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Quest eGroup :: Week of August 19

Wonderful World

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

Kid Connect

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page key

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant and wonderful picture!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

ROLL-A-CREATURE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

Get To Know You

CREATION FAVORITES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

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

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

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

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

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

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

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about God’s wonderful creation!”

Bible Connect

ANIMALS

GENESIS 1:20-25

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers

What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 16-21 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

VERSE RHYTHM

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball, memory verse cards

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

I SPY: ANIMALS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

You Connect

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned God made the animals, and they are wonderful. Let’s think about the wonderful animals God made!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.

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

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

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

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

Today’s main point card says, ‘God made the animals, and they are wonderful.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned God made the animals, and they are wonderful!”

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

WONDERFUL THINGS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

Dismissal

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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


Quest eGroup :: Week of August 12

Wonderful World

Main Point: God made the water and sky, and they are wonderful.
Bible Story: Water and Sky | Genesis 1:6-10, 14-19
Memory Verse: You have done (point up) great (wave with left hand) and wonderful (wave with right hand) things.” (clap hands together) 2 Samuel 7:23, NIrV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page key

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant and wonderful picture!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

ROLL-A-CREATURE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

Get To Know You

CREATION FAVORITES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Pass the ball around the circle. As each child holds the ball, give them a turn to introduce themselves by saying their name and answering the special Creation Question of the Week: “Would you rather have the power to breathe underwater or fly high in the sky?”

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

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

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

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

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

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

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

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about God’s wonderful creation!”

Bible Connect

WATER AND SKY

GENESIS 1:6-10, 14-19

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers

What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 10-15 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.

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

  1. “In the beginning, were there any flowers, trees, animals, or people?” (no)
  2. “Who was there in the beginning?” (God)
  3. “Did God make the sky?”(yes)
  4. “What did God make to float in the sky?” (clouds)
  5. “Did God put all the water in one place or did He put some here and some there?” (He put some here and some there.)
  6. “Did God make the rivers and lakes?” (yes)
  7. “What did God make to keep the waters apart?” (land)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! I am so glad God made the water and the sky. God made everything WONDERFUL! Who made everything wonderful?” (God made everything wonderful.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

VERSE RHYTHM

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball, memory verse cards

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

You Connect

I SPY: WATER AND SKY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

What you say: “When we look at this picture we can see so many wonderful things God made for us to use and enjoy!”

  • “Who can find the ocean? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Oceans are wonderful because we can swim in them and find lots of cool creatures in them!”
  • “Who can find the river? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Rivers are wonderful because you can ride canoes or rafts on them and they have lots of fish!”
  • “Who can find the sun? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) The sun is wonderful because it gives us light in the day and heat to keep us warm!”
  • “Who can find the moon? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) The moon is wonderful because it’s beautiful and it gives us light at night!”
  • “Who can find a star? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) The stars are wonderful because they can create cool shapes called ‘constellations’ in the sky!”
  • “Who can find a cloud? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Clouds are wonderful because they make fun shapes and they can shade us from the sun’s heat!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I’m so thankful God made the sun, moon, and stars to give us light, and I’m glad He made the water to swim in, drink, and enjoy! Everything He made is wonderful! Who made everything wonderful?” (God made everything wonderful.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned God made the water and sky, and they are wonderful. Let’s think about the wonderful water and sky God made!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.

What you say: “Today we’re going to make a list of some of our favorite kinds of water or favorite kinds of sky. Maybe you like ocean water, or drinking water, or frozen water, which is SNOW! Maybe you like a sunny sky, or lots of fluffy clouds in the sky, or a gray-about-to-rain kind of sky. Whatever your favorite water or sky is, when I say your name, tell me what it is and I’ll write it in our journal. When we pray we can use our list to thank God for making so many great and WONDERFUL things!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for making the sky and water. They are both great and WONDERFUL things! (Name each child) and I want to thank You for making (read the list the children made). Help us think about how wonderful You are every time we look at the world around us. 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 made the water and sky, and they are wonderful.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned God made the water and sky, and they are wonderful!”

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

WONDERFUL THINGS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

Tell children since many of them are preparing to go to kindergarten or preschool and we want to celebrate the start of the new school year with them, as they leave today each child will get a new Quest lunch box! Explain we will also be giving them a set of SUPER cool lunch notes during our Super Kids series next month. Parents can put these notes in their child’s lunch box to encourage their child and remind them of the super things God created them to do!

