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Quest Large Group Week of September 15

COLORIFIC

Main Point: God’s keeps his promises even if we have to wait
Bible Passage: Abraham and Sarah ●Genesis 12:2-3, 18:1-15, 21:1-6
Memory Verse: “Trust the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5, NCV

– PART 1 –

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”
SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello friends! Welcome to Quest and welcome to the Wonder! Clubhouse! This month we’re… oh my goodness! This week there’s so much YELLOW in the room! It must be because this month we’re in a series called Colorific where we’re learning all about how God keeps His promises to us, just like He did when He sent a colorful rainbow.”

STORYTELLER: “On the count of three, I want you all to help me celebrate our series, Colorific! When I count to three, I want you to yell out one thing that’s yellow, just like our color of the day! Think about it for a second… what’s yellow? Are you ready? One, two, three!”

Respond to kids yelling out something that’s yellow.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! All of the colors in the rainbow remind us of God’s AMAZING promises and that God always keeps the promises He makes. When I say, ‘Who keeps his promises?’ you say, ‘God keeps His promises!’ Let’s practice! ‘Who keeps his promises?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! God always keep His promises to us, and that’s something we can celebrate! Let’s sing songs today thanking God for all of the promises He’s made to us. Let’s stand to our feet and sing, ‘Promises!’”

SONG: “Promises”

Lead children in singing, “Promises,” with the hand motions.

SONG: “Get Up”

Lead children in singing, “Get Up,” with the hand motions.

– PART 2 –

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘Who keeps his promises?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! God keeps His promises! God made lots of promises to us and when we read His Word, the Bible, we can learn about all of the things He said. Our Bible verse for this month tells us we can trust that God will keep the promises He made. Listen to the Bible verse as I say it, then, you can say it after me with the hand motions. Listen carefully:

‘Trust the Lord (point both index fingers aright up in the air) with all (stretch your arms out wide) your heart.’ (bring both your hands over your heart) Proverbs 3:5” (open hands like a book)

STORYTELLER, THEN CHILDREN: “‘Trust the Lord (point both index fingers aright up in the air) with all (stretch your arms out wide) your heart.’ (bring both your hands over your heart) Proverbs 3:5” (open hands like a book)

Repeat the memory verse two more times and have kids repeat it after you.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Let’s say it one more time, ‘Who keeps his promises?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises?”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! God keeps his promises and today we’re learning more about a husband and wife named Abraham and Sarah who were promised something by God, but it took a really long time to happen. But even though something maybe not happen RIGHT AWAY, God will always keep His promises. Abraham and Sarah saw that and learned that if God promises something, it’s definitely going to happen. Take a look at the screen and let’s check out what’s going on at the Wonder Clubhouse!”

VIDEO: “COLO_LG_WK3”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

– PART 3 –

STORYTELLER: “Wow! God promised Abraham and Sarah that one day the would have children. Even though it took a very long time to happen, God’s promise came true.”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Who keeps his promises?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. Today we discovered when God makes us promises, He’ll always keep them, even if they take a long time. Let’s bow our heads, close our eyes, and thank God for promising to always be with us.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for Your awesome promises and thank You for keeping them, no matter what. We love You. Amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Now friends, it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups where you’re going to learn more about how God keeps his promises.”

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.”

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.


Quest eGroup Week of September 15

COLORIFIC

Main Point: God’s keeps his promises even if we have to wait
Bible Passage: Abraham and Sarah ●Genesis 12:2-3, 18:1-15, 21:1-6
Memory Verse: “Trust the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5, NCV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages, Quest check-in sheet
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page. Write children’s names and tag numbers on the Quest check-in sheet as children arrive.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “This week is YELLOW WEEK in our Quest Color Craze! We’re going to color a picture of Yellow Yak and his friend, White Warthog. We also need to search the picture for some of Yellow Yak and White Warthog’s favorite things. If you see anything around them in the Clubhouse that should be yellow or white, circle it!”
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page and circle any objects that should be yellow or white. 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.

