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Quest eGroups Week of July 1

Kids Rock

Main Point: I can do things God’s way.
Bible Story: Daniel. Daniel 1.
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 inner tube!”
“Two swim floaties!”
“Three pool noodles!”
“Four pairs of goggles!”
“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’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:
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 CONNECT

DANIEL
DANIEL 1

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 240-243 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!”
“Where did Daniel and his three friends have to go?” (Babylon)
“Who were Daniel and his friends going to work for in Babylon?” (the king)
“Did God want His people to eat the kind of food the king ate?”(no)
“Did Daniel and his friends want to obey God or the king?” (God)
“What did Daniel ask the guard if he and his friends could eat instead of the king’s food?” (vegetables and water)
“After 10 days of only vegetables and water, did Daniel and his friends look strong and healthy or weak and hungry?” (strong and healthy)
“Did the guard let Daniel and his friends keep eating that way?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Daniel and his friends wanted to eat things that made God happy. They did things God’s way. And you can too! You rock, because God made you to do things His way, just like Daniel. 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

LINE TANGLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: activity pages (1 per child), crayons
What you say: “God wants us to do things His way by making right choices. Let’s see if you can figure out when someone’s making right choices and doing things God’s way!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give each child an activity page and place the crayons in the center of the eGroup. Read the prompts below and encourage children to respond, then be ready to assist children as needed as they trace the lines with the crayons.
What you say: “There are five pictures on your page. Let’s look at them together and decide if the children are making good choices or bad choices. After we guess if it’s a good choice or bad choice, we’ll trace the line to find out if we’re right. All the good choices will end up at the smiley face!”
“The first one (point) is a little boy sweeping the floor. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a good choice. God likes it when we help.”
“The second picture (point) shows a child who is angry and yelling. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a bad choice. God wants us to speak kindly to others, even when we’re upset.”
“The third one (point) is a little girl sharing a toy. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a good choice. God likes it when we share with others.”
“The next picture (point) shows children praying. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a good choice. God loves it when we talk to Him.”
“The last picture (point) is two children fighting over a toy. Is that a good choice or a bad choice? (Allow children to respond.) Let’s trace the line to see if we’re right! (Help children trace as needed.) Yes! That is a bad choice. God wants us to show love to others.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “You’re never too young to start doing things God’s way, and when you do things 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 do things God’s way. We can do things God’s way by making good choices. Let’s think about some good choices we can make.”

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: “Daniel made the choice to do things God’s way by eating the kinds of food God wanted His people to eat. When we do things God’s way, that’s always the right choice! Let’s make a list of good choices we can make. When we pray, we can use our list to ask God to help us make good choices. When I say your name, tell me one good thing you can 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, we want to do things Your way. We know that means doing good things. Will You please help me and (name each child) make good choices like (read the list the children made)? You are awesome, God, and 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 things God’s way.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”
VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

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

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 things God’s way.”) 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 things God’s way.”) 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.
chair
Red Rabbit
diving board
tree
pool noodle
guitar
Teal Tiger
inner tube


Quest eGroup Week of June 17

KIDS ROCK

Main Point: I can listen to God.
Bible Story: Samuel. 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19
Memory Verse: God made us to do good works. Ephesians 2:10 NCV

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 balloon!”
  • “Two jump ropes!”
  • “Three acorns!”
  • “Four balls!”
  • “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

LETS 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

SAMUEL

1 SAMUEL 3:1-10, 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 159-163 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 Samuel heard a voice in the night, what did it say?” (“Samuel!”)
  2. “Who did Samuel think was calling his name?” (Eli)
  3. “Was Eli calling Samuel’s name?”(no)
  4. “Did Samuel hear the voice calling his name again, or did it stop?” (He heard it again.)
  5. “If Samuel heard the voice again, Eli told Samuel to say, ‘Speak, Lord. I’m ________.’” (listening)
  6. “Who was calling Samuel’s name?” (God)
  7. “Did Samuel listen to God?” (yes)
  8. “Did Samuel obey God?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You know what? You rock, because God made you to listen to Him. We can listen to God just like Samuel listened to God. Tell me: Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.) “That’s right, friends. You can listen to God, and that makes you ROCK!”

