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Quest eGroup :: Week of October 1

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE:

THE GREAT ADVENTURE

Main Point

I can live God’s way by showing love.

Bible Story

Moses in the Basket
Exodus 1:21-2:10

Memory Verse

God’s way (point up)
is perfect. (two thumbs up)
2 Samuel 22:31, NIrV (open hands like a book)

KID CONNECT #1

WHAT IS KID CONNECT?
KID CONNECT is all about eGROUP CONNECTIONS: for you to make connections with your eGroup and for the kids to make connections with each other. Activities are listed in the order they are to be completed. It’s okay if you don’t complete all the activities – some activities will work better for your group than others. Begin Kid Connect when doors open. KID CONNECT ENDS WHEN THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BEGINS.

QUEST COLORING PAGE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: crayons, coloring page, die
What you do: Place the crayons in the center of the circle and give each child a coloring page. Tell children they may color only the Quest animal pictures. Do not let children turn the paper over until the entire eGroup begins the next activity.

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.

Extension Activities

  • Use a die to determine the crayon color the group will use. Allow children 10-30 seconds to color using this color. Roll the die again and switch crayon colors.
  • Use the number die to determine how many items to color with a certain color crayon. Allow children to color the number of items then roll the die again.
  • Have children take turns rolling the die. Children will compete to be the first to color their coloring page, coloring the number of items rolled each turn.

KID CONNECT #2

HIDDEN PICTURE PUZZLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Hidden Picture puzzle page, crayons
What you do: Tell each child to turn over their coloring page to find the Hidden Picture puzzle.
What you say: “This month is all about going on a great adventure. Some of our Quest animal friends are on an exciting camping adventure together but it looks like some of them might be hiding! I think they hid some of our camping supplies, too. Let’s see if we can find them all!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Show children the key on the right side of the picture that shows the hidden objects to look for. One item at a time, encourage children to see if they can find each hidden object, then color the object before finding the next one.

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.

KID CONNECT #3

BUG ADVENTURES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bug net
What you do: Ask all the children to stand in a circle and take one big step back to spread out.
What you say: “On a camping adventure, you’ll probably encounter all kinds of bugs! Let’s see who can be the best bug on our adventure!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will take turns being the bugs or the Bug Adventurer. When you tell them what kind of bug to be, they will move around the circle like that bug. One child, the Bug Adventurer, will “catch” the best bug moving around the circle by tapping them gently on the arm with the bug net. That child gets to be the next Bug Adventurer. Repeat until children have acted like each type of bug.

What you say: “The Bug Adventurer is going to catch the best bug in our camp! Remember to move carefully around the circle and don’t bump into any other bugs. Here we go!

• Fly gracefully like a butterfly!
• Buzz around like a bee!
• March like an ant!
• Glide slooooooowly like a snail! • Jump like a jumping spider!

• Scoot around on your belly like a caterpillar! • Fly super fast like a dragonfly!
• Scurry around like a beetle!”
• Hop super high like a grasshopper!

• Open and close your wings like a ladybug!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “You all did a great job acting like bugs! I think we’re going to have a great time together on this great adventure!”

GET TO KNOW YOU

CAMPING

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: bug net, bug cards, Quest animal stickers

What you do: Mix up the bug cards and put them in the bug net.

What you say: “This month as we go on a great adventure together, we’re learning God has great plans for each of us and His way is always perfect!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Choose a bug card from the bug net. Introduce yourself and then read the question on the back. Share your answer with the eGroup. Encourage each child to draw a card, introduce themselves, and answer the question on the bug card.

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 start the great adventure with our Bible story and hear something exciting that God wants to teach us today!”

BIBLE CONNECT: BIBLE STORY

WHAT IS BIBLE CONNECT?

BIBLE CONNECT is all about BIBLE CONNECTIONS: for kids to make connections with the Bible and learn to love the Bible! Children will make connections to the Bible in two ways: by hearing and talking about the Bible story and practicing the memory verse. Begin Bible Connect after the Get To Know You activity. AFTER BIBLE CONNECT CHILDREN HEAD TO FREE PLAY AND LARGE GROUP.

MOSES IN THE BASKET

EXODUS 1:21-2:10

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: The Beginner’s Bible, camping 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 on pages 92-97 from The Beginner’s Bible. Ask the Bible story review questions. Each time a child answers a question correctly, give the child a sticker.

