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Quest eGroup :: June 4/5

Wonder! Clubhouse:
Building Together

MAIN POINT

God gives me
(thumbs to chest)
good friends!
(two thumbs up)

BIBLE STORY

David Review
1 Samuel 18-20; 2 Samuel 6,9

MEMORY VERSE

Therefore (point out)
encourage one another 
(two thumbs up) 
and build each other up. 
(push palms up to the sky)
1 Thessalonians 5:11 
(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 COLORING PAGE
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 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.

KID CONNECT

BUILDING TOGETHER
GAME ACTIVITY
SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES
SUPPLIES
Game board, Quest animal game pieces, location cards, die, Jenga blocks
SPREAD the game board out in the middle of the circle. EXPLAIN children will work with a partner to get their Quest animal game pieces to a specific location and then build something special together. The first team to get both Quest animals to their location and complete their block structure wins!

ALLOW each child to choose a Quest animal game piece. PLACE the Quest animal on the house on the game board that is the same color as that Quest animal. ASSIGN children to work as a team by PAIRING each child with the child next to them. Groups of three can be created as needed.

GIVE each team a location card. TELL children their goal is to get their Quest animal from the house to the location on that card. HELP children find the location on the game board as needed.

ROLL the die. All players will MOVE their Quest animals according to the number rolled. USE the table to TELL players how to move.

REPEAT until both members of a team arrive at their assigned location. GIVE that team ten Jenga blocks. INSTRUCT that team to turn over their location card and use the blocks to build a structure that looks just like the picture. All constructions can lie flat on the ground; they do not need to be three-dimensional.

While those children build, CONTINUE rolling the die and proceed with the game. Other teams may BUILD their structures as they arrive at their assigned locations. The first team to finish building the block structure on the back of their location card wins!

KID CONNECT

CONSTRUCTION ZONE
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
game board, Quest animal game pieces, construction cards, Jenga block

SPREAD the game board out in the center of the circle. EXPLAIN children will earn blocks by guessing which location card you will draw from the stack. They will use these blocks to build something and the best construction will win!

ALLOW each child to choose a Quest animal game piece. ASSIGN children to work as a team by PAIRING each child with the child next to them. Groups of three can be created as needed.

ASK each child to guess which location they think you’ll choose and place their Quest animal game piece on that location on the game board. TAKE a construction card from the stack. GIVE each child with a Quest animal game piece on that location two Jenga blocks. PLACE the construction card face down over that location so the “Under Construction” side is facing up. REMIND children not to place their Quest animals on that location anymore. REPEAT until all construction cards have been used and placed on the game board.

NAME a structure for partners to build from the suggested list below. ASK children to work with their partner to create this structure using the blocks they have earned. After about a minute, ANNOUNCE they have ten seconds left to finish their structure and COUNT DOWN for them out loud. CHOOSE the best structure to be the winner!

GET TO KNOW YOU

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

WOULD YOU RATHER…?

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Die, leader card, Quest animal sticker

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview:

Friends do lots of fun things together. We eat together and play together. Friends take care of one another, help one another, and praise God together, too! God gave us a very special gift when He gave us the gift of friendship. Our lives are better when we build them together with our friends!

ROLL the die and INTRODUCE yourself. READ the question from the leader sheet that corresponds to the color you rolled and SHARE your answer with the eGroup.

ENCOURAGE each child to ROLL the die, introduce themselves, and ANSWER the corresponding question.

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.

DAVID PRAISES GOD
BIBLE STORY

SUGGESTED TIME
8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Bible Story Cards, tool stickers

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

SAY: We’ve spent the last four weeks learning about friendship from the story of David in the Bible. Today, we’re going to review what makes great, Godly friendships by remembering what we’ve learned!

SHOW and READ the Bible Story from the Bible story cards.

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

  1. Who was David’s best friend? (Jonathan)
  2. How did David and Jonathan meet? (David worked in Jonathan’s father’s palace.)
  3. Did David and Jonathan like to have fun together, or were they always serious? (They liked to have fun!)
  4. When David had to run away, how did Jonathan comfort him? (by promising to stay friends forever)
  5. Who did David help from Jonathan’s family? (Jonathan’s son)
  6. Can we have great friendships like David and Jonathan’s? (Yes!)

SAY: We can build strong friendships by having fun together, comforting each other, and helping each other! We can thank God for our friends because He gives us good friends! Repeat our main point after me:

God gives me (thumbs to chest)
good friends! (two thumbs up)

BIBLE CONNECT

SAY IT TOGETHER
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
tool cards, memory verse tool

SAY: This month we are learning about one of the greatest gifts God has given us – our friends! Our new Bible verse teaches us how to build great friendships. It says:

Therefore (point out)
encourage one another (two thumbs up)
and build each other up. (push palms up to sky)
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (open hands like a book)

PRACTICE the memory verse together a few times.