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “This month 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: “This month 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

WAKE UP AND LISTEN

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “Samuel rocked because he listened to God. We can listen to God, too! God may not speak out loud to us like He did to Samuel, but there are still lots of ways we can hear Him if we teach our ears to listen. Let’s think about some ways we can listen to God!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read the statements below and encourage children to stand up and stretch if you describe a way to listen to God or lie down and pretend to sleep if you describe something that is not a way to listen to God. Encourage children to return to a seated position between statements.

What you say: “Listen carefully friends! I’m going to read some things you could choose to do. If it’s a way to listen to God, stand up and stre-e-e-tch like you just woke up. If it’s not a way to listen to God, like down and pretend to go to sleep.”

  • “You could read your Bible.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could watch your favorite TV show.” (Children should lie down and pretend to sleep.)
  • “You could listen to worship music.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could pray before you go to bed.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could eat lots of cookies.” (Children should lie down and pretend to sleep.)
  • “You could listen to people who know a lot about God.” (Children should stand and stretch.)
  • “You could play a guitar.” (Children should lie down and pretend to sleep.)
  • “You could come to church every week.” (Children should stand and stretch.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Even if we don’t hear God speaking out loud to us, there are lots of ways we can teach ourselves to listen to what He has to say! When we listen to God, we can do the things He wants us to do. 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 listen to God. Let’s think about some places we can listen to God.”

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 had important things to say to Samuel even though Samuel was still a kid. Samuel listened to God and did what God wanted him to do. That’s why Samuel rocked! God wants you to listen to Him, too. He has important things to say to you. Let’s make a list of places where we spend lots of time, like our bedroom, outside, church, or anywhere! When we pray we can use our list and ask God to help us listen to Him no matter where we go. When I say your name, tell me one place 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, I think it is so wonderful that You have important things to say to all of us—even kids! I pray that my friends will grow up listening to You, like Samuel did, so they will know what You want them to. Help them when they are at (name the places listed) and everywhere else they go to always listen to You. 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 listen to God.’ 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 listen to God!”

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 listen to God.”) 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 listen to God.”) 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.

  • tree
  • stairs
  • Silver Squirrel
  • guitar
  • grass
  • catcher’s mitt
  • Red Rabbit
  • bush

Quest eGroup Week of June 10

Kids Rock

Main Point: I can tell others about God
Bible Story: Jesus Teaches at The Temple Luke 2:41-50
Memory Verse: God made us to do good works. Ephesians 2:10, NCV

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 sandcastle!”
“Two beach balls!”
“Three buckets!”
“Four shovels!”
“Five seashells!”
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:
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 CONNECT

JESUS TEACHES AT THE TEMPLE

LUKE 2:41-50
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 294-299 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!”
“How old was Jesus when his family traveled to Jerusalem?” (12)
“Who did Jesus and His family worship and pray to in the Temple?” (God)
“When Jesus’ family was walking back home, they realized someone was missing! Who was it?”(Jesus)
“How many days did Mary and Joseph search Jerusalem for Jesus?” (three)
“Where did they finally find Jesus?” (in the Temple)
“Who was Jesus talking to?” (the Temple leaders)
“Were the Temple leaders listening to what Jesus said?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus may have only been 12 years old, but He was teaching the Temple leaders about God! He was there teaching the experts at the Temple because that’s what God wanted Him to do. And you know what else? You rock because God made you to tell others about God, too. That is something you can do that God wants you to do! 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: no supplies
What you say: “This month 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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

VERSE RHYTHM

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month 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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

