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Quest Large Group Week of August 8

COLORIFIC

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

– PART 1 –

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

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

STORYTELLER: “On the count of three, I want you all to help me celebrate our new series, Colorific! When I count to three, I want you to say COLORIFIC! One, two, three!”

Yell, ‘COLORIFIC’ with the kids. Repeat one more time if needed.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! All this month you’ll learn about God’s AMAZING promises and that God always keeps the promises He makes. When I say, ‘Who keeps his promises?’ you say, ‘God keeps His promises!’ Let’s practice! ‘Who keeps his promises?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises!”

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

SONG: “Promises”

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

SONG: “Get Up”

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

– PART 2 –

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

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises!”

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

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

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

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

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

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises?”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! God keeps his promises and today we’re learning more about a man named Moses. Last week we learned that God told Moses He’d always keep His promises. This week we get the chance to hear about when God not only kept this promise but did something INCREDIBLE at the same time. Let’s check in with Ollie at the Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more.”

VIDEO: “COLO_LG_WK2”
SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

– PART 3 –

STORYTELLER: “Wow! God promised Moses that He would always be with him and we saw God keep His promise when He split a GIGANTIC sea IN HALF! Wow!”

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

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God keeps His promises!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. Today we discovered when God makes us promises, He’ll always keep them, even when things may seem impossible — because God’s promises are awesome! Let’s bow our heads, close our eyes, and thank God for promising to always be with us.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for Your awesome promises and thank You for promising to be with us, no matter what. We love You. Amen.”

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

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”

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

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

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.

 


Motion eGroup Week of August 8

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Plans to Rebuild the Wall
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:11-18
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

KID CONNECT

MASTER BUILDERS

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

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Motion check-in sheet.
Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the best part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?
Once you have five to six kids begin playing Master Builders!
Give each kid a handful of Legos. Leave the rest of the Legos where they are easily accessible so kids can get more as needed.
Encourage kids to build something that represents the coolest building or structure they’ve ever seen. It could be something they’ve seen in person or in pictures. (eGL Tip: Give kids ideas to get them started, such as a skyscraper, the Eiffel Tower, Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World, or the Great Wall of China.)
When a kid finishes building their creation, encourage the other kids to guess what they think it is. Once another kid has correctly guessed what it is, allow the kid why they chose that building or structure.
Continue allowing kids to guess and share about their Lego creations as long as time allows.

GROUP CONNECT

WHO’S IN YOUR CORNER?

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games! Before we go any farther, let’s get to know each other a little better.”

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s see who would choose the same answer as you!”
“Who do you ask for help when you have a dirty job to do?”
Corner 1: your mom or dad
Corner 2: your brother or sister
Corner 3: a friend
Corner 4: no one; you just get it done by yourself
“If you had to do one of these dirty jobs, which would you choose?”
Corner 1: picking up litter or trash in a public park
Corner 2: cleaning animals’ hooves on a farm
Corner 3: cleaning up after people who get sick on amusement park rides
Corner 4: cleaning the cafeteria floors at your school

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

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Before we head to Large Group, let’s review our three Motion rules:
Jump in! What can you do to help yourself stay engaged in the Motion experience? (participate in discussions, games, and activities; worship enthusiastically; have a great attitude)
Listen up! How can you show respect to others? (listen to and follow leaders’ directions, stay quiet when others are talking)

ACT out! ACT stand for Accept others, Choose kindness, and Take responsibility. How can your actions help others have a great experience?” (intentionally include everyone, use kind words, keeping my hands to myself, owning my actions)

YOU CONNECT

SWAT

WHAT YOU NEED: swat cards (2 sets of 8), fly swatters (4)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Sometimes when we face a dirty job, we’d rather wait around and hope someone else will do it. Let’s think about some of the people we might try to leave a dirty job for instead of taking initiative to do it ourselves.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams. Seat teams in half-circles, facing each other.
Spread the swat cards with the pictures facing up in the center of the circle.
Give one kid on each team a swatter. Explain that when you ask a question about who they’d be most likely to wait on to do a difficult task for them, kids will race to swat the picture that represents their answer to the question.
Ask one question and encourage kids to swat their answer:
“When your room is a mess and you know it’s time to clean it, who do you wait on, hoping they’ll clean it for you?”
“When you notice someone has knocked over a trash can at school, who do you hope will clean up the mess?”
“When a trash can blows over during a big storm and spreads trash down the road, who do you wait on to clean it up?”
“When you notice someone in your eGroup left trash on the theater floor, who do you hope will throw it away?”
“When you notice all the balls and equipment are left on the field after P.E. class, who do you hope will put them all away?”
The kid who swats a picture first will explain why they’re likely to wait on that person to do it for them. If the kid gives a good answer, the team can keep the swat card. If the kid does not give a good answer, the eGroup Leader gets to keep the swat card.
Tell the kids on both teams to pass the swatter to the next kid in their line, then repeat the game by asking the next question.
Continue until all question cards have been answered.
The team with the most swat cards at the end wins!
eGL Tip: If your eGroup is larger than 10 kids, after explaining the game, split the eGroup into four teams. Circle two teams around one set of swat cards, then put the other two teams around the second set of swat cards. Give each of the four teams a fly swatter. For each question, let the kid who swat a card first from each circle answer.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Doing dirty jobs isn’t fun, but we all have to do them sometimes. Selfishly, we might be tempted to hope someone else will notice the dirty job and do it for us. But if we all wait for someone else, there’s a chance it might never get done! Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, we should take the initiative to do the job ourselves.”

