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Quest eGroup Week of May 12

Work of Art

Main Point: I can trust God’s plan, even when it’s hard.
Bible Story: Joseph in Jail
Bible Passage: Genesis 39-40
Memory Verse: “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever.” Psalm 33:11, 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. Keep the coloring pages out to use in the next Kid Connect activity: Animal Art.

ANIMAL ART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring pages from previous activity (12), art cards (12), Quest animal game pieces (12)
What you do: Use the full set of coloring pages from the previous activity to create a three-by-four grid on the floor. Give each child a Quest animal game piece.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will compete to build the biggest Quest animal art collection. Each round, children will choose one piece of art they would like to collect and place their Quest animal game piece on the coloring page showing that piece of art. One art card will be turned over, and any children on the coloring page showing the same piece of art will stand and compete for the piece of art. The winner of the round will keep the art card. The child with the most art cards at the end wins!
Tell children to place their Quest animal game piece on the coloring page showing a piece of art they want to collect. Once all children have placed their Quest animal game pieces on a coloring page, turn over one art card. Instruct all children whose Quest animal game pieces are on the matching coloring page to stand and complete the challenge described on the art card. Give the art card to the child who wins the challenge.

Repeat for all remaining art cards. The child with the most art cards after all art cards have been used is the winner!

FOLLOW THE PLAN

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: “Let’s see how well you can follow my plans for our eGroup!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen carefully to a “plan” (a set of instructions) that gives three movements for children to complete. Children should follow the plan exactly as it is given. Once the whole eGroup has followed the plan, children will hear another plan, but they will have to keep trying to follow the same plan until every child has followed it correctly.
Read the first plan below and encourage children to complete the movements as directed. Watch the children carefully to make sure each child follows the instructions exactly. If any children did not complete the movements exactly as directed, repeat the plan and encourage children to try again.
Once all children have followed the plan, read the next one. Repeat until all plans have been completed.
What you say: “Listen very carefully so you can follow my plan!”
“Jump three times.”
“Pat your head four times.”
“Jump two times, then pat your head one time.”
“Touch your toes one time, then clap your hands two times.”
“Clap your hands three times, then pat your knees two times.”
“Pat your knees one time, then turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, then stomp your feet two times.”
“Stomp your feet one time, jump one time, and pat your head one time.”
“Pat your head one time, touch your toes one time, and clap your hands one time.”
“Clap your hands one time, pat your knees two times, and turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, stomp your feet two times, and jump three times.”
“Pat your head three times, clap two times, and turn around one time.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

PAINT YOUR ANSWER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about the very special plans that God has for each one of us. Before we get started, let’s take turns answering our question of the week to get to know each other better! Our question this week is: Would you rather make a play-doh sculpture of a snowman, a fish, or a worm?”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage the first child to say his/her name to the eGroup. Give the child the paintbrush and explain the child will give his/her answer to the question of the week by “painting” their answer in the air with the paintbrush. Allow other children to guess the child’s answer before moving on to the next child. Repeat for each child in the eGroup.
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 God’s plan for a special guy named Joseph!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JOSEPH IN JAIL
GENESIS 39-40

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Bible story cards (3), Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! These Bible story cards will tell us a true story from God’s book.”

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
Potiphar: POT-uh-fer

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Last week, we heard the first part of Joseph’s story. Joseph’s dad gave him a beautiful coat, and this made his brothers angry and jealous. They threw Joseph in a big hole and then sold him to some strangers who took him to a faraway land called Egypt. Joseph’s story sounds pretty rough so far, but Joseph wasn’t worried; he knew God had a plan for him. Let’s see what happens next in Joseph’s story!”
What you do: Show and read the Bible story using the Bible story cards. 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!”
“In Egypt, was Joseph given a job serving Potiphar or picking pumpkins?” (serving Potiphar)
“Did Joseph work hard to serve Potiphar well?” (yes)
“Did Potiphar want to send Joseph away, or was he pleased with Joseph?”(He was pleased.)
“When something terrible happened in Potiphar’s house, who was blamed for it?”(Joseph)
“Had Joseph done anything wrong?” (no)
“Where did Potiphar make Joseph go?” (to jail)
“When Joseph ended up in jail for no reason, did he still trust God’s plan, or did Joseph feel mad at God?” (He still trusted God’s plan.)
“Did Joseph make good choices in jail?” (yes)
“Who did the jailer put Joseph in charge of?” (the other prisoners)
“Was Joseph worried or did he choose to trust God’s plan?” (He chose to trust God’s plan.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Joseph was thrown in jail! Can you believe it? But you know what? Joseph chose to still trust God and believe that God had a plan for him. Joseph knew he could trust God’s plan, even when it was hard. And so can we! Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God has a great plan 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 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 quietly, like you’re standing in a big, fancy art gallery!”
“Say the verse in a sad voice, like someone who just knocked over a can of paint on their artwork!”
“Say the verse in an excited voice, like someone who won a prize for their art!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! God has awesome plans 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.

