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Quest eGroup Week of February 10

Sweet Shop

Main Point: Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong.
Bible Story: Zacchaeus
Bible Passage: John 4:1-30
Memory Verse: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12, NIV

 

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking what they have done today or what they are going to do.

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.

OATS FOR OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need:
giant game board, oats pieces (40), spinner, Ollie piece, candy obstacle pieces (3)

What you do:
Place the game board in the center of the group and put Ollie on the “Start” space. Scatter the oats pieces around the game board (not on the path). Place candy obstacle pieces on any three spaces along the path.

What you say: “Ollie is heading back to the Clubhouse, and he’s pretty hungry! We need to work together to gather all the oats before Ollie gets to the Clubhouse so he’ll have plenty to eat.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do:
Explain children will all be working together. This game is cooperative, not competitive, so everyone wins or loses together.

Children will take turns spinning the spinner and then moving Ollie along the path to the next space that matches the picture on the spinner. As they move, the whole group should count aloud the number of spaces moved. Collect that many oats pieces from anywhere on the game board and stack them on the Clubhouse. If the spinner lands on the eGroup Leader, the eGroup Leader will take one oats piece from the Clubhouse.

If Ollie lands on a space showing the Quest animal with oats, the group can put one extra oats piece on the Clubhouse. If Ollie lands on a space with a candy obstacle piece, before moving on everyone must stand up and pretend to jump over a big piece of icky sticky candy.

When Ollie reaches the Clubhouse, the game is over. If all the oats pieces are in the Clubhouse by the time he gets there, everyone wins!

CANDY WALK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: candy piece cards (20), foam die (1)What you do: Create a large circle on the floor with the candy piece cards. Ask each child to stand behind a candy piece card (around the outside of the circle).What you say: “This circle is going to be our eGroup’s Sweet Shop! As you walk around our Sweet Shop, make sure you are always standing right behind one of our candy pieces. The last child left standing in the Sweet Shop wins!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will walk around the circle as you clap a steady beat, stepping from one card to the next as you clap. (Remind children to stand behind the cards, not on them.) When you stop clapping, all children should freeze behind one of the candy piece cards. Roll the foam die and then read one of the statements below. Use the following key to determine which candy piece word to say when reading an instruction below:

1 = sprinkles 3 = green candy 5 = Sweet Shop sign2 = peppermint 4 = yellow candy 6 = everyone

Continue rolling the die and reading the statements below until only one child is left. If multiple children remain at the end, declare them each a winner!

What you say:
“If you are standing behind the [candy card], march in place while you pretend to march around the candy shop and turn on our candy-making machines!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)“If you are standing behind the [candy card], walk to three other friends and tell them, ‘The Sweet Shop is open!’ Then return to your candy piece card.”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], pretend to hold a giant spoon and stir some hot, sticky candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], slowly stretch your arms out as wide as you can while you pretend to stretch out some sticky, stretch taffy candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], shake a giant sprinkle shaker over the top of all the candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], pretend to eat samples of some of your favorite kinds of candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

GET TO KNOW YOU

SWEET CHOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: foam die (1), question sheet (1), Quest animal stickers
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about how much Jesus loves each of us. He loves us more than anyone else ever will, and He loves us no matter what! Before we hear a Bible story about a time when Jesus showed how big His love is, let’s get to know each other a little bit better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give each child a turn to roll the die. Ask the child to answer one of the questions for the rolled number from the question sheet.
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:
Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)
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 animal 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 a time when Jesus showed someone His amazing love for them!”

BIBLE CONNECT

Zacchaeus

Luke 19:1-10

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: God’s Story for Me 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 403-408 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. 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 was a tax collector?” (Zacchaeus)
  2. “Did people like Zacchaeus?” (no)
  3. “Did Zacchaeus get rich by working hard or by taking people’s money?”(He took people’s money.)
  4. “Was Zacchaeus short or tall?”(short) 
  5. “What did Zacchaeus climb up so he could see Jesus over the crowd?”
    (a tree)
  6. “Did Jesus see Zacchaeus up in the tree?” (yes)
  7. “Did Jesus want to go to Zacchaeus’s office or his house?” (his house)
  8. “Did Zacchaeus decide to give money back to the people he stole from or just try to do better the next time?” (He decided to give money back.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Zacchaeus took money from people, but Jesus was kind to him anyway! Even though Zacchaeus made bad choices, Jesus still loved him. He loves everyone! Who does Jesus love?” (Jesus loves everyone.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we should show love to others because Jesus has already given His great love to us!”