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

WHAT YOU NEED: no supplies

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Think about a time when you knew something needed to be done, but you ignored it and waited for someone else to do it. Why didn’t you do it yourself?”
“What excuses do you usually use to avoid doing a dirty job?”
“What do you do when you see a job that seems like it’s too big for you to do alone?”
“Can you think of a time when you did something that needed to be done without being asked? What did you do, and how did you feel afterward?”
“What is one thing you know needs to be done in your home or in your school this week? What will you do to show initiative and get the job done?”

SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“Dear God, thank You for giving us the ability to see and know when there is a job to be done. Sometimes we might want to wait for someone else to do a dirty job for us, but we know You want us to show initiative and be part of the solution for the problem. Give us strength and courage to jump in and do tough jobs, even when they seem overwhelming. We know You are always with us to help us. We love You! Amen.”

BIBLE CONNECT

BUILD THE WALL

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

WHAT YOU DO:
Divide kids into two teams.
Have kids sit with their teams and instruct kids to turn to Nehemiah 2 in their Bibles. (NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.)
Encourage kids to mark this passage, either with the bookmark in their Bible or by sticking a pen in the page, and then close their Bibles.
Explain teams will answer questions about the Bible story. If they can remember and give the correct answer on their own, their team will earn five Legos. If they can’t remember the answer, but can find the answer in their Bibles, their team will earn three Legos. If they answer incorrectly, they must give one Lego back. The team who builds the tallest Lego wall by the end wins!
Choose one kid from each team to be the spokesperson. After quietly discussing the answer as a team, the spokesperson will stand when they are ready to give an answer.
Ask one of the questions below. Encourage teams to discuss their answers and have the spokesperson stand when they’re ready to answer. Remind kids they can look up the answer in their Bibles for a reduced number of Legos (three instead of five).
Invite the spokesperson for each team to whisper the answer to you. (After both teams have answered, be sure to announce the correct answer in front of the whole group.) As they answer, award the appropriate number of Legos and encourage teams to stack the Legos to build walls. After all questions have been answered, the team with the tallest wall wins!

WHAT YOU SAY:
“What city did Nehemiah travel to?” (Jerusalem)
“How long was Nehemiah in Jerusalem before he began inspecting the damage?” (three days)
“Did Nehemiah inspect the walls during the day or night?” (night)
“How many people did Nehemiah tell about his plan to rebuild the walls?” (zero)
“Had the walls been broken down or had they fallen down on their own?” (broken down)
“What were the gates destroyed with?” (fire)
“When Nehemiah told the Jews and their leaders about his plan to rebuild the walls, did they agree to work with him or did they tell him to do it on his own?” (They agreed to help him.)

 


Motion Large Group Week of August 8

Dirty Jobs

Virtue: Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Plans to Rebuild the Wall
Bible Passage: Nehemiah 2:11-18
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIV

WELCOME

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

Last week we were introduced to a man named Nehemiah who began to take initiative on a MASSIVE project back in his home country. This week we’re going to check in again with Nehemiah and see how the project is going. Before we dive into the second part of Nehemiah’s story, I want you to help me welcome a friend..

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

Bible Connect WITH BIBLE COMMUNICATOR

 

Bible Story Video Intro

Bible Story Video

Bible Story Video Outro

Connect Questions Intro

“When Nehemiah saw that wall, he could have looked at the giant mess and said, ‘Nope. I’m out! See you later!’ But Nehemiah knew that he couldn’t wait for someone else to come along and do the right thing — it needed to be him and it needed to be done immediately. He knew that God had chosen him to do this work and that God would carry him through.

