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Quest eGroup :: Week of August 19

Wonderful World

Main Point: God made the animals, and they are wonderful.
Bible Story: Animals | Genesis 1:20-25
Memory Verse: You have done (point up) great (wave with left hand) and wonderful (wave with right hand) things.” (clap hands together) 2 Samuel 7:23, NIrV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page key

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant and wonderful picture!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Ask children to help you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Encourage children to point out some of the things they notice in the picture. Keep all of the pages to use in the first You Connect activity.

ROLL-A-CREATURE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: die (1), head cards (12), body cards (12), feet cards (12)

What you do: Shuffle each deck of cards and randomly deal each child one head card, one body card, and one feet card. The eGroup Leader should keep any leftover cards. Children should lay the cards on the floor in front of them to show their mixed-up creature (head on top, body in the middle, feet on the bottom).

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to trade cards so that the head, body, and feet in front of them are all from the same animal. Children will roll the die to find out which part to trade and who to trade with. If the child needs to trade a card with the eGroup Leader, the leader will exchange one of the child’s card for a random card from the same deck. The first child to form a full animal wins!

  • If a child rolls a one, the child can swap any card with the player to their left.
  • If a child rolls a two, the child can swap any card with the player to their right.
  • If a child rolls a three, the child can swap any card with the eGroup Leader.
  • If a child rolls a four, the child can swap a head card with any player.
  • If a child rolls a five, the child can swap a body card with any player.
  • If a child rolls a six, the child can swap a foot card with any player.

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle. Choose one child to be “It” first and ask that child to stand outside the circle.

What you say: “We’re going to play, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ but instead of saying the words, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ like the normal game, we’ll say, ‘God, Made, You, Wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: The child who is “It” will walk around the circle lightly patting the sitting children’s heads while saying the words “God made you wonderful.” The child should say one word per head. When “It” says the word “wonderful,” “It” will walk fast around the circle while the child whose head was patted on “wonderful” gets up and walks fast after “It.” The first child who is “It” will then take a seat in the spot of the second child. The second child will now be “It.” Continue with the activity until every child has had a turn to be “It.”

What you say: “Everyone sit in a circle. (Pause.) Perfect! One person will be ‘It’ and will walk around the circle gently patting heads while telling everyone that God made them wonderful. Watch me! (Demonstrate.) When you touch someone’s head and say the word ‘wonderful,’ start walking very fast around the circle to the empty spot. (Demonstrate.) If you are sitting in the circle and someone touches your head and says the word ‘wonderful,’get up and start walking fast after the person that touched you. Are you ready? (Pause.) Remember to say, ‘God made you wonderful!’”

Get To Know You

CREATION FAVORITES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

What you do: Ask all children to sit in a circle, criss-cross-applesauce. Encourage them to sit knee-to-knee so the circle is completely closed.

What you say: “This month we’re going to learn about all of the wonderful things God has made! Before we learn more about God’s creation, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Pass the ball around the circle. As each child holds the ball, give them a turn to introduce themselves by saying their name and answering the special Creation Question of the Week: “If you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you want to be?”

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

What you say: “We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have the most fun. The rules to follow are:

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

If you can obey our special rules and are ready to have fun then put one hand in the center and repeat after me:

I am (allow response)

a (insert group name) (allow response)

I will (allow response)

be kind and safe! (allow response)

On the count of three everyone, say ‘Go (insert animal name)!’

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .

Go (insert group name)!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Now that we all know each other and we know the rules, we’re ready to hear a Bible story about God’s wonderful creation!”

Bible Connect

ANIMALS

GENESIS 1:20-25

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 16-21 in the God’s Story for Me Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

  1. “When God first created the water and sky, were there creatures living in them right away?” (no)
  2. “What did God make to swim in the water?” (fish, sea horses, whales, etc.)
  3. “What did God make to fly in the sky?”(different kinds of birds)
  4. “What did God make to float in the sky?” (clouds)
  5. “Did all of the animals live in the sky and water, or did some live on the land?” (Some lived on the land.)
  6. “What are some of the animals God made to live on land?” (horses, cats, bears, tigers, etc.)
  7. “When God saw all the animals, did He say they were good?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job! I am so glad God made the animals. I love animals! God made everything WONDERFUL! Who made everything wonderful?” (God made everything wonderful.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God did great and wonderful things. Creating the world and everything in it – including YOU – was pretty great and wonderful!”

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 loud voice, like a lion!”
  • “Say the verse in a deep voice, like the ocean!”
  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like you’re high up on a mountain!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can praise God for all of the great and wonderful things He’s done!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster! Allow children an opportunity to recite the verse by themselves. Give any child who recites the verse by themselves a memory verse card. Mark the “MV” box by that child’s name on your check-in sheet.