COLORIFIC I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to sit in a circle.
What you say: “Since it’s Yellow Week in our Quest Color Craze, let’s see if you can spy some of the yellow things around us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Find something yellow that is visible from your eGroup space and give children a clue to help them spy the same item. You can use the following prompts or make up your own, depending on the items in your area:
“I spy something yellow that is round like a basketball!”
“I spy something yellow that is bigger than a squirrel!”
“I spy something yellow that is soft like a pillow!”
“I spy something yellow that is smaller than my hand!”
“I spy something yellow that makes a noise!”
“I spy something yellow that could fit in my pocket!”
“I spy something yellow that has four corners!”
“I spy something yellow that I could eat!”
“I spy something yellow that could roll under a table!”
“I spy something yellow that would fit in Max’s doghouse!”
Repeat with other yellow items as long as time allows. If you run out of yellow items to spy, or if children begin getting bored with yellow items, let children take turns naming their favorite colors and try spying something in that color instead. With older eGroups, you could also try letting children spy and describe something for the rest of the eGroup to look for.

GET TO KNOW YOU

COLORFUL QUESTIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about trusting the promises God makes to us, because He always keeps His promises! We’ll also be participating in our Quest Color Craze this month, and I’m so excited to see some of you wearing our special color, YELLOW, today! Before we get started, let’s take turns answering a special yellow-themed question to get to know each other better. This week you’ll tell which yellow animal you’d choose as a pet!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage the first child to say his/her name to the eGroup. Ask the child, “Would you rather have a pet [animal] or [animal]?” by filling in the blanks with two yellow animals: yellow tang (fish), canary (bird), Burmese python (snake), or climbing mantella (yellow tree frog). Give the child the paintbrush. Explain the child will give an answer to the question by “painting” their answer with the paintbrush in the air or on the floor. Older children may want to paint the word; younger children can paint a picture. Allow other children to guess the child’s answer before moving on to the next child. Repeat for each child.
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 middle and repeat after me:
I am (allow response)
a (insert animal 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 special promise God made!”

BIBLE CONNECT

ABRAHAM AND SARAH
GENESIS 12:2-3, 18:1-15, 21:1-6

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 52-55 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. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Who was Abraham’s wife?” (Sarah)
“Were Abraham and Sarah old or young?” (old)
“What did God promise to give them?”(a son)
“Did Abraham cry or laugh when God made that promise?”(laugh)
“Did he laugh because he thought they were too old or because he thought God had told him a silly joke?” (He thought they were too old.)
“How many visitors came to visit Abraham and Sarah?” (three)
“Who was one of the visitors?”(God)
“What did He promise again to give them?” (a son)
“Who laughed at God’s promise this time?” (Sarah)
“Even though it seemed like it took a long time, did God keep His promise to give them a son?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God promised to give Abraham and Sarah a baby. He didn’t give the baby to them right away though. There were probably times while they waited and waited when Abraham and Sarah weren’t sure God would keep His promise. But God did keep His promise to Abraham and Sarah, and He will keep His promises to you, too, even if you have to wait. Who keeps His promises?” (God keeps His promises.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: stamper (1)
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can trust God completely, with our whole hearts. We know He always keeps His promises!”

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. You can use all of the voice options or choose a few, depending on time and interest. Be sure to do the “Yellow Yak” voice since it’s Yellow Week of the Quest Color Craze!
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 you’re Green Gorilla!”
“Say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re Red Rabbit!”
“Say the verse in an energetic voice, like you’re Blue Beaver!”
“Say the verse in a roaring voice, like you’re Teal Tiger!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like you’re Silver Squirrel!”
“Say the verse in a squawking voice, like you’re Purple Parrot!”
“Say the verse in a snorting voice, like you’re White Warthog!”
“Say the verse in a cheerful voice, like you’re Orange Otter!”
“Say the verse in a sleepy voice, like you’re Black Bear ready to hibernate!”
“Say the verse in a whiny voice, like you’re Pink Pig and you’re super hungry!”
“Say the verse in an underwater voice, like you’re Peach Penguin out for a swim!”
“Say the verse in a tired voice, like you’re Yellow Yak and you’ve been running around on a mountain all day!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning memory verses helps us remember God’s promises!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a hand stamp. Any child who has a stamp from reciting the memory verse can choose a prize on their way out of Quest!
Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Use the stamper to stamp the hand of any child who recites the verse by themselves. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

