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Quest eGroup :: Oct 17/18

THE QUEEN’S STORYBOOK: SIR POGO’S ADVENTURE

MAIN POINT

I will do
(point to self)
what the Bible
(hold hands out like a book)
says!
(cup hands around mouth)

BIBLE STORY

Philip and the Ethiopian Man
Acts 8:26-38

MEMORY VERSE

Finally, let the Lord (point up)
make you strong. (make muscles)
Depend on his mighty power. (shout POWER and shoot fist in air)
Put on all of God’s armor. (hands on hips)
Then you (point out)
can remain strong (cup hands around mouth and repeat ‘strong’ three times)
against the devil’s evil plans. (tap fingers together like a villain)
Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIRV)

KID CONNECT

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
Kid Connect is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with the kids 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.

Words in italics, whether on lessons or in handouts, are meant to be said out loud to your group.  Anything not in italics is an instruction that does not necessarily need to be read aloud.

THE ROYAL BREAKFAST BUFFET
COLORING ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
placemat (1 per child), breakfast buffet board, breakfast buffet cards (8 of each color), breakfast die, royal stickers, crayons

NOTE: Before the activity, make sure all breakfast buffet cards are attached to the breakfast buffet board.

WELCOME children to your group. Let them know how happy you are they are in Quest and how much fun we are going to have today!

SAY: Today we are going on a royal adventure to hear a story about a brave and bold knight and a daring donkey! To make sure we are ready for our adventure, we have to start the day with a delicious royal breakfast! But before we can eat a royal breakfast, we have to get our plates ready.

PLACE crayons in the center of the circle and LET each child CHOOSE a placemat. INSTRUCT children to color the placemat.

AFTER children have colored a placemat, GIVE one child the breakfast die. HOLD UP the breakfast buffet board and EXPLAIN children will ROLL the breakfast die to COLLECT breakfast buffet cards for their plate. Children can only collect one color card from each category: bread, cheese, and fruit.

CHOOSE one child to ROLL the breakfast die then ADD a breakfast buffet card to his or her placemat. CONTINUE until one child has collected one breakfast buffet card from each category. SAY: Great job, prince/princess [INSERT child’s name]! You have earned a royal sticker! 

ALLOW the child to CHOOSE a royal sticker. PLACE the royal sticker on the placemat or the child’s shirt; stickers should not be placed on faces, arms, legs, or name tags.

KID CONNECT

JOUSTING PRACTICE
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
knight helmet, royal stickers

SAY: To make sure we are in shape and always ready when the Queen calls us, we need to practice jousting! EXPLAIN jousting was a competition between two knights on horseback. The first knight to knock the other knight off their opponents horse would win the joust.

Have children STAND in a circle and SPREAD OUT so there is room between each child. PRACTICE the four jousting moves:

  • Single Sword Swipe: swipe one arm down across body
  • Double Sword Swipe: swipe both arms down to form an “X”
  • Shield Block: hold both arms up to block head
  • Duck: squat down while ducking head

The jousting knight (the eGroup leader for the first game) will PLACE the knight helmet on his or her head. CALL OUT and MODEL jousting moves, starting slowly at first and then increasing speed. The child who completes the move last is out and sits in the horse barn (center of the circle).

CONTINUE until one child remains. This child is the next jousting knight. GIVE the jousting knight the knight’s helmet to wear. ENCOURAGE the jousting knight to perform moves and ALLOW the group to complete the moves. HELP determine who completed the move last and ASK the child to sit in the horse barn.

AFTER each round, GIVE a royal sticker to the child who was the last one in the game.

KID CONNECT

DON’T FEED THE DRAGON
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Don’t Feed the Dragon game kit (2 dragon dice, 36 tokens), Daelyn the Dragon mat

GIVE each child three fires (tokens) and HOLD UP the Daelyn the Dragon mat. EXPLAIN Daelyn the Dragon is very hungry and wants to blow out all the fires! LAY the Daelyn the Dragon mat in the center of the circle.

EXPLAIN children will take turns rolling the dice and completing the action on the dice, but remember, we don’t want Daelyn to blow out all the fires! The last player with fires wins. REVIEW the dice actions:

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CHOOSE one child to go first. The child will roll the die and complete the action.

Children with only one fire left may only roll one die. Children with no fires left are not out of the game. They pass on their turn until they earn fires back.

CONTINUE until only one child has fires.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

For younger children, play the game with only one die.

GET TO KNOW YOU

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

THE KNIGHTING CEREMONY

SUGGESTED TIME
8-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
knight’s helmet, die, foam sword Quest animal stickers

INTRODUCE the series using the series overview:

A long long time ago in a land far away there lived a Queen who loved to tell stories: stories of brave and bold knights, daring donkey’s, and princes and princesses. We’ll hear the Queen share one of her favorite stories about Sir Pogo’s adventure to find the armor of God. Each week we’ll learn how the armor of God can help us stand firm and grow stronger in our faith.

SAY: Before any prince or princess can head to castle, they first need to be knighted!

