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Quest eGroup :: Jan 2/3

Goody Goody Gumdrops

MAIN POINT

can
(point to self)
worship Jesus!
(wave arms left and right)

BIBLE STORY

Wise Men Worship Jesus
Matthew 2:1-15

MEMORY VERSE

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

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.

CANDY COORDINATES
GAME ACTIVITY
SUGGESTED TIME
10-20 MINUTES SUPPLIES
Candy Coordinates mat, candy game pieces (4 types of candy, 10 of each piece), 2 dice, game card

WELCOME children to your group. Let them know how happy you are they are in Quest and how much fun we are going to have today!

SAY: Today the Goody Gumdrops board game will come to life as we learn who Jesus is and how we can be like Him. We’ll all WIN as we sing songs, hear sweet stories, and learn about Jesus!

PLACE Candy Coordinates mat in the center of the group. CHOOSE a Candy Coordinates game from the game card to play with your group.

KID CONNECT

QUEST CANDY COLORING PAGE
COLORING ACTIVITY
SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Quest candy coloring page, crayons. dice

PLACE crayons in the center of the circle and GIVE each child a Quest candy coloring page. INSTRUCT children to color their coloring page. As children color, talk about the picture they are coloring:

  • What do you think [INSERT QUEST ANIMAL]’s favorite candy is?
  • What is your favorite candy?
  • If you could create a new candy, what ingredients would you use? What would you call your new candy?
  • Would you rather eat a [NAME OF A CANDY] or a [NAME OF A CANDY]?
  • Is there a candy you don’t like to eat? Why?

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.

GET TO KNOW YOU

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

CANDY QUESTIONS

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
candy game pieces, Quest animal stickers

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview:

The Goody Goody Gumdrops board game will come to life as we learn who Jesus is and how we can be like Him. We’ll all WIN as we sing songs, hear sweet stories & learn about Jesus!

SPREAD OUT the 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:

  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.

WISE MEN WORSHIP JESUS
BIBLE STORY

SUGGESTED TIME
8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Bible Story cards, candy stickers

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

SHOW and READ the Bible Story using the Bible Story cards.

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

  1. What did God put in the sky when Jesus was born? (a star)
  2. Who saw the star? (some wise men)
  3. What did the wise men do when they saw the star? (They followed the star to find the new king.)
  4. Where did the star lead the wise men? (To Jesus’ house in Bethlehem.)
  5. How did the wise men worship Jesus? (They gave Jesus gifts and told Him they loved Him.)

SAY: The wise men worshipped Jesus by telling Him how much they loved Him! We can all worship Jesus by showing Him how much we love Him and giving Him our very best! Repeat our main point after me:

I can (point to self)
worship Jesus! (wave arms left and right)

BIBLE CONNECT

SEE AND SAY
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
number die, Goody Gumdrops

SAY: While playing the Goody Goody Gumdrops game we are learning a memory verse to help us win! It says:

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 (ERV)

SAY: Knowing this verse helps us remember how we WIN when we believe in Jesus and obey Him!

Practice the memory verse a few times.

ROLL the die. Start with the child to your left and COUNT out the number rolled. The child who you STOP counting on will stand up. This child will SEE the color rolled and CHOSE a child wearing the same color rolled to RECITE the verse with him or her. The partners will SAY the memory verse together.

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

GGGU WK2 Managing Gumdrops

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.

WAYS TO WORSHIP
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
gift cards

SAY: Jesus was the great NEW king born at Christmas and we can worship Him each and every day! Grandma Ginger told us we can give Jesus gifts to worship Him. Let’s see what gifts we can give Jesus through our worship.

PLACE the gift cards in the center of the circle, picture side up. ALLOW a child to CHOOSE a gift card. READ the gift card to the group and ENCOURAGE children to RESPOND with the appropriate action.

CONTINUE until all gift cards have been DISCUSSED.

SAY: These are some great gifts we can give Jesus through our worship. We can worship Jesus, just like the wise men did! We can sing songs, give Him gifts, and tell Him He is the BEST king ever! Let’s say our main point together:

I can (point to self)
worship Jesus! (wave arms left and right)

YOU CONNECT

FOLLOW THE STAR
SNACK ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Froot Loops (1 package per child), placemat, leader sheet, letter die

SAY: When we worship Jesus it shows we love Him! Who followed the star to give Jesus gifts and worship Him? (the wise men) SAY: Yes! The wise men worshipped Jesus! Let’s see if we can make a picture of the wise men who followed the star.

GIVE each child a placemat and a pack of Froot Loops. EXPLAIN the eGroup leader will ROLL the die to determine what color Froot Loop to place on the placemat. HELP children open the Froot Loops before beginning the activity.

ROLL the die and READ the corresponding statement from the leader sheet. ENCOURAGE children to COMPLETE the action then PLACE the corresponding color of Froot Loops on the lettered circles on the placemat. If a letter has already been ROLLED, children can EAT one Froot Loop from their bowl.

CONTINUE until the group has FILLED their placemats with all but purple Froot Loops.

SAY: There’s only one more color of Froot Loop we need to add to complete our picture of who followed the star to see Jesus! One more way we can worship Jesus is by praying to Him and thanking Him for all the things He has given us. Let’s put the purple Froot Loops on our placemat and then pray and thank God for our snack!

ALLOW children ADD their purple Froot Loops to the placemat. There are seven F spots on the placemat. ENCOURAGE children to BOW their heads, CLOSE their eyes, and REPEAT after you:

Dear God,
Thank You for
sending Jesus!
Help us to
worship Him always.
Thank you for our snack.
We love You.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

EAT the snack and clean up the eGroup area.

YOU CONNECT

MY GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS
COLLECTIBLE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Gumdrop Jar poster, Main Point Gumdrops, glue, Sharpie marker

HOLD UP the Gumdrop Jar poster and SAY: Each weekend you visit the Goody Goody Gumdrops game you can collect main point gumdrops to add to your Gumdrop Jar. These gumdrops will help remind us we WIN when we are a child of God! Collect 10 gumdrops and bring your jar back to Quest to receive a Goody Gumdrops sweet treat!

               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!

To receive today’s main point gumdrop, children will have to Remember, Think, and Follow! SAY: Let’s REMEMBER … who were the men in our Bible story? (the wise men) Let’s THINK … what did the wise men do when they found Jesus? (They gave Him gifts and worshipped Him.) The wise men followed the start to meet the new King and worship Him! If you can FOLLOW the wise men’s example set in our Bible story by worshipping Jesus, let’s say our main point together:

I can (point to self)
worship Jesus! (wave arms left and right)

GIVE each child a main point gumdrop.

SAY: Take your gumdrop home and glue it to your Gumdrop Jar poster. Make sure to look at your poster everyday to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we worshipped Jesus by bringing Him our best gifts! Let’s say our main point together:

I can (point to self)
worship Jesus! (wave arms left and right)

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A GUMDROP JAR POSTER: GIVE the child a Gumdrop Jar poster and GLUE the main point gumdrop on their poster. WRITE the child’s name on the back of the Gumdrop Jar poster with the Sharpie marker.

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES


CANDY COORDINATES
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Candy Connections mat, candy game pieces (4 types of candy, 10 of each piece), 2 dice, game card

PLACE Candy Coordinates mat in the center of the group. CHOOSE a Candy Coordinates game from the game card to play with your group.