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Quest Large Group Week of May 20

Come To The Castle

Main Point: God teaches me the way to go.
Bible Story: Gideon at Battle – Judges 7:9-22
Memory Verse: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17 NLT

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello, friends! Welcome back to Wonder! Clubhouse. It’s good to see you! I’m so glad you’re coming to the castle with me! This month we’re learning about our mighty and awesome God who loves us and cares so much about us, so when I ask you this very important question, ‘Who’s got it?’ I want you to say, ‘God’s got it!’ Let’s try it. ‘Who’s got it?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! God’s got it! Now it’s time for us to sing and worship God together. Stand up and sing with me, friends!

SONG: “My God is So Big”
Lead children in singing, “My God is so Big,” with the hand motions.
SONG: “Hey, I Can Pray”
Lead children in singing, “Hey, I Can Pray,” with the hand motions.
STORYTELLER: “What great singers you are! Thanks for worshipping with me, friends! You can sit down now. (Pause.) Tell me, ‘Who’s got it?’”
CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”
STORYTELLER: “That’s right! God’s got it! Remember, our memory verse tells us how great our God is. Watch me say our memory verse with the motions first, and then you can do it with me! ‘He is the great God, (point up) the mighty (make muscle with left arm) and awesome (make muscle with right arm) God. (point up) Deuteronomy 10:17.’” (Open your hands like a book.)

STORYTELLER: “All of the boys stand up and say our memory verse with me! Are you ready?” (Pause.)
STORYTELLER AND BOYS: “‘He is the great God, (point up) the mighty (make muscle with left arm) and awesome (make muscle with right arm) God. (point up) Deuteronomy 10:17.’” (Open your hands like a book.) (Repeat several times.)
STORYTELLER: “Great job! All the boys can sit down. (Pause.) Now, all the girls stand up and say our memory verse with me! Are you ready?” (Pause.)
STORYTELLER AND GIRLS: “‘He is the great God, (point up) the mighty (make muscle with left arm) and awesome (make muscle with right arm) God. (point up) Deuteronomy 10:17.’” (Open your hands like a book.) (Repeat several times.)
STORYTELLER: “Great job! All the girls can sit down. (Pause.) Our God is awesome and He is always with us. He will always be there to help us! Remind me one more time, ‘Who’s got it?’”
CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! Now let’s check in with Ollie at Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more.”

VIDEO: “WCCT_LG_Episode 3”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! I’m so glad we learned about the time when God showed Gideon the way to go and Gideon won the battle! God teaches us the way to go too, and we don’t ever have to be scared because God’s got it! Remind me again, ‘Who’s got it?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s got it!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. Let’s pray and thank God for our Bible story today. Everyone bow your heads and close your eyes.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for the story of the time you showed Gideon how to fight in the battle. He may have thought Your instructions were crazy, but He followed You and won the battle! Help us to listen and follow You too, because we know You’ll show us the right way. We know you’ve got this! We love You. Amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! I have some exciting news I need you to listen to … the castle is hosting a Royal Celebration and we’re all invited! Each week we’ll march one step closer to the castle. When we arrive, it will be time to celebrate! Let’s see how many more weeks until the Royal Celebration!”

VIDEO: “WCCT_LG_CASTLECOUNTDOWN_WEEK3”

STORYTELLER: “Only two more weeks until the Royal Celebration! I’m so excited to celebrate at the castle and I hope you are, too! It’s going to be so much fun! Right now it’s time for you to go back to your eGroups, but I’ll see you again next time. Bye!”

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”
STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Black Bear) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Orange Otter) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Blue Beaver) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.


Quest eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 20

Come To The Castle

Main Point: God teaches me the way to go.
Bible Story: Gideon at Battle – Judges 7:9-22
Memory Verse: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17 NLT

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking what they have done today or what they are going to do.
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.

DON’T FEED THE DRAGON

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: fire tokens (36), dragon mat (1), dragon dice (2)
What you do: Give each child three fire tokens and place the dragon mat in the center of the circle. Tell children the dragon wants to take all the fire for himself, but the last player with fire tokens at the end of the game wins!
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will take turns rolling a die and then complete one of the following actions according to the face-up picture on the die:
If the child rolls fire, they keep all their fire tokens.
If the child rolls the dragon, they must give one fire token to the dragon by placing it on the dragon mat.
If the child rolls an arrow, they must give one fire token to the child the arrow is pointing at.
Choose a child to go first. The child will roll the die and complete the action. Children with no fire tokens left are not out of the game; they pass on their turn until they earn fire tokens from other players. Continue until only one child has fire tokens.
Extension activity: For faster play, tell children to roll two dice each turn. Children will complete the actions shown on both dice. When a child has only one fire token left, the child should only roll one die.