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE:

Jochebed: YOK-eh-bed

What you say: “Let’s see how much you remember from our Bible story!”

  1. “Who were the people the new Pharaoh didn’t like?” (the Israelites)
  2. “Did he give them lots of time to relax or make them work very hard?” (Hemade them work very hard.)
  3. “Who did the Pharaoh decide to get rid of?” (all the Israelite baby boys)
  4. “What did Jochebed put her baby in to save him?” (a basket)
  5. “Where did she put the basket with her baby?” (in the river)
  6. “Who found the baby in the basket?” (Pharaoh’s daughter)
  7. “What did she name the baby?” (Moses)
  8. “Who helped Pharaoh’s daughter take care of Moses?” (Moses’ mother,Jochebed)

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Jochebed showed love for her baby by finding a way to save him. Pharaoh’s daughter also showed love when she chose to care for the baby she found in the river. Showing love is so important to God. We can live God’s way by showing love to others, just like we saw in our Bible story!”

BIBLE CONNECT: MEMORY VERSE

Choose one of the memory verse activity options to help children learn and practice the Bible verse together.

NOTE: Children cannot receive a memory verse card week one of the series.

VERSE VOICES

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies
What you say: “This month we’re learning how God’s way is always best. Our verse tells us His way is perfect! This means when we live by following what God tells us to do in the Bible, we’re always making the right choice.”

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 new 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.) Great job! I think you’re ready to say our verse in some silly voices now.”

  • “Say the verse in a quiet voice, like you’re trying to sneak through the woods without waking up a bear!”
  • “Say the verse in a loud voice, like you’re trying to yell all the way down from the top of a mountain!”
  • “Say the verse in a squeaky voice like a cute woodland animal!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Awesome job, everyone! This verse tells us God’s way is perfect, so we should always choose to go His way!”

What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster!

ANY WAY YOU SAY IT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: spinner
What you say: “We’re going to practice our verse by saying it different ways! We’ll face different ways and we’ll move different ways as we say it. But no matter which way we face or which way we say it, our verse this month teaches us God’s way is always perfect!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Spin the spinner. Instruct the eGroup to face the direction the arrow is pointing, then use the picture to determine which way to say the verse. If it points to the bear, say the verse while pretending to run away from a bear. If it points to the mountain, say the verse while pretending to climb a mountain. If it points to the fish, say the verse while pretending to reel in a fish. If it points to the canoe, say the verse while pretending to paddle a canoe across a lake. Repeat until the group has said the verse at least three different ways.

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Any way you say it, God’s way is always best because His way is perfect!”


What you do: Explain to the group children can recite the verse each week to earn a memory verse card for their collectible poster!

YOU CONNECT #1

 

YOU CONNECT is about the eGroup leader (YOU!) helping children make connections with the main point and their lives. You Connect activities reinforce the main point with fun and engaging activities. BEGIN YOU CONNECT AFTER LARGE GROUP.

THE BEST WAY

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: camping map in dry erase sleeve, location cards, dry erase marker

What you do: Shuffle the location cards. Place the camping map where you can easily reach it to draw on it, but also where all children can see it.

What you say: “This month we’re learning God’s way is perfect, and today we’re learning we can live God’s way by showing love! This activity will help us think about ways we can show love to other people around us.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Look at our adventure map. We need to hike from the compass to the tent. Hmmm… it looks like there are a lot of different ways we could go. Let’s use these location cards to decide which way to go and see if that shows us the best way!”

What you do: Without looking at the location pictures, choose a location card. Read the back of the card and encourage children to respond. Once they have responded, use the dry erase marker to draw a line on the camping map from the compass to the location shown on the card. Repeat, drawing a line each time from the previous location to the new location shown on the card. Once children have responded to all location cards, tell children they must answer our key question before reaching the tent.

What you say: “Whose way is perfect? (God’s way is perfect!) Great job! Now we can finish our hike to the tent!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Use the dry erase marker to draw the final line from the previous

location to the tent.

What you say: “Do you think that was the best way to get from the compass to the tent?” (No.) You’re probably right! There could have been faster or easier ways to get there than going back and forth across the map the way we did. That may not have been the perfect way, but God’s way is always perfect! We can live God’s way every day by showing love to others!

