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Quest Large Group :: March 26/27

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE
FOLLOW ME

Bible Story:

Palm Sunday

Matthew 21:1-6

Main Point:

I can follow Jesus
(march in place)
because He is
(point up)
my friend forever!
(high five a friend)

Memory Verse:

‘Come (spread arms wide)
and follow me,’ 
(march in place)
Jesus said. 
(cup hands around mouth)
Matthew 4:19 
(open hands like a book)

SERIES OVERVIEW

Jesus called ordinary men to an extraordinary life with a simple invitation: follow me. They did. And we should to. Jesus’ life on Earth was an example of how to love God and other people. We can still choose to follow Jesus today by living according to His example. Following Him is the best decision we ever make!

CHARACTERS

Neighbor :: Storytellers will be someone who lives in the neighborhood of Wonder! Clubhouse. You will use your real name during this series.

PROPS

Canvas Bag :: Should be worn across the chest. (Suggestions: place items in the bag to weigh it down and remove the bag during worship songs if needed.)

Easter Basket & Easter Egg :: Should be placed side stage for easy access to give to eGLs. (1 per eGroup.) Egg #1 should be in each basket.

Quest Rules Video [1:45]
Video: Quest Rules Video

Follow Me [1:00]

SLIDE: WCLU Campus Screen Graphic

(Neighbor comes on stage, wearing the canvas bag across his/her chest, waving at the children.)

NEIGHBOR: Hello, friends! Welcome to the neighborhood on this special holiday. I’m so glad you’re here, because it’s Easter! On the count of three, everyone say “Happy Easter” with me. 1, 2, 3!

(Allow children to say, “Happy Easter!,” with you.)

NEIGHBOR: Happy Easter to you! It’s so good to see you, friends. My name is ______________ (your name) and I love living in this neighborhood. Especially during Easter! Our neighborhood has an Easter party, complete with fun games with our friend Red Rabbit. And, today is the Red Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt! Would you like to hang around the neighborhood as we celebrate Easter today?

(Allow children to say, “Yes!”)

NEIGHBOR: Great! Did you know Jesus is the reason we celebrate Easter? Since it’s Easter,

we’re going to learn even more about why it’s important we follow Jesus!

NEIGHBOR: We can follow Jesus by loving God and others, telling others about God, and by praising Him because He’s our friend. If you can follow Jesus, then wave your arms in the air from side to side!

(Lead the children in waiving their hands in the air from side to side.)

NEIGHBOR: Great job, neighbors! Today we’re learning, “I can follow Jesus because He is my friend forever!” Repeat that after me:

I can follow Jesus (march in place)
(Allow time for children to repeat.)
because he is! (point up)
(Allow time for children to repeat.)
my friend forever! (high five a friend)
(Allow time for children to repeat.)

NEIGHBOR: Great job, everyone! Let’s celebrate Easter and stand up and sing this song about Jesus. He is alive and we can worship and praise Him together!

Song: JESUS IS ALIVE [2:43]
Video: Jesus Is Alive

(Neighbor dances around with the children, leading them in the hand motions to the song.)

PARTY POP [0:30]

SLIDE: WCLU Campus Screen Graphic

NEIGHBOR: What incredible singers you are! Everyone march in a circle and have a seat.

(Lead the children in marching in a circle and encourage them to sit down.)

NEIGHBOR: Let’s continue our Easter celebration by playing a fun game with our friend Red Rabbit! If I know anything about Red Rabbit, I know Red Rabbit loves to (hop in place) hop, hop, hop! During this game, Red Rabbit is going to hop around the Clubhouse popping balloons. When Red Rabbit pops a balloon, a message inside each balloon will tell us what to do! If Red Rabbit pops SIX the balloons and we do everything the message tells us to do,  we will WIN the game and Red Rabbit will give us a special surprise to take back to our eGroups!

NEIGHBOR: If you’re ready to play Party Pop with Red Rabbit, then stand up on your feet and hop three times!

(Allow children to stand up.)

NEIGHBOR: Ready? 1, 2, 3!

(Hop in place three times with children. Count out loud with each hop to help engage more children.)

NEIGHBOR: Way to go! Looks like all my Quest friends are ready. (Looks towards the video screen) Red Rabbit – let’s play Party Pop!

PARTY POP : THE GAME [1:53]
VIDEO: Party Pop Game

(Neighbor will participate and lead the children in the game. Encourage children to hop in place as the Red Rabbit hops around on the video. As the Red Rabbit pops each egg balloon and instructions are given for each action, encourage children to do the action with you.)

Actions are:

1 – Hop in place like a Red Rabbit 10 times!

2 – Turn to a someone next to you and say, “I can follow Jesus!”  

3 – Bend down and touch your toes for 5 seconds!

4 – March in place like you are following Jesus!

5 – Give your eGroup Leader a high five!

6 – Turn around in a circle and sit down criss cross applesauce!

