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Quest eGroup:: Week of December 2

Special Delivery

Main Point: God told us He would give us Jesus
Bible Story: The Angel and Mary
Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46-49
Memory Verse: 
God (point arms straight up) has given (extend hands forward) a son (pretend to rock a baby) to us.” (point thumbs to chest) – Isaiah 9:6, NCV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

MINI COLORING PAGES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, mini coloring pages (set of 36)

What you do: Shuffle the stack of mini coloring pages. Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child three mini coloring pages.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to color their mini coloring pages. As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their coloring sheets. Use the coloring sheets as game pieces for the “Kid Connect: Special Delivery” activity below.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: game pieces (mini coloring pages from previous activity), giant game board (1), large foam die (1), instruction card

What you do: Spread the giant game board across the center of the eGroup space. Make sure each child has three mini coloring pages with the child’s name on them — these will become the game pieces for this activity.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to get all three of their game pieces on the game board. When you roll the die, you will read one of the descriptions for that number from the instruction card, explaining which children can lay one of their game pieces on the game board. To lay a piece down, children should call out the name of the object on one of their game pieces and then lay the game piece down on a square on the game board with the same picture. If a child forgets to say the name of the object on their game piece before laying it down, they must take the game piece back. The first child to get all three of their game pieces on the game board wins!

Each time the same number is rolled twice in a row, shout, “SPECIAL DELIVERY!” and deliver each of the children’s game pieces back to them, clearing all pieces off the board.

If both spots featuring an object are already covered, a child can lay their game piece on top of the previous one by calling out the name of the object two times. If they forget to say the name of the object two times, they must take their game piece back.

BETHLEHEM IN ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Christmas animal stickers

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “The story of Jesus’ birth is one of the most wonderful stories in the Bible! It would have been so exciting to be there in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. We’re going to play a game where we act out some of the things that might have happened the night Jesus was born!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will say the phrase, “I have a special delivery!” and then ask children to act out something that might have happened when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Tell children you will deliver a special Christmas Quest animal sticker to the child who does the best job acting out each action! If children complete an action when you didn’t start with, “I have a special delivery!” they will have to sit down for the next action.

For each action, give a sticker to the child who does the best job acting out that action. (If two children do equally well, it’s ok to give a sticker to each one!) After reading an instruction without the phrase, “I have a special delivery,” encourage any children who did the action to sit down, then re-read the same action beginning with the phrase, “I have a special delivery!”

What you say:

  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem on its back?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a cow in the stable?”
  • “Who can act like a little baby lying in a manger?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like Joseph holding baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a horse in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like an angel flying high in the sky?”
  • “Who can act like a sheep playing in a field?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a shepherd who was afraid when he heard the angels singing in the sky?”
  • “Who can act like a twinkling star, leading people to baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a wise man bringing a gift to baby Jesus?”

Get to Know You

Once the Worship Experience begins

SETTING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: stable mat, nativity cards (12)

What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the stable mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the nativity cards around (but not on) the table mat.

What you say: “This month we’re celebrating the birth of the most important person who ever lived on earth! Do you know who I’m talking about? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right; we’re celebrating Jesus’ birthday! Before we get started, let’s set up our nativity scene to help us remember what it looked like when Jesus was born while we get to know each other better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the nativity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the nativity card where he/she thinks it belongs on the stable mat.

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 hear a Bible story about the most special Christmas ever!”

Bible Connect

THE ANGEL AND MARY | LUKE 1:26-33, 38, 46-49

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: The Beginner’s Bible, Bible story 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 266-270 in the Beginner’s Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.

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

  1. “Who did God send the angel, Gabriel, to visit?” (Mary)
  2. “Was Mary sad or afraid when she saw the angel?” (afraid)
  3. “Did the angel tell Mary she was going to have a baby or a surprise party?”(a baby)
  4. “What did the angel tell Mary to name the baby?”(Jesus)
  5. “Was Mary surprised or mad she was going to have a baby?” (surprised)
  6. “The angel said all things are possible with who?” (God)
  7. “Did Mary say she would have the baby?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God sent the angel to Mary with BIG news! Can anyone tell me what the news was? (Pause.) Mary would have a baby and his name would be what? (Pause.) Yes! Jesus! God told us He would give us Jesus. What a special gift. How do we know God loves us?” (God gave us Jesus.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God gave us the greatest gift ever — Jesus!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.

What you say: “I am going to say our 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.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”

  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like the angels singing!”
  • “Say the verse in a crying voice, like a little baby!”
  • “Say the verse in a silly sheep voice!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! We know God loves us because He gave us Jesus!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

VERSE DELIVERY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: special delivery envelopes

What you do: Seat children in a circle.

