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Quest eGroups Week of July 1

Kids Rock

Main Point: I can do things God’s way.
Bible Story: Daniel. Daniel 1.
Memory Verse: “God made (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10, NCV (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page key
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant picture that totally rocks!
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: 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: Encourage children to help you as you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Keep the large picture assembled as it will be used in the next activity.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity
What you say: “Wow! Our Quest animals rock! There are some smaller things hidden in our big picture. Let’s see if you can find them all!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain each child will have a turn to find a hidden object and show the rest of the group where it can be found. When there is more than one of the same object, a child should point out just one of them and then let another child have a turn. Continue until all objects have been found.
What you say: “All right, let’s see if you can find…”
“One inner tube!”
“Two swim floaties!”
“Three pool noodles!”
“Four pairs of goggles!”
“Five sunscreen bottles!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Set the coloring pages aside until the end of the worship experience. Children may take home the part of the picture they colored. Any leftover pages should be discarded.

LET’S ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child)
What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.
What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.
At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

GET TO KNOW YOU

WHO’S IN OUR BAND?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: instrument cards (set of 12), microphone (1)
What you do: Spread the instrument cards around the center of the eGroup with the instruments facing up.
What you say: “This summer we’re learning about kids in the Bible who rock because they obeyed God and did great things! Before we learn more about these great kids and how we can rock too, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that children will introduce themselves to the band by speaking into the band’s special microphone. After each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the instrument cards and answer the question on the back. 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 a kid who really rocked!”

BIBLE CONNECT

DANIEL
DANIEL 1

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 240-243 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!”
“Where did Daniel and his three friends have to go?” (Babylon)
“Who were Daniel and his friends going to work for in Babylon?” (the king)
“Did God want His people to eat the kind of food the king ate?”(no)
“Did Daniel and his friends want to obey God or the king?” (God)
“What did Daniel ask the guard if he and his friends could eat instead of the king’s food?” (vegetables and water)
“After 10 days of only vegetables and water, did Daniel and his friends look strong and healthy or weak and hungry?” (strong and healthy)
“Did the guard let Daniel and his friends keep eating that way?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Daniel and his friends wanted to eat things that made God happy. They did things God’s way. And you can too! You rock, because God made you to do things His way, just like Daniel. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”
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 bass guitar!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like a flute”
“Say the verse in a loud voice, like a big drum!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”
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 RHYTHM

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Lead children in saying the verse slowly while doing the following action:
Pat your knees as you say each word.
Alternate patting your knees and clapping your hands as you say each word.
Alternate patting your knees, clapping your hands, and tapping your shoulders as you say each word.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”
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

LINE TANGLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: activity pages (1 per child), crayons
What you say: “God wants us to do things His way by making right choices. Let’s see if you can figure out when someone’s making right choices and doing things God’s way!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give each child an activity page and place the crayons in the center of the eGroup. Read the prompts below and encourage children to respond, then be ready to assist children as needed as they trace the lines with the crayons.
What you say: “There are five pictures on your page. Let’s look at them together and decide if the children are making good choices or bad choices. After we guess if it’s a good choice or bad choice, we’ll trace the line to find out if we’re right. All the good choices will end up at the smiley face!”
“The first one (point) is a little boy sweeping the floor. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a good choice. God likes it when we help.”
“The second picture (point) shows a child who is angry and yelling. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a bad choice. God wants us to speak kindly to others, even when we’re upset.”
“The third one (point) is a little girl sharing a toy. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a good choice. God likes it when we share with others.”
“The next picture (point) shows children praying. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a good choice. God loves it when we talk to Him.”
“The last picture (point) is two children fighting over a toy. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a bad choice. God wants us to show love to others.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “You’re never too young to start doing things God’s way, and when you do things the way God wants you to, you ROCK! Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can do things God’s way. We can do things God’s way by making good choices. Let’s think about some good choices we can make.”

