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Quest eGroup :: Week of December 10

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE:

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

Main Point

I can believe the good news.

Bible Story

Jesus Born in a Stable
Luke 2:1-7

Memory Verse

I bring you (bring hands to chest)
good news (right arm up)
of great joy. (left arm up)
Luke 2:10, NIV (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT #1

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
KID CONNECT is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with your eGroup 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.

PICTURE JUMBLE COLORING PAGES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, Picture Jumble pages

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a Picture Jumble page.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say:  “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Clubhouse, but it’s also kind of a mess! Since pigs love to eat, our friend Pink Pig really wants some yummy snacks for Christmas! Can you find all of the different kinds of food scattered around the Clubhouse and color them with your favorite color crayon?”

What you do: Encourage children to find the water toys in the picture and color them all the same color. Offer help finding the water toys as needed. Once children have colored in the water toys, they can color in the rest of the picture.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

KID CONNECT #2

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: TIC-TAC-TOE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Countdown to Christmas game board, ornament pieces (4 different ornaments, 12 of each)

What you do: Divide children into two to four teams. Place the game board in the center of the eGroup and give each team a set of ornament pieces. Explain children will work together as teams to get three of their ornaments in a row on the board to win!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: One at a time, instruct each team to place one of their ornament pieces anywhere on the board. Encourage children to work together as a team to decide where to place their piece. The goal is for a team to get three of their pieces in a row on the board without letting another team get three in a row first. (eGL Tip: Especially with younger groups, it might help early in the game to point out opportunities to block the other team from getting three in a row.)

KID CONNECT #3

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: SEQUENCE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Countdown to Christmas game board, ornament pieces (4 different ornaments, 12 of each), game cards

What you do: Divide children into two to four teams. Place the game board in the center of the eGroup area and give each team a set of ornament pieces. Explain children will work together as teams to get three of their ornaments in a row on the board to win!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Shuffle the game cards and give each team three cards. Teams may look at their cards, but encourage them not to let the other teams see them. Place the remaining cards near the board as a draw pile.

Choose a team to go first. Encourage this team to place one of their ornaments on the game board on a space that matches one of the cards in their hand. After doing that, they can discard that card and choose a new one from the draw pile.

If a team has a card that says, “Remove an ornament from any space,” the team may remove another team’s ornament from any space on the board. “Place your ornament on any space” means the team can put their ornament on any space that does not already contain an ornament.

Continue by repeating with each team until a team wins by getting three in a row on the game board.

GET TO KNOW YOU

SETTING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Nativity stable mat, nativity pieces (12), Quest animal stickers

What you do: Place the stable mat in the center of the floor. Spread out the nativity pieces around the eGroup area, away from the stable mat.

What you say: “This month we’re learning about the good news that God sent His Son Jesus to Earth to be our Savior! Christmas is when we celebrate the day Jesus was born. We will learn all about the story of Jesus’ birth and how we can celebrate and share the good news with others! As we count down to Christmas, let’s put together a picture of what it looked like when Jesus was born!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will get to choose a piece from the nativity set and answer the question on the back before placing it on the stable mat. Introduce yourself to the group, then choose a piece from the nativity set, answer the question, and place the piece on the stable mat. Encourage each child to do the same.

After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

What you 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)

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)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to help each other hear a great Bible story and learn something exciting about the most special Person who ever lived!”

BIBLE CONNECT: BIBLE STORY

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 BORN IN A STABLE

LUKE 1:26-33, 38, 46

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Ollie stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 276-281 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

  1. “Where did Mary and Joseph travel?” (Bethlehem)
  2. “Was Bethlehem close by or far away?” (far away)
  3. “Were there a lot of people in Bethlehem or not many?” (a lot)
  4. “Since the inn was full, where did Mary and Joseph end up sleeping?” (in a stable)
  5. “Who was born that night in the stable?” (Jesus)
  6. “Where did baby Jesus sleep?” (in the manger)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I am so glad Mary and Joseph found a place to stay and I am so glad God loves us so much that He gave us Jesus! That is really good news! And we know we can believe this good news because it’s in the Bible, and everything in the Bible is true!”

BIBLE CONNECT: MEMORY VERSE

Choose one of the memory verse activity options to help children learn and practice the Bible verse together.

NOTE: Children cannot receive a memory verse card week one of the series.

VERSE VOICE COUNTDOWN

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse card (1)

What you say: “This month we’re learning about the good news that God sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior. This is the best news we could ever get! Our verse this month tells us this good news brings us great joy!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I am going to say our new memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Great job! Now we’re going to practice the voice together at different volumes! I’ll count down, then if I call out ‘Voice level 4,’ say the verse as loud as you can. If I call out ‘Voice level 3,’ say the verse in a normal voice. If I call out ‘Voice level 2,’ say the verse in a whisper. If I call out ‘Voice level 1,’ just mouth the verse without saying the words.”

What you do: Count down from 4 (“4, 3, 2, 1!”) and then call out “Voice Level [choose number 1 through 4].” Encourage kids to say the verse with the motions at the appropriate volume level.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

SHARE THE GOOD NEWS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Jesus piece (from the Get to Know You nativity set), memory verse card (1)

What you say: “This month we’re learning about the good news that God sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior. This is the best news we could ever get! Our verse this month tells us this good news brings us great joy!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Cover your eyes and encourage children to pass the Jesus piece around the circle until you call out, “Stop.” When you say, “Stop,” encourage the child holding the Jesus piece to choose a friend to help them as they stand up and say the verse together. Repeat until each child has had a turn to practice the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT #1

 

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.