WAITING GAME

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: whiteboard (1), dry erase marker (1)
What you say: “God keeps His promises even if we have to wait. Let’s think about some times when you might have to wait and remember how we can trust God’s promises!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Use the whiteboard marker to draw the objects listed below. Encourage children to stick their hands out on the sides of their heads like Yellow Yak antlers when they know what you are drawing. Once children have guessed correctly, read the instructions given by the object and encourage children to respond.
PIZZA: “If it’s hard to wait for your food when you’re hungry, rub your belly. (Lead children in rubbing their bellies.) God promises to give us patience when we have to wait! What are some things you could do to help yourself stay patient while you wait for food?” (Allow two or three children to share ideas.)
CAR: “If it’s hard for you to wait to get out of the car when you’ve been in there for a long time, move your hands like you’re turning a steering wheel. (Lead children in pretending to steer.) God promises to give us patience when we have to wait! What are some things you could do to help yourself stay patient when you’re in the car for a long time?” (Allow two or three children to share ideas.)
TV: “If it’s hard to wait when your mom or dad says you have to wait until later to play with your favorite toy or watch your favorite show on TV, spin around in your spot. (Lead children in spinning around.) God promises to give us patience when we have to wait! What are some things you could do to help yourself stay patient while you wait until the right time to do something fun?” (Allow two or three children to share ideas.)
MOM AND DAD: “If it’s hard to wait when you’re ready for your mom or dad to pick you up from somewhere, like school or church, pat your head. (Lead children in patting their heads.) God promises to give us patience when we have to wait! What are some things you could do to help yourself stay patient while you wait for your mom or dad to pick you up?” (Allow two or three children to share ideas.)
RAIN: “If it’s hard to wait to go outside when you’re stuck inside because it’s raining, wiggle your fingers. (Lead children in wiggling their fingers.) God promises to give us patience when we have to wait! What are some things you could do to help yourself stay patient while you wait for the rain to stop?” 
(Allow two or three children to share ideas.)
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God always keeps His promises to us. Sometimes we may have to wait a while, but if we ask God to help us wait patiently, we will always see His promises come true! Who keeps His promises? (God keeps His promises.) Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes and thank God for always keeping His promises. Dear God, thank You for keeping every promise You make. We know You will give us patience to wait with a happy heart. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

PAINT THE POINT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the paintbrush in the center.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Remind children our main point today is, “God keeps His promises even if we have to wait.” Explain children will sit completely still and listen carefully for you to say the main point. Tell them you’ll sometimes put a wrong word in the main point, but they should only move if you say all the right words! When you say the main point correctly, everyone will race to grab the paintbrush. Once a child is holding the paintbrush, allow the child to choose a silly voice for the group to repeat the main point in, then lead the group in saying, “God keeps His promises even if we have to wait,” in that silly voice.
What you say: “All right, friends, make sure you listen very carefully for me to say our main point correctly: ‘God keeps His promises even if we have to wait.’ I’m going to put some other silly words in sometimes, so make sure you stay still and listen for all the right words. And remember, when you hear all the right words, grab the paintbrush as fast as you can!”
“Yellow Yak keeps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“Gecko keeps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“Grandpa keeps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“God claps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“God creeps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“God keeps His presidents even if we have to wait.”
“God keeps His parents even if we have to wait.”
“God keeps His pandas even if we have to wait.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to wait.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to win.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to wake.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to wish.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to whale.”
“God keeps His promises even if we have to wait.”

DISMISSAL

QUEST DISMISSAL CARD GAMES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards
What you do: Choose one of the card games to play with your group as parents arrive to pick children up.

CATCH OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing cards in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up in the middle of the group. The next child will do the same by placing the card from the top of their personal pile on top of the card in the center. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card on top of the center pile. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “catch” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who catches Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)

FACE-OFF

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the whole deck of cards evenly among all children. Each child should have a small stack of cards face-down on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to flip over their top card and place it on the floor close to the center of the circle. The highest card (two is lowest; ace is highest) wins that hand and takes the cards from the center. These cards can be added to their personal stack. Continue having children flip over their top card and allowing the child with the highest cards to take all the cards from the center. When a child runs out of cards, the child is out. The player to collect all the cards first is the winner!
If two people both play the card with the highest value, they will compete in a “face-off.” Each child will lay down three cards, face-down, and then flip the fourth card face-up. The highest cards wins all the cards played!

