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Quest eGroup Week of May 5

Work of Art

Main Point: God has a plan for me
Bible Story: Jospeh Gets a Coat and Goes to Egypt
Bible Passage: Genesis 37; Jeremiah 1:5
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 paint a picture of a flower, a house, or a puppy?”

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 GETS A COAT AND GOES TO EGYPT
GENESIS 37; JEREMIAH 1:5

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.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
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!”
“How many brothers did Joseph have?” (11)
“What kind of beautiful thing did their father make?” (a beautiful coat)
“Who was their father’s favorite son?”(Joseph)
“Who did their father give the beautiful coat to?”(Joseph)
“Were the brothers sad and embarrassed that Joseph got the coat, or were they mad and jealous?” (They were mad and jealous.)
“Did the brothers decide to get back at Joseph, or did they decide to tell their father they were unhappy?” (They decided to get back at Joseph.)
“What kind of animal were the brothers watching when they decided it was time to get back at Joseph?” (sheep)
“What did the brothers throw Joseph into?” (a hole)
“The brothers then sold Joseph to some strangers. Where were the strangers going to take Joseph?” (Egypt)
“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 had no idea where he was going. But you know what? God knew! God was with Joseph, and He had a special plan for him. He loved Joseph very much. God has a special plan for each one of us, too! 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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

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 Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

YOU CONNECT

PULL JOSEPH OUT!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: small bucket (1), Joseph cards (8)
What you say: “Joseph’s brothers were so mad at him, they decided to do some mean things to him. When they threw Joseph down in the hole and then sold him to a bunch of strangers, it would have been easy for Joseph to feel sad or afraid or angry. But Joseph knew God always has a better plan, so instead he chose to be patient and trust God to take care of him! Let’s pretend to pull Joseph out of the hole while we think about some times we can choose to trust God’s plan, too.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Ask a child to reach in the bucket and pull out a Joseph card. Read the back of the card aloud and encourage all children to respond as directed. Repeat until all Joseph cards have been read and completed.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Even when things don’t seem to go the way we want them to, we can choose to remember that God has a great plan for us. When we remember that, we can choose to have a cheerful attitude even if the situation is tough. God’s big plan for us is like a great work of art; it will be beautiful when it’s finished! 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 God has a plan for each of us.”

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 he was sad. We can do that, too. Let’s make a list of things that make us sad. Then, when we pray, we can ask God to help us trust His plan when we’re sad.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Thank you for making this list with me. We all get sad sometimes. Let’s pray and ask God to help us trust His plan when we’re sad. Dear God, thank You for the true stories in the Bible we get to hear every time we come to church. Thank You for teaching us that we can trust Your plan, even when we’re sad. Please help [child’s name] trust You when (name what he listed) makes him/her sad. (Repeat for each child.) We know we can always trust Your plan. Thank You for being so awesome! 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, ‘God has a plan for me.’ 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 God has a plan for us!”
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, ‘God has a plan for me.’”

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 (God has a plan for me.) in the silly voice. Repeat for the remaining Bible story objects.
father
11 brothers
coat
sheep
hole
camel

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.”