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Quest eGroup Week of June 16

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me I can talk to God anytime.
Bible Passage: Jeremiah 29:12 ● Jonah 1-4
Memory Verse: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Psalm 25:4, NLT

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.

CATCH OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing cards in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.
What you say: “Let’s pretend you’re in a bike race with Ollie! If you want to win, your job is to catch Ollie and collect all the cards!”

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

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about how the Bible is like a map that shows us how to live the right way. Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the activity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the activity card where he/she thinks it looks best on the activity mat.
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 that teaches us something about the way God wants us to live!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JEREMIAH 29:12 & JONAH 1-4

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! Jeremiah 29:12 tells us that when we come to God and pray to Him, He will always listen. In our Bible story today, we’ll see how God listened to a man who prayed to him in the middle of some crazy situations!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 260-265 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Did God tell Jonah to go to Nineveh or to New York?” (Nineveh)
“Did God want the people in Nineveh to eat more vegetables or stop doing wrong things?” (stop doing wrong things)
“Did Jonah like the people in Nineveh?”(no)
“Did Jonah get on a ship going to Nineveh or away from Nineveh?”
(away from Nineveh)
“When the storm came, did the sailors ask Jonah to pray or to hide down in the boat?” (pray)
“After Jonah was thrown into the water, what swam by and swallowed him?” (a big fish)
“Did Jonah pray or sleep in the big fish’s belly?” (pray)
“How long was Jonah in the big fish’s belly?” (three days)
“How did Jonah get out of the big fish?” (It coughed him onto the sand.)
“When God asked Jonah again to go to Nineveh, did Jonah obey?” 
(yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Whether he was on a boat in the middle of a scary storm or sitting in a big fish’s belly, Jonah knew he could pray to God anytime. The Bible tells us we can pray to God anytime, too! What tells you which way to go?” (The Bible tells me which way to go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children, then 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 an excited voice, like you just got a new bike!”
“Say the verse really fast, like your bike is speeding down a big hill!”
“Say the verse in a wobbly voice, like a tire is wobbling on your trike!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
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: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “When we ride our bikes and trikes, we can be safe by putting on a helmet (touch your head), elbow pads (touch your elbows), knee pads (touch your knees), and shoes (touch your toes). I’m going to call out a piece of safety gear, and you’ll try to touch the part of you it protects, just like I did. Most of the time, I’ll call out, ‘elbow pads’ (touch your elbows), ‘knee pads’ (touch your knees), or ‘shoes’ (touch your toes). But when I call out, ‘helmets’ (touch your head), you’ll race to touch your head as fast as you can! The last person to touch their head will choose a friend to say the verse with!”
What you do: Call out random combinations of, ‘elbow pads,’ ‘knee pads,’ and ‘shoes,’ and lead children in touching the corresponding body parts for each. Occasionally call out, ‘helmet,’ and encourage the last child to touch their head to choose a friend to say the verse aloud with them.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
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

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: I Spy mats (12), mini magnifying glasses (12)
What you do: Give each child an I Spy mat and a mini magnifying glass.
What you say: “The Bible tells us we can talk to God anytime. Let’s play “I Spy” together and think about some things we might need to say to God at different times!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will follow your instructions to find pictures on their I Spy mats. When they’ve found one, they should put their magnifying glass over it. Once everyone has found the picture, read the prompt.
What you say:
“Find the alarm clock on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we wake up in the morning, we can say, ‘Good morning, God! Thank you for a great new day!’”
“Find the car on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we ride in the car, we can ask God to keep us safe!”
“Find the school building on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we go to preschool or daycare, we can thank God for our great teachers and friends!”
“Find the snack (juice box and granola bar) on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we eat a snack, we can say, ‘Thank you, God, for giving me yummy things to eat!’”
“Find the lightning on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we hear thunder and see lightning, we can ask God to help us be brave and thank Him for always being with us!”
“Find the kid with the boo-boo on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we get a boo-boo, we can thank God for grown-ups to help us and ask Him to help the boo-boo heal quickly!”
“Find the dinner plate on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we eat dinner, we can say, ‘Thank you, God, for the people who give me food to help me grow big and strong!’”
“Find the bed on your I Spy mat. (Pause for children to find it.) When we go to bed, we can ask God to help us fall asleep quickly!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “The Bible tells us we can talk to God anytime, about anything. I’m so thankful I can trust that what the Bible tells me is true! What tells you which way to go?” (The Bible tells me which way to go.)

