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Quest eGroup Week of January 13

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Main Point: Jesus can do what is impossible.
Bible Story: Walking on Water
Bible Passage: Matthew 14:22-23
Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

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.

I SPY
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: I Spy mats (12), I Spy cards (10), mini magnifying glasses (12)
What you do: Give each child an I Spy mat.
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will compete to be the first to find the different items on their I Spy mats. Each time you show them the picture on an I Spy card, children will race to find that picture on their I Spy mat. When children find it, they will place their mini magnifying glass on top of the picture on their I Spy mat and call out, “I Spy!” Hand the I Spy card for each item to the child who finds it on their I Spy mat first. The child with the most I Spy cards at the end wins!

WATCH WHAT I CAN DO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags (12), foam die (1)
What you do: Give each child a beanbag. Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “This month we’re learning to watch Jesus because He can do amazing things! We can’t do all the things Jesus can do, but I bet we can do some pretty cool things with these bean bags. Let’s see what we can do!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will ask children if they can complete a challenge with their beanbag. Any child who wants to try will stand up and say, “Watch what I can do!” Those children will then attempt to complete the challenge.
For each challenge listed below, roll the die and insert that number in place of the “[#]” symbol in the instructions. If children try a challenge, but cannot do it, make circles with your hands, hold them in front of your eyes like binoculars, and say, “I saw [child’s name] give it a great try!” When children complete the challenge, give them a high-five and say, “I saw [child’s name] do something cool!”
eTL Tip: Before allowing children to gently toss a beanbag, show them how to toss one gently so it doesn’t go any higher than your head. Explain you will have to take beanbags back from any children who can’t follow the rules!
What you say:
“Who can balance a beanbag on the back of your hand while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air and catch it [#] times in a row without dropping it?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the top of your head while I count to [#]?”
“Who can gently toss a beanbag in the air with one hand and catch it with the other hand [#] times?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on the tip of one finger while I count to [#]?”
“Who can hold one foot out in front of you and balance a beanbag on your foot while I count to [#]?”
“Who can balance a beanbag on your shoulder and do a silly dance while I count to [#]?”
“Who can swap beanbags with three friends before I count to [#]?”
“Who can lift one knee in the air and balance a beanbag on your knee while I count to [#]?”
“Who can stand by a friend with a different color beanbag before I count to [#]?”

GET TO KNOW YOU

THE WAY I SEE IT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: inkblot cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Spread the inkblot cards around the center of the circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning to watch and learn from someone who can do anything! Do you know who I’m talking about? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right; we should watch Jesus because He can do amazing things! Before we hear a Bible story about one of the amazing things Jesus did, let’s get to know each other a little bit better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that the inkblot cards don’t show an actual picture; children will look at the cards and decide what they think the picture could look like. Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the inkblot cards and tell what they think it looks like. Read the question from the back of the card the child chose and encourage the child to answer.
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 animal 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 something incredible Jesus did!”

BIBLE CONNECT

WALKING ON WATER

MATTHEW 14:22-33
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: The Beginner’s 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 364-370 of The Beginner’s 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!”
“What did Jesus do while His disciples went ahead of Him in the boat?” (He prayed.)
“When the storm started, did the disciples handle it well by themselves or did they have trouble?” (They had trouble.)
“While the wind and waves tossed the boat around, what did they see someone doing on the water?”(walking)
“Did they immediately know it was Jesus, or did they think He was a ghost?”(They thought He was a ghost.)
“Who tried to walk out on the water to Jesus?” (Peter)
“Did Peter look at the wind and the waves, or did he keep his eyes on Jesus?” (He looked at the wind and the waves.)
“When Peter looked at the wind and waves, what happened?” (He started sinking.)
“Did Jesus save Peter?” (yes)
“When Jesus climbed into the boat, did the storm stop or did it get worse?” (The storm stopped.)
“What did the disciples do when Jesus stopped the storm?” (They worshiped Jesus.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “I know I can’t walk on water. When my feet hit the water, I sink right down into it! But Jesus is AWESOME! He can do anything—even impossible things like walking on water. Who can do anything?” (Jesus can do anything.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God can do anything, so impossible things are possible for God!”
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 while we pretend to do science experiments like our friends in the Wonder! Clubhouse!”
“Lean in close and say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re listening for your science experiment to make a noise!”
“Jump up and say the verse in a loud voice, like your science experiment just exploded!”
“Hold your hands in front of your eyes like goggles and say the verse in a grown-up voice, like you’re a real scientist!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Because all things are possible with God, He can do anything we would ever need Him to do for us!”
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 RACE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags (6)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Spread six beanbags across the center of the circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God can do anything, so impossible things are possible for God!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will watch you carefully while you pretend to work on a science experiment (pretend to mix things, pour things into beakers, inspect them with a magnifying glass, etc.). Tell them you will take a beanbag from the center, and you will try to do it without them noticing. When children see you take a beanbag, they will race to grab the other five beanbags. Any children without a beanbag will stand and say the verse together!

