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Quest eGroup Week of April 15

Jesus is #1

Main Point: God sent Jesus to be my friend forever.
Bible Story: Jesus Died and Lives Again – Matthew 26:20-30, 27:45-50, 28:1-7
Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son.”
John 3:16

Kid Connect

HIDDEN PICTURE PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, hidden picture pages

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a hidden picture page.

What you say: “Does anybody know what special day we’re celebrating? (Easter) That’s right, it’s Easter! And since it’s Red Rabbit’s favorite holiday, Red Rabbit is throwing us a big party so we can have the most fun celebrating Easter together! While we wait for the rest of our friends to come join the party, let’s help Red Rabbit’s bunny friends find the things hiding around their tree house!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children the illustrations along the side of the picture that show the hidden objects to look for. As children color the picture, encourage them to see if they can find any of the hidden objects. If a child finds a hidden object, encourage them to share where it is with the rest of the group and have all children circle it on their hidden picture pages.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

GO FISH

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards

What you do: Seat children in a circle. Place three playing cards face down in front of each child. Tell children they can look at their cards, but not to let anyone else see their cards.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children are trying to collect pairs of matching cards, and the child with the most matches at the end of the game wins. Since today is our Red Rabbit Easter party, Red Rabbit matches are worth two matches!

Children will take turns trying to get cards to match the cards already in their hand by asking one other child in the circle or by taking a card from the draw pile. A child can ask any other child in the circle, “Do you have a (insert Quest animal) card?” If the other child has the card, he or she must give it to the child who asked. If the other child does not have the card, he or she will say, “Go Fish!” and the child who asked can take a card from the top of the draw pile.

Any time a child has two matching cards, both cards can be placed face-up on the floor. The game ends when all matches have been made. If a child runs out of cards before then, he or she can ask for any card they choose on their next turn. If the draw pile runs out before the game ends, children’s turn will end if the child they asked doesn’t have the requested card. The child with the most matches at the end of the game is the winner!

#1

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: large die (1)

What you do: Spread children out around the eGroup space. Explain they will follow your instructions and try to be the last child standing. If you roll the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, certain children will have to sit down according to the instructions below. Each instruction has multiple options listed; choose a different one each time you roll that number. Any time you roll the number 1, all children can stand back up.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Listen carefully to hear if you should sit down or stay standing. You want to try to be the last person standing. Anytime I roll the number one, we’ll all stand up and cheer, ‘Happy Easter!’”

  • If you roll a ‘2’: “If you’re wearing [blue/green/red/pink/yellow/orange/purple], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘3’: “If you have [2/3/4/5/6] people living in your house, sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘4’: “If your favorite color is [blue/green/red/pink/yellow/orange/purple], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘5’: “If you’re wearing [tennis shoes/sandals/shoes with laces/fancy shoes/shoes with a TV character], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘6’: “If you [go to preschool/go to kindergarten/go to daycare/stay home with your mom or dad/have a nanny who takes care of you/stay with a grandparent during the day], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘1’: “Everyone stand up and cheer, ‘Happy Easter!’”

What you do: Continue rolling the die and reading the instructions for each number until one child is left standing. This child is the winner!

Get to Know You

THE ONE THING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: large die, leader sheet, Easter basket sticker charts, Sharpie marker

What you do: Place the die in the center of the eGroup.

What you say: “Welcome to our Red Rabbit Easter Party! Red Rabbit wants to make sure we have the most fun on Easter, so there are going to be all kinds of fun and special things for us to do today. Red Rabbit is even giving each of us a special Easter basket to collect Easter eggs on today, and when we collect all four eggs, we get a special prize! While we introduce ourselves and get to know each other, I’ll write each of your names on an Easter basket for you to collect eggs on today.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will roll the die and answer a question. Read aloud one of the questions on the leader sheet that corresponds to the number the child rolled and encourage the child to answer. While the child answers, write the child’s name on an Easter basket sticker chart and give it to the child. Continue until all children have been introduced.

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 it’s time to go to Large Group and see if we can find our first Easter egg while we learn about Jesus at Wonder! Clubhouse!”

Bible Connect

JESUS DIES AND LIVES AGAIN

MATTHEW 26:20-30, 27:45-50, 28:1-7

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Easter egg from Large Group, Easter basket sticker charts, God’s Story for Me Bible, Bible story stickers

What you say: “We had so much fun celebrating together in Large Group today! Are you ready to see what’s in our first Easter egg from Red Rabbit? (Open egg and give each child one Easter egg sticker.) These are the Easter eggs for your Easter baskets!Everyone find the row of green eggs in your Easter basket. (Help children find the row.) Now stick this Easter egg sticker on the empty spot beside the green Easter eggs in your Easter basket. (Assist children in putting stickers on their Easter basket sticker charts.) Great job, friends! Only three more eggs to go!

We heard the Bible story while we were at Wonder! Clubhouse. Now we can read that true story from God’s book, the Bible!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 425-430 in 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 Bible story sticker.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

  1. “Did Jesus let the angry people take Him away?” (yes)
  2. “How did Jesus’ friends feel when the angry people killed Jesus on the cross?” (sad and scared)
  3. “Where did Jesus’ friends put His body?” (into a tomb) 
  4. “What did soldiers put in front of the door to the tomb?” (a huge stone)
  5. “How many days was Jesus in the tomb?” (three)
  6. “When Mary came to the tomb, Jesus was gone! Who did she find in the tomb instead?” (two angels)
  7. “When Mary came out of the tomb, who did she find?” (Jesus)
  8. “Was Jesus dead or alive?” (He was alive!)
  9. “Did Mary keep it a secret that Jesus was alive, or did she run to tell Jesus’ other friends?” (She told Jesus’ other friends.)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “In our Bible story today, some people hurt Jesus. He died and they placed Him in a tomb. But Jesus promised He would come back. And three days later, what happened? (Pause for responses.) Yes! Jesus kept His promise and He DID come back. He’s ALIVE! God sent Jesus to be my friend and YOUR friend forever! I love Jesus. Who is the best?” (Jesus is the best!)