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 the Bible tells me I can talk to God anytime.”

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: “If we can talk to God anytime, that means we can talk to God no matter where we are or what we’re doing. We can talk to God when we’re playing at the playground, when we’re learning at school, when we’re happy, when we’re sad —ANYTIME! When I call your name, tell me one time you can talk to God.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“This list is SO good! We really can talk to God anytime, anywhere, about anything. God is always listening! Let’s talk to God right now and thank Him for always listening to us when we talk to Him. Dear God, thank You that we can talk to You anytime, anywhere, about anything. Thank You that [child’s name] can talk to You when (read what is listed) and . . . (say 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, ‘The Bible tells me I can talk to God anytime.’ 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 the Bible tells us we can talk to God anytime!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Place four different cards at four different corners of the eGroup space.
What you say: “Each of you will choose one of our Quest playing cards to stand beside. I’m going to start turning over the other playing cards one at a time. If I turn over a card that matches one of the cards in the corners, everyone standing by the matching card will say the main point together. If it doesn’t match one of the cards in the corner, I’ll say the main point in a silly voice! Our main point is, ‘The Bible tells me I can talk to God anytime.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage all children to stand beside one of the four Quest playing cards in a corner of the eGroup space. Flip over a playing card from the remaining deck. If a card matching one of the corner cards is turned over, ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘The Bible tells me I can talk to God anytime.’) together. If the card does not match one of the corner cards, the eGroup Leader should say the main point in a silly voice. After the main point has been said, allow children to pick a different corner to stand in and continue to turn over Quest playing cards from the deck, repeating the process for saying the main point as long as time and interest allow.

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

 


Quest eGroup Week of June 9

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others
Bible Passage: John 13:34-35 ● 2 Kings 5:1-15
Memory Verse: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Psalm 25:4, NLT

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.

CATCH OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing cards in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.
What you say: “Let’s pretend you’re in a bike race with Ollie! If you want to win, your job is to catch Ollie and collect all the cards!”

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

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about how the Bible is like a map that shows us how to live the right way. Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the activity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the activity card where he/she thinks it looks best on the activity mat.
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 that teaches us something about the way God wants us to live!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JOHN 13:34-35 & 2 KINGS 5:1-15

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! In John 13:34-35, Jesus said we should love other people the same way He loves us. Since Jesus loves us a whole lot, if we want to love others the way He loves us, we should always be looking for ways to show love to other people. In our Bible story today, we’ll see how two people showed love to someone by helping him when he was very sick!”

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
 Naaman: NAY-men

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 212-217 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Who was the important army commander in the story?” (Naaman)
“What was the name of the disease that left painful sores all over Naaman’s body? Was it leprosy or chicken pox?” (leprosy)
“Did one of Naaman’s soldiers or his servant girl tell Naaman’s wife that Elisha could help Naaman?”(his servant girl)
“Who did the servant girl say Elisha would get help from?”(God)
“Did Elisha choose to help Naaman?” (yes)
“How many times did Elisha say Naaman should wash in the Jordan River if he wanted to be healed?” (seven)
“Did Naaman think washing in the river seven times was a great idea or a silly idea?” (a silly idea)
“Did Naaman’s servant tell him he should try washing seven times anyway, or did his servant say Naaman should go ask someone else for help?” (He told Naaman to try it anyway.)
“Did washing in the river seven times heal Naaman?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus said we should look for ways to show love to others. In our Bible story, no one asked the servant girl to help find someone to heal Naaman, but when she saw a way to help, she chose to share what she knew about Elisha. And no one made Elisha help Naaman, but Elisha chose to show love to Naaman by helping him get well. When we look for ways to love and help others, we’re following the instructions in the Bible! What tells you which way to go?” (The Bible tells me which way to go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children, then 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 an excited voice, like you just got a new bike!”
“Say the verse really fast, like your bike is speeding down a big hill!”
“Say the verse in a wobbly voice, like a tire is wobbling on your trike!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
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: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “When we ride our bikes and trikes, we can be safe by putting on a helmet (touch your head), elbow pads (touch your elbows), knee pads (touch your knees), and shoes (touch your toes). I’m going to call out a piece of safety gear, and you’ll try to touch the part of you it protects, just like I did. Most of the time, I’ll call out, ‘elbow pads’ (touch your elbows), ‘knee pads’ (touch your knees), or ‘shoes’ (touch your toes). But when I call out, ‘helmets’ (touch your head), you’ll race to touch your head as fast as you can! The last person to touch their head will choose a friend to say the verse with!”
What you do: Call out random combinations of, ‘elbow pads,’ ‘knee pads,’ and ‘shoes,’ and lead children in touching the corresponding body parts for each. Occasionally call out, ‘helmet,’ and encourage the last child to touch their head to choose a friend to say the verse aloud with them.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
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