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: “Daniel made the choice to do things God’s way by eating the kinds of food God wanted His people to eat. When we do things God’s way, that’s always the right choice! Let’s make a list of good choices we can make. When we pray, we can use our list to ask God to help us make good choices. When I say your name, tell me one good thing you can do 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, we want to do things Your way. We know that means doing good things. Will You please help me and (name each child) make good choices like (read the list the children made)? You are awesome, God, and 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. 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, ‘I can do things God’s way.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse 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 we can do things God’s way!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

LET’S ROCK THE MAIN POINT!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child), microphone (1)
What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.
What you say: “It’s time for us to practice playing our rock band instruments again while we practice our main point for today! Let’s review our instruments one more time. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will stand and say the main point (“I can do things God’s way.”) into the microphone.
Begin calling out instruments slowly at first. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch out for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to stand and say the main point into the microphone. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

DISMISSAL

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: giant coloring page set (from Kid Connect activities), microphone (1)

What you do: Encourage children to help you arrange the pages from the giant coloring page set to form one large picture. Explain you will describe objects in the picture for children to find. When children find the picture you’re describing, they should stand and say the main point (“I can do things God’s way.”) into the microphone.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Describe characteristics of the objects listed below by saying, “I spy something ________.” Fill in the blank with any words that could describe the object, such as its color, size, what it’s near, or what it’s used for.
chair
Red Rabbit
diving board
tree
pool noodle
guitar
Teal Tiger
inner tube


Quest Large Group Week of July 1

KIDS ROCK

MAIN POINT: I can listen to God.
Bible Story: Samuel. 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19
Memory Verse: “God made  (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10, NCV (open hands like a book)

VIDEO: Quest Rules Video

SLIDE: WCLU Campus Screen Graphic

STORYTELLER: “Hello, friends! Welcome back to Wonder! Clubhouse. It’s good to see you today! Why am I so glad to see you? Because kids ROCK!” (play air guitar)

STORYTELLER: “This month we’re learning about how God made each of us to do good works, so when I ask you this very important question, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’ I want you to say, ‘I can do what God wants me to do!’ Let’s try it. ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”

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

SONG: “My God is Number One”
Lead children in singing, “My God is Number One,” with the hand motions.
SONG: “My God is So Big”
Lead children in singing, “My God is So Big,” with the hand motions.
STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, why don’t you all rock out with me by playing an air drum, just like this … (play the air guitar and encourage the kids to do so as well) Great job! You can sit down now. (pause) Tell me, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”
CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”
STORYTELLER: “That’s right! We can do what God wants us to do by doing good works. Watch me say our memory verse with the motions first, and then you can do it with me!
‘God made, (point both hands up)  us to do (point to yourself) good works.’ (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10 (open your hands like a book) Let’s try that together.”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “‘God made, (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.’ (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10 (open your hands like a book) (Repeat several times.)
STORYTELLER: “Great job! Our God made us to do good works. Remind me one more time, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”
CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! Now let’s check in with Ollie at Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more.”

VIDEO: KROC July LG Episode 1

Slide: WCLU Campus Screen Graphic

STORYTELLER: “That was great! I’m so glad we learned about the time Daniel was a kid, and he was able to listen to God and eat the foods that God wanted him to eat. Even though he was only a kid, he was able to do what God wanted him to do, because kids ROCK!”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Who can do what God wants you to do?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can do what God wants me to do!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. Daniel was able to do what God wanted him to do, and so can you. 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 Daniel and how he was able to listen to You, even when he was a kid. Thank You that You have made us all to do good works, and I can do what you want me to do! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! I hope you had fun at Wonder! Clubhouse, learning about Daniel. 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: Purple Parrot) 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: Teal Tiger) 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: White Warthog) 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.


Motion Large Group Week of July 1

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Uniqueness: Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Main Point: God made you to be you.
Bible Story: David and Saul’s Armor
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 17
Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, NIV

COUNTDOWN

Welcome/ Video Intro

“Welcome to Motion and welcome to Gadgets and Gizmos! We’re learning all about how God made us unique. But what does it mean to be unique? Let’s take a look at the screen and you can say this with me:
Uniqueness: Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
In today’s Bible story we’re learning about a young man named David and the unique way he was able to make a difference at a time where making a difference looked to be impossible. Take a look at the screen!”

Video Host Intro

252 Story

Video Host Outro

Connect Questions

“From nothing, God made everything—including Adam and Eve. However, not only did God make Adam and Eve, but He also made you and me. The God of the universe created us, and WE are one of the masterpieces that God created.
Now, let’s answer a few questions about today’s Bibles story. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!”
(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: Why did David refuse Saul’s armor? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Second question: How did refusing Saul’s armor while fighting Goliath make David unique? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: How has God made you unique? Who can you share this with? Discuss that with your eGroup now.”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

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, ‘Endless Praise!’”

Worship Song-Endless Praise

Worship Song- Shine A Light

Dismissal 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.

If you have any questions about where to go or what to do, just ask someone in a blue eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Game Setup – Gadgets and Gizmos: The Game

“This month we’re learning what it means to be unique, and one way God made us unique is by giving us the ability to solve problems in our own unique ways. In our game today we’re going to put you all into some pretty crazy situations and then you’ll need to explain how you’re going to get out of that situation using some gadgets and gizmos.

