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Quest eGroup :: Feb 27/28

Wonder! Clubhouse:
Buckets of Love

MAIN POINT

Jesus
(point up)
loves everyone
(hug self)
so we should tell them!
(cup hands around mouth)

BIBLE STORY

Disciples Tell Others
Matthew 28:16-20

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.

DISCIPLES TELL OTHERS
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 441-445 from the God’s Story For Me Bible.

ASK the following questions to review the Bible story. Each time a child answers a question, GIVE the child a heart stamp.

  1. Where was Jesus about to go? (back to Heaven)
  2. Where did Jesus take his friends to talk to them? (a mountain)
  3. What did Jesus want his friends to do? (Go and tell people He loves them!)
  4. Did Jesus want them to tell just one person or to tell everyone? (everyone)

SAY: When we feel excited about something, we can’t wait to tell everyone about it. The news that Jesus loves us is the most exciting news of all so we should tell everyone we know! Say our main point with me:

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (hug self)
so we should tell them! (cup hands around mouth)

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 card has a big heart with a little heart beside it.
  • the biggest heart on your card is [insert color: yellow, pink, blue].
  • your heart is long and skinny.
  • your heart has a smaller heart inside it.

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

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.

NO MATTER WHAT
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
map, crayons

SAY: Knowing Jesus loves us is the best news I’ve ever heard! He loves you (point to a child) and you (point to a child) and you (point to a child) and everyone else in the whole world! We should share this good news everywhere we go! Let’s think about some of the different places we can tell people the great news that Jesus loves everyone!

GIVE each child a map. PLACE the crayons where all children can reach them. READ the following statements and INSTRUCT children to color the different places on their map, HELP children find the correct places on their maps as needed.

  • If you can tell the neighbors who live near you that Jesus loves them, color the house on your map.
  • If you can tell children at your school that Jesus loves them, color the school on your map.
  • If you can tell the kids you play with at the park that Jesus loves them, color the slide on your map.
  • If you can tell the cashier at the grocery store when you shop with your parents that Jesus loves them, color the grocery store on your map.
  • If you can tell the people sitting by you at the movie theater that Jesus loves them, color the movie theater on your map.
  • If you can tell the waiter at a restaurant that Jesus loves them, color the restaurant on your map.

SAY: Look at all of the places where we can tell people the great news that Jesus loves all of us! Wherever we go, there are people who need to hear this great news. Let’s say our main point together:

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (spread arms wide)
so we should tell them! (cup hands around mouth)

YOU CONNECT

WAYS TO TELL
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES:
game cards, conversation hearts, food prep glove

SAY: We know it’s important for us to tell everyone Jesus loves them and there are lots of ways to tell people things. If you wanted to tell someone you love them, you could just say the words, “I love you,” or you could tell them in another way, like with these hearts!

HOLD UP a package of conversation hearts. SAY: On each heart is a fun way to tell someone you love them!

EXPLAIN the group is going to practice different ways we can tell people things. If the children follow the instructions on the game cards, they will earn a conversation heart to eat. Children may eat the conversation hearts as they are given out.

PUT ON the food prep glove to hand out the conversation hearts. TURN OVER a game card and READ the instructions on the back. ENCOURAGE children to participate and GIVE them a conversation heart each time they follow the instructions.

SAY: There are so many great things we can tell people, but the best thing we can tell them is Jesus loves them! Say our main point with me: 

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (hug self)
so we should tell them! (cup hands around mouth)

SAY: Let’s pray to thank Jesus for the snack and our time together. ENCOURAGE children to BOW their heads, CLOSE their eyes, and REPEAT the prayer after you:

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for our yummy snack.
Thank you for loving us!
Help me tell everyone
that You love them.
We love you!
Amen.

EAT the snack and clean up the eGroup area.

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 Follow! SAY: Let’s REMEMBER … who did Jesus give new jobs to? (His friends, the disciples) Let’s THINK … What job did Jesus give the disciples? (to go place to place telling people Jesus loves them) Jesus wants everyone to know how much He loves them. We can be like the disciples and tell people everywhere we go that Jesus loves them. 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)
so we should tell them! (cup hands around mouth)

GIVE each child a main point heart.

SAY: Take your heart home and glue it to your Buckets of Love 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 we should tell everyone Jesus loves them! Let’s say our main point together: 

Jesus (point up)
loves everyone (hug self)
so we should tell them! (cup hands around mouth)

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.