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Quest eGroup :: Week of November 5

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE:

HAND IN HAND

Main Point

I am thankful for my family.

Bible Story

Aaron helps Moses
Exodus 17:8-13

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 HANDS

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! (NOTE: 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.

AARON HELPS MOSES

EXODUS 17:8-13

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bible story cards, 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:

Amalekites: Uh-MAL-ih-kites

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

  1. “Who attacked the Israelites?” (the Amalekites)
  2. “Did Moses fight with the army?” (no)
  3. “What did Moses do to help the Israelites win?” (He held his special staff up over his head.)
  4. “What happened when Moses’ arms got tired and started dropping?” (The Israelites started losing the battle.)
  5. “Who was on the hill with Moses?” (his brother, Aaron, and his friend, Hur)
  6. “How did they help Moses when his arms were tired?” (They held his arms up.)
  7. “Did the Israelites win or lose?” (They won!)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Moses couldn’t hold his arms up very long on his own. He needed help! I’m so thankful he had helpers with him, especially his brother Aaron! Because Aaron helped keep Moses’ arms up in the air, Moses helped the Israelites win the battle!”

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.

ARMS UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: parachute, plastic balls (6)

What you do: Spread the parachute in the middle of the eGroup and be sure children are spread around it evenly. Help each child identify which handle they will hold. (eGL Tip: In eGroups of six children or less, each child may hold one handle in each hand. In groups larger than six, encourage each child to hold one handle with both hands.) Place the plastic balls in the center of the parachute.

What you say: “I need you to help me with this super fun game by following my directions carefully! Everybody has a special place to hold onto our parachute. When I say, ‘Arms up!’ I need each of you to slowly raise the parachute above your heads. But be careful – if you don’t help each other by all raising the parachute slowly and carefully, all of the balls will fall off the parachute!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage all children to stand around the parachute and hold onto it by the handles with their arms lowered. When you say, “Arms up!” help the group carefully raise the parachute above their heads. Grab a ball from the center of the parachute, then ask the children to slowly lower the parachute. Use the color key below to ask children how this family member can help them.

  • Red = mom
  • Orange = dad
  • Yellow = brother
  • Green = sister
  • Blue = grandma or grandpa
  • Purple = uncle or aunt

Encourage children to discuss ways that family member helps them, then place that ball to the side. Repeat until all playplace balls have been removed and each family member has been discussed.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “There are so many people in our family who help us in so many different ways! We need to remember to thank God for these people because their help is so important! 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 our family 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 on these sticky hands people in our family who help us. It can be a big brother or sister, like how Aaron helped Moses, or it can be a grandparents or an aunt, uncle, mom, dad — anyone in our family! 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 family 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 family to help us. It feels good knowing we have people who will help us anytime we need it. Thank You for (child’s name)’s (name/relationship of family member shared). You are amazing, God! You know just who and what we need when we need it! 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 family.’ 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 family 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

eKidz JOURNAL AND COLLECTIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: play people

What you say: “We’re going to keep thinking about family members who help us while we see who can master our ‘Up High” challenges!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage each child to choose a play person that could remind them of someone in their family. (eGL Tip: If needed, tell children that the play person doesn’t need to look exactly like someone in their family; it can just remind them of something about that person. Any older woman could be a grandma, even if she doesn’t have the same skin or hair color or wear the same kind of clothes as their grandma.) Read the challenge instructions one at a time and encourage all children to attempt each challenge. Encourage children to choose a different play person for each challenge.

What you say:  “Everyone choose a family member. Think of why you’re thankful for that person as you try this challenge!”

  • “Look down at the floor and balance the family member up high above your head while I count to ten!”
  • “Balance the family member up high above your head with your eyes closed while I count to eight!”
  • “Hold the family member up high above your head with just your thumbs while I count to five!”
  • “Balance the family member on the back of your hand and hold it up high above your head while I count to six!”
  • “Balance the family member up high above your head on one finger while I count to five!”
  • “Stand the family member up on your palm and hold the family member up high above your head while I count to seven!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! Some of those challenges were super hard — kind of like when Moses had to hold his arms up for a really long time! I’m so thankful we have all these great family members to help us when we need them!”

DISMISSAL ACTIVITY

HELPING HANDS

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! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)