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Quest eGroup Week of March 31

Big News

Main Point: I can tell others Jesus is alive!
Bible Story: The Easter Story
Bible Passage: Matthew 26:20-30; 27:1-2; 28:1-7
Memory Verse: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19, NIV

KID CONNECT

BIG COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, big coloring page set (12 pages), coloring page key (1)
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 big picture!

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or how their family will celebrate Easter.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Ask children to help you arrange the pages they colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Use the key to help assemble the big picture if needed. Keep the large picture assembled to use in the next Kid Connect activity: I Spy.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity, magnifying glasses (12)
What you say: “Wow! This is a big picture! 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 children will look for hidden objects in the big picture. When they see the object you call out, they should raise their magnifying glass in the air. Choose one child to use their magnifying glass to 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 giant Easter egg!”
“Two fancy hats!”
“Three flowers!”
“Four baskets!”
“Five normal-size Easter eggs!”

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.

NEWSPAPER ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: newspaper pages (12), foam die
What you do: Give each child a newspaper page and encourage children to stand up and form a large circle around the eGroup space. Tell each child to place their newspaper page on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will follow your directions as you tell them different actions to take with their newspaper pages. The die will determine how long or how many times children will perform each action. The child who does the best job performing each action can roll the die for the next action.
Roll the die. Read an action statement below, inserting the number shown on the die where the “[#]” is shown. After each action, choose a child who completed the action well to roll the die, then read another action statement using that number. Repeat until all action statements have been read.
What you say: “Some of our Quest animals have BIG NEWS to share this month! Let’s use our special newspaper pages and see if you can complete these newspaper action challenges!”
“Stand on one foot on your newspaper page while I count to [#]!”
“Hop back and forth from one side of your newspaper page to the other [#] times!”
“Make a bridge over your newspaper page and keep it up while I count to [#]!“
“Pick up your newspaper page and balance if on your head while I count to [#]!”
“Sit on your newspaper page and hold completely still while I count to [#]!”
“Lay your newspaper page flat on one hand. Walk around and give [#] friends high-fives without letting it fall off!”
“Lift one knee in the air and balance your newspaper on your knee while I count to [#]!”
“Leave your newspaper page on the floor. Walk to [#] friends’ newspaper pages and tap them with one finger before walking back to your newspaper page.”
“Trade newspaper pages with [#] friends, then walk back to your spot.”
“Raise your newspaper page in the air as high as you can and keep it there while I count to [#]!”
“Stand right behind your newspaper page and jump as high as you can [#] times without touching it!”

GET TO KNOW YOU

SHARE YOUR NEWS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: question sheet (1), foam die (1), microphone (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Happy Easter, friends! I’m so excited to celebrate with you today! This month we’re learning about telling others about the most amazing person who ever lived! Do you know who I’m talking about? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right; we’re going to learn to tell others about Jesus! Before we get started, let’s use a microphone to practice sharing exciting news about ourselves while we get to know each other better!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Give each child a turn to roll the die. Ask the child to answer one of the questions for the rolled number from the question sheet. Encourage children to share their answer by speaking into the microphone.
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 Jesus that we’ll be excited to share!”

BIBLE CONNECT

THE EASTER STORY
MATTHEW 26:20-30; 27:1-2; 28:1-7

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 425-430 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!”
“Did Jesus let the angry people take Him away?” (yes)
“How did Jesus’ friends feel when the angry people killed Jesus on the cross?” (sad and scared)
“Where did Jesus’ friends put His body?” (into a tomb)
“What did soldiers put in front of the door to the tomb?” (a huge stone)
“How many days was Jesus in the tomb?” (three)
“When Mary came to the tomb, Jesus was gone! Who did she find in the tomb instead?” (two angels)
“When Mary came out of the tomb, who did she find?” (Jesus)
“Was Jesus dead or alive?” (He was alive!)
“Did Mary keep it a secret that Jesus was alive, or did she run to tell Jesus’ other friends?” (She told Jesus’ other friends.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “I just love Easter! What an amazing day to celebrate the BIG NEWS that Jesus is alive! That’s what today is all about. Who can tell others about Jesus?” (I can tell others about Jesus.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us to share with everyone the big news that Jesus is alive!”

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 your best news reporter voice!”
“Say the verse like a reporter who is standing in the middle of a blizzard!”
“Say the verse like you’re shouting the most exciting news ever!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! When we share the big news that Jesus is alive, other people will follow Jesus, too!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

PASS THE MIKE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: microphone (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us to share with everyone the big news that Jesus is alive!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will pass the microphone around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “I can tell others about Jesus,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the microphone when you finish saying the word, “Jesus,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the verse into the microphone. Continue passing the microphone and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! When we share the big news that Jesus is alive, other people will follow Jesus, too!”
What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

