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Quest Large Group :: Week of August 19

Wonderful World

Main Point: God made the animals, and they are wonderful.
Bible Story: Animals | Genesis 1:20-25
Memory Verse: You have done (point up) great (wave with left hand) and wonderful (wave with right hand) things.” (clap hands together)
2 Samuel 7:23, NIrV (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 as we go on a journey to discover our Wonderful World!

STORYTELLER: “This month we’re learning about the wonderful things that God has made, so when I ask you this very important question, ‘Who made everything wonderful?’ I want you to say, ‘God made everything wonderful!’ Let’s try it. ‘Who made everything wonderful?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God made everything wonderful!”

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

SONG: “Come and See”

Lead children in singing, “Come and See,” with the hand motions.

SONG: “Good Thing Maker”

Lead children in singing, “Good Thing Maker,” with the hand motions.

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘Who made everything wonderful?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God made everything wonderful!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! God made everything wonderful! Watch me say our memory verse with the motions first, and then you can do it with me!”

‘You have done (point both hands up) great (wave with left hand) and wonderful (wave with right hand) things.’ 2 Samuel 7:23 (open your hands like a book) Let’s try that together!”

STORYTELLER AND CHILDREN: ‘You have done (point both hands up) great (wave with left hand) and wonderful (wave with right hand) things.’ 2 Samuel 7:23 (open your hands like a book) Let’s try that together!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! God made everything wonderful! Remind me one more time, ‘Who made everything wonderful?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God made everything wonderful!”

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

VIDEO: “WWOR_LG_WK3”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “That was great! I’m so glad we learned how God made the animals, and how wonderful they are!”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Who made everything wonderful?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God made everything wonderful!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. Our God made all of the amazing animals in the world and that’s pretty wonderful! 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 creating the animals. Thank You that You have made everything wonderful in the world. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! I hope you had fun at Wonder! Clubhouse, learning about the amazing things God has created. Right now it’s time for you to go back to your eGroups, but I’ll see you again next time. Bye!”

Dismissal

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 eGroup :: Week of August 19

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: You respect God when you respect the people God made.
Bible Story: Don’t Show Favoritism Principle – James 2:1-4, 8-9
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Engage

WHO’S THE RINGLEADER?

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

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 “Who’s the Ringleader?”

  • Ask kids to form a circle, facing inwards. Choose someone to stand in the middle.
  • Explain the object of the game is for the kid in the center to identify who the ringleader is. The ringleader will lead the group in performing different gestures, trying to change the gesture without the kid in the center seeing them do it.
  • Tell the kid in the center to close and cover their eyes while you choose the ringleader.
  • Choose a ringleader and ask that kid to perform a gesture over and over again, which the group will then follow. (Suggestions: pat head, rub tummy, jump up and down on one leg, high five neighbors, blink really fast, clap, etc.)
  • Note: Once the ringleader begins the gesture, the kid in the middle can open their eyes.
  • Encourage the ringleader to change gestures whenever they want, as often as they want, and as many times as they want.
  • Remind the group to do what the ringleader does as soon as they see the gesture change, but to try not to stare at the ringleader too much so the kid in the middle can’t figure out who it is.
  • Challenge the kid in the middle to identify the ringleader.
  • Once the kid in the middle identifies the right person, choose a new ringleader and a new person to stand in the middle. Repeat as long as time allows.

Bible Story

BIBLE STORY BEAT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, drum sticks (3), question card, drum cards (10)

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!

We’re in a series called Drum Line, where we’re learning about showing respect to others. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about what it means to show respect!”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to James 2. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
  • Read James 2:1-4, 8-9 aloud.
  • Spread the drum cards on the floor in the center of the eGroup space.
  • Divide kids into three teams. Choose one kid from each team to play. Give each of these kids a drum stick and make sure they are all seated so they can reach all of the drum cards.
  • Explain you will be asking questions related to the Bible story. All of the answers can be found on the drum cards. When a kid knows the answer, they can “play” (tap) the drum card with the correct answer.
  • eGL TIP: Remind kids that they must be responsible with the drum sticks if they want to continue using them – no hitting anyone or anything other than the drum cards with the drum sticks. If kids are not behaving responsibly with the drum sticks, the game can be played without them by having kids pat the drum cards with their hands.
  • Ask the first question on the question card and encourage the players with the drum sticks to tap the drum card with the correct answer. Give the drum card to the player who taps the correct answer first.
  • Choose a new kid from each team to play and repeat. Continue until all questions have been asked. The team with the most drum cards when all questions have been asked wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God made all of us in His image and He loves us all. When you decide not to pick favorites, and when you decide to show everyone they are important, you are showing God respect.”

