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Quest eGroup :: Week of September 2

Wonderful World

Main Point: God made everything wonderful.
Bible Story: The Creation Story | Genesis 1:6-27; 2:7; 20-30
Memory Verse: You have done (point up) great (wave with left hand) and wonderful (wave with right hand) things.” (clap hands together) 2 Samuel 7:23, NIrV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, creation place mats

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a creation place mat. Point out this is the full-picture version of the giant coloring page set they have been coloring and putting together for the last few weeks. Today we’re celebrating all the wonderful things God has created!

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.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to point out some of the things they notice in the picture. Collect children’s creation place mats and set them aside. Keep all of the place mats to use in the first You Connect activity.

ROLL-A-CREATURE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: die (1), head cards (12), body cards (12), feet cards (12)

What you do: Shuffle each deck of cards and randomly deal each child one head card, one body card, and one feet card. The eGroup Leader should keep any leftover cards. Children should lay the cards on the floor in front of them to show their mixed-up creature (head on top, body in the middle, feet on the bottom).

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to trade cards so that the head, body, and feet in front of them are all from the same animal. Children will roll the die to find out which part to trade and who to trade with. If the child needs to trade a card with the eGroup Leader, the leader will exchange one of the child’s card for a random card from the same deck. The first child to form a full animal wins!

  • If a child rolls a one, the child can swap any card with the player to their left.
  • If a child rolls a two, the child can swap any card with the player to their right.
  • If a child rolls a three, the child can swap any card with the eGroup Leader.
  • If a child rolls a four, the child can swap a head card with any player.
  • If a child rolls a five, the child can swap a body card with any player.
  • If a child rolls a six, the child can swap a foot card with any player.

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle. Choose one child to be “It” first and ask that child to stand outside the circle.

What you say: “We’re going to play, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ but instead of saying the words, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ like the normal game, we’ll say, ‘God, Made, You, Wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: The child who is “It” will walk around the circle lightly patting the sitting children’s heads while saying the words “God made you wonderful.” The child should say one word per head. When “It” says the word “wonderful,” “It” will walk fast around the circle while the child whose head was patted on “wonderful” gets up and walks fast after “It.” The first child who is “It” will then take a seat in the spot of the second child. The second child will now be “It.” Continue with the activity until every child has had a turn to be “It.”

What you say: “Everyone sit in a circle. (Pause.) Perfect! One person will be ‘It’ and will walk around the circle gently patting heads while telling everyone that God made them wonderful. Watch me! (Demonstrate.) When you touch someone’s head and say the word ‘wonderful,’ start walking very fast around the circle to the empty spot. (Demonstrate.) If you are sitting in the circle and someone touches your head and says the word ‘wonderful,’get up and start walking fast after the person that touched you. Are you ready? (Pause.) Remember to say, ‘God made you wonderful!’”

Get to Know You

CREATION FAVORITES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

What you do: Ask all children to sit in a circle, criss-cross-applesauce. Encourage them to sit knee-to-knee so the circle is completely closed.

What you say: “Throughout this series we’ve been learning about all of the wonderful things God created. Today we’re going to have a Creation Celebration and remember all the great things God made! As we kick off our celebration, let’s take a few minutes to get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Pass the ball around the circle. As each child holds the ball, give them a turn to introduce themselves by saying their name and answering the special Creation Question of the Week: “What is your favorite thing God created?”

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 read our Bible story and celebrate God’s wonderful creation!”

Bible Connect

THE CREATION STORY | GENESIS 1:6-27; 2:7, 20-30

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bible story cards, 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 using the Bible story cards. 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. “Who made everything on the whole Earth?” (God)
  2. “Did God make all the land flat, or did He create lots of kinds of land?” (He created lots of kinds of land.)
  3. “What did God make to grow out of the land?”(plants)
  4. “What did God make that we could drink or swim in?” (water)
  5. “What did God put in the sky to give us light during the day?” (sun)
  6. “Where did God put animals: on the land, in the air, in the sea, or in all of those places?” (in all of those places)
  7. “What did God name the first man He created?” (Adam)
  8. “What was the first woman’s name?” (Eve)
  9. “God looked at His creation and said it was all ____ ____.” (very good)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! God made everything wonderful, including people like me and YOU! Who made everything wonderful?” (God made everything wonderful.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God did great and wonderful things. Creating the world and everything in it – including YOU – was pretty great and wonderful!”

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 a loud voice, like a lion!”
  • “Say the verse in a deep voice, like the ocean!”
  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like you’re high up on a mountain!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can praise God for all of the great and wonderful things He’s done!”

What you do: Explain this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse 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.

VERSE PASS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball, memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God did great and wonderful things. Creating the world and everything in it – including YOU – was pretty great and wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will pass the ball around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “God made everything wonderful,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the ball when you finish saying the word, “wonderful,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the verse. Continue passing the ball and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! We can praise God for all of the great and wonderful things He’s done!”