Dismissal

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY

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

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


Quest eGroup :: Week of July 29

Kids Rock

Main Point: I can do brave things.
Bible Story: David and Goliath  1Samuel 17:1-50
Memory Verse: “God made (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10, NCV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page key
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant picture that totally rocks!
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: Encourage children to help you as you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Keep the large picture assembled as it will be used in the next activity.

I SPY
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity
What you say: “Wow! Our Quest animals rock! There are some smaller things hidden in our big picture. Let’s see if you can find them all!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain each child will have a turn to find a hidden object and show the rest of the group where it can be found. When there is more than one of the same object, a child should point out just one of them and then let another child have a turn. Continue until all objects have been found.
What you say: “All right, let’s see if you can find…”
“One whistle!”
“Two rescue floats!”
“Three pairs of goggles!”
“Four towels!”
“Five sunscreen bottles!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Set the coloring pages aside until the end of the worship experience. Children may take home the part of the picture they colored. Any leftover pages should be discarded.

 

LET’S ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child)
What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.
What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.
At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

 

Get To Know You

WHO’S IN OUR BAND?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: instrument cards (set of 12), microphone (1)
What you do: Spread the instrument cards around the center of the eGroup with the instruments facing up.
What you say: “This summer we’ve been learning about kids in the Bible who rock because they obeyed God and did great things! Before we learn more about these great kids and how we can rock too, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that children will introduce themselves to the band by speaking into the band’s special microphone. After each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the instrument cards and answer the question on the back. Continue until all children have been introduced and have answered a question.
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 a kid who really rocked!”

 

Bible Activity

DAVID AND GOLIATH

1 SAMUEL 17:1-50
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 171-176 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Were the Israelites fighting against the Philistines or were they friends with the Philistines?” (They were fighting against the Philistines.)
“Who was the biggest Philistine?”(Goliath)
“Did any of the Israelite soldiers want to fight Goliath?”(no)
“What was David bringing to his brothers in the Israelite army?” (food)
“When David heard Goliath, was he afraid or brave?” (brave)
“Who did David say would help him fight Goliath?” (God)
“What did David use to fight Goliath?” (a slingshot and rocks)
“Did David beat Goliath?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Kids rock, because God made you to do brave things. We can be brave just like David, because we know that God is with us. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

 

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”
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 deep voice, like a bass guitar!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like a flute”
“Say the verse in a loud voice, like a big drum!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”
What you do: Explain this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

VERSE RHYTHM
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Lead children in saying the verse slowly while doing the following action:
Pat your knees as you say each word.
Alternate patting your knees and clapping your hands as you say each word.
Alternate patting your knees, clapping your hands, and tapping your shoulders as you say each word.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”
What you do: Explain this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse 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

BE BRAVE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “It’s normal to start feeling nervous or afraid sometimes, but when we feel that way we can choose to remember that God made us to be brave and even kids can do brave things! Let’s think about some situations where we can practice being brave.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read each of the scenarios below. Encourage children to pat their knees if they know how they could be brave in that scenario. Choose a child to stand up and act out how they would be brave in that scenario.
What you say: “If you think you know how you could be brave in this scenario, pat your knees! I’ll choose someone to show us how they would be brave”
“It’s your first day at a new school, and you don’t know anybody yet.”
“You’re taking swim lessons, but you don’t want to put your face in the water.”
“It’s time to go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned.”
“You fell and hurt your arm, so you have to go to the emergency room.”
“You hear a weird noise in your bedroom while you’re trying to fall asleep.”
“You climbed all the way to the top of the slide, but it’s higher than you thought and you’re afraid to slide down.”
“You go over to play at your neighbor’s house, but his big dog starts barking at you.”
“You stop to look at some candy in the grocery store, then when you turn around your can’t see your mom anymore.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! You gave some great examples of ways you can be brave even when you might feel nervous or afraid. I hope you will remember that you can do brave things just like David did, because God is with you. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can do brave things. David was just a kid in our story today, but that didn’t stop David from being brave and doing what God wanted Him to do! David walked right out to battle Goliath and he totally rocked!”

