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Quest eGroup :: Week of September 17

Wonder! Clubhouse:
Dive In

MAIN POINT

I Should Go God’s Way.

BIBLE STORY

Jonah
Jonah 1:1-3:10

MEMORY VERSE

Trust the Lord (point up)
with all 
(stretch arms wide)
your heart. 
(hands over heart)
Proverbs 3:5 NCV 
(open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
KID CONNECT is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with your eGroup and for the kids to make connections with each other. Activities are listed in the order they are to be completed. It’s okay if you don’t complete all the activities – some activities will work better for your group than others. Begin Kid Connect when doors open. KID CONNECT ENDS WHEN THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS.

QUEST COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, coloring page, die
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: As children color, get to know them by asking questions about their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

Extension Activities

    • Use a die to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Roll the die again and switch crayon colors.
    • Use the number die to determine how many items to color with a certain color crayon. Allow children to color the number of items then roll the die again.
  • Have children take turns rolling the die. Children will compete to be the first to color their coloring page, coloring the number of items rolled each turn.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Make sure children’s names are on the coloring pages and set them aside until they are picked up at the end of the worship experience.

KID CONNECT

DIVE IN

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you do: seat all children in wide circle
What you say: “We’re going to pretend we’re sitting around a big ocean! When I call out something that describes you, you’re going to stand up and swim through the ocean to switch seats with someone else who dives in with you!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Call out characteristics of some of the children in your group (“Take a swim if you have black hair/red shoes/are wearing a dress/like to eat chocolate/etc.!”) one at a time. Encourage children who share that characteristic to “swim” through the middle of the group and switch places. Every three to four characteristics, call out, “Dive in!” and encourage all children to “swim” to a new spot around the circle.

KID CONNECT

QUEST SPOT IT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest Spot It Cards
What you do: Make sure children are seated in a tight circle so each child can see a card set in the center of the circle. Place one card FACE DOWN in front of each child, then put the rest of the cards in a stack face up in the center of the circle.
What you say: “Today we’re going to play ‘Quest Spot It,’ a game where we’ll be spotting things we see every week in Quest – our Quest animals, things from the Clubhouse, and even some of our favorite Wonder Clubhouse friends!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain the goal of the game is to collect the most cards. At the same time, tell all children to flip over the card in front of them. Each child will try to spot the one symbol that appears both on their own card and on the card in the center. The first child to do so will call out the matching picture and then take the center card, placing it on top of the card in front of them to build a personal pile. That child then begins using the new top card on their personal pile to find a match with the center card. Repeat this process each time a new center card is revealed. Play continues until no cards remain in the draw pile. The child with the most cards wins!

eGL TIP: Tell children they can point and call out descriptions (“owl,” “blue animal,” “mailman,” etc.) if they don’t know the characters’ or objects’ actual names.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Wow! You guys spotted those pictures so quickly! What was your favorite picture you spotted today?” (Pause to allow children to share.)

GET TO KNOW YOU

ONCE THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS
(5:00, 9:30, 11:30)

WOULD YOU RATHER…

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: die, leader card, Quest animal stickers
What you say: “This month as we dive into God’s Word, we’re learning we can always believe what God says and trust Him because He loves us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Roll the die and introduce yourself. Read the question from the leader card that corresponds to the color you rolled and share your answer with the eGroup. Encourage each child to roll the die, introduce themselves, and answer the corresponding 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:

  1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)  
  2. 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 dive into our Bible story and hear something exciting that God wants to teach us today!”

BIBLE CONNECT

WHAT IS BIBLE CONNECT?

BIBLE CONNECT is all about BIBLE CONNECTIONS: for kids to make connections with the Bible and learn to love the Bible! Children will make connections to the Bible in two ways: by hearing and talking about the Bible story and practicing the memory verse. Begin Bible Connect after the Get To Know You activity. AFTER BIBLE CONNECT CHILDREN HEAD TO FREE PLAY AND LARGE GROUP.