HIDDEN HEARTS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mats (12), mini magnifying glasses (12)
What you do: Give each child an activity mat and a mini magnifying glass.
What you say: “The Bible tells us to look for ways to help others. When we help others, we show them love, just like Jesus tells us to in John 13:34-35. Let’s play a game together and think about some ways we can help others!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Tell children to look at the scene on their activity mats. Explain children will try to find the hearts hidden around the playground. When children find a heart, they should put their magnifying glass on top of it and then give themselves a big hug. Choose one of the children who found a heart to share where it is, then read the question for that heart (below) and encourage children to respond.

What you say: “If you see a heart, put your magnifying glass on it and give yourself a big hug!”

BRIDGE: “There’s a heart on the bridge! How can you help a friend who gets scared walking across the bridge?”
CLIMBING WALL: “There’s a heart on the climbing wall! How can you help a friend who doesn’t know how to climb a climbing wall?”
DINOSAUR: “There’s a heart on the dinosaur! How can you help a friend who falls off a toy at the playground and gets hurt?”
DOG: “There’s a heart on the dog! How can you help a friend whose dog gets lost at the park?”
WHEEL: “There’s a heart on the wheel of the ice cream cart! How can you help a friend who accidentally drops his ice cream on the ground?”
BALLOON: “There’s a heart on the balloon! How can you help a friend who is sad because her balloon popped?”
ALL HEARTS IN THE TREES/BUSHES (4 total): High-five a friend and say, “The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “The Bible tells us we should always look for ways to help others, whether we’re playing at the playground or whatever else we might be doing. I’m so thankful the Bible tells me the way God wants me to live! What tells you which way to go?” (The Bible tells me which way to go.)

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 the Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.”

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: “One of the ways we can love one another is by helping people. I want us to make a list of ways we can help people to show them we love them. We could give a hug, clean up, carry groceries, show a little brother or sister how to play, get help when someone is hurt — there are so many ways we can help people! When I call your name, tell me one way you can help people.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“This is a wonderful list! You will be great helpers if you do things like this, and people will feel very loved by you. Let’s talk to God and ask Him to help us look for ways we can help people so they will feel loved. Dear God, we want to love one another like the Bible tells us, because the Bible tells us which way to go! Help [child’s name] [action listed] and . . . (say each child’s name and what they listed). Help us to always look for ways to help others so people know how much You love them. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.’ 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 the Bible tells us to look for ways to help others!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Place four different cards at four different corners of the eGroup space.
What you say: “Each of you will choose one of our Quest playing cards to stand beside. I’m going to start turning over the other playing cards one at a time. If I turn over a card that matches one of the cards in the corners, everyone standing by the matching card will say the main point together. If it doesn’t match one of the cards in the corner, I’ll say the main point in a silly voice! Our main point is, ‘The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage all children to stand beside one of the four Quest playing cards in a corner of the eGroup space. Flip over a playing card from the remaining deck. If a card matching one of the corner cards is turned over, ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.’) together. If the card does not match one of the corner cards, the eGroup Leader should say the main point in a silly voice. After the main point has been said, allow children to pick a different corner to stand in and continue to turn over Quest playing cards from the deck, repeating the process for saying the main point as long as time and interest allow.

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

 

 


Quest eGroup Week of April 2

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible shows me the way.
Bible Passage: Psalm 119:105; Exodus 19:1-20:17
Memory Verse: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Psalm 25:4, NLT

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.

CATCH OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing cards in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.
What you say: “Let’s pretend you’re in a bike race with Ollie! If you want to win, your job is to catch Ollie and collect all the cards!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up in the middle of the group. The next child will do the same by placing the card from the top of their personal pile on top of the card in the center. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card on top of the center pile. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “catch” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who catches Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack.

A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)

As additional children are added to the eGroup, they can join the game by “catching” Ollie and collecting the cards that have accumulated underneath.

