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
April 28 – May 26, 2019
The Great Commission
This rotation will focus on the last four verses of Matthew’s Gospel which are called the Great Commission. These final instructions from Jesus before His ascent into heaven are written to the remaining eleven disciples and include a plan for the future for His followers. By studying His last words, the children will develop a deeper understanding that we are all called by Jesus to be His disciples and that He is indeed with us now and “always, to the end of the age.”
Story: Matthew 28:16-20
Key Memory Verse:
Matthew 28:19-20: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
There is NO official QUEST verse this rotation.
Lesson Objectives – Students will:
- locate the Gospel of Matthew and identify it as the first book of the New Testament.
- learn that after His resurrection Jesus appeared to His disciples to give them important instructions of what they should do once Jesus ascended into heaven.
- recognize that these instructions are what we call the “Great Commission”.
- understand that we all are called to teach others about Jesus and this can be accomplished through our actions, as well as, our words.
- know that Jesus is with each one of us always.
- learn about missionaries sponsored by our church.
- recite Matthew 28: 19-20 (NIrV).
- enjoy their study; be blessed by the study; have fun!
The workshops this rotations:
Computer: The children will hear the story of the Great Commission on the computers using the Life of Christ CD or Play & Learn Bible CD for younger children. To understand what Jesus meant by His last words to His disciples, they will divide the scripture into segments and illustrate one or more in their journals. They will also read the verses in different Bible translations to see similarities and differences.
Video: The children will view clips from The Jesus Film to see a reenactment of Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples. They will begin to identify ways our congregation today is involved in carrying out the Great Commission as they hear about our missionaries stationed around the world and how they are sharing the Good News of Jesus with others. They will write letters (or draw pictures) to their own World Vision sponsor kids and then learn a “Five Finger” system for praying.
Drama: The children will explore the meaning of the different components of the Great Commission by creating six vignettes depicting each specific instruction Jesus gave to His disciples. They will make the connection that we too are Jesus’ disciples and discuss ways that we can carry out His teachings today. They will end their lesson by learning about “breathe prayers”.
Games: The children will do several fun activities to learn the significance of the Great Commission. First, they will play a Memory Verse game using “action verbs” found in the verses. Then they will play a version of Twister to help reinforce concepts of lesson. Finally they will do a physics game to remind them of Jesus’ final command to ‘go’ and His promise to send the power of the Holy Spirit to help us.
Games (alternate workshop): The students will play a game to experience modern day disciples. They will become aware of actions that carry out the Great Commission and other actions that go against Jesus’ instructions.