JOUSTING PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Explain jousting was a competition between two knights on horseback. The first knight to knock the other knight off their opponents horse would win the joust.
Have children stand in a circle and spread out so there is room between each child. Practice the four jousting moves:
Single Sword Swipe: swipe one arm down across body
Double Sword Swipe: swipe both arms down to form an “X”
Shield Block: hold both arms up to block head
Duck: squat down while ducking head

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: The jousting knight (the eGroup leader for the first game) will call out and model jousting moves, starting slowly at first and then increasing speed. The child who completes the move last is out and sits in the horse barn (center of the circle).
Continue until one child remains. This child is the next jousting knight. Allow the jousting knight to choose and perform moves and encourage the rest of the group to complete the moves. Help determine who completed the moves last and ask children to sit in the horse barn.

GET TO KNOW YOU

CASTLE QUESTIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: castle mat, character cards, leader sheet
What you do: Place the castle mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the character cards around the outside of the castle mat.
What you say: “This month we’re coming to the castle to learn about the best King ever – God! God is always with us and He always has things under control. Before we learn more about our great King, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the character cards, answer the question for that character on the leader sheet, then place the character on the castle. Continue until all children have been introduced and have answered a 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.
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:
Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)
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 hear a Bible story about how God takes care of His people!”

BIBLE CONNECT

GIDEON AT BATTLE

JUDGES 7:9-22
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story 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 pages 143-148 in 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.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“What were the Midianites stealing from God’s people?” (food)
“Who did God ask to help get the Midianites out of Israel?” (Gideon)
“At first, was Gideon excited or scared to obey God?”(scared)
“After God showed Gideon His power, was Gideon still afraid or was he brave?” (He was brave.)
“Did God want Gideon to fight with the entire giant army or with a smaller group of soldiers?” (a smaller group of soldiers)
“Who told Gideon what to do to beat the Midianites?” (God)
“When Gideon and the soldiers obeyed God’s plan, did they beat the Midianites?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “I’m sure that Gideon thought God’s instructions were crazy, but he chose to follow God’s path. I’m so glad that God teaches us the way to go too! He’s always got this! Who’s got it?” (God’s got it.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God is great, mighty, and awesome! We can trust He has everything under control.”

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.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse in a deep voice, like a king!”
“Say the verse in a silly voice, like a jester!”
“Say the verse in a loud voice, like a roaring dragon!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God is GREAT, AWESOME, and MIGHTY! God can do anything! God has always got it!”
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 PASS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: dragon toy, knight toy
What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God is great, mighty, and awesome! We can trust He has everything under control.”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give the dragon toy and the knight toy to the children on either side of you. Encourage children to begin passing the toys around the circle in opposite directions. After the toys have been passed a few times, call out, “Stop! Who’s got them?” Encourage the children holding the toys to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had a chance to say the verse.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God is GREAT, AWESOME, and MIGHTY! God can do anything! God has always got it!”
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.