KID CONNECT

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about how the Bible is like a map that shows us how to live the right way. Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the activity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the activity card where he/she thinks it looks best on the activity mat.
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 that teaches us something about the way God wants us to live!”

BIBLE CONNECT

PSALM 119:105
EXODUS 19:1-20:17

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! Psalm 119:105 tells us the Bible is like a light that shines on our path, showing us the way to go. In our Bible story today, we’ll see how God gave His people rules a long time ago. These rules were written in the Bible, and they still help us know the right way to live today!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 117-120 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“At the beginning of the story, did God’s people walk and walk, or did they sleep and sleep?” (They walked and walked.)
“Did God’s people camp near a mountain or a lake?” (a mountain)
“Who went up the mountain?”(Moses)
“Who did Moses go up the mountain to listen to?”(God)
“What did God tell Moses He would give His people?” (His laws)
“Would God’s laws tell people the best way to live or the worst way to live?” (the best way)
“Did God tell the people they could worship anyone, or did God say they should only worship Him?” (They should only worship God.)
“Who did God say His people should love and obey?” (their parents)
“Did God say it was ok to take things from other people?” (no)
“Did God tell them to say only true words or to tell lies?” (true words)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God wanted to make sure His people knew the right way to live, so He gave them a set of rules to write down and keep with them. Those same rules are in the Bible today, and they still teach us the way God wants us to live. What tells you which way to go?” (The Bible tells me which way to go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

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 an excited voice, like you just got a new bike!”
“Say the verse really fast, like your bike is speeding down a big hill!”
“Say the verse in a wobbly voice, like a tire is wobbling on your trike!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
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!

FINISH THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “When we ride our bikes and trikes, we can be safe by putting on a helmet (touch your head), elbow pads (touch your elbows), knee pads (touch your knees), and shoes (touch your toes). I’m going to call out a piece of safety gear, and you’ll try to touch the part of you it protects, just like I did. Most of the time, I’ll call out, ‘elbow pads’ (touch your elbows), ‘knee pads’ (touch your knees), or ‘shoes’ (touch your toes). But when I call out, ‘helmets’ (touch your head), you’ll race to touch your head as fast as you can! The last person to touch their head will choose a friend to say the verse with!”

What you do: Call out random combinations of, ‘elbow pads,’ ‘knee pads,’ and ‘shoes,’ and lead children in touching the corresponding body parts for each. Occasionally call out, ‘helmet,’ and encourage the last child to touch their head to choose a friend to say the verse aloud with them.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

YOU CONNECT

WHICH WAY IS GOD’S WAY?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity pages (1 per child), M&Ms (1 pack per child)
What you do: Give each child an activity page and a pack of M&Ms.
What you say: “The Bible shows us the right way to live. Let’s see if you can know which way is God’s way to live!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will make their way through the maze by placing an M&M on the front tires of each bike along the correct path. Each time you come to a stop sign, pause and read one of the scenarios below, then follow the directions given to determine which way to go next. Continue placing M&Ms on the tires until you reach the next stop sign and repeat.
“Which way does the Bible say is God’s way?”
If the answer is, “by telling a lie,” follow the yellow arrow.
If the answer is, “by telling the truth,’” follow the orange arrow.
“Which way does the Bible say is God’s way?”
If the answer is, “by worshiping only God,” follow the orange arrow.
If the answer is, “by worshiping statues,” follow the yellow arrow.
“Which way does the Bible say is God’s way?”
If the answer is, “by obeying your parents,” follow the yellow arrow.
If the answer is, “by doing what you want to do instead of what your parents say,” follow the orange arrow.
“Which way does the Bible say is God’s way?”
If the answer is, “by hurting other people,” follow the yellow arrow.
If the answer is, “by treating others kindly,” follow the orange arrow.
“Which way does the Bible say is God’s way?”
If the answer is, “by being thankful for what you have,” follow the yellow arrow.
If the answer is, “by always wanting more than what you have,” follow the orange arrow.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job getting through the maze, friends! What tells you which way to go? (The Bible tells me which way to go.) That’s right! Now let’s pray before we enjoy our snack.
Dear God, thank You for giving us the Bible to show us the right way to go.
Thank You for our yummy snack and friends to enjoy it with. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Allow children to eat their snack, then clean up the eGroup space.

