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Quest eGroup Week of January 13

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Main Point: Jesus can do what is impossible.
Bible Story: Walking on Water
Bible Passage: Matthew 14:22-23
Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking what they have done today or what they are going to do.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

I SPY
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: I Spy mats (12), I Spy cards (10), mini magnifying glasses (12)
What you do: Give each child an I Spy mat.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to find the different items on their I Spy mats. Each time you show them the picture on an I Spy card, children will race to find that picture on their I Spy mat. When children find it, they will place their mini magnifying glass on top of the picture on their I Spy mat and call out, “I Spy!” Hand the I Spy card for each item to the child who finds it on their I Spy mat first. The child with the most I Spy cards at the end wins!

WATCH WHAT I CAN DO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags (12), foam die (1)
What you do: Give each child a beanbag. Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “This month we’re learning to watch Jesus because He can do amazing things! We can’t do all the things Jesus can do, but I bet we can do some pretty cool things with these bean bags. Let’s see what we can do!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will ask children if they can complete a challenge with their beanbag. Any child who wants to try will stand up and say, “Watch what I can do!” Those children will then attempt to complete the challenge.
For each challenge listed below, roll the die and insert that number in place of the “[#]” symbol in the instructions. If children try a challenge, but cannot do it, make circles with your hands, hold them in front of your eyes like binoculars, and say, “I saw [child’s name] give it a great try!” When children complete the challenge, give them a high-five and say, “I saw [child’s name] do something cool!”
eTL Tip: Before allowing children to gently toss a beanbag, show them how to toss one gently so it doesn’t go any higher than your head. Explain you will have to take beanbags back from any children who can’t follow the rules!
What you say:
“Who can balance a beanbag on the back of your hand while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air and catch it [#] times in a row without dropping it?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the top of your head while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air with one hand and catch it with the other hand [#] times?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the tip of one finger while I count to [#]?”
“Who can hold one foot out in front of you and balance a beanbag on your foot while I count to [#]?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on your shoulder and do a silly dance while I count to [#]?”
“Who can swap beanbags with three friends before I count to [#]?”
“Who can lift one knee in the air and balance a beanbag on your knee while I count to [#]?”
“Who can stand by a friend with a different color beanbag before I count to [#]?”

GET TO KNOW YOU

THE WAY I SEE IT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: inkblot cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Spread the inkblot cards around the center of the circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning to watch and learn from someone who can do anything! Do you know who I’m talking about? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right; we should watch Jesus because He can do amazing things! Before we hear a Bible story about one of the amazing things Jesus did, let’s get to know each other a little bit better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that the inkblot cards don’t show an actual picture; children will look at the cards and decide what they think the picture could look like. Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the inkblot cards and tell what they think it looks like. Read the question from the back of the card the child chose and encourage the child to answer.
After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.
What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:
Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)
Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)
If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:
I am (allow response)
a (insert group name) (allow response)
I will (allow response)
be kind and safe! (allow response)
On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert animal 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 something incredible Jesus did!”

