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Quest eGroup Week of January 21

All The Time

Main Point: Jesus is there when I’m sick.
Bible Story: The Lepers – Luke 17:11-19
Memory Verse: You are everything I need Psalm 119:57

Kid Connect

QUEST ANIMAL COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, coloring page, block clock

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

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.

Extension Activities: Take the block clock base out of the bag, leaving just the 12 blocks in the bag.

Option 1: Choose a clock block from the bag and use the color to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Choose a new clock block and switch crayon colors.

Option 2: Choose a clock block from the bag and use the number to determine how many items to color. Allow children to color the number of items with a crayon, then choose a new clock block and a new crayon.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

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

 

TIME TO FIND OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards

What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing them in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.

What you say: “Our friend Ollie is hiding! Let’s see who can find him!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up onto the pile in the middle. The next child will do the same. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “find” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who finds Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)

 

TIME THAT MOVE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards, timing device

What you do: Shuffle the Quest playing cards and place them face down in front of you. Encourage children to spread out around the eGroup space. Explain you will call out a movement for them to perform until the timer goes off. Anyone who stops before time runs out has to stand still like a statue instead of doing the next movement!

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Turn over a playing card and use the number on the card to determine how long children will perform the movement. Call out one of the movements listed below, start the timer, and encourage children to perform the movement until the timer goes off. If a child stops before time runs out, ask that child to stand as still as a statue while children perform the next movement. The child can join back in with the movements on the following turn.

What you say: “Let’s see if you can keep moving the whole time!”
– “Hop on one foot for (#) seconds!”
– “Skip in place for (#) seconds!”
– “March around the rug for (#) seconds!”
– “Jog in place for (#) seconds!”
– “Walk around the rug on your tiptoes for (#) seconds!”
– “Pat your legs as fast as you can for (#) seconds!”
– “Rub your tummy for (#) seconds!”
– “Do your favorite dance move for (#) seconds!”
– “High five other friends in our eGroup for (#) seconds!”
– “Stand still on one foot for (#) seconds!”
– “Clap your hands as fast as you can for (#) seconds!”
– “Close your eyes and shake your head for (#) seconds!”

 

Get to Know You

TIME TO GET TO KNOW YOU

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: block clock, leader card

What you do: Give each child a block from the block clock and keep one for yourself. Place the block clock base in the center of the eGroup.

What you say: “This month we’re learning Jesus is always there when we need Him. When we’re happy or sad, scared or excited, sick or well, Jesus is with us all the time! As we get to know each other today, we’ll think about some of the good and not-so-good times we’ve been through, and we’ll remember Jesus is with us through all of them!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that after each child introduces themselves, they will answer a question based on the color of their block. Introduce yourself to the group. Read the question for your block color from the leader card, answer the question, then return the block to its spot on the clock. Go around the circle, encouraging each child to introduce themselves and answer the question for their block color.

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 a time when Jesus was there for someone at the exact moment they needed Him!”

 

Bible Connect

HEALING THE DEAF MAN
MARK 7:32-37

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need:  God’s Story for Me 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 388-393 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 sticker.

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

  1. “What was wrong with the men in this story?” (They were sick with leprosy.)
  2. “How many men had leprosy in this story?” (10)
  3. “Could they be around other people when they were sick with leprosy?” (no) 
  4. “Who did the men ask to help them?” (Jesus)
  5. “Did Jesus heal the men from their sickness?” (yes)
  6. “Were the men excited or afraid after Jesus healed them?” (excited)
  7. “How many of the men thanked Jesus for making them well?” (one)

 

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “These men must have been so lonely. They couldn’t be around their family or their friends because they were so sick. When Jesus helped the men by healing them, it changed their lives! Is Jesus there to help us, too? (Yes!) Some of the time or all the time? (All the time!)

 

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Jesus is with us all the time! Our verse this month tells us Jesus is everything we could ever need. We can trust Him and follow what He says because He is always there for 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.) Jesus is everything we need because He’s there all the time! He’s there when we’re tired, when we’re surprised, when we’re scared, or when we’re excited. Let’s say our verse in some of those voices!
– “Say the verse in tired voice!”
– “Say the verse in a surprised voice!”
– “Say the verse in a scared voices!”
– “Say the verse in an excited voice!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job! Jesus is with us all the time, and He is all we need!”