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 the Bible shows us the 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: “Today in our journal, I’m going to write, ‘The Bible tells _________ which way to go,’ and make a list of everyone’s names. Listen for your name as I read what I write. When you hear your name, raise your hand.” (Write the sentence, “The Bible tells __________ which way to go.” As you write each child’s name under the sentence say, “The Bible tells [child’s name] which way to go.”)
“Let’s pray and ask God to help us listen to what the Bible says so we will know the way to go. Dear God, thank You for the Bible. Thank You for loving us and teaching us the way to go. I pray You will help (name each child) understand and remember Your words and follow what You say. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘The Bible shows me the 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 the Bible shows us the way!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Place four different cards at four different corners of the eGroup space.
What you say: “Each of you will choose one of our Quest playing cards to stand beside. I’m going to start turning over the other playing cards one at a time. If I turn over a card that matches one of the cards in the corners, everyone standing by the matching card will say the main point together! Our main point is, ‘The Bible shows me the way.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage all children to stand beside one of the four Quest playing cards in a corner of the eGroup space. One at a time, flip over playing cards from the remaining deck until a card matching one of the corner cards is turned over. Ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘The Bible shows me the way.’) together. Allow children to pick a different corner to stand in, and continue to turn over Quest playing cards from the deck until another card matching a corner card is shown. Ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘The Bible shows me the way.’) together. Repeat as long as time and interest allow.

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”


Quest Large Group Week of April 2

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible shows me the way.
Bible Passage: Psalm 119:105; Exodus 19:1-20:17
Memory Verse: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Psalm 25:4, NLT

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 going to learn that, just like a map you can use on a trip, the Bible shows us the way wherever we go. Now, I want all of you to turn to a few neighbors and, in your best really confused voice, say, ‘Where are we going?’”

Engage the kids by asking, ‘Where are we going?’ to a few of them.

STORYTELLER: “Great job! In case you’re ever wondering where you need to go, I’ve got good news! The Bible tells us which way to go! When I say, ‘What tells you which way to go?’ you say, ‘The Bible tells me which way to go!’ Let’s practice! ‘What tells you which way to go?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “The Bible tells me which way to go!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! The Bible shows us which way to go. It can act like a compass, showing us which way we should turn when life gets hard. Right now, we’re going to sing a song thanking God for always showing us the way, wherever we go. Stand to your feet and let’s sing, ‘Show Me The Way!’”

SONG: “Show Me the Way”

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

SONG: “Take Care of Me”

Lead children in singing, “Take Care of Me,” with the hand motions.

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘What tells you which way to go?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “The Bible tells me which way to go!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! The Bible tells you which way to go! That’s why it’s so important for us to know what God’s word, the Bible, says. Let’s see what the Bible has to say in this month’s memory verse. Listen carefully, because I’ll say it, then you’ll repeat it after me:
‘Show me the right path (circle hands around eyes) O Lord; (point up with pointer fingers) point out the road (point down with pointer fingers) for me to follow.’ (march in place) Psalm 25:4” (open hands like a book)

STORYTELLER, THEN CHILDREN: “‘Show me the right path (circle hands around eyes) O Lord; (point up with pointer fingers) point out the road (point down with pointer fingers) for me to follow.’ (march in place) Psalm 25:4” (open hands like a book)
Repeat the memory verse two more times and have kids repeat it.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Let’s say it one more time, ‘What tells you which way to go?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “The Bible tells me which way to go!”

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

VIDEO: “BATR_LG_WK1”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Wow! The Bible tells us what to do and where to go. What a great book to follow! God gave us the Bible because He wants to show us the right way to go.”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘What tells you which way to go?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “The Bible tells me which way to go!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. Today we learned that the Bible can show you the way. Let’s bow our heads, close our eyes, and thank God for giving us the Bible.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for giving us the Bible and showing us which steps to take and where to go. 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 what it means when we say the Bible can show us the 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.”

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

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.

 


Quest eGroup Week of May 26

Work of Art

Main Point: God’s plan is always best
Bible Story: Joseph Forgives
Bible Passage: Genesis 42-45; Psalm 156:11
Memory Verse: “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever.” Psalm 33:11, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking what they have done today or what they are going to do.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page. Keep the coloring pages out to use in the next Kid Connect activity: Animal Art.