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

First question: Nehemiah’s job wasn’t to rebuild a wall – he was a cupbearer for the King. Why do you think Nehemiah was so eager to take on a big project like rebuilding a city? Discuss that now.

(give kids one minute to answer the question)

Next question: What was the last thing you helped with, even though you didn’t think it was your job?

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

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

(give kids two minutes to answer the question)

Worship Intro

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

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

Worship Song – Undefeated

Worship Song – Alive

Dismissal To eGroups

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

(dismiss kids back to eGroups)

eGroups

VIP Welcome

“Welcome back from your eGroups, Motion! Before we continue, I want to take a moment and welcome our VIPs who are here with us for the first time today! Motion, help me welcome our VIPs!

(initiate applause)

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

(refer to the screen)

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

[VIP Slide – Lanyard]

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

[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]

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

[VIP Slide – Gift]

Let’s review.

[VIP Slide – All Combined]

VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.

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

Bible Prize Info

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

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

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

Bring a Bible!

(wait for kids to respond)

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

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

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

(refer to the memory verse slide on the screen)

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

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

Ok, now we’re going to do an activity that’ll help you learn this month’s verse. In just a moment I’m going to have you say the verse with a partner. The trick will be that you need to say the memory verse three times to your partner and every time you say the memory verse, your voice needs to get lower and lower and lower. In case you need it, I’ll keep the verse on the screen, but I want whoever is saying the verse to try and say it with their back to the screen. Try to really push yourself to memorize the verse! Take 30 seconds to find a partner and then once you’ve all got a partner, I’ll give you four minutes to say the memory verse three times each. Find a partner now!

(give kids 30 seconds to find a partner)

Now, say the memory verse three times with your partner with your voice getting lower and lower each time. Do that now!”

(give kids four minutes to say the verse three times each)

Memory Verse Activity

Game Setup – Here’s My Problem

“Great job, Motion! We’re getting closer and closer to memorizing this month’s verse! To reward all of the hard work you’re putting in, we’re going to take a break and play a game!

During today’s game, you are going to be deciding on which kind of equipment you would need for a specific job. I’m going to show an image on the screen of a job and then ask which of two very specialized tools you would use for the job. You’ll move to either the left or right side of the room to make your choice and then I’ll show you which of the tools is actually the right one for the job.

I’ll begin every round by saying ‘Here’s my problem…’ I’ll put an image on the screen and then talk about what I need to happen. Then, two options of tools will appear on the screen and you make your choice from there. You may think it sounds pretty simple, but my problems may be a little trickier than you think.

Everyone stand to your feet and let’s get ready to play ‘Here’s My Problem!’”

Game – Here’s My Problem

Dismissal Movie Intro

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

Dismissal Movie

 

 


Quest eGroup Week of August 18

Anchors Away

Main Point: I can help others go God’s way.
Bible Passage: Young King Josiah ● 2 Chronicles 34
Memory Verse: “God’s way is perfect” 2 Samuel 22:31, NIRV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

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.

ANCHORS AWAY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out an action for children to act out. They should not begin pretending to perform the action until you say, “Anchors away!” Once they hear that, children will act it out until you call out, “Drop your anchors!” When children hear that instruction, they should immediately race to sit down and curl up in a ball like a heavy anchor. The last child to sit down and curl up will have to return to shore (sit on the eGroup rug) for the next two actions.
Actions:
Climb up the rope ladder to get on your boat!
Push your heavy boat away from the shore!
Pull on the ropes to raise your sails!
Steer the boat out into deeper water!
Cast a fishing net out into the water!
Lean over the edge of the boat and pull the fishing net back in!
Dive off the edge of the boat and swim with the dolphins!
Backstroke back to the boat!
Climb back in the boat and try to shake off all the water!
Try to keep your balance while a storm rocks the boat back and forth!
Steer away from the storm as fast as you can!
Dig through your backpack to find your map!
Turn the boat to one side as hard as you can and head back to shore!

GET TO KNOW YOU

GET TO KNOW YOUR CREW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: sailor hat (1), boat cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Put the boat cards in the sailor hat.
What you say: “Ahoy there, sailors! This month we’re sailing away on an adventure to learn about what it means to go God’s way, because God’s way is perfect! But before we set sail, we need to get to know the rest of our crew!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose a boat card from the sailor hat. Read the question from the back of the card 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 animal group name) (allow response)
I will (allow response)
be kind and safe! (allow response)
On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about someone who helped others go God’s way!”