WE CAN BELIEVE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: activity cards (6)

What you do: Shuffle the activity cards and spread them around the center of the eGroup with the numbered ornaments facing up.

What you say: “When we believe something, that means we choose to know and remember something is true. We can believe the good news about Jesus’ birth! Let’s think about all the parts of the good news we believe.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Ask a child to choose a number from one to six. (eGL Tip: For younger groups, count to six together and then ask the child to choose one of those numbers.) Pick up the activity card that matches the number the child chose and read the back of the card. After following the instructions, place the card on the floor in front of you.

Repeat for the remaining activity cards. (You may need to remind children to only choose the numbers on the remaining activity cards.) Each time you have finished following the instructions on another activity card, place the activity card on the floor in front of you along with the previous cards to form a line. Encourage children to help you put the numbers in order from biggest to smallest.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Let’s use the ornaments to help us count down from six to one, and when we’re finish counting down, I’ll ask you an important question about the good news we believe! Count down with me!” (Point to the numbers on each activity card as you count.) “Six, five, four, three, two, one! Why is Jesus special?” (Jesus is God’s Son!)

 

YOU CONNECT #2

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND COLLECTIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, collectible poster, main point card, glue, Sharpie marker, eKidz eGroup prayer journal

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can believe the good news. Now we’re going to remember what we believe and write it in our eGroup prayer journal.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.

What you say: “Today we’re going to write down what we believe about the good news. We know the good news is about Jesus’ birth. What do you believe about Jesus’ birth?” (Write down children’s names and what they say. If children struggle to remember something, refer back to the ideas on the back of the “We Can Believe” activity cards.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for letting us hear the good news that Jesus is Your Son. Thank You that we can believe (read the list children made from the journal). We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your collectible poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize!

Today’s main point card says, ‘I can believe the good news.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your collectible poster at home.”

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A COLLECTIBLE POSTER: Give the child a collectible poster and glue the main point card on their poster. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned we can believe the good news about Jesus’ birth!”

What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

YOU CONNECT #3

I BELIEVE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “I believe the good news about Jesus’ birth. I also believe Jesus loves when we have fun together in church while we learn about Him! Let’s play a game and think about some of the other things we believe.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read the instructions below and count down while children complete the movements.

What you say: “Let’s see if you believe the same things I do!”

  • “I believe the sky is blue. If you believe the sky is blue, hop on one foot while I count down from eight!” (Count down from eight.)
  • “I believe Jesus wants to be my best friend. If you believe Jesus wants to be your best friend too, pat your legs like a drumroll while I count down from five!” (Count down from five.)
  • “I believe Ollie can fly. If you believe Ollie can fly, spin around in place while I count down from six!” (Count down from six.)
  • “I believe God made each of us. If you believe God made us, jump up and down as fast as you can while I count down from ten!” (Count down from ten.)
  • “I believe Christmas is coming soon! If you believe it’s almost Christmas, flap your arms like angel wings while I count down from seven!” (Count down from seven.)
  • “I believe we see the moon and stars in the sky at night. If you believe we see the moon and stars at night, pretend to sleep while I count down from three!” (Count down from three.)
  • “I believe the good news of Jesus’ birth is the best news ever! If you believe that’s the best news, clap your hands while I count down from four!” (Count down from four.)
  • “I believe we’re going to have fun at our Quest Pajama Party next week. If you believe our Pajama Party will be fun, do a happy dance while I count down from nine!” (Count down from nine.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I believe you all did a great job! Way to go, friends!”

DISMISSAL ACTIVITY

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: TIC-TAC-TOE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Countdown to Christmas game board, ornament pieces (4 different ornaments, 12 of each)

What you do: Divide children into two to four teams. Place the game board in the center of the eGroup and give each team a set of ornament pieces. Explain children will work together as teams to get three of their ornaments in a row on the board to win!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: One at a time, instruct each team to place one of their ornament pieces anywhere on the board. Encourage children to work together as a team to decide where to place their piece. The goal is for a team to get three of their pieces in a row on the board without letting another team get three in a row first. (eGL Tip: Especially with younger groups, it might help early in the game to point out opportunities to block the other team from getting three in a row.)

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: SEQUENCE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Countdown to Christmas game board, ornament pieces (4 different ornaments, 12 of each), game cards

What you do: Divide children into two to four teams. Place the game board in the center of the eGroup area and give each team a set of ornament pieces. Explain children will work together as teams to get three of their ornaments in a row on the board to win!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Shuffle the game cards and give each team three cards. Teams may look at their cards, but encourage them not to let the other teams see them. Place the remaining cards near the board as a draw pile.

Choose a team to go first. Encourage this team to place one of their ornaments on the game board on a space that matches one of the cards in their hand. After doing that, they can discard that card and choose a new one from the draw pile.

If a team has a card that says, “Remove an ornament from any space,” the team may remove another team’s ornament from any space on the board. “Place your ornament on any space” means the team can put their ornament on any space that does not already contain an ornament.

Continue by repeating with each team until a team wins by getting three in a row on the game board.