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Quest eGroup Week of July 14

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me God loves me all the time.
Bible Passage: Jeremiah 31:3 ● John 21:1-17
Memory Verse: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11, NIV

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.

FACE-OFF

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Deal the whole deck of cards evenly among all children. Each child should have a small stack of cards face-down on the floor in front of them.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Instruct children to flip over their top card and place it on the floor close to the center of the circle. The highest card (two is lowest; ace is highest) wins that hand and takes the cards from the center. These cards can be added to their personal stack. Continue having children flip over their top card and allowing the child with the highest cards to take all the cards from the center. When a child runs out of cards, the child is out. The player to collect all the cards first is the winner!
If two people both play the card with the highest value, they will compete in a “face-off.” Each child will lay down three cards, face-down, and then flip the fourth card face-up. The highest cards wins all the cards played!

KID CONNECT

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. If you do an action when I haven’t said, ‘The leader says,’ you’ll have to pretend to ride a bike all the way around our eGroup rug before you can get back in the game!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction starts with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully and then encourage the child to pretend to ride a bike around the eGroup rug.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

CREATING THE SCENE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity mat (1), activity cards (12)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the activity mat in the center of the eGroup. Spread the activity cards around (but not on) the activity mat.
What you say: “This month as we continue our Bikes and Trikes series, we’re learning that when we learn God’s Word, we can take the Bible with us wherever our bikes and trikes might take us! Before we get started, let’s get to know each other better while we create a fun scene to go with our Bikes and Trikes series!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage each child to say their name to the eGroup. After sharing their name, each child should choose one of the activity cards. Read a question from the back of the card, encourage the child to answer, then allow the child to place the activity card where he/she thinks it looks best on the activity mat.
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 a time when Jesus showed God’s big and never-ending love to someone who may not have seemed to deserve it!”

BIBLE CONNECT

PSALM 139:14 & GENESIS 25:19-28

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! Jeremiah 31:3 tells us God loves us “with an everlasting love.” That means it will last forever; He will never stop loving us, no matter what! In our Bible story today, we’ll see how Jesus showed God’s everlasting love to someone who had done something hurtful to Him.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 435-440 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. 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!”
“Did Peter and his friends go fishing or bike-riding?” (fishing)
“All night, the men threw out their big nets and pulled them back in. Did they catch any fish?”(no)
“As the sun began to rise, someone on the shore called out to the men in the boat. Did he tell them to throw their net on the front side of the boat or the right side of the boat?”(the right side)
“When they threw their net on the right side, did they catch any fish?” 
(yes)
“Did they catch a few fish or a lot of fish?” (a lot)
“Who was the man on the shore who had helped them?” (Jesus)
“Who jumped out of the boat and swam to Jesus?” (Peter)
“Before Jesus died, Peter had done something hurtful to Jesus. When people were being mean to Jesus, did Peter say mean things to Jesus, too, or did he pretend not to know Jesus?” (He pretended not to know Jesus.)
“Was Peter sorry for what he had said?” (yes)
“Did Jesus forgive Peter and love him anyway?” (yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Even though Peter chose not to help Jesus and even pretended not to know Him, Jesus forgave Peter and chose to love him anyway. No matter where we go or what we do, God loves us, too! We can trust that because His Word tells us it’s true. What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s 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!”
“Say the verse in a high voice, like your bike has a squeaky wheel!”
“Say the verse really slowly, like you’re pedaling your bike through mud.”
“Say the verse in a scared voice, like your trike is going too fast!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
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.

PASS THE HEART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: heart-shaped stress ball (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us we can keep God’s Word in our hearts. When we memorize God’s Word, it’s always with us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will pass the heart around while you say the answer to our key question. Sometimes you’ll say, “The Bible is with me wherever I go,” very slowly, and sometimes you’ll say it quickly. Whoever is holding the heart when you finish saying the word, “go,” will choose a friend to stand with them and say the memory verse together. Continue passing the heart and allowing children to practice the verse as long as time allows.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! Learning our memory verse helps us hide God’s Word in our hearts!”
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

