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Quest eGroup :: Week of November 11

Recipe for Thanks

Main Point: I am thankful I can pray.
Bible Story: The Lord’s Prayer
Bible Passage:
Matthew 6:9-13
Memory Verse:
I will give thanks (thumbs to chest)
to the Lord (point both fingers up)
with my whole heart.” (hands over heart)
Psalm 111:1, ESV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, bingo board coloring page set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a bingo board coloring page from the set.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to color their bingo board coloring page. 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: Use the coloring sheets as game boards for the “Kid Connect: Quest Animal Bingo” activity below.

QUEST ANIMAL BINGO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: bingo board coloring sheets (from previous activity), Quest playing cards (1 set), bingo chips (180)

What you do: Shuffle the playing cards. Encourage each child to lay their coloring sheet flat on the floor with the bingo board facing up. Give each child a handful of bingo chips.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to get bingo by covering the Quest animals on their bingo boards as you call out the animals’ names. The group can play multiple rounds of bingo by encouraging children to compete for the following variations of bingo:

  • three in a row
  • ‘X’ (two diagonals)
  • border (eight spaces around the edges)
  • full board

Turn over a Quest animal playing card and call out the name of the Quest animal shown on the card. Any child with that animal on their bingo board can put a bingo chip on top of the animal. If an Ollie card is turned over, tell children Ollie flew away with one of their bingo chips and tell each child to take one bingo chip off their bingo board. When a child gets bingo, encourage them to yell, “Bingo!”

FOLLOW THE RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and make a large circle around the edge of the eGroup space.

What you say: “When you’re cooking or baking it is very important to follow the recipe EXACTLY as it’s written. Since our series is called Recipe for Thanks, I need all you little chefs to help me follow this recipe to make Thankful Soup. We need to be sure to follow the directions carefully!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will give instructions for children to follow and they will need to follow them exactly as you say. If you catch a kid who isn’t following the directions correctly, they’ll have to sit down in their spot until you tell the other chefs to sample the soup. When you give the instruction, “Sample the soup,” all children should pretend to take a bite of the soup, and any children sitting down may stand and rejoin the game.

What you say: “Here we go, chefs! Listen carefully!”

  • “Pull your special pretend chef apron over your head and tie it behind your back!”
  • “Put on your chef hat and tip it over to one side of your head!”
  • “Raise one hand high in the air and then use that hand to pick up a pretend wooden spoon from behind you!”
  • “Twirl around two times, then tuck your wooden spoon in the front pocket of your pretend apron!”
  • “Use only one hand to pick up a heavy basket of pretend vegetables and dump them into our Thankful Soup pot!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Stand on one foot while you stir the Thankful Soup pot three times!”
  • “Do a karate chop with a pretend safety knife and then use it to chop some pretend chicken for the soup!”
  • “Pick up the chicken and jump three times before you dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Pick up a pretend container of seasoning and shake it as hard as you can into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Think of your very favorite food, yell out what it is for the whole group to hear, and then dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Wave your wooden spoon in the air, then use it to take a giant, slurpy bite of our delicious Thankful Soup!”

Get to Know You

Once the Worship Experience begins

SETTING THE TABLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: table mat, tabletop cards (12)

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

What you say: “This month we’re learning about some of the many reasons we can say thank you to God. Everything we have comes from God, and He loves to give us good things, so we have a lot of reasons to be thankful! Before we talk about something special we can thank God for, let’s set the table to get our eGroup ready for the day and 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 tabletop cards. Read the question on the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the tabletop card where he/she thinks it belongs on the table 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 something special we can be thankful for!”

Bible Connect

THE LORD’S PRAYER | MATTHEW 6:9-13

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 p.323 of 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 taught people how to pray?” (Jesus)
  2. “Where was He when He was teaching people how to pray?” (on the mountain)
  3. “What did Jesus call God at the beginning of the prayer?”(Father)
  4. “Jesus asked God to give us our daily _______.”(bread)
  5. “What word did He use at the end of the prayer that we use at the end of our prayers, too?” (amen)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “In this prayer, Jesus taught us to do four important things when we pray: thank God, tell God what we need, ask forgiveness for the wrong things we do, and ask God to help us do the right things instead. The very first thing He taught us to do when we pray is to thank God, because God gives us everything! Who can you thank for everything?” (I can thank God for everything.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells we can thank God. He has given us everything!”