ANIMAL ART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring pages from previous activity (12), art cards (12), Quest animal game pieces (12)
What you do: Use the full set of coloring pages from the previous activity to create a three-by-four grid on the floor. Give each child a Quest animal game piece.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will compete to build the biggest Quest animal art collection. Each round, children will choose one piece of art they would like to collect and place their Quest animal game piece on the coloring page showing that piece of art. One art card will be turned over, and any children on the coloring page showing the same piece of art will stand and compete for the piece of art. The winner of the round will keep the art card. The child with the most art cards at the end wins!

Tell children to place their Quest animal game piece on the coloring page showing a piece of art they want to collect. Once all children have placed their Quest animal game pieces on a coloring page, turn over one art card. Instruct all children whose Quest animal game pieces are on the matching coloring page to stand and complete the challenge described on the art card. Give the art card to the child who wins the challenge.
Repeat for all remaining art cards. The child with the most art cards after all art cards have been used is the winner!

FOLLOW THE PLAN

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: “Let’s see how well you can follow my plans for our eGroup!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen carefully to a “plan” (a set of instructions) that gives three movements for children to complete. Children should follow the plan exactly as it is given. Once the whole eGroup has followed the plan, children will hear another plan, but they will have to keep trying to follow the same plan until every child has followed it correctly.
Read the first plan below and encourage children to complete the movements as directed. Watch the children carefully to make sure each child follows the instructions exactly. If any children did not complete the movements exactly as directed, repeat the plan and encourage children to try again.
Once all children have followed the plan, read the next one. Repeat until all plans have been completed.
What you say: “Listen very carefully so you can follow my plan!”
“Jump three times.”
“Pat your head four times.”
“Jump two times, then pat your head one time.”
“Touch your toes one time, then clap your hands two times.”
“Clap your hands three times, then pat your knees two times.”
“Pat your knees one time, then turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, then stomp your feet two times.”
“Stomp your feet one time, jump one time, and pat your head one time.”
“Pat your head one time, touch your toes one time, and clap your hands one time.”
“Clap your hands one time, pat your knees two times, and turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, stomp your feet two times, and jump three times.”
“Pat your head three times, clap two times, and turn around one time.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

PAINT YOUR ANSWER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about the very special plans that God has for each one of us. Before we get started, let’s take turns answering our question of the week to get to know each other better! Our question this week is: What would you rather build a sandcastle or a play-doh house?”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage the first child to say his/her name to the eGroup. Give the child the paintbrush and explain the child will give his/her answer to the question of the week by “painting” their answer in the air with the paintbrush. Allow other children to guess the child’s answer before moving on to the next child. Repeat for each child in the eGroup.
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 God’s plan for a special guy named Joseph!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JOSEPH FORGIVES
GENESIS 42-45; PSALM 16:11

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! These Bible story cards will tell us a true story from God’s book.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “In last week’s Bible story, Joseph was able to be part of God’s great plan when he helped save the Egyptian people. Joseph gave Pharaoh a plan that helped them save enough food to eat even after all their crops stopped growing. Let’s see what happens in Joseph’s story this week!”

What you do: Show and read the Bible story using the Bible story cards. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

“After the crops stopped growing, did the people of Egypt have lots of food or no food?” (lots of food)
“Did Joseph’s brothers have enough food?” (no)
“Where did his brothers go to get food?”(Egypt)
“Who did the brothers have to ask for food?”(Joseph)
“Did the brothers recognize Joseph?” (no)
“Did Joseph recognize his brothers?” (yes)
“Did Joseph choose to be mean to his brothers or to forgive them?” 
(He chose to forgive them.)
“Did Joseph make sure his brothers got plenty of food?” (yes)
“Who had a great plan for Joseph’s life?” (God)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God’s plan is always the best plan. It was the best plan for Joseph even when all that crazy stuff was happening. And God’s plan is the best plan for each one of us, too. He made us and LOVES us so much. Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God has a great plan for 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 quietly, like you’re standing in a big, fancy art gallery!”
“Say the verse in a sad voice, like someone who just knocked over a can of paint on their artwork!”
“Say the verse in an excited voice, like someone who won a prize for their art!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! God has awesome plans for 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.

FINISH THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the paintbrush in the middle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God has a great plan for us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen as you say the verse. Each time you say it, you will leave out one word, putting a finger over your mouth in place of the missing word. When you say, “Go,” children will race to grab the paintbrush. The child who grabs the paintbrush first will say the missing word.

