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Quest eGroup :: Week of December 23

Special Delivery

Main Point: God gave us Jesus because He loves us
Bible Story: Happy Birthday, Jesus!
Bible Passage: Luke 2
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:We’ve been celebrating Jesus’ birthday all month long. Since His birthday is almost here, we’re having a “Happy Birthday, Jesus!”party in Quest this week! 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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS! | LUKE 2

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bible story cards, 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 using the Bible story cards. 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 announced that Mary would have a baby?” (an angel)
  2. “What was the baby’s name going to be?” (Jesus)
  3. “Where did Mary and Joseph travel?”(Bethlehem)
  4. “Was there a house or a hotel for Mary and Joseph to stay in when they got to Bethlehem?”(no)
  5. “Where did they end up sleeping?” (in a stable)
  6. “Who was born in the stable?” (Jesus)
  7. “When the angel appeared in the sky that night, who did he scare?”
    (the shepherds)
  8. “Did the angel give the shepherds good news or bad news?” (good news)
  9. “Did the shepherds tell everyone about baby Jesus or did they keep Him a secret?” (They told everyone about baby Jesus.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “The Christmas story is a story about the BEST gift ever. God loves us so much that He gave us Jesus. That’s worth celebrating! 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 this is the last week children can recite this verse 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.

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 this is the last week children can recite this verse 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

WE CAN TELL

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: party bags, Sharpie marker, noisemakers, Christmas tree cakes, napkins

What you do: Open the Special Delivery envelope and give each child a party bag. Write each child’s name on their bag with the Sharpie marker.

What you say: “These party bags will help us collect party supplies throughout the rest of our Happy Birthday Jesus Party! When we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, we’re celebrating when God gave us the greatest gift ever. Since we’re having a Happy Birthday Jesus Party, let’s play a party game that helps us remember what we’ve learned about Jesus’ birthday! If we do a great job with our party game, we’ll have a special party snack after we play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Give each child a noisemaker. Explain you will tell children something about Jesus’ birthday. If you tell them something that really happened when Jesus was born, children should jump up and blow their noisemakers to celebrate. If it didn’t really happen, children should place their noisemakers in their laps and make an ‘X’ with their arms.

Read the statements below and encourage children to respond appropriately. (Statements in bold are true statements.)

What you say:

  • An angel told Mary she would have a baby.
  • The angel told Mary the baby’s name would be Joseph.
  • The angel told Mary the baby’s name would be Jesus.
  • Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem.
  • There were no rooms for them to sleep in.
  • Mary and Joseph ended up sleeping in a swimming pool.
  • Mary and Joseph ended up sleeping in a stable.
  • Jesus was born in the stable.
  • The shepherds told the angels Jesus was born.
  • The angels told the shepherds Jesus was born.
  • The shepherds sent their sheep to see baby Jesus.
  • The shepherds ran to see baby Jesus.
  • The shepherds shared the news of Jesus’ birth with everyone.
  • God gave us Jesus because He loves us.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “We love to remember and celebrate Jesus’ birthday because He is the greatest gift ever! How do we know God loves us? (God gave us Jesus.)

You all did such an excellent job remembering what we’ve learned about Jesus’ birthday, I think we should eat a special party snack to celebrate! But before I give you the party snack, let’s thank God for His great gift to us. Dear God, thank You for loving us so much that You gave us Jesus. He is the greatest gift ever! Thank You for our snack and for friends to celebrate with. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

What you do: Encourage children to put their noisemakers in their party bags. Give each child a napkin and a Christmas tree cake. Allow children to eat their snack while the eGroup completes the “eKidz Journal and Main Point Card” activity (next page), then clean up the snack.

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, nativity story coloring books, crayon packs

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned God gave us Jesus because He loves us!

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: “When we go to someone’s birthday party, what do we bring them? (a gift) That’s right! We celebrate them and let them know we love them by giving them a gift. We can give Jesus a gift for His birthday, too. When we choose to be kind to others, when we sing songs about how awesome Jesus is, when we pray to tell Jesus how much we love Him, or anytime we do what God wants us to do, that’s a gift to Jesus! When I say your name, tell me one gift you can give Jesus to celebrate Him on His birthday. (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

There are so many things we can do to show Jesus we love Him on His birthday! Let’s pray together now and thank God for His great gift to us. Dear God, thank You for giving us Jesus. I pray that (name each child) will grow up celebrating Jesus’ birthday and believing that You gave us Jesus because You love us. We love You! 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 gave us Jesus because He loves us.’ 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 gave us Jesus because He loves us!

To help you remember the story of Jesus’ birthday and share it with others, I’m going to give each of you a coloring book that tells the Christmas story and a pack of crayons. You can put these in your special party bags to take home with you so you can keep celebrating even after our party is over!

What you do: Give each child a coloring book and a crayon pack, then help children put them in their special party bags. Put their main point cards in their party bags as well.

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: party hats

What you do: Spread children around the eGroup space. Tell children if they do a great job, they can earn one more thing to put in their party bags!

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 gave us Jesus because He loves us.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will strike a pose or say an action while saying today’s main point: “God gave us Jesus because He loves us.” 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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: You all did such an awesome job, I think you earned one last thing for your party bags! Each of you gets a party hat to take home. When you wear it, everyone will know you are celebrating! Then you can tell them all about who you’re celebrating at Christmas — JESUS!

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?”