YOU CONNECT

KIDS CAN TELL

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “In our Bible story today, Jesus was telling people about God even though He was just a kid. We don’t have to wait until we’re bigger either; we can start telling people about God right now! Let’s think about some ways we can tell others about God.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Act out the charades scenarios described below and encourage children to pretend to play their favorite instrument when they know what you’re acting out.
What you say: “I’m going to act out some ways we can tell people about God. When you know what I’m acting out, pretend to play your favorite instrument!”
(Pretend to share a Bible story with someone. Continue acting until a child guesses the action correctly.) “Great job! Friends, if you think you can tell someone a Bible story you’ve learned, pat your knees like you’re playing a drum!” (Lead children in patting their knees.)
(Pretend to say your memory verse to someone by doing the actions and mouthing the words. Continue acting until a child guesses the action correctly.) “Great job! Friends, if you think you can share your memory verse with someone, pretend to hold a microphone and say the memory verse with me!” (Lead children in saying the memory verse. The memory verse is in the sidebar if needed.)
(Pretend to pray with someone. Continue acting until a child guesses the action correctly.) “Great job! Friends, if you think you can pray with someone who needs God’s help, clap your hands!” (Lead children in clapping their hands.)
(Pretend to play with a toy and then share it with someone. Continue acting until a child guesses the action correctly.) “Great job! Friends, if you think you can do kind things for others like sharing, stand up and show off your favorite dance move!” (Lead children in dancing.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Sharing Bible stories, saying your memory verse, praying with people, and doing kind things are all ways we can teach others about God! God wants us to tell others about Him. 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 tell others about God. Let’s think about some people we can tell.”

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 wanted Jesus to tell people about Him. Jesus was still just a kid, but that didn’t stop Him! Jesus did what God wanted Him to do and that rocks! God wants you to tell people about Him, too. Let’s make a list of people you can tell about God. When we pray we can use our list to ask God to help us tell them. When I say your name, tell me one person 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 all of my friends who came to church today. I think they rock for coming to church so they can learn more about how much You love them. I pray that You will help all of us tell others about how much You love them. Help [child’s name] tell [person’s name] and (repeat with all children and the people they listed). We want to do what You want us 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 tell others about God.’ 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 tell others about God!”
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 tell others about God.”) 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 tell others about God.”) 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.
crab
palm tree
treasure chest
guitar
wave
sun
cloud
kite


Quest eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 20

Come To The Castle

Main Point: God teaches me the way to go.
Bible Story: Gideon at Battle – Judges 7:9-22
Memory Verse: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17 NLT

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

DON’T FEED THE DRAGON

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: fire tokens (36), dragon mat (1), dragon dice (2)
What you do: Give each child three fire tokens and place the dragon mat in the center of the circle. Tell children the dragon wants to take all the fire for himself, but the last player with fire tokens at the end of the game wins!
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will take turns rolling a die and then complete one of the following actions according to the face-up picture on the die:
If the child rolls fire, they keep all their fire tokens.
If the child rolls the dragon, they must give one fire token to the dragon by placing it on the dragon mat.
If the child rolls an arrow, they must give one fire token to the child the arrow is pointing at.
Choose a child to go first. The child will roll the die and complete the action. Children with no fire tokens left are not out of the game; they pass on their turn until they earn fire tokens from other players. Continue until only one child has fire tokens.
Extension activity: For faster play, tell children to roll two dice each turn. Children will complete the actions shown on both dice. When a child has only one fire token left, the child should only roll one die.

JOUSTING PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Explain jousting was a competition between two knights on horseback. The first knight to knock the other knight off their opponents horse would win the joust.
Have children stand in a circle and spread out so there is room between each child. Practice the four jousting moves:
Single Sword Swipe: swipe one arm down across body
Double Sword Swipe: swipe both arms down to form an “X”
Shield Block: hold both arms up to block head
Duck: squat down while ducking head

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: The jousting knight (the eGroup leader for the first game) will call out and model jousting moves, starting slowly at first and then increasing speed. The child who completes the move last is out and sits in the horse barn (center of the circle).
Continue until one child remains. This child is the next jousting knight. Allow the jousting knight to choose and perform moves and encourage the rest of the group to complete the moves. Help determine who completed the moves last and ask children to sit in the horse barn.

GET TO KNOW YOU

CASTLE QUESTIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: castle mat, character cards, leader sheet
What you do: Place the castle mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the character cards around the outside of the castle mat.
What you say: “This month we’re coming to the castle to learn about the best King ever – God! God is always with us and He always has things under control. Before we learn more about our great King, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the character cards, answer the question for that character on the leader sheet, then place the character on the castle. 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 how God takes care of His people!”