BIBLE CONNECT

WALKING ON WATER

MATTHEW 14:22-33
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: The Beginner’s 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 364-370 of The Beginner’s 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!”
“What did Jesus do while His disciples went ahead of Him in the boat?” (He prayed.)
“When the storm started, did the disciples handle it well by themselves or did they have trouble?” (They had trouble.)
“While the wind and waves tossed the boat around, what did they see someone doing on the water?”(walking)
“Did they immediately know it was Jesus, or did they think He was a ghost?”(They thought He was a ghost.)
“Who tried to walk out on the water to Jesus?” (Peter)
“Did Peter look at the wind and the waves, or did he keep his eyes on Jesus?” (He looked at the wind and the waves.)
“When Peter looked at the wind and waves, what happened?” (He started sinking.)
“Did Jesus save Peter?” (yes)
“When Jesus climbed into the boat, did the storm stop or did it get worse?” (The storm stopped.)
“What did the disciples do when Jesus stopped the storm?” (They worshiped Jesus.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “I know I can’t walk on water. When my feet hit the water, I sink right down into it! But Jesus is AWESOME! He can do anything—even impossible things like walking on water. Who can do anything?” (Jesus can do anything.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God can do anything, so impossible things are possible for God!”
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 while we pretend to do science experiments like our friends in the Wonder! Clubhouse!”
“Lean in close and say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re listening for your science experiment to make a noise!”
“Jump up and say the verse in a loud voice, like your science experiment just exploded!”
“Hold your hands in front of your eyes like goggles and say the verse in a grown-up voice, like you’re a real scientist!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Because all things are possible with God, He can do anything we would ever need Him to do for us!”
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 RACE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags (6)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Spread six beanbags across the center of the circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God can do anything, so impossible things are possible for God!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will watch you carefully while you pretend to work on a science experiment (pretend to mix things, pour things into beakers, inspect them with a magnifying glass, etc.). Tell them you will take a beanbag from the center, and you will try to do it without them noticing. When children see you take a beanbag, they will race to grab the other five beanbags. Any children without a beanbag will stand and say the verse together!

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! Because all things are possible with God, He can do anything we would ever need Him to do for us!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags
What you do: Spread children out around the eGroup space. Place the beanbags in the center where children can take one as needed.
What you say: “I have some challenges for you to try! You probably won’t be able to do all of them, but I want you to give it your best try and see what you can do.”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read the following challenges one at a time, giving children time to attempt each challenge before moving on. For beanbag challenges, depending on the number of children standing children may need to take turns with the beanbags. Beanbags can be returned to the center of the circle when they are not being used.
If a child cannot complete a challenge, the child should sit down. Continue until all challenges have been attempted or until all children are sitting down.
Clap your hands three times.
High-five two friends.
Jump with both feet five times.
Toss a beanbag up in the air and catch it in your hands without dropping it.
Balance a beanbag on top of your head and jump one time without letting it fall.
Snap your fingers two times.
Hop on one foot three times.
Toss a beanbag up in the air and catch it with one hand without dropping it.
Balance a beanbag on the back of your hand and spin around one time without letting it fall.
Jump high enough to touch the ceiling.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “There are some things we can do easily, some things we can learn how to do with practice, and some things that are just plain impossible for us to do. But who can do anything? (Jesus can do anything!) That’s right; Jesus can do anything, even things that are impossible for you, like jumping all the way to the ceiling!”

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 Jesus can do what is impossible!”
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: “Walking on water is impossible for us to do. Impossible means we could never, ever, EVER do it. But because Jesus can do ANYTHING, He can do what is impossible. Let’s make a list of impossible things—things we could never EVER do. We can use our list when we pray to thank God that Jesus can do ANYTHING—even what is impossible! So put on your thinking cap. (Pretend to put on your thinking cap.) When I say your name, tell me one impossible thing that we could never do.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
Let’s pray together now! Dear God, Jesus is amazing! He can do what is impossible, like (read the list the children made), because with You ALL things are possible, just like it says in the Bible verse we are learning. Thank You for sending such a wonderful friend like Jesus to be our friend forever. 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, ‘Jesus can do what is impossible.’ 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 Jesus can do what is impossible!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

OLLIE MAY “EYE”

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: foam die (1)
What you do: Line children up side-by-side at one end of the eGroup space, then stand at the other end.
What you say: “In this game I’m going to watch and listen to see if you can follow my directions AND remember today’s main point.”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will try to be the first to reach you by rolling the die and taking that many steps toward you after saying the main point (Jesus can do what is impossible.). If they cannot say the main point, the child cannot move forward.
There are two important things the child must remember to do on their turn: they must say, “Ollie, may EYE?” before they begin moving, and they must keep their eyes on you while they move. If they forget to do either of these things, they must move back to start.
Allow children to take turns rolling the die. The die will tell children how many steps they can take toward you after they say the main point. After the child says the main point, he/she should say, “Ollie, may EYE?” Reply, “Yes, you may,” and then encourage the child to move forward while keeping their eyes on you.
eGL Tip: For older children, give them specific types of steps to take as they walk toward you and say the main point.
These types could include:
giant steps
baby steps
tiptoe steps
bunny hops
frog jumps
one-foot hops
penguin waddles
deer leaps
ant marches
worm wiggles
Children should still ask, “Ollie, may I?” before moving and keep their eyes on you as they move and say the main point!