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God gave us the greatest gift ever — Jesus! To practice our verse, we’re going to pass a special delivery envelope around our circle while I say our special delivery chant. If you’re holding the envelope when I finish the chant, you can choose a friend in our eGroup to deliver the envelope to, and then the two of you can say the memory verse together!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to pass the envelope around the circle while you say the special delivery chant (to the tune of “Eeny-meeney-miney-mo”): “It’s a special delivery, yes it’s true! God gave His Son to me and you! I’m excited and you are, too, because God gave His Son to me and you!” When the chant is over, ask the child holding the envelope to deliver it to a friend, then encourage the two of them to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! We know God loves us because He gave us Jesus!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

You Connect

THE GREATEST GIFT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: postcards (1 per child), crayons

What you say: “In our Bible story today, the angel delivered a very special message from God. He told Mary God was going to send His Son, Jesus. God told us He would give us Jesus, and we can tell others the good news, too!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Give each child a postcard and set the crayons in the center of the eGroup. Explain children will color their postcards to make them look extra special, and then after they leave children can mail their postcards to someone who needs to know about Jesus’ special birthday.

As children color, encourage them to share ideas about who they could send their postcards to. Offer suggestions as needed: a grandparent, an aunt/uncle, a friend, a neighbor, or a teacher.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “WOW! Your postcards look amazing! I cannot wait for you to mail them. It is so much fun to give things to people who are special to us. And we are so special to God that He gave us JESUS! How do we know God loves us?” (God gave us Jesus.)

What you do: Set the postcards aside until children are dismissed. Make sure each child takes their postcard home with them!

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned God told us He would give us Jesus. Jesus was the greatest gift ever!

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: “Since gifts are a big deal at Christmas, today we’re going to make a list of gifts we want for Christmas. When I say your name, tell me one gift you want for Christmas.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Do you know that even though all of these gifts would be super cool, Jesus is the most special gift anyone will ever give us? It’s true! God gave us Jesus to be our friend forever, because He loves us. So no matter what gifts you get for Christmas, God has already given you the BEST gift. God gave YOU Jesus!

Let’s pray together and thank Him now! Dear God, thank You for giving us Jesus, the most special gift ever! Things like (read the list the children made) would be great, but we know You’ve already given us the best gift we could ever get. 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. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!

Today’s main point card says, ‘God told us He would give us Jesus.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. 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 God told us He would give us Jesus!

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

MAIN POINT MIRRORING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Spread children around the eGroup space.

What you say: “For this game, you’ll need to REALLY concentrate. I want you to do exactly what I do and say exactly what I say. You’ll be like little mirrors of me while we practice our main point, “God told us He would give us Jesus.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will strike a pose or say an action while saying today’s main point: “God told us He would give us Jesus.” Children should repeat the main point while doing the exact same pose or action. After a few rounds, children who have done a great job mirroring your actions can have the opportunity to be the leader and make up poses or actions for the rest of the group!

Poses or actions could include:

  • cupping your hands around either side of your mouth like you’re shouting
  • standing with your feet spread apart and both hands in the air
  • running in place
  • rocking a baby
  • stomping your feet
  • jumping up and down
  • standing with your fists on your hips
  • doing a silly dance
  • standing on one leg with one arm up in the air
  • hopping on one foot
  • spinning in a circle
  • standing very still so only your mouth is moving
  • holding your thumb and pinkie to your face like a telephone
  • waving your arms over your head
  • clapping your hands as you say each word

Dismissal

BETHLEHEM IN ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Christmas animal stickers

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “The story of Jesus’ birth is one of the most wonderful stories in the Bible! It would have been so exciting to be there in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. We’re going to play a game where we act out some of the things that may have been happening the night Jesus was born!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will say the phrase, “I have a special delivery!” and then ask children to act out something that might have been happening when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. If children complete an action when you didn’t start with, “I have a special delivery!” they will have to sit down for the next instruction.

After each instruction, deliver a special high-five to the child who did the best job completing the action! After reading an instruction without the phrase, “I have a special delivery,” encourage any children who did the action to sit down, then re-read the same action beginning with the phrase, “I have a special delivery!”

What you say:

  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem on its back?”
  • “Who can act like a cow in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a little baby lying in a manger?”
  • “Who can act like Joseph holding baby Jesus?”
  • “Who can act like a horse in the stable?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like an angel flying high in the sky?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a sheep playing in a field?”
  • “Who can act like a shepherd who was afraid when he heard the angels singing in the sky?”
  • “I have a special delivery!Who can act like a twinkling star, leading people to baby Jesus?”
  • “I have a special delivery! Who can act like a wise man bringing a gift to baby Jesus?”