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! Because all things are possible with God, He can do anything we would ever need Him to do for us!”
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

THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: beanbags
What you do: Spread children out around the eGroup space. Place the beanbags in the center where children can take one as needed.
What you say: “I have some challenges for you to try! You probably won’t be able to do all of them, but I want you to give it your best try and see what you can do.”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read the following challenges one at a time, giving children time to attempt each challenge before moving on. For beanbag challenges, depending on the number of children standing children may need to take turns with the beanbags. Beanbags can be returned to the center of the circle when they are not being used.
If a child cannot complete a challenge, the child should sit down. Continue until all challenges have been attempted or until all children are sitting down.
Clap your hands three times.
High-five two friends.
Jump with both feet five times.
Toss a beanbag up in the air and catch it in your hands without dropping it.
Balance a beanbag on top of your head and jump one time without letting it fall.
Snap your fingers two times.
Hop on one foot three times.
Toss a beanbag up in the air and catch it with one hand without dropping it.
Balance a beanbag on the back of your hand and spin around one time without letting it fall.
Jump high enough to touch the ceiling.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “There are some things we can do easily, some things we can learn how to do with practice, and some things that are just plain impossible for us to do. But who can do anything? (Jesus can do anything!) That’s right; Jesus can do anything, even things that are impossible for you, like jumping all the way to the ceiling!”

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 Jesus can do what is impossible!”
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: “Walking on water is impossible for us to do. Impossible means we could never, ever, EVER do it. But because Jesus can do ANYTHING, He can do what is impossible. Let’s make a list of impossible things—things we could never EVER do. We can use our list when we pray to thank God that Jesus can do ANYTHING—even what is impossible! So put on your thinking cap. (Pretend to put on your thinking cap.) When I say your name, tell me one impossible thing that we could never do.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
Let’s pray together now! Dear God, Jesus is amazing! He can do what is impossible, like (read the list the children made), because with You ALL things are possible, just like it says in the Bible verse we are learning. Thank You for sending such a wonderful friend like Jesus to be our 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, ‘Jesus can do what is impossible.’ 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 Jesus can do what is impossible!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

OLLIE MAY “EYE”

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: foam die (1)
What you do: Line children up side-by-side at one end of the eGroup space, then stand at the other end.
What you say: “In this game I’m going to watch and listen to see if you can follow my directions AND remember today’s main point.”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will try to be the first to reach you by rolling the die and taking that many steps toward you after saying the main point (Jesus can do what is impossible.). If they cannot say the main point, the child cannot move forward.
There are two important things the child must remember to do on their turn: they must say, “Ollie, may EYE?” before they begin moving, and they must keep their eyes on you while they move. If they forget to do either of these things, they must move back to start.
Allow children to take turns rolling the die. The die will tell children how many steps they can take toward you after they say the main point. After the child says the main point, he/she should say, “Ollie, may EYE?” Reply, “Yes, you may,” and then encourage the child to move forward while keeping their eyes on you.
eGL Tip: For older children, give them specific types of steps to take as they walk toward you and say the main point.
These types could include:
giant steps
baby steps
tiptoe steps
bunny hops
frog jumps
one-foot hops
penguin waddles
deer leaps
ant marches
worm wiggles
Children should still ask, “Ollie, may I?” before moving and keep their eyes on you as they move and say the main point!