Motion eGroup Week of January 13

Work It Out

Virtue: Commitment: Making a plan and putting it into practice.
Main Point: Practice praying to God.
Bible Story: Model Prayer
Bible Passage: Luke 11:1-4
Memory Verse: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:8, NIV

KID CONNECT

BRAINS AND BRAWN

WHAT YOU NEED: deck of cards (2)

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 “Brains and Brawn.”
Kids can play this game in groups of eight. Use the second deck of cards to start a second group if needed.
Divide out the cards as evenly as possible, face down, to all kids. Kids make their own pile with the cards dealt to them.
Choose a kid to begin play. This kid starts by flipping over the top card of his or her pile to create a center pile. This pile should be in reach of all kids.
Rotating clockwise, kids continue flipping over their top card, adding to the center pile until a face card is placed on top of the center pile.
Kids should do the following when a face card is played:
Ace | Brain Work Out: All kids flip over the top card of their pile. The kid with the highest card gets to take the center pile and add it to the bottom of their pile. Ace has the highest value, two the lowest.
King | Brain Work Out: Kids can show their knowledge of the series virtue with this challenge by saying the series virtue. The first kid to put their hand on their head gets a chance to recite the series virtue to you. The first kid to do this successfully can take the center pile and add it to their pile. (The virtue is in the side bar on the left.)
Queen | Muscle Work Out: The kid with the quickest reflexes who puts their hand on the center pile first takes the center pile and adds it to their own pile.
Jack | Muscle Work Out: The kid who jumps to their feet the fastest gets to take the center pile and add it to their own pile.
If a kid runs out of cards, they can re-enter the game by being the fastest to respond when a face card is played.
The game ends when one kid has all the cards or if time is up, the kid with the most cards is the winner!

BIBLE CONNECT

COMMIT TO IT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible story question sheets (4), plastic sleeves (4), dry erase markers (4), Bible story question answer sheet (1), secret word letters (4 sets)
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 Work It Out, where we’re learning about commitment. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and read a model for prayer Jesus taught His disciples.”
WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Luke 11:1. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read Luke 11:1-4 aloud.
Divide the group into four teams.
Give each team a Bible story question sheet in a protective plastic sleeve and a dry erase marker.
Have teams work together to answer the Bible story questions.
Once a team has answered all the questions correctly, give them a set of the secret word letters. You may need to scramble the letter cards before giving them to the kids in order to not give away the word.
Teams must unscramble the letters to make a word. Week 2 secret word is PRAYING.
The first team to figure out the secret word wins!
Option for younger kids: Answer the questions and unscramble the secret word letters as a group.
Have kids paperclip their secret word letters back together so they are ready for the next Worship Experience.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“In Luke 11:1-4, Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray. Jesus responded with a prayer that serves as the perfect model for how we can talk to God. We can pray with gratitude and honesty, pray for our needs, and for forgiveness. God knows us and wants to hear from us. With the plan Jesus gave us, we can practice praying to God every day.”

