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Quest eGroup: March 21/22

A Happy Sunday

MAIN POINT

Jesus makes me
(thumbs to chest)
God’s friend
(point up)
because I believe
(hand over heart)
He lives again!
(fist pump)

BIBLE STORY

Jesus’s Death and Resurrection

Mark 16:1-4; Matthew 28:5-8; John 20:3-10; Luke 24:1-12, 36-49

MEMORY VERSE

Believe in your heart (cross hands over heart then say ‘Bump, bump. Bump, bump.’)
that God (point both pointer fingers up)
raised Him from the dead. (raise arms up from sides then say ‘Woo-hoo’ while moving arms from left to right)
Romans 10:9 (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?

Kid Connect is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with the kids and for the kids to make connections with each other. Activities are listed in the order they are to be completed. It’s okay if you don’t complete all the activities – some activities will work better for your group than others. Begin Kid Connect when doors open. KID CONNECT ENDS WHEN THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS.

Words in italics, whether on lessons or in handouts, are meant to be said out loud to your group.  Anything not in italics is an instruction that does not necessarily need to be read aloud.

GET YOUR TICKET
COLORING ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
crayons, movie ticket coloring page (1 per child), color die, number die

WELCOME children to your group. Let them know how happy you are they are in Quest and how much fun we are going to have today!

SAY: Today we are headed to Quest Cinemas to learn how to be friends with God! But before we head to the theater, you all need a movie ticket!

PLACE crayons in the center of the circle and GIVE each child a movie ticket. INSTRUCT children to color the movie ticket. As children color, talk about the picture they are coloring.

CONTINUE until the movie tickets are colored or as time allows.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

  • Use the color die to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Roll the color die again and switch crayon colors.
  • Use the number die to determine the part of the picture to color. Allow children to color the corresponding number rolled on their coloring page, then roll the die again.
  • Have children take turns rolling either die. Children will compete to be the first to color their coloring page, only coloring what was rolled on their turn.

KID CONNECT

MOVIE SNACK PACK
ENERGIZER ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10-15 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
snack pack game board, number die, color die, blue tokens, yellow tokens, orange tokens

NOTE: The Movie Snack Pack game board is on the back of the movie ticket coloring page, used during the Get Your Ticket activity.

SAY: We have our movie tickets and now we need to head to the concession stand and get our movie snack pack!

ENCOURAGE children to turn their movie ticket coloring page over to the snack pack game board. EXPLAIN children will take turns rolling the number and color dice and placing the correspond number and color of tokens on their snack pack game board.

The color die determines which part of the snack pack game board to add tokens to. The number die determines how many tokens to add the snack pack game board.

To win the game, a child needs to have the correct number and color of each token on their game board.

CONTINUE until one child as a full snack pack! PLAY AGAIN as time allows.

NOTE: Collect the coloring pages/game boards after playing Movie Snack Pack. This will cut down on distractions and allow children to focus on the next activity. Each child will need to take his or ticket to large group to enter the Quest Cinemas theater.

KID CONNECT

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
game board, popcorn game piece (1 per child), number die, popcorn sticker

SAY: We have our movie tickets and our movie snacks, now what’s the next thing we need to do? (Allow children to respond.) We need to head to the theater and find the best seat to watch the movie!

PLACE the game board in the center of the group. GIVE each child a popcorn game piece and TELL children to place their popcorn game piece on a footprint on the game board.

EXPLAIN children will race to make it to the best seat in the house – the purple theater seat!

CHOOSE one child to go first. The child will roll the die and move the corresponding number of spaces. Children CAN NOT move diagonally, only left, right, up, or down, by following the lines connecting each seat. CALL on another child to roll the die and move their popcorn piece on the game board.

CONTINUE until one child is the first to reach the best seat in the house. CONGRATULATE the child and GIVE the child a popcorn sticker. ENCOURAGE the child to scratch the sticker to smell the delicious popcorn smell!

PLAY AGAIN as time allows.

GET TO KNOW YOU
ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS
(5:00, 6:00, 9:30, 11:30)

PASS THE POPCORN

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
popcorn bucket, popcorn question cards (crumbled and inside the popcorn box), Quest animal stickers

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview:

Join us each weekend at Quest Cinemas as we go on a Bible Adventure! We will discover new things in the Bible, learn our memory verse, pray and talk to God, and sing songs to God!

SAY: We can’t go an a Bible Adventure at Quest Cinemas without one of my favorite things – popcorn!

SHOW children the popcorn bucket. PICK a piece of popcorn from the popcorn bucket and introduce yourself. READ the question from the piece of popcorn and SHARE your answer with the group.

CHOOSE one child to pick a piece of popcorn and have the child SHARE his or her name. READ the question out loud and have the child answer the question. PASS the popcorn bucket to the next child. CONTINUE for each child.