GIVE one child the knight’s helmet to place on his or her head and the die. ENCOURAGE the child to ROLL the die. Have the child KNEEL and PLACE the sword on the child’s shoulder; alternate touching each shoulder with the sword the number of times ROLLED on the die. Have the child REPEAT the oath after you:

I am knight (insert child’s name) (allow child to repeat)
of the Quest order. 
(allow child to repeat)
I will serve faithfully. (allow child to repeat)
I will share boldly. (allow child to repeat)
I will grow stronger (allow child to repeat)
everyday in my faith. (allow child to repeat)

CONTINUE for each child. AFTER all children are introduced, PASS out a Quest animal sticker to each child. Have each child place it next to their name tag.

SAY: We are the (insert animal name) today! There are two very special rules to remember so we can have fun in the castle. 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)

SAY: 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)!

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.

PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN
BIBLE STORY

SUGGESTED TIME
8 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
God’s Story for Me Bible, sword

TELL the children we can find stories about Jesus in God’s book, the Bible!

SHOW and READ the Bible Story on page 461-466 from the God’s Story for Me Bible.

ASK and SAY the following to review the Bible story. EXPLAIN to answer a question, a child must be HOLDING the sword. USE the sword to CALL on children to answer. Only the child HOLDING the sword can answer the question.

  1. Who did Philip love? (God)
  2. What job did God give Philip? (walk on the road toward the town of Gaza)
  3. While Philip was walking, what did he hear coming? (horses and a chariot)
  4. A man from a very far away country called Ethopia was coming! God told Philip to run up to the chariot. What was the man reading? (a scroll of God’s Word, the Bible)
  5. Did the man understand what he was reading? (No – he needed help!)
  6. Did Philip help the man understand the words the man was reading? (yes)
    Who were the words about? (Jesus)

SAY: The Ethiopian man heard Jesus loved him and then believed in Jesus! He did what the Bible said!We can learn to do what the Bible says by coming to church and reading the Bible with our family. Knowing what the Bible says helps us stronger in our faith! Repeat our main point after me:

I will do (point to self)
what the Bible (hold hands out like a book)
says! (cup hands around mouth)

BIBLE CONNECT

DRAGON’S EGG TOSS
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
dinosaur egg with dinosaurs (9)

SAY: During our time with the Queen we are learning a verse about the armor of God. It says:

Finally, let the Lord (point up)
make you strong. (make muscles)
Depend on his mighty power. (shout POWER and shoot fist in air)
Put on all of God’s armor. (hands on hips)
Then you (point out)
can remain strong (cup hands around mouth and repeat ‘strong’ three times)
against the devil’s evil plans. (tap fingers together like a villain)
Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIRV)

SAY: Knowing this verse helps us remember how the armor of God can help us stand firm and grow stronger in our faith!

Practice the memory verse a few times.

EXPLAIN children will TOSS the dragon’s egg around the circle. When you SAY: Keep the dragon’s egg! the child holding the egg will GIVE the eGroup leader the egg to OPEN. The child will CHOOSE one dinosaur from the egg. The color of the dinosaur CHOSEN will determine the action the child COMPLETES:
COLLECT the dinosaur. DO NOT put it back in the egg. CLOSE the egg and CONTINUE tossing the egg. REPEAT a few rounds until all children have recited the memory verse.

EXPLAIN to the group children can recite the verse the last weekend of the series, during the Royal Ball, to receive their own storybook from the Queen!

NOTE: Children may ask you questions about the devil. We want to answer any questions while not scaring children, explaining the devil using age appropriate terms. If you feel uncomfortable talking to children about the devil, ask your eTeam Leader for assistance. Here are some talking points to use:

  • The devil is the enemy of God.
  • The devil didn’t want to obey God, only himself.
  • The devil thought he was better than God.
  • The devil doesn’t like when we follow Jesus. (worship Jesus, come to church, pray, share Jesus with others)
  • God is more powerful and stronger than the devil! God has ultimate control.
  • The devil wants us to do wrongs things. When we are tempted to do wrong/bad things, we can ask God /Jesus to help us to what’s right.

HEAD TO FREE PLAY, THEN LARGE GROUP.

YOU CONNECT

WHAT IS 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.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
APPLICATION ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
What The Bible Says book (1 per child), What The Bible Says leader book, Bible stickers (8 per child), crayons

ASK: What piece of armor did Sir Pogo and Darrin the Daring Donkey receive today? (the sword of the Spirit) Did you know the Bible is sometimes called a sword? The Bible protects us, like a sword protects a knight. When we do what the Bible says, we grow stronger in our faith. 

ASK: How can we do what the Bible says? ALLOW children to respond. SAY: When we know what the Bible says, we know what to do! Let’s learn what the Bible says so we can do it!

GIVE each child a What The Bible Says book. HELP children write their names on the book.

SHOW and READ each page to the group. ENCOURAGE children to respond to the actions on each page. HELP children PLACE one Bible sticker on each page.

CONTINUE until all pages have been READ. On the last page of the book, have children USE the crayons to DRAW a self-portrait.

