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Quest eGroup Week of August 18

Anchors Away

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

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

ANCHORS AWAY

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

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

GET TO KNOW YOU

GET TO KNOW YOUR CREW

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

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

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

BIBLE CONNECT

YOUNG KING JOSIAH
2 CHRONICLES 34

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 235-239 in the Beginner’s Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“How old was Josiah when he became king?” (eight years old)
“Did Josiah love God?”(yes)
“Were the kings before Josiah good or bad?”(bad)
“Was the temple in Jerusalem in good shape, or was it falling apart?”
(It was falling apart.)
“Who decided to fix up the temple?” (King Josiah)
“What did the workers find hidden in the wall while they were working on the temple?” (a scroll)
“What did the scroll teach about? Did it teach about God’s laws or the stories of the bad kings?” (It taught about God’s laws.)
“Did Josiah and his people choose to obey God’s laws?” (yes)

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

VERSE VOICES

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.
What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse like you’re under water!” (Wiggle your fingers between your lips while saying it.)
“Say the verse really fast, like you’re in a speedboat!”
“Say the verse in a deep voice, like you’re sailing over deep water!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

FINISH THE VERSE

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

MATCHING

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

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

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

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

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

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

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

ACTION ROLL

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

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

DISMISSAL

ANCHORS AWAY

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

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


Quest eGroup Week of August 11

Anchors Away

Main Point: I can do whatever God says even when it’s hard.
Bible Passage: Naaman ● 2 Kings 5:1-14
Memory Verse: “God’s way is perfect” 2 Samuel 22:31, NIRV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

ANCHORS AWAY

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out an action for children to act out. They should not begin pretending to perform the action until you say, “Anchors away!” Once they hear that, children will act it out until you call out, “Drop your anchors!” When children hear that instruction, they should immediately race to sit down and curl up in a ball like a heavy anchor. The last child to sit down and curl up will have to return to shore (sit on the eGroup rug) for the next two actions.

Actions:
Climb up the rope ladder to get on your boat!
Push your heavy boat away from the shore!
Pull on the ropes to raise your sails!
Steer the boat out into deeper water!
Cast a fishing net out into the water!
Lean over the edge of the boat and pull the fishing net back in!
Dive off the edge of the boat and swim with the dolphins!
Backstroke back to the boat!
Climb back in the boat and try to shake off all the water!
Try to keep your balance while a storm rocks the boat back and forth!
Steer away from the storm as fast as you can!
Dig through your backpack to find your map!
Turn the boat to one side as hard as you can and head back to shore!

GET TO KNOW YOU

GET TO KNOW YOUR CREW

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about someone who did things God’s way, even when it was hard!”

BIBLE CONNECT

NAAMAN
2 KINGS 5:1-14

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 230-234 in the Beginner’s Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Was Naaman an army commander or an astronaut?” (army commander)
“Naaman had leprosy. Is that a stomach sickness or a skin disease?” 
(skin disease)
“Who did Naaman’s wife tell him to go see to be healed?”(Elisha)
“Did Naaman go to see Elisha?”(yes)
“How many times did Elisha tell Naaman to dunk himself in the Jordan River if he wanted to be healed?” (seven)
“Did Naaman think this was a silly idea or a smart idea?” (silly)
“Even though he thought it was silly, did Naaman try dunking himself in the Jordan River seven times?” (yes)
“Did his skin disease go away?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Naaman thought God’s way of healing his leprosy was kind of silly. He bathed himself all the time; why would a few extra dunks in the river be any different? It’s hard to obey when we feel like what we’re supposed to do doesn’t make any sense, but Naaman obeyed anyway. And because he did it God’s way, Naaman’s leprosy was healed! Whose way is perfect?” (God’s way is perfect.)

VERSE VOICES

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.
What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse like you’re under water!” (Wiggle your fingers between your lips while saying it.)
“Say the verse really fast, like you’re in a speedboat!”
“Say the verse in a deep voice, like you’re sailing over deep water!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

FINISH THE VERSE

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

THAT’S HARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: whiteboard (1), dry erase marker (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We can do what God says even when it’s hard because He is always there to help us do it! Let’s think about some of the hard things we might have to do.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Use the whiteboard marker to draw the objects listed below. Encourage children to give you a sailor salute when they know what you are drawing. Once children have guessed correctly, read the instructions given by the object.

