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Quest eGroup Week of June 9

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others
Bible Passage: John 13:34-35 ● 2 Kings 5:1-15
Memory Verse: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Psalm 25:4, NLT

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages, Quest animal check-in sheet
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page. Write children’s names and tag numbers on the Quest animal check-in sheet.

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.

CATCH OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing cards 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: “Let’s pretend you’re in a bike race with Ollie! If you want to win, your job is to catch Ollie and collect all the cards!”

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 in the middle of the group. The next child will do the same by placing the card from the top of their personal pile on top of the card in the center. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card on top of the center pile. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “catch” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who catches 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.)
As additional children are added to the eGroup, they can join the game by “catching” Ollie and collecting the cards that have accumulated underneath.

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about how the Bible is like a map that shows us how to live the right way. Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the activity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the activity card where he/she thinks it looks best on the activity mat.
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 animal 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 that teaches us something about the way God wants us to live!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JOHN 13:34-35 & 2 KINGS 5:1-15

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! In John 13:34-35, Jesus said we should love other people the same way He loves us. Since Jesus loves us a whole lot, if we want to love others the way He loves us, we should always be looking for ways to show love to other people. In our Bible story today, we’ll see how two people showed love to someone by helping him when he was very sick!”

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
 Naaman: NAY-men

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 212-217 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. 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!”
“Who was the important army commander in the story?” (Naaman)
“What was the name of the disease that left painful sores all over Naaman’s body? Was it leprosy or chicken pox?” (leprosy)
“Did one of Naaman’s soldiers or his servant girl tell Naaman’s wife that Elisha could help Naaman?”(his servant girl)
“Who did the servant girl say Elisha would get help from?”(God)
“Did Elisha choose to help Naaman?” (yes)
“How many times did Elisha say Naaman should wash in the Jordan River if he wanted to be healed?” (seven)
“Did Naaman think washing in the river seven times was a great idea or a silly idea?” (a silly idea)
“Did Naaman’s servant tell him he should try washing seven times anyway, or did his servant say Naaman should go ask someone else for help?” (He told Naaman to try it anyway.)
“Did washing in the river seven times heal Naaman?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus said we should look for ways to show love to others. In our Bible story, no one asked the servant girl to help find someone to heal Naaman, but when she saw a way to help, she chose to share what she knew about Elisha. And no one made Elisha help Naaman, but Elisha chose to show love to Naaman by helping him get well. When we look for ways to love and help others, we’re following the instructions in the Bible! What tells you which way to go?” (The Bible tells me which way to go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children, then 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 an excited voice, like you just got a new bike!”
“Say the verse really fast, like your bike is speeding down a big hill!”
“Say the verse in a wobbly voice, like a tire is wobbling on your trike!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
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.

FINISH THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God shows us the right way to live. We can learn about His way to live by reading the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “When we ride our bikes and trikes, we can be safe by putting on a helmet (touch your head), elbow pads (touch your elbows), knee pads (touch your knees), and shoes (touch your toes). I’m going to call out a piece of safety gear, and you’ll try to touch the part of you it protects, just like I did. Most of the time, I’ll call out, ‘elbow pads’ (touch your elbows), ‘knee pads’ (touch your knees), or ‘shoes’ (touch your toes). But when I call out, ‘helmets’ (touch your head), you’ll race to touch your head as fast as you can! The last person to touch their head will choose a friend to say the verse with!”
What you do: Call out random combinations of, ‘elbow pads,’ ‘knee pads,’ and ‘shoes,’ and lead children in touching the corresponding body parts for each. Occasionally call out, ‘helmet,’ and encourage the last child to touch their head to choose a friend to say the verse aloud with them.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God to show us the right way to live!”
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

HIDDEN HEARTS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mats (12), mini magnifying glasses (12)
What you do: Give each child an activity mat and a mini magnifying glass.
What you say: “The Bible tells us to look for ways to help others. When we help others, we show them love, just like Jesus tells us to in John 13:34-35. Let’s play a game together and think about some ways we can help others!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Tell children to look at the scene on their activity mats. Explain children will try to find the hearts hidden around the playground. When children find a heart, they should put their magnifying glass on top of it and then give themselves a big hug. Choose one of the children who found a heart to share where it is, then read the question for that heart (below) and encourage children to respond.

What you say: “If you see a heart, put your magnifying glass on it and give yourself a big hug!”

BRIDGE: “There’s a heart on the bridge! How can you help a friend who gets scared walking across the bridge?”
CLIMBING WALL: “There’s a heart on the climbing wall! How can you help a friend who doesn’t know how to climb a climbing wall?”
DINOSAUR: “There’s a heart on the dinosaur! How can you help a friend who falls off a toy at the playground and gets hurt?”
DOG: “There’s a heart on the dog! How can you help a friend whose dog gets lost at the park?”
WHEEL: “There’s a heart on the wheel of the ice cream cart! How can you help a friend who accidentally drops his ice cream on the ground?”
BALLOON: “There’s a heart on the balloon! How can you help a friend who is sad because her balloon popped?”
ALL HEARTS IN THE TREES/BUSHES (4 total): High-five a friend and say, “The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “The Bible tells us we should always look for ways to help others, whether we’re playing at the playground or whatever else we might be doing. I’m so thankful the Bible tells me the way God wants me to live! What tells you which way to go?” (The Bible tells me which way to go.)

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 the Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.”

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: “One of the ways we can love one another is by helping people. I want us to make a list of ways we can help people to show them we love them. We could give a hug, clean up, carry groceries, show a little brother or sister how to play, get help when someone is hurt — there are so many ways we can help people! When I call your name, tell me one way you can help people.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“This is a wonderful list! You will be great helpers if you do things like this, and people will feel very loved by you. Let’s talk to God and ask Him to help us look for ways we can help people so they will feel loved. Dear God, we want to love one another like the Bible tells us, because the Bible tells us which way to go! Help [child’s name] [action listed] and . . . (say each child’s name and what they listed). Help us to always look for ways to help others so people know how much You love them. 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, ‘The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.’ 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 the Bible tells us to look for ways to help others!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Place four different cards at four different corners of the eGroup space.
What you say: “Each of you will choose one of our Quest playing cards to stand beside. I’m going to start turning over the other playing cards one at a time. If I turn over a card that matches one of the cards in the corners, everyone standing by the matching card will say the main point together. If it doesn’t match one of the cards in the corner, I’ll say the main point in a silly voice! Our main point is, ‘The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage all children to stand beside one of the four Quest playing cards in a corner of the eGroup space. Flip over a playing card from the remaining deck. If a card matching one of the corner cards is turned over, ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘The Bible tells me to look for ways to help others.’) together. If the card does not match one of the corner cards, the eGroup Leader should say the main point in a silly voice. After the main point has been said, allow children to pick a different corner to stand in and continue to turn over Quest playing cards from the deck, repeating the process for saying the main point as long as time and interest allow.

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction is preceded with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”