In just a moment you’ll divide into your Game Groups and we’ll give each Game Group a stack of cards. Each kid will draw three cards and keep them hidden from the rest of their group. Then, I’ll put a situation on the screen and read it out loud to you. Every kid in the room will choose one of the cards from their hand and explain to the rest of the group why that gadget or gizmo is the best tool to use in the scenario.

Let me show you a practice round:

(refer to the slide on the screen)

Here’s the scenario: a giant river is in front of you and your favorite pizza is on the other side. What gadget will you use to cross the river?

Well, ok, that sounds tough! Let’s look at the three gadgets I can choose from:

(production will show the next slide that shows the card choices)

Those are some pretty good gadgets, but I think the best card to help me get across the giant river is this ‘Freeze Ray’ card. I would tell my group leader that I’d use the freeze ray to freeze the river and then walk right across it to go get my pizza!

Easy, right?

Once you choose your card, you’ll have 20 seconds to explain how you’re going to use the gadget to solve the problem before it’s the next kids’ turn and then your group leader will decide which kid gave the best or funniest answer.

Everyone form Game Groups and then once you’re in your Groups, we’ll hand out a deck of cards to each group, each kid will draw three cards, and then we’ll begin playing.”

(help kids get into Game Groups and pass out game cards to each Group)

Bring it! Challenge Setup

Game-Gadgets and Gizmos: The Game

“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)

During this month’s Bring It! Challenge, you’ll need to do the following three things to receive a prize. Check out the screen.

(watch the Bring It! Challenge video)

That’s right, Motion! To receive your Bring It! Prize, you’ll need to

FIND Ephesians 2:10 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader

2. RECITE our memory verse for this series, Ephesians 2:10.

3. SAY our virtue for this series. In fact, that’s on the screen now, too!

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Uniqueness: Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Ok, so let’s recap. To earn your prize, 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 and let’s work on that now!”

Bring it! Challenge

Fun With the Finders Video Intro

“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Now summer is all about having as much fun as you can before heading back to school, and there’s no better way to have fun than with The Finders! Throughout the summer, The Finders will be posting on YouTube all of the crazy games they’ve been playing and I’m sure once you see these games, you’re going to want to play them with your family and friends.

Now I heard that this first game has the potential to be pretty gross, so if you don’t like Spam, pickle juice, and yogurt smoothies, turn away now because the first game this summer is called Eat It or Wear It! Check this out!”

Fun With The Finders Video

252 Movie Intro

“Before your parents begin to arrive, we’re going to see take on today’s Bible story. Take a look at the screen!”

252 Movie

Dismissal


Motion eGroup of July 1

Gadgets and Gizmos

Virtue: Uniqueness. Discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference.
Main Point: God made you to be you.
Bible Story: David and Saul’s Armor
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 17
Memory Verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

ENGAGE

LEGO CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Legos (1 bag)

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 best 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 “Lego Creations.”
Place the Legos in the center of the eGroup where all kids can reach the pieces.
Encourage children to build a Lego creation that represents one of the scenarios listed below and then share the story behind their creation with the eGroup.
Create something that represents either the best or worst part of your week.
Create something that represents what makes you unique.
Create something that represents your happiest memory.
After kids have completed the task, allow kids to continue creating whatever they choose with the Legos.
Before transitioning to the Bible Story Activity, be sure all Legos have been collected and returned to the Lego bag.

BIBLE STORY

STORY CREATIONS

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, Bible story sheet, creation cards (10), blank copy paper (1 per kid), self-inking stamps (1 per kid)

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!
As we continue our Gadgets and Gizmos series, we’re shifting our focus to making a difference by embracing the unique traits and characteristics God has placed in each of us. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about some people in the Bible who embraced their uniqueness to do great things for God!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to 1 Samuel. 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.
Give each kid one creation card, a piece of blank copy paper, and a self-inking stamp. If any cards are leftover, give kids the option to take a second creation card and piece of copy paper.
Tell kids they have about two minutes to create a picture of the item listed on their creation card using the paper and stamps. (They can use the stamp to stamp the outline of the item.)
eGL Tip: Be sure children stamp on their copy paper, NOT on the creation card.
After kids have had a couple of minutes to create their picture, explain kids will listen for the word on their creation card as you read the Bible story. When they hear the word, they should hold up their picture for everyone to see.
Read 1 Samuel 17 aloud as directed on the Bible story sheet and encourage kids to hold up their pictures as their words are read.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“God didn’t choose David to fight for and eventually lead His people because David was the biggest, strongest, or smartest. David was unique among the Israelites because he possessed strength that came from his faith in God and sensitivity to God’s voice. Like David, God has given you unique talents and experiences. He wants to use you to stand strong for Him, too. You won’t be crushing giants or slinging stones at anyone, but if you choose to stand for God, He will use you in courageous and meaningful ways with those around you. God made you to be you and no one else.”