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Since God’s way is perfect, we should always go His way, even when it’s hard. And when we choose to go His perfect way, He will always help us! Whose way is perfect?” (God’s way is perfect.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

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

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: “I want us to think about some of the hard things God tells us to do, like sharing. Sometimes it’s hard to share our favorite toy or the last piece of candy. It can be hard to love someone who has been mean to us. It can also be hard to help others, especially when we have to stop doing what we want to do so we can help them. But God can help us do the hard things He tells us to do, right? (Pause for response.) Right! When I say your name, tell me one thing God tells us to do that can be hard to do. I’ll write down what you say. When we pray, we can use our list and ask God to help us do what He says even when it’s hard.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, we want to do what You say, because Your way is perfect. Sometimes it’s hard, though. Will You please help us do things like (read the list the children made)? I know with Your help (name each child) can do what You say even when it’s hard. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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

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

Today’s main point card says, ‘I can do what God says even when it’s hard.’ 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 God says even when it’s hard.”

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

ACTION ROLL

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

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

DISMISSAL

ANCHORS AWAY

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

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

 


Quest eGroup Week of July 28

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Bible Passage: John 3:16 ● Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16
Memory Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

FACE-OFF

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the whole deck of cards evenly among all children. Each child should have a small stack of cards face-down on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to flip over their top card and place it on the floor close to the center of the circle. The highest card (two is lowest; ace is highest) wins that hand and takes the cards from the center. These cards can be added to their personal stack. Continue having children flip over their top card and allowing the child with the highest cards to take all the cards from the center. When a child runs out of cards, the child is out. The player to collect all the cards first is the winner!
If two people both play the card with the highest value, they will compete in a “face-off.” Each child will lay down three cards, face-down, and then flip the fourth card face-up. The highest cards wins all the cards played!

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. If you do an action when I haven’t said, ‘The leader says,’ you’ll have to pretend to ride a bike all the way around our eGroup rug before you can get back in the game!”

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

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month in our Bikes and Trikes series, we’ve been learning that when we learn God’s Word, we can take the Bible with us wherever our bikes and trikes might take us! Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about the best friend we’ll ever have!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JOHN 3:16 & MATTHEW 19:13-15; MARK 10:13-16

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! John 3:16 tells us that God loves us SO MUCH that He sent His Son, Jesus, to Earth to save us. Because Jesus came, we can have a relationship with Him. He wants to be our friend forever! In our Bible story today, we’ll see that Jesus didn’t just come for grown-ups or for super special people; He came to be friends with children just like YOU!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 394-399 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Who did the parents want to pray for their children?”(Jesus)
“Did Jesus come to the families, or did they walk and walk to meet Him?”(The families walked and walked to meet Him.)
“When the families got close to Jesus, did Jesus’ friends stop them or did His friends bring them to Jesus?”(They stopped the families.)
“Did they say Jesus was too busy or too hungry to see the children?” 
(too busy)
“How did the families feel when Jesus’ friends said He was too busy to see the children?”(sad)
“Who stopped the families from leaving?”(Jesus)
“Was Jesus happy or not happy with His friends for sending the families away?”(not happy)
“Did Jesus hold the children and pray for them?”(yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus was happy to spend time with the children because He wanted to be their friend! He wants to be friends with everyone in the whole world. God’s Word promises that if we believe in Jesus, He will be our friend forever! What is with you wherever you go?”(God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.
What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like your bike has a squeaky wheel!”
“Say the verse really slowly, like you’re pedaling your bike through mud.”
“Say the verse in a scared voice, like your trike is going too fast!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

PASS THE HEART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: heart-shaped stress ball (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will pass the heart around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “The Bible is with me wherever I go,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the heart when you finish saying the word, “go,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the memory verse together. Continue passing the heart and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