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

SAY: We are the (insert group name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have fun today. The rules to follow are:

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

SAY: 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 group name)!’
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Go (insert group name)!

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT IS BIBLE CONNECT?

Bible Connect is all about BIBLE CONNECTIONS: for kids to make connections with the Bible and learn to love the Bible! Children will make connections to the Bible in two ways: by hearing and talking about the Bible story and practicing the memory verse. Begin Bible Connect after the Get To Know You activity. AFTER BIBLE CONNECT CHILDREN HEAD TO FREE PLAY AND LARGE GROUP.

A HAPPY SUNDAY

BIBLE STORY
SUGGESTED TIME

8 MINUTES
SUPPLIES

Bible story cards, smiley stamp
TELL the children we can find stories about Jesus in God’s book, the Bible!

SHOW and READ the Bible Story using the Bible story cards.

ASK and SAY the following to review the Bible story. Give children a smiley stamp on the child’s hand when he or she answers!

  1. Who went to put burial spices on Jesus’ body? (some women)
  2. When the women arrived, was a big stone covering the tomb’s entrance? (no)
  3. Was Jesus’ body in the tomb? (no)
  4. Who told the women Jesus was alive? (angels)
  5. Who did the women tell, “Jesus is alive!”? (the disciples)
  6. The disciples were together talking about what had happened when who appeared to them? (Jesus)
  7. Were the disciples afraid when they saw Jesus? (yes)
  8. To help the disciples know He was real, did Jesus eat with them? (yes)
  9. Who did Jesus say the disciples should tell about him? (everyone)

SAY: Jesus made a way for us to be friends with God when He died on the cross for all the bad things we do, called sins. But Jesus rose from the dead to make us all friends with God. Jesus makes us God’s friend because we believe he lives again and we tell everyone about Jesus! Repeat our main point after me:

Jesus makes me (point to self)
God’s friend (point up)
because I believe (hand over heard)
he lives again! (fist pump)

BIBLE CONNECT

FIND YOUR SEAT
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
popcorn bucket, popcorn question cards (crumbled and inside the popcorn bucket)

PRACTICE the memory verse. Do the motions and say the verse together a few times.

Believe in your heart (cross hands over heart then say ‘Bump, bump. Bump, bump.’)
that God (point both pointer fingers up)
raised Him from the dead. (raise arms up from sides then say ‘Woo-hoo’ while moving arms from left to right)
Romans 10:9 (open hands like a book)

SAY: Knowing this verse helps us remember Jesus is alive and how we can be friends with Jesus!

PLACE the popcorn bucket in the center of the circle. SAY: It’s almost time for our movie to start! Let’s find our seats! EXPLAIN children will pick a piece of popcorn from the popcorn bucket and complete an action. If the popcorn piece has a picture of a movie seat, the child will stand up and RECITE the memory verse. If the popcorn piece DOES NOT show a movie seat, the child will find a new seat by switching seats with someone in the group.

CHOOSE one child to pick a piece of popcorn from the popcorn bucket. ENCOURAGE the child to open the piece of popcorn and COMPLETE the action based on the picture.

CONTINUE for each child. AFTER all children have picked a piece of popcorn COLLECT the popcorn and place it back in the bucket.

EXPLAIN to the group that any child who recites this verse at the end of the series will receive a special prize!

HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.

Before heading to Large Group, hand each child his or her movie ticket coloring page.

YOU CONNECT

WHAT IS YOU CONNECT?

You Connect is about the eGroup leader (YOU!) helping children make connections with the main point and their lives. You Connect activities reinforce the main point with fun and engaging activities. BEGIN YOU CONNECT AFTER LARGE GROUP.

SIN ERASER
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
drawing mat, drawing cards, sharpie marker, expo marker, marker eraser

SAY: Jesus died on the cross to erase all our wrong choices. We can choose God’s grace by asking Jesus to forgive us!

PLACE the drawing mat in the center of the circle. GIVE one child the sharpie marker and have the child TRACE the heart outline on the drawing mat. COLLECT the sharpie marker and use the expo marker for the remainder of the activity.

HOLD UP the a drawing card and CHOOSE one child to TRACE the object shown on the drawing card on the drawing mat, using the expo marker.

CONTINUE for each drawing card until all objects have been drawn and discussed. SAY: God loves us all the time, even when we make wrong choices. Can we erase our bad choices by ourselves? (no) Who can erase all our bad choices. (Jesus)

HOLD UP the drawing mat and ERASE the objects using the marker eraser. All objects except the heart will erase from the drawing mat. SAY: No matter  what wrong choice we’ve made, Jesus shows grace and erases it from our heart when we ask Him to and believe in Him! Jesus makes our hearts clean!