What you do: Explain this is the last week children can recite this verse to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse 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

I SPY: WONDERFUL WORLD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: children’s creation place mats (from Kid Connect), pretzels, stamps (20)

What you say: “God made so many wonderful things! Today we’re celebrating all the wonderful things God made. It wouldn’t be a celebration without a special snack, so today as we spy things God created we’ll put a yummy pretzel on top of them! After we’ve finished the activity, we’ll get to eat our snack. But first, let’s work together to think about what makes God’s creation so wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will find things God created on their creation place mats and then think about what makes them wonderful. Encourage children to put a pretzel on top of each thing when they find what you tell them to look for. For each thing, choose one child to tell everyone else where it is. Read the explanation of what makes that thing wonderful, then encourage two or three children to answer the question after the explanation. Repeat until all items have been found.

What you say: “Let’s look on your place mats at the wonderful things God created!”

  • “Who can find the corn field? (Pause for children to find it and put a pretzel on it.) There are so many wonderful kinds of land, from fields and meadows to deserts and mountains, that God created for us to explore, use, and enjoy! Which do you like best: fields, mountains, or beaches?”
  • “Who can find the cactus? (Pause for children to find it and put a pretzel on it.) God made all kinds of unique plants! Some give us food, and some are homes to animals, but they all have a wonderful purpose! Which do you like better: plants you can eat, or plants that are beautiful to look at?”
  • “Who can find the sun? (Pause for children to find it and put a pretzel on it.) The sun is wonderful because it gives us light in the day and heat to keep us warm! Which do you like better: daytime or nighttime?”
  • “Who can find the coyote? (Pause for children to find it and put a pretzel on it.) God put lots of different and wonderful animals on Earth! Some give us food, some are great pets, but all of them are special! If you could turn into any animal, what animal would you want to be?”
  • “Who can find a person? (Pause for children to find one and put a pretzel on it.) Some of you put your pretzels on a different person than the child beside you, and that’s ok! Our world is full of so many different kinds of people, but God made each and every person wonderful in their own way! Who is the most wonderful person you know?”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God made the land and plants, the water and sky, the animals, and people, and they are all wonderful! Who made everything wonderful? (God made everything wonderful.) Before we eat our pretzels, let’s pray and thank God for our snack and for all the wonderful things He created! Dear God, thank You for creating so many wonderful things. Thank You for our snack and this time to celebrate together. We love You! In Jesus’ name, amen.”

What you do: Allow children to eat their snack. As children eat, they can use the stamps to decorate the place mat. Explain children can take these place mats home at the end of the day so they can continue thinking about the wonderful world God created for us!

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 made everything wonderful. Let’s think about our favorite things God created and what makes them wonderful!”

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: “I’m going to give each of you the chance to share your favorite person or thing God created. I also want you to tell us all why you think that thing or person is wonderful! I’ll write what you share in our journal, and then when we pray we can thank God for all these wonderful things He’s created!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for making [name what each child shared]. Everything you have made is wonderful because You made it all. Help us remember to take care of all the wonderful things You created for us. 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 made everything wonderful.’ 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 made everything wonderful!”

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

WONDERFUL THINGS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: inflatable globe ball

What you do: Ask children to stand in a circle.

What you say: “We’re going to pass the ball around the circle while I chant, ‘God made wonderful things, it’s true. God made wonderful things like YOU!’ If you’re holding the ball when I say the word, ‘YOU,’ you’ll stand in the middle and pretend to be your favorite thing God created. Once we guess what you’re pretending to be, you can go back to your spot and we’ll do it again!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Pass the ball to the child next to you and encourage children to pass it around the circle while you chant, “God made wonderful things, it’s true. God made wonderful things like YOU!” When you say the word, “YOU,” ask the child holding the ball to stand in the middle and pretend to be their favorite thing God created. (If children aren’t sure what to pretend to be, remind them of what they shared during the journal activity.) Encourage the other children to guess what the child is pretending to be and help them guess if needed. Once the children have guessed correctly, the child in the middle can return to their spot and you can begin passing the ball and chanting again. Continue as long as time allows.

Dismissal

GOD. MADE. YOU. WONDERFUL.

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Seat children in a circle. Choose one child to be “It” first and ask that child to stand outside the circle.

What you say: “We’re going to play, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ but instead of saying the words, ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ like the normal game, we’ll say, ‘God, Made, You, Wonderful!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: The child who is “It” will walk around the circle lightly patting the sitting children’s heads while saying the words “God made you wonderful.” The child should say one word per head. When “It” says the word “wonderful,” “It” will walk fast around the circle while the child whose head was patted on “wonderful” gets up and walks fast after “It.” The first child who is “It” will then take a seat in the spot of the second child. The second child will now be “It.” Continue with the activity until every child has had a turn to be “It.”

What you say: “Everyone sit in a circle. (Pause.) Perfect! One person will be ‘It’ and will walk around the circle gently patting heads while telling everyone that God made them wonderful. Watch me! (Demonstrate.) When you touch someone’s head and say the word ‘wonderful,’ start walking very fast around the circle to the empty spot. (Demonstrate.) If you are sitting in the circle and someone touches your head and says the word ‘wonderful,’get up and start walking fast after the person that touched you. Are you ready? (Pause.) Remember to say ‘God made you wonderful!’”