JONAH

Jonah 1:1-3:10

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: God’s Story for Me Bible, water creature 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 on pages 260-265 from 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!”

  1. “Where did God tell Jonah to go?” (Ninevah)
  2. “Did Jonah like the people in Ninevah?” (No)
  3. “Did Jonah go God’s way by going to Ninevah, or did he go in the other

    direction?” (He went in the other direction.)

  4. “What happened while Jonah was on the ship that made all of the sailors

    afraid?” (There was a big storm.)

  5. “What did Jonah tell the sailors to do to make the storm stop?” (throw him

    off the ship)

  6. “What swallowed Jonah up after they threw him in the water?” (a big fish)
  7. “How long was Jonah in the big fish’s belly before it coughed him out onto

    land?” (3 days)

  8. “Did Jonah go God’s way when God asked him again to go to

    Ninevah?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Jonah knew he had made a bad choice. He was sitting inside the big fish and told God how sorry he was for not trusting Him and not going His way. God forgave Jonah and the big fish SPIT Jonah out! Jonah learned to always trust God and we can trust Him, too! God’s way is always the best way.”

BIBLE CONNECT

Choose one of the memory verse activity options to help children learn and practice the Bible verse together.

NOTE: Children cannot receive a memory verse card week one of the series.

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month we’re learning about how we can always trust God, no matter what. Our verse helps us remember to trust Him completely.”

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 new 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.) Great job! I think you’re ready to say our verse in some silly voices now.”

  • “Say the verse in a loud voice, like you’re trying to yell all the way across the ocean!”
  • “Say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re trying not to scare away the fish!”
  • “Say the verse in a silly underwater voice!” (Move your finger up and down rapidly between your lips while you say the words.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Awesome job, everyone! This verse tells us we can always trust God!”
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.

 

BIBLE CONNECT

MISSING WORD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: fish cut-out
What you say: “Let’s see how well you know Proverbs 3:5! Can you figure out the missing word?”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the verse by yourself, but replace one word with a long pause and cover your face with the fish cut-out when you pause. For example: “‘Trust the (pause, cover face) with all your heart,’ Proverbs 3:5.” Ask the children to think and try to say the missing word. (The answer would be “Lord.”) After the children have guessed the missing word, say the whole verse with the children. Continue with the activity, leaving out a different word each time.

What you say: “I’m going to say the memory verse, but I’m going to leave out one of the words. Instead of saying the word, I am going to put this fish in front of my face. (Demonstrate.) Your job is to figure out which word I am leaving out. Let’s practice first. If I was going to say ice cream I would say ‘(pause, cover face) cream.’ Which word did I leave out? (Pause.) Yes! I left out ‘ice.’ Now let’s try it with our memory verse. ‘Trust the (pause, cover face) with all your heart,’ Proverbs 3:5. Do you know which word I left out? (Pause.) You are right! I left out ‘Lord.’ Great job! Now let’s say all say the verse correctly. ‘Trust the Lord with all your heart,’ Proverbs 3:5. Awesome! Now I am going to do the same thing, but this time I’ll leave out a different word. Are you ready?” (Continue with activity.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job figuring out the missing words! I’m so thankful we can always trust God!”
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.

 

HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.

YOU CONNECT

YOU CONNECT is about the eGroup leader (YOU!) helping children make connections with the main point and their lives. You Connect activities reinforce the main point with fun and engaging activities. BEGIN YOU CONNECT AFTER LARGE GROUP.

THROWN TO THE FISH

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: big fish cards, beanbag
What you do: Spread the big fish cards around the center of the eGroup with the fish facing up. Ask all children to stand up in a circle and then take two giant steps back from the eGroup.

What you say: “Today we’re going to play a fun game to help us think about what it means to go God’s way. We’re going to pretend this beanbag is like Jonah. We’re going to throw Jonah to the big fish, just like the sailors did in our Bible story!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: One at a time, give children the beanbag and encourage them to try to gently toss it on one of the big fish cards. If the beanbag lands on a card, turn the card over and read the back. Lead your group in discussing or following any directions given, then set the card aside. Continue until all cards have been completed.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “When God tells us to do something or to act a certain way, it’s because He loves us and knows what is good for us. Because we know we can trust God, we can trust His way is always best!”