BIBLE CONNECT

YOUNG KING JOSIAH
2 CHRONICLES 34

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: 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 235-239 in 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!”
“How old was Josiah when he became king?” (eight years old)
“Did Josiah love God?”(yes)
“Were the kings before Josiah good or bad?”(bad)
“Was the temple in Jerusalem in good shape, or was it falling apart?”
(It was falling apart.)
“Who decided to fix up the temple?” (King Josiah)
“What did the workers find hidden in the wall while they were working on the temple?” (a scroll)
“What did the scroll teach about? Did it teach about God’s laws or the stories of the bad kings?” (It taught about God’s laws.)
“Did Josiah and his people choose to obey God’s laws?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “King Josiah was so happy when the workers found the scroll with God’s laws in the temple! Josiah wanted to live God’s way, and he knew he could live God’s way by following God’s laws. Whose way is perfect?” 
(God’s way is perfect.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies, memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God’s way is perfect. We should always go His way, no matter what, because it is perfect!”

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 like you’re under water!” (Wiggle your fingers between your lips while saying it.)
“Say the verse really fast, like you’re in a speedboat!”
“Say the verse in a deep voice, like you’re sailing over deep water!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
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.

FINISH THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: boat cards (12), memory verse cards
What you do: Create a large circle on the floor with the boat cards. Ask each child to stand behind a boat card (around the outside of the circle).

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will walk around the circle as you clap a steady beat, stepping from one card to the next as you clap. (Remind children to stand behind the cards, not on them.) When you stop clapping and call out,”Drop your anchors!” all children should freeze behind one of the boat cards.
Once each child is behind a boat card, call out a color. All children behind that color boat should say the memory verse together. Once they’ve finished, begin clapping again and repeat the activity as long as time and interest allow.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
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

MATCHING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: matching cards (16)
What you do: Seat children in a circle around the eGroup space. Arrange the cards in a four-by-four grid on the floor in the center of the eGroup.
What you say: “We want to go God’s way, because we know God’s way is perfect. We can help others go God’s way, too, but we might have to help them understand what God’s way is first! Let’s think about some ways we can help others go God’s way.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will take turns turning over two cards. If the two cards match, read the prompt below that corresponds to the matching cards. The child can hold onto the two cards until the end of the game. If the two cards do not match, the child will return them to the same spots, face-down. If a child matches two scroll cards, encourage all children to give a friend a hug or a high-five and yell, “I can help others go God’s way!”
What you say: (As a match is found, read the prompt below for that match.)
BROTHER/SISTER: “You can help your brother or sister go God’s way by encouraging them to obey, even when your mom asks you to do something you don’t want to do. If you can help your brother or sister obey, give two thumbs up!”
GRUMPY CHILD: “If your friend is whining or complaining, you can help your friend go God’s way by reminding him or her that God wants us to choose to be grateful. If you can help your friend remember to be grateful, clap your hands three times!”
UNKIND CHILD: “When you see someone being unkind, you can help them go God’s way by reminding them that God wants us to be kind to everyone. If you can help someone be kind, wave your arms in the air!”
TEACHER: “If your teacher thanks you for being a good helper, you can tell her you love to help others because that’s the way God wants us to live! If you can show others how to go God’s way by being a great helper, pat your knees four times!”
CHILDREN FIGHTING OVER TOY: “When you see friends fighting over a toy, you can help them go God’s way by reminding them that God wants us to share. If you can help your friends share, spin around in your spot!”
BROKEN PHONE: “It’s not always easy to tell the truth, but God wants us to do it anyway. When your dad thanks you for telling the truth about accidentally breaking his phone, you can tell him you chose truth because that’s God’s way! If you can help others choose truth, too, give yourself a hug!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Since God’s way is perfect, we should help others go His way, too. Whose way is perfect?” (God’s way is perfect.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

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

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: “Josiah helped people go God’s way by letting them know God’s way is perfect. We can do that too, right? (Pause for response.) Of course we can! That’s why we are going to make a list of people we can help go God’s way. When I say your name, tell me one person you can help go God’s way by telling them God’s way is perfect. Ready? Listen for your name!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Thank you for helping make this list. We can pray that God will give us the courage to help them go God’s way, the way Josiah helped people go God’s way, because God’s way is perfect. Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for loving us enough to teach us Your way. Your way is perfect, and we want everyone to know. Please help [child’s name] tell [name they listed] that your way is perfect and . . . (repeat this for each child). You are the best, God, and we love You very much! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘I can help others go God’s way.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”
VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned we can help others go God’s way.”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

ACTION ROLL

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: color die (1), foam die (1), action card (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Each of you will have a turn to roll the color die and the foam die. I’ll use the dice and my special action card to tell you how many friends will say the main point with you and which special action you should do while you say it together! Our main point is, ‘I can help others go God’s way.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: One at a time, allow children to roll the color die and the foam die. The foam die will tell how many friends they should choose to say the main point with them, so encourage the child to choose that many friends to stand with them. Match the color on the action card to the color rolled on the color die to tell children which action to do while saying the main point. Repeat until all children have had a few turns to practice today’s main point. (I can help others go God’s way.)