YOU CONNECT

F.A.S.T. FOUR CORNERS

WHAT YOU NEED: F.A.S.T. Corner Cards (4)
WHAT YOU DO:
Explain the acronym for remembering how Jesus taught us to pray in Luke 1:1-4.
F.A.S.T.
Hold up the “F” corner card. SAY: “F” stands for “Focus on God.” When Jesus prays, “Father, hallowed be your name,” He wants us to remember we are talking to God and to honor His name.
Hold up the “A” Corner Card. SAY: “A” stands for “Ask for what you need.” When Jesus prays, “Give us each our daily bread,” He encourages us to ask for the things we need, like food and shelter.
Hold up the “S” Corner Card. SAY: “S” stands for “Say you’re sorry.” When Jesus prays, “Forgive us our sins,” He shows us it’s important to ask for forgiveness when we mess up.
Hold up the “T” Corner Card. SAY: “T” stands for “Take the right path.” When Jesus prays, “And lead us not into temptation,” He reminds us to ask for God’s help in order to stay away from trouble and take the right path.
Spread out the F.A.S.T corner cards in your eGroup area.
As you read the sample prayers below, have kids move to the F.A.S.T. corner card they think the prayer matches.
SAMPLE PRAYERS:
God, You are an awesome God! Nothing is more powerful than you.” (Focus on God.)
“God, help me to choose my friends wisely.” (Take the right path.)
“God, I’m sorry for arguing with my mom.” (Say you’re sorry.)
“God, thank you for loving me and for sending Jesus to save me.” (Focus on God.)
“God, I’m sorry for annoying my little brother on purpose this morning.” (Say you’re sorry.)
“God, please help me on my spelling test today.” (Ask for what you need.)
“God, help me to be honest so I can stay out of trouble today.” (Take the right path.)
“God, please provide for me today.” (Ask for what you need.)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Talking to God is an important part of growing in your faith. F.A.S.T. can help you as you practice praying to God this week. Remember, focus on God, ask for what you need, say you’re sorry, and take the right path. You can pray anytime and anywhere, because God is always listening.”

JOURNAL AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: eGroup leader prayer starter pack (1 pack), eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned from Jesus’ prayer how we can practice praying to God. When you follow God’s instructions for your life, you can see God do great things through you!
To help you practice at home you’re going to get a prayer starter pack when you leave Motion today. (Show kids the prayer starter pack.) Let’s practice praying to God now using my prayer starter pack to help us.”
WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids chose a prayer starter from the pack. Model how you would use the prayer starter to pray. Have kids pray quietly using the prayer starter. After two minutes, collect the prayer starters.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“I want you to share a time you will practice praying to God this week. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray for you as you grow your faith in God.”

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 are a wise, loving, and awesome God! We ask that You would take care of us this week and bring us back here safely next week. Please forgive us this week when we mess up and help us to make it right. Keep us on the right path as we live according to your Word. We love You. In Jesus name, amen.”

NOTE: eGroup leaders, take your prayer starter pack home with you. In the coming weeks you can talk with your eGroup kids about how you used it to practice praying.

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, deck of cards (1), “Work It Out” leader key (1)
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, 1 Timothy 4:18, tells us having a healthy body has value but godliness, choosing to follow God and do what He says, has even more value. When you commit to following God, you will live the best kind of life!”
WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:18
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them 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 practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose a memory verse activity: “Work It Out” or “Verse Practice.”

WORK IT OUT

Split your group into two teams.
Teams will earn points by completing “Work It Out” challenges. Some challenges work out the commitment to growing our faith with memory verse practice. Some challenges work out the body with exercises.
Teams can use their Bibles to complete verse related challenges.
Teams will take turns choosing a card from the deck to earn points. The number on the card is the number of points the team will earn only if the entire team chooses to complete the challenge. Refer to the “Work It Out” leader key for game challenges.
When all cards are gone or time is up, teams will add up the numbers on their playing cards. (Jack, Queen, King and Ace are worth 12 points.) The team with the most points wins.

VERSE PRACTICE

Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases 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.


Motion Large Group Week of January 13

Work It Out

Virtue: Commitment: Making a plan and putting it into practice.
Main Point: Practice praying to God.
Bible Story: Model Prayer
Bible Passage: Luke 11:1-4
Memory Verse: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:8, NIV

Please remember that Cue Sheets are king. Please follow the order of the CUE SHEET rather than the exact order of a script or talking point card. You may need to cross off sections on a script based on the cue sheet order.

