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Quest eGroup :: Week of July 29

Kids Rock

Main Point: I can do brave things.
Bible Story: David and Goliath  1Samuel 17:1-50
Memory Verse: “God made (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10, NCV (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 picture that totally rocks!
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: Encourage children to help you as you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Keep the large picture assembled as it will be used in the next activity.

I SPY
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity
What you say: “Wow! Our Quest animals rock! 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 each child will have a turn to find a hidden object and 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 whistle!”
“Two rescue floats!”
“Three pairs of goggles!”
“Four towels!”
“Five sunscreen bottles!”
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.

 

LET’S ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child)
What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.
What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.
At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

 

Get To Know You

WHO’S IN OUR BAND?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: instrument cards (set of 12), microphone (1)
What you do: Spread the instrument cards around the center of the eGroup with the instruments facing up.
What you say: “This summer we’ve been learning about kids in the Bible who rock because they obeyed God and did great things! Before we learn more about these great kids and how we can rock too, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain that children will introduce themselves to the band by speaking into the band’s special microphone. After each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the instrument cards and answer the question on the back. Continue until all children have been introduced and have answered a 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:
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 kid who really rocked!”

 

Bible Activity

DAVID AND GOLIATH

1 SAMUEL 17:1-50
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 171-176 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!”
“Were the Israelites fighting against the Philistines or were they friends with the Philistines?” (They were fighting against the Philistines.)
“Who was the biggest Philistine?”(Goliath)
“Did any of the Israelite soldiers want to fight Goliath?”(no)
“What was David bringing to his brothers in the Israelite army?” (food)
“When David heard Goliath, was he afraid or brave?” (brave)
“Who did David say would help him fight Goliath?” (God)
“What did David use to fight Goliath?” (a slingshot and rocks)
“Did David beat Goliath?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Kids rock, because God made you to do brave things. We can be brave just like David, because we know that God is with us. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

 

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”
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 deep voice, like a bass guitar!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like a flute”
“Say the verse in a loud voice, like a big drum!”
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”
What you do: Explain this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse 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: memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”
DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Lead children in saying the verse slowly while doing the following action:
Pat your knees as you say each word.
Alternate patting your knees and clapping your hands as you say each word.
Alternate patting your knees, clapping your hands, and tapping your shoulders as you say each word.
AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”
What you do: Explain this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse 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

BE BRAVE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “It’s normal to start feeling nervous or afraid sometimes, but when we feel that way we can choose to remember that God made us to be brave and even kids can do brave things! Let’s think about some situations where we can practice being brave.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read each of the scenarios below. Encourage children to pat their knees if they know how they could be brave in that scenario. Choose a child to stand up and act out how they would be brave in that scenario.
What you say: “If you think you know how you could be brave in this scenario, pat your knees! I’ll choose someone to show us how they would be brave”
“It’s your first day at a new school, and you don’t know anybody yet.”
“You’re taking swim lessons, but you don’t want to put your face in the water.”
“It’s time to go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned.”
“You fell and hurt your arm, so you have to go to the emergency room.”
“You hear a weird noise in your bedroom while you’re trying to fall asleep.”
“You climbed all the way to the top of the slide, but it’s higher than you thought and you’re afraid to slide down.”
“You go over to play at your neighbor’s house, but his big dog starts barking at you.”
“You stop to look at some candy in the grocery store, then when you turn around your can’t see your mom anymore.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! You gave some great examples of ways you can be brave even when you might feel nervous or afraid. I hope you will remember that you can do brave things just like David did, because God is with you. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

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 do brave things. David was just a kid in our story today, but that didn’t stop David from being brave and doing what God wanted Him to do! David walked right out to battle Goliath and he totally rocked!”

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: “David did brave things, even though he was a kid. Sometimes you will need to do brave things, too, like going to the doctor, making new friends, or sleeping with the light off. Today we’re going to make a list of brave things we need to do and when we pray we can ask God to help us do them. When I say your name, tell me one brave thing you can do.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for loving us the way You do. Thank You for making [name each child]. They rock! I pray each of them will grow up loving You and doing what You want them to do, even when it’s hard and they need to be brave. Help them to do brave things like [read the list] and all the other good things You made them to do. 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 do brave things.’ 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 do brave things!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

LET’S ROCK THE MAIN POINT!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child), microphone (1)
What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.
What you say: “It’s time for us to practice playing our rock band instruments again while we practice our main point for today! Let’s review our instruments one more time. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will stand and say the main point (“I can do brave things.”) into the microphone.
Begin calling out instruments slowly at first. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch out for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to stand and say the main point into the microphone. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.