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Quest eGroup :: Week of October 14

Zig Zag Zone

Main Point: God can help me do hard things.
Bible Story: David and Jonathan
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 18:1-4;20:3-42
Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8

Kid Connect

MAZE AND COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, maze activity page set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a maze activity page from the set.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to help the Quest animal on their activity page find its way back to the Clubhouse. Assist them as needed. As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day. If children finish their mazes early, they can color the coloring sheet on the back of the activity page.

eGL Tip: For younger groups who may struggle with the maze, children can skip the maze and begin with the coloring page.

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.

OATS FOR OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: giant game board, oats pieces (40), spinner, Ollie piece, obstacle cone pieces (3)

What you do: Place the game board in the center of the group and put Ollie on the “Start” space. Scatter the oats pieces around the game board (not on the path). Place obstacle cone pieces on any three spaces along the path.

What you say: “Ollie is heading back to the Clubhouse, and he’s pretty hungry! We need to work together to gather all the oats before Ollie gets to the Clubhouse so he’ll have plenty to eat.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will all be working together. This game is cooperative, not competitive, so everyone wins or loses together.

Children will take turns spinning the spinner and then moving Ollie along the path to the next space that matches the picture on the spinner. As they move, the whole group should count aloud the number of spaces moved. Collect that many oats pieces from anywhere on the game board and stack them on the Clubhouse. If the spinner lands on the eGroup Leader, the eGroup Leader will take one oats piece from the Clubhouse.

If Ollie lands on a space showing the Quest animal with oats, the group can put one extra oats piece on the Clubhouse. If Ollie lands on a space with an obstacle cone piece, before moving on everyone must stand up and jump as high as they can over a pretend cone.

When Ollie reaches the Clubhouse, the game is over. If all the oats pieces are in the Clubhouse by the time he gets there, everyone wins!

OBSTACLE COURSE BOOT CAMP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up, find a buddy, and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “We’re going to train alongside our Wonder! Clubhouse friends for ‘The Zig Zag Zone’ – the most awesome obstacle course race ever!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be the fastest team to get through the Zig Zag Zone, we need to train ourselves to get through all the obstacles quickly! Each of you has a buddy you’ll train with today. When we’re done with training, the buddy pair that does the best job completing these obstacles will be today’s Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!”

  • “Everyone step with your knees up high like you’re running through tires!”
  • “Everyone pretend to climb a high wall!”
  • “Everyone pretend to jump over three giant hurdles!”
  • “Everyone pretend like you’re racing up the stairs!”
  • “Everyone step side-to-side like you’re zig-zagging between cones!”
  • “Everyone pretend to climb a giant net!”
  • “Everyone walk across a zig-zag balance beam without falling over!”
  • “Everyone pretend to swing across the monkey bars!”
  • “Everyone pretend like you’re swimming through a giant mud lake!”
  • “Everyone jump up as high as you can to grab the flag at the end of the race!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Choose the pair that participated best and name them the Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!

Get to Know You

once Worship Experience begins

GET IN THE ZONE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: large die, obstacle cards

What you do: Seat children in a circle and spread the obstacle cards across the center of the eGroup.

What you say: “This month we’re learning about some of the many ways God helps us. No matter what happens or how many obstacles seem to be in our way, God is with us and He loves to help us! We’re going to hear about all the ways God helped a great king named David and how He’ll help us in the same ways, but before we do that let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. Tell the child to roll the die and then answer a question from the back of the obstacle card that corresponds with the number he/she rolled.

After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:

  1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules) 
  2. Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)

If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about an obstacle God helped David overcome!”

Bible Connect

DAVID AND JONATHAN | 1 SAMUEL 18:1-4; 20:3-42

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 from 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!”

  1. “Who did King Saul bring to work in his palace?” (David)
  2. “Who did David meet in the palace?” (Jonathan)
  3. “Were David and Jonathan friends or enemies?”(friends)
  4. “Who was going to have to move away: David or Jonathan?” (David)
  5. “Were David and Jonathan happy or sad David was moving?” (sad)
  6. “Was it hard or easy for them to tell each other goodbye?” (hard)
  7. “Did David and Jonathan want to forget about each other, or did they promise to be friends forever?” (They promised to be friends forever.)
  8. “Who helped them say goodbye even though it was hard?” (God)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Saying goodbye to our friends can be hard, but God can help us do hard things, just like he helped David and Jonathan. Who can help you?” (God can help me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God is always with us to help us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.

What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”

  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like you’re jumping high to get over a cone!”
  • “Say the verse in a low voice, like you’re crawling low under a rope!”
  • “Say the verse in an out-of-breath voice, like you just finished an obstacle course!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can overcome any obstacle because God is always there to help 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 OBSTACLES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: obstacle cards (cone, hula hoop, and tire only), large die, memory verse cards

What you do: Place the three obstacle cards on the floor in front of you. Encourage children to stand and spread out around the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After practicing together, explain children will play “Verse Obstacles” to practice the memory verse. There are three different obstacles shown on the ground. Each round, children will choose one of this obstacles. If they choose the cone, they can put their arms in a triangle over their head. If they choose the hula hoop, they should put their hands on their hips. If they choose the tire, they should hop from foot to foot.

