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Quest eGroup :: Week of November 12

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE:

HAND IN HAND

Main Point

I am thankful for my community.

Bible Story

Nehemiah Builds a Wall
Nehemiah 1-6

Memory Verse

Always (spread arms wide)
give thanks (hand to chin)
to God. (point up)
Ephesians 5:20, 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.

COLOR BY SHAPE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, Color By Shape pages
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a Color By Shape page.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Point out how different parts of the picture have small shapes inside them. Show children how to use the key at the bottom of the page to determine the color for each shape. 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 page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

KID CONNECT #2

HELPING HAND

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards

What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing them in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.

What you say: “Ollie went out flying and got lost! We’re going to use our helping hands to find him and help him come back!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up onto the pile in the middle. The next child will do the same. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “rescue” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who rescues Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)

KID CONNECT #3

HANDS UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Ask all the children to stand in a circle and take one big step back to spread out.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you’ll give a series of instructions that children will do with their hands. Anytime you call out, “Hands up!” children will race to put their hands straight up in the air. The last child to get their hands straight up in the air will sit out for the next round. Repeat and/or add other hand instructions as long as children remain engaged.

What you say:  “Let’s get your hands moving! Here we go!

• Clap your hands!

• Put your hands on your head!

• Wave your hands at a friend!

• Hands up!

• Put your hands on your knees!

• Shake your hands as fast as you can!

• Put your hands on your hips!

• Pat your hands on the ground!

• Hands up!

• Wiggle your hands high in the air!

• Hold hands with a friend!

• Rub your hands together!

• Pat your hands on your belly!

• Cover your eyes with your hands!

• Hands up!”

GET TO KNOW YOU

SPECIAL HELPERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: play people (12), Quest animal stickers

What you do: Place all the play people in the center of the eGroup.

What you say: “This month, we’re learning about all the helpers in our lives, like family, friends, and other people in our community. We’re going to remember to be thankful for the people who help us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will get to choose one of the play people that looks like someone in their family and share how that person helps them. Introduce yourself and then choose a play person that looks most like someone from your family. Share with the eGroup how that person helps you. Encourage each child to introduce themselves, choose a play person, and explain how that person in their family helps them.

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 start the great adventure with our Bible story and hear something exciting that God wants to teach us today!”

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.

NEHEMIAH BUILDS A WALL

NEHEMIAH 1-6

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, hand 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.

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE:

Nehemiah: Nee-uh-MY-uh

Babylon: BAB-uh-lon

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

  1. “Where did Nehemiah live?” (Babylon)
  2. “Where was Nehemiah from?” (Jerusalem)
  3. “What was wrong with the walls back in Jerusalem?” (They were broken down.)
  4. “Did the king let Nehemiah go back to help rebuild the walls?” (yes)
  5. “Did the people in Jerusalem help Nehemiah rebuild the walls?” (yes)
  6. “Do you think it was easier for them to work together as a community to rebuild the walls, or would it have been easier for Nehemiah to do it alone?” (It was easier when they worked together.)
  7. “Did Nehemiah and the Israelites thank God?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Nehemiah didn’t try to rebuild the walls by himself. He asked other families in the community to help him and they all worked together! God knows when we need help, too, and He gives us people in our communities to help us.”

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 VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month we’re learning to be thankful for all the people who help us. Our verse tells us to give thanks to God. God gives us great helpers, so we should make sure He knows we are thankful for them and for His help, too!”

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.) Great job! I think you’re ready to say our verse in some silly voices now.”

• “Say the verse in an old lady voice, like a grandma!”
• “Say the verse in a baby voice!”
• “Say the verse quietly, like a librarian!”
• “Say the verse like you’re yelling to your friend across the playground!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Awesome job, everyone! This verse tells us to always tell God thank you!”

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

VERSE HELPERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards
What you say: “We’re going to use our Quest playing cards to help each other practice our verse!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Give each child a card, then lay one card in the center of the eGroup. Any children with that same card will stand and help each other say the verse together. If only one child has that card, the child can choose a friend to help them say the verse. If no one has that card, the eGroup leader will choose a child from the group to stand and help them say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job! Thank you for helping each other practice our verse!”