YOU CONNECT

eKidz JOURNAL / COLLECTIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz prayer journal, pen, collectible poster, main point card, glue, Sharpie marker
What you say: “Today we learned we should always go God’s way! Now it’s time to write in our eGroup prayer journal and pray together.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eKidz prayer journal (or a journal page if you don’t have your eKidz prayer journal) and pen. Write each child’s name so you can pray for them throughout the week, then record the children’s responses. Pray with the group.

What you say: “Since our story today was about trusting God and doing what He says, I think we should make a list of some things God tells us to do. When we pray we can ask God to help us trust Him and go His way. So, let’s think about that. In the Bible, what are some things God tells us to do?” (Be kind, share, love people, help others, obey our parents, pray, trust Him, follow Jesus, etc.)

“This is such a great list! Let’s pray and ask God to help us trust Him and do what He says. Dear God, thank You for our church where we can learn about You and talk about what it means to trust You. We’ve been talking about how we can trust that Your way is always best. Please help us to do what You say and (be kind, love others, share, whatever the children put in the journal). I pray we all go Your way so others will know about You too. 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.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your collectible poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize!

Today’s main point card says, ‘I should go God’s way.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your collectible poster at home.”

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A COLLECTIBLE POSTER: Give the child a collectible poster and glue the main point card on their poster. 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 should always go God’s way!”

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

YOU CONNECT

FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to spread out around the eGroup area.

What you say: “Going God’s way means following His directions. Today in our Bible story, Jonah did not follow God’s directions. Let’s see if you can follow directions better than Jonah!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read the directions slowly the first time, then increase the speed

each additional time you read them.

What you say: “I’m going to give you some directions to follow. The first time I read them, I’ll go really slowly. But each time after that, I’ll read them a little bit faster! Let’s see how long you can keep up and follow directions! Here we go:

• Pat your knees.
• Blink your eyes.
• Touch your toes.

• Shake your head.

• Wave your arms.

• Jump two times.

• High five a friend.

• Spin around.

• Rub your belly.

• Clap your hands.

Great job, everyone! Now we’ll try it again a little faster. Listen carefully to the directions and try to follow them all!” (Continue reading through the directions at an increasingly faster pace until children can’t keep up.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You did an awesome job following directions! Let me ask you a really important question. In our Bible story, when God asked Jonah to go to Nineveh, did he do what God said? (Pause) Nope. He got on a boat and went the OPPOSITE way. But Jonah learned that you should always follow God and he DID listen in the end! You can go God’s way by following His directions because God can be trusted.”

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES

QUEST SPOT IT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest Spot It cards
What you do: Make sure children are seated in a tight circle so each child can see a card set in the center of the circle. Place one card FACE DOWN in front of each child, then put the rest of the cards in a stack face up in the center of the circle.
What you say: “Today we’re going to play ‘Quest Spot It,’ a game where we’ll be spotting things we see every week in Quest – our Quest animals, things from the Clubhouse, and even some of our favorite Wonder Clubhouse friends!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain the goal of the game is to collect the most cards. At the same time, tell all children to flip over the card in front of them. Each child will try to spot the one symbol that appears both on their own card and on the card in the center. The first child to do so will call out the matching picture and then take the center card, placing it on top of the card in front of them to build a personal pile. That child then begins using the new top card on their personal pile to find a match with the center card. Repeat this process each time a new center card is revealed. Play continues until no cards remain in the draw pile. The child with the most cards wins!
eGL TIP: Tell children they can point and call out descriptions (“owl,” “blue animal,” “mailman,” etc.) if they don’t know the characters’ or objects’ actual names.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Wow! You guys spotted those pictures so quickly! What was your favorite picture you spotted today?” (Pause to allow children to share.)