BIBLE CONNECT

GIDEON AT BATTLE

JUDGES 7:9-22
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 143-148 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!”
“What were the Midianites stealing from God’s people?” (food)
“Who did God ask to help get the Midianites out of Israel?” (Gideon)
“At first, was Gideon excited or scared to obey God?”(scared)
“After God showed Gideon His power, was Gideon still afraid or was he brave?” (He was brave.)
“Did God want Gideon to fight with the entire giant army or with a smaller group of soldiers?” (a smaller group of soldiers)
“Who told Gideon what to do to beat the Midianites?” (God)
“When Gideon and the soldiers obeyed God’s plan, did they beat the Midianites?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “I’m sure that Gideon thought God’s instructions were crazy, but he chose to follow God’s path. I’m so glad that God teaches us the way to go too! He’s always got this! Who’s got it?” (God’s got it.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God is great, mighty, and awesome! We can trust He has everything under control.”

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 king!”
“Say the verse in a silly voice, like a jester!”
“Say the verse in a loud voice, like a roaring dragon!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God is GREAT, AWESOME, and MIGHTY! God can do anything! God has always got it!”
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 PASS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: dragon toy, knight toy
What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God is great, mighty, and awesome! We can trust He has everything under control.”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give the dragon toy and the knight toy to the children on either side of you. Encourage children to begin passing the toys around the circle in opposite directions. After the toys have been passed a few times, call out, “Stop! Who’s got them?” Encourage the children holding the toys to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had a chance to say the verse.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God is GREAT, AWESOME, and MIGHTY! God can do anything! God has always got it!”
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.

BIBLE CONNECT

NAVIGATE THE MAZE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, maze sheet
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a maze sheet. Keep one maze sheet for yourself to help as you demonstrate the way to go.
What you say: “Tap your nose if you’ve ever seen a maze like this before. (Encourage kids to tap their nose.) A maze can be really tricky to figure out, but if you try it with someone who already knows the way, it’s not so hard! I already know the way through this maze. Let’s see if you can follow my directions and solve the maze when I tell you the way to go.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Tell each child to choose a crayon to use. Read the following instructions one step at a time, telling children the way to go and using your finger to demonstrate the path on your maze as you read. Encourage children to trace the path on the maze with their finger before drawing it with their crayon, and assist any children in following the correct path as needed.
Start at the star at the top of the castle. Draw a line from the star to the pink heart.
Draw a line from the pink heart to the blue square.
Draw a line from the blue square to the orange diamond.
Draw a line from the orange diamond to the green triangle.
Draw a line from the green triangle to the yellow star.
Draw a line from the yellow star to the purple circle.
Draw a line from the purple circle to the gray cloud.
Draw a line from the gray cloud to the red stop sign.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “You did such an awesome job navigating our maze. You listened as I told you the way to go and you followed! In our Bible story today, God showed a man named Gideon the way to go, and He’ll show us the way to go if we listen, too! Who’s got it?” (God’s got it.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample collectible poster, main point card, glue, Sharpie marker, eKidz eGroup prayer journal
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned God teaches me the way to go. Let’s think about some of the things we need.”

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 taught Gideon the way to go in battle, and God will teach you and me the way to go, too! Let’s make a list of things we need God to teach us—things like the way to share, love others, be a helper, and obey our parents! All of those things are hard to do and we need God to show us the way to do them. When we pray we can use our list and ask God to help show us the way. When I say your name, tell me one thing you need God to teach you, 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, You are the best teacher! You always know the right way to go. And because You love us so much, You want to teach us the way to go! Please help us learn the way to (read what the children listed). We love You, God, and we want to do what is right. 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 teaches me the way to go.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your 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 teaches us the way to go!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

BEAN BAG BALANCE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: bean bags (1 per child)
What you do: Give each child a bean bag and spread children out around the eGroup space. Explain children will try to balance the bean bag on different parts of their body while performing different actions. If the beanbag drops, children have to say the main point, “God teaches me the way to go,” and then sit out on the next action.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say:
“Balance your bean bag on top of your head and do three small jumps.”
“Balance your bean bag on your shoulder and spin around two times.”
“Balance your bean bag on the back of your hand and hop on one foot four times.”
“Balance your bean bag on top of your foot and take five steps forward.”
“Balance your bean bag on your knee while I count to seven.”
“Balance your bean bag on your elbow and pat your knee two times.”
“Balance your bean bag on your back while crawling to a different spot.”
“Balance your bean bag on one finger and take three steps forward.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! It was tough to control our beanbags sometimes, but God is always in control. Who’s got it?” (God’s got it!)

