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Quest eGroup Week of April 21

Big News

Main Point: I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard
Bible Story: Paul and Silas
Bible Passage: Acts 16:16-34
Memory Verse: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19, NIV

KID CONNECT

BIG COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, big coloring page set (12 pages), coloring page key (1)
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one big picture!

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: 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: Ask children to help you arrange the pages they colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Use the key to help assemble the big picture if needed. Keep the large picture assembled to use in the next Kid Connect activity: I Spy.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity, magnifying glasses (12)
What you say: “Wow! This is a big picture! There are some smaller things hidden in our big picture. Let’s see if you can find them all!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will look for hidden objects in the big picture. When they see the object you call out, they should raise their magnifying glass in the air. Choose one child to use their magnifying glass to show the rest of the group where it can be found. When there is more than one of the same object, a child should point out just one of them and then let another child have a turn. Continue until all objects have been found.
What you say: “All right, let’s see if you can find…”
“One trash can!”
“Two water bottles!”
“Three benches!”
“Four balloons!”
“Five flowers!”

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

NEWSPAPER ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: newspaper pages (12), foam die
What you do: Give each child a newspaper page and encourage children to stand up and form a large circle around the eGroup space. Tell each child to place their newspaper page on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will follow your directions as you tell them different actions to take with their newspaper pages. The die will determine how long or how many times children will perform each action. The child who does the best job performing each action can roll the die for the next action.
Roll the die. Read an action statement below, inserting the number shown on the die where the “[#]” is shown. After each action, choose a child who completed the action well to roll the die, then read another action statement using that number. Repeat until all action statements have been read.
What you say: “Some of our Quest animals have BIG NEWS to share this month! Let’s use our special newspaper pages and see if you can complete these newspaper action challenges!”
“Stand on one foot on your newspaper page while I count to [#]!”
“Hop back and forth from one side of your newspaper page to the other [#] times!”
“Make a bridge over your newspaper page and keep it up while I count to [#]!“
“Pick up your newspaper page and balance if on your head while I count to [#]!”
“Sit on your newspaper page and hold completely still while I count to [#]!”
“Lay your newspaper page flat on one hand. Walk around and give [#] friends high-fives without letting it fall off!”
“Lift one knee in the air and balance your newspaper on your knee while I count to [#]!”
“Leave your newspaper page on the floor. Walk to [#] friends’ newspaper pages and tap them with one finger before walking back to your newspaper page.”
“Trade newspaper pages with [#] friends, then walk back to your spot.”
“Raise your newspaper page in the air as high as you can and keep it there while I count to [#]!”
“Stand right behind your newspaper page and jump as high as you can [#] times without touching it!”

GET TO KNOW YOU

SHARE YOUR NEWS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: question sheet (1), foam die (1), microphone (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about telling others about the most amazing person who ever lived! Do you know who I’m talking about? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right; we’re going to learn to tell others about Jesus! Before we get started, let’s use a microphone to practice sharing exciting news about ourselves while we get to know each other better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give each child a turn to roll the die. Ask the child to answer one of the questions for the rolled number from the question sheet. Encourage children to share their answer by speaking into the microphone.
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 someone who shared the BIG NEWS about Jesus with others!”

BIBLE CONNECT

PAUL AND SILAS
ACTS 16:16-34

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

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 493-498 of 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 were Paul and Silas telling everyone about?” (Jesus)
“When Paul and Silas helped a slave girl get well, did it make her owners happy or angry?” (angry)
“When the owners turned them in, did the city officials put Paul and Silas in time-out or did they put them in jail?” (in jail)
“Was it nice in jail or were they in pain?” (They were in pain.)
“Even though it was awful in jail, Paul and Silas knew God cared about them, so what did they choose to do?” (pray and sing)
“At midnight, what did the ground begin doing?” (shaking)
“The ground shook so hard, what happened to the doors of the jail cells?” (They popped open.)
“When the jailer ran in to check on the prisoners, had the prisoners run away when their doors popped open?” (no)
“The jailer was so amazed, he decided he wanted to know Jesus, just like Paul and Silas! Did Paul and Silas tell him how to be saved?” (yes)
“Who took care of Paul and Silas after that night?” (the jailer)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Paul and Silas chose to find joy in a tough situation. And even when they were in pain and trapped in jail, they chose to tell others about Jesus! If Paul and Silas can tell others about Jesus in a hard situation like that, we can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard, too. Who can tell others about Jesus?” (I can tell others about Jesus.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us to share with everyone the big news that Jesus is alive!”

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 your best news reporter voice!”
“Say the verse like a reporter who is standing in the middle of a blizzard!”
“Say the verse like you’re shouting the most exciting news ever!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! When we share the big news that Jesus is alive, other people will follow Jesus, too!”
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 MIKE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: microphone (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us to share with everyone the big news that Jesus is alive!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will pass the microphone around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “I can tell others about Jesus,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the microphone when you finish saying the word, “Jesus,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the verse into the microphone. Continue passing the microphone and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! When we share the big news that Jesus is alive, other people will follow Jesus, too!”
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

MATCH AND TELL

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: “Sometimes it can feel hard to tell others about Jesus because we don’t know what to say. We’re going to think about some situations we often find ourselves in and decide what we could say to others to tell them about Jesus in that situation.”

