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Quest eGroup :: Week of November 26

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE:

HAND IN HAND

Main Point

I am thankful for friends.

Bible Story

Elijah and the Widow
1 Kings 17: 7-16

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.

ELIJAH AND THE WIDOW
1 KINGS 17:7-16

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 from p.199-202 of 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.

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE:

Elijah: Ee-LIE-juh

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

  1. “Who told Elijah where to find food when the stream dried up?” (God)
  2. “When Elijah found the woman God told him about, what did he ask her for?” (water and bread)
  3. “Did she have a lot of food left?” (no)
  4. “When the woman told Elijah she only had a tiny bit left, did he still ask her to make him bread?” (yes)
  5. “Did the woman bake bread for her friend Elijah even though she didn’t have much?” (yes)
  6. “What happened to the flour and oil after she baked the bread for Elijah?” (Every day there was more flour and oil in her jars.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God provided a friend to help Elijah. When the woman trusted God and helped Elijah even though it didn’t seem to make sense, God was able to help her, too! God loves to give us friends 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! 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.

FRIENDS THAT HELP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: snack mats, candy corn

What you do: Give each child a snack mat and a bag of candy corn.

What you say: “God doesn’t want us to try to do everything by ourselves. He has given us so many people who can help us, including our friends! Let’s think about some of our friends who help us.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do:  Help children open their candy corn bags and carefully pour the candy corn pieces onto the snack mat. Remind children not to eat the candy corn yet or they won’t be able to do the activity. Encourage children to push the candy corn to the edges of the snack mat so they can see the person in the middle easily. Read the descriptions below one at a time and encourage children to add to the friend on the snack mat using the candy corn pieces.

What you say: “I’m going to ask you to think about some of your friends who help you in different ways. Once you think of a friend who helps you that way, you can use your candy corn pieces to make the person on the snack mat look like that friend! You can use the candy corn to make that friend’s hair, clothes, or even their favorite toy.”

  • “Who is a friend who helps you clean up when you make a mess together?”
  • “Who is a friend who helps you feel better when you’re sad?”
  • “Who is a friend who helps you play fun games you can’t play by yourself?”
  • “Who is a friend who helps you learn how to do new things?”
  • “Who is a friend who helps you find something you’ve lost?”
  • “Who is a friend who helps you learn about Jesus?”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Before we eat our yummy snack, let’s tell Jesus thank you for the snack and for our great friends who help us! Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us great friends who help us have fun and do things we can’t do on our own. We are so grateful for people who help us. Thank you for our snack. We love you! In Jesus’ name, amen!”

What you do: Allow children to eat their snack while you begin the eKidz Journal and Collectible activity on the next page.

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 our friends. Now we’re going to talk about some of the friends 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 our most helpful friends 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 is a friend you are thankful for because they help you?” (Write children’s names and the name of the friend 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 the friends who help us every day. Thank you for friends like [read the names children shared] and all the ways they help 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.

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

GRAB A FRIEND

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: play people (12)

What you do: Put enough play people in the middle of the group to equal the number of children in your eGroup MINUS ONE. (Example: If there are eight children in the eGroup, put seven play people in the middle of the group.)

What you say: “We are so thankful for our friends! In this game, when I say ‘go’ you will try to grab a friend – any one of the play people – from the middle of the circle as fast as you can. If you don’t grab a friend, you’ll have to complete a friend challenge before you try again!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Count to three and then say, “Go!” Once children have grabbed all the play people from the middle, encourage the child left without one to choose a friend and complete one of the challenges together.

What you say: “Remember, when I say ‘Go!” try to grab one of the play people friends from the middle as fast as you can. Ready? 1, 2, 3, GO!” (Pause for children to take the play people from the center, then turn to the child who is left without one.) “Now you get to complete a friend challenge! Choose a friend from the group to help you.” (Read one of the friend challenges below, then repeat.)

  • “Give your friend three high-fives as fast as you can!”
  • “One friend sit down on the floor. Now the other friend can use one hand to pull the friend back up!”
  • “One friend squat down on the floor. Now the other friend can hop over like you’re playing leap frog!”
  • “Hold hands while you both hop on one foot seven times!”
  • “One friend make a bridge by putting both hands and feet on the ground and pushing your back high up in the air. Now the other friend can crawl under the bridge!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say:  “Great job everyone! I’m so thankful God gives us great friends who can help us do fun things!”

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.)