Quest is a new program for children in 3rd – 5th grades (6th graders may participate if they are not part of the youth department in their local congregation) sponsored by the Arkansas Conference Council on Children’s Ministries (CCCM). Created as a way for pre-teens to begin to: 1. Explore the meaning of God’s call on their lives, 2. Develop and deepen their practice of spiritual disciplines, 3. Acquire a solid foundation of United Methodist theology, 4. Become equipped to go into the world with confidence in their faith and calling, so they may, in turn, make disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ.
There are two active learning phases in the Quest design.
Phase 1: Quest Live! – where students and their leaders from throughout the Conference gather at a central location for food, fun, fellowship, worship AND to participate with their leaders in developmentally appropriate experiential learning about the year’s focus.
Phase 2: Takin’ it Home – where students and their leaders further explore the concepts introduced at Quest Live! in their local churches or districts using the FREE six week follow-up Quest curriculum given to all churches who participate in the one day Quest Live! event.
Quest operates on a three year cycle:
Year One: Hearing God (Fall 2018)
God Loves Me
God Claims Me
God Gives Me Gifts
God Calls Me
(God Calling – a new 6 week curriculum to be sent home with each participating church)
Year Two: Loving God (Fall 2019)
How to Know God
How to Love God
How to Enjoy God
How to Respond to God (God Calls Me)
(Loving God – a new 6 week curriculum to be sent home with each participating church)
Year Three: Serving God (Fall 2020)
I am a Disciple
I am a Servant
I am a United Methodist
I am a Leader (God Calls Me)
(Serving God – a 6 week curriculum to be sent home with each participating church)