BIBLE CONNECT

NAVIGATE THE MAZE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, maze sheet
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a maze sheet. Keep one maze sheet for yourself to help as you demonstrate the way to go.
What you say: “Tap your nose if you’ve ever seen a maze like this before. (Encourage kids to tap their nose.) A maze can be really tricky to figure out, but if you try it with someone who already knows the way, it’s not so hard! I already know the way through this maze. Let’s see if you can follow my directions and solve the maze when I tell you the way to go.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Tell each child to choose a crayon to use. Read the following instructions one step at a time, telling children the way to go and using your finger to demonstrate the path on your maze as you read. Encourage children to trace the path on the maze with their finger before drawing it with their crayon, and assist any children in following the correct path as needed.
Start at the star at the top of the castle. Draw a line from the star to the pink heart.
Draw a line from the pink heart to the blue square.
Draw a line from the blue square to the orange diamond.
Draw a line from the orange diamond to the green triangle.
Draw a line from the green triangle to the yellow star.
Draw a line from the yellow star to the purple circle.
Draw a line from the purple circle to the gray cloud.
Draw a line from the gray cloud to the red stop sign.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “You did such an awesome job navigating our maze. You listened as I told you the way to go and you followed! In our Bible story today, God showed a man named Gideon the way to go, and He’ll show us the way to go if we listen, too! Who’s got it?” (God’s got it.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample 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 God teaches me the way to go. Let’s think about some of the things we need.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.
What you say: “God taught Gideon the way to go in battle, and God will teach you and me the way to go, too! Let’s make a list of things we need God to teach us—things like the way to share, love others, be a helper, and obey our parents! All of those things are hard to do and we need God to show us the way to do them. When we pray we can use our list and ask God to help show us the way. When I say your name, tell me one thing you need God to teach you, and I’ll write it in our prayer journal. (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, You are the best teacher! You always know the right way to go. And because You love us so much, You want to teach us the way to go! Please help us learn the way to (read what the children listed). We love You, God, and we want to do what is right. 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. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘God teaches me the way to go.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your poster at home.”
VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. 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 God teaches us the way to go!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

BEAN BAG BALANCE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: bean bags (1 per child)
What you do: Give each child a bean bag and spread children out around the eGroup space. Explain children will try to balance the bean bag on different parts of their body while performing different actions. If the beanbag drops, children have to say the main point, “God teaches me the way to go,” and then sit out on the next action.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say:
“Balance your bean bag on top of your head and do three small jumps.”
“Balance your bean bag on your shoulder and spin around two times.”
“Balance your bean bag on the back of your hand and hop on one foot four times.”
“Balance your bean bag on top of your foot and take five steps forward.”
“Balance your bean bag on your knee while I count to seven.”
“Balance your bean bag on your elbow and pat your knee two times.”
“Balance your bean bag on your back while crawling to a different spot.”
“Balance your bean bag on one finger and take three steps forward.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! It was tough to control our beanbags sometimes, but God is always in control. Who’s got it?” (God’s got it!)

DISMISSAL

JOUSTING PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Explain jousting was a competition between two knights on horseback. The first knight to knock the other knight off their opponents horse would win the joust.
Have children stand in a circle and spread out so there is room between each child. Practice the four jousting moves:
Single Sword Swipe: swipe one arm down across body
Double Sword Swipe: swipe both arms down to form an “X”
Shield Block: hold both arms up to block head
Duck: squat down while ducking head

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: The jousting knight (the eGroup leader for the first game) will call out and model jousting moves, starting slowly at first and then increasing speed. The child who completes the move last is out and sits in the horse barn (center of the circle).
Continue until one child remains. This child is the next jousting knight. Allow the jousting knight to choose and perform moves and encourage the rest of the group to complete the moves. Help determine who completed the moves last and ask children to sit in the horse barn.


Motion eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 20

Finders VI: The Case Of Camp Jupiter

Virtue: Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.
Main Point: We can work together to change someone’s life.
Bible Story: Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Bible Passage: Luke 5:17-26
Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIrV)

ENGAGE

CAMPFIRE STORIES

WHAT YOU NEED: green dice (1), red dice (1), blue dice (1), story starter cards

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the favorite part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?

Once you have five to six kids begin playing “Campfire Stories.”
Seat kids in a circle.
Explain the eGroup will work together to tell a story.
Turn over a story starter card and read the story starter sentence.
Encourage the kid beside you to roll the three dice, then continue the story you started by adding a sentence containing at least one of the objects shown on the dice.
Continue around the circle with kids rolling the dice and then adding to the story using the objects shown on the dice.
Once kids end that story or lose interest in it, start a new story by turning over a new story starter card and begin again.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

CAMP JUPITER SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, camp maps (2), question sheet (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
This is week five of our series Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter, where we’re learning the importance of cooperation. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see a great example of cooperation!

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 5. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read Luke 5:17-26 aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a camp map.
Explain kids will race to find the answer to the Bible story questions on the camp map.
Each location on the map is labeled with the location name and a Bible story answer.
The first kid to find the correct answer should yell out the name of the location where the Bible story answer is found.
One at a time, ask each question on the question sheet. Encourage kids to race to find the correct answer and call out the location name.
Give a point to the first team to call out the correct location name. The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The friends in the story had to cooperate to get the paralyzed man to Jesus. They worked together to carry him to the house on the mat, they worked together to come up with another plan when they couldn’t get through the door, and they worked together again to lower the man safely through the roof to Jesus. Because they were willing to continue working together, their friend got to Jesus and was healed! When we are willing to work together with others, we can change someone else’s life, too.”