MATCHING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Spread out the playing cards face-up and encourage children to help you find 10 matching pairs of cards. Set aside the other playing cards; they will not be used in the game.
Seat children in a circle. Shuffle the matching pairs together and lay them face-down in the center of the eGroup in a 4-by-5 grid.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Children will take turns flipping over two cards. If the two cards match, the child can hold onto the two cards until the end of the game. If the two cards do not match, the child will return them to the same spots, face-down. The child with the most matches at the end wins!
eGL Note: If there are more than 10 children in the eGroup, split children into two smaller groups. Encourage children to help you create another set of 10 matching pairs of cards. Create another 4-by-5 card grid and allow each group to play with their own set of cards.


Motion eGroup Week of September 15

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Helps the Poor
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 5:1-12
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MASTER BUILDERS

WHAT YOU NEED:
Motion check-in sheet (1), Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in sheet.
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 playing Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents a way they’ve helped someone recently.
eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as building a trash can to represent helping their mom take out the trash, building a sandwich to represent sharing their lunch with a friend who left theirs at home, or building a bear to represent sharing their favorite teddy bear with their little sister when she cried.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid who built it to share the story behind it.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.

GROUP CONNECT

WHO’S IN YOUR CORNER?

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

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! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Point out four corners of the eGroup space and number them one through four.
Read the first question below, along with the four potential answers for the question, and encourage kids to choose their answer by standing in the corner with the same number.
Once all kids have chosen a corner, tell kids to introduce themselves to at least two other kids in the same corner.
Repeat for the second question.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“If you could give your least favorite ‘dirty job’ to someone else for a whole year, who would you choose to give it to?”
Corner 1: your mom or dad
Corner 2: a brother or sister
Corner 3: your best friend
Corner 4: a kid who sits near you at school
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which one would you choose?”
Corner 1: hauling dead fish off of fishing boats
Corner 2: emptying a garbage can full of dirty diapers
Corner 3: wiping sweat off the weight machines at a gym
Corner 4: scrubbing sticky food out of pots and pans

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage kids to sit in a circle.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)
ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)

YOU CONNECT

WHO CAN I HELP?

WHAT YOU NEED: picture cards (3 sets of 6), leader sheet (1)

WHAT YOU DO:
Make sure all picture cards in each set are in order and have the numbered side face-up. (Numbers are found in the bottom right corner.)
Divide kids into three teams. Give each team card number one and make sure they are only looking at the numbered side.
Explain these cards show a zoomed-in part of a picture. Teams will work together to guess what the full picture shows.
Encourage teams to study their picture cards and try to decide what they think the picture is. Teams should discuss quietly so the other teams don’t hear their guesses!
Give teams about 30 seconds to discuss, then ask a representative from each team to share what they think the picture is. If the team guess correctly, let them keep the card. If they guessed incorrectly, they should give the card back to you.
Read the scenario from the leader sheet for that picture.
Repeat these steps for each of the remaining picture cards. The team holding the most picture cards at the end wins!
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Just like Nehemiah looked around and saw his people in need, there are people all around us who need something. Some need food, some need help with a difficult task, or some may just need a friend. But rather than waiting for someone else to step in and help them, we should follow Nehemiah’s example and step in to help fill the need ourselves. Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Think about the people you spend time with on a regular basis. What needs do you think some of them could have?”
“Sometimes kids feel like they don’t have much to offer when it comes to helping people. But I bet you can do more than you think! What are some of the ways you can help people around you?”
“There are going to be some needs you can’t necessarily meet by yourself. Who are some people you could ask for help when you see a need that needs to be met?”
“Let’s practice thinking through some ways you could help people in need. Share some ways could show initiative and help someone in need in each of the following situations using only things you already have.”
“How could you help someone who is being treated unfairly at school?”
“How could you help your brother or sister when they’re tired and cranky?”
“How could you help a kid who has missed a lot of school because he’s been sick?”
“How could you help your mom when she’s had a rough week and is feeling too tired to do anything exciting over the weekend?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, You know all the needs of the people in the world. Sometimes the needs seem too big for us, but we also know there are things we can do to help. Please remind us this week: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need. We pray that we would be the ones to step forward and help someone this week. Amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