FINISH THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the paintbrush in the middle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God has a great plan for us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen as you say the verse. Each time you say it, you will leave out one word, putting a finger over your mouth in place of the missing word. When you say, “Go,” children will race to grab the paintbrush. The child who grabs the paintbrush first will say the missing word.
Say, “The plans of the [put one finger over your mouth] stand firm forever. Psalm 33:11” Encourage children who know which word you left out to race to grab the paintbrush from the middle. Allow the child who gets the paintbrush to say the missing word. Return the paintbrush to the center of the circle and repeat four or five times, leaving out a different word each time.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! God has awesome plans 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

GOING PLACES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity cards (6)
What you do: Spread out the activity cards in the center of the eGroup with the location pictures facing up.
What you say: “We’re going to create a story together about a day where we have to choose to trust God in some tough situations. I need your help to put the story together and act it out!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will look at the different places shown on the activity cards and choose where they’d like to go next in the story. Each activity card will have an action for children to perform as they respond to the story. After completing each activity card, children will choose another place to go by selecting another activity card. Once all activity cards have been completed, the story will end.
What you say: “One sunny morning, we decided to take a walk around our neighborhood together. Right when we got to the edge of my driveway, my neighbor’s silly dog ran up and snatched my favorite ball right out of my hand! Of course we knew we had to get my ball back, so we ran behind him as fast as we could! Everyone pat the ground really fast to sound like running feet! (Encourage children to pat the ground quickly.) Where did that silly dog go next?”
What you do: Encourage children to choose an activity card to decide where the dog went next. Read the back of the activity card and encourage children to respond. Repeat for each of the remaining activity cards. After the last activity card has been read, read the ending.
(ENDING) What you say: “At that moment, we spotted that crazy dog running right back toward my house! We ran back after him as fast as we could. Everyone stand up and run in place! (Encourage children to run in place.) We arrived home just in time to see that silly dog drop my ball right in my front yard, and we snatched it up as fast as we could. Whew! What a day! The end!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Every day, we may face tough situations. God doesn’t promise us everything will always be easy, but He does promise that He has great plans to do good things for us. Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for me.)

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 trust God’s plan even when it’s hard.”

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: “Joseph trusted God’s plan for him, even when it was hard. Today we’re going to make a list of hard things we have to do. Then, when we pray, we can ask God to help us trust His plans, even when it’s hard. So when I say your name tell me one hard thing you have to do.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Thank you for making this list with me. Let’s pray and ask God to help us trust His plan when it’s hard. Dear God, sometimes it’s hard to trust Your plan when we have to do hard things. Help us remember that Your plans stand firm, and no matter how hard things are we can trust Your plan for us. Help [child’s name] be a good friend, even when he/she has to (name hard thing). (Repeat for each child.) You’re the best, God, and we love You! 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 trust God’s plan even when it’s hard.’ 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 trust God’s plan even when it’s hard!”

What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

ARTISTIC REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: whiteboard (1), dry erase marker (1)
What you say: “I’m going to draw something from our Bible story. When you think you know what it is, I want you to jump up, point to your head, and say, ‘I know your plan!’ If you guess correctly, you can choose a silly voice for us to practice our main point in! Our main point is, ‘I can trust God’s plan even when it’s hard.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Sit and hold the whiteboard in a position where all children can see as you draw. Using the dry erase marker, draw one of the objects from the Bible story listed below. Encourage children to jump up, point to their heads, and say, “I know your plan,” when they know what you’re drawing. Allow the first child who guesses correctly to choose a silly voice (robot voice, underwater voice, squeaky voice, opera voice, etc.), then lead the eGroup in saying the main point (I can trust God’s plan even when it’s hard.) in the silly voice. Repeat for the remaining Bible story objects.
Potiphar
house
food
grain field
jail
friend

DISMISSAL

FOLLOW THE PLAN

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: “Let’s see how well you can follow my plans for our eGroup!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen carefully to a “plan” (a set of instructions) that gives three movements for children to complete. Children should follow the plan exactly as it is given. Once the whole eGroup has followed the plan, children will hear another plan, but they will have to keep trying to follow the same plan until every child has followed it correctly.
Read the first plan below and encourage children to complete the movements as directed. Watch the children carefully to make sure each child follows the instructions exactly. If any children did not complete the movements exactly as directed, repeat the plan and encourage children to try again.
Once all children have followed the plan, read the next one. Repeat until all plans have been completed.
What you say: “Listen very carefully so you can follow my plan!”
“Jump three times.”
“Pat your head four times.”
“Jump two times, then pat your head one time.”
“Touch your toes one time, then clap your hands two times.”
“Clap your hands three times, then pat your knees two times.”
“Pat your knees one time, then turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, then stomp your feet two times.”
“Stomp your feet one time, jump one time, and pat your head one time.”
“Pat your head one time, touch your toes one time, and clap your hands one time.”
“Clap your hands one time, pat your knees two times, and turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, stomp your feet two times, and jump three times.”
“Pat your head three times, clap two times, and turn around one time.”