GROW

COOPERATION RELAY

WHAT YOU NEED: friend mat (4), painters’ tape (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
• Divide kids into groups of four. Assign each kid on each team a number, one through four.
• Give each group a friend mat.
• Use the painters’ tape to create a start line and a finish line at 
opposite ends of your eGroup space and send groups to 
stand at the start line.
• Explain each group will compete to get their “friend” on the 
mat from one side of the space to the other side as fast as they can. However, kids will have a special rule about how they can move based on the number you gave them!
Kid 1 can only use 1 leg.
Kid 2 can’t use their hands.
Kid 3 must keep both hands above their head at all times.
Kid 4 has no restrictions.
• Each kid in the group must be touching the friend mat in some way at all times.
• If kids drop their “friend” on the way across, they must pick the friend up and start over.
• Signal kids to start the race and watch to make sure kids are following the rules and using only the allowed body parts to transport their “friend.”
• The team that reaches the finish line first wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“It took time and effort to figure out how to move your ‘friend,’ but when you worked together you were able to move him to the other side, just like the friends in our Bible story today got the paralyzed man to Jesus. When you’re willing to cooperate with others to help people learn about Jesus, you could change someone’s life, too!”

Discussion Questions:
“How has your life changed as you’ve learned more about Jesus?”
“Why is it important to help other people learn about Jesus?”
“What are some ways you could cooperate with people in your life to help others learn about Jesus?”
“How could it change someone else’s life when they know Jesus?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can work together to change someone’s life. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share the name of one person whose life would change if you helped them learn about Jesus. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you do God’s work this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.
SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, thank You for giving each of us the privilege of helping others learn who You are and how much You love us. Help us notice the people around us whose lives would change if they knew You, and show us how we can cooperate with others to show them Your love. Thank You for giving us friends and family to help us do more than we could do alone. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, grid coloring sheets, black crayons, die, colored crayons, grid coloring sheet key

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9, tells us we should work together and help each other. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a game board with the memory verse on it at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Mystery Picture” or “Verse Practice.”
MYSTERY PICTURE
Give each kid a grid coloring sheet and a black crayon.
Explain kids will try to figure out what the mystery picture is by coloring the boxes on the grid sheet according to your instructions.
Roll the die. Instruct kids to use a black crayon to color that number of words from the memory verse on the grid coloring sheet. Kids should ONLY be coloring words from the memory verse.
eGL Tip: Allow kids to keep Bibles open to the memory verse so they can look back at the words in the verse as needed. Kids may also refer to the verse on their game boards.
Continue rolling the die and telling kids how many words from the memory verse to color with their black crayon.
Once all words from the memory verse have been colored, encourage kids to guess what they think the mystery picture might be.
Show kids the key at the bottom of the page. Encourage kids to color the other boxes on the grid according to the instructions in the key. As kids color, continue to allow kids to guess what the mystery picture is.
Before returning to Large Group, show kids the grid coloring sheet key so they can see what the mystery picture is. Encourage kids to take their coloring sheets home and finish coloring on their own.
VERSE PRACTICE
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase of the verse after you
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.

eGROUP LEADER NOTE: Bring It! Challenge Instructions can be found in the Bring It! Challenge bin in the theater.


Motion Large Group Script Week of May 20

Finders VI: The Case Of Camp Jupiter

Virtue: Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.
Main Point: We can work together to change someone’s life.
Bible Story: Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Bible Passage: Luke 5:17-26
Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIrV)

Countdown

Welcome

“Hello Motion and welcome back to Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter! Last week Ava took us inside her secret cabin and shared some important information with The Finders about the recent alien invasion. Will it be enough to turn the tide of this intergalactic mystery? We’ll have to find out together as we watch our heroes finally begin to cooperate.

Speaking of cooperating, it’s our virtue for the series! Everyone take a look at the screen and say it with me now.

Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.

If you’ve missed any weeks of The Finders, then you can get caught up by heading to our eKidz YouTube page! Before the end of the day come see me and I can hook you up with a card that will show you exactly where to go to find The Finders’ adventures.