Countdown

Welcome / Video Intro

“Hello and welcome to Motion! I’m glad to see you all here and I know you’ve spent some time this year working on your New Year’s resolutions, or commitments, like we talked about last week. But what is commitment? Let’s check out the screen and find out together!

Commitment: Making a plan and putting it into practice.

Say that with me now.

(repeat the virtue with the kids)

Great job, Motion! Right now we’re going to continue with our commitment last week of staying fit by doing the workout of the day.

Workout of the Day

“Today’s workout is a set of leg exercises that are going to help strengthen some muscles to protect you from injury the next time you’re running on the playground, kicking the soccer ball, or dribbling down the basketball court. We’ll start by doing some squats, just like this:

(bend at the knees like you’re sitting in an invisible chair)

Now follow my lead! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

(perform five squats)

Now, we’re going to lunge forward four times and we’ll switch legs each time. Here’s what it looks like:

(model a lunge forward for the kids)

Then you switch legs…

(switch legs and do it again)

Got it? Let’s do four squats. Here we go! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

(lead the kids in four squats, switching legs each time)

Worship Intro

“Great job everybody! Now that we’re warmed up, let’s put that energy to good use as we sing, dance, and thank God for the amazing things He’s done. Let’s sing, ‘Strength To Dance.’”

Worship Song – Dance

Worship Song – Alive

Transition to Videos

“Amazing job, Motion! Everyone have a seat because it’s time for to learn more about what commitment means by checking in with someone who’s making a pretty big commitment this year. Check this out.”

Video Host Intro

252 Story

Video Host Outro

Connect Questions

“We can always talk to God. In fact, Jesus gave us a model for how we should pray to God so that if we ever can’t think of something to say, we can follow his example. How cool is that? It’s like Jesus thought of everything!

Now, let’s answer a few questions about today’s Bible story and the video we watched. Circle around your eGroup leaders now!

(give kids time to circle around eGroup leaders)

First question: In the prayer that Isaiah was reading, he mentioned ‘Daily Bread.’ What do you think that means? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Second question: What are some ‘Daily Bread’ type things you need, that you might pray and ask God for? Discuss that now.

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Now Motion, it’s time for our final question: Who can you pray with this week? Name a specific friend! Discuss that with your eGroup now.”

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

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!”

Bring It! Challenge Setup

“Now Motion, it’s time for 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 Timothy 4:8 in your Bible and show it to your eGroup leader.

2. RECITE the verse for this series, 1 Timothy 4:8, from memory.

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

(say the virtue again with the kids)

Commitment: Making a plan and putting it into practice.

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. Take a look at the screen and you can see the prizes now!

(refer to the prize slide)

Circle around your eGroup leaders and let’s complete the Bring It! Challenge!”

Bring It! Challenge

Game Setup – Move It!

“Now Motion, it’s time for today’s game!

We’ve made a commitment to improve our fitness this year, so today’s game is another step on our journey to a body that’s healthy and strong.

We’ll begin by giving six of our amazing leaders and volunteers a numbered sign. We’ll send them to a different area of the room and when they get there, I’ll have them hold their signs high in the air so you all can see them. Then, when I say ‘Go!’ you’ll all have to move to a numbered area. Sounds easy, right? Not so fast, dude.

Every round I’ll give you instructions on how you have to move from place to place. For example, I could have you hop on one foot, crab walk, or take gigantic lunging steps, just like we did in our workout of the day.

The last part of the game is simple. I’ll take this GIGANTIC dice and I’ll toss it up in the air. If the dice lands on your numbered area, everyone – including your leader or volunteer – will need to sit down. Then, that area is shut down and is out of the game.

We’ll play 10 fast rounds of this game and we’ll see if we can find a few winners. After 10 rounds, everyone will stand back up and we’ll begin the game again. Everyone stand to our feet and let’s play, ‘Move It!’”

Game – Move It!

252 Movie Intro

“Great job during the game, Motion! As your parents begin to arrive, let’s take another look at today’s Bible story. Check out the screen!”