SAY: We choose God’s grace by asking Jesus to forgive us. We can be friends with God when we ask Jesus to be our leader. Let’s say our main point together:

Jesus makes me (thumbs to chest)
God’s friend (point up)
because I believe (hand over heart)
He lives again! (fist pump)

YOU CONNECT

FOREVER FRIENDS ADVENTURE
SNACK ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
per child: snack mat, bag of popcorn; adventure bag, friend cards

SAY: During our Bible adventure, Emily used her picture passes to help us answer the question, ‘How can I be God’s friend?’. Does anyone remember what Emily used to carry her picture passes? (Allow children to answer.) That’s right! She used her adventure bag.

SHOW the adventure bag to children and SAY: This is my adventure bag. Today, we are going on a Forever Friends Adventure to find some friends! Let’s see what’s in my adventure bag!

OPEN the adventure bag and PULL OUT the snack mats and friend cards. GIVE each child a snack mat and PLACE the friend cards in the center of the circle. EXPLAIN children will take turns turning over friend cards and CREATING friends with their popcorn.

For each friend card CHOSEN, SAY: You found a friend with [insert characteristics]. Let’s make our friend!

GIVE each child a bag of popcorn and ALLOW one child to CHOOSE the first friend card. CONTINUE until all friend cards have been created. PULL the last friend card (the cross) out of the adventure bag. SAY: I have one more picture for us to create. What is this? (a cross) Who will never stop being our friend, even when we make wrong choices? (God/Jesus)

SAY: That’s right! God will never stop being our friend. Let’s pray to God right now. PRAY before eating the snack.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You
for our snack.
Help us to ask
for forgiveness
when we make
wrong choices.
Thank you
for being our forever friend.
We love You.
In Jesus’s name,
Amen

EAT the snack and clean up the eGroup area.

YOU CONNECT

QUEST CINEMAS MOVIE POSTER
COLLECTIBLE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
movie ticket (1 per child) popcorn bucket, popcorn question cards (from From Get To Know You activity), crayons

HOLD UP a Quest Cinemas movie poster and SAY: Each weekend you visit Quest Cinemas you can collect another movie ticket for your movie poster. Collect four movie tickets and bring your movie poster back to Quest. Flash has a special prize for you at the concession stand!

If a child does not have a Quest Cinemas movie poster, the child will receive one when he or she leaves.

To receive today’s movie ticket, each child will find a piece of popcorn with a picture of a movie ticket. HOLD the popcorn bucket (with the popcorn question cards in the bucket) in the air and SAY: Movie popcorn is much more fun when it’s shared with everyone! When you SAY: “everyone!” THROW the pieces of popcorn in the air to land in the center of the group.

ENCOURAGE children to grab one piece of popcorn and LOOK to see if it has a picture of a movie ticket. GIVE each child holding a piece of popcorn with a picture of a movie ticket a movie ticket. Children holding a piece of popcorn that does not have a picture of a movie ticket will POP in the air five times like they are a popping piece of popcorn.

COLLECT all popcorn question cards in the popcorn bucket and REPEAT. CONTINUE until all children have received a movie ticket.

WRITE each child’s name on the back of the movie ticket and ALLOW children to color their tickets.

SAY: Take your movie ticket home and glue it to your Quest Cinemas move poster. Look at your poster everyday to help you remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned Jesus forgives us when we make wrong choices! Let’s say our main point together:

Jesus makes me (thumbs to chest)
God’s friend (point up)
because I believe (hand over heart)
He lives again! (fist pump)

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES

QUEST CINEMAS COLORING PAGE
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
coloring page (1 per child), crayons

GIVE each child a coloring page and ENCOURAGE children to color.

As children color, USE the coloring page to review the day.

MOVIE MOVEMENTS
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
deck of cards

SHUFFLE the deck of cards and GIVE each child three cards. PLACE the remaining cards in center of the group.

CHILDREN will look at their cards and CHOOSE one card to keep and place the other two cards in a discard pile. EXPLAIN each card is a movie ticket. If the movie ticket color DOES NOT match the color of the center card the child will complete an action.

DRAW a card from the pile and PLACE it face up in the center of the circle. SAY: “Today’s movie ticket color is [insert the color of the flipped card]! 

Any child who has a movie ticket color that does not match the color of the center card will complete a movie movement. The number of repetitions (or length of time) the child completes is determined by their card.

MOVIE MOVEMENT MOTIONS
make a scared face, fall asleep, pop like popcorn, ride the movie roller coater shown during previews, laugh at a funny part in the movie, cry at a sad part in the movie, restroom break – walk around the circle and back to your seat, pretend to eat candy

COLLECT all cards and REPEAT.