A GOOD FRIEND

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand in a circle.
What you say: “Jesus wants to be our friend forever, and He is the best friend we could ever have! Let’s think about the kinds of things a good friend does!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say:
“Which is something a good friend does: sharing or taking toys away? If a good friend shares, put both arms in the air. If a good friend takes toys away, cross your arms. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus loved to share. If we want to be good friends like Jesus, we should share things, too!”
“Which is something a good friend does: leaving a mess or helping clean up? If a good friend leaves a mess for their friend to clean up alone, put both hands on your hips. If a good friend helps clean up, hold both arms out in front of you. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus loved to help people. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be helpers, too!”
“Which is something a good friend does: listening to people or ignoring them? If a good friend listens to people, cup your hands behind your ears. If a good friend ignores people, cover your ears. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus listened and paid attention to others. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be good listeners!”
“Which is something a good friend does: always going first or letting others go first? If a good friend always goes first, put one finger high in the air. If a good friend lets others go first, sit on the ground. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus loved to serve others and put them first. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should choose to let others go first!”
“Which is something a good friend does: acting kindly or laughing at you? If a good friend is kind, give two thumbs up. If a good friend laughs at you, laugh as loudly as you can. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus showed kindness to everyone. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be kind!”
“Which is something a good friend does: hitting or giving hugs and high-fives? If a good friend hits, make a fist in front of your face. If a good friend hugs or gives high-fives, give yourself a hug. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus was gentle. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be gentle toward our friends!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus loves us more than anyone else, and He promises in His Word to be our friend forever. When we read God’s Word, we can learn how to be good friends, just like Jesus! What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned the Bible tells us Jesus wants to be our friend forever.”

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 sent Jesus to be our friend forever. Jesus loves everyone, and He wants every person in the world to be His friend forever. Let’s make a list of people we can tell about our good friend Jesus so He can be their friend forever, too. When I say your name, tell me one person you can tell about our good friend Jesus. We can use the list when we pray.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray for the people on our list and that we will tell them that Jesus wants to be their friend forever. Dear God, thank You for loving us so much that You gave us Jesus to be our friend forever. Thank You that Jesus made a way for us to be with You forever. I pray that (name each child) will follow Jesus one day. Please help us tell (read the list the children made) that Jesus wants to be their friend forever, too. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘The Bible tells me Jesus wants to be my friend forever.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”

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

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

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

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

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

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

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


Quest eGroup Week of July 21

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me I can be a part of God’s family.
Bible Passage: Hebrews 10:24-25 ● John 3:1-17
Memory Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

FACE-OFF

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the whole deck of cards evenly among all children. Each child should have a small stack of cards face-down on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to flip over their top card and place it on the floor close to the center of the circle. The highest card (two is lowest; ace is highest) wins that hand and takes the cards from the center. These cards can be added to their personal stack. Continue having children flip over their top card and allowing the child with the highest cards to take all the cards from the center. When a child runs out of cards, the child is out. The player to collect all the cards first is the winner!
If two people both play the card with the highest value, they will compete in a “face-off.” Each child will lay down three cards, face-down, and then flip the fourth card face-up. The highest cards wins all the cards played!

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. If you do an action when I haven’t said, ‘The leader says,’ you’ll have to pretend to ride a bike all the way around our eGroup rug before you can get back in the game!”

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

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month as we continue our Bikes and Trikes series, we’re learning that when we learn God’s Word, we can take the Bible with us wherever our bikes and trikes might take us! Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about how God invites each of us to be part of His family!”

BIBLE CONNECT

HEBREWS 10:24-25 & JOHN 3:1-17

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us that the family of God encourages each other, spends time together, and loves each other. In our Bible story today, we’ll see that God wants all of us to be part of His family!”

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
 Nicodemus: nick-oh-DEE-mus

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 310-313 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Was Nicodemus a leader in Jerusalem or was he a fisherman?”(a leader)
“Did Nicodemus believe Jesus was just like everyone else, or did he believe Jesus was special because He came from God?”(He believed Jesus was special because He came from God.)
“Did Jesus tell Nicodemus he needed to be born again or eat dinner again?”(be born again)
“Did Nicodemus understand what Jesus meant about being born again?” (no)
“Did Jesus say Nicodemus needed to be born into King Herod’s family or into God’s family?” (God’s family)
“Who is God’s Son?” (Jesus)
“Did God send Jesus here because He loves us very much or because He didn’t need Jesus with Him?” (because He loves us very much)
“When anyone believes in Jesus, can they be part of God’s family?” 
(yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God’s family isn’t just for people who are super important, or extra smart, or have a lot of money. The Bible tells us we can all be part of God’s family! And when we join God’s family, we get to be part of a group of people who support and encourage each other. The Bible promises we can be part of this awesome family when we choose to believe in Jesus. What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.
What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like your bike has a squeaky wheel!”
“Say the verse really slowly, like you’re pedaling your bike through mud.”
“Say the verse in a scared voice, like your trike is going too fast!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
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.