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.)

CRYING CHILD: “Everyone show me your crying face. (Encourage children to pretend to cry.) If someone is crying, you could give them a hug and tell them Jesus loves them even when they’re sad!”
LONELY CHILD: “Everyone show me what you do when you feel lonely. (Encourage children to pretend to be lonely.) If someone looks lonely, you can say, ‘I’ll be your friend!’ and then tell them Jesus wants to be their friend, too!”
MAD CHILD: “Everyone show me your mad face. (Encourage children to make a mad face.) If someone is mad at you, you can say, ‘I’m sorry; will you forgive me?’ and then tell them Jesus forgives us every time we ask Him!”
MEAN CHILD: “Everyone show me what you do if someone is mean to you. (Encourage children to pretend someone is being mean.) If someone is being mean to you, you can tell them Jesus wants us to treat each other with kindness because He loves us all!”
TIRED CHILD: “Everyone show me your tired face. (Encourage children to pretend to be tired.) If someone is feeling too tired to do what they need to do, you can tell them Jesus will always help us when we ask Him!”
SHY CHILD: “Everyone show me your shy face. (Encourage children to pretend to be shy.) If someone is shy, you can tell them Jesus can give them strength to be brave!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Whether someone is happy, sad, tired, or mad, they need to know Jesus is with them and He wants to be their friend forever! No matter what situation we’re in, even when it’s hard, we can tell others about Jesus. Who can tell others about Jesus?” (I can tell others about Jesus.)

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND MAIN POINT CARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample Wonder! Clubhouse poster, main point cards (1 per child), glue, Sharpie marker
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned we can tell others about Jesus 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: “Let’s think about things that are hard to do. It could be tying your shoes, learning to swim, or cleaning your room without any help. When I say your name, tell me one thing that is hard to do. We can pray and ask God to help us do hard things!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for always being with us and helping us do hard things. Thank You for helping [child’s name] (say hard thing they listed). (Repeat for each child.) And thank You for helping us tell others about Jesus, even when it’s hard. We want everyone to know the BIG NEWS that Jesus is alive and He wants to be their friend 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, ‘I can tell others about Jesus 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 tell others about Jesus 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.

YOU CONNECT

LISTEN FOR THE GOOD NEWS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Seat children in a circle.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Remind children our main point today is, “I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard.” Explain children will be listening carefully for you to say the main point. When you say the main point correctly, everyone will stand up and find a new spot around the circle. Tell them you’ll sometimes put a wrong word in the main point, but they should only move if you say all the right words! If children start to get up and move when you said a wrong word, they will need to shout the main point before sitting back down.
What you say: “All right, friends, make sure you listen very carefully for me to say our main point correctly: ‘I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard.’ I’m going to put some other silly words in sometimes, so help each other listen for the right words. And remember, if you stand up on the wrong one, you’ll need to shout our main point as loud as you can before sitting back down!”

“I can type others about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can text others about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tip others about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell octopuses about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell ostriches about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell Ollie about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell others about jelly beans even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell others about jaguars even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell others about Jeeps even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard.”
“I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s happy.”
“I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hairy.”
“I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hidden.”
“I can tell others about Jesus even when it’s hard.”

DISMISSAL

NEWSPAPER ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: newspaper pages (12), foam die
What you do: Give each child a newspaper page and encourage children to stand up and form a large circle around the eGroup space. Tell each child to place their newspaper page on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will follow your directions as you tell them different actions to take with their newspaper pages. The die will determine how long or how many times children will perform each action. The child who does the best job performing each action can roll the die for the next action.
Roll the die. Read an action statement below, inserting the number shown on the die where the “[#]” is shown. After each action, choose a child who completed the action well to roll the die, then read another action statement using that number. Repeat until all action statements have been read.
What you say: “Some of our Quest animals have BIG NEWS to share this month! Let’s use our special newspaper pages and see if you can complete these newspaper action challenges!”
“Stand on one foot on your newspaper page while I count to [#]!”
“Hop back and forth from one side of your newspaper page to the other [#] times!”
“Make a bridge over your newspaper page and keep it up while I count to [#]!“
“Pick up your newspaper page and balance if on your head while I count to [#]!”
“Sit on your newspaper page and hold completely still while I count to [#]!”
“Lay your newspaper page flat on one hand. Walk around and give [#] friends high-fives without letting it fall off!”
“Lift one knee in the air and balance your newspaper on your knee while I count to [#]!”
“Leave your newspaper page on the floor. Walk to [#] friends’ newspaper pages and tap them with one finger before walking back to your newspaper page.”
“Trade newspaper pages with [#] friends, then walk back to your spot.”
“Raise your newspaper page in the air as high as you can and keep it there while I count to [#]!”
“Stand right behind your newspaper page and jump as high as you can [#] times without touching it!”