedown in the center of the group.

PLAY Animal memory. Each child gets to turn over two memory cards and keep them if the picture matches. If a plater turns over two cards which do not match, those cards are tuned facedown again. It becomes the next child’s turn whether the pictures do or do not match.

PLAY as time allows or until all matches are found.

Extension Activities

  • Use the die to determine the number of cards each child will turn over on his or her turn.
  • On their turn, each child will roll the die to determine how many cards to turn over.