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Quest eGroup Week of January 7

All The Time

Main Point: Jesus is there when I need Him.
Bible Story: The Four Friends – Mark 2:1-12
Memory Verse: You are everything I need. Psalm 119:57, NIrV

KID CONNECT

QUEST ANIMAL COLORING PAGE
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring page, block clock
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: Take the block clock base out of the bag, leaving just the 12 blocks in the bag.
Option 1: Choose a clock block from the bag and use the color to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Choose a new clock block and switch crayon colors.
Option 2: Choose a clock block from the bag and use the number to determine how many items to color. Allow children to color the number of items with a crayon, then choose a new clock block and a new crayon.
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.
TIME TO FIND OLLIE
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing them in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.
What you say: “Our friend Ollie is hiding! Let’s see who can find him!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up onto the pile in the middle. The next child will do the same. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “find” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who finds Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)

KID CONNECT

TIME THAT MOVE
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards, timing device
What you do: Shuffle the Quest playing cards and place them face down in front of you. Encourage children to spread out around the eGroup space. Explain you will call out a movement for them to perform until the timer goes off. Anyone who stops before time runs out has to stand still like a statue instead of doing the next movement!

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Turn over a playing card and use the number on the card to determine how long children will perform the movement. Call out one of the movements listed below, start the timer, and encourage children to perform the movement until the timer goes off. If a child stops before time runs out, ask that child to stand as still as a statue while children perform the next movement. The child can join back in with the movements on the following turn.
What you say: “Let’s see if you can keep moving the whole time!”
“Hop on one foot for (#) seconds!”
“Skip in place for (#) seconds!”
“March around the rug for (#) seconds!”
“Jog in place for (#) seconds!”
“Walk around the rug on your tiptoes for (#) seconds!”
“Pat your legs as fast as you can for (#) seconds!”
“Rub your tummy for (#) seconds!”
“Do your favorite dance move for (#) seconds!”
“High five other friends in our eGroup for (#) seconds!”
“Stand still on one foot for (#) seconds!”
“Clap your hands as fast as you can for (#) seconds!”
“Close your eyes and shake your head for (#) seconds!”

GET TO KNOW YOU

ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS

TIME TO GET TO KNOW YOU
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: block clock, leader card
What you do: Give each child a block from the block clock and keep one for yourself. Place the block clock base in the center of the eGroup.
What you say: “This month we’re learning Jesus is always there when we need Him. When we’re happy or sad, scared or excited, sick or well, Jesus is with us all the time! As we get to know each other today, we’ll think about some of the good and not-so-good times we’ve been through, and we’ll remember Jesus is with us through all of them!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will answer a question based on the color of their block. Introduce yourself to the group. Read the question for your block color from the leader card, answer the question, then return the block to its spot on the clock. Go around the circle, encouraging each child to introduce themselves and answer the question for their block color.
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 a time when Jesus was there for someone at the exact moment they needed Him!”

BIBLE CONNECT

THE FOUR FRIENDS
MARK 2:1-12
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 330-335 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!”
“What was wrong with the man in this story?” (He couldn’t walk.)
“Who did the four friends choose to take their friend to for help?” (Jesus)
“How did the four friends get the man to Jesus?” (They carried him on a mat.)
“Were the friends able to take the man straight in to see Jesus?” (No)
“Why couldn’t they get him in?” (It was very crowded.)
“How did they get their friend to Jesus?” (They lowered him down through a hole in the ceiling.)
“Did Jesus help the man walk?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “It must have been frustrating not to be able to walk, but Jesus was able to help the man walk again. Just like Jesus was there for the man when he needed healing, Jesus is with us all the time and is ready to help us when we need Him!”

