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Quest eGroup :: Week of September 9

Super Kids

Main Point: When God is with me, I can be brave.
Bible Story: Elijah and the Fire | 1 Kings 18:1-39
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)

Kids 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

SUPERHERO WOULD YOU RATHER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: large die, question sheet

What you say: “This month we’re going to learn 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! We’re also going to learn about someone in the Bible who did super things for God, but before we do that let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: 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, 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

ELIJAH AND THE FIRE | 1 KINGS 18:1-39

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 209-215 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. “What was the name of the idol King Ahab prayed to?” (Baal)
  2. “When King Ahab prayed to Baal for rain, did the rain come?” (no)
  3. “Elijah told King Ahab there was no rain because King Ahab was worshiping an idol instead of God. Did that make King Ahab happy or angry?”(angry)
  4. “Who challenged King Ahab and the Israelites to prove whether Baal or God was the real God?” (Elijah)
  5. “What did they build for the challenge?” (altars)
  6. “When Baal’s worshipers put an offering on the altar for Baal, cried out to Baal, and danced around the altar, did anything happen?” (no)
  7. “When Elijah put an offering on the altar for God and prayed, did anything happen?” (yes)
  8. “What happened to the altar for God?” (The whole thing burned up.)
  9. “When the people bowed down and worshiped God, did God send the rain?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “King Ahab and the rest of the Israelites were all against Elijah, so it seemed like Elijah was completely alone. That can feel scary! But Elijah could be brave that day because he wasn’t really alone—God was with Him! And He is with you, too! Who is always with you?” (God is always with me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

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 children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

VERSE CORNERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards, large die

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 children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their Wonder! Clubhouse poster!

You Connect

SUPER BRAVE STORY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: story sheet

What you say: “We know superheroes are great at being brave. Because God is with us, we can be brave just like a superhero. Let’s practice being super brave together!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read the story sheet aloud. Each time you see a stop sign, stop reading and encourage children to act out how they would respond to that situation in a brave way.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You did a super job thinking of ways Super Steven could be brave! You can be brave, too, because God is always with you and He can help you be brave! 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 brave. Let’s think about some times when God can help us be brave.”

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: “Raise your hand if you’ve ever been afraid. (Raise your hand.) I have! I remember one time when I was afraid of . . . (share something the children can relate to, like the dark or a strange sound). Everyone feels afraid sometimes. When we feel afraid, we can remember that God is always with us. Knowing God is with us can help us be SUPER brave! Let’s make a list of things we might be afraid of. When we pray, we’ll ask God to help us be brave instead of afraid. What’s one thing you’re afraid of?” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank you for always being with us so we don’t have to be afraid. Please help [child’s name] be brave when he/she feels afraid of (say what he listed) and help . . . (repeat for each child). Thank you for loving us. You are SUPER amazing! Help us to always trust and 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, ‘When God is with me, I can be brave.’ 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 brave!”

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 brave” 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.”