Grow

IT’S UNDER CONTROL

WHAT YOU NEED: people pictures (8)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Spread the people pictures around your eGroup space.
  • Explain you’ll ask kids questions about which of those people they would choose in different situations. The kids will stand by the picture of the person they think would be best in that situation.
  • eGL Tip: Even if kids ask, try not to explain much about who the different people are. The goal is for kids to become aware of their assumptions of people based on just what they see.
  • Read one of the scenarios below and encourage kids to stand by the picture of the person they would choose in that situation. Choose a couple of kids and ask them to explain why they chose that person.
  • If you needed someone to build you a house, who would you choose?
  • If you needed a hug, who would you choose?
  • If you needed help with math homework, who would you choose?
  • If you needed a friend to talk to, who would you choose?
  • If you wanted some freshly-baked cookies, who would you choose?
  • If you wanted to ride bikes with someone, who would you choose?
  • If you needed advice about a tough decision, who would you choose?
  • If you were going camping, who would you choose to take you?

WHAT YOU SAY:

“You wouldn’t ask a baby for help with homework, and an elderly person who uses a cane probably doesn’t ride bikes. But for the most part, you can’t know much about a person based on what they look like. We can be tempted to choose people to be our friends or to help us do something based on what we can see on the outside. But God doesn’t want us to do that. He doesn’t want us to choose favorites and treat some people better than others. We should treat all people with respect. You respect God when you respect the people God made.

Discussion Questions:

  • “Why do you think people choose favorites?”
  • “Have you ever been hurt by someone playing favorites?”
  • “What does it feel like when you’re ‘the favorite’? What does it feel like when you know you’re not?”
  • “What’s one situation where you can show respect by not playing favorites?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we respect God when we respect the people He made. When your respectful attitude points others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to think of one person you could do a better job showing respect to this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:

Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“God, You love us all so much! We are important to You! Help us show others they are important by what we say and do. Open our eyes to see opportunities to show people respect because we know when we respect the people You made, we respect You. We love You! Amen.”

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, die (1), verse cards (4 sets of 6 cards each)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Peter 2:17, tells us God wants us to show everyone respect. God created them in His image and with a specific purpose, so He wants us to show them the proper respect.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a
  • 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 during the Bring It! Challenge 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: “Roll the Verse” or “Verse Practice.”

ROLL THE VERSE

  • Split kids into four teams. Give each team a set of verse cards.
  • Assign one player on each team to hold the cards until the team has earned each card.
  • Explain teams will race to put the verse cards in order by rolling the die to earn the cards.
  • When teams earn a card, they should lay it on the ground in front of their team.
  • Cards should be placed on the ground in order as they are earned.
  • Each number represents the word in that position in the memory verse. (Example: 1 = “Show,” because it’s the first word in the verse; 6 = “1 Peter 2:17a” because it’s last.)
  • Tell kids there are penalties involved.
  • If you roll the number for a word you’ve already earned, you have to return that card to the player holding your stack of cards.
  • If you roll the same number two times in a row, you must return all of your cards to the player holding your stack.
  • Teams will take turns rolling the die to earn cards. The first team to earn all six cards and put the verse in order in front of them 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 August 19

Wonderful World

Main Point: God made the animals, and they are wonderful.
Bible Story: Animals | Genesis 1:20-25
Memory Verse: You have done (point up) great (wave with left hand) and wonderful (wave with right hand) things.” (clap hands together) 2 Samuel 7:23, NIrV (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 and wonderful picture!

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: Ask children to help you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Encourage children to point out some of the things they notice in the picture. Keep all of the pages to use in the first You Connect activity.

ROLL-A-CREATURE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: die (1), head cards (12), body cards (12), feet cards (12)

What you do: Shuffle each deck of cards and randomly deal each child one head card, one body card, and one feet card. The eGroup Leader should keep any leftover cards. Children should lay the cards on the floor in front of them to show their mixed-up creature (head on top, body in the middle, feet on the bottom).

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to trade cards so that the head, body, and feet in front of them are all from the same animal. Children will roll the die to find out which part to trade and who to trade with. If the child needs to trade a card with the eGroup Leader, the leader will exchange one of the child’s card for a random card from the same deck. The first child to form a full animal wins!

