JESUS CALMS THE STORM - Lesson (Luke 8:22-25)
Using masking tape, make the shape of a boat on the floor. At the approriate time in the story, the children go to the boat, get in, and sit down.
Tell the children every time they hear the word "LOOK" or "LOOKED" in the story, they are to use their pointer finger and point, following your lead.
"Let's go to the other side of the lake so we can rest," Jesus said to his disciples after He had been teaching all day.
"That's a great idea!" one of the disciples said.
"Really! I'm tired," another responded.
Jesus and the disciples climbed into the boat and soon were headed toward the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
(Boys and girls, let's pretend we are disciples. Let's walk over to the boat and everyone find a place to sit.)
"I'm really tired," Jesus said. "I'm going to the back of the boat to lie down." Before long Jesus was fast asleep.
Soon the disciples noticed the weather changing. "The wind sure is getting stronger," one of them said.
Suddenly, they were in a terrible storm. The wind blew harder and harder. "LOOK at the waves," a disciple said. "They are getting higher and higher."
The boat rocked and pitched in the waves. (Everyone rocks back and forth.)
The disciples were worried. "Storms like this don't usually come at night," one of them said. "In all the times we've fished at night, we've never been in a storm like this," another disciple added.
"LOOK at the lightning in the sky," one of the disciples said as the thunder roared.
"And just LOOK at the waves. They are getting higher and higher," another disciple replied as water splashed into the boat. The boat rocked and pitched in the waves. (Everyone rocks back and forth.)
"LOOK at the water coming into the boat. This boat may sink."
"Where's Jesus?" one of the disciples yelled above the noise of the storm. "Maybe He can do something."
"LOOK! He's still asleep," another answered. "Well, go wake Him up! We're going to drown!"
When Jesus sat up, He LOOKED at the dark clouds and lightning. He heard the thunder. He LOOKED at the boat rocking, and He saw how afraid His disciples were. Then Jesus stood up and spoke to the wind and the waves. "Be still," He said.
Immediately, the wind stopped blowing. And LOOK! All the dark clouds have disappeared. And LOOK! The sea is quiet and still again.
Jesus LOOKED at His friends. "Why were you so afraid?" He asked them. "Didn't you know I would take care of you?"
The disciples talked among themselves. "Who is this Man?" they asked each other. "Even the winds and the waves obey Him. He must be the Son of God."
Have you ever been afraid? How do you feel inside when you are afraid? When you are afraid, what can you do?
Questions Which Can Be Used
With a Review Game for Older Children
1. Jesus had been teaching all day and was tired. Where did He want to go? (To the other side of the lake)
2. What was the name of the lake? (Sea of Galilee)
3. When Jesus got into the boat, what did He do? (Went to sleep)
4. What happened after Jesus went to sleep? (Bad storm came up)
5. How do you think the disciples felt when the storm suddenly came? (various answers)
6. What was Jesus doing during the storm? (Sleeping)
7. What did the disciples say to Jesus when they woke Him up? (Don't you care that we're about to drown?)
8. What did Jesus do? (Told the wind and waves to be still)
9. What did the wind and waves do when Jesus spoke to them? (Quieted down)
10. Who is Jesus? (Son of God)
11. When we are worried or afraid, what should we do? (Talk to Jesus and ask Him to help us)
SONG: Everywhere from ABC's of Praise (by Mary Rice Hopkins)
"When I am afraid, I will trust in You." (Psalm 56:3)
To learn the scripture, boys and girls can sing the words to the tune of "London Bridges":
When I am afraid I will trust in You
Trust in You, trust in You
When I am afraid I will trust in You
(To be used with Bible story)
Materials Needed for Each Child: Small plastic container (ones which baby food comes in are perfect size); 1/2 straw, play dough, construction paper, scissors. and scotch tape.
Type the words to Psalm 56:3 and cut out as shown in photograph.
Children cut out a sail for their boat from construction paper. The Bible verse is taped to the sail. The sail is then taped to the straw. The straw is adhered to the bottom of the plastic container with play dough. Encourage the boys and girls to take the boat home and use as a centerpiece on their kitchen table so they can re-tell the story and verse to their family.
Use the same type of pudding containers as used in the craft above to fill with your favorite icecream. Add your favorite topping to make a sailboat dessert. Use a banana slice, pretzel and marshmallow to make a sail. Precut the marshmallow for the sail. Insert one end of the pretzel into the marshmallow and the other end into the banana slice. Add the sail to the top of the icecream and serve.
Thank You, Jesus, for always being with us. "When I am afraid, I will trust in You." Thank you for always hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Posted by BETTY BENSON ROBERTSON