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Quest eGroup Week of July 8

KIDS ROCK

Main Point: I can protect other.
Bible Story: Miriam. Exodus 1:22-2:10
Memory Verse: “God made (point both hands up) us to do (point to yourself) good works.” (thumbs up) Ephesians 2:10, NCV (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT

GIANT COLORING PAGE COLLECTION

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: crayons, giant coloring page set (12 pages), giant coloring page

key

What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a page from the coloring page set. Explain that after they color, children will put all the pieces from the set together to form one giant picture that totally rocks!

DURING THE ACTIVITY
What you do: As children color, get to know them by asking questions about

their week or what they did or are planning to do that day.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Encourage children to help you as you arrange the pages children colored with any unused coloring pages from the set to form one large picture. Keep the large picture assembled as it will be used in the next activity.

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: coloring sheets from previous activity

What you say: “Wow! Our Quest animals rock! There are some smaller things hidden in our big picture. Let’s see if you can find them all!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain each child will have a turn to find a hidden object and show the rest of the group where it can be found. When there is more than one of the same object, a child should point out just one of them and then let another child have a turn. Continue until all objects have been found.

What you say: “All right, let’s see if you can find…” • “One kite!”

• “Two benches!”
• “Three water bottles!” • “Four clouds!”
• “Five flowers!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Set the coloring pages aside until the end of the worship experience. Children may take home the part of the picture they colored. Any leftover pages should be discarded.

KID CONNECT

LET’S ROCK

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child) What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “Before we can be ready to rock together, I need to make sure you are familiar with the instruments a good rock band needs. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will turn over their rock band strip for one round and help you watch the other kids as they “play” their instruments. Once another child misses an instrument, the first child can turn their rock band strip back over and rejoin the game.

At first, begin calling out instruments slowly. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to turn their rock band strip over. Begin again by calling out instruments slowly and then increase the speed. Once another child misses an instrument and is out for a round, encourage the other child to begin playing again. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

GET TO KNOW YOU

WHO’S IN OUR BAND?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: instrument cards (set of 12), microphone (1)

What you do: Spread the instrument cards around the center of the eGroup with the instruments facing up.

What you say: “This summer we’re learning about kids in the Bible who rock because they obeyed God and did great things! Before we learn more about these great kids and how we can rock too, let’s get to know each other better.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain that children will introduce themselves to the band by speaking into the band’s special microphone. After each child introduces themselves, they will choose one of the instrument cards and answer the question on the back. Continue until all children have been introduced and have answered a question.

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:

1. Be Safe – How can we be safe? (keeping our hands to ourselves, sitting when others are sitting, walking instead of running, following the rules)

2. 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 a kid who really rocked!”

BIBLE CONNECT

MIRIAM
EXODUS 1:22-2:10

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!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show and read the Bible story from pages 96-101 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.

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”
1. “Who did the mean king want to get rid of?” (all the boy babies)
2. “One mom decided to save her baby. What was the baby’s name?”(Moses) 3. “What did Moses’ mom put him in?” (a basket)
4. “Where did she put the basket?” (in the river)
5. “Who stayed by the river to watch over baby Moses?” (his sister Miriam)
6. “Who found Moses’ basket in the river?” (the princess)
7. “Who was brave and offered to find someone to help the princess care for

the baby?” (Miriam)
8. “Who did Miriam get to care for the baby?” (their mom)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Miriam watched over her brother in the water and then made sure her mom was the one to help the princess care for baby Moses. God wanted Miriam to protect Moses and she did! God wants us to protect others, too. Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: memory verse cards

What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

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 deep voice, like a bass guitar!”
  • “Say the verse in a high voice, like a flute”
  • “Say the verse in a loud voice, like a big drum!”AFTER THE ACTIVITY
    What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us

    to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

    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.

    VERSE RHYTHM

    BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
    What you need: memory verse cards

    What you say: “Our Bible verse says our God made us to do good things. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up to do what God wants you to do; you can start now!”