252 Movie

Dismissal


Quest Large Group :: Week of January 6

Watch This

Main Point: Jesus can do things we can’t.
Bible Story: Catching Fish
Bible Passage: Luke 5:1-7
Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello friends, and welcome to Quest! This month we’re going to be looking at some amazing, incredible, unbelievable things that Jesus did. Did you know that Jesus can do anything? Whenever I ask you this very important question, ‘Who can do anything?’ I want you to say, ‘Jesus can do anything!’ Let’s try it. ‘Who can do anything?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Jesus can do anything!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! Now it’s time for us to sing, dance, and thank God for everything He’s done. Stand up and sing with me, friends!”

SONG: “Amazing Things”

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

SONG: “Always”

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

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘Who can do anything?’”
CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Jesus can do anything!”
STORYTELLER: “That’s right! The Bible shows us over and over that because Jesus is God’s son, Jesus can do anything! One way we can remember that is by knowing our memory verse. Watch me say our memory verse, and then you’ll repeat it after me.

“With God (point one finger from each hand up) all things (palms up) are possible.’ (two thumbs up) Matthew 19:26” (open hands like a book)

STORYTELLER: “I’ll say it one more time and then you can repeat after me!”
STORYTELLER: “‘With God (point one finger from each hand up) all things (palms up) are possible.’ (two thumbs up) Matthew 19:26” (open hands like a book)
STORYTELLER AND CHILDREN: “‘With God (point one finger from each hand up) all things (palms up) are possible.’ (two thumbs up) Matthew 19:26” (open hands like a book)

Repeat the memory verse with the kids two more times

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Let’s say it one more time, ‘Who can do anything?’”
CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Jesus can do anything!”

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

VIDEO: “WTHI_LG_WK1”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “That was great! I’m so glad we learned that Jesus can do some amazing things!”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Who can do anything?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Jesus can do anything!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. We learned today that Jesus can do amazing things that we can’t, just like how he helped Peter catch so many fish on his boat! 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 your son Jesus and the amazing things you’ve done. We know that with You, all things are possible. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! I hope you had fun at Wonder! Clubhouse! Before we go back to our eGroups, I have one more exciting thing to tell you about!

STORYTELLER: “In eKidz we’re beginning our START. NOW. eKidz Challenge, which is a way for you to invite your friends to church with you as well as earn fun prizes! Every week this month we’re going to give you two wristbands – one for you and one for you to give to a friend. Every week you and your friend come to church, you’ll get a new wristband and the more wristbands you collect, the more prizes you can earn! That’s so exciting! Make sure you get your wristbands for the START. NOW. eKidz Challenge when your parents come to pick you up later!

Now it’s time for you to go back to your eGroups, but I’ll see you again next time. Bye!”

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”

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

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

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

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.

 


Quest eGroup :: Week of January 6

Watch This

Main Point: Jesus can do things we can’t.
Bible Story: Catching Fish
Bible Passage: Luke 5:1-7
Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking what they have done today or what they are going to do.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: I Spy mats (12), I Spy cards (10), mini magnifying glasses (12)
What you do: Give each child an I Spy mat.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to find the different items on their I Spy mats. Each time you show them the picture on an I Spy card, children will race to find that picture on their I Spy mat. When children find it, they will place their mini magnifying glass on top of the picture on their I Spy mat and call out, “I Spy!” Hand the I Spy card for each item to the child who finds it on their I Spy mat first. The child with the most I Spy cards at the end wins!