BUILD THE WALL

WHAT YOU NEED:
Bibles, Legos (bag of 500)

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 5 in their Bibles. (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.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Did the men and their wives raise complaints against other Jews or against the king?” (against other Jews)
“What did they say they needed to make food from?” (grain)
“What did they have to borrow to pay their taxes?” (money)
“What happened to their sons and daughters?” (They were enslaved.)
“Was Nehemiah confused or angry when he heard about their problems?” (angry)
“When Nehemiah accused the Jewish nobles and officials of treating their people unfairly, did they argue back or keep quiet because they knew he was right?” (They kept quiet.)
“When Nehemiah demanded that the leaders give their fields back and treat the people more fairly, did they agree to do it?” (yes)

 


Motion Large Group Week of September 15

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Helps the Poor
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 5:1-12
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

WELCOME

“Welcome to Motion and welcome to our series Dirty Jobs! This month, we’re learning how we can take initiative and what it means to DO, not just think, but actually DO the right thing. Let’s go ahead and take a look at our virtue this month, initiative, and see what’s up.
Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.

As we’re learning about how we can take initiative, we’ll be learning about Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a guy who took saw a problem and took the initiative to go fix it. We’ve been studying about how Nehemiah began one of the largest building projects in history and how we needed to trust God every step of the way. Today we’re going to learn more about this incredible true story, but to do so, I’m going to call a friend to help.

Motion, put your hands together and help me welcome __________ to the stage!”

Bible Connect with Bible Communicator

Bible Story Video Intro

Bible Story Video

Bible Story Video Outro

Connect Questions Intro

“Nehemiah was so busy rebuilding the wall that it would have been easy for him to ignore the needs of the poor people who needed help. After all, fixing the wall was already a HUGE project! But Nehemiah knew that he couldn’t just ignore people who needed help. Nehemiah took initiative for a problem that wasn’t even his and made a difference in the lives of the people who needed help the most.

Now, it’s time for us to answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we just watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

First question: Why do you think Nehemiah decided to stop the wall project and help the poor people? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Next question: Think of the last time you were generous to someone who needed it. How did you help?

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Last question: Who can you help this week? How can you take initiative on something that might not be your job?”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

“Great job, Motion! I heard some amazing answers coming from your eGroups. Now we’ve got the chance to stand to our feet and thank God for everything He’s done. We worship because God has given us SO MUCH and we owe so much to Him.

We’re going to sing, worship, and thank God for everything He’s given us. Everyone stand to your feet and let’s worship God by singing, ‘Undefeated.’”

Worship Song – Undefeated

Worship Song – Alive

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 to eGroup and gain a little wisdom yourself.”

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups, Motion! Before we continue, I want to take a moment and welcome our VIPs who are here with us for the first time today! 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 an eKidz shirt and we’ll be more than happy to help you out!”

Bible Prize Info

“Now Motion, it’s time to talk about how we’re going to reward you for something I know a lot of you do every week — bringing your Bibles! It’s so important to bring your Bible to eKidz so you can have God’s Word in front of you. That way, you can circle important stories, memory verses, or wisdom you’ll learn about.

If you brought your own personal Bible from home, then you’ll be able to leave today with a prize. After your parents pick you up, you’ll show YOUR Bible to the leader who’s checking your tags at the door. IF you brought your Bible, you can choose from one of the prizes available. Bring a Bible, get a prize. How easy is that?

When I say, ‘Bring a Bible,’ you say, ‘Get a prize!’

Bring a Bible!

(wait for kids to respond)

If you didn’t bring a Bible today, then bring one next time! Each week you can get a prize for bringing your Bible.”

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

“Now Motion, it’s time for us to work on this month’s memory verse! First, let’s take a look at it on the screen.

(refer to the memory verse slide on the screen)

Ok, let’s all say the verse. I’ll say it first, then we’ll say it together.