  • If a child rolls a one, the child can swap any card with the player to their left.
  • If a child rolls a two, the child can swap any card with the player to their right.
  • If a child rolls a three, the child can swap any card with the eGroup Leader.
  • If a child rolls a four, the child can swap a head card with any player.
  • If a child rolls a five, the child can swap a body card with any player.
  • If a child rolls a six, the child can swap a foot card with any player.

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle. Choose one child to be “It” first and ask that child to stand outside the circle.

What you say: “We’re going to play, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ but instead of saying the words, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ like the normal game, we’ll say, ‘God, Made, You, Wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: The child who is “It” will walk around the circle lightly patting the sitting children’s heads while saying the words “God made you wonderful.” The child should say one word per head. When “It” says the word “wonderful,” “It” will walk fast around the circle while the child whose head was patted on “wonderful” gets up and walks fast after “It.” The first child who is “It” will then take a seat in the spot of the second child. The second child will now be “It.” Continue with the activity until every child has had a turn to be “It.”

What you say: “Everyone sit in a circle. (Pause.) Perfect! One person will be ‘It’ and will walk around the circle gently patting heads while telling everyone that God made them wonderful. Watch me! (Demonstrate.) When you touch someone’s head and say the word ‘wonderful,’ start walking very fast around the circle to the empty spot. (Demonstrate.) If you are sitting in the circle and someone touches your head and says the word ‘wonderful,’get up and start walking fast after the person that touched you. Are you ready? (Pause.) Remember to say, ‘God made you wonderful!’”

Get To Know You

CREATION FAVORITES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

What you do: Ask all children to sit in a circle, criss-cross-applesauce. Encourage them to sit knee-to-knee so the circle is completely closed.

What you say: “This month we’re going to learn about all of the wonderful things God has made! Before we learn more about God’s creation, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Pass the ball around the circle. As each child holds the ball, give them a turn to introduce themselves by saying their name and answering the special Creation Question of the Week: “If you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you want to be?”

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 God’s wonderful creation!”

Bible Connect

ANIMALS

GENESIS 1:20-25

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 16-21 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 God first created the water and sky, were there creatures living in them right away?” (no)
  2. “What did God make to swim in the water?” (fish, sea horses, whales, etc.)
  3. “What did God make to fly in the sky?”(different kinds of birds)
  4. “What did God make to float in the sky?” (clouds)
  5. “Did all of the animals live in the sky and water, or did some live on the land?” (Some lived on the land.)
  6. “What are some of the animals God made to live on land?” (horses, cats, bears, tigers, etc.)
  7. “When God saw all the animals, did He say they were good?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job! I am so glad God made the animals. I love animals! God made everything WONDERFUL! Who made everything wonderful?” (God made everything wonderful.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God did great and wonderful things. Creating the world and everything in it – including YOU – was pretty great and wonderful!”

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 loud voice, like a lion!”
  • “Say the verse in a deep voice, like the ocean!”
  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like you’re high up on a mountain!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can praise God for all of the great and wonderful things He’s done!”

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: inflatable globe ball, memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God did great and wonderful things. Creating the world and everything in it – including YOU – was pretty great and wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will pass the ball around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “God made everything wonderful,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the ball when you finish saying the word, “wonderful,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the verse. Continue passing the ball and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can praise God for all of the great and wonderful things He’s done!”

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.

I SPY: ANIMALS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: giant coloring page set (from Kid Connect), pointer

What you say: “God made so many wonderful things! Today we learned God made the animals. Let’s look at the animals He made and think about what makes them so wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Lead children in assembling the giant picture. Explain children will take turns finding animals God created and then think about what makes them wonderful. Encourage children to hold their pointer finger in the air when they find the animal you tell them to look for. Choose one of those children to take the pointer and use it to show everyone else where it is. Read the explanation of what makes that animal wonderful. Repeat until all items have been found.

What you say: “When we look at this picture we can see so many wonderful animals! God made each animal for a special purpose.”