Roll the die. If it lands on 1, 2, or 3, any children doing the movement for that obstacle should say the verse together. If it lands on 4 or 5, all children should say the verse together. If it lands on 6, the eGroup Leader should say the verse. Continue rolling to choose children to say the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job! We can overcome any obstacle because God will help 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

PICTURE THIS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: whiteboard (1), whiteboard marker (1)

What you say: “Sometimes we all have to do things that are hard, but I’m so thankful God helps us do hard things! Let’s think about some of the hard things we might have to do.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Use the whiteboard marker to draw the objects listed below. Encourage children to hug or high-five a friend when they know what you are drawing. Once children have guessed correctly, read the instructions given by the object.

  • SHOE: “It can be hard to tie your shoes, but God can help you by giving you patience while you are learning how! Tap your shoes if you think God can help you learn to tie your shoes.”
  • BROCCOLI: “It can be hard to eat foods you don’t think you like, but God can help you by giving you courage to try them anyway! Rub your belly if you think God can help you try things you don’t think you like.”
  • BANDAID: “It can be hard to be brave when you’re hurt, but God can help you by giving you strength to get up and shake it off! Shake your whole body if you think God can help you be brave when you’re hurt.”
  • BIKE: “It can be hard to learn how to ride a bike, but God can help you by giving you people to help you learn! Move your arms in big circles if you think God can help you learn new things like riding a bike.”
  • CHAIR: “It can be hard to sit still when you’re supposed to, but God can help you by giving you self-control! Self-control means you can choose to do the right thing. Be still like a statue if you think God can help you show self-control.”
  • BLOCKS: “It can be hard to clean up your toys by yourself, but God can help you by giving you joy even when you have to do something that isn’t fun! Wave your arms if you think God can help you do a job even if it isn’t very fun.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “We have to do hard things all the time, but we don’t have to do them alone! God is always there to help us. Who can help you?” (God can help me.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned God can help me do hard things. God helped David say goodbye to his very best friend, Jonathan. It was hard, but God was with David and He helped David do it anyway! Let’s think about our closest friends and remember how God can help us do hard things, too.”

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: “Today we’re going to make a list of our special friends. These are the friends you play with a lot and would be so sad if you ever had to say goodbye to them forever. When I say your name, tell me your closest friend’s name and I’ll write it down. When we pray, we can ask God to help us be a good friend and thank Him for helping us do hard things.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank you for special friends. Thank you for giving (say each child’s name and the friend he/she listed). Please help us be good friends to all our special friends. And God, thank you for giving us Jesus—the best, most special friend EVER—and for helping us do hard things. You are so good to us, God. 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, ‘God can help me do hard things.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned God can help us do hard things!”

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

PRACTICE THE POINT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: obstacle cards (6), large foam die

What you do: Spread all the obstacle cards around the eGroup area.

What you say: “When we want to win an obstacle course race, we practice running through the obstacles. When we come to Quest, we want to learn something important about God, so our main points tell us the most important thing to remember. In this game we’re going to practice our main point together until we’re ready to take on every zig and zag that comes our way!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Tell children to choose one of the obstacles to stand behind. Once all children are standing behind an obstacle, roll the dice. All children standing behind the obstacle with that number must “complete” (act out) that obstacle according to the directions below while saying the main point (“God can help me do hard things.”). Continue as long as time allows.

  • CONE (1): Children behind the cone should zig and zag back and forth like they’re moving between cones.
  • HULA HOOPS (2): Children behind the hula hoops should take wide jumps like they’re jumping from one giant hula hoop to the next.
  • TIRE (3): Children behind the tire should hop from foot to foot with their knees high like they’re hopping across the tires.
  • NET (4): Children behind the net should pretend to climb up a giant net.
  • LADDER (5): Children behind the ladder should jump with both feet as if they’re jumping in the spaces of a ladder lying on the ground.
  • FLAG (6): Children behind the flag should jump high like they’re trying to grab the flag.

Dismissal

OBSTACLE COURSE BOOT CAMP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up, find a buddy, and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “We’re training alongside our Wonder! Clubhouse friends for ‘The Zig Zag Zone’ – the most awesome obstacle course race ever!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be the fastest team to get through the Zig Zag Zone, it doesn’t hurt to squeeze in an extra training session! When we’re done with training, the buddy pair that does the best job completing the obstacles will be our new Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!”

  • “Everyone step with your knees up high like you’re running through tires!”
  • “Everyone pretend to climb a high wall!”
  • “Everyone pretend to jump over three giant hurdles!”
  • “Everyone pretend like you’re racing up the stairs!”
  • “Everyone step side-to-side like you’re zig-zagging between cones!”
  • “Everyone pretend to climb a giant net!”
  • “Everyone walk across a zig-zag balance beam without falling over!”
  • “Everyone pretend to swing across the monkey bars!”
  • “Everyone pretend like you’re swimming through a giant mud lake!”
  • “Everyone jump up as high as you can to grab the flag at the end of the race!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Choose the pair that participated best and name them the Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!

 


Quest eGroup :: Week of October 7

Zig Zag Zone

Main Point: God can help me anywhere
Bible Story: David Protects the Sheep
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 17:34-37
Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8

MAZE AND COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, maze activity page set (12 pages)
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a maze activity page from the set.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage children to help the Quest animal on their activity page find its way back to the Clubhouse. Assist them as needed. As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day. If children finish their mazes early, they can color the coloring sheet on the back of the activity page.
eGL Tip: For younger groups who may struggle with the maze, children can skip the maze and begin with the coloring page.

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.