At the end, celebrate the children winning by cheering and giving high fives!

RED RABBIT SURPRISE [0:45]

SLIDE: WCLU Campus Screen Graphic

NEIGHBOR: What a fun game! Now it’s time for your surprise from Red Rabbit!

(Allow children to hop and sit down with their eGroup Leader. While children are sitting down, grab one Easter basket and hold it up for everyone to see.)

NEIGHBOR: Do any of my neighbors know what this is?

(Allow children to answer, “An Easter basket!”)

NEIGHBOR: Yes! Red Rabbit wanted to thank you for playing Party Pop by giving each eGroup their very own Easter basket! And, look! (Puts the basket down and picks up the egg in the basket.) Each eGroup is also getting this surprise Easter egg in their basket, but you will have to wait until eGroup to see what’s inside!

(Move the Easter basket back side stage with the others.)

NEIGHBOR: Alright neighbors, it’s time for us to head to Wonder! Clubhouse to check in with our friends. I can’t wait to see how they are celebrating Easter! We’re going to have so much fun! Let’s go!

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE [6:43]
VIDEO: FME Episode 4

(Neighbor sits down and watches the episode with the children, engaging with the characters and encouraging children to do the same.)

Main Point Review [0:45]

SLIDE: WCLU Campus Screen Screen Graphic

(Neighbor stands up.)

NEIGHBOR: What a great time at Wonder! Clubhouse! Did you have fun with our neighbor,

Madi? Because I sure did! Ollie came to visit the Clubhouse and helped us learn,

I can follow Jesus (march in place)
because he is! (point up)
my friend forever! (high five a friend)

NEIGHBOR: Jesus can be our friend forever! In fact, God sent Jesus to earth to save us from our sins. Jesus was such a good friend to you AND me because he died for our sins. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. After being dead for three days, Jesus rose again and now lives in Heaven! Jesus is alive!

NEIGHBOR: We celebrate Easter because Jesus showed us how much He loves us. What a really good friend! Because of what Jesus did, we can follow Him and be friends with Him forever! Neighbors, repeat what we are learning today after me:

SLIDE: FME Main Point WK 4

I can follow Jesus (march in place)
Allow time for children to repeat.)
because he is! (point up)
Allow time for children to repeat.)
my friend forever! (high five a friend)
(Allow time for children to repeat.)

NEIGHBOR: Great job! Now let’s all stand up and praise Jesus with our singing voices!

Song: HOSANNA ROCK [2:20]
VIDEO: Hosanna Rock

(Neighbor dances around with the children, leading them in the hand motions to the song.)

Remember, Think, Follow [1:30]

SLIDE: FME Campus Screen Graphic

NEIGHBOR: What incredible singers you are! Everyone march in a circle and have a seat.

(Neighbor dances around with the children, leading them in the hand motions to the song.)

NEIGHBOR: Now it’s time for us to remember (hold hands like a book) our Bible story, think (point to head) about the good things from our story, and follow (march in place) the example set by the people in the Bible story.

SLIDE: FME Remember WK4

NEIGHBOR: First let’s REMEMBER (hold hands like a book) … After Jesus died, who put his body in a tomb?

(Allow time for children to answer – “Jesus’s friends.”)

NEIGHBOR: You got it!

SLIDE: FME Think WK 4

NEIGHBOR: Now, let’s THINK (point to head) about the good things from our Bible story. What did Mary do after the angel told her Jesus was alive?

(Allow time for children to answer – “She was so happy she ran to tell her friends the good news.”)

NEIGHBOR: Yes, way to go!

SLIDE: FME Follow WK 4

NEIGHBOR: Now, let’s say how can we FOLLOW (march in place) the example set in our Bible story. Who loves us so much and wants to be our friend forever?

(Allow time for children to answer – “Jesus!”)

NEIGHBOR: That’s right! If you can follow the example in our Bible story and praise Jesus, wave your hands back and forth in the air, like this!

(Demonstrate waving hands in the air above your head.)

DISMSSAL [0:45]

SLIDE: FME Campus Screen Graphic

NEIGHBOR: I had such a great time with you today in the neighborhood. We got to celebrate Easter in such a fun way, and learn Jesus is our friend forever! Give me a thumbs up if you’re going to meet me back here at Wonder! Clubhouse next week in Quest.

(Allow children to give a thumbs up.)

NEIGHBOR: Great! But before you go, you need your special Easter basket to take back to eGroup so you can figure out the Red Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt surprise! I’m going to give the baskets to our eGroup Leaders to hold for now so we don’t lose it. (Get one Easter basket for the number of eGroups and pass them out to each eGroup Leader. After handing out all baskets, return to the stage.)

NEIGHBOR: Have fun figuring out your Red Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt surprise, and I can’t wait to see you next week. Happy Easter, neighbors! Bye!

SLIDE: FME Quest Dismissal Slide