DISMISSAL

ANCHORS AWAY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out an action for children to act out. They should not begin pretending to perform the action until you say, “Anchors away!” Once they hear that, children will act it out until you call out, “Drop your anchors!” When children hear that instruction, they should immediately race to sit down and curl up in a ball like a heavy anchor. The last child to sit down and curl up will have to return to shore (sit on the eGroup rug) for the next two actions.
Actions:
Climb up the rope ladder to get on your boat!
Push your heavy boat away from the shore!
Pull on the ropes to raise your sails!
Steer the boat out into deeper water!
Cast a fishing net out into the water!
Lean over the edge of the boat and pull the fishing net back in!
Dive off the edge of the boat and swim with the dolphins!
Backstroke back to the boat!
Climb back in the boat and try to shake off all the water!
Try to keep your balance while a storm rocks the boat back and forth!
Steer away from the storm as fast as you can!
Dig through your backpack to find your map!
Turn the boat to one side as hard as you can and head back to shore!


Quest Large Group Week of August 18

Anchors Away

Main Point: I can help others go God’s way.
Bible Passage: Young King Josiah ● 2 Chronicles 34
Memory Verse: “God’s way is perfect” 2 Samuel 22:31, NIRV

– PART 1 –

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

STORYTELLER: “Hello friends! Welcome to Quest and welcome to the Wonder! Clubhouse! This month we’re learning that God’s way is perfect. No matter where we go, even surfing waves at the beach, we know that we can follow God’s way, and God’s way is perfect. Hey friends, I have an idea! Let’s all pretend that we’re surfing! On the count of three, I want you all to pretend you’re surfing this like this and say ‘Hang ten, dude!’”

Pretend to be on a surf board and say in a surfer’s voice, “Hang ten, dude!”

STORYTELLER: “Okay friends, now it’s your turn! One, two, three! Hang ten, dude!!”

Encourage kids to say “Hang ten, dude!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! No matter if you’re on a surf board, or riding in a car with your parents to school, you can know that God’s way is perfect! When I say, ‘Whose way is perfect?’ you say, ‘God’s way is perfect!’ Let’s practice! ‘Whose way is perfect?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s way is perfect!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! God’s way is perfect, and when we follow God’s way, we know we’re headed in the right direction. One of the things that we can do is to ask God to show us the way so we can follow where He wants to lead. Let’s sing a song asking God to show us the way. Let’s stand to our feet and sing, ‘Show Me The Way!’”

SONG: “Show Me the Way”

Lead children in singing, “Show Me the Way,” with the hand motions.

SONG: “Plan For Me”

Lead children in singing, “Plan For Me,” with the hand motions.

– PART 2 –

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘Whose way is perfect?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s way is perfect!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! God’s way is perfect. Reading the Bible and listening to what God says is the best way for us to make sure we’re following His way. Our Bible verse for this month tells us exactly that. Listen to the Bible verse as I say it, then, we’ll all say it together with the hand motions. Listen carefully:

‘God’s way (point up with pointer fingers) is perfect.’ (two thumbs up) 2 Samuel 22:31” (open hands like a book)

STORYTELLER WITH CHILDREN: “’God’s way (point up with pointer fingers) is perfect.’ (two thumbs up) 2 Samuel 22:31” (open hands like a book)

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

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Let’s say it one more time, ‘Whose way is perfect?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s way is perfect!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! Now, we’re going to hear from our friends at the Wonder! Clubhouse about how we can help others go God’s way. Let’s check in with Ollie and Manny at the Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more.”

VIDEO: “AAWA_LG_WK3”
SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

– PART 3 –

STORYTELLER: “Wow! Even though King Josiah was young, he knew what to do because he knew that God’s way is perfect. King Josiah was able to lead the people to go God’s way, and that’s what made him such a great leader.”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Whose way is perfect?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “God’s way is perfect!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. King Josiah was able to lead his people to follow God’s way. He knew that God’s way is perfect. He loved his people so much, he wanted them to know God’s way too. Let’s bow our heads, close our eyes, and thank God for showing us His perfect way.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for loving us and giving us the perfect path to follow. Help us show others that they can go Your way, too. We love You. Amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Now friends, it’s time for us to head back to our eGroups where we’re going to learn more about how we can help others go God’s way.”

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”

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

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

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.