(say the memory verse, then say the memory verse with the kids)

Ok, now we’re going to do an activity that’ll help you learn this month’s verse. In just a moment I’m going to have you say the verse with a partner. The trick will be that you need to say the memory five times AS FAST as you can. This week, it’s all about speed and you and your partner will race against each other to see who can say it the fastest.

Take 30 seconds to find a partner and then once you’ve all got a partner, I’ll give you two minutes to practice the memory verse once or twice normally, then the race can begin. Remember, you’ll race against each other five times and the winner is the person who can say it fastest three out of the five times. Ok, take 30 seconds and find a partner now!

(give kids 30 seconds to find a partner)

Now, say the memory verse with your partner as fast as you can. Do that now!”

(give kids three minutes to say the verse back and forth as fast as they can five times each)

Memory Verse Activity

Game Setup – Don’t Get Distracted!

“Great job, Motion! We’re getting closer and closer to memorizing this month’s verse! Now, it’s time for us to play this week’s game!

Whenever you’re working on a dirty job, you need to keep your eyes open and be on alert for anything dangerous that might be heading your way. In today’s game you and your team will need to stay alert and be on the lookout for things that might be sailing over to your team’s side of the room.

In just a moment, we’re going to divide the room into two teams. One half will sit on one side, one half on the other. In between the two halves of the room we’re going to hold up a giant tarp that will block your view of the other team. Then, we’re going to introduce a couple beach balls into the mix.

Your job will be to try and keep the beach balls from hitting the ground by knocking the balls back over to the other side. If a beach ball lands on your side of the room, the other team will earn a point. Everyone in the room will need to stay on their toes and look for beach balls as they could come over the wall at any moment.

My special rule for this game is that everyone has to stay seated so we all stay safe while playing. Everyone say, ‘I Will!’

(wait for kids to say, ‘I Will”)

‘Stay Seated!’

(wait for kids to say, ‘Stay Seated”)

Alright! Let’s divide the room into two teams and get ready to play!

(Divide the room into two teams. Prepare the beachballs and the tarp. Have two or more volunteers holding the tarp between the two teams.)

Now that we’re in our teams, let’s get ready to play, ‘Don’t Get Distracted!’”

Game – Don’t Get Distracted!

Dismissal Movie Intro

“Great job during the game, Motion! Your parents will be here in just a few minutes to pick you up. Remember, if you brought your Bible today, you can show it to the leader at checkout for a prize.

Dismissal Movie

 


Quest eGroup Week of August 8

COLORIFIC

Main Point: God’s promises are awesome
Bible Passage: Moses in the Sea ● Exodus 3:17; 14
Memory Verse: “Trust the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5, NCV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages, Quest check-in sheet
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page. Write children’s names and tag numbers on the Quest check-in sheet as children arrive.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “This week is BLUE WEEK in our Quest Color Craze! We’re going to color a picture of Blue Beaver and his friend, Black Bear. We also need to search the picture for some of Blue Beaver and Black Bear’s favorite things. If you see anything around them in the Clubhouse that should be blue or black, circle it!”

What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page and circle any objects that should be blue or black. 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.

COLORIFIC I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to sit in a circle.
What you say: “Since it’s Blue Week in our Quest Color Craze, let’s see if you can spy some of the blue things around us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Find something green that is visible from your eGroup space and give children a clue to help them spy the same item. You can use the following prompts or make up your own, depending on the items in your area:
“I spy something blue that is round like a basketball!”
“I spy something blue that is bigger than a squirrel!”
“I spy something blue that is soft like a pillow!”
“I spy something blue that is smaller than my hand!”
“I spy something blue that makes a noise!”
“I spy something blue that could fit in my pocket!”
“I spy something blue that has four corners!”
“I spy something blue that I could eat!”
“I spy something blue that could roll under a table!”
“I spy something blue that would fit in Max’s doghouse!”
Repeat with other blue items as long as time allows. If you run out of blue items to spy, or if children begin getting bored with blue items, let children take turns naming their favorite colors and try spying something in that color instead. With older eGroups, you could also try letting children spy and describe something for the rest of the eGroup to look for.

