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Quest eGroup :: Week of August 27

Wonder! Clubhouse:
BLAST OFF

MAIN POINT

Jesus Loves Me No Matter What.

BIBLE STORY

ZACCHAEUS
Luke 19:1-8

MEMORY VERSE

Nothing (cross hand over hand)
can separate us 
(link finders together)
from God’s love. 
(cross hands over chest)
Romans 8:39 
(open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
KID CONNECT is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with your eGroup 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.

QUEST COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

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

Extension Activities

    • Use a die to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Roll the die again and switch crayon colors.
    • Use the number die to determine how many items to color with a certain color crayon. Allow children to color the number of items then roll the die again.
  • Have children take turns rolling the die. Children will compete to be the first to color their coloring page, coloring the number of items rolled each turn.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Make sure children’s names are on the coloring pages and set them aside until they are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

KID CONNECT

QUEST ANIMAL MEMORY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory cards, die
What you do: Lay the memory cards facedown in the center of the group.
What you say: “We’re going to see who has the best memory while we try to find matches for all of our Quest animal friends!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Each child gets to turn over two memory cards and keep them if the picture matches. If a player turns over two cards which do not match, those cards are turned facedown again. It becomes the next child’s turn whether the pictures do or do not match. Play as time allows or until all matches are found.

Extension Activities

  • Use the die to determine the number of cards each child will turn over on his or her turn.
  • On their turn, each child will roll the die to determine how many cards to turn over.

KID CONNECT

3, 2, 1… BLAST OFF!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you do: Spread children out around the eGroup area.
What you say: “Today, I want to play a super fun game called ‘3, 2, 1, … Blast Off!’ I will call out a movement like ‘march in place,’ and when I say, ‘Three, two, one, blast off!’ I want you to do it with me like this. (Demonstrate marching in place.) Ready?”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to put on their listening ears so they can follow your directions and blast off together!
What you say:

  • “Hug a friend! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Pat your legs! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Touch your nose! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Jump up high! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Sing ‘la, la, la!’ 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Jog in place! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Squat down low! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Touch your toes! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Twist side to side! 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”
  • “Wave ‘hello!’ 3, 2, 1 … Blast off!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Wow! You guys are GREAT listeners! That was a super fun game! I’m so excited that we’re blasting off at church together!”

GET TO KNOW YOU

ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS
(5:00, 9:30, 11:30)

WOULD YOU RATHER…

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: die, leader card, Quest animal stickers
What you say: “We’re blasting off with exciting stories and fantastic adventures as we discover how God made us, God loves us, and Jesus wants to be our friend forever!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Roll the die and introduce yourself. Read the question from the leader card that corresponds to the color you rolled and share your answer with the eGroup. Encourage each child to roll the die, introduce themselves, and answer the corresponding 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:

  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 blast off into our Bible story and hear something exciting that God wants to teach us today!”

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.

ZACCHAEUS

Luke 19:1-8

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, space 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 on pages pages 403-408 from 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 space sticker.

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

  1. “What was Zacchaeus’s job?” (tax collector)
  2. “Did people like Zacchaeus?” (no) 
  3. “Did he take the right amount of money from people, or did he take too much?” (He took too much.)
  4. “Was Zacchaeus tall or short?” (short) 
  5. “What did Zacchaeus climb up so he could see Jesus?” (a tree)
  6. Whose house did Jesus want to stay at?” (Zacchaeus’s house) 
  7. “Were the other people happy that Jesus went to Zacchaeus’s house?” (no) 
  8. “Zacchaeus wanted to show Jesus he had changed and make things right with the other people, so what did he do with all the extra money he had taken?” (He gave it all back, plus some extra money.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Zacchaeus had made some bad choices and did not treat people nicely. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus, He could have been mad at him for doing wrong things, but instead He chose to show Zacchaeus love! Jesus loved Zacchaeus even though he made bad choices! And just like Jesus loved Zacchaues, God will always love us, when we make good choices and even when we make bad choices!”

BIBLE CONNECT

Choose one of the memory verse activity options to help children learn and practice the Bible verse together.

NOTE: Children cannot receive a memory verse card week one of the series.

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month we’re learning about how God made us and loves us and wants to be our friend! Our Bible verse tells us nothing could ever take God’s love away from 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 new 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.) Great job! I think you’re ready to say our verse in some silly voices now.”

  • “Say the verse in a loud voice, like you’re trying to yell to outer space!”
  • “Say the verse in a silly space alien voice!”
  • “Say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re standing on the moon where there’s no sound!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Good job! Our memory verse tells us that not matter what we do, God will ALWAYS love us! ALWAYS! God loves us sooo much!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster!

 

 

BIBLE CONNECT

FOLLOW  THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Let’s pretend there’s a path right here around the edge of our rug. I want you to line up and follow me along the path as we say our memory verse together!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Line the children up and lead them around the edge of the rug, moving in different ways each time you prepare to say the verse.