PASS THE HEART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: heart-shaped stress ball (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will pass the heart around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “The Bible is with me wherever I go,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the heart when you finish saying the word, “go,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the memory verse together. Continue passing the heart and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

YOU CONNECT

MATCHING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: matching cards (12)
What you do: Arrange the cards in a three-by-four grid on the floor in the center of the eGroup.
What you say: “The Bible tells us we can be a part of God’s family. Let’s think about some of the different kinds of people God’s family can include!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will take turns turning over two cards. If the two cards match, read the prompt below that corresponds to the matching cards. The child can hold onto the two cards until the end of the game. If the two cards do not match, the child will return them to the same spots, face-down.
What you say: (As a match is found, read the prompt below for that match.)
OLD PERSON/YOUNG PERSON: “Put your hands on your head if you’re old or on the floor if you’re young. (Lead children in responding.) It doesn’t matter whether we’re old or young, we can all be part of God’s family!”

MEAN PERSON: “Tap your nose if you’ve ever seen someone being mean or unkind to someone else. (Lead children in responding.) It can feel hard to love someone who is mean, but God still loves them anyway. God still wants them to be part of His family, and then He can help them learn to be kind!”

SHY CHILD/OUTGOING CHILD: “Rub your arms if you’re shy around new people, or wave your arms around if you love to meet and play with new people. (Lead children in responding.) It doesn’t matter whether we’re a little shy or whether we love meeting new people, God wants us all in His family!”

DIVERSE CHILDREN: “Point to someone in our eGroup that has a different color hair than you. (Lead children in responding.) Point to someone in our eGroup that is taller or shorter than you. (Lead children in responding.) We all look different and like different things, but God loves us all the same and wants each one of us to be in His family!”

BOY/GIRL: “Stand on one foot if you’re a girl or stand on two feet if you’re a boy. (Lead children in responding.) Whether you’re a boy or a girl, God is excited to have you in His family!”

ATHLETE/ARTIST: “Pat your knees if you like sports better, or clap your hands if you like art better. (Lead children in responding.) It doesn’t matter what kinds of things you might like to do, God wants you to be in His family and He can use your gifts to do something great!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God’s Word tells us we can all be part of God’s family. When we’re in God’s family, we have lots of different people around us to love and support us! What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

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

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’s family loves one another, helps one another, prays for one another, forgives one another, is kind to one another, and shares with one another. Being a part of God’s family is awesome! Let’s make a list of things we do for one another when we are a part of God’s family. We can use our list when we pray.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“When God’s family does these things for one another, they are taking God’s Word with them wherever they go. Let’s pray and thank God for making a way for us to be a part of His family. Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to make a way for us to be a part of Your family. Thank You for the church where we can learn to love one another the way You love us. Please help us be good to one another and (name what the children listed). I pray that (name each child) will one day follow Jesus so they will be a part of Your family forever. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘The Bible tells me I can be a part of God’s family.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”
VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

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

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

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

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

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

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


Quest eGroup Week of July 14

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me God loves me all the time.
Bible Passage: Jeremiah 31:3 ● John 21:1-17
Memory Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

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

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Make sure children’s names are on their page and set the pages aside until children are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

FACE-OFF

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the whole deck of cards evenly among all children. Each child should have a small stack of cards face-down on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to flip over their top card and place it on the floor close to the center of the circle. The highest card (two is lowest; ace is highest) wins that hand and takes the cards from the center. These cards can be added to their personal stack. Continue having children flip over their top card and allowing the child with the highest cards to take all the cards from the center. When a child runs out of cards, the child is out. The player to collect all the cards first is the winner!
If two people both play the card with the highest value, they will compete in a “face-off.” Each child will lay down three cards, face-down, and then flip the fourth card face-up. The highest cards wins all the cards played!

KID CONNECT

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. If you do an action when I haven’t said, ‘The leader says,’ you’ll have to pretend to ride a bike all the way around our eGroup rug before you can get back in the game!”

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

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month as we continue our Bikes and Trikes series, we’re learning that when we learn God’s Word, we can take the Bible with us wherever our bikes and trikes might take us! Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about a time when Jesus showed God’s big and never-ending love to someone who may not have seemed to deserve it!”