    DURING THE ACTIVITY
    What you do: Lead children in saying the verse slowly while doing the following action:

    • Pat your knees as you say each word.
    • Alternate patting your knees and clapping your hands as you say each word.
    • Alternate patting your knees, clapping your hands, and tapping your shoulders

    as you say each word.

    AFTER THE ACTIVITY
    What you say: “Fantastic job, everyone! Our memory verse tells us that God made us

    to do good things for Him, and even kids like you can start doing good things now!”

    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

WHO CAN I PROTECT?

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: activity cards (6)

What you say: “Even when you’re a kid, you can still protect others, and that ROCKS! Let’s think about some ways you can protect others.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Spread the activity cards across the center of the eGroup with the pictures facing up. Read the “Who am I?” prompts below and encourage children to choose the appropriate person or animal from the pictures shown on the cards. Read the back of the card and encourage children to respond.

What you say: “Listen carefully as I describe who you can protect! When I say, ‘Who am I?’ give me a thumbs up if you know who it is!”

  • “I am a grown-up. I love to help children learn new things. I work in a school. Who am I?” (teacher)
  • “I am an animal. I have fur. I like to play and give people big sloppy kisses. Who am I?” (dog)
  • “I am probably close to the same age as you. I like to spend time with you. We like doing a lot of the same things. Who am I?” (friend)
  • “I am part of your family. I could be older than you or younger than you. Even if we argue, I still love you! Who am I?” (brother or sister)
  • “I am an animal. I have wings and feathers. I sing beautiful songs. Who am I?” (bird)
  • “I am a grown-up. I am part of your family. My job is to keep you safe and help you learn to do right things. Who am I?” (mom)AFTER THE ACTIVITY

    What you say: “You’re never too young to protect others, and when you protect others the way God wants you to, you ROCK! Who can do what God wants you to do?” (I can do what God wants me to do.)

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 we can protect others, just like Miriam protected her brother. Let’s think about some people in our families we can protect.”

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: “Let’s make a list of the people in our family. When we pray we can use our list to ask God to help us protect and do good things for our family, just like Miriam did. When I say your name, tell me one person in your family to write in our prayer journal.” (Write each child’s name and what they say in the journal.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, thank You for giving us our families. We want to do what You want us to do and take care of our families. Please help [child’s name] protect [person’s name the child listed] and . . . (repeat for each child). God, thank You for each child here today. They rock because they want to do what You want them to do. 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, ‘I can protect others.’ 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 we can protect others!”

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

LET’S ROCK THE MAIN POINT!

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: rock band strips (1 per child), microphone (1) What you do: Give each child a rock band strip.

What you say: “It’s time for us to practice playing our rock band instruments again while we practice our main point for today! Let’s review our instruments one more time. What instrument do you see in the blue square? (guitar) What instrument do you see in the green square? (tambourine) What instrument do you see in the red square? (keyboard) What instrument do you see in the yellow square? (drums) Great job! Now let’s rock!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain you will call out different instruments one at a time, and children will race to “play” the instruments by patting the instrument on their rock band strip. As you call the instruments out faster and faster, watch out for kids who either pat the wrong instrument or don’t pat one at all before you call out the next one. If a child misses an instrument, they will stand and say the main point (“I can protect others.”) into the microphone.

Begin calling out instruments slowly at first. As children become comfortable with where the instruments are, call them out more quickly. Watch out for children who don’t tap the correct instrument and encourage them to stand and say the main point into the microphone. Repeat as long as time and interest remain.

DISMISSAL

I SPY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY
What you need: giant coloring page set (from Kid Connect activities),

microphone (1)

What you do: Encourage children to help you arrange the pages from the giant coloring page set to form one large picture. Explain you will describe objects in the picture for children to find. When children find the picture you’re describing, they should stand and say the main point (“I can protect others.”) into the microphone.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Describe characteristics of the objects listed below by saying, “I spy something ________.” Fill in the blank with any words that could describe the object, such as its color, size, what it’s near, or what it’s used for.

  • swing
  • Pink Pig
  • slide
  • butterfly
  • drum
  • Silver Squirrel
  • tree
  • gazebo