What you say: “Be sure to stay in line behind me! Everybody march forward ten steps! Count our marching steps with me: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! Now everyone sit down right where you are and say the verse with me! (Lead children in saying the memory verse as shown in the sidebar.) Now stand up and follow me around the rug again!”

  • “Everybody hop forward four times! Count our hops with me: 1, 2, 3, 4! Now everyone sit down right where you are and say the verse with me!” (Repeat verse)
  • “Everybody take eight tiny baby steps forward! Count our baby steps with me: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8! Now everyone sit down right where you are and say the verse with me!” (Repeat verse)
  • “Everybody take three steps forward as slowly as you can! Count our slow steps with me: 1, 2, 3! Now everyone sit down right where you are and say the verse with me!” (Repeat verse)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job following me and saying the verse! It’s true that NOTHING, absolutely nothing, can separate us from God’s love. He loves you always – no matter what! Isn’t that awesome?”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster!

 

HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.

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.

BAD CHOICE OR GOOD CHOICE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: choice cards

What you say: “In our Bible story today, we talked about a man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was surprised when Jesus decided to go to his house for dinner because Zacchaeus had made so many bad choices. Sometimes we make bad choices, too. But we can also make good choices. Let’s think about some of the choices we might make and decide if they’re good choices or bad choices.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “I have some things I want to read to you. Then I want you to decide whether it is a good choice (show a thumbs up sign) or a bad choice (show a thumbs down sign). Use your thumbs to give me a thumbs up if it’s a good choice or a thumbs down if it’s a bad choice.”

What you do: Hold up the choice cards one at a time so children can see the picture while you read the scenario on the back. For each scenario, encourage children to show a thumbs up if it was a good choice or a thumbs down if it was a bad choice.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Even though Zacchaeus had made some bad choices, Jesus still loved him no matter what. And He loves you, too. Whether you make good or bad choices, God loves you no matter what! Isn’t that awesome to think about? When I make a good choice, God loves me. When I make a bad choice, God still loves me.”

YOU CONNECT

JOURNAL / COLLECTIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz prayer journal, pen, collectible poster, main point card, glue, Sharpie marker

What you say: “Today we learned Jesus loves us no matter what! Now it’s time to write in our eGroup prayer journal and pray together.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eKidz prayer journal (or a journal page if you don’t have your eKidz prayer journal) and pen. Write each child’s name so you can pray for them throughout the week, then record the children’s responses. Pray with the group.

What you say: “Today we’re going to make a list in our eKidz prayer journal that won’t be fun to make at first, but when we think about how much God still loves us, it will make our list special. We’re going to think of some of the wrong things we’ve done. I’ll write them down, and then when we pray we can thank God for loving us, even though we’ve done wrong things. Can we do that? Sure we can! I’ll go first. (Write down your name and one wrong thing you’ve done, then encourage children to share and record their responses.) It’s very special to think about how much God still loves us even though we’ve done wrong things.

Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to show us how big Your love is. It’s bigger than any wrong we could ever do. It’s bigger than (read the children’s responses). None of these wrongs can separate us from Your love. Help us to never forget that. 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.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your collectible poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize!

Today’s main point card says, ‘Jesus loves me no matter what!’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your collectible poster at home.

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A COLLECTIBLE POSTER: Give the child a collectible poster and glue the main point card on their poster. 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 loves each of us!”

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

YOU CONNECT

MAKING IT RIGHT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: game board, Zacchaeus game pieces, game cards

What you say: “Jesus loved Zacchaeus even when he did something wrong, and it changed Zacchaeus’s heart! Zacchaeus realized he should make things right with the people he had cheated, so he gave money back to all the people he stole from. We can make things right when we’ve done something wrong, too!”

What you do: Place the game board in the center of the group. Divide your group into two teams and give each team a Zacchaeus game piece. Place both Zacchaeus game pieces at the bottom of the tree on START.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “We’re going to think about some ways we can make things right after we’ve done something wrong. Each time we choose a way to make things right, Zacchaeus will move up the tree. The first team to get to the highest branch wins!”

What you do: Tell the team with the blue Zacchaeus game piece to take a card from the pile. Read the scenario and allow the team to discuss the situation. Move the team’s Zacchaeus game piece up the tree. Repeat for the team with the red Zacchaeus game piece. Continue drawing cards and moving up the tree until one Zacchaeus has reached the top branch.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You all did a great job thinking about how we can make things right when we do something wrong. God loves us no matter what, even when we make wrong choices. Then His love helps us make things right!”

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES

QUEST ANIMAL MEMORY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory cards, die
What you do: Lay the memory cards facedown in the center of the group.
What you say: “We’re going to see who has the best memory while we try to find matches for all of our Quest animal friends!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Each child gets to turn over two memory cards and keep them if the picture matches. If a player turns over two cards which do not match, those cards are turned facedown again. It becomes the next child’s turn whether the pictures do or do not match. Play as time allows or until all matches are found.

Extension Activities

  • Use the die to determine the number of cards each child will turn over on his or her turn.
  • On their turn, each child will roll the die to determine how many cards to turn over.