OATS FOR OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: giant game board, oats pieces (40), spinner, Ollie piece, obstacle cone pieces (3)
What you do: Place the game board in the center of the group and put Ollie on the “Start” space. Scatter the oats pieces around the game board (not on the path). Place obstacle cone pieces on any three spaces along the path.
What you say: “Ollie is heading back to the Clubhouse, and he’s pretty hungry! We need to work together to gather all the oats before Ollie gets to the Clubhouse so he’ll have plenty to eat.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will all be working together. This game is cooperative, not competitive, so everyone wins or loses together.
Children will take turns spinning the spinner and then moving Ollie along the path to the next space that matches the picture on the spinner. As they move, the whole group should count aloud the number of spaces moved. Collect that many oats pieces from anywhere on the game board and stack them on the Clubhouse. If the spinner lands on the eGroup Leader, the eGroup Leader will take one oats piece from the Clubhouse.
If Ollie lands on a space showing the Quest animal with oats, the group can put one extra oats piece on the Clubhouse. If Ollie lands on a space with an obstacle cone piece, before moving on everyone must stand up and jump as high as they can over a pretend cone.
When Ollie reaches the Clubhouse, the game is over. If all the oats pieces are in the Clubhouse by the time he gets there, everyone wins!

OBSTACLE COURSE BOOT CAMP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up, find a buddy, and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to train alongside our Wonder! Clubhouse friends for ‘The Zig Zag Zone’ – the most awesome obstacle course race ever!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “If we’re going to be the fastest team to get through the Zig Zag Zone, we need to train ourselves to get through all the obstacles quickly! Each of you has a buddy you’ll train with today. When we’re done with training, the buddy pair that does the best job completing these obstacles will be today’s Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!”
“Everyone step with your knees up high like you’re running through tires!”
“Everyone pretend to climb a high wall!”
“Everyone pretend to jump over three giant hurdles!”
“Everyone pretend like you’re racing up the stairs!”
“Everyone step side-to-side like you’re zig-zagging between cones!”
“Everyone pretend to climb a giant net!”
“Everyone walk across a zig-zag balance beam without falling over!”
“Everyone pretend to swing across the monkey bars!”
“Everyone pretend like you’re swimming through a giant mud lake!”
“Everyone jump up as high as you can to grab the flag at the end of the race!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Choose the pair that participated best and name them the Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!

GET IN THE ZONE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: large die, obstacle cards
What you do: Seat children in a circle and spread the obstacle cards across the center of the eGroup.
What you say: “This month we’re going to learn about some of the many ways God helps us. No matter what happens or how many obstacles seem to be in our way, God is with us and He loves to help us! We’re going to hear about all the ways God helped a great king named David and how He’ll help us in the same ways, but before we do that let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. Tell the child to roll the die and then answer a question from the back of the obstacle card that corresponds with the number he/she rolled.
After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.
What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:
Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)
Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)
If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:
I am (allow response)
a (insert group name) (allow response)
I will (allow response)
be kind and safe! (allow response)
On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about an obstacle God helped David overcome!”

DAVID PROTECTS THE SHEEP
1 SAMUEL 17:34-37

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 from 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!”
“Who was the shepherd boy in our Bible story?” (David)
“What did David take care of?” (sheep)
“Did David take good care of the sheep?”(yes)
“What came to attack the sheep one night?” (a lion)
“Were there any other shepherds out in the field to help David rescue the sheep from the lion?” (no)
“Was David completely alone out there in the field, or was God there to help him?” (God was there to help him.)
“What did God give David to help him fight the lion?” (strength)
“Was David able to beat the lion and get his sheep back?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Can you imagine what it must have been like for David, alone in that field, in charge of protecting all those sheep? But was he really alone? (Pause.) Nope! God was there to help him. He can help you, too! Who can help you?” (God can help me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God is always with us to help us!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.
What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like you’re jumping high to get over a cone!”
“Say the verse in a low voice, like you’re crawling low under a rope!”
“Say the verse in an out-of-breath voice, like you just finished an obstacle course!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can overcome any obstacle because God is always there to help 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 OBSTACLES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: obstacle cards (cone, hula hoop, and tire only), large die
What you do: Place the three obstacle cards on the floor in front of you. Encourage children to stand and spread out around the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After practicing together, explain children will play “Verse Obstacles” to practice the memory verse. There are three different obstacles shown on the ground. Each round, children will choose one of this obstacles. If they choose the cone, they can put their arms in a triangle over their head. If they choose the hula hoop, they should put their hands on their hips. If they choose the tire, they should hop from foot to foot.
Roll the die. If it lands on 1, 2, or 3, any children doing the movement for that obstacle should say the verse together. If it lands on 4 or 5, all children should say the verse together. If it lands on 6, the eGroup Leader should say the verse. Continue rolling to choose children to say the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can overcome any obstacle because God is always there to help 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!