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

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.

COMMUNITY HELPER BINGO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bingo boards, Bingo chips, community helper glasses, activity cards, Sharpie marker

What you do: Pass out a card and nine Bingo chips to each child. Encourage children to wear the community helper glasses they received in Large Group while playing as they will be discussed when a child gets Bingo.

What you say:  “Today we’re going to play a super fun game called ‘Community Helper Bingo’! Take a look at the card in front of you. On your card, you will see some community helpers like police officers, firefighters, librarians, and nurses. When I describe a community helper, I want you to look at your card and see if you have that community helper on your board. If so, cover that one square with a Bingo chip. When you’ve covered three spaces in a row, call out ‘Bingo!’ We’ll keep playing until everyone has a turn to get Bingo. Are you ready? Let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Shuffle the activity cards, then choose one card and read the question aloud. Encourage kids to guess which community helper you’re asking about and show them the picture once they guess it correctly. Help children check their boards to see if they have that community helper and remind them to cover the space with a Bingo chip if they do. When a child calls out “Bingo,” ask the child to think about the community helper represented by their community helper glasses and tell the eGroup one thing that community helper does to help them. Continue playing until each child has had the opportunity to get “Bingo” and share about their community helper.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “That was SO fun. I’m so thankful for community helpers like firefighters, veterinarians, and mail carriers who help us. Each of these helpers does a special job to serve our community, so we should remember to thank them when we see them! Who are you thankful for?” (I am thankful for people who help me.)

What you do: Collect children’s community helper glasses and write their names on the glasses with the Sharpie marker. Return their community helper glasses as children are dismissed.

YOU CONNECT #2

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND COLLECTIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eGroup Thankful Tree, Thankful Tree sticky hands, 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 are thankful for people in our community because they help us. Now we’re going to talk about people we’re thankful for and pray together.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eGroup Thankful Tree, Thankful Tree sticky hands, and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say on a sticky hand and place the sticky hands on the tree to look like leaves. Pray with the group.

What you say: “Today we’re going to write people in our community who help us on these sticky hands. Then we’re going to put these sticky hands on our eGroup Thankful Tree just like the Thankful Tree our friends made in Wonder! Clubhouse. So tell me, who in your community are you thankful for because they help you?” (Write children’s names and the name of the person they’re thankful for on a sticky hand. Stick the hands to the Thankful Tree.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for giving us our community. We pray that the people in our community will love You and love each other. We pray we will help each other and be kind to each other. We just wanted to tell You thank you for some of the people in our community. [Child’s name] thanks you for [community helper]. (Repeat for each child.) 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 am thankful for my community.’ 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 be thankful for our community because they help us!”

What you do: Take the sticky hands off the tree and stick them in your eKidz eGroup prayer journal. Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

YOU CONNECT #3

COMMUNITY HELPER GUESS WHO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: play people (12), leader card

What you say: “Let’s see if you can guess which community helper I’m thinking of from just three clues! When you think you know who I’m talking about, you’ll stand up and do a special action to act like that community helper. If you get it right, you can choose one of our special people to hold onto for the rest of the game. The person with the most people at the end wins!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read the clues section from the leader card, one clue at a time, for the first community helper. Allow the first child who stands up and performs the special action to guess which community helper you’re describing. If they get it right, encourage all children to stand up and perform the action, then let the child who guessed correctly choose one of the play people to hold onto until the end of the game. Repeat for each community helper. The child with the most play people at the end is the winner!

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say:  “Great job everyone! We have so many different community helpers to be thankful for!”

DISMISSAL ACTIVITY

HELPING HAND

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards

What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing them in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.

What you say: “Ollie went out flying and got lost! We’re going to use our helping hands to find him and help him come back!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up onto the pile in the middle. The next child will do the same. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “rescue” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who rescues Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)