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Quest eGroup Week of August 11

Anchors Away

Main Point: I can do whatever God says even when it’s hard.
Bible Passage: Naaman ● 2 Kings 5:1-14
Memory Verse: “God’s way is perfect” 2 Samuel 22:31, NIRV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages, Quest animal check-in sheet
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page. Write children’s names and tag numbers on the Quest animal check-in sheet.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to color their coloring page. As children color, get to know them by asking what they have done today or what they are going to do.

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.

ANCHORS AWAY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out an action for children to act out. They should not begin pretending to perform the action until you say, “Anchors away!” Once they hear that, children will act it out until you call out, “Drop your anchors!” When children hear that instruction, they should immediately race to sit down and curl up in a ball like a heavy anchor. The last child to sit down and curl up will have to return to shore (sit on the eGroup rug) for the next two actions.

Actions:
Climb up the rope ladder to get on your boat!
Push your heavy boat away from the shore!
Pull on the ropes to raise your sails!
Steer the boat out into deeper water!
Cast a fishing net out into the water!
Lean over the edge of the boat and pull the fishing net back in!
Dive off the edge of the boat and swim with the dolphins!
Backstroke back to the boat!
Climb back in the boat and try to shake off all the water!
Try to keep your balance while a storm rocks the boat back and forth!
Steer away from the storm as fast as you can!
Dig through your backpack to find your map!
Turn the boat to one side as hard as you can and head back to shore!

GET TO KNOW YOU

GET TO KNOW YOUR CREW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: sailor hat (1), boat cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle. Put the boat cards in the sailor hat.
What you say: “Ahoy there, sailors! This month we’re sailing away on an adventure to learn about what it means to go God’s way, because God’s way is perfect! But before we set sail, we need to get to know the rest of our crew!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose a boat card from the sailor hat. Read the question from the back of the card and encourage the child to answer.
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:
Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)
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 animal 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 who did things God’s way, even when it was hard!”

BIBLE CONNECT

NAAMAN
2 KINGS 5:1-14

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 230-234 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!”
“Was Naaman an army commander or an astronaut?” (army commander)
“Naaman had leprosy. Is that a stomach sickness or a skin disease?” 
(skin disease)
“Who did Naaman’s wife tell him to go see to be healed?”(Elisha)
“Did Naaman go to see Elisha?”(yes)
“How many times did Elisha tell Naaman to dunk himself in the Jordan River if he wanted to be healed?” (seven)
“Did Naaman think this was a silly idea or a smart idea?” (silly)
“Even though he thought it was silly, did Naaman try dunking himself in the Jordan River seven times?” (yes)
“Did his skin disease go away?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Naaman thought God’s way of healing his leprosy was kind of silly. He bathed himself all the time; why would a few extra dunks in the river be any different? It’s hard to obey when we feel like what we’re supposed to do doesn’t make any sense, but Naaman obeyed anyway. And because he did it God’s way, Naaman’s leprosy was healed! Whose way is perfect?” (God’s way is perfect.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies, memory verse cards
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God’s way is perfect. We should always go His way, no matter what, because it is perfect!”

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 like you’re under water!” (Wiggle your fingers between your lips while saying it.)
“Say the verse really fast, like you’re in a speedboat!”
“Say the verse in a deep voice, like you’re sailing over deep water!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
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.

FINISH THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: boat cards (12), memory verse cards
What you do: Create a large circle on the floor with the boat cards. Ask each child to stand behind a boat card (around the outside of the circle).

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will walk around the circle as you clap a steady beat, stepping from one card to the next as you clap. (Remind children to stand behind the cards, not on them.) When you stop clapping and call out,”Drop your anchors!” all children should freeze behind one of the boat cards.
Once each child is behind a boat card, call out a color. All children behind that color boat should say the memory verse together. Once they’ve finished, begin clapping again and repeat the activity as long as time and interest allow.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! We can trust God’s way because it is perfect!”
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

THAT’S HARD

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: whiteboard (1), dry erase marker (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle around the eGroup space.
What you say: “We can do what God says even when it’s hard because He is always there to help us do it! Let’s think about some of the hard things we might have to do.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Use the whiteboard marker to draw the objects listed below. Encourage children to give you a sailor salute when they know what you are drawing. Once children have guessed correctly, read the instructions given by the object.