ANYWHERE WE GO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: neighborhood place cards (6)
What you say: “There are all kinds of different places in your neighborhood that you could go. You could go anywhere! Today we’re going to talk about some of the places you could go and how God could help you in those places.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show children one of the neighborhood place cards and tell them to zig-zag their heads back and forth if they know what that place is. Choose one child to tell the place shown in the picture, then read the back of the card and encourage children to respond. Repeat for the remaining neighborhood place cards.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “We go so many different places, and God can help us anywhere we go! Who can help you?” (God can help me.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

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

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: “Today we’re going to make a list of some of the places we go. Maybe it’s your bedroom, your grandparent’s house, the grocery store, or a vacation with your family. It can be anywhere you go! When we pray, we can ask God to help us no matter where we go.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank you for today’s Bible story. We like knowing you can help us no matter where we go. We can go to (read the list the children made) and you will be with us ready to help! You are such an amazing and powerful God. 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, ‘God can help me anywhere.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

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

PRACTICE THE POINT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: obstacle cards (6), large foam die
What you do: Spread all the obstacle cards around the eGroup area.
What you say: “When we want to win an obstacle course race, we practice running through the obstacles. When we come to Quest, we want to learn something important about God, so our main points tell us the most important thing to remember. In this game we’re going to practice our main point together until we’re ready to take on every zig and zag that comes our way!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Tell children to choose one of the obstacles to stand behind. Once all children are standing behind an obstacle, roll the dice. All children standing behind the obstacle with that number must “complete” (act out) that obstacle according to the directions below while saying the main point (“God can help me anywhere.”). Continue as long as time allows.
CONE (1): Children behind the cone should zig and zag back and forth like they’re moving between cones.
HULA HOOPS (2): Children behind the hula hoops should take wide jumps like they’re jumping from one giant hula hoop to the next.
TIRE (3): Children behind the tire should hop from foot to foot with their knees high like they’re hopping across the tires.
NET (4): Children behind the net should pretend to climb up a giant net.
LADDER (5): Children behind the ladder should jump with both feet as if they’re jumping in the spaces of a ladder lying on the ground.
FLAG (6): Children behind the flag should jump high like they’re trying to grab the flag.

OBSTACLE COURSE BOOT CAMP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up, find a buddy, and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re training alongside our Wonder! Clubhouse friends for ‘The Zig Zag Zone’ – the most awesome obstacle course race ever!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “If we’re going to be the fastest team to get through the Zig Zag Zone, it doesn’t hurt to squeeze in an extra training session! When we’re done with training, the buddy pair that does the best job completing the obstacles will be our new Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!”
“Everyone step with your knees up high like you’re running through tires!”
“Everyone pretend to climb a high wall!”
“Everyone pretend to jump over three giant hurdles!”
“Everyone pretend like you’re racing up the stairs!”
“Everyone step side-to-side like you’re zig-zagging between cones!”
“Everyone pretend to climb a giant net!”
“Everyone walk across a zig-zag balance beam without falling over!”
“Everyone pretend to swing across the monkey bars!”
“Everyone pretend like you’re swimming through a giant mud lake!”
“Everyone jump up as high as you can to grab the flag at the end of the race!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Choose the pair that participated best and name them the Zig Zag Zone Training Winners!


Quest eGroup :: Week of September 30

Super Kids

Main Point: When God is with me, I can be wise.
Bible Story: Jericho | Joshua 6:1-20
Memory Verse: Be strong (cross left arm over chest) and courageous. (cross both arms over chest) Do not be afraid… (roll arms then karate chop) for the Lord (point left finger up) your God (point both fingers up) goes with you.” (fists on hips) – Deuteronomy 3:1E6, NIV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, coloring sheet set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring sheet from the set. Explain that after they color, children will use these as game boards!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Use the coloring sheets as game boards for the Kid Connect: Superhero Suit-Up activity below.

SUPERHERO SUIT-UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: coloring sheets (from previous activity), Quest playing cards (1 set), Bingo chips (180)

What you do: Shuffle the playing cards. Encourage each child to lay their coloring sheet flat on the floor with the picture facing up. Give each child a handful of Bingo chips.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to help their Quest animal superheroes “suit-up” by placing Bingo chips on the different parts of their superhero costumes.

Turn over a Quest animal playing card and call out the name of the Quest animal shown on the card. Any child with that animal featured on their coloring sheet can put a Bingo chip on top of one of the circles on that animal. If an Ollie card is turned over, children may put a Bingo chip on any circle.

The first child to fill all four circles on the same Quest animal superhero wins!

 SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “This month we’re learning we can be super because God is always with us! We’re going to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy,’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can eight times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ten bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over one time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice one low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”

Get To Know You

Once the Worship Experience Begins

SUPERHERO WOULD YOU RATHER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: superhero masks, crayons, large die, question sheet

What you do: Give each child a superhero mask and place the crayons in the center of the circle. Encourage children to color their masks while participating in the Get to Know You activity.

What you say: “This month we’ve been learning about all the ways we can be super because God is with us. Since God is with you all the time, you’re already a super kid! Some of you have worn your superhero gear to church today, and you look SUPER! We want to make sure everyone feels like a real superhero today, so each of you gets your own superhero mask! While we color our masks, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: As children color their superhero masks, encourage each child to stand in a superhero stance while saying their name to the eGroup. Tell the child to roll the die and then ask the child to answer one of the “Superhero Would You Rather” questions for the rolled number from the question sheet.

After all children are introduced, encourage children to put on their superhero masks. Pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:

  1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules) 
  2. Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)

If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about someone in the Bible who did super things!”

Bible Connect

Jericho | Joshua 6:1-20

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 132-135 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!”

