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Quest eGroup Week of July 28

Bikes and Trikes

Main Point: The Bible tells me Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Bible Passage: John 3:16 ● Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16
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!

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 in our Bikes and Trikes series, we’ve been 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 the best friend we’ll ever have!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JOHN 3:16 & MATTHEW 19:13-15; MARK 10:13-16

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! John 3:16 tells us that God loves us SO MUCH that He sent His Son, Jesus, to Earth to save us. Because Jesus came, we can have a relationship with Him. He wants to be our friend forever! In our Bible story today, we’ll see that Jesus didn’t just come for grown-ups or for super special people; He came to be friends with children just like YOU!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 394-399 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!”
“Who did the parents want to pray for their children?”(Jesus)
“Did Jesus come to the families, or did they walk and walk to meet Him?”(The families walked and walked to meet Him.)
“When the families got close to Jesus, did Jesus’ friends stop them or did His friends bring them to Jesus?”(They stopped the families.)
“Did they say Jesus was too busy or too hungry to see the children?” 
(too busy)
“How did the families feel when Jesus’ friends said He was too busy to see the children?”(sad)
“Who stopped the families from leaving?”(Jesus)
“Was Jesus happy or not happy with His friends for sending the families away?”(not happy)
“Did Jesus hold the children and pray for them?”(yes)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus was happy to spend time with the children because He wanted to be their friend! He wants to be friends with everyone in the whole world. God’s Word promises that if we believe in Jesus, He will be our friend forever! 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 this is the last week children can recite this verse 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 this is the last week children can recite this verse 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

A GOOD FRIEND

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you do: Encourage children to stand in a circle.
What you say: “Jesus wants to be our friend forever, and He is the best friend we could ever have! Let’s think about the kinds of things a good friend does!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say:
“Which is something a good friend does: sharing or taking toys away? If a good friend shares, put both arms in the air. If a good friend takes toys away, cross your arms. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus loved to share. If we want to be good friends like Jesus, we should share things, too!”
“Which is something a good friend does: leaving a mess or helping clean up? If a good friend leaves a mess for their friend to clean up alone, put both hands on your hips. If a good friend helps clean up, hold both arms out in front of you. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus loved to help people. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be helpers, too!”
“Which is something a good friend does: listening to people or ignoring them? If a good friend listens to people, cup your hands behind your ears. If a good friend ignores people, cover your ears. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus listened and paid attention to others. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be good listeners!”
“Which is something a good friend does: always going first or letting others go first? If a good friend always goes first, put one finger high in the air. If a good friend lets others go first, sit on the ground. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus loved to serve others and put them first. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should choose to let others go first!”
“Which is something a good friend does: acting kindly or laughing at you? If a good friend is kind, give two thumbs up. If a good friend laughs at you, laugh as loudly as you can. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus showed kindness to everyone. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be kind!”
“Which is something a good friend does: hitting or giving hugs and high-fives? If a good friend hits, make a fist in front of your face. If a good friend hugs or gives high-fives, give yourself a hug. (Pause for children to respond.) Jesus was gentle. If we want to be a good friend like Jesus, we should be gentle toward our friends!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Jesus loves us more than anyone else, and He promises in His Word to be our friend forever. When we read God’s Word, we can learn how to be good friends, just like Jesus! 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 Jesus wants to be our friend forever.”

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: “God sent Jesus to be our friend forever. Jesus loves everyone, and He wants every person in the world to be His friend forever. Let’s make a list of people we can tell about our good friend Jesus so He can be their friend forever, too. When I say your name, tell me one person you can tell about our good friend Jesus. We can use the list when we pray.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)
“Let’s pray for the people on our list and that we will tell them that Jesus wants to be their friend forever. Dear God, thank You for loving us so much that You gave us Jesus to be our friend forever. Thank You that Jesus made a way for us to be with You forever. I pray that (name each child) will follow Jesus one day. Please help us tell (read the list the children made) that Jesus wants to be their friend forever, too. 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 Jesus wants to be my friend forever.’ 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 Jesus wants to be my friend forever.”
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 Jesus wants to be my friend forever.’”

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 Jesus wants to be my friend forever.’) 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 Jesus wants to be my friend forever.’) 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.”