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 TIME

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: block clock

What you say: “Jesus is with us all the time! Our verse this month tells us Jesus is everything we could ever need. We can trust Him and follow what He says because He is always there for us.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Give each child a block from the block clock. Close your eyes and spin the clock hands around a few times. Stop and ask the children holding the pieces from the spots where the clock hands are pointing to stand and say the verse together. Repeat until all children have had an opportunity to practice the verse.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job! Jesus is with us all the time, and He is all we need!”

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

CHARADES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: activity mat, bandaids, activity cards (8)

What you say: “We all get sick sometimes. Being sick is not fun, and sometimes it can even feel a little bit scary. But Jesus is with us when we’re sick, and He’s given us so many people and helpful things like medicine and hospitals to help us get better. Let’s think about some of the things Jesus give us to help us when we’re sick!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Give each child an activity mat and a bandaid. Help children take the bandaids out of the wrapper, but tell children not to take the paper strips off the back yet. Children will place the bandaids over pictures on the activity mat, but they should not stick the bandaids to the activity mat.

Show children the picture on the back of the first activity card and read the instructions on the back, helping children place their bandaids as needed and encouraging children to respond as directed. Repeat for all remaining cards.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “When we get sick we can remember Jesus is with us and He will give us what we need to get through it! Who is there when I need Him?” (Jesus is there when I need Him!) “Let’s put on these bandaids to remind us that Jesus is there when we’re sick!”

What you do: Help children remove the paper strips from the back of the bandaids and apply the bandaids to their hands, arms, or clothing. Children should not apply bandaids to their face or hair.

eKIDZ JOURNAL AND COLLECTIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz eGroup prayer journal, pen, sample collectible poster, main point card, glue, Sharpie marker, eKidz eGroup prayer journal

What you say: “God can do great things through us when we learn and live out what the Bible says! Today we learned Jesus is there when we’re sick. Let’s think about some times Jesus has helped us when we were sick and tell Him thank you.”

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: “Think about a time when you were sick. Jesus comforts and helps us in lots of ways when we’re sick by providing the people or things we need. I want each of you to share one way Jesus has helped you when you were sick, then we’ll tell Jesus thank you for comforting and helping us.” (Write down children’s names and what they say.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to be with us all the time! And thank you that He’s with us to help us when we’re sick by (read what children shared from journal). We know Jesus can help us when we’re sick because He’s with us all the time! 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 collectible poster.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your collectible poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize! We have some really special new 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, ‘Jesus is there when I’m sick.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your collectible poster at home.

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO NEED A NEW COLLECTIBLE POSTER: Give the child a collectible poster and glue the main point card on their poster. 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 Jesus is always there to help us when we’re sick!”

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

 

ON A ROLL

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: block clock, color die, number die

What you do: Give each child a clock block.

What you say: “The men in our Bible story today were so excited to be healed that they jumped up and ran. We’re going to jump and move around too because we’re thankful that Jesus is with us all the time, even when we’re sick!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Roll the color and number die. Instruct children to complete one of the actions as directed below, inserting the color on the color die where the instruction says [color] and the number on the number die where the instruction says “[#]”.

What you say: “Look at the color of your block. If I roll the color that matches your block with my color die, stand up and I’ll tell you what to do!”

  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and jump [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and spin around [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and hop on one foot [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and touch your toes [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and clap your hands over your head [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and wiggle your whole body [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and pat your knees [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and wave your arms in a big circle [#] times!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and high five [#] friends!”
  • “If you have a [color] block, stand up and shout, ‘Jesus is there when I need Him!’ [#] times!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “We can jump and spin and clap our hands because Jesus has given us a body that can move! But whether we’re healthy or sick, Jesus is with us all the time.”

 

Dismissal

TIME TO FIND OLLIE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Quest playing cards

What you do: Deal the cards evenly among the children by placing them in a face-down pile in front of each child. Stack any extra cards face-up in the center of the group.

What you say: “Our friend Ollie is hiding! Let’s see who can find him!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Instruct children to take turns turning over the top card from their pile and placing the card face-up onto the pile in the middle. The next child will do the same. Play continues this way until someone turns over an Ollie card. When the children see Ollie, they will compete to be the first to “find” Ollie by covering the card with their hand. The child who finds Ollie first takes all the cards from the middle and puts them at the bottom of their stack. A child wins when they have collected all of the cards! (NOTE: If time runs out or if children are disengaging with the game, the player with the most cards can be declared the winner.)