BIBLE CONNECT

PSALM 139:14 & GENESIS 25:19-28

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! Jeremiah 31:3 tells us God loves us “with an everlasting love.” That means it will last forever; He will never stop loving us, no matter what! In our Bible story today, we’ll see how Jesus showed God’s everlasting love to someone who had done something hurtful to Him.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 435-440 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker. If children can’t remember the answer, take time as an eGroup to look back through the Bible story and find the answer together.
What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
“Did Peter and his friends go fishing or bike-riding?” (fishing)
“All night, the men threw out their big nets and pulled them back in. Did they catch any fish?”(no)
“As the sun began to rise, someone on the shore called out to the men in the boat. Did he tell them to throw their net on the front side of the boat or the right side of the boat?”(the right side)
“When they threw their net on the right side, did they catch any fish?” 
(yes)
“Did they catch a few fish or a lot of fish?” (a lot)
“Who was the man on the shore who had helped them?” (Jesus)
“Who jumped out of the boat and swam to Jesus?” (Peter)
“Before Jesus died, Peter had done something hurtful to Jesus. When people were being mean to Jesus, did Peter say mean things to Jesus, too, or did he pretend not to know Jesus?” (He pretended not to know Jesus.)
“Was Peter sorry for what he had said?” (yes)
“Did Jesus forgive Peter and love him anyway?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Even though Peter chose not to help Jesus and even pretended not to know Him, Jesus forgave Peter and chose to love him anyway. No matter where we go or what we do, God loves us, too! We can trust that because His Word tells us it’s true. What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After showing them once, encourage children to practice the memory verse with you using different voices.
What you say: “I am going to say our memory verse. Everyone watch me! (Demonstrate the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now let’s do it all together! Are you ready? (Say the memory verse with the motions several times.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like your bike has a squeaky wheel!”
“Say the verse really slowly, like you’re pedaling your bike through mud.”
“Say the verse in a scared voice, like your trike is going too fast!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
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.

PASS THE HEART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: heart-shaped stress ball (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will pass the heart around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “The Bible is with me wherever I go,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the heart when you finish saying the word, “go,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the memory verse together. Continue passing the heart and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
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

ALL THE TIME

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: parachute (1)
What you do: Spread out the parachute in the center of the eGroup space and encourage children to sit in a circle around it. Tell children not to touch the parachute until you give them instructions.
What you say: “Today we’re learning that the Bible tells us God loves us all the time. His love lasts forever! It doesn’t matter how old or young I am, or what I do at different times throughout my life, God loves me all the time. Let’s think about some of the times God loves us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Remind children they should only touch the parachute when they’ve been given instructions on what to do with it. One at a time, read the instructions below and encourage children to move the parachute as directed.
What you say:
“Hold the parachute with one hand and wiggle the parachute right above the floor. (Pause for children to wiggle the parachute, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Even when you were just a little baby wiggling around on the floor, before you could say or do much of anything at all, God already loved you!”
“Hold the parachute with the other hand and shake it ve-e-e-e-ry 
slo-o-o-wly while making a sad face. (Pause for children to shake the parachute slowly, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Even when you feel sad, God loves you so much!”
“Hold the parachute with both hands and raise it above you head. (Pause for children to raise the parachute, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Whether you grow to be super tall or stay super small, God loves you and He loves the way He made you!”
“Put one hand on your back and hunch over like you’re really old, then shake the parachute gently with the other hand. (Pause for children to hunch over and shake the parachute, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Whether you’re really old or really young, God will always love you!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God’s Word tells us God loves us all the time, no matter what. The Bible is full of great promises like this one for us to remember! What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Draw a clock at the top of the page in your journal. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.
What you say: “Clocks tell us what time it is. It’s time to wake up! It’s time to eat! It’s time to go to school! It’s time to clean up! It’s time to go outside! This clock picture reminds us that God loves us all the time. Let’s make a list of times under this clock picture. They can be any time you can think of, because God loves us all the time! When I say your name, tell me one time and I’ll write it down. We can use our list when we pray.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Thank you! Let’s pray and thank God for loving us all the time. Dear God, thank You for loving us all the time. You love us when we (read the list the children made). No matter where we go, what we’re doing, or how we feel, You love us. Your love is SO big! I pray we always remember that You love us all the time. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
What you do: Give each child a main point card. Encourage children to color their main point cards as you talk. Show the prizes on the back of the sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster.
What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special Quest animal prizes that we can’t wait to share with you once you bring back your filled poster!
Today’s main point card says, ‘The Bible tells me God loves me all the time.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”

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

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Make sure to keep your poster in a place you can see it every day to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned the Bible tells me God loves me all the time!”

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

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

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

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

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

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