GET TO KNOW YOU

COLORFUL QUESTIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about trusting the promises God makes to us, because He always keeps His promises! We’ll also be participating in our Quest Color Craze this month, and I’m so excited to see some of you wearing our special color, BLUE, today! Before we get started, let’s take turns answering a special blue-themed question to get to know each other better! This week you’ll tell which blue character you would choose to meet!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage the first child to say his/her name to the eGroup. Ask the child, “Would you rather meet [character] or [character]?” by filling in the blanks with two blue characters (a smurf, Blue from Blue’s Clues, Mike from Monster’s, Inc., Elsa from Frozen, Catboy from PJ Masks, the Genie from Aladdin, Thomas the Train, etc.). Give the child the paintbrush and explain the child will give his/her answer to the question by “painting” their answer with the paintbrush in the air or on the floor. Older children may want to paint the word; younger children can paint a picture. Allow other children to guess the child’s answer before moving on to the next child. Repeat for each child.
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 middle and repeat after me:
I am (allow response)
a (insert animal 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 an awesome promise God made!”

BIBLE CONNECT

MOSES IN THE SEA
EXODUS 13:17-18; 14

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 109-112 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. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Did God’s people had to walk a long way out of Egypt, or did they ride out in comfortable carriages?” (They had to walk a long way.)
“Did they use a map, or did they follow a cloud and fire?” (a cloud and fire)
“Who chased God’s people trying to take them back to Egypt?”(the mean king’s army)
“Who promised to help them and protect them from the mean king?”
(God)
“Did Moses raise his hands or shout really loudly to make the winds blow the water apart?” (He raised his hands.)
“Did the people swim across the sea or did they walk on dry land across a path through the water?” (They walked on dry land across a path through the water.)
“When God’s people were safely on the other side and Moses raised his hand again, what happened?” (The waters crashed back together.)
“Did God keep His promise to save His people from the mean king’s army?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God kept His promise and kept Moses and His people safe. He parted the sea so that they could get across and be safe. God’s promises are AWESOME! Who keeps His promises?” (God keeps His promises.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: stamper (1)
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can trust God completely, with our whole hearts. We know He always keeps His promises!”

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. You can use all of the voice options or choose a few, depending on time and interest. Be sure to do the “Blue Beaver” voice since it’s Blue Week of the Quest Color Craze!
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 you’re Green Gorilla!”
“Say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re Red Rabbit!”
“Say the verse in an energetic voice, like you’re Blue Beaver!”
“Say the verse in a roaring voice, like you’re Teal Tiger!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like you’re Silver Squirrel!”
“Say the verse in a squawking voice, like you’re Purple Parrot!”
“Say the verse in a snorting voice, like you’re White Warthog!”
“Say the verse in a cheerful voice, like you’re Orange Otter!”
“Say the verse in a sleepy voice, like you’re Black Bear ready to hibernate!”
“Say the verse in a whiny voice, like you’re Pink Pig and you’re super hungry!”
“Say the verse in an underwater voice, like you’re Peach Penguin out for a swim!”
“Say the verse in a tired voice, like you’re Yellow Yak and you’ve been running around on a mountain all day!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning memory verses helps us remember God’s promises!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a hand stamp. Any child who has a stamp from reciting the memory verse can choose a prize on their way out of Quest!
Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Use the stamper to stamp the hand of any child who recites the verse by themselves. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

PROMISING CREATIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Wikki stix (1 pack of 36), blank activity mats (1 per child)
What you do: Give each child 3 wikki stix and an activity mat. If there are more than 12 children in your eGroup, ask your eTeam Leader to bring you additional wikki stix from another pack.
What you say: “God’s promises are awesome! Let’s think about some of the awesome promises God has made to us.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will ask children to use their wikki stix to make different things. These things will all represent some of God’s awesome promises to us!
If children need to lay the wikki stix down or stand them up on something, they should use their activity mats rather than the floor so their wikki stix don’t get dirty or fuzzy.
For younger eGroups, lead the whole group in making each wikki stix creation together. Use instructions like, “Everyone bend one of your wikki stix like this,” or, “Twist one of your wikki stix like this and lay it on your mat,” to help children form their creations.