Now let’s find out what’s going to happen in this week’s episode of Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter. Check out the screen!”

Finders VI: Episode 5

Oldman Teaching Video / Connect Questions Setup

“What an awesome episode of The Finders! Dr. Oldman wants to ask us a few questions about today’s episode, so find your eGroup leaders and in just a second, we’ll check out the screen!”

(give kids a few seconds to form a group around their eGroup leaders before throwing to the video)

Oldman Teaching Video / Connect Questions

Worship Intro

“Great job, everybody! I heard some incredible answers coming from your eGroups today. It’s time for us to celebrate God’s love as we stand to our feet and sing songs of thanks and praise. Stand to your feet as we sing ‘I Am Yours.’”

Worship Song – I Am Yours

Dismissal To eGroups

“Great job, Motion! Everybody stay standing because it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups. When I call your eGroup leaders’ name, you can follow them back.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we continue, I wanted to take a moment and welcome some very special guests who came to visit us for the first time. Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

If it’s your first time here, we consider you a VIP – a very important person! VIPs, turn your attention to the screen because I’ve got some special instructions just for you.

(refer to the screen)

This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.

[VIP Slide – Lanyard]

When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the __________ tent called the Welcome Area.

[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]

Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!

[VIP Slide – Gift]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.”

Game Setup – Don’t Drop The Drone

“Today’s game is an interesting one, because it’s actually one of The Finders’ favorite games to play when they’re not off chasing aliens and solving mysteries.

Your Game Groups, or a group of 10 kids, will form a circle. We’ll hand each Game Group a ‘Drone’…

(hold up one of the balls used in the game)

…and you’ll need to pass to someone else in your Game Group. Sounds simple, right? Well not quite, because there’s a little catch! When you catch the drone and toss it to someone else, you’ve got to do it while jumping in the air. Can I get a kid to come on stage to help me demonstrate? Maybe we’ve got someone who’s played a game like this at recess?

(Call one kid on stage to help demonstrate how to play. Optionally, the Host may want to call another theater volunteer on stage to help.)

If you’re the player who doesn’t catch the ball OR if you’re the player who makes a bad throw, you’ll have to step outside of the circle and won’t be able to play until we begin a new round.

Ok Motion, divide into your Game Groups and then we’ll hand out the Drones for the our game called ‘Don’t Drop the Drone!’ Do that now!”

(the Host and other theater volunteers / eGroup leaders should be walking around the room to help make sure kids are playing correctly)

Game – Don’t Drop The Drone

Bring It! Challenge Setup / Trading Card Commercial

“Great job during the game, Motion! Now it’s time for us to clean up these game materials and get ready for our Bring It! Challenge.

(collect all game materials and make sure eGroup leaders have supplies to complete the Bring It! Challenge)

Our Bring It! Challenge during The Finders’ series always looks a little different because instead of prizes for completing the challenge, you’ll earn Finders trading cards that you’ll be able to collect, trade, and compete with while we play our Finders Trading Card Game. What’s the Finders’ Trading Card game? Check out the screen!”

(watch the Finders Trading Card Commercial)

Those trading cards look so cool! I can’t wait to have a complete set of my own! You can collect your own Finders trading cards by doing the following things throughout this series. Take a look at the screen.

1. FIND Ecclesiastes 4:9 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader

2. RECITE our memory verse for this series, Ecclesiastes 4:9.

3. SAY our virtue for this series.

Ok, so let’s recap. To earn trading cards, you’ll need to FIND this month’s verse, RECITE the verse to your eGroup leader, and SAY the virtue for this month. Circle around your eGroup leaders so you can complete the Bring It! Challenge. Do that now!”

Bring It! Challenge

Trading Card Time Intro / How To Video

“Now that you’ve got your trading cards, it’s time for us to play the Finders Trading Card game! If you’ve never played before, don’t worry because it’s actually pretty easy. Check out the screen and then we’ll begin playing while your parents arrive!”

Trading Card Video

Trading Card Time


Motion eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 13

Finders VI: The Case Of Camp Jupiter

Virtue: Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone.
Main Point: We can work together to point others to Jesus.
Bible Story: The Early Church Helps Each Other
Bible Passage: Acts 2:42-47; John 13:35
Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIrV)

ENGAGE

CAMPFIRE STORIES

WHAT YOU NEED: green dice (1), red dice (1), blue dice (1), story starter cards

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the favorite part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?