GROW

CHARADES

WHAT YOU NEED: charades cards (8)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Explain kids will act out using common supplies they might find around a home or workplace.
Teams will be allowed to make only two guesses each round, so kids are encouraged to discuss their guesses with the rest of their team before calling them out.
Choose a kid from the first team to be the actor; the rest of the group will be guessers for this round. Let the actor randomly choose one of the charades cards and act out using the supply shown on the card.
The guessers may make up to two guesses. If they guess correctly, give the team the charades card. If they do not guess correctly, discard the charades card.
Choose an actor from the other team and repeat.
Continue alternating between teams, choosing a new actor for each charades card.
The team with the most charades cards at the end wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Great job, everyone! Each of these supplies has a specific purpose. A stapler holds paper together; scissors cut paper apart. A stapler can’t do what a pair of scissors can do just like a pair of scissors can’t do what a stapler does. They each have their own unique and purposeful job. In the same way, God has given each of us a set of unique gifts, traits, and characteristics that He can use to do great things. I can’t do your job and you can’t do mine; we each need to fulfill our unique purpose. God made you to be you!”

Discussion Questions:
“What makes you unique? How could God use that unique characteristic?”
“Has their ever been a time you didn’t like one of your unique characteristics? Does it change your mind about that unique trait to know God can use it to make a difference?”
“God made us in different ways on purpose. How does understanding that change the way you treat others?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned God made you to be you, and He has a unique purpose for each unique person. When you use your uniqueness to point others to God, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to share one thing that is unique about you. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so we can pray for God to show us ways He can use our unique traits to do great things.”

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:
“Heavenly Father, You are awesome! Thank You so much for each one of these kids, and thank You for the way You’ve made each of them special. Help us discover and embrace our uniqueness so we can make a difference in the world around us. Help us to trust and follow You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

MEMORY VERSE

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, circuit boards (4), verse cards (4 sets: blue, red, orange, and green)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10, tells us God created each of us with a unique purpose and unique abilities to help us fulfill that purpose!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
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 memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can remember to practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Verse Circuit” or “Verse Practice.”
VERSE CIRCUIT
Split kids into four teams. Give each team a circuit board and a set of verse cards.
Explain kids will race to put the verse cards in order. Once the cards are in order, they’ll have to arrange the cards to form a path across their circuit board from one of the batteries to one of the lightbulb ports.
The verse cards must stay in the correct order, but kids can rotate and arrange the pieces as needed to create a continuous path.
eTL NOTE: Each set of cards has a different path, so teams can’t look at each other’s boards for clues as they try to figure out the correct path.
The first team to form a continuous path from a battery to a lightbulb port wins!
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.


Quest eGroup Week of June 17

KIDS ROCK

Main Point: I can listen to God.
Bible Story: Samuel. 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19
Memory Verse: God made us to do good works. Ephesians 2:10 NCV

KID CONNECT

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page key

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant picture that totally rocks!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: 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: Encourage children to help you as you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Keep the large picture assembled as it will be used in the next activity.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity

What you say: “Wow! Our Quest animals rock! There are some smaller things hidden in our big picture. Let’s see if you can find them all!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain each child will have a turn to find a hidden object and show the rest of the group where it can be found. When there is more than one of the same object, a child should point out just one of them and then let another child have a turn. Continue until all objects have been found.

What you say: “All right, let’s see if you can find…”

  • “One balloon!”
  • “Two jump ropes!”
  • “Three acorns!”
  • “Four balls!”
  • “Five flowers!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Set the coloring pages aside until the end of the worship experience. Children may take home the part of the picture they colored. Any leftover pages should be discarded.

KID CONNECT

LETS ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: rock band strips (1 per child)

What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.

At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

GET TO KNOW YOU

WHO’S IN OUR BAND

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: instrument cards (set of 12), microphone (1)

What you do: Spread the instrument cards around the center of the eGroup with the instruments facing up.

