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Quest eGroup :: Week of September 30

Super Kids

Main Point: When God is with me, I can be wise.
Bible Story: Jericho | Joshua 6:1-20
Memory Verse: Be strong (cross left arm over chest) and courageous. (cross both arms over chest) Do not be afraid… (roll arms then karate chop) for the Lord (point left finger up) your God (point both fingers up) goes with you.” (fists on hips) – Deuteronomy 3:1E6, NIV (open hands like a book)

Kid Connect

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, coloring sheet set (12 pages)

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring sheet from the set. Explain that after they color, children will use these as game boards!

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: Use the coloring sheets as game boards for the Kid Connect: Superhero Suit-Up activity below.

SUPERHERO SUIT-UP

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: coloring sheets (from previous activity), Quest playing cards (1 set), Bingo chips (180)

What you do: Shuffle the playing cards. Encourage each child to lay their coloring sheet flat on the floor with the picture facing up. Give each child a handful of Bingo chips.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to help their Quest animal superheroes “suit-up” by placing Bingo chips on the different parts of their superhero costumes.

Turn over a Quest animal playing card and call out the name of the Quest animal shown on the card. Any child with that animal featured on their coloring sheet can put a Bingo chip on top of one of the circles on that animal. If an Ollie card is turned over, children may put a Bingo chip on any circle.

The first child to fill all four circles on the same Quest animal superhero wins!

 SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

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: “This month we’re learning we can be super because God is always with us! We’re going to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy,’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can eight times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ten bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over one time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice one low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”

Get To Know You

Once the Worship Experience Begins

SUPERHERO WOULD YOU RATHER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: superhero masks, crayons, large die, question sheet

What you do: Give each child a superhero mask and place the crayons in the center of the circle. Encourage children to color their masks while participating in the Get to Know You activity.

What you say: “This month we’ve been learning about all the ways we can be super because God is with us. Since God is with you all the time, you’re already a super kid! Some of you have worn your superhero gear to church today, and you look SUPER! We want to make sure everyone feels like a real superhero today, so each of you gets your own superhero mask! While we color our masks, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: As children color their superhero masks, encourage each child to stand in a superhero stance while saying their name to the eGroup. Tell the child to roll the die and then ask the child to answer one of the “Superhero Would You Rather” questions for the rolled number from the question sheet.

After all children are introduced, encourage children to put on their superhero masks. 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 hear a Bible story about someone in the Bible who did super things!”

Bible Connect

Jericho | Joshua 6:1-20

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Beginner’s 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 132-135 in the Beginner’s 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!”

  1. “Did God tell Joshua His plan for Jericho after the spies arrived home safely or while they were still in the city?” (after the spies arrived home safely)
  2. “Who did God say should march around Jericho?” (the army)
  3. “Who did God say should blow their horns?”(the priests)
  4. “God told them to march around Jericho and blow their horns once a day for how many days?” (six)
  5. “On the seventh day, how many times did God want the army to march around Jericho?” (seven)
  6. “Did Joshua follow God’s plan?” (yes)
  7. “Did Jericho’s walls fall down? (yes)
  8. “Did the spies keep their promise to Rahab and save her family, or did they take Rahab’s family as prisoners?” (They saved Rahab’s family.)
  9. “Did the Israelites make sure the whole city was destroyed or did they take over the city? (They took over the city.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Marching and blowing horns seemed like a strange way to take down a city, but Joshua was wise enough to know that God’s way was best, no matter how strange it might sound. Because God is always with us, He can make us wise, too! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we don’t need to be afraid. We can be strong and courageous because God is always with 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!”

  • “Put your fists on your hips and say the verse in a loud voice, like a brave superhero!”
  • “Crouch down and say the verse in a quiet voice, like a sneaky villain!”
  • “Put your arms out to the side and say the verse in a high voice, like you’re flying high in the air!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with us!”

What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse 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.

VERSE CORNERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards, large die, memory verse cards

What you do: Take one of each of the following cards from the deck of cards: a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Spread these cards out around the edge of the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Say the memory verse and do the motions in front of the children. After practicing together, explain children will play “Verse Corners” to practice the memory verse. There are five different corners around the eGroup space marked with the playing cards. Each child will choose a playing card to stand behind. When you roll the die, any children standing behind the card with that number will say the verse together. Children will then choose a new card to stand behind and you will roll the die again. Repeat until all children have had the opportunity to say the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! This memory verse tells us that God is with us and wants us to be strong and have courage! He is ALWAYS with us!”

What you do: Explain to the group this is the last week children can recite this verse 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

SUPER WISE BINGO

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bingo boards (12), Bingo chips

What you do: Give each child a Bingo board and a small pile of Bingo chips. Tell each child to put one Bingo chip on the free space on their board.