ALL THE TIME

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: parachute (1)
What you do: Spread out the parachute in the center of the eGroup space and encourage children to sit in a circle around it. Tell children not to touch the parachute until you give them instructions.
What you say: “Today we’re learning that the Bible tells us God loves us all the time. His love lasts forever! It doesn’t matter how old or young I am, or what I do at different times throughout my life, God loves me all the time. Let’s think about some of the times God loves us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Remind children they should only touch the parachute when they’ve been given instructions on what to do with it. One at a time, read the instructions below and encourage children to move the parachute as directed.
What you say:
“Hold the parachute with one hand and wiggle the parachute right above the floor. (Pause for children to wiggle the parachute, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Even when you were just a little baby wiggling around on the floor, before you could say or do much of anything at all, God already loved you!”
“Hold the parachute with the other hand and shake it ve-e-e-e-ry 
slo-o-o-wly while making a sad face. (Pause for children to shake the parachute slowly, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Even when you feel sad, God loves you so much!”
“Hold the parachute with both hands and raise it above you head. (Pause for children to raise the parachute, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Whether you grow to be super tall or stay super small, God loves you and He loves the way He made you!”
“Put one hand on your back and hunch over like you’re really old, then shake the parachute gently with the other hand. (Pause for children to hunch over and shake the parachute, then instruct them to put it back on the floor.) Whether you’re really old or really young, God will always love you!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God’s Word tells us God loves us all the time, no matter what. The Bible is full of great promises like this one for us to remember! What is with you wherever you go?” (God’s Word is with me wherever I go.)

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 the Bible tells us God loves us all the time.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Take out your eGroup prayer journal and pen. Draw a clock at the top of the page in your journal. Write down each child’s name and what they say in the journal. Pray with the group.
What you say: “Clocks tell us what time it is. It’s time to wake up! It’s time to eat! It’s time to go to school! It’s time to clean up! It’s time to go outside! This clock picture reminds us that God loves us all the time. Let’s make a list of times under this clock picture. They can be any time you can think of, because God loves us all the time! When I say your name, tell me one time and I’ll write it down. We can use our list when we pray.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Thank you! Let’s pray and thank God for loving us all the time. Dear God, thank You for loving us all the time. You love us when we (read the list the children made). No matter where we go, what we’re doing, or how we feel, You love us. Your love is SO big! I pray we always remember that You love 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 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, ‘The Bible tells me God loves me all the time.’ 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 the Bible tells me God loves me all the time!”

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

FOUR CORNER REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Quest playing cards (1 deck)
What you do: Place four different cards at four different corners of the eGroup space.
What you say: “Each of you will choose one of our Quest playing cards to stand beside. I’m going to start turning over the other playing cards one at a time. If I turn over a card that matches one of the cards in the corners, everyone standing by the matching card will say the main point together! Our main point is, ‘The Bible tells me God loves me all the time.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage all children to stand beside one of the four Quest playing cards in a corner of the eGroup space. One at a time, flip over playing cards from the remaining deck until a card matching one of the corner cards is turned over. Ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘The Bible tells me God loves me all the time.’) together. Allow children to pick a different corner to stand in, and continue to turn over Quest playing cards from the deck until another card matching a corner card is shown. Ask all children standing in that corner to say the main point (‘The Bible tells me God loves me all the time.’) together. Repeat as long as time and interest allow.

DISMISSAL

THE LEADER SAYS

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: “We’re going to play a fun game called ‘The Leader Says.’ Raise your hand if you’ve ever played ‘Simon Says’ before. (Pause.) Great! We’ll play this game the same way. I will call out some instructions for you to follow, BUT you must listen very carefully. If I say, ‘The leader says touch your toes,’ then you should touch your toes! But if I don’t say, ‘The leader says,’ and I just say, ‘Touch your toes,’ you DO NOT touch your toes. Okay? So what are we listening for? (Pause for responses.) Right! ‘The leader says.’ Now let’s play!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Call out instructions for the children to follow. If the instruction starts with, “The leader says,” children must follow. If not, and the child does perform the instruction, remind them to listen carefully.
What you say: “Remember to follow my instructions ONLY when I say, ‘The leader says,’ first! That’s the right way to play!”
“The leader says to stomp your feet.”
“The leader says to jump up and down.”
“Say your name.”
“The leader says to hug your neighbor.”
“The leader says to touch your toes.”
“The leader says to sing the ‘A,B,C’ song.”
“Nod your head.”
“Do three jumping jacks.”
“The leader says to pretend to be a statue.”
“The leader says to reach for the sky.”
“The leader says to bark like a dog.”
“The leader says to jog in place.”
“Sing, ‘La-la-la!’”
“The leader says to click your tongue.”
“The leader says to show me your muscles.”