“You all did such a great job answering our Bible story questions, we can get another Easter egg!”

What you do: Send a child to the PINK Easter basket to get an Easter egg. Open the egg and give each child one Easter egg sticker. Help children find the row of orange Easter eggs on their Easter basket sticker charts and attach the sticker to the empty spot at the end of the row. Return the Easter egg to the PINK Easter basket.

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to save us! Let’s practice our verse together!”

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 your best [loud/quiet/silly/squeaky] voice!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You guys are the best at saying your verse in different voices! But our memory verse tells us Jesus is the very best because God sent Him to save us!”

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.

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.

What you say: “Our Bible verse says God loves us so much that He gave His only Son to save us! Let’s practice our verse together!”

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: “Our memory verse tells us Jesus is the very best because God sent Him to save us!”

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.

You Connect

EGG HUNT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: hiding spot cards (8), egg cards (1)

What you do: Lay out the hiding spot cards face down across the center of the eGroup area.

What you say: “We have so much to celebrate on Easter! Jesus is the best, and God sent Jesus to be the best friend we could ever have! To help us think about what makes Jesus the greatest friend ever and to earn another egg for our Easter baskets, we’re going to go on an egg hunt!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children the egg card. Explain you will hide the egg card under one of the Wonder! Clubhouse hiding spot cards and children will take turns guessing which hiding spot card the egg is hidden behind.

Ask children to spin around in their spot to face outside the circle and then close their eyes. Hide the egg card under one of the hiding spot cards. Tell children to open their eyes and turn around, then ask a child to guess where the egg is hiding. Pick up the hiding spot card the child chooses. If the child guessed correctly, read the back of the hiding spot card. If the child guessed incorrectly, ask the next child to guess. Once a hiding spot card has been read, set the card aside. Continue until all hiding spot cards have been read.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Not only is Jesus the best friend we could ever have, He wants to be our friend forever! Who is the best?” (Jesus is the best!)

“You all did such a great job with this activity, you’ve definitely earned another Easter egg!”

What you do: Send a child to the GREEN or YELLOW Easter basket to get an Easter egg. Open the egg and give each child one Easter egg sticker. Help children find the red Easter egg on their Easter basket sticker charts and attach the sticker to the empty spot at the end of the row. Return the Easter egg to the GREEN or YELLOW Easter basket.

What you say: “We only need ONE MORE EASTER EGG to fill our Easter baskets! I can’t wait to see the special surprise from Red Rabbit when we fill it up!”

EASTER BASKET COLORING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, Easter basket sticker charts

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the eGroup.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to eat their snack while they color their Easter basket sticker charts.

OLLIE SAYS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you do: Spread children out around the eGroup space. Explain children will follow your instructions anytime you start them with “Ollie says,” but if you don’t say it, they should freeze. Children should keep doing the action until you give the next instruction. If a child follows the instruction when you haven’t said, “Ollie says,” he or she will sit down for the next two instructions.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say:

  • “Ollie says to hop on ONE foot.”
  • “Ollie says to wave ONE arm in the air in giant circles.”
  • “Ollie says to clap using just ONE finger on each hand.”
  • “Stomp ONE foot as loudly as you can.”
  • “Ollie says to stand on ONE foot and hold the other leg in front of you.”
  • “Ollie says to pat the floor with ONE hand.”
  • “Move ONE of your arms in a tiny circle”
  • “Do a push-up with ONE arm.”
  • “Ollie says to pretend to climb ONE big mountain.”
  • “Ollie says to wave ONE elbow back and forth.”
  • “Ollie says to spin in a circle on ONE leg.”
  • “Shake your head ONE time.”
  • “Ollie says to high five the friends around you only using ONE thumb.”
  • “Ollie says to make circles on the floor with ONE foot.”
  • “Sit down on the floor with ONE leg still in the air.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You all did such a great job listening. Give your friends ONE big thumbs up!”

Dismissal

#1

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: large die (1)

What you do: Spread children out around the eGroup space. Explain they will follow your instructions and try to be the last child standing. If you roll the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, certain children will have to sit down according to the instructions below. Each instruction has multiple options listed; choose a different one each time you roll that number. Any time you roll the number 1, all children can stand back up.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Listen carefully to hear if you should sit down or stay standing. You want to try to be the last person standing. Any time I roll the number one, we’ll all stand up and cheer, ‘Happy Easter!’”

  • If you roll a ‘2’: “If you’re wearing [blue/green/red/pink/yellow/orange/purple], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘3’: “If you have [2/3/4/5/6] people living in your house, sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘4’: “If your favorite color is [blue/green/red/pink/yellow/orange/purple], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘5’: “If you’re wearing [tennis shoes/sandals/shoes with laces/fancy shoes/shoes with a TV character], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘6’: “If you [go to preschool/go to kindergarten/go to daycare/stay home with your mom or dad/have a nanny who takes care of you/stay with a grandparent during the day], sit down!”
  • If you roll a ‘1’: “Everyone stand up and cheer, ‘Happy Easter!’”

What you do: Continue rolling the die and reading the instructions for each number until one child is left standing. This child is the winner!