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, sweet voice, like a super sweet lollipop!”
“Say the verse in a soft voice, like soft, fluffy cotton candy!”
“Say the verse super slooooowly, like you’re stretching out a piece of taffy!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Jesus has given us His love so we can share it with others!”
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 CORRECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: candy plates (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Place the candy plate in the center of the circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we should show love to others because Jesus has already given His great love to us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen to you say the verse. Most of the time, you’ll say it with a mistake in it. When children hear the mistake, they should put a finger over their mouth. When you say the verse correctly, children will race to put their finger on the candy plate. The last child to put their finger on the plate will choose two friends to stand and say the verse with them. Repeat until all children have had an opportunity to practice the verse.
Suggestions for ways to say the verse with mistakes (mistakes are underlined):
“Love each other as I have loved yummy candy.”
“Love each otter as I have loved you.”
“Love your mother as I have loved you.”
“Love each other as eyeball has loved you.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Jesus has given us His love so we can share it with others!”
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

GOOD CHOICE/BAD CHOICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: face cards (2), choice cards (8)

What you do: Place the face cards face-up in the center of the eGroup.

What you say: “We make choices every day. Sometimes we make good choices, but sometimes we make bad choices. Let’s see if you know which choices are right and which ones are wrong!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children a choice card and read the corresponding scenario below. Encourage children to give two thumbs up if the person is making a good choice or two thumbs down if the person is making a bad choice. If the picture shows a good choice, place it beside the smiling face. If the picture shows a bad choice, place it beside the crying face.

What you say: (Read the scenario for each choice card as it is shown.)

  • These two girls are sharing a doll with each other.
  • This boy is making his bed.
  • This girl is leaving her toys all over the floor.
  • These friends are sharing sidewalk chalk.
  • This boy is refusing to eat his food.
  • This girl is helping her mom by dusting.
  • These friends are not sharing a toy.
  • This boy is sweeping up the food he dropped on the floor.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job picking out the good choices and bad choices! We all make bad choices sometimes, but even when we do, Jesus still loves us! Who does Jesus love?” (Jesus loves everyone.)

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 Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong!”

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 people do something wrong, it can make it harder for us to love them. Maybe they don’t share with us, or they say words that hurt our feelings, or they break something that is special to us. All of these things are wrong, but Jesus still wants us to love the people who do them the same way He loves them. Today we’re going to make a list of things that make it hard for us to love others. When we pray we can ask God to help us love everyone even when they do something wrong. When I say your name, tell me one thing that makes it hard for us to love others.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

Let’s pray together now! Dear God, we want to love everyone the way Jesus loves everyone. Sometimes it’s hard when they do something wrong like (read the list the children made). Please help us to forgive others and love them anyway—the same way You forgive us and love us. Your love is so big, God! Help our love be big, too. 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, ‘Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong.’ 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 Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong!”

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

FRIEND TO FRIEND

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Spread children out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a game to practice our main point! I will call out a body part pair like ‘elbow to elbow’ and when I do, I want you to find a friend and put those two things together. So you would find a friend and touch your elbows together. The last two friends to put those two things together will have to say the main point together, or they will be out for the next round!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out one of the body part pairs below. Encourage children to find a friend and put those two things together. The last two friends to do so should say the main point together. If they cannot, sit them out for one round.

eGL Tips:
Remind children not to run or push while playing the game!
If the eGroup has an odd number of children, let children know you are available to be someone’s friend.

What you say:
“Elbow to elbow!”
“Toes to toes!”
“Knee to knee!”
“Hand to hand!”
“Foot to foot!”
“Back to back!”
“Heel to heel!”
“Elbow to toes!”
“Toes to knee!”
“Hand to elbow!”
“Foot to heel!”
“Elbow to back!”
“Thumb to head!”
“Shoulder to back!”
“Elbow to knee!”

DISMISSAL

CANDY WALK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: candy piece cards (20), foam die (1)What you do: Create a large circle on the floor with the candy piece cards. Ask each child to stand behind a candy piece card (around the outside of the circle).What you say: “This circle is going to be our eGroup’s Sweet Shop! As you walk around our Sweet Shop, make sure you are always standing right behind one of our candy pieces. The last child left standing in the Sweet Shop wins!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will walk around the circle as you clap a steady beat, stepping from one card to the next as you clap. (Remind children to stand behind the cards, not on them.) When you stop clapping, all children should freeze behind one of the candy piece cards. Roll the foam die and then read one of the statements below. Use the following key to determine which candy piece word to say when reading an instruction below:

1 = sprinkles 3 = green candy 5 = Sweet Shop sign2 = peppermint 4 = yellow candy 6 = everyone

Continue rolling the die and reading the statements below until only one child is left. If multiple children remain at the end, declare them each a winner!

What you say:
“If you are standing behind the [candy card], march in place while you pretend to march around the candy shop and turn on our candy-making machines!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)“If you are standing behind the [candy card], walk to three other friends and tell them, ‘The Sweet Shop is open!’ Then return to your candy piece card.”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], pretend to hold a giant spoon and stir some hot, sticky candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], slowly stretch your arms out as wide as you can while you pretend to stretch out some sticky, stretch taffy candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], shake a giant sprinkle shaker over the top of all the candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], pretend to eat samples of some of your favorite kinds of candy!”

“If you are standing behind the [candy card], you are OUT! Have a seat in the middle of the Sweet Shop.” (If a 6 is rolled, roll again.)