  • “Who can find the bear? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Bears are wonderful because they eat lots of things like plants, bugs, and small animals that could get out of control and cause problems!”
  • “Who can find the octopus? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Octopuses are wonderful because they are super smart and fun to watch!”
  • “Who can find the rabbit? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Rabbits are wonderful because they can live in the wild but can also be sweet pets!”
  • “Who can find the bat? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Bats are wonderful because they eat bugs. Without bats there could be bugs everywhere!”
  • “Who can find a butterfly? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Butterflies are wonderful because they are so beautiful!”
  • “Who can find a snake? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Snakes wonderful because they help gardens grow by eating creatures that might destroy the plants!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God made so many different kinds of animals, and they are all wonderful in their own ways! Who made everything wonderful?” (God made everything wonderful.)

You Connect

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 God made the animals, and they are wonderful. Let’s think about the wonderful animals God made!”

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 made all the wonderful animals. He made the jumping kangaroos and the tall giraffes, the playful dolphins and the teeny, tiny ladybugs. He made them all and they are all wonderful! Today we’re going to make a list of our favorite animals. When I say your name, tell me your favorite animal and I’ll write it in our journal. When we pray we can use our list to thank God for making all the animals!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You SO much for making all of the animals! They are amazing! We want to say a special thank You for making (read the list the children made). Help us be kind to the animals and take care of them when they need it. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!

Today’s main point card says, ‘God made the animals, and they are wonderful.’ 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 God made the animals, and they are wonderful!”

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

WONDERFUL THINGS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

What you do: Ask children to stand in a circle.

What you say: “We’re going to pass the ball around the circle while I chant, ‘God made wonderful things, it’s true. God made wonderful things like YOU!’ If you’re holding the ball when I say the word, ‘YOU,’ you’ll stand in the middle and pretend to be an animal. Once we guess what it is, you can go back to your spot and we’ll do it again!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Pass the ball to the child next to you and encourage children to pass it around the circle while you chant, “God made wonderful things, it’s true. God made wonderful things like YOU!” When you say the word, “YOU,” ask the child holding the ball to stand in the middle and pretend to be an animal. Encourage the other children to guess what it is and help them guess if needed. Once the children have guessed correctly, the child in the middle can return to their spot and you can begin passing the ball and chanting again. Continue as long as time allows.

Dismissal

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle. Choose one child to be “It” first and ask that child to stand outside the circle.

What you say: “We’re going to play, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ but instead of saying the words, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ like the normal game, we’ll say, ‘God, Made, You, Wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: The child who is “It” will walk around the circle lightly patting the sitting children’s heads while saying the words “God made you wonderful.” The child should say one word per head. When “It” says the word “wonderful,” “It” will walk fast around the circle while the child whose head was patted on “wonderful” gets up and walks fast after “It.” The first child who is “It” will then take a seat in the spot of the second child. The second child will now be “It.” Continue with the activity until every child has had a turn to be “It.”

What you say: “Everyone sit in a circle. (Pause.) Perfect! One person will be ‘It’ and will walk around the circle gently patting heads while telling everyone that God made them wonderful. Watch me! (Demonstrate.) When you touch someone’s head and say the word ‘wonderful,’ start walking very fast around the circle to the empty spot. (Demonstrate.) If you are sitting in the circle and someone touches your head and says the word ‘wonderful,’get up and start walking fast after the person that touched you. Are you ready? (Pause.) Remember to say ‘God made you wonderful!’”


Motion Large Group :: Week of August 19

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: You respect God when you respect the people God made.
Bible Story: Don’t Show Favoritism Principle – James 2:1-4, 8-9
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Welcome to Motion and welcome to Drumline, our series all about respecting the rhythm! But who should we respect and how do we show it? Let’s check out the screen and find out. Say this with me now:

Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.

This week we’re learning all about what it means to show respect to everybody that God has made. Take a look at the screen!”

Host Video Intro

252 Story

Host Video Outro

“That’s such a great example of how God wants us to love our neighbors as we love our selves – ALL of our neighbors! When you show respect to others, you show respect to God!

Now Motion, it’s time for us to answer some questions based on the Bible story we just heard. Circle around your eGroup leaders as we prepare to answer a few questions.

Ok, first question: Why does God want us to show respect to our neighbors? Discuss that now.

(give kids time to answer the question)

Next question: Think of a time when you felt left out or felt like someone didn’t show you respect. How did that make you feel? Talk about that now.

(give kids time to answer the question)

Ok, final question: Who at your school or in your neighborhood can you show more respect to this week? How will you show more respect? Talk about that now.”

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, ‘Strength to Dance!’”