  1. “Did God tell Joshua His plan for Jericho after the spies arrived home safely or while they were still in the city?” (after the spies arrived home safely)
  2. “Who did God say should march around Jericho?” (the army)
  3. “Who did God say should blow their horns?”(the priests)
  4. “God told them to march around Jericho and blow their horns once a day for how many days?” (six)
  5. “On the seventh day, how many times did God want the army to march around Jericho?” (seven)
  6. “Did Joshua follow God’s plan?” (yes)
  7. “Did Jericho’s walls fall down? (yes)
  8. “Did the spies keep their promise to Rahab and save her family, or did they take Rahab’s family as prisoners?” (They saved Rahab’s family.)
  9. “Did the Israelites make sure the whole city was destroyed or did they take over the city? (They took over the city.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Marching and blowing horns seemed like a strange way to take down a city, but Joshua was wise enough to know that God’s way was best, no matter how strange it might sound. Because God is always with us, He can make us wise, too! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we don’t need to be afraid. We can be strong and courageous because God is always with us!”

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!”

  • “Put your fists on your hips and say the verse in a loud voice, like a brave superhero!”
  • “Crouch down and say the verse in a quiet voice, like a sneaky villain!”
  • “Put your arms out to the side and say the verse in a high voice, like you’re flying high in the air!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with us!”

What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse 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 CORNERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards, large die, memory verse cards

What you do: Take one of each of the following cards from the deck of cards: a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Spread these cards out around the edge of the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After practicing together, explain children will play “Verse Corners” to practice the memory verse. There are five different corners around the eGroup space marked with the playing cards. Each child will choose a playing card to stand behind. When you roll the die, any children standing behind the card with that number will say the verse together. Children will then choose a new card to stand behind and you will roll the die again. Repeat until all children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with us!”

What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse 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

SUPER WISE BINGO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bingo boards (12), Bingo chips

What you do: Give each child a Bingo board and a small pile of Bingo chips. Tell each child to put one Bingo chip on the free space on their board.

What you say: “I’m so glad God can help us make wise choices! Let’s think about wise choices God can help us make at different places we go all the time.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to get three in a row on their Bingo board. Each time they get three in a row, children will stand up, pump a superhero fist in the air, and shout, “When God is with me, I can be wise!” Children can get three in a row multiple times, so they can stand up and cheer each time they get it.

Modification for younger groups: Rather than trying to get children to get three in a row, just focus on encouraging children to find the right picture and put a Bingo chip on it. When the whole eGroup has filled their board, all children can stand and shout the main point together.

What you say: “Let’s see if you can find the places I’m reading about!”

  • “Put a Bingo chip on the house. One wise choice we can make at our house is keeping our toys cleaned up so no one trips over them and falls down! If you can make wise choices at your house, clap two times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the church. One wise choice we can make at church is obeying our eGroup Leaders instructions! If you can make wise choices at church, pat your knees three times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the school. One wise choice we can make at school is to use the crayons, paints, and glue only when the teacher tells us to! If you can make wise choices at school, tap your nose five times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the playground. One wise choice we can make at the playground is playing nicely with the other children we meet! If you can make wise choices at the playground, pat your knees three times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the car. One wise choice we can make in the car is to wait patiently until we get where we’re going without whining! If you can make wise choices in the car, spin around in your spot one time.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the road. One wise choice we can make near a road is holding an adult’s hand before trying to walk across it! If you can make wise choices near a road, wave your arms in the air.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the library. One wise choice we can make at the library is staying quiet so we don’t disturb anyone! If you can make wise choices at the library, pull your ears two times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the restaurant. One wise choice we can make at a restaurant is trying all of our food, even if we’ve never had it before! If you can make wise choices at a restaurant, rub your belly four times.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God can help us make wise choices because He is always with us! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

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 when God is with me, I can be wise. Let’s think about some times when God can help us be wise.”

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: “Joshua knew doing things God’s way is always the best way, even if he didn’t understand or if it sounded strange, like when God told Joshua to go to battle with just a horn—a horn! That was strange, but Joshua was SUPER wise and trusted what God said. Let’s make a list of things we like to do. When we pray, we can ask God to help us be SUPER wise and do those things HIS way. So tell me, what are some things you like to do?” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, every day is filled with so many choices. Please help us be super wise and do things Your way. We know Your way is the best way, even when we don’t understand. Thank you for always being with us so we can be SUPER brave, SUPER strong, SUPER courageous, and SUPER wise. You are the best! 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 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, ‘When God is with me, I can be wise.’ 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 when God is with us, we can be wise!”

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

SUPERHERO STATUES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

What you say: “We’re going to play a silly game called ‘Superhero Statues’ to help us practice today’s main point!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You are all going to be the superheroes, and I’m going to be the silly villain. When I say, ‘3, 2, 1, SUPER FREEZE,’ you will all pose like a superhero and stand super still. I’m going to walk around the circle and try to make you laugh by saying today’s main point in a silly way. You’re going to try to stay frozen and say it back to me without laughing. If you laugh or move anything other than your eyes or mouth, you’re out! The last superhero left wins!”

What you do: Walk up to a child and say, “When God is with me, I can be wise,” in a silly way. You can use funny voices, make silly faces, use crazy accents, or perform any kind of silly actions while saying the main point. Encourage the child to say the main point back to you without moving or laughing. If the child moves or laughs, ask the child to sit down in their spot. Repeat with each child. The last child standing wins! If time remains, begin the game again and allow the winning child to become the “silly villain” who tries to get the superhero statues to laugh.

Dismissal

SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “It’s time to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

eGL Note: Choose a number to insert in the blanks below.

