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Quest eGroup :: Jan 9/10

Goody Goody Gumdrops

MAIN POINT

I
(point to self)
can grow
(squat low then jump high)
like Jesus!
(point up)

BIBLE STORY

Jesus At The Temple
Luke 2:41-52

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 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 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.

JESUS AT THE TEMPLE
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. When Jesus was a boy, we went on a trip with his family. Where did they go? (the temple)
  2. What did they do at the temple? (Sang songs and prayed to God.)
  3. At the end of the day they started to walk home, but who was missing? (Jesus)
  4. How many days did they search for Jesus? (three)
  5. Where did they find Jesus? (at the temple)
  6. What was Jesus doing? (talking about God)

SAY: Jesus was talking about God and learning at the temple! When we come to church, we can learn and grow just like Jesus! Repeat our main point after me:

I (point to self)
can grow (squat low then jump high)
like Jesus! (point up)

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 children have ROLLED the die, CHOOSE children to RECITE the verse based on the following statements:

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 recited the memory verse.

EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a 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 GROW
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
grow card (1 per child), leader cards

SAY: After Jesus’ family realized Jesus was missing, they looked for Him and found Him in the temple! What was Jesus doing? ALLOW children to respond. (He was talking about God and asking questions.)

HOLD UP a grow card and review the three pictures. SAY: Jesus was learning and growing in the temple. There are three ways we can grow like Jesus. We can grow by reading the Bible (POINT to the Bible picture), by we can grow by coming to church (POINT to the church picture), and we can grow by asking questions! (POINT to question mark picture.)

GIVE each child a grow card. INSTRUCT children to PLACE the grow card on the ground in front of him or her. READ the statement from the front of a leader card (the front is the side with a picture). After LISTENING to the statement on the card, ENCOURAGE children to point to the picture on their grow card the statement is describing.

CONTINUE until all leader cards have been DISCUSSED.

SAY: Jesus wants us to grow more like Him as we grow each day. The more we learn about Jesus, the more we can grow like Him! Let’s say our main point together:

I (point to self)
can grow (squat low then jump high)
like Jesus! (point up)

YOU CONNECT

FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS
SNACK ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
walking map, number die, candy feet, cup

SAY: When it was time for Jesus’ family to go home after worshiping in the temple, they walked all day. But they forgot one person – Jesus! Let’s follow the footsteps and walk as fast as we can to find Jesus.

GIVE each child a walking map and USE the plastic cup to GIVE each child one scoop of candy feet. PLACE the candy feet on the candy section of the map. EXPLAIN children will try to be the first to PLACE candy feet on each foot space on their walking map.

Children will take turns ROLLING the die and PLACING the corresponding number of candy feet on their walking map. ENCOURAGE children to PUT one piece of candy on each foot on the walking map.

ALLOW children to take turns ROLLING the die and PLACING candy feet on their walking map.

To win the game, a child needs to have 18 pieces of candy on their walking map.

CONTINUE until one child has a full walking map and has found Jesus at the temple!

SAY: You followed the footsteps to Jesus! It took Jesus’ family three days to find Him and when they did, He was in the temple talking about God! Let’s talk to God right now and thank Him for today and our snack.

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

Dear God,
Thank You
that we can grow
like Jesus.
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 was the boy in our Bible story? (Jesus) Let’s THINK … where did Jesus’ family find Him after searching for three days? (in the temple) Jesus stayed at the temple to talk about God and learn more about Him! If you can FOLLOW Jesus’ example and grow like Him, let’s say our main point together:

I (point to self)
can grow (squat low then jump high)
like Jesus! (point up)

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 grow like Jesus by reading our Bible, coming to church, and asking questions, just like Jesus did! Let’s say our main point together:

I (point to self)
can grow (squat low then jump high)
like Jesus! (point up)

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.