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Quest Large Group Week of March 24

Gone Fishin’

Main Point: I can celebrate Jesus.
Bible Story: Palm Sunday
Bible Passage: Matthew 21:1-11, 15-16
Memory Verse: “‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said” Matthew 4:19, NIRV

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello friends! Welcome to Quest and welcome to the Wonder! Clubhouse! This month we’ve learned all about how we can be fishers of men, which means that we can tell other people all about how they can follow Jesus.

Now, today is a very special day called Palm Sunday, which is a day when people who followed Jesus threw a HUGE welcome party when Jesus came to their town. Before we celebrate, we need to know what a ‘palm’ is! Everyone say ‘palm!’”

Wait for kids to respond.

“Good job! Now, here’s what palm branch looks like:”

Refer to the image of the palm branch on the screen.

STORYTELLER: “People held the palm branch, waved it, and then laid it on the ground for Jesus and the donkey He was riding to walk on. I want everyone to act like you’re holding a HUGE palm branch and wave it up and down three times. Then, we’ll lay it down on the ground. Ready?”

Wave a pretend palm branch up and down three times, counting out loud. Then, act like you’re laying the branch down on the ground.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Today, we’re going to learn more about how important Palm Sunday is and how it helps us follow Jesus even more. Now, whenever I say, ‘Who can you follow?’ You’ll say, ‘I can follow Jesus!’ Let’s try that now! ‘Who can you follow?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can follow Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! You can follow Jesus, and that’s something we want to celebrate, just like the people of the town did during Palm Sunday! We’re going to sing, dance, and thank God for His love. Let’s stand to our feet as we sing!”

SONG: “Everybody Sing”

Lead children in singing, “Everybody Sing,” with the hand motions.

SONG: “Plan For Me”

Lead children in singing, “Plan For Me,” with the hand motions.

STORYTELLER: “Thanks for worshipping with me, friends. Before you have a seat, tell me, ‘Who can you follow?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can follow Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! We can follow Jesus and celebrate Him, juts like the people did on Palm Sunday! In fact, Jesus said that in our memory verse this month! Let’s practice SHOUTING our memory verse a few times. Shout it with me:

STORYTELLER AND CHILDREN TOGETHER: “’Come (motion towards self with hand) and follow me (march in place) Jesus said.’ (cup hands around mouth) Matthew 4:19” (open hands like a book)

Shout the memory verse with the kids two more times.

STORYTELLER: “Great job, friends! Let’s say it one more time, ‘Who can you follow?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can follow Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends! Now let’s check in with Ollie at Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more.”

VIDEO: “GFIS_LG_WK4”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “That was great! I’m so glad we’re able to celebrate Palm Sunday and the amazing things that Jesus has done, just like the people did in today’s story!”

STORYTELLER: “Remind me again, ‘Who can you follow?’”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “I can follow Jesus!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! That’s the truth, friends. God sent His son, Jesus, to do great things, and that’s something to celebrate! Let’s pray and thank God for our Bible story today. Everyone bow your heads and close your eyes.”

STORYTELLER: “Dear God, thank You for Your son Jesus. Thank you for all of the great things He’s done and thank You for letting us follow Him. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! Now it’s time for you to go back to your eGroups, but I’ll see you again next week as we celebrate the BIGGEST celebration of all, EASTER! I’m so excited to celebrate Easter and I hope you invite all of your friends to come next week! See you soon, friends!”

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Purple Parrot) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Teal Tiger) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: White Warthog) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.