DISMISSAL

JOUSTING PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Explain jousting was a competition between two knights on horseback. The first knight to knock the other knight off their opponents horse would win the joust.
Have children stand in a circle and spread out so there is room between each child. Practice the four jousting moves:
Single Sword Swipe: swipe one arm down across body
Double Sword Swipe: swipe both arms down to form an “X”
Shield Block: hold both arms up to block head
Duck: squat down while ducking head

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: The jousting knight (the eGroup leader for the first game) will call out and model jousting moves, starting slowly at first and then increasing speed. The child who completes the move last is out and sits in the horse barn (center of the circle).
Continue until one child remains. This child is the next jousting knight. Allow the jousting knight to choose and perform moves and encourage the rest of the group to complete the moves. Help determine who completed the moves last and ask children to sit in the horse barn.


Quest eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 13

Come To The Castle

Main Point: God hears me and gives me what I need
Bible Story: Hagar and Ishmael – Genesis 21:14-20
Memory Verse: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17 NLT

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

DON’T FEED THE DRAGON

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: fire tokens (36), dragon mat (1), dragon dice (2)
What you do: Give each child three fire tokens and place the dragon mat in the center of the circle. Tell children the dragon wants to take all the fire for himself, but the last player with fire tokens at the end of the game wins!
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will take turns rolling a die and then complete one of the following actions according to the face-up picture on the die:
If the child rolls fire, they keep all their fire tokens.
If the child rolls the dragon, they must give one fire token to the dragon by placing it on the dragon mat.
If the child rolls an arrow, they must give one fire token to the child the arrow is pointing at.
Choose a child to go first. The child will roll the die and complete the action. Children with no fire tokens left are not out of the game; they pass on their turn until they earn fire tokens from other players. Continue until only one child has fire tokens.
Extension activity: For faster play, tell children to roll two dice each turn. Children will complete the actions shown on both dice. When a child has only one fire token left, the child should only roll one die.

JOUSTING PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Explain jousting was a competition between two knights on horseback. The first knight to knock the other knight off their opponents horse would win the joust.
Have children stand in a circle and spread out so there is room between each child. Practice the four jousting moves:
Single Sword Swipe: swipe one arm down across body
Double Sword Swipe: swipe both arms down to form an “X”
Shield Block: hold both arms up to block head
Duck: squat down while ducking head

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: The jousting knight (the eGroup leader for the first game) will call out and model jousting moves, starting slowly at first and then increasing speed. The child who completes the move last is out and sits in the horse barn (center of the circle).
Continue until one child remains. This child is the next jousting knight. Allow the jousting knight to choose and perform moves and encourage the rest of the group to complete the moves. Help determine who completed the moves last and ask children to sit in the horse barn.

GET TO KNOW YOU

CASTLE QUESTIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: castle mat, character cards, leader sheet
What you do: Place the castle mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the character cards around the outside of the castle mat.
What you say: “This month we’re coming to the castle to learn about the best King ever – God! God is always with us and He always has things under control. Before we learn more about our great King, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the character cards, answer the question for that character on the leader sheet, then place the character on the castle. 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 how God takes care of His people!”

BIBLE CONNECT

HAGAR AND ISHMAEL
GENESIS 21:14-20

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Bible story cards (3), Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from the Bible story cards. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“What was the name of the woman in the story?” (Hagar)
“Who was Hagar walking with in the desert?” (her son)
“Was it hot or cold in the desert?”(hot)
“Did Hagar and her son have water to drink and a place to rest?” (no)
“When Hagar began to cry, who heard her and was ready to help?” (God)
“Who did God send to talk to Hagar?” (an angel)
“What appeared in the desert to provide water for Hagar and her son?” (a well)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Can you imagine how good the water God gave them tasted to Hagar and her son? Just like God gave Hagar and her son what they needed, God gives us what we need, too. God’s got it! Who’s got it?” (God’s got it.)

BIBLE CONNECT

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God is great, mighty, and awesome! We can trust He has everything under control.”

