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Quest eGroup Lesson Plan Week of May 6

Come To The Castle

Main Point: God is always with me.
Bible Story: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – Daniel 3:10-28
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

THE ONE THING

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

SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO
DANIEL 3:10-28

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!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 244-249 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!”
“The story was about how many of Daniel’s friends?” (three)
“What did the king make for the people to bow and pray to?” (a big golden statue)
“What would happen to anyone who didn’t bow and pray to the king’s statue?”(They would be thrown into a furnace.)
“Did Daniel’s three friends bow and pray to the statue?” (no)
“Did the king throw the friends into the fiery furnace?” (yes)
“After the king threw the three friends into the furnace, he looked in and saw how many people in the furnace?” (four)
“Who was the fourth person?” (an angel)
“Did God protect the three friends?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “I love today’s TRUE Bible story, because it reminds me that God is always with me and that God’s got it. 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 that 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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

YOU CONNECT

CASTLE ADVENTURE STORY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: walking finger puppets, story sheet
What you do: As you give each child a walking finger puppet, make sure children know which finger puppet they have (see picture chart below). Show children how to put two fingers through the holes on the puppet to form the puppet’s “legs.”
What you say: “We’re going to read a story together, but I need your help! Each of you has a finger puppet with a character from the story. When I read about your character, use your finger puppet to act out what’s happening!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read the story from the story sheet. Encourage children to use their walking finger puppets to act out the story as you read.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “In every situation in the story, the prince saw that God is always with him, no matter what! Whatever situations we face, we can trust God has it under control. 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 is always with us. Let’s think about some of the places God is with us.”

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: “Just like God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego even in the fire, God is with you wherever you go, too. Let’s make a list of places. They can be anywhere in the whole wide world because God is always with us! When we pray, we can use our list to thank God for always being with us. When I say your name, think of a place you want 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, You are our best friend! No one is great and mighty and awesome like You! No matter where we go, You are there and You can take care of us. You’ve got it! Thank You, God, for being with us at (name the places the children listed). Help (name each child) to trust You and Your plan. 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 is always with me.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your Wonder! Clubhouse poster at home.”
VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW WONDER! CLUBHOUSE POSTER: Give the child a poster and glue the main point card on it. Write the child’s name on the front of the poster with the Sharpie marker.

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