GODQUEST Bible Adventure Workshops is a Bible study designed exclusively for Trinity to meet the needs of our own 1st through 5th grade kids! In GODQUEST, the children work on key themes and concepts of a particular Bible story for a period of several weeks. This allows the children time to dig deeper into the meaning of the story learning how to apply its principles to their own lives. Each week, the children rotate to a different workshop. While the main objectives of the study remains constant in each of the workshops, the children get the chance to explore the same story several different ways! Some of the kid-friendly workshops offered over the course of the year include….ART, DRAMA, MUSIC, GAMES, COMPUTERS, COOKING, SCIENCE, STORYTELLING, VIDEO & MORE!
Our Current Study
GODQUEST Winter 2020 (Jan 26-Feb 23)
In this rotation, the GODQUEST children will learn about a young Jewish queen named Esther. The story of Esther is not just a story with a moral, but is about a very important historical event. It tells about the horrible plot to annihilate the Hebrew nation, but the evil plan was thwarted by God’s protection and Esther’s bravery and instead the Jews were safely delivered. God was and is all powerful. He kept the Jewish people safe and protected the family line of our promised Savior. This beautiful, young Jewish girl of long ago played her part in paving the way for Christ to come.
Normally children will meet in West balcony for praise and worship and then move to the classrooms to split up into groups by grade for their workshops. Pick-up is immediately after the 9:30 am service ends in classroom B/C.
Lesson Objectives – Students will…
- locate the book of Esther in the Old Testament and be able to retell the events that took place in the story.
- understand the significance of Esther and her story not only to the Jewish faith, but also to the coming of the world’s Savior 500 years later.
- connect the Jewish celebration of the Feast of Purim to the story of Esther.
- realize that God often uses ordinary people to accomplish His will and just as He had a plan for Esther, He also has a plan for each one of us.
- know that God always helps His people and is always watching over them.
- recite Esther 4:14b (NIV) and Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
- enjoy their study; be blessed by the study; have fun!
The four workshops for this rotation are:
Video: The children will view the Veggie Tales cartoon video “Esther” and then divide into four groups to answer questions that will help reinforce the sequence of events of the story.
Art: The children will hear the story of Esther using My First Study Bible and identify the characteristics of each main character. They will then select one character from the story and create a collage mask using craft papers, magazines and art supplies to represents the traits of that character.
Cooking: The children will make Hammantaschen, a cookie that is traditionally eaten during the Jewish festival called Purim. Purim is celebrated each year to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from death through Esther’s action.
Computer: The children will learn the story of Esther through the use of a computer game. They will then play a game similar to tic-tac-toe to help them identify the characters and their roles in the story.
Games: The children will play two games, Tic/Tac/Toe Name Game & Sequence of Events Game, to help them identify the main characters and their roles and to learn the correct sequence of events in the story of Esther.
Key Memory Verse:
Esther 4:14b – “…who knows you may have been chosen queen for just such a time as this.” (NIV)
QUEST Memory Verse:
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (NIV)