What you say: “I’m so glad God can help us make wise choices! Let’s think about wise choices God can help us make at different places we go all the time.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will try to get three in a row on their Bingo board. Each time they get three in a row, children will stand up, pump a superhero fist in the air, and shout, “When God is with me, I can be wise!” Children can get three in a row multiple times, so they can stand up and cheer each time they get it.

Modification for younger groups: Rather than trying to get children to get three in a row, just focus on encouraging children to find the right picture and put a Bingo chip on it. When the whole eGroup has filled their board, all children can stand and shout the main point together.

What you say: “Let’s see if you can find the places I’m reading about!”

  • “Put a Bingo chip on the house. One wise choice we can make at our house is keeping our toys cleaned up so no one trips over them and falls down! If you can make wise choices at your house, clap two times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the church. One wise choice we can make at church is obeying our eGroup Leaders instructions! If you can make wise choices at church, pat your knees three times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the school. One wise choice we can make at school is to use the crayons, paints, and glue only when the teacher tells us to! If you can make wise choices at school, tap your nose five times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the playground. One wise choice we can make at the playground is playing nicely with the other children we meet! If you can make wise choices at the playground, pat your knees three times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the car. One wise choice we can make in the car is to wait patiently until we get where we’re going without whining! If you can make wise choices in the car, spin around in your spot one time.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the road. One wise choice we can make near a road is holding an adult’s hand before trying to walk across it! If you can make wise choices near a road, wave your arms in the air.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the library. One wise choice we can make at the library is staying quiet so we don’t disturb anyone! If you can make wise choices at the library, pull your ears two times.”
  • “Put a Bingo chip on the restaurant. One wise choice we can make at a restaurant is trying all of our food, even if we’ve never had it before! If you can make wise choices at a restaurant, rub your belly four times.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “God can help us make wise choices because He is always with us! Who is always with you?” (God is always with 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 when God is with me, I can be wise. Let’s think about some times when God can help us be wise.”

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: “Joshua knew doing things God’s way is always the best way, even if he didn’t understand or if it sounded strange, like when God told Joshua to go to battle with just a horn—a horn! That was strange, but Joshua was SUPER wise and trusted what God said. Let’s make a list of things we like to do. When we pray, we can ask God to help us be SUPER wise and do those things HIS way. So tell me, what are some things you like to do?” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, every day is filled with so many choices. Please help us be super wise and do things Your way. We know Your way is the best way, even when we don’t understand. Thank you for always being with us so we can be SUPER brave, SUPER strong, SUPER courageous, and SUPER wise. You are the best! 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 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, ‘When God is with me, I can be wise.’ 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 when God is with us, we can be wise!”

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

SUPERHERO STATUES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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

What you say: “We’re going to play a silly game called ‘Superhero Statues’ to help us practice today’s main point!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You are all going to be the superheroes, and I’m going to be the silly villain. When I say, ‘3, 2, 1, SUPER FREEZE,’ you will all pose like a superhero and stand super still. I’m going to walk around the circle and try to make you laugh by saying today’s main point in a silly way. You’re going to try to stay frozen and say it back to me without laughing. If you laugh or move anything other than your eyes or mouth, you’re out! The last superhero left wins!”

What you do: Walk up to a child and say, “When God is with me, I can be wise,” in a silly way. You can use funny voices, make silly faces, use crazy accents, or perform any kind of silly actions while saying the main point. Encourage the child to say the main point back to you without moving or laughing. If the child moves or laughs, ask the child to sit down in their spot. Repeat with each child. The last child standing wins! If time remains, begin the game again and allow the winning child to become the “silly villain” who tries to get the superhero statues to laugh.

Dismissal

SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY

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: “It’s time to play, ‘Superhero Training Academy’ to help you prepare to be a super kid!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “If we’re going to be great superheroes, we need to start by putting on our special superhero gear!”

  • “Everyone reach way up high and then pretend to pull a superhero mask over your face.”
  • “Everyone bend way down to touch your toes and then pretend to pull on your superhero boots.”
  • “Everyone spin around one time and then pretend to put on your superhero cape.”
  • “Everyone move your hips in a circle three times and then pretend to buckle on your superhero belt.”
  • “Everyone make five giant circles with your arms and then pretend to pull on your superhero gloves.”

“Now we need to get our bodies warmed up so we’re ready to save the day! Let’s do some exercises that will help us prepare for our superhero moves.”

eGL Note: Choose a number to insert in the blanks below.

  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fly! Everyone jump as high as you can ______ times.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to lift heavy things! Everyone hold onto your pretend weights and do ______ bicep curls.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to roll on the ground to avoid an attack! Everyone lay down on the floor and roll over ______ time.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to fight off a bad guy! Everyone turn to face away from the group and practice ______ low kick or punch.”
  • “Sometimes superheroes need to walk across something really narrow, like a tightrope! Everyone walk carefully across a pretend tightrope to the other side of the eGroup area.”