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: “David did brave things, even though he was a kid. Sometimes you will need to do brave things, too, like going to the doctor, making new friends, or sleeping with the light off. Today we’re going to make a list of brave things we need to do and when we pray we can ask God to help us do them. When I say your name, tell me one brave thing you can do.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for loving us the way You do. Thank You for making [name each child]. They rock! I pray each of them will grow up loving You and doing what You want them to do, even when it’s hard and they need to be brave. Help them to do brave things like [read the list] and all the other good things You made them to do. 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, ‘I can do brave 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 we can do brave things!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

LET’S ROCK THE MAIN POINT!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child), microphone (1)
What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.
What you say: “It’s time for us to practice playing our rock band instruments again while we practice our main point for today! Let’s review our instruments one more time. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will stand and say the main point (“I can do brave things.”) into the microphone.
Begin calling out instruments slowly at first. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch out for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to stand and say the main point into the microphone. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.


Quest eGroups Week of July 15

KIDS ROCK

MAIN POINT: I can do what’s right.

BIBLE STORY: Young King Josiah 2 Chronicles 34

MEMORY VERSE:“God made (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up)

Ephesians 2:10, NCV (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page

key

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant picture that totally rocks!

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: Encourage children to help you as you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Keep the large picture assembled as it will be used in the next activity.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity

What you say: “Wow! Our Quest animals rock! There are some smaller things hidden in our big picture. Let’s see if you can find them all!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain each child will have a turn to find a hidden object and show the rest of the group where it can be found. When there is more than one of the same object, a child should point out just one of them and then let another child have a turn. Continue until all objects have been found.

What you say: “All right, let’s see if you can find…” • “One cookie!”
• “Two trash cans!”
• “Three balloons!”

• “Four drink cups!”
• “Five shopping bags!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Set the coloring pages aside until the end of the worship experience. Children may take home the part of the picture they colored. Any leftover pages should be discarded.

LET’S ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child) What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.

At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

KID CONNECT

LET’S ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child) What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.

At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

GET TO KNOW YOU

WHO’S IN OUR BAND?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: instrument cards (set of 12), microphone (1)

What you do: Spread the instrument cards around the center of the eGroup with the instruments facing up.

What you say: “This summer we’re learning about kids in the Bible who rock because they obeyed God and did great things! Before we learn more about these great kids and how we can rock too, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that children will introduce themselves to the band by speaking into the band’s special microphone. After each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the instrument cards and answer the question on the back. Continue until all children have been introduced and have answered a question.

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 a kid who really rocked!”

BIBLE CONNECT

YOUNG KING JOSIAH 2 CHRONICLES 34

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 222-225 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!” 1. “How old was Josiah when he became king?” (eight years old)
2. “When Josiah became king, were God’s people obeying God?”(no) 3. “What did King Josiah tell his workers they needed to clean?”(God’s

Temple)
4. “What did they find when they cleaned the Temple?” (a scroll of God’s

Word)

5. “Who sent out the order for everyone to come hear God’s Word so they could obey it?” (King Josiah)

6. “Did King Josiah read all of God’s Word to the people, or just his favorite parts?” (He read it all.)

7. “Were God’s people happy King Josiah taught them how to obey God?” (yes)

8. “How did God’s people celebrate knowing the right things to do?” (They sang and worshiped God.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Josiah was only eight years old when he became king, but he still chose to obey God and do the right thing. Why? Because KIDS ROCK! You rock because God made you to do the right thing, too. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

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 deep voice, like a bass guitar!”
  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like a flute”
  • “Say the verse in a loud voice, like a big drum!”AFTER THE ACTIVITY
    What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us

    to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

    What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

    VERSE RHYTHM

    BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
    What you need: memory verse cards

    What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

    DURING THE ACTIVITY
    What you do: Lead children in saying the verse slowly while doing the following action:

    • Pat your knees as you say each word.
    • Alternate patting your knees and clapping your hands as you say each word.
    • Alternate patting your knees, clapping your hands, and tapping your shoulders

    as you say each word.

    AFTER THE ACTIVITY
    What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us

    to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

    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

RIGHT OR WRONG?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: echo microphone (from Get to Know You activity)

What you say: “Even when you’re a kid, you can choose to do what’s right, and that ROCKS! Let’s think about some choices you could make and see if you know which are right and which are wrong.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Tell children if you read a right choice, they should stand and pretend to play their favorite rock instrument. If you read a wrong choice, they should stay seated and freeze with one finger over their mouth. For each example, choose the child who does the best job pretending to play or sitting still to say the main point (“I can do what’s right.”) into the echo microphone.