GIVE each child a tool card. EXPLAIN each tool has a “friend” – a tool that helps that tool do its job. ASK children to find the friend who has the tool card that goes with theirs. TELL children they can look at the smaller picture at the top of their tool card if they aren’t sure which tool to look for. Once children have found their partners, INSTRUCT children to sit in a circle beside their partners.

SAY: Stand and say the verse with your partner if both of you…

  • have the same color hair.
  • are the same age.
  • are wearing the same color.
  • can balance your tool card on your fingertip.

EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse tool for their Building Together poster!

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

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.

FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-12 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
leader bag, pipe cleaners, straw beads, leader sheet

SAY: God gives us great friends to enjoy life with, and we can find friends in so many different places! While we think about some of the different places we can make friends, we’re going to build special friendship bracelets together!

NOTE: As you give instructions for creating the bracelets, you should also create a bracelet for yourself to model each step throughout the process. Use the materials in the separate leader bag.

GIVE each child a pipe cleaner. SHOW children how to BEND one side of their pipe cleaner so the beads won’t fall off.

READ prompts from the leader sheet one at a time and GIVE children the straw beads as instructed. HELP children slide their beads onto the pipe cleaner as they get them.

HELP each child WRAP the bracelet around their wrist. TWIST the ends of the pipe cleaner together to secure the bracelet and TUCK the ends of the pipe cleaner back into the straws.

REVIEW the meanings for each bead on the bracelet. SAY: The colors on these bracelets are great reminders of all of the places we can find friends! Let’s remember what these places are together. TOUCH each bead as you say the color. Yellow is for school. Green is for our neighborhood. Orange is for church. Red is for the playground. Purple is for the library. Blue is for the pool.

REMIND children to keep their bracelets on their wrists and use them to remember places they can look for friends.

SAY: God loves when we find great friends we can spend time with. Let’s say our main point together:

God gives me (thumbs to chest)
good friends! (two thumbs up)

YOU CONNECT

BUILD A FRIEND
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES:
snack mat, raisins, building cards

NOTE: As you lead the activity, take a snack mat and a box of raisins for yourself to model the instructions for children.

GIVE each child a snack mat. TELL children to choose a friend (either the boy or girl) and flip to that side.

SAY: Look at the friends on your snack mats. Does anything look funny about these friends? ALLOW response. It looks like there are some things missing from these pictures! Let’s remember some of the things we’ve learned about why friends are so important while we build the missing pieces onto these friends with our snack!

GIVE each child a box of raisins but INSTRUCT them not to eat any yet!

EXPLAIN children will use their raisins to build the missing parts onto their “friend” on the snack mat. HOLD OUT the building cards and ASK a child to choose one. READ the instructions on the back of the card and ENCOURAGE children to arrange raisins on their snack mats as instructed. REPEAT until all cards have been completed.

SAY: Your friends look great now that you’ve built all of the missing parts! And we remembered so many things we’ve learned about why it’s important for us to build great friendships. Before we eat our raisins, let’s stop to thank God for our snack and for the gift of friends!

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 giving us good friends
so we can build our lives together!
We love you!
Amen.

EAT the snack and clean up the eGroup area.

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES


CONSTRUCTION ZONE
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
game board, Quest animal game pieces, construction cards, Jenga blocks

SPREAD the game board out in the center of the circle. EXPLAIN children will be earning blocks by guessing which location card you will draw from the stack. They will use these blocks to build something and the best construction will win!

ALLOW each child to choose a Quest animal game piece. ASSIGN children to work as a team by PAIRING each child with the child next to them. Groups of three can be created as needed.

ASK each child to guess which location they think you’ll choose and place their Quest animal game piece on that location on the game board. TAKE a construction card from the stack. GIVE each child with a Quest animal game piece on that location two Jenga blocks. PLACE the construction card face down over that location so the “Under Construction” side is facing up. REMIND children not to place their Quest animals on that location anymore. REPEAT until all construction cards have been used and placed on the game board.

NAME a structure for partners to build from the suggested list below. ASK children to work with their partner to create this structure using the blocks they have earned. After about a minute, ANNOUNCE they have ten seconds left to finish their structure and COUNT DOWN for them out loud. CHOOSE the best structure to be the winner!

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • Allow children to have free play time with the Jenga blocks.
  • Create your own simple structure with the Jenga blocks and encourage the children to recreate it with their blocks.