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 voice as sweet as a marshmallow!”
  • “Say the verse in a voice as deep as a deep-dish pizza!”
  • “Say the verse in a voice as jiggly as a bowl of jello!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can give thanks to God with our whole hearts because He loves to give us everything we need!”

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.

SLEEPY CHEF VERSE PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you do: Spread children around the eGroup space so they have room to lie down.

What you say: “All right chefs, we’re going to pretend you’re all exhausted and ready to nap after cooking a big meal. But when I say, “All chefs report to the kitchen,” you’re all going to race to wake up and start cooking! The last sleepy chef to start cooking needs to be ready to practice the verse.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain they will lie down, close their eyes, and pretend to sleep until you say, “All chefs report to the kitchen!” When they hear you say that, they should jump up and pretend to cook their favorite food. The last chef to wake up and begin pretending to cook will choose another chef to say the verse with them. After they’ve said the verse, all the chefs can go back to sleep. Repeat the process until most children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, chefs! We can give thanks to God with our whole hearts because He loves to give us everything we need!”

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

THANKFUL MATCH-UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: matching sheets (1 per child), pretzels (1 pack per child)

What you say: “We’re going to use a yummy snack from our Quest kitchen to connect the pictures on the left to the pictures on the right. As we do, we’ll talk about some reasons we are thankful we can pray!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children how they will place pretzels along the lines to connect the pictures on the left to the pictures on the right. As children place the pretzels on their matching sheets, read the corresponding scenario below for each pair of pictures, and encourage children to respond. Remind children not to eat any of their pretzels until after the activity has been completed!

What you say: “Let’s match up these pictures and talk about how they are connected!”

  • HAPPY CHILD/PUPPY: “We can pray to say thank you for things that make us happy, like puppies! What is something you can thank God for that makes you happy? (Encourage children to respond.) Show me your biggest smile if you can pray to thank God for things that make you happy!”
  • SCARED CHILD/CHILD IN BED: “We can pray to ask God to make us brave when we are afraid. When could you ask God to help you be brave? (Encourage children to respond.) Show me your muscles if you can pray to ask God to help you be brave!”
  • ANGRY CHILD/SPILLED DRINK: “Sometimes when you get upset, you don’t make good choices. When we make wrong choices, it can cause bad things to happen, like this girl who threw a temper tantrum and knocked over her milk. When we make wrong choices, we can ask God to forgive us. Have you ever made a wrong choice and needed to ask for forgiveness? (Encourage children to respond.) Give me two thumbs up if you can pray and ask God for forgiveness when you make wrong choices!”
  • SICK CHILD/MEDICINE: “We can pray to ask God to help us feel better when we’re sick. What are some things that can help you feel better when you’re sick? (Encourage children to respond.) God gives us everything we need when we’re sick, like grown-ups to help us and medicine that fights the germs, and He loves when we ask for His help! Pat your belly if you can pray and ask God to help you feel better when you’re sick!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I am so thankful we can talk to God the way Jesus taught us to! And one big part of prayer is thanking God. Who can you thank for everything?” (I can thank God for everything.)

What you do: Allow children to eat their snack as you begin the eKidz Journal and Main Point Card activity on the next page.

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, recipe 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 we can be thankful we can pray. Let’s think about what we want to say to God when we pray today.

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 make a list of things we want to talk to God about. We can tell Him how wonderful and amazing He is. We can tell Him we’re sorry for something wrong we did. We can ask Him for something we need. We can ask Him to help us love others and be a good friend. And of course we can tell Him thank you for something. We can talk to Him about ANYTHING! When I say your name, tell me what you want to say to God and I’ll write it in our journal.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to be our friend and to teach us how to pray. Thank You that we can talk to You anytime, anywhere, and about anything. We made a list of things we want to tell You today. (Read children’s names and what they said.) I pray that we will remember to talk to You every day. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Give each child a recipe card. Encourage children to color the picture by the main point card as you talk. Do not let children tear off the main point card. 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 we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!