What you say: “This summer we’re learning about kids in the Bible who rock because they obeyed God and did great things! Before we learn more about these great kids and how we can rock too, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that children will introduce themselves to the band by speaking into the band’s special microphone. After each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the instrument cards and answer the question on the back. 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:

  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 hear a Bible story about a kid who really rocked!”

BIBLE CONNECT

SAMUEL

1 SAMUEL 3:1-10, 19

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 159-163 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!”

  1. “When Samuel heard a voice in the night, what did it say?” (“Samuel!”)
  2. “Who did Samuel think was calling his name?” (Eli)
  3. “Was Eli calling Samuel’s name?”(no)
  4. “Did Samuel hear the voice calling his name again, or did it stop?” (He heard it again.)
  5. “If Samuel heard the voice again, Eli told Samuel to say, ‘Speak, Lord. I’m ________.’” (listening)
  6. “Who was calling Samuel’s name?” (God)
  7. “Did Samuel listen to God?” (yes)
  8. “Did Samuel obey God?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You know what? You rock, because God made you to listen to Him. We can listen to God just like Samuel listened to God. Tell me: Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.) “That’s right, friends. You can listen to God, and that makes you ROCK!”

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

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 bass guitar!”
  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like a flute”
  • “Say the verse in a loud voice, like a big drum!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

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 RHYTHM

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Lead children in saying the verse slowly while doing the following action:

  • Pat your knees as you say each word.
  • Alternate patting your knees and clapping your hands as you say each word.
  • Alternate patting your knees, clapping your hands, and tapping your shoulders as you say each word.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

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

WAKE UP AND LISTEN

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “Samuel rocked because he listened to God. We can listen to God, too! God may not speak out loud to us like He did to Samuel, but there are still lots of ways we can hear Him if we teach our ears to listen. Let’s think about some ways we can listen to God!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read the statements below and encourage children to stand up and stretch if you describe a way to listen to God or lie down and pretend to sleep if you describe something that is not a way to listen to God. Encourage children to return to a seated position between statements.

What you say: “Listen carefully friends! I’m going to read some things you could choose to do. If it’s a way to listen to God, stand up and stre-e-e-tch like you just woke up. If it’s not a way to listen to God, like down and pretend to go to sleep.”

  • “You could read your Bible.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could watch your favorite TV show.” (Children should lie down and pretend to sleep.)
  • “You could listen to worship music.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could pray before you go to bed.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could eat lots of cookies.” (Children should lie down and pretend to sleep.)
  • “You could listen to people who know a lot about God.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could play a guitar.” (Children should lie down and pretend to sleep.)
  • “You could come to church every week.” (Children should stand and stretch.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Even if we don’t hear God speaking out loud to us, there are lots of ways we can teach ourselves to listen to what He has to say! When we listen to God, we can do the things He wants us to do. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can listen to God. Let’s think about some places we can listen to God.”

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 had important things to say to Samuel even though Samuel was still a kid. Samuel listened to God and did what God wanted him to do. That’s why Samuel rocked! God wants you to listen to Him, too. He has important things to say to you. Let’s make a list of places where we spend lots of time, like our bedroom, outside, church, or anywhere! When we pray we can use our list and ask God to help us listen to Him no matter where we go. When I say your name, tell me one place to write in our prayer journal.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, I think it is so wonderful that You have important things to say to all of us—even kids! I pray that my friends will grow up listening to You, like Samuel did, so they will know what You want them to. Help them when they are at (name the places listed) and everywhere else they go to always listen to You. 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. 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, ‘I can listen to God.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse 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 we can listen to God!”

What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

LET’S ROCK THE MAIN POINT!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: rock band strips (1 per child), microphone (1)

What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “It’s time for us to practice playing our rock band instruments again while we practice our main point for today! Let’s review our instruments one more time. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will stand and say the main point (“I can listen to God.”) into the microphone.

Begin calling out instruments slowly at first. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch out for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to stand and say the main point into the microphone. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

DISMISSAL

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: giant coloring page set (from Kid Connect activities), microphone (1)

What you do: Encourage children to help you arrange the pages from the giant coloring page set to form one large picture. Explain you will describe objects in the picture for children to find. When children find the picture you’re describing, they should stand and say the main point (“I can listen to God.”) into the microphone.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Describe characteristics of the objects listed below by saying, “I spy something ________.” Fill in the blank with any words that could describe the object, such as its color, size, what it’s near, or what it’s used for.

  • tree
  • stairs
  • Silver Squirrel
  • guitar
  • grass
  • catcher’s mitt
  • Red Rabbit
  • bush