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 king!”
“Say the verse in a silly voice, like a jester!”
“Say the verse in a loud voice, like a roaring dragon!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God is GREAT, AWESOME, and MIGHTY! God can do anything! God has always got it!”
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 PASS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: dragon toy, knight toy
What you say: “This month our Bible verse says our God is great, mighty, and awesome! We can trust He has everything under control.”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give the dragon toy and the knight toy to the children on either side of you. Encourage children to begin passing the toys around the circle in opposite directions. After the toys have been passed a few times, call out, “Stop! Who’s got them?” Encourage the children holding the toys to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had a chance to say the verse.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God is GREAT, AWESOME, and MIGHTY! God can do anything! God has always got it!”
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 NEED

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat, activity cards
What you do: Give each child an activity mat.
What you say: “There are lots of things we want to have, but when we need something, those are things we can’t live or be safe without. As we talk about some of the things we need that God can give us, we’re going to play ‘I Spy.’ When you see the need I’m describing, use your hands to fan yourself as if you’re really hot, just like Hagar and her son in our Bible story.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Choose one of the activity cards and show children the picture. Ask children to find the picture on their activity mats and fan themselves with their hands when they see it. Once all children have found the picture, read the prompt for that picture from the back of the activity card and encourage children to respond. Repeat for the remaining activity cards.
Once all the needs from the activity cards have been found, ask children if they can find any pictures you didn’t talk about and point to them. Explain that even though TVs, toys, pets, and candy are fun to have, we can live and be safe without those, so they would be ‘wants’ and not ‘needs.’

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God loves to give us things we want, but more importantly He hears us when we tell Him we need something and is always able to give us what we need. Who’s got it?” (God’s got it.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample collectible poster, main point card, glue, Sharpie marker, eKidz eGroup prayer journal
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned God hears us and gives us what we need. Let’s think about some of the things we need.”

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: “In our Bible story today, Hagar and her son learned that God is the best provider, because He hears us and gives us what we need. God hears (go around the circle and name each child) and will give you what you need. It’s true! Let’s make a list of things we need in our prayer journal. When we pray we can use our list to thank God for hearing us and giving us what we need. When I say your name, tell me one thing you need. (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, You are the best provider! No one is great and mighty and awesome like You! Only YOU can hear us and give us what we need. No matter where we are or what we need, You’ve got it! Thank You, God, for giving us (name the things the children listed). Help (name each child) to remember to talk to You when they need something and trust that You will give them what they need. 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 hears me and gives me what I need.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your 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 hears us and gives us what we need!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

BEAN BAG BALANCE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: bean bags (1 per child)
What you do: Give each child a bean bag and spread children out around the eGroup space. Explain children will try to balance the bean bag on different parts of their body while performing different actions. If the beanbag drops, children have to say the main point, “God hears me and gives me what I need,” and then sit out on the next action.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say:
“Balance your bean bag on top of your head and do three small jumps.”
“Balance your bean bag on your shoulder and spin around two times.”
“Balance your bean bag on the back of your hand and hop on one foot four times.”
“Balance your bean bag on top of your foot and take five steps forward.”
“Balance your bean bag on your knee while I count to seven.”
“Balance your bean bag on your elbow and pat your knee two times.”
“Balance your bean bag on your back while crawling to a different spot.”
“Balance your bean bag on one finger and take three steps forward.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! It was tough to control our beanbags sometimes, but God is always in control. Who’s got it?” (God’s got it!)

JOUSTING PRACTICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Explain jousting was a competition between two knights on horseback. The first knight to knock the other knight off their opponents horse would win the joust.
Have children stand in a circle and spread out so there is room between each child. Practice the four jousting moves:
Single Sword Swipe: swipe one arm down across body
Double Sword Swipe: swipe both arms down to form an “X”
Shield Block: hold both arms up to block head
Duck: squat down while ducking head

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: The jousting knight (the eGroup leader for the first game) will call out and model jousting moves, starting slowly at first and then increasing speed. The child who completes the move last is out and sits in the horse barn (center of the circle).
Continue until one child remains. This child is the next jousting knight. Allow the jousting knight to choose and perform moves and encourage the rest of the group to complete the moves. Help determine who completed the moves last and ask children to sit in the horse barn.