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Quest eGroup :: April 2/3

Wonder! Clubhouse:
My Neighborhood

MAIN POINT

I can love God
(hug self)
and people
(point out)
in my neighborhood!
(make binoculars around eyes)

BIBLE STORY

Saul to Paul
Acts 9:1-31

MEMORY VERSE

Love (hug self)
the Lord your God
(point up)
with all your heart.
(place both hands over heart)
Love
(hug self)
your neighbor
(point out)
as yourself.
(thumbs to chest)
Matthew 22:37-39
(open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
Kid Connect is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with the kids 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.

Words in italics, whether on lessons or in handouts, are meant to be said out loud to your group.  Anything not in italics is an instruction that does not necessarily need to be read aloud.

QUEST COLORING PAGE
COLORING ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Quest coloring page, crayons, die

PLACE crayons in the center of the circle and GIVE each child a Quest coloring page. INSTRUCT children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did that day.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • Use a die to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Roll the die again and switch crayon colors.
  • Use the number die to determine how many items to color with a certain color crayon. Allow children to color the number of items then roll the die again.
  • Have children take turns rolling the die. Children will compete to be the first to color their coloring page, coloring the number of items rolled each turn.

KID CONNECT

MY NEIGHBORHOOD
GAME ACTIVITY
SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES
SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, Quest animal game pieces, location cards, die

SPREAD the My Neighborhood game board out in the middle of the circle. EXPLAIN each child will try to be the first to get their Quest animal to a specific location on the game board.

ALLOW each child to choose a Quest animal game piece. PLACE the Quest animal on the house on the game board that is the same color as that Quest animal. GIVE each child a location card. TELL children their goal is to get their Quest animal from the house to the location on that card. HELP children find the location on the game board as needed.

ROLL the die. All players will MOVE their game pieces according to the number rolled. USE the instructions below to TELL players how to move. REPEAT until a player arrives at their assigned location.

  • If you roll 1-4: Move the number of spaces rolled.
  • If you roll 5: All players must switch location cards with another player. The new card shows the new location their animal is trying to reach.
  • If you roll 6: All players must switch animals with another player. The pieces themselves do not move, but the children will move a new Quest animal.

The game can be played as individuals, teams of two or three, or as two teams.

KID CONNECT

NEIGHBORHOOD I SPY
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, neighborhood pieces

PLACE the game board on the ground. GIVE each child three neighborhood pieces. ENCOURAGE children to place their neighborhood pieces anywhere on the game board.

EXPLAIN children will play Neighborhood I Spy. The first child to spy the neighborhood piece being described gets to take one neighborhood piece from the game board. The child with the most neighborhood pieces will win!

DESCRIBE one of the neighborhood pieces by giving simple clue, such as the shape or color of the piece. CONTINUE giving one clue at a time until a child correctly identifies the neighborhood piece being described. ALLOW the child to choose one neighborhood piece to take from the game board. REPEAT as time allows. The child with the most neighborhood pieces is the winner!

GET TO KNOW YOU

ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS
(5:00, 9:30, 11:30)

MY NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITES

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, die, leader card, Quest animal stickers

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview:

God commands us to love one another just as He loves us, and He loves us a lot! God created us to love, too. We can show love to God and our neighbors!

SPREAD the game board in the middle of the circle. ROLL the die and INTRODUCE yourself. READ the question from the leader card that corresponds to the color you rolled and SHARE your answer with the eGroup.

ENCOURAGE each child to ROLL the die, introduce themselves, and ANSWER the corresponding question.

AFTER all children are introduced, PASS out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

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)

SAY: 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)!

BIBLE CONNECT

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.

SAUL TO PAUL
BIBLE STORY

SUGGESTED TIME
8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
The Beginner’s Bible

TELL the children we can find true stories about Jesus in God’s book, the Bible!

SHOW and READ the Bible Story on page 488-493 from The Beginner’s Bible.

Pronunciation Key
Ananias: an-uh-NAI-us
Damascus: duh-MASK-us

ASK the following questions to review the Bible story. Each time a child answers a question correctly, ENCOURAGE the group to say, “Great job, neighbor!”

  1. Where was Saul going at the beginning of the story? (to put some of Jesus’ followers in jail)
  2. What made Saul fall to the ground? (a bright light)
  3. Who was the loud voice speaking to Saul? (Jesus)
  4. What happened to Saul after Jesus spoke to him? (He could not see.)
  5. Who helped Saul in Damascus? (Ananias)
  6. How was Saul different after Ananias helped him? (He could see again. His name changed to Paul. He loved Jesus and told other people about Jesus.)

SAY: Once Saul met Jesus on his way to Damascus, his life was changed in a BIG way! It wasn’t just his name that changed; his whole life changed. Paul loved Jesus, and he wanted to show Jesus’ love to the people in his neighborhood! We can show love to God and other people in our neighborhoods, just like Paul. Say our main point with me:

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
in my neighborhood! (make binoculars around eyes)

BIBLE CONNECT

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood play pieces, memory verse car

SAY: This month we are learning how we can show love to God and to the people in our neighborhood. That means we’re showing love to the people who live around us – the people we see almost every day! Our new Bible verse teaches us how to love God and others. It says:

Love (hug self)
the Lord your God
(point up)
with all your heart.
(place both hands over heart)
Love
(hug self)
your neighbor
(point out)
as yourself.
(thumbs to chest)
Matthew 22:37-39
(open hands like a book)

PRACTICE the memory verse together a few times.

MAKE SURE all children are seated in a circle. PLACE one neighborhood piece on the ground in front of each child. INSTRUCT children not to touch or move the pieces. ASK children to stand and EXPLAIN they will be moving around the circle by stepping forward to the next neighborhood piece each time you clap. Children will CONTINUE moving forward with each clap until you SAY, “Stop, neighbors!