Say, “The plans of the [put one finger over your mouth] stand firm forever. Psalm 33:11” Encourage children who know which word you left out to race to grab the paintbrush from the middle. Allow the child who gets the paintbrush to say the missing word. Return the paintbrush to the center of the circle and repeat four or five times, leaving out a different word each time.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! God has awesome plans for 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

THE BEST PLAN

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity pages (1 per child), crayons
What you do: Give each child an activity page and put the crayons where children can reach them easily.
What you say: “Do you ever think about what you want to do or where you want to go when you grow up? Let’s think about some of the great plans we have for our lives!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read the prompts below and encourage children to draw pictures on their activity pages as directed. Give children one to three minutes after each prompt to draw their pictures.

What you say:
“What are some of the jobs you could have when you grow up? (Encourage children to talk about different jobs — teacher, nurse, waiter, firefighter, etc.) In the box with the blue triangle (point to the blue triangle on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of job you want to have when you grow up.”
“What are some different types of homes people live in? (Encourage children to talk about different types of homes — house, apartment, farmhouse, etc.) In the box with the red circle (point to the red circle on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of home you want to have when you grow up.”
“What are some different types of pets people have? (Encourage children to talk about different types of pets — dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, etc.) In the box with the orange square (point to the orange square on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of pet you want to have when you grow up.”
“What are some different types of vehicles people get around in? (Encourage children to talk about different types of vehicles — cars, trucks, trains, planes, boats, etc.) In the box with the green star (point to the green star on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of vehicle you want to have when you grow up.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “You all have some pretty great plans for what you want your life to look like one day! There’s nothing wrong with making plans, but it’s important for us to remember that no matter what, God’s plan is always best. And God has a great plan for each of you! Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for 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’s plan is always best.”

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 you drew pictures that show some of the great plans you have for your life. I want each of you to tell us one of the things you drew today, whether it’s the job, the home, the pet, or the vehicle you hope to have one day!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.) “These are some super great plans! It would be really great if they happened. But guess what? As awesome as these plans are, God’s plans are even better. It’s true! No matter how good we think our plans are, God’s plans are always the very best.”
“Let’s pray and thank God that His plans for us are best. Dear God, sometimes we think we know what the best plans are. It would be so great if things like (read the list the children made) happened. But help us remember that no matter how good we think our plans are, Your plans are always best. Help us to trust Your plan and stick with it, even when it’s hard. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘God’s plan is always best.’ 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’s plan for us is always best!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

ARTISTIC REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: whiteboard (1), dry erase marker (1)
What you say: “I’m going to draw something from our Bible story. When you think you know what it is, I want you to jump up, point to your head, and say, ‘I know your plan!’ If you guess correctly, you can choose a silly voice for us to practice our main point in! Our main point is, ‘God’s plan is always best.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Sit and hold the whiteboard in a position where all children can see as you draw. Using the dry erase marker, draw one of the objects from the Bible story listed below. Encourage children to jump up, point to their heads, and say, “I know your plan,” when they know what you’re drawing. Allow the first child who guesses correctly to choose a silly voice (robot voice, underwater voice, squeaky voice, opera voice, etc.), then lead the eGroup in saying the main point (God’s plan is always best.) in the silly voice. Repeat for the remaining Bible story objects.
coat
jail
food
brothers
clothes
home

DISMISSAL

FOLLOW THE PLAN

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: “Let’s see how well you can follow my plans for our eGroup!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen carefully to a “plan” (a set of instructions) that gives three movements for children to complete. Children should follow the plan exactly as it is given. Once the whole eGroup has followed the plan, children will hear another plan, but they will have to keep trying to follow the same plan until every child has followed it correctly.
Read the first plan below and encourage children to complete the movements as directed. Watch the children carefully to make sure each child follows the instructions exactly. If any children did not complete the movements exactly as directed, repeat the plan and encourage children to try again.
Once all children have followed the plan, read the next one. Repeat until all plans have been completed.
What you say: “Listen very carefully so you can follow my plan!”
“Jump three times.”
“Pat your head four times.”
“Jump two times, then pat your head one time.”
“Touch your toes one time, then clap your hands two times.”
“Clap your hands three times, then pat your knees two times.”
“Pat your knees one time, then turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, then stomp your feet two times.”
“Stomp your feet one time, jump one time, and pat your head one time.”
“Pat your head one time, touch your toes one time, and clap your hands one time.”
“Clap your hands one time, pat your knees two times, and turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, stomp your feet two times, and jump three times.”
“Pat your head three times, clap two times, and turn around one time.”