BIBLE CONNECT

VERSE VOICES
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Jesus is with us all the time! Our verse this month tells us Jesus is everything we could ever need. We can trust Him and follow what He says because He is always there for 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.) Jesus is everything we need because He’s there all the time! He’s there when we’re tired, when we’re surprised, when we’re scared, or when we’re excited. Let’s say our verse in some of those voices!
“Say the verse in tired voice!”
“Say the verse in a surprised voice!”
“Say the verse in a scared voices!”
“Say the verse in an excited voice!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job! Jesus is with us all the time, and He is all we need!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster!

SHARE THE GOOD NEWS
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: block clock
What you say: “Jesus is with us all the time! Our verse this month tells us Jesus is everything we could ever need. We can trust Him and follow what He says because He is always there for us.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give each child a block from the block clock. Close your eyes and spin the clock hands around a few times. Stop and ask the children holding the pieces from the spots where the clock hands are pointing to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had an opportunity to practice the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job! Jesus is with us all the time, and He is all we need!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster!

YOU CONNECT

WHEN WE NEED HIM
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: parachute, friend cards (8)
What you do: Spread out the parachute in the center of the eGroup. Spread the friend cards across the surface of the parachute with the friend pictures facing up. Arrange children around the parachute so each child can hold a handle.
What you say: “In our Bible story today, four friends carried a man who couldn’t walk to Jesus so the man could be healed. We have some friends on our parachute mat that we need to carry very carefully! Each time we take a friend off the mat we can think about different times Jesus can help us just like He helped the man who couldn’t walk.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage children to stand and gently lift the parachute to hold it at waist-level. Remind them to move the parachute slowly and carefully so none of the friends fall off! Take a friend card from the parachute, read the back, and assist children in following the instructions for moving the parachute. After each parachute movement is completed, encourage children to return the parachute to waist-level. Repeat for the remaining friend cards.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “There are lots of times when we need help. But there is one Person who is always there to help, no matter what! Who is there when I need Him?” (Jesus is there when I need Him!)

YOU CONNECT

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND COLLECTIBLE
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample collectible poster, main point card, glue, Sharpie marker, eKidz eGroup prayer journal
What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned Jesus is there when we need Him. Let’s think about some times we might need help from Jesus this week.”

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: “Today we’re going to write down times we could ask Jesus for help this week. Think about something you might need help with, like staying calm when you’re upset or obeying your mom when you don’t feel like it. We’ll write it down and ask Jesus for help!” (Write down children’s names and what they say.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to be with us all the time! And thank you that He loves to help us when we need Him. Help us this week as we (read what children shared from journal). We know Jesus can help us because He’s with us all the time! 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 collectible poster.
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! We have some really special new 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 is there when I need Him.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your collectible poster at home.”
VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW 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 Jesus is always there to help us when we need Him!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

YOU CONNECT

PASSING TIME
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: block clock
What you do: Arrange children in a single-file line and ask them to sit criss-cross applesauce.
What you say: “Today in our Bible story we learned about a man who could not use his legs to walk. In this game, you can’t use your legs either!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Take one of the blocks from the clock and hand it to the first child in line. Encourage children to complete the instructions below without moving their legs. Once the last child has the block, encourage the child to bring it back to the front of the line by scooting on the floor without using their legs. That child is then first in line to pass the next block. Repeat for each remaining instruction.
What you say: “I’m going to give you a block. Your job is to follow my directions to get the block all the way to the back of the line, then when the last person has it they will return it to the front of the line by scooting to the front without using their legs!”
“Pass the block over your heads!”
“Pass the block by sliding it on the floor!”
“Pass the block by sitting it on your shoulder so the person behind you can take it!”
“Pass the block by handing it to the person behind you on the back of your hand!”
“Pass the block on one finger!”
“Pass the block by holding it between your two pointer fingers and lifting it over your head!”
“Pass the block with your eyes closed!”
“Pass the block around your left side with your right hand!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “It’s hard to do things without your legs, but you all did a great job helping each other!”

DISMISSAL

TIME TO FIND OLLIE
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing them in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.
What you say: “Our friend Ollie is hiding! Let’s see who can find him!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up onto the pile in the middle. The next child will do the same. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “find” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who finds Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)