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can ______ times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ______ bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over ______ time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice ______ low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”

Quest eGroup :: Week of September 23

Super Kids

Main Point: When God is with me, I can be courageous.
Bible Story: Rahab and the Spies | Joshua 2:1-22; 6:1-25
Memory Verse: Be strong (cross left arm over chest) and courageous. (cross both arms over chest) Do not be afraid… (roll arms then karate chop) for the Lord (point left finger up) your God (point both fingers up) goes with you.” (fists on hips) – Deuteronomy 3:1E6, NIV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, coloring sheet set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring sheet from the set. Explain that after they color, children will use these as game boards!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Use the coloring sheets as game boards for the Kid Connect: Superhero Suit-Up activity below.

SUPERHERO SUIT-UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: coloring sheets (from previous activity), Quest playing cards (1 set), Bingo chips (180)

What you do: Shuffle the playing cards. Encourage each child to lay their coloring sheet flat on the floor with the picture facing up. Give each child a handful of Bingo chips.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to help their Quest animal superheroes “suit-up” by placing Bingo chips on the different parts of their superhero costumes.

Turn over a Quest animal playing card and call out the name of the Quest animal shown on the card. Any child with that animal featured on their coloring sheet can put a Bingo chip on top of one of the circles on that animal. If an Ollie card is turned over, children may put a Bingo chip on any circle.

The first child to fill all four circles on the same Quest animal superhero wins!

SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “This month we’re learning we can be super because God is always with us! We’re going to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy,’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can eight times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ten bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over one time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice one low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”

Get To Know You

SUPERHERO WOULD YOU RATHER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: large die, question sheet

What you say: “This month we’re learning about all the ways we can be super because God is with us. Since God is with you all the time, you’re already a super kid! We’re also going to learn about someone in the Bible who did super things for God, but before we do that let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage each child to stand in a superhero stance while saying their name to the eGroup. Tell the child to roll the die and then ask the child to answer one of the “Superhero Would You Rather” questions for the rolled number from the question sheet.

After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:

  1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules) 
  2. Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)

If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about someone in the Bible who did super things!”

Bible Connect

RAHAB AND THE SPIES | JOSHUA 2:1-22; 6:1-25

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 128-131 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!”

  1. “Who was the new leader of the Israelites after Moses died?” (Joshua)
  2. “What was the name of the city God led the Israelites to in the promised land?” (Jericho)
  3. “When two Israelite spies got into the city of Jericho, whose house did they hid in?”(Rahab’s)
  4. “When soldiers came looking for the spies, did Rahab hide the spies or did she tell the soldiers she had them?” (She hid the spies.)
  5. “Where did she hide the spies?” (on her roof)
  6. “To thank Rahab, what did the spies promise Rahab?” (They promised to save Rahab and her family when they came back)
  7. “Did Rahab help the spies escape? (yes)
  8. “Do you think it was easy for Rahab to help the spies, or do you think it took a lot of courage?” (It took a lot of courage.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “What Rahab did took SO much courage. And because she showed courage, Rahab and her family were the only ones saved when the Israelites destroyed Jericho. We can have courage, too, when we remember that God is always with us! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we don’t need to be afraid. We can be strong and courageous because God is always with us!”

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!”

  • “Put your fists on your hips and say the verse in a loud voice, like a brave superhero!”
  • “Crouch down and say the verse in a quiet voice, like a sneaky villain!”
  • “Put your arms out to the side and say the verse in a high voice, like you’re flying high in the air!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with 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 CORNERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards, large die, memory verse cards

What you do: Take one of each of the following cards from the deck of cards: a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Spread these cards out around the edge of the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After practicing together, explain children will play “Verse Corners” to practice the memory verse. There are five different corners around the eGroup space marked with the playing cards. Each child will choose a playing card to stand behind. When you roll the die, any children standing behind the card with that number will say the verse together. Children will then choose a new card to stand behind and you will roll the die again. Repeat until all children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with 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

COURAGE HUNT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: picture cards (8), courage card (1)

What you do: Spread the picture cards across the center of the eGroup.

What you say: “In our Bible story today Rahab showed courage by hiding the spies. We’re going to play a game where I hide something and you have to use my clues to find it!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain the courage card will be hidden under a picture card. Children will use your clues to guess which picture card the courage card is hiding under.

Tell children to close their eyes, then hide the courage card under one of the picture cards listed below. Read the clue scenario for that picture card (below) and encourage children to guess where the courage card is. Once they find it, remove that picture card and hide the courage card under a different card. Repeat for all picture cards listed below.

What you say: “Let’s see if you can find the courage card!”

  • cookie picture: “Jeremy saw his friend take a cookie from the counter even though his friend’s mom said they had to wait until after lunch to get one. Jeremy had courage and told his friend he shouldn’t take the cookie. If you can show courage by choosing to do the right thing, give a thumbs up and then let’s find the courage card!”
  • centipede picture: “Liza’s brother saw a centipede on the floor and started crying because it scared him. Liza had courage and stepped on the bug because she wasn’t afraid of it. If you can show courage and help others when they feel afraid, stomp your foot and then let’s find the courage card!“
  • blocks picture: “Drew was starting his first day at a new school and felt nervous because he didn’t know anybody. Drew had courage and walked over to introduce himself to a group of boys playing with blocks. If you can show courage by being brave in a new situation, put both fists on your hips in a superhero pose and then let’s find the courage card!”
  • bike picture: “Austin got a two-wheel bike for his birthday, but after falling off it once he wasn’t sure he wanted to try it again. But Austin had courage and got back on his bike to keep trying! If you can show courage by choosing to keep trying something that’s hard for you, spin around in your spot one time and then let’s find the courage card!”
  • broccoli picture: “Aniya’s mom made broccoli for dinner and asked Aniya to try it. She didn’t think she would like it, but Aniya had courage and tried it anyway, and she found out she liked it! If you can show courage by trying new foods, rub your tummy and then let’s find the courage card!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “It’s not always easy to be courageous, but God can help us because He is with us! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

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 when God is with me, I can be courageous. Let’s think about some times when God can help us be courageous.”

