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Quest eGroup Week of May 26

Work of Art

Main Point: God’s plan is always best
Bible Story: Joseph Forgives
Bible Passage: Genesis 42-45; Psalm 156:11
Memory Verse: “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever.” Psalm 33:11, NIV

KID CONNECT

COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, coloring pages
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: 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. Keep the coloring pages out to use in the next Kid Connect activity: Animal Art.

ANIMAL ART

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring pages from previous activity (12), art cards (12), Quest animal game pieces (12)
What you do: Use the full set of coloring pages from the previous activity to create a three-by-four grid on the floor. Give each child a Quest animal game piece.

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will compete to build the biggest Quest animal art collection. Each round, children will choose one piece of art they would like to collect and place their Quest animal game piece on the coloring page showing that piece of art. One art card will be turned over, and any children on the coloring page showing the same piece of art will stand and compete for the piece of art. The winner of the round will keep the art card. The child with the most art cards at the end wins!

Tell children to place their Quest animal game piece on the coloring page showing a piece of art they want to collect. Once all children have placed their Quest animal game pieces on a coloring page, turn over one art card. Instruct all children whose Quest animal game pieces are on the matching coloring page to stand and complete the challenge described on the art card. Give the art card to the child who wins the challenge.
Repeat for all remaining art cards. The child with the most art cards after all art cards have been used is the winner!

FOLLOW THE PLAN

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: “Let’s see how well you can follow my plans for our eGroup!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen carefully to a “plan” (a set of instructions) that gives three movements for children to complete. Children should follow the plan exactly as it is given. Once the whole eGroup has followed the plan, children will hear another plan, but they will have to keep trying to follow the same plan until every child has followed it correctly.
Read the first plan below and encourage children to complete the movements as directed. Watch the children carefully to make sure each child follows the instructions exactly. If any children did not complete the movements exactly as directed, repeat the plan and encourage children to try again.
Once all children have followed the plan, read the next one. Repeat until all plans have been completed.
What you say: “Listen very carefully so you can follow my plan!”
“Jump three times.”
“Pat your head four times.”
“Jump two times, then pat your head one time.”
“Touch your toes one time, then clap your hands two times.”
“Clap your hands three times, then pat your knees two times.”
“Pat your knees one time, then turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, then stomp your feet two times.”
“Stomp your feet one time, jump one time, and pat your head one time.”
“Pat your head one time, touch your toes one time, and clap your hands one time.”
“Clap your hands one time, pat your knees two times, and turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, stomp your feet two times, and jump three times.”
“Pat your head three times, clap two times, and turn around one time.”

GET TO KNOW YOU

PAINT YOUR ANSWER

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle.
What you say: “This month we’re learning about the very special plans that God has for each one of us. Before we get started, let’s take turns answering our question of the week to get to know each other better! Our question this week is: What would you rather build a sandcastle or a play-doh house?”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Encourage the first child to say his/her name to the eGroup. Give the child the paintbrush and explain the child will give his/her answer to the question of the week by “painting” their answer in the air with the paintbrush. Allow other children to guess the child’s answer before moving on to the next child. Repeat for each child in the eGroup.
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 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 God’s plan for a special guy named Joseph!”

BIBLE CONNECT

JOSEPH FORGIVES
GENESIS 42-45; PSALM 16:11

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: Bible story cards (3), Bible story stickers
What you say: “We can find true stories in God’s book, the Bible! These Bible story cards will tell us a true story from God’s book.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “In last week’s Bible story, Joseph was able to be part of God’s great plan when he helped save the Egyptian people. Joseph gave Pharaoh a plan that helped them save enough food to eat even after all their crops stopped growing. Let’s see what happens in Joseph’s story this week!”

What you do: Show and read the Bible story using the Bible story cards. 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!”

“After the crops stopped growing, did the people of Egypt have lots of food or no food?” (lots of food)
“Did Joseph’s brothers have enough food?” (no)
“Where did his brothers go to get food?”(Egypt)
“Who did the brothers have to ask for food?”(Joseph)
“Did the brothers recognize Joseph?” (no)
“Did Joseph recognize his brothers?” (yes)
“Did Joseph choose to be mean to his brothers or to forgive them?” 
(He chose to forgive them.)
“Did Joseph make sure his brothers got plenty of food?” (yes)
“Who had a great plan for Joseph’s life?” (God)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “God’s plan is always the best plan. It was the best plan for Joseph even when all that crazy stuff was happening. And God’s plan is the best plan for each one of us, too. He made us and LOVES us so much. Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for me.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: no supplies
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God has a great plan 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.) Now let’s try the verse in some silly voices!”
“Say the verse quietly, like you’re standing in a big, fancy art gallery!”
“Say the verse in a sad voice, like someone who just knocked over a can of paint on their artwork!”
“Say the verse in an excited voice, like someone who won a prize for their art!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! God has awesome plans for us!”
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.