YOU CONNECT

GUESS WHO?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: snack mats (1 per child), cheddar bunnies snack bags (1 per child)
What you say: “JESUS IS ALIVE! Isn’t that exciting, friends? It’s the biggest news we could ever know, so we should share it with everyone! Let’s think about some people we can share this big news with.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen to a description of a person they can tell about Jesus. When they think they see the people you’re describing on their snack mats, they can put two cheddar bunnies on the box showing those people.
Give each child a snack bag and a snack mat. One at a time, read the descriptions below, pausing after each clue to allow children to think about which people you’re describing. Help children put their cheddar bunnies on the appropriate box. Once all the boxes are filled, children can eat their snack!
What you say:
“Guess who you can tell about Jesus — You can tell someone who is very smart. This person loves to help children. He or she especially likes to help children learn things. Do you know who it is? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right, it’s a teacher!”
“Guess who you can tell about Jesus — You can tell someone who cares a lot about you. You probably live with one or two of these people. These people help give their children the things they need. Do you know who they are? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right, they’re parents!”
“Guess who you can tell about Jesus — You can tell someone who keeps you safe. You don’t see this person every day. This person’s job is to take care of you when your parents go somewhere without you for a little while. Do you know who it is? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right, it’s a babysitter!”
“Guess who you can tell about Jesus — You can tell someone who is part of your family. They are older than your parents. They are actually your parents’ parents. Do you know who they are? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right, they’re grandparents!”
“Guess who you can tell about Jesus — You can tell someone who works very hard. This person brings you food. He or she works in a restaurant. Do you know who it is? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right, it’s a waitress or waiter!”
“Guess who you can tell about Jesus — You can tell someone who is really fun. These people are probably close to your age. They’re your favorite people to play with. Do you know who it is? (Pause for children to respond.) That’s right, it’s your friends!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “These are just some of the people in our lives that we can tell about Jesus. Who can tell others about Jesus?” (I can tell others about Jesus.)

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 tell others Jesus is alive!”

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: “Since Jesus wants us to go and tell everyone the BIG NEWS that He is alive, let’s make a list of people we can tell. When I say your name, tell me one person you can tell the BIG NEWS to.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You that Jesus is alive! Please help us tell the big news to as many people as we can. Help [child’s name] tell [name listed] and (repeat for each child). We want everyone to know the big news that Jesus is alive because that’s what makes Easter so special. 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 tell others Jesus is alive.’ 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 tell others Jesus is alive!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

LISTEN FOR THE GOOD NEWS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Seat children in a circle.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Remind children our main point today is, “I can tell others Jesus is alive.” Explain children will be listening carefully for you to say the main point. When you say the main point correctly, everyone will stand up and find a new spot around the circle. Tell them you’ll sometimes put a wrong word in the main point, but they should only move if you say all the right words! If children start to get up and move when you said a wrong word, they will need to shout the main point before sitting back down.
What you say: “All right, friends, make sure you listen very carefully for me to say our main point correctly: ‘I can tell others Jesus is alive!’ I’m going to put some other silly words in sometimes, so help each other listen for the right words. And remember, if you stand up on the wrong one, you’ll need to shout our good news as loud as you can before sitting back down!”
“I can tell others Jesus is alright!”
“I can tell others Jesus is allowed!”
“I can tell others Jesus is a lizard!”
“I can tell others Jesus is alive!”
“I can tell ostriches Jesus is alive!”
“I can tell octopuses Jesus is alive!”
“I can tell umbrellas Jesus is alive!”
“I can tell others Jesus is alive!”
“I can tell others jaguars are alive!”
“I can tell others Jiminy Cricket is alive!”
“I can tell others George Washington is alive!”
“I can tell others Jesus is alive!”
“I can text others Jesus is alive!”
“I can type others Jesus is alive!”
“I can tickle others Jesus is alive!”
“I can tell others Jesus is alive!”

DISMISSAL

NEWSPAPER ACTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: newspaper pages (12), foam die
What you do: Give each child a newspaper page and encourage children to stand up and form a large circle around the eGroup space. Tell each child to place their newspaper page on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will follow your directions as you tell them different actions to take with their newspaper pages. The die will determine how long or how many times children will perform each action. The child who does the best job performing each action can roll the die for the next action.
Roll the die. Read an action statement below, inserting the number shown on the die where the “[#]” is shown. After each action, choose a child who completed the action well to roll the die, then read another action statement using that number. Repeat until all action statements have been read.
What you say: “Some of our Quest animals have BIG NEWS to share this month! Let’s use our special newspaper pages and see if you can complete these newspaper action challenges!”
“Stand on one foot on your newspaper page while I count to [#]!”
“Hop back and forth from one side of your newspaper page to the other [#] times!”
“Make a bridge over your newspaper page and keep it up while I count to [#]!“
“Pick up your newspaper page and balance if on your head while I count to [#]!”
“Sit on your newspaper page and hold completely still while I count to [#]!”
“Lay your newspaper page flat on one hand. Walk around and give [#] friends high-fives without letting it fall off!”
“Lift one knee in the air and balance your newspaper on your knee while I count to [#]!”
“Leave your newspaper page on the floor. Walk to [#] friends’ newspaper pages and tap them with one finger before walking back to your newspaper page.”
“Trade newspaper pages with [#] friends, then walk back to your spot.”
“Raise your newspaper page in the air as high as you can and keep it there while I count to [#]!”
“Stand right behind your newspaper page and jump as high as you can [#] times without touching it!”