CLAP a slow, steady beat and ENCOURAGE children to move clockwise around the circle, taking one step forward to the next neighborhood piece each time you clap. After clapping a few times, STOP clapping and SAY: Stop, neighbors! CHOOSE children to recite the memory verse based on the following neighbor statements.

SAY: Recite our memory verse if you are a neighbor who is standing behind …

      • a vehicle, like a car or bus.
      • something that grows, like a person or a plant.
      • a sign you might see by the road.
      • something you can see in your neighborhood.

EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse car for their My Neighborhood poster!

HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.

YOU CONNECT

WHAT IS YOU CONNECT?
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.

NEIGHBORHOOD TIC-TAC-TOE
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Tic-Tac-Toe board, leader sheet, Tic-Tac-Toe game pieces

SAY: Today we’re learning how we can love God and the people in our neighborhood. When we talk about the people in our neighborhood, that means all of the people around us we see and talk to almost every day! Today at the Clubhouse, we saw Brooklyn getting ready for the picnic she and her mom are organizing to show love to their neighbors. There are lots of ways we can show love to our neighbors, too!

DIVIDE the group into two teams and MAKE SURE teams are seated together. EXPLAIN children will play Tic-Tac-Toe, but they have to earn their pieces by working together to answer questions. The first team to get three in a row wins!

PLACE the Tic-Tac-Toe board on the floor between the two teams. ASK Team 1 to choose a spot on the board by naming the building in that spot. READ the question on the leader sheet for that building and ENCOURAGE children to work as a team to answer. Once the team has answered, PLACE a Team 1 game piece over that spot on the board. REPEAT for Team 2. CONTINUE until one team gets three in a row.

SAY: There are so many ways we can love the people around us! Let’s remember our main point together:

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
in my neighborhood! (make binoculars around eyes)

YOU CONNECT

BEFORE AND AFTER
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES:
2 mailboxes, “Before” cards, “After” cards

NOTE: Before the activity begins, PUT the “Before” cards in one mailbox and the “After” cards in the other mailbox.

SAY: In our Bible story today, everything about Saul changed! He changed how he felt about Jesus, he changed the way he was treating people, and he even changed his name to Paul! He became a completely new and different person. There are lots of things all around us that change and become new and different. I have pictures in our neighborhood mailboxes of things that look different before they change and after they change. Let’s see if you can match the “Before” pictures with the “After” pictures!

EXPLAIN children will take turns drawing a card from each mailbox. One mailbox has pictures of what things look like before they change; the other has pictures of what things look like after they change. If they can match the “before” picture to the correct “after” picture, they get to keep the match. The child with the most matches wins!

CHOOSE a child to draw a card from the “Before” mailbox and LAY it on the floor in front of the mailbox. ASK the child to draw a card from the “After” mailbox and lay it on the floor in front of that mailbox. If the cards go together, GIVE the match to the child. If not, leave the cards on the floor. From this point on, children can CHOOSE one “Before” card and one “After” card either from the ones on the floor OR from the mailboxes. If the cards are a match, GIVE the match to the child. If not, leave the cards on the floor. CONTINUE until all matches have been made.

SAY: God created things to change over time, but one thing that always stays the same is how God loves us! And since God loves us, we should show love back to Him and to other people. Say our main point together: 

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
in my neighborhood! (make binoculars around eyes)

Modification for 3’s: Instead of drawing cards from the mailboxes, LAY all cards face up with the “Before” cards on one side and the “After” cards on the other. LET children take turns finding a match.

YOU CONNECT

MY NEIGHBORHOOD
COLLECTIBLE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood poster, main point cars, glue, sharpie marker

HOLD UP the My Neighborhood poster and SAY: Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you can collect main point cars to add to your poster. These cars will help remind us to show love to God and others! Collect six cars and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! 

To receive today’s main point car, children will have to Remember, Think, and Follow! SAY: Let’s REMEMBER … who spoke to Paul on his way to Damascus? (Jesus) Let’s THINK … what changed about Paul after his trip to Damascus? (His name changed to Paul. He loved God. He stopped being mean to Jesus’ followers.) Once Paul understood Jesus loved him and he should share Jesus’ love with others, it changed the way he lived! Instead of spending his time being mean to people, Paul showed love to God by sharing God’s love with other people! If you can FOLLOW the example set in our Bible story, let’s say our main point together:

I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
in my neighborhood! (make binoculars around eyes)

GIVE each child a My Neighborhood poster and main point car. HELP children GLUE the car on their poster. WRITE each child’s name on the name space on the front of the My Neighborhood poster with the Sharpie marker.

SAY: Take your My Neighborhood poster home and hang it in a place you can see it everyday to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned how we can show love to God and to our neighbors! Let’s say our main point together: 

 I can love God (hug self)
and people (point out)
in my neighborhood! (make binoculars around eyes)

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES


NEIGHBORHOOD I SPY
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
My Neighborhood game board, neighborhood pieces

PLACE the game board on the ground. GIVE each child three neighborhood pieces. ENCOURAGE children to place their neighborhood pieces anywhere on the game board.

EXPLAIN children will play Neighborhood I Spy. The first child to spy the neighborhood piece being described gets to take one neighborhood piece from the game board. The child with the most neighborhood pieces will win!

DESCRIBE one of the neighborhood pieces by giving simple clue, such as the shape or color of the piece. CONTINUE giving one clue at a time until a child correctly identifies the neighborhood piece being described. ALLOW the child to choose one neighborhood piece to take from the game board. REPEAT as time allows. The child with the most neighborhood pieces is the winner!