What you say: “Listen carefully to each of these choices! If it’s a right choice, stand up and pretend to play your favorite rock instrument. If it’s a wrong choice, sit still like a statue with one finger over your mouth so you’re extra still and quiet!”

  • “Brushing your teeth every day”(right)
  • “Playing nicely with your friends” (right)
  • “Sneaking a piece of candy after your mom said you couldn’t have anybefore dinner” (wrong)
  • “Putting your toys away when you’re done playing” (right)
  • “Screaming at someone when you’re mad” (wrong)
  • “Saying you’re sorry when you’ve done something wrong” (right)
  • “Lying to your mom” (wrong)
  • “Pushing someone off the swing when you’re ready for a turn” (wrong)
  • “Helping your brother or sister find a lost toy” (right)
  • “Telling someone they did a good job when they win a game, even if youlost” (right) AFTER THE ACTIVITY

    What you say: “Great job, friends! You really know the difference between a right choice and a wrong choice! You can make the choice to do the right thing every time, because you ROCK! Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

KEY QUESTION

Who can do what God wants you to do?
(I can do what God wants me to do.)

MAIN POINT

I can do what’s right.

BIBLE STORY

Young King Josiah 2 Chronicles 34

MEMORY VERSE

“God made (point both hands up)

us to do

(point to yourself)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse

poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can do what’s right, just like when Josiah read what God said and then did it. Knowing what God said in His Word helped Josiah and his people do what’s right!”

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: “ Everything God tells us to do in the Bible is the right thing. Let’s make a list of things God tells us to do, then when we pray we can ask God to help us do them! When I say your name, tell me one thing God tells us to do and I’ll write it in our prayer journal.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for giving us the Bible so we know what’s right. I pray that (name each child) will learn to listen to what You say and then do it. Give them courage to be who You made them to be and to do what’s right. Thank you for another day with these kids who rock. 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, ‘I can do what’s right.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

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

LET’S ROCK THE MAIN POINT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child), microphone (1) What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “It’s time for us to practice playing our rock band instruments again while we practice our main point for today! Let’s review our instruments one more time. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will stand and say the main point (“I can do what’s right.”) into the microphone.

Begin calling out instruments slowly at first. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch out for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to stand and say the main point into the microphone. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

DISMISSAL

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: giant coloring page set (from Kid Connect activities),

microphone (1)

What you do: Encourage children to help you arrange the pages from the giant coloring page set to form one large picture. Explain you will describe objects in the picture for children to find. When children find the picture you’re describing, they should stand and say the main point (“I can do what’s right.”) into the microphone.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Describe characteristics of the objects listed below by saying, “I spy something ________.” Fill in the blank with any words that could describe the object, such as its color, size, what it’s near, or what it’s used for.

-police badge

-CD

-Purple Parrot

-ice cube

-straw

-guitar

-Teal Tiger

-wheel


Quest eGroup Week of July 8

KIDS ROCK

Main Point: I can protect other.
Bible Story: Miriam. Exodus 1:22-2:10
Memory Verse: “God made (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10, NCV (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page

key

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant picture that totally rocks!

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: Encourage children to help you as you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Keep the large picture assembled as it will be used in the next activity.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity

What you say: “Wow! Our Quest animals rock! There are some smaller things hidden in our big picture. Let’s see if you can find them all!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain each child will have a turn to find a hidden object and show the rest of the group where it can be found. When there is more than one of the same object, a child should point out just one of them and then let another child have a turn. Continue until all objects have been found.

What you say: “All right, let’s see if you can find…” • “One kite!”

• “Two benches!”
• “Three water bottles!” • “Four clouds!”
• “Five flowers!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Set the coloring pages aside until the end of the worship experience. Children may take home the part of the picture they colored. Any leftover pages should be discarded.

KID CONNECT

LET’S ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child) What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.

At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

GET TO KNOW YOU

WHO’S IN OUR BAND?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: instrument cards (set of 12), microphone (1)

What you do: Spread the instrument cards around the center of the eGroup with the instruments facing up.

What you say: “This summer we’re learning about kids in the Bible who rock because they obeyed God and did great things! Before we learn more about these great kids and how we can rock too, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that children will introduce themselves to the band by speaking into the band’s special microphone. After each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the instrument cards and answer the question on the back. Continue until all children have been introduced and have answered a question.