Worship Song – Strength To Dance

Worship Song – Grace Like A Wave

Dismissal To eGroups

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

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

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

(initiate applause)

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

(refer to the screen)

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

[VIP Slide – Lanyard]

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

[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]

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

[VIP Slide – Gift]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.

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 – D-D-D-D-D-Drumline

“Because we’re in a series called Drumline, I thought that I’d teach you all some moves you might see in a real Drumline!

The first move is a basic call to attention. I’ll say ‘Ten-hut!’ And the you will all stand straight backed, feet together looking directly forward not moving at all. Let’s practice now! ‘Ten-hut!’

(wait for kids to fall into position, correcting as necessary)

The next move is a forward march, which is pretty simple. When you hear ‘Forward March!’ you’ll all begin marching forward. As you’re marching forward, try to match the steps of the people around you! Let’s try it now. ‘Forward March!’

(model the marching action for the kids)

Great job! The next move is a move called ‘Flank Left’ or ‘Flank Right!’ When you hear this, you’ll sharply turn to the left or to the right. Everyone ‘Flank Right!’

(have kids flank right)

Now ‘Flank Left!’

(kids should turn back to their starting positions)

Now we’re going to ‘About Face!’ That means we’re going to sharply turn around. Everyone ‘About Face!’

(wait for kids to turn around)

Now, ‘About Face’ again!

(wait for kids to face forward again)

And the last command is called ‘Parade Rest’ and it’s pretty easy. Everyone will stop marching and put their hands behind their back, feet shoulder width apart, just like this.

(model Parade Rest for the kids)

Everyone drop into ‘Parade Rest!’

(make sure everyone is performing ‘Parade Rest’ correctly)

Looking great, Motion! Remember, unless I call Parade Rest, you need to continue marching, just like a real band. Let’s get started! ‘Ten-hut!’ ‘Forward March!’

(Alternate calls with the kids. Speed up calls and move quickly through them.)

Game – D-D-D-D-D-Drumline

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“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:

  1. FIND 1 Peter 2:17a in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader
  2. RECITE our memory verse for this series, 1 Peter 2:17a.
  3. SAY our virtue for this series. In fact, that’s on the screen now, too!

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.

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. Here’s what the prizes you can earn look like:

(refer to the prize slide)

Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s work on that now!”

Bring It! Challenge

Dismissal Intro

“Great job during the Bring It! Challenge, Motion! Keep working at it so you can earn the big Bring It! Challenge by next week!”

Dismissal Video


Motion eGroup :: Week of August 12

Drumline

Virtue: Respect: showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Main Point: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.
Bible Story: Faith of the Roman Commander – Matthew 8:5-13
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a

Engage

WHO’S THE RINGLEADER?

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

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 “Who’s the Ringleader?”

  • Ask kids to form a circle, facing inwards. Choose someone to stand in the middle.
  • Explain the object of the game is for the kid in the center to identify who the ringleader is. The ringleader will lead the group in performing different gestures, trying to change the gesture without the kid in the center seeing them do it.
  • Tell the kid in the center to close and cover their eyes while you choose the ringleader.
  • Choose a ringleader and ask that kid to perform a gesture over and over again, which the group will then follow. (Suggestions: pat head, rub tummy, jump up and down on one leg, high five neighbors, blink really fast, clap, etc.)
    • Note: Once the ringleader begins the gesture, the kid in the middle can open their eyes.
  • Encourage the ringleader to change gestures whenever they want, as often as they want, and as many times as they want.
  • Remind the group to do what the ringleader does as soon as they see the gesture change, but to try not to stare at the ringleader too much so the kid in the middle can’t figure out who it is.
  • Challenge the kid in the middle to identify the ringleader. Once the kid in the middle identifies the right person, choose a new ringleader and a new person to stand in the middle. Repeat as long as time allows.

Bible Story Activity

BIBLE STORY BEAT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible, drum sticks (3), question card, drum cards (10)

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!

We’re in a series called Drum Line, where we’re learning about showing respect to others. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn more about what it means to show respect!”

WHAT YOU DO:

Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 8.

NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.

Read Matthew 8:5-13 aloud.

Spread the drum cards on the floor in the center of the eGroup space.

Divide kids into three teams. Choose one kid from each team to play. Give each of these kids a drum stick and make sure they are all seated so they can reach all of the drum cards.