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: “Sometimes doing the right thing can be hard, like when Rahab hid the spies even though it was dangerous, but knowing God is with us gives us the courage to do the right thing anyway. Let’s make a list of good things that are hard to do, like telling the truth or saying we’re sorry when we’ve done something wrong. When we pray, we can ask God to help us be SUPER courageous and do the right thing, even when it’s hard. So tell me, what’s one good thing that’s hard to do?” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank you for always being with us and helping us do the right thing. Please give (name each child) the courage to (read what they listed) when it’s hard. I pray that all of my friends here today will grow up to be SUER courageous men and women! 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 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, ‘When God is with me, I can be courageous.’ 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 when God is with us, we can be courageous!”

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

SUPERHERO STATUES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

What you say: “We’re going to play a silly game called ‘Superhero Statues’ to help us practice today’s main point!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You are all going to be the superheroes, and I’m going to be the silly villain. When I say, ‘3, 2, 1, SUPER FREEZE,’ you will all pose like a superhero and stand super still. I’m going to walk around the circle and try to make you laugh by saying today’s main point in a silly way. You’re going to try to stay frozen and say it back to me without laughing. If you laugh or move anything other than your eyes or mouth, you’re out! The last superhero left wins!”

What you do: Walk up to a child and say, “When God is with me, I can be courageous,” in a silly way. You can use funny voices, make silly faces, use crazy accents, or perform any kind of silly actions while saying the main point. Encourage the child to say the main point back to you without moving or laughing. If the child moves or laughs, ask the child to sit down in their spot. Repeat with each child. The last child standing wins! If time remains, begin the game again and allow the winning child to become the “silly villain” who tries to get the superhero statues to laugh.

Dismissal

SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “It’s time to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

eGL Note: Choose a number to insert in the blanks below.

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can ______ times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ______ bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over ______ time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice ______ low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”

Quest eGroup :: Week of September 16

Super Kids

Main Point: When God is with me, I can be strong.
Bible Story: Esther | Esther 2:2-8:17
Memory Verse: Be strong (cross left arm over chest) and courageous. (cross both arms over chest) Do not be afraid… (roll arms then karate chop) for the Lord (point left finger up) your God (point both fingers up) goes with you.” (fists on hips) – Deuteronomy 3:1E6, NIV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, coloring sheet set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring sheet from the set. Explain that after they color, children will use these as game boards!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Use the coloring sheets as game boards for the Kid Connect: Superhero Suit-Up activity below.

SUPERHERO SUIT-UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: coloring sheets (from previous activity), Quest playing cards (1 set), Bingo chips (180)

What you do: Shuffle the playing cards. Encourage each child to lay their coloring sheet flat on the floor with the picture facing up. Give each child a handful of Bingo chips.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to help their Quest animal superheroes “suit-up” by placing Bingo chips on the different parts of their superhero costumes.

Turn over a Quest animal playing card and call out the name of the Quest animal shown on the card. Any child with that animal featured on their coloring sheet can put a Bingo chip on top of one of the circles on that animal. If an Ollie card is turned over, children may put a Bingo chip on any circle.

The first child to fill all four circles on the same Quest animal superhero wins!

SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “This month we’re learning we can be super because God is always with us! We’re going to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy,’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can eight times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ten bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over one time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice one low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”

Get to Know You

SUPERHERO WOULD YOU RATHER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: large die, question sheet

What you say: “This month we’re learning about all the ways we can be super because God is with us. Since God is with you all the time, you’re already a super kid! We’re also going to learn about someone in the Bible who did super things for God, but before we do that let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage each child to stand in a superhero stance while saying their name to the eGroup. Tell the child to roll the die and then ask the child to answer one of the “Superhero Would You Rather” questions for the rolled number from the question sheet.

After all children are introduced, pass out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:

  1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules) 
  2. Be Kind – How can we be kind? (listening when others are talking, sharing, obeying leaders, sitting on our bottoms so others can see)

If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about someone in the Bible who did super things!”

Bible Connect

ESTHER | ESTHER 2:2-8:17

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 240-246 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!”

  1. “Was Esther Jewish?” (yes)
  2. “Was Mordecai Esther’s cousin or her father?” (cousin)
  3. “What was Esther chosen to be?”(queen)
  4. “Who was the king’s chief helper?” (Hamaan)
  5. “Did Hamaan like the Jews or hate the Jews?” (He hated the Jews.)
  6. “Who did Hamaan convince to help him get rid of the Jews?” (the king)
  7. “When Mordecai told Esther about Hamaan’s plan, did she think it would be risky or easy for her to help save her people? (risky)
  8. “Did the king and Hamaan know Esther was a Jew?” (no)
  9. “After he found out Esther was a Jew, did the king still want to help get rid of the Jews?” (no)
  10. “After Hamaan was arrested, who was chosen to be the king’s new chief helper?” (Mordecai)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Esther’s plan to save the Jews was risky and could have made her get in trouble with the king. But because God was with her and made her strong, Esther convinced the king not to get rid of her people! God is always with us, too! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we don’t need to be afraid. We can be strong and courageous because God is always with us!”

