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Quest eGroup :: Week of November 19

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE:

HAND IN HAND

Main Point

I am thankful for people who give me what I need.

Bible Story

Elisha’s Room
2 Kings 4:8-17

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 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.

ELISHA’S ROOM

2 KINGS 4:8-17

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bible story cardshand 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:

Elisha: Ee-LIE-shuh

Shunem: SHOO-num

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

  1. “Who was the prophet in our story who traveled a lot?” (Elisha)
  2. “Could Elisha take everything he needed with him when he traveled?” (no)
  3. “What town did Elisha visit a lot?” (Shunem)
  4. “What was the first thing Elisha needed that the Shunemite woman and her husband gave him?” (food)
  5. “What did they build on top of their house for Elisha?” (a special room)
  6. “Did God send people to give Elisha the things he needed?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Even though Elisha spent a lot of time traveling and couldn’t always take everything he needed with him, God still provided for him! God sent people to help Elisha get things he needed, like food and water. Elisha was so thankful for people who helped him get what he needed, and we can be thankful for people who help us, too!”

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! 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 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! 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 #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.

WANTS AND NEEDS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Wants sign, Needs sign, activity cards

What you do: Place the Wants sign and the Needs sign in the center of the eGroup area.

What you say: “There are some things I just want, like fun games or movies, but I don’t have to have those things to live and be healthy. But there are other things I need — things I can’t live or be healthy without — like food to eat or somewhere safe to stay. I’m so thankful for people who give me what I need!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read and show children the activity cards one at a time. Encourage children to help you decide if the card shows something they might want but can live without or if it’s something they really need. If the card shows a want, place it on the Wants sign. If the card shows a need, place it on the Needs sign. Repeat until all activity cards have been sorted.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “It’s nice when we can get things we want, but it’s much more important to have things we need! I’m so glad God gives us people to help us get things we need! Who are you thankful for?” (I am thankful for people who help me.)

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 who give us what we need. 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 the names of people who help us get what we need 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 are you thankful for because they help you get something you need?” (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 so many people to help us. We are especially thankful for all the people who help us get things we need. Thank you people like [read the names children shared] and all the ways they help us by giving us what we need. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

This week, you get to take a Thankful Tree home with you! On your way out, you’ll get a special eKidz at Home Thankful Tree. You and your parents can work together to think of people you’re thankful for because they help you and put their names on your own Thankful Tree!”

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 people who give me what I need.’ 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 people who give us what we need 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

FIND THAT BUILDING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: play people (12), building cards

What you do: Give each child a play person. Spread the building cards around the center of the eGroup.

What you say: “We’ve been thinking about all the people who help us get things we need. In this game, when I call out a thing you need, you’ll put your play person on the building where someone can help you find it!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: One at a time, read the items from the list below and tell children to place their play person on the place where they could find that item. If it’s something they need (below in bold), encourage children to act out something they would do in that place after putting their play person on the building. If it’s something they want, tell children to remain seated and quiet after they put their play person on the building.

  • food (grocery store)
  • stamps to send my friend a letter (post office)
  • books (school)
  • flowers (flower shop)
  • people who can teach me about God (church)
  • a place to live (home)
  • a toothbrush (dentist)
  • a dog (pet shop)
  • medicine when I’m sick (hospital)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say:  “Great job everyone! I’m so thankful God puts all these people in place to help us get the things we need!”

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.)