FINISH THE VERSE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: paintbrush (1)
What you do: Seat children in a circle and place the paintbrush in the middle.
What you say: “Our Bible verse tells us God has a great plan for us!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen as you say the verse. Each time you say it, you will leave out one word, putting a finger over your mouth in place of the missing word. When you say, “Go,” children will race to grab the paintbrush. The child who grabs the paintbrush first will say the missing word.

Say, “The plans of the [put one finger over your mouth] stand firm forever. Psalm 33:11” Encourage children who know which word you left out to race to grab the paintbrush from the middle. Allow the child who gets the paintbrush to say the missing word. Return the paintbrush to the center of the circle and repeat four or five times, leaving out a different word each time.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “Great job, friends! God has awesome plans for us!”
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

THE BEST PLAN

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity pages (1 per child), crayons
What you do: Give each child an activity page and put the crayons where children can reach them easily.
What you say: “Do you ever think about what you want to do or where you want to go when you grow up? Let’s think about some of the great plans we have for our lives!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Read the prompts below and encourage children to draw pictures on their activity pages as directed. Give children one to three minutes after each prompt to draw their pictures.

What you say:
“What are some of the jobs you could have when you grow up? (Encourage children to talk about different jobs — teacher, nurse, waiter, firefighter, etc.) In the box with the blue triangle (point to the blue triangle on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of job you want to have when you grow up.”
“What are some different types of homes people live in? (Encourage children to talk about different types of homes — house, apartment, farmhouse, etc.) In the box with the red circle (point to the red circle on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of home you want to have when you grow up.”
“What are some different types of pets people have? (Encourage children to talk about different types of pets — dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, etc.) In the box with the orange square (point to the orange square on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of pet you want to have when you grow up.”
“What are some different types of vehicles people get around in? (Encourage children to talk about different types of vehicles — cars, trucks, trains, planes, boats, etc.) In the box with the green star (point to the green star on the activity page), draw a picture of the kind of vehicle you want to have when you grow up.”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY
What you say: “You all have some pretty great plans for what you want your life to look like one day! There’s nothing wrong with making plans, but it’s important for us to remember that no matter what, God’s plan is always best. And God has a great plan for each of you! Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for me.)

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 God’s plan is always best.”

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: “Today you drew pictures that show some of the great plans you have for your life. I want each of you to tell us one of the things you drew today, whether it’s the job, the home, the pet, or the vehicle you hope to have one day!” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.) “These are some super great plans! It would be really great if they happened. But guess what? As awesome as these plans are, God’s plans are even better. It’s true! No matter how good we think our plans are, God’s plans are always the very best.”
“Let’s pray and thank God that His plans for us are best. Dear God, sometimes we think we know what the best plans are. It would be so great if things like (read the list the children made) happened. But help us remember that no matter how good we think our plans are, Your plans are always best. Help us to trust Your plan and stick with it, 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, ‘God’s plan is always best.’ 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 God’s plan for us is always best!”
What you do: Take your journal home with you so you can pray for your eGroup children by name throughout the week.

ARTISTIC REVIEW

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: whiteboard (1), dry erase marker (1)
What you say: “I’m going to draw something from our Bible story. When you think you know what it is, I want you to jump up, point to your head, and say, ‘I know your plan!’ If you guess correctly, you can choose a silly voice for us to practice our main point in! Our main point is, ‘God’s plan is always best.’”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Sit and hold the whiteboard in a position where all children can see as you draw. Using the dry erase marker, draw one of the objects from the Bible story listed below. Encourage children to jump up, point to their heads, and say, “I know your plan,” when they know what you’re drawing. Allow the first child who guesses correctly to choose a silly voice (robot voice, underwater voice, squeaky voice, opera voice, etc.), then lead the eGroup in saying the main point (God’s plan is always best.) in the silly voice. Repeat for the remaining Bible story objects.
coat
jail
food
brothers
clothes
home

DISMISSAL

FOLLOW THE PLAN

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: “Let’s see how well you can follow my plans for our eGroup!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: Explain children will listen carefully to a “plan” (a set of instructions) that gives three movements for children to complete. Children should follow the plan exactly as it is given. Once the whole eGroup has followed the plan, children will hear another plan, but they will have to keep trying to follow the same plan until every child has followed it correctly.
Read the first plan below and encourage children to complete the movements as directed. Watch the children carefully to make sure each child follows the instructions exactly. If any children did not complete the movements exactly as directed, repeat the plan and encourage children to try again.
Once all children have followed the plan, read the next one. Repeat until all plans have been completed.
What you say: “Listen very carefully so you can follow my plan!”
“Jump three times.”
“Pat your head four times.”
“Jump two times, then pat your head one time.”
“Touch your toes one time, then clap your hands two times.”
“Clap your hands three times, then pat your knees two times.”
“Pat your knees one time, then turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, then stomp your feet two times.”
“Stomp your feet one time, jump one time, and pat your head one time.”
“Pat your head one time, touch your toes one time, and clap your hands one time.”
“Clap your hands one time, pat your knees two times, and turn around two times.”
“Turn around one time, stomp your feet two times, and jump three times.”
“Pat your head three times, clap two times, and turn around one time.”