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!”

  • “Put your fists on your hips and say the verse in a loud voice, like a brave superhero!”
  • “Crouch down and say the verse in a quiet voice, like a sneaky villain!”
  • “Put your arms out to the side and say the verse in a high voice, like you’re flying high in the air!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with 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 CORNERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards, large die, memory verse cards

What you do: Take one of each of the following cards from the deck of cards: a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Spread these cards out around the edge of the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After practicing together, explain children will play “Verse Corners” to practice the memory verse. There are five different corners around the eGroup space marked with the playing cards. Each child will choose a playing card to stand behind. When you roll the die, any children standing behind the card with that number will say the verse together. Children will then choose a new card to stand behind and you will roll the die again. Repeat until all children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with 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

SUPER STRONG

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: parachutes

What you do: Spread the parachute in the center of the eGroup and ask children to sit in a circle around the edge of the parachute.

What you say: “We know superheroes are super strong. Because God is with us, we can be strong just like a superhero. Being strong is about more than just having big muscles; it’s also about believing you’re able to do what God wants you to do. Let’s think about ways we can be strong because God is with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read the instructions below. Encourage children to respond and lead them in following the directions for the parachute.

What you say: “Let’s all stand up and flex our superhero muscles before we talk about how we can be strong!” (Lead children in standing and flexing their muscles, then read the instructions below.)

  • “When you choose to be brave even when you feel afraid, you have to be strong. Can anyone tell us about a time when you chose to be brave, like when you heard a scary noise or when you felt afraid of the dark? (Encourage one or two children to respond.) Great job! Now use your superhero muscles to lift the parachute over your head and then lower it back to the ground.”
  • “When you try something new, you have to be strong. Can anyone tell us about a time when you tried something new, like eating a new food or riding a bike for the first time? (Encourage one or two children to respond.) That’s a great example! Now use your superhero muscles to pick up the parachute and shake it as fast as you can.”
  • “When you choose to tell the truth even when it isn’t easy, you have to be strong. Can anyone tell us about a time when you told the truth even when you didn’t want to, like maybe when you accidentally broke something you weren’t supposed to touch, or you got in trouble at school and you didn’t really want your mom to know? (Encourage one or two children to respond.) I’m glad you told the truth! Now use your superhero muscles to hold the parachute up over your head with one arm.”
  • “When you are kind to someone who hasn’t been kind to you, you have to be strong. Can anyone tell us about a time when you were kind to someone even though it was hard, like sharing a toy with someone even though they weren’t nice to you? (Encourage one or two children to respond.) Very good! Now use your superhero muscles to lift the parachute with one arm. Put the other arm out to the side like a wing and pretend to fly in a slow circle around the parachute.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Being strong on the inside is even important than having strong muscles. We’re strong when we choose to do things God’s way. And He can help us because He is with us! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

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 when God is with me, I can be strong. Let’s think about some times when God can help us be strong.”

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: “We have to be strong to do the things God wants us to do. Not strong like ‘pick up a huge rock’ strong, but strong like ‘I can do this!’ strong. Esther was ‘I can do this!’ SUPER strong, because she knew God was with her. We can be ‘I can do this!’ SUPER strong too, because God is always with us. Let’s make a list of things God wants us to do. When we pray, we can ask God to help us be SUPER ‘I can do it!’ strong. Ready? (Pause.) Great! When I say your name, tell me one thing God wants us to do, like maybe helping clean up a mess we made, letting our friends go first, or sharing with our brothers and sisters. We have to be ‘I can do it!’ strong to do all of those things!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, we want to be SUPER ‘I can do this!’ strong like Esther. Please help us remember you are always with us, so we can be ‘I can do it!’ strong, and do what You want us to do. Help (name each child) do things like (read the list children made). We love You, God! You’re the best! 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 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, ‘When God is with me, I can be strong.’ 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 when God is with us, we can be strong!”

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

SUPERHERO STATUES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

What you say: “We’re going to play a silly game called ‘Superhero Statues’ to help us practice today’s main point!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You are all going to be the superheroes, and I’m going to be the silly villain. When I say, ‘3, 2, 1, SUPER FREEZE,’ you will all pose like a superhero and stand super still. I’m going to walk around the circle and try to make you laugh by saying today’s main point in a silly way. You’re going to try to stay frozen and say it back to me without laughing. If you laugh or move anything other than your eyes or mouth, you’re out! The last superhero left wins!”

What you do: Walk up to a child and say, “When God is with me, I can be strong,” in a silly way. You can use funny voices, make silly faces, use crazy accents, or perform any kind of silly actions while saying the main point. Encourage the child to say the main point back to you without moving or laughing. If the child moves or laughs, ask the child to sit down in their spot. Repeat with each child. The last child standing wins! If time remains, begin the game again and allow the winning child to become the “silly villain” who tries to get the superhero statues to laugh.

Dismissal

SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

What you say: “It’s time to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

eGL Note: Choose a number to insert in the blanks below.

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can ______ times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ______ bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over ______ time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice ______ low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”