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Quest eGroup :: Jan 23/24

Goody Goody Gumdrops

MAIN POINT

I can be
(point to self)
in God’s
(point up)
family!
(spread arms wide)

BIBLE STORY

Nicodemus and Jesus
John 3:1-17

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. die

PLACE crayons in the center of the circle and GIVE each child a Quest candy coloring pageINSTRUCT 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 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.

NICODEMUS AND 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. Who wanted to know about Jesus, but was scared others would find out? (Nicodemus)
  2. Did Nicodemus go see Jesus early in the morning or late at night? (late at night)
  3. What did Jesus tell Nicodemus? (How to be in God’s family)
  4. Jesus told Nicodemus when we believe in Him, whose family do we get to be part of forever? (God’s)

SAY: You and I can be part of God’s family too! When we believe in Jesus, God’s own Son, we can be in God’s family forever! Repeat our main point after me:

I can be (point to self)
in God’s ( point up)
family! (spread arms wide)

BIBLE CONNECT

IF YOU …
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
candy pieces, 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.

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 the children have ROLLED the die, CHOOSE children to RECITE the verse based on the following instructions. 

Recite our verse if you …

  • have [insert number from 1-6] piece(s) of candy
  • have [insert color: yellow, pink, purple, teal] candy
  • have [insert number from 1-6] piece(s) of [insert color: yellow, pink, purple, teal] candy
  • have [insert color: yellow, pink, purple, teal] and [insert color: yellow, pink, purple, teal] candies

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

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.

I SPY
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
I Spy mat, I Spy cards, magnifying glass (1 per child)

SAY: You and I can be in God’s family! If you love the people in your family, let me see you give yourself a great big hug! ENCOURAGE children to hug themselves. ASK: What are some things you like to do with your family? ALLOW children to RESPOND.

SAY: There are lots of fun things we can do with our families. Something I like to do with my family is play games. Let’s play a game to help us learn more about being in God’s family. 

PLACE  the I Spy mat in the center of the group. If you have a large group, use two mats so all children can see the mat. GIVE each child a magnifying glass and EXPLAIN children will find different images on the I Spy mat. HOLD UP one I Spy card and READ the card aloud.

ENCOURAGE  children to complete the actions and USE the magnifying glass to find the hidden image.

CONTINUE until all I Spy cards have been DISCUSSED.

SAY: It’s so fun to be in God’s family. God loves us so much He wants ALL of us to be in His family! We can believe in Jesus and be in His family FOREVER! Let’s say our main point together:

I can be (point to self)
in God’s (point up)
family! (spread arms wide)

YOU CONNECT

BEAR-Y FUN FAMILY TIME
SNACK ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES:

Family Time mat(1 per child), Teddy Grahams, cup (1 per child)

SAY: There are so many fun things to do with our families. If you love to do fun things with your family, clap three times. ALLOW children to CLAP. HOLD UP the Family Time mat. SAY: Here is a picture with some fun things we can do with our families. Let’s see what fun we can have!

GIVE each child a  Family Time mat. USE the plastic cup to GIVE each child one scoop of Teddy Grahams on the Family Time mat. EXPLAIN children will HEAR instructions and COMPLETE the actions using their Teddy Grahams. 

READ the situations below and HELP children COMPLETE the actions for each family activity. REMIND children to not eat their Teddy Grahams until we pray!

  • Can you find the picnic basket? Families can have picnics together when it’s nice outside! Sit two of your Teddy Grahams on the picnic blanket so they can share their lunch with each other. 
  • Where is the picture of the beach? Sometimes families go on vacations together and visit fun places, like the beach or the mountains. Pretend one of your Teddy Grahams is swimming in the ocean before sitting it down on the beach. 
  • Everybody point to the picture of the Goody Goody Gumdrops game board. Can families play games togethers? That’s right! Pretend like one of your Teddy Grahams is a game piece and sit on the Goody Goody Gumdrops game board. 
  • Do you see a picture of a park? Families can go play at a park to have lots of fun together. Make one of your Teddy Grahams slide down the slide then sit on the swing.
  • Where is a picture of a family having dinner together? When we eat dinner with our families we can eat and talk together. Put one of your Teddy Graham at the empty char at the table. 
  • Can you find the tent? Some families might have fun by going camping together outside. Put one of your Teddy Grahams inside the tent like its camping. 

SAY: Great job! I want you to take one more Teddy Graham and put it on the picture of the thing you like to do best with your family! ALLOW children to COMPLETE the action.

SAY: One more thing families can do together is pray together. Let’s all pray together and thank God for our snack.

ENCOURAGE children to BOW their heads, CLOSE their eyes, and REPEAT after you:

Dear God, / Thank You / for our snack. /

Thank You / for choosing me / to be in Your family. / 

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 FollowSAY: Let’s REMEMBER … who were the people in our Bible story? (Nicodemus and Jesus) Let’s THINK … did Jesus tell Nicodemus how to be in His family? (yes.) When we believe in Jesus we can be in God’s family forever! If you can FOLLOW Nicodemus’ example and be in God’s family, let’s say our main point together:

I can be (point to self)
in God’s (point up)
family! (spread arms wide)

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 learned we can be in God’s family when we believe in Jesus! Let’s say our main point together:

I can be(point to self)
in God’s (point up)
family! (spread arms wide)

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 posterWRITE 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.