This month, your main point cards will be connected to these fun recipe cards, which have great activities you can do with your family! Today’s main point card says, ‘I am thankful I can pray.’ You can color the picture by your main point card now. Leave the main point card on your recipe card for now, but when you get home you can tear it off and attach it to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

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 we can be thankful we can pray!”

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

MAIN POINT MYSTERY RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle.

What you say: “I need every chef to help me with a special mystery recipe! I’m going to tell you how to make today’s special mystery munchie, and you’re going to pretend to do each step of the recipe while I say the main point. Sometimes I’ll say it fast, sometimes I’ll say it slowly, or I might even say it in a silly voice. When I finish saying the main point, we’ll move on to the next ingredient! While we make our mystery munchie, you should listen to the ingredients and see if you can figure out what we’re making before I tell you the last step in the recipe!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that you’ll stop and give children a chance to guess what the mystery recipe is after each step. Children may only guess once though, so remind them to think carefully before they make their guess! Read the following recipe steps and say, “I am thankful I can pray,” as children complete the action. After each step, give children the chance to make a guess.

What you say: “Time to start working on our mystery munchie recipe!”

  • “Here we go, chefs! Pretend to crack two eggs into your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to crack eggs while you say the main point in a SILLY voice.)
  • “Next, put three scoops of flour in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in a LOUD voice.)
  • “Okay chefs, put two scoops of sugar in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in a SLOW voice.)
  • We need a little bit of oil, chefs! Put three spoons of oil in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to add the oil while you say the main point in a LOW voice.)
  • “Next, put two spoons of baking powder in your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to add baking powder while you say the main point in a ROBOT voice.)
  • “Now add a little pinch of salt to your bowl while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to pinch salt while you say the main point in a HIGH voice.)
  • “Here’s the last step, chefs! Add three big scoops of cocoa powder to your bowl and stir it up while I say the main point!” (Encourage children to pretend to scoop while you say the main point in an EXCITED voice.)

“Great job, chefs! I hope you loved making BROWNIES while we practiced our main point today!”

Dismissal

FOLLOW THE RECIPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and make a large circle around the edge of the eGroup space.

What you say: “When you’re cooking or baking it is very important to follow the recipe EXACTLY as it’s written. Since our series is called Recipe for Thanks, I need all you little chefs to help me follow this recipe to make Thankful Soup. We need to be sure to follow the directions carefully!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will give instructions for children to follow and they will need to follow them exactly as you say. If you catch a kid who isn’t following the directions correctly, they’ll have to sit down in their spot until you tell the other chefs to sample the soup. When you give the instruction, “Sample the soup,” all children should pretend to take a bite of the soup, and any children sitting down may stand and rejoin the game.

What you say: “Here we go, chefs! Listen carefully!”

  • “Pull your special pretend chef apron over your head and tie it behind your back!”
  • “Put on your chef hat and tip it over to one side of your head!”
  • “Raise one hand high in the air and then use that hand to pick up a pretend wooden spoon from behind you!”
  • “Twirl around two times, then tuck your wooden spoon in the front pocket of your pretend apron!”
  • “Use only one hand to pick up a heavy basket of pretend vegetables and dump them into our Thankful Soup pot!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Stand on one foot while you stir the Thankful Soup pot three times!”
  • “Do a karate chop with a pretend safety knife and then use it to chop some pretend chicken for the soup!”
  • “Pick up the chicken and jump three times before you dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Sample the soup!”
  • “Pick up a pretend container of seasoning and shake it as hard as you can into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Think of your very favorite food, yell out what it is for the whole group to hear, and then dump it into the Thankful Soup!”
  • “Wave your wooden spoon in the air, then use it to take a giant, slurpy bite of our delicious Thankful Soup!”