Explain you will be asking questions related to the Bible story. All of the answers can be found on the drum cards. When a kid knows the answer, they can “play” (tap) the drum card with the correct answer.

eGL TIP: Remind kids that they must be responsible with the drum sticks if they want to continue using them – no hitting anyone or anything other than the drum cards with the drum sticks. If kids are not behaving responsibly with the drum sticks, the game can be played without them by having kids pat the drum cards with their hands.

Ask the first question on the question card and encourage the players with the drum sticks to tap the drum card with the correct answer. Give the drum card to the player who taps the correct answer first.

Choose a new kid from each team to play and repeat. Continue until all questions have been asked. The team with the most drum cards when all questions have been asked wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Just like the Roman commander, you should show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. God is in charge of the earth, the stars, the wind, our lives—He is in charge of everything! When you respect God, your actions and words show others how important He is.”

Grow

IT’S UNDER CONTROL

WHAT YOU NEED: activity sheets (2), dry erase sleeve, dry erase marker

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Put Activity Sheet 1 in the dry erase sleeve.
  • Explain kids will be solving mystery words that involve things God has control over. They have to solve the word before the whole man is drawn or he will run away!
  • Encourage kids to guess letters that might be in the mystery word one at a time. (Activity Sheet 1 answer: weather)
  • If a kid guesses a letter that is in the word, use the dry erase marker to write the letter in the appropriate blank on the activity sheet.
  • If a kid guesses a letter that is not in the word, use the dry erase marker to cross out the letter in the alphabet key at the bottom of the activity sheet, then draw one part of a stick figure man. Draw the stick figure in this order as incorrect letters are guessed: head, body, left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg.
  • Continue until all letters have been filled in. If you complete the stick figure man before kids solve the word, tell them the man ran away and fill in the rest of the letters for them.
  • Turn over the dry erase sleeve so Activity Sheet 2 is visible. Repeat the activity to guess the new mystery words. (Activity Sheet 2 answer: earth)
  • Remove the activity sheet and replace it with Activity Sheet 3. Repeat the activity for Activity Sheet 3, then turn the dry erase sleeve over and repeat for Activity Sheet 4 as well. (Activity Sheet 3 answer: our lives; Activity Sheet 4 answer: tomorrow)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“God is in charge of everything in the entire universe! He is in charge of today, tomorrow, and forever! And because of that, we want our words and actions to reflect how important we think God is. What are some things we can do to show God respect because He’s in charge of everything?” (read the Bible, obey Him, thank Him, be kind to people because everyone is made in His image, take care of the earth, etc.)

Discussion Questions:

  • “Does anything ever make you doubt God is in control?”
  • “In our Bible story, the servant was healed as soon as they asked Jesus for help. Will things always be ‘fixed’ right after we talk to Jesus?”
  • “What helps you remember God is in control?”
  • “What is one time God answered your prayers for help?”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

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

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Today we learned we should show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. When your respectful attitude points others to God, you can see God do great things through you!

I want you to share one thing you’re thankful God is in control of. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal so I can pray for you this week.”

WHAT YOU DO:

Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

“Dear God, You are awesome! You created everything and You are in control of everything. You have given us so much. We are thankful you are in control of (list some of the ideas kids shared). God, You are so important to us. Guide our actions and our words so we show everyone how much we respect You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, die (1), verse cards (4 sets of 6 cards each)

WHAT YOU SAY:

“Our Bible verse, 1 Peter 2:17, tells us God wants us to show everyone respect. God created them in His image and with a specific purpose, so He wants us to show them the proper respect.”

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Read the verse out loud: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a
  • 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 during the Bring It! Challenge 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: “Roll the Verse” or “Verse Practice.”

ROLL THE VERSE

  • Split kids into four teams. Give each team a set of verse cards.
  • Assign one player on each team to hold the cards until the team has earned each card.
  • Explain teams will race to put the verse cards in order by rolling the die to earn the cards.
  • When teams earn a card, they should lay it on the ground in front of their team.
  • Cards should be placed on the ground in order as they are earned.
  • Each number represents the word in that position in the memory verse.
    • Example: 1 = “Show,” because it’s the first word in the verse; 6 = “1 Peter 2:17a” because it’s last.
  • Tell kids there are penalties involved.
  • If you roll the number for a word you’ve already earned, you have to return that card to the player holding your stack of cards.
  • If you roll the same number two times in a row, you must return all of your cards to the player holding your stack.
  • Teams will take turns rolling the die to earn cards. The first team to earn all six cards and put the verse in order in front of them 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.