WATCH WHAT I CAN DO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags (12), foam die (1)
What you do: Give each child a beanbag. Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “This month we’re learning to watch Jesus because He can do amazing things! We can’t do all the things Jesus can do, but I bet we can do some pretty cool things with these bean bags. Let’s see what we can do!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will ask children if they can complete a challenge with their beanbag. Any child who wants to try will stand up and say, “Watch what I can do!” Those children will then attempt to complete the challenge.
For each challenge listed below, roll the die and insert that number in place of the “[#]” symbol in the instructions. If children try a challenge, but cannot do it, make circles with your hands, hold them in front of your eyes like binoculars, and say, “I saw [child’s name] give it a great try!” When children complete the challenge, give them a high-five and say, “I saw [child’s name] do something cool!”
eTL Tip: Before allowing children to gently toss a beanbag, show them how to toss one gently so it doesn’t go any higher than your head. Explain you will have to take beanbags back from any children who can’t follow the rules!
What you say:
“Who can balance a beanbag on the back of your hand while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air and catch it [#] times in a row without dropping it?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the top of your head while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air with one hand and catch it with the other hand [#] times?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the tip of one finger while I count to [#]?”
“Who can hold one foot out in front of you and balance a beanbag on your foot while I count to [#]?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on your shoulder and do a silly dance while I count to [#]?”
“Who can swap beanbags with three friends before I count to [#]?”
“Who can lift one knee in the air and balance a beanbag on your knee while I count to [#]?”
“Who can stand by a friend with a different color beanbag before I count to [#]?”

GET TO KNOW YOU

THE WAY I SEE IT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: inkblot cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Spread the inkblot cards around the center of the circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning to watch and learn from someone who can do anything! Do you know who I’m talking about? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right; we should watch Jesus because He can do amazing things! Before we hear a Bible story about one of the amazing things Jesus did, let’s get to know each other a little bit better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that the inkblot cards don’t show an actual picture; children will look at the cards and decide what they think the picture could look like. Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the inkblot cards and tell what they think it looks like. Read the question from the back of the card the child chose and encourage the child to answer.
After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.
What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:
Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)
Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)
If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:
I am (allow response)
a (insert group name) (allow response)
I will (allow response)
be kind and safe! (allow response)
On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert animal 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 something incredible Jesus did!”

BIBLE CONNECT

CATCHING FISH

LUKE 5:1-7
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Bible story cards (3), 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 using the Bible story cards. 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!”
“Was Jesus teaching by the water or on top of a mountain?” (by the water)
“Was He teaching a small crowd of people or a big crowd?” (a big crowd)
“Who let Jesus use their boat while He taught the big crowd?”(fishermen)
“After He was done teaching, what did Jesus say they should do?”(go fishing)
“The fishermen had already tried to fish that night. Had they caught any fish?” (no)
“Which fisherman didn’t think they could catch any fish?” (Peter)
“Did Peter listen to Jesus and throw his nets back in the water?” (yes)
“Did Peter catch any fish?” (yes)
“Did Peter catch a lot of fish or just a few fish?” (a lot of fish)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus is AWESOME! He can do anything — even things we can’t do. Who can do anything?” (Jesus can do anything.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God can do anything, so impossible things are possible for God!”

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 while we pretend to do science experiments like our friends in the Wonder! Clubhouse!”
“Lean in close and say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re listening for your science experiment to make a noise!”
“Jump up and say the verse in a loud voice, like your science experiment just exploded!”
“Hold your hands in front of your eyes like goggles and say the verse in a grown-up voice, like you’re a real scientist!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Because all things are possible with God, He can do anything we would ever need Him to do for us!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

VERSE RACE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags (6)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Spread six beanbags across the center of the circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God can do anything, so impossible things are possible for God!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will watch you carefully while you pretend to work on a science experiment (pretend to mix things, pour things into beakers, inspect them with a magnifying glass, etc.). Tell them you will take a beanbag from the center, and you will try to do it without them noticing. When children see you take a beanbag, they will race to grab the other five beanbags. Any children without a beanbag will stand and say the verse together!