YOU CONNECT #2

eKidz JOURNAL AND COLLECTIBLE

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: eKidz prayer journal, pen, collectible poster, main point card, 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 way is perfect, and we can live His way by showing love. Now it’s time to write in our eGroup prayer journal and pray together.”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Take out your eKidz prayer journal and pen. Write down each child’s name and what they say. Pray with the group.

What you say: “Sometimes following God’s perfect plan by loving others is hard to do, like praying for someone who is mean to you or sharing your last cookie. Today we’re going to make a list of ways we can show love to people. When we pray, we can ask God to help us follow His perfect plan by showing love in all these ways.” (Write what children say by their name.)

“Let’s pray together now! Dear God, there are so many ways we can show love to others like (read the list the children made). Please help us to do these things and always follow Your plan. We believe Your way is perfect. 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.

What you say: “Each weekend you visit Wonder! Clubhouse you’ll get main point cards to add to your collectible poster. Collect six cards and bring your poster back to Quest to receive a special prize!

Today’s main point card says, ‘I can live God’s way by showing love.’ I want you to color your main point card now. Add this card to your collectible poster at home.”

VIPs AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED A COLLECTIBLE POSTER: Give the child a collectible poster and glue the main point card on their poster. 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 way is perfect. We can live God’s way by showing love!”

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

YOU CONNECT #3

GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: no supplies

What you say: “When we go on a camping adventure, there could be lots of animals out in the woods with us! One animal we might see is a bear. Let’s go on a bear hunt together!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Read the “Going on a Bear Hunt” chant and encourage children to participate in each action with you.

What you say: “Here we go!

Chorus:
We’re going on a bear hunt! (We’re going on a bear hunt!)
We’re going to catch a big one! (We’re going to catch a big one!)

We’re not scared! (We’re not scared!)
What a beautiful day! (What a beautiful day!)

Uh-oh! A river!
A deep cold river.
We can’t go over it; we can’t go under it.
Oh-no! We’ve got to go through it!
(Act like you’re swimming through a cold river, then repeat chorus.)

Uh-oh! Mud!
Thick oozy mud!
We can’t go over it; we can’t go under it.
Oh-no! We’ve got to go through it!
(Act like you’re squelching through thick mud, then repeat chorus.)

Uh-oh! A forest!
A big dark forest!
We can’t go over it; we can’t go under it.
Oh-no! We’ve got to go through it!
(Act like you’re stumbling through a dark forest, then repeat chorus.)

Uh-oh! A cave!
A narrow gloomy cave!
We can’t go over it; we can’t go under it. Oh-no! We’ve got to go through it!
(Act like you’re tiptoeing through a cave.)

What’s that? One shiny wet nose! Two big furry ears! Two big googly eyes! OH NO! IT’S A BEAR!

Quick! Back through the cave! (Tiptoe!) Back through the forest! (Stumble!) Back through the mud! (Squelch!) Back through the river! (Swim!) Run in the house! (Run in place!) Whew! We’re not going on a bear hunt again!”

AFTER THE ACTIVITY

What you say: “Great job, friends! I’m glad we made our way all the way to the bear, but I’m even more glad we made our way back safely!”

DISMISSAL ACTIVITY

BUG ADVENTURERS

BEFORE THE ACTIVITY

What you need: Bug net
What you do: Ask all the children to stand in a circle and take one big step back to spread out.

What you say: “On a camping adventure, you’ll probably encounter all kinds of bugs! Let’s see who can be the best bug on our adventure!”

DURING THE ACTIVITY

What you do: Explain children will take turns being the bugs or the Bug Adventurer. When you tell them what kind of bug to be, they will move around the circle like that bug. One child, the Bug Adventurer, will “catch” the best bug moving around the circle by tapping them gently on the arm with the bug net. That child gets to be the next Bug Adventurer. Repeat until children have acted like each type of bug.

What you say: “The Bug Adventurer is going to catch the best bug in our camp! Remember to move carefully around the circle and don’t bump into any other bugs. Here we go!

• Fly gracefully like a butterfly!
• Buzz around like a bee!
• March like an ant!
• Glide slooooooowly like a snail! • Jump like a jumping spider!

• Scoot around on your belly like a caterpillar! • Fly super fast like a dragonfly!
• Scurry around like a beetle!”
• Hop super high like a grasshopper!

• Open and close your wings like a ladybug!”