What you say:
“Use your wikki stix to make a heart. (Pause for a minute or two to allow children to form it.) When we see hearts, we think of love. God promises to always love us, no matter what!”
“Use your wikki stix to make a person. (Pause for a minute or two to allow children to form it.) Who is a person who always helps you? (Allow a few children to share.) Just like that person loves to help you, God promises He will always help us!”
“Use your wikki stix to make an arrow. (Pause for a minute or two to allow children to form it.) When we aren’t sure what we should do or where we should go, God promises He will always show us the right way!”
“Twist and tie your wikki stix all together so they’re hard to get apart. (Pause for a minute or two to allow children to twist them together.) Just like these wikki stix will stay together now so they’ll always be with each other, God promises He will always be with us!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “I’m so thankful God keeps all these awesome promises to me! Who keeps His promises? (God keeps His promises.) Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes and thank God for His awesome promises to us. Dear God, thank You for how much you love [name each child]. You have made so many awesome promises to all of us, and we know You will always keep Your promises. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Write children’s names on the activity mats, then put their wikki stix on their mats. Set the wikki stix aside until the end of the experience, then send them home with children.

PAINT THE POINT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the paintbrush in the center.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Remind children our main point today is, “God’s promises are awesome!” Explain children will sit completely still and listen carefully for you to say the main point. Tell them you’ll sometimes put a wrong word in the main point, but they should only move if you say all the right words! When you say the main point correctly, everyone will race to grab the paintbrush. Once a child is holding the paintbrush, allow the child to choose a silly voice for the group to repeat the main point in, then lead the group in saying, “God’s promises are awesome,” in that silly voice.
What you say: “All right, friends, make sure you listen very carefully for me to say our main point correctly: ‘God’s promises are awesome!’ I’m going to put some other silly words in sometimes, so make sure you stay still and listen for all the right words. And remember, when you hear all the right words, grab the paintbrush as fast as you can!”
“Blue Beaver’s promises are awesome!”
“Grandpa’s promises are awesome!”
“Great promises are awesome!”
“God’s promises are awesome!”
“God’s patty cakes are awesome!”
“God’s pizzas are awesome!”
“God’s peacocks are awesome!”
“God’s pinwheels are awesome!”
“God’s promises are awesome!”
“God’s promises are not awesome!”
“God’s promises might be awesome!”
“God’s promises are awesome!”
“God’s promises are awful!”
“God’s promises are amazing!”
“God’s promises are applesauce!”
“God’s promises are Ollie!”
“God’s promises are awesome!”

DISMISSAL

QUEST DISMISSAL CARD GAMES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards
What you do: Choose one of the card games to play with your group as parents arrive to pick children up.

CATCH OLLIE
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing cards in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up in the middle of the group. The next child will do the same by placing the card from the top of their personal pile on top of the card in the center. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card on top of the center pile. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “catch” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who catches Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)

FACE-OFF
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the whole deck of cards evenly among all children. Each child should have a small stack of cards face-down on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to flip over their top card and place it on the floor close to the center of the circle. The highest card (two is lowest; ace is highest) wins that hand and takes the cards from the center. These cards can be added to their personal stack. Continue having children flip over their top card and allowing the child with the highest cards to take all the cards from the center. When a child runs out of cards, the child is out. The player to collect all the cards first is the winner!
If two people both play the card with the highest value, they will compete in a “face-off.” Each child will lay down three cards, face-down, and then flip the fourth card face-up. The highest cards wins all the cards played!

MATCHING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Spread out the playing cards face-up and encourage children to help you find 10 matching pairs of cards. Set aside the other playing cards; they will not be used in the game.
Seat children in a circle. Shuffle the matching pairs together and lay them face-down in the center of the eGroup in a 4-by-5 grid.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Children will take turns flipping over two cards. If the two cards match, the child can hold onto the two cards until the end of the game. If the two cards do not match, the child will return them to the same spots, face-down. The child with the most matches at the end wins!
eGL Note: If there are more than 10 children in the eGroup, split children into two smaller groups. Encourage children to help you create another set of 10 matching pairs of cards. Create another 4-by-5 card grid and allow each group to play with their own set of cards.