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Because all things are possible with God, He can do anything we would ever need Him to do for us!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

YOU CONNECT

FISHY FUN

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity pages (1 per child), activity cards (8), fish sticker book (1)
What you do: Give each child an activity page. Tear out the pages with small fish stickers from the fish sticker book and place the fish sticker pages where they are easily accessible to all children.
What you say: “Jesus can do anything! We’re going to do an activity that will help us remember the amazing thing Jesus did in our Bible story today.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read the activity cards one at a time and encourage children to add fish stickers to the nets on their activity page as directed.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “WOW! There are so many fish in your nets! Even though the fishermen had tried to fish in that exact same spot all night long and couldn’t catch anything, Jesus was able to help them catch more fish than their nets could even hold! Who can do anything?” (Jesus can do anything.)
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their activity pages. Set the activity pages aside until children are dismissed, then send children’s activity pages home with them.

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 Jesus can do things we can’t!”

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: “There are a lot of things we will never be able to do, like I will never be able to fly like a bird, jump to the moon, or have super powers. I want us to make a list of some of the things we can’t do. When we pray, we can thank God for giving us a friend like Jesus who can do ANYTHING! So, when I say your name, tell me one thing you can’t do.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
Let’s pray together now! Dear God, You made us to be able to do a lot of things, like be a good friend, learn new things, and love our families. But there are some things we can’t do, like (read the list the children made). It would be amazing if we could, but we are people, and there are some things people just can’t do. But not Jesus! Jesus is SO awesome, and He can do anything! Thank You for giving us Jesus to be our friend forever. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘Jesus can do things we can’t.’ 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 Jesus can do things we can’t!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

OLLIE MAY “EYE”

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: foam die (1)
What you do: Line children up side-by-side at one end of the eGroup space, then stand at the other end.
What you say: “In this game I’m going to watch and listen to see if you can follow my directions AND remember today’s main point.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will try to be the first to reach you by rolling the die and taking that many steps toward you after saying the main point (Jesus can do things we can’t.). If they cannot say the main point, the child cannot move forward.
There are two important things the child must remember to do on their turn: they must say, “Ollie, may EYE?” before they begin moving, and they must keep their eyes on you while they move. If they forget to do either of these things, they must move back to start.
Allow children to take turns rolling the die. The die will tell children how many steps they can take toward you after they say the main point. After the child says the main point, he/she should say, “Ollie, may EYE?” Reply, “Yes, you may,” and then encourage the child to move forward while keeping their eyes on you.
eGL Tip: For older children, give them specific types of steps to take as they walk toward you and say the main point.
These types could include:
giant steps
baby steps
tiptoe steps
bunny hops
frog jumps
one-foot hops
penguin waddles
deer leaps
ant marches
worm wiggles
Children should still ask, “Ollie, may I?” before moving and keep their eyes on you as they move and say the main point!

DISMISSAL

WATCH WHAT I CAN DO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags (12), foam die (1)
What you do: Give each child a beanbag. Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We know we can’t do all the things Jesus can do, but I bet we can do some pretty cool things with these bean bags. Let’s see what we can do!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will ask children if they can complete a challenge with their beanbag. Any child who wants to try will stand up and say, “Watch what I can do!” Those children will then attempt to complete the challenge.
For each challenge listed below, roll the die and insert that number in place of the “[#]” symbol in the instructions. If children try a challenge, but cannot do it, make circles with your hands, hold them in front of your eyes like binoculars, and say, “I saw [child’s name] give it a great try!” When children complete the challenge, give them a high-five and say, “I saw [child’s name] do something cool!”
eTL Tip: Before allowing children to gently toss a beanbag, show them how to toss one gently so it doesn’t go any higher than your head. Explain you will have to take beanbags back from any children who can’t follow the rules!
What you say:
“Who can balance a beanbag on the back of your hand while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air and catch it [#] times in a row without dropping it?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the top of your head while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air with one hand and catch it with the other hand [#] times?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the tip of one finger while I count to [#]?”
“Who can hold one foot out in front of you and balance a beanbag on your foot while I count to [#]?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on your shoulder and do a silly dance while I count to [#]?”
“Who can swap beanbags with three friends before I count to [#]?”
“Who can lift one knee in the air and balance a beanbag on your knee while I count to [#]?”
“Who can stand by a friend with a different color beanbag before I count to [#]?”