Once you have five to six kids begin playing “Campfire Stories.”
Seat kids in a circle.
Explain the eGroup will work together to tell a story.
Turn over a story starter card and read the story starter sentence.
Encourage the kid beside you to roll the three dice, then continue the story you started by adding a sentence containing at least one of the objects shown on the dice.
Continue around the circle with kids rolling the dice and then adding to the story using the objects shown on the dice.
Once kids end that story or lose interest in it, start a new story by turning over a new story starter card and begin again.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

CAMP JUPITER SCAVENGER HUNT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, camp maps (2), question sheet (1)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
This is week four of our series Finders VI: The Case of Camp Jupiter, where we’re learning the importance of cooperation. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see a great example of cooperation!

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Acts 2 and John 13. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read Acts 2:42-47 and John 13:35 aloud.
Divide kids into two teams and give each team a camp map.
Explain kids will race to find the answer to the Bible story questions on the camp map.
Each location on the map is labeled with the location name and a Bible story answer.
The first kid to find the correct answer should yell out the name of the location where the Bible story answer is found.
One at a time, ask each question on the question sheet. Encourage kids to race to find the correct answer and call out the location name.
Give a point to the first team to call out the correct location name. The team with the most points at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Jesus told His disciples the best way they could share His love was to do whatever it took to show love to others. That still applies to us today! Just like the early church, when we help and care for each other, we can work together to point others to Jesus.”

GROW

INCREASING IMPACT

WHAT YOU NEED: plate with green rock candy sticks, activity mats, leader sheet

WHAT YOU DO:
On the way back from large group, get a plate of green rock candy sticks from the eTeam Leader.
Give each kid a green rock candy stick and an activity mat. Tell kids to wait to eat the green rock candy until after the activity.
Read a scenario from the leader sheet. Encourage kids to use their rock candy sticks to point to the picture on their activity mat that corresponds with the scenario.
Ask kids to share how they could help in that scenario. Then ask them how they could have a bigger impact if they worked together with others in that scenario.
Repeat for each of the remaining scenarios.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“When we show love to others, they can see Jesus’ love through us. It’s definitely possible to do this on our own, but our impact can be so much greater when we work together!”

Discussion Questions:
“What are some ways you could point people in your life to Jesus by helping them?”
“If you worked together with others, how would it help them see Jesus even more?”
“What are some ways our church works together to point others to Jesus? Can you think of anything else we could do together to point others to Him?”

GROW

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can work together to point others to Jesus. When you choose to work together, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one way you could work together with others to point someone to Jesus by showing them love or helping them. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you as you do God’s work this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.
SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, thank You for giving each of us the privilege of helping others learn who You are and how much You love us. Help us look for ways we can work together to point others to You. Thank You for giving us friends and family to help us do more than we could do alone. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, grid coloring sheets, black crayons, die, colored crayons, grid coloring sheet key

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 4:9, tells us we should work together and help each other. When we work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a game board with the memory verse on it at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Mystery Picture” or “Verse Practice.”
MYSTERY PICTURE
Give each kid a grid coloring sheet and a black crayon.
Explain kids will try to figure out what the mystery picture is by coloring the boxes on the grid sheet according to your instructions.
Roll the die. Instruct kids to use a black crayon to color that number of words from the memory verse on the grid coloring sheet. Kids should ONLY be coloring words from the memory verse.
eGL Tip: Allow kids to keep Bibles open to the memory verse so they can look back at the words in the verse as needed.
Continue rolling the die and telling kids how many words from the memory verse to color with their black crayon.
Once all words from the memory verse have been colored, encourage kids to guess what they think the mystery picture might be.
Show kids the key at the bottom of the page. Encourage kids to color the other boxes on the grid according to the instructions in the key. As kids color, continue to allow kids to guess what the mystery picture is.
Before returning to Large Group, show kids the grid coloring sheet key so they can see what the mystery picture is. Encourage kids to take their coloring sheets home and finish coloring the picture on their own.
VERSE PRACTICE
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase of the verse after you
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.

eGROUP LEADER NOTE: Bring It! Challenge Instructions can be found in the Bring It! Challenge bin in the theater.