SHOE: “It can be hard to tie your shoes, but God can help you by giving you patience while you are learning how! Tap your shoes if you think God can help you learn to tie your shoes.”
BROCCOLI: “It can be hard to eat foods you don’t think you like, but God can help you by giving you courage to try them anyway! Rub your belly if you think God can help you try things you don’t think you like.”
BANDAID: “It can be hard to be brave when you’re hurt, but God can help you by giving you strength to get up and shake it off! Shake your whole body if you think God can help you be brave when you’re hurt.”
BIKE: “It can be hard to learn how to ride a bike, but God can help you by giving you people to help you learn! Move your arms in big circles if you think God can help you learn new things like riding a bike.”
CHAIR: “It can be hard to sit still when you’re supposed to, but God can help you by giving you self-control! Self-control means you can choose to do the right thing. Be still like a statue if you think God can help you show self-control.”
BLOCKS: “It can be hard to clean up your toys by yourself, but God can help you by giving you joy even when you have to do something that isn’t fun! Wave your arms if you think God can help you do a job even if it isn’t very fun.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Since God’s way is perfect, we should always go His way, even when it’s hard. And when we choose to go His perfect way, He will always help us! Whose way is perfect?” (God’s way is perfect.)

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 we can do what God says even when it’s hard.”

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 want us to think about some of the hard things God tells us to do, like sharing. Sometimes it’s hard to share our favorite toy or the last piece of candy. It can be hard to love someone who has been mean to us. It can also be hard to help others, especially when we have to stop doing what we want to do so we can help them. But God can help us do the hard things He tells us to do, right? (Pause for response.) Right! When I say your name, tell me one thing God tells us to do that can be hard to do. I’ll write down what you say. When we pray, we can use our list and ask God to help us do what He says even when it’s hard.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, we want to do what You say, because Your way is perfect. Sometimes it’s hard, though. Will You please help us do things like (read the list the children made)? I know with Your help (name each child) can do what You say even when it’s hard. 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, ‘I can do what God says even when it’s hard.’ 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 we can do what God says even when it’s hard.”

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

ACTION ROLL

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: color die (1), foam die (1), action card (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Each of you will have a turn to roll the color die and the foam die. I’ll use the dice and my special action card to tell you how many friends will say the main point with you and which special action you should do while you say it together! Our main point is, ‘I can do what God says even when it’s hard.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: One at a time, allow children to roll the color die and the foam die. The foam die will tell how many friends they should choose to say the main point with them, so encourage the child to choose that many friends to stand with them. Match the color on the action card to the color rolled on the color die to tell children which action to do while saying the main point. Repeat until all children have had a few turns to practice today’s main point. (I can do what God says even when it’s hard.)

DISMISSAL

ANCHORS AWAY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand up and spread out around the eGroup space.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain you will call out an action for children to act out. They should not begin pretending to perform the action until you say, “Anchors away!” Once they hear that, children will act it out until you call out, “Drop your anchors!” When children hear that instruction, they should immediately race to sit down and curl up in a ball like a heavy anchor. The last child to sit down and curl up will have to return to shore (sit on the eGroup rug) for the next two actions.
Actions:
Climb up the rope ladder to get on your boat!
Push your heavy boat away from the shore!
Pull on the ropes to raise your sails!
Steer the boat out into deeper water!
Cast a fishing net out into the water!
Lean over the edge of the boat and pull the fishing net back in!
Dive off the edge of the boat and swim with the dolphins!
Backstroke back to the boat!
Climb back in the boat and try to shake off all the water!
Try to keep your balance while a storm rocks the boat back and forth!
Steer away from the storm as fast as you can!
Dig through your backpack to find your map!
Turn the boat to one side as hard as you can and head back to shore!