SAY: When we read the Bible we can do what it says! The Bible is the best book to read because it helps us know what to do. Let’s REMEMBER … who were the two men in our Bible story? (Philip and the Ethiopian man) Let’s THINK … after the Ethiopian man understood the Bible, did he do what it said? (yes) Yes! The Ethiopian man did what the Bible said, believed in Jesus, and was baptized. If you can FOLLOW the Ethiopian man’s example and do what the Bible says, let’s say our main point together:

I will do (point to self)
what the Bible (hold hands out like a book)
says! (cup hands around mouth)

AS TIME ALLOWS: Children can color their What The Bible Says book or it can be used as a Dismissal Activity.

YOU CONNECT

CHARIOT CHASERS
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
7-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible cards (5), stop watch

ASK: In our Bible story, did Philip obey God by running to the chariot or taking teeny tiny steps to the chariot? ALLOW children to respond. SAY: Philip ran as fast as he could to catch the Ethiopian man in the chariot! 

EXPLAIN children will be chariot chasers like Philip. Children will work together to collect five Bible cards as fast as possible!

One child will be the Ethiopian and WALK around the circle HOLDING the God’s Story for Me Bible. While WALKING, the Ethiopian will PAT each child’s head, SAYING: Help! until the Ethiopian reaches the child he or she wants to CHOOSE and will then SAY: Philip! Philip (the child) will STAND UP and while WALKING, try to catch the Ethiopian before the Ethiopian sits down in Philip’s seat.

If Philip catches the Ethiopian, SAY: Great job chasing the chariot – you were so fast! Sit next to the Ethiopian, just like in our Bible story. ENCOURAGE Philip to SIT and CHOOSE a Bible card. READ the situation from the back of the card. CHOOSE a new child to be the Ethiopian, whether Philip catches the Ethiopian or not.

BEGIN the game and USE the stop watch to TIME the group. REMIND children the goal is to COLLECT five Bible cards as fast as they can, just like Philip ran as fast as he could to catch the chariot.

AFTER five Bible cards have been collected, SHARE the time it took to COLLECT the Bible cards and CELEBRATE the group for working together to collect the cards as fast as possible!

SAY: There is so much to learn from the Bible. When you read your Bible and do what it says, you are putting on the armor of God! Just like Sir Pogo did what the Bible said by sharing his food, we can do what the Bible says, too. Let’s say our main point together:

I will do (point to self)
what the Bible (hold hands out like a book)
says! (cup hands around mouth)

YOU CONNECT

HALL OF KNIGHTS
COLLECTIBLE ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Hall of Knights poster, knights (1 per child), die, glue stick, Sharpie marker

HOLD UP the Hall of Knights poster and SAY: Each weekend you visit the Queen’s castle you can collect another knight to add to the Hall of Knights. These knights will help remind us about God’s armor! Collect four knights and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a prize from the Queen’s Treasure Chest!

EXPLAIN children who have not received a Hall of Knights poster will receive one when they leave.

To receive today’s knight, children will have a knight’s dice dual with each other! EXPLAIN two children will ROLL the dice and the child whose die has the bigger number will earn a knight. CHOOSE two children and give one die to each child.

SAY: The people came from near and far, to see which (prince/princess/prince or princess) would win it all. Take the die and let it roll from your hand. Who has the biggest number in the land?

When you SAY: “let it roll from your hand.” ENCOURAGE children to ROLL the dice.

LOOK and see who rolled the bigger number. SAY: You won the knight’s dice dual! Here is your knight. GIVE the child a knight.

COLLECT the dice and REPEAT with two more children. CONTINUE until all children have received a knight.

SAY: What was the piece of armor we learned about today? ALLOW children to respond. SAY: Yes, it was the shield. Point to the shield on your knight. ENCOURAGE children to point to the highlighted shield.

SAY: Take your Hall of Knights poster home and hang it in a place you can see it everyday to help you. remember what we learn in Quest and to spend time with Jesus. Today we learned we can trust God to take care of us all the time! Let’s say our main point together:

(point to self)
can trust (cross hands in front of chest, palms facing in)
God! (point up)

VIP’s AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A HALL OF KNIGHTS POSTER:  GIVE the child a Hall of Knights poster and GLUE the knight on their Hall of Knights poster. WRITE the child’s name on the back of the Hall of Knights poster with the Sharpie marker.

DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES

GOODNIGHT KNIGHT
GAME ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
Goodnight Knight book

SAY: We’ve had a great royal adventure today, princes and princesses! Today’s adventure is almost over at the castle, but the Queen has one more story for you from her Storybook.This story is called Goodnight Knight. Make sure to pay special attention to the pictures – things are hiding in the castle!

READ Goodnight Knight. While you read, ENCOURAGE children to look for special items hidden in the book.

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AFTER you finish, CALL OUT an object for the group to find in the book. TURN the pages one at a time until the item is found. CALL OUT another object for children to find.

CONTINUE to play as time allows or until all objects are found.


THE QUEEN’S COLORING PAGE
COLORING ACTIVITY

SUGGESTED TIME
5-10 MINUTES

SUPPLIES
coloring page (1 per child), crayons

GIVE each child a coloring page and encourage children to color their page.

USE each picture to review the day as children color.