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 a kid who really rocked!”

BIBLE CONNECT

MIRIAM
EXODUS 1:22-2:10

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 96-101 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
1. “Who did the mean king want to get rid of?” (all the boy babies)
2. “One mom decided to save her baby. What was the baby’s name?”(Moses) 3. “What did Moses’ mom put him in?” (a basket)
4. “Where did she put the basket?” (in the river)
5. “Who stayed by the river to watch over baby Moses?” (his sister Miriam)
6. “Who found Moses’ basket in the river?” (the princess)
7. “Who was brave and offered to find someone to help the princess care for

the baby?” (Miriam)
8. “Who did Miriam get to care for the baby?” (their mom)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Miriam watched over her brother in the water and then made sure her mom was the one to help the princess care for baby Moses. God wanted Miriam to protect Moses and she did! God wants us to protect others, too. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

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 deep voice, like a bass guitar!”
  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like a flute”
  • “Say the verse in a loud voice, like a big drum!”AFTER THE ACTIVITY
    What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us

    to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

    What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

    VERSE RHYTHM

    BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
    What you need: memory verse cards

    What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

    DURING THE ACTIVITY
    What you do: Lead children in saying the verse slowly while doing the following action:

    • Pat your knees as you say each word.
    • Alternate patting your knees and clapping your hands as you say each word.
    • Alternate patting your knees, clapping your hands, and tapping your shoulders

    as you say each word.

    AFTER THE ACTIVITY
    What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us

    to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

    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

WHO CAN I PROTECT?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity cards (6)

What you say: “Even when you’re a kid, you can still protect others, and that ROCKS! Let’s think about some ways you can protect others.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Spread the activity cards across the center of the eGroup with the pictures facing up. Read the “Who am I?” prompts below and encourage children to choose the appropriate person or animal from the pictures shown on the cards. Read the back of the card and encourage children to respond.

What you say: “Listen carefully as I describe who you can protect! When I say, ‘Who am I?’ give me a thumbs up if you know who it is!”

  • “I am a grown-up. I love to help children learn new things. I work in a school. Who am I?” (teacher)
  • “I am an animal. I have fur. I like to play and give people big sloppy kisses. Who am I?” (dog)
  • “I am probably close to the same age as you. I like to spend time with you. We like doing a lot of the same things. Who am I?” (friend)
  • “I am part of your family. I could be older than you or younger than you. Even if we argue, I still love you! Who am I?” (brother or sister)
  • “I am an animal. I have wings and feathers. I sing beautiful songs. Who am I?” (bird)
  • “I am a grown-up. I am part of your family. My job is to keep you safe and help you learn to do right things. Who am I?” (mom)AFTER THE ACTIVITY

    What you say: “You’re never too young to protect others, and when you protect others the way God wants you to, you ROCK! Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse

poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can protect others, just like Miriam protected her brother. Let’s think about some people in our families we can protect.”

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: “Let’s make a list of the people in our family. When we pray we can use our list to ask God to help us protect and do good things for our family, just like Miriam did. When I say your name, tell me one person in your family to write in our prayer journal.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for giving us our families. We want to do what You want us to do and take care of our families. Please help [child’s name] protect [person’s name the child listed] and . . . (repeat for each child). God, thank You for each child here today. They rock because they want to do what You want them to do. 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, ‘I can protect 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 we can protect others!”

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

LET’S ROCK THE MAIN POINT!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child), microphone (1) What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “It’s time for us to practice playing our rock band instruments again while we practice our main point for today! Let’s review our instruments one more time. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will stand and say the main point (“I can protect others.”) into the microphone.

Begin calling out instruments slowly at first. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch out for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to stand and say the main point into the microphone. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

DISMISSAL

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: giant coloring page set (from Kid Connect activities),

microphone (1)

What you do: Encourage children to help you arrange the pages from the giant coloring page set to form one large picture. Explain you will describe objects in the picture for children to find. When children find the picture you’re describing, they should stand and say the main point (“I can protect others.”) into the microphone.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Describe characteristics of the objects listed below by saying, “I spy something ________.” Fill in the blank with any words that could describe the object, such as its color, size, what it’s near, or what it’s used for.

  • swing
  • Pink Pig
  • slide
  • butterfly
  • drum
  • Silver Squirrel
  • tree
  • gazebo