VERSE RHYTHM

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball, memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God did great and wonderful things. Creating the world and everything in it – including YOU – was pretty great and wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will pass the ball around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “God made everything wonderful,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the ball when you finish saying the word, “wonderful,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the verse. Continue passing the ball and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can praise God for all of the great and wonderful things He’s done!”

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.

I SPY: ANIMALS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: giant coloring page set (from Kid Connect), pointer

What you say: “God made so many wonderful things! Today we learned God made the animals. Let’s look at the animals He made and think about what makes them so wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Lead children in assembling the giant picture. Explain children will take turns finding animals God created and then think about what makes them wonderful. Encourage children to hold their pointer finger in the air when they find the animal you tell them to look for. Choose one of those children to take the pointer and use it to show everyone else where it is. Read the explanation of what makes that animal wonderful. Repeat until all items have been found.

What you say: “When we look at this picture we can see so many wonderful animals! God made each animal for a special purpose.”

  • “Who can find the bear? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Bears are wonderful because they eat lots of things like plants, bugs, and small animals that could get out of control and cause problems!”
  • “Who can find the octopus? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Octopuses are wonderful because they are super smart and fun to watch!”
  • “Who can find the rabbit? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Rabbits are wonderful because they can live in the wild but can also be sweet pets!”
  • “Who can find the bat? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Bats are wonderful because they eat bugs. Without bats there could be bugs everywhere!”
  • “Who can find a butterfly? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Butterflies are wonderful because they are so beautiful!”
  • “Who can find a snake? (Pause for children to find it and choose a child to show where it is with the pointer.) Snakes wonderful because they help gardens grow by eating creatures that might destroy the plants!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God made so many different kinds of animals, and they are all wonderful in their own ways! Who made everything wonderful?” (God made everything wonderful.)

You Connect

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 God made the animals, and they are wonderful. Let’s think about the wonderful animals God made!”

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 made all the wonderful animals. He made the jumping kangaroos and the tall giraffes, the playful dolphins and the teeny, tiny ladybugs. He made them all and they are all wonderful! Today we’re going to make a list of our favorite animals. When I say your name, tell me your favorite animal and I’ll write it in our journal. When we pray we can use our list to thank God for making all the animals!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You SO much for making all of the animals! They are amazing! We want to say a special thank You for making (read the list the children made). Help us be kind to the animals and take care of them when they need it. 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 made the animals, and they are wonderful.’ 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 made the animals, and they are wonderful!”

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

WONDERFUL THINGS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

What you do: Ask children to stand in a circle.

What you say: “We’re going to pass the ball around the circle while I chant, ‘God made wonderful things, it’s true. God made wonderful things like YOU!’ If you’re holding the ball when I say the word, ‘YOU,’ you’ll stand in the middle and pretend to be an animal. Once we guess what it is, you can go back to your spot and we’ll do it again!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Pass the ball to the child next to you and encourage children to pass it around the circle while you chant, “God made wonderful things, it’s true. God made wonderful things like YOU!” When you say the word, “YOU,” ask the child holding the ball to stand in the middle and pretend to be an animal. Encourage the other children to guess what it is and help them guess if needed. Once the children have guessed correctly, the child in the middle can return to their spot and you can begin passing the ball and chanting again. Continue as long as time allows.

Dismissal

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle. Choose one child to be “It” first and ask that child to stand outside the circle.

What you say: “We’re going to play, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ but instead of saying the words, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ like the normal game, we’ll say, ‘God, Made, You, Wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: The child who is “It” will walk around the circle lightly patting the sitting children’s heads while saying the words “God made you wonderful.” The child should say one word per head. When “It” says the word “wonderful,” “It” will walk fast around the circle while the child whose head was patted on “wonderful” gets up and walks fast after “It.” The first child who is “It” will then take a seat in the spot of the second child. The second child will now be “It.” Continue with the activity until every child has had a turn to be “It.”

What you say: “Everyone sit in a circle. (Pause.) Perfect! One person will be ‘It’ and will walk around the circle gently patting heads while telling everyone that God made them wonderful. Watch me! (Demonstrate.) When you touch someone’s head and say the word ‘wonderful,’ start walking very fast around the circle to the empty spot. (Demonstrate.) If you are sitting in the circle and someone touches your head and says the word ‘wonderful,’get up and start walking fast after the person that touched you. Are you ready? (Pause.) Remember to say ‘God made you wonderful!’”