Jesus Calms the Storm
Summary of Lesson Activity:
Students will create stormy artwork by using a marbling technique. The artwork will be turned into encouragement cards that serve as a reminder of God’s power, presence and faithfulness within the storms of our own lives.
- Almond Milk
- Dish soap
- Q-tips or toothpicks
- Food Coloring
- Watercolor paper (4-5 sheets per child)
- Tray/Shallow Dish (1 per child)
- Large fan
- Scripture greeting card labels (We printed 14 different scriptures of encouragement onto labels that could be easily placed on the inside of each card. This leaves space on the cards for others to write their own notes. Alternatively, children could choose scripture verses to place on the cards.)
- “Created by...” labels (We printed small labels that explained that we were learning about Jesus Calming the Storm in Sunday School and also included a space for the child to write their name as the creator of the card. Alternatively, children could simply write made by.... on the back.)
- Basket or large envelope with label to provide cards to congregation at church mailboxes (Our label basically said "Read-to-Use Encouragement Cards" and explained that they were made by students in Sunday School)
- Set out art supplies so that children can quickly get to work
- Allow artwork to sit one week to ensure it is completely dry.
- At the end of your lesson set, collect all of the created cards and place them in the provided basket/envelope. Display them with the included sign on the mailboxes in the church foyer for use by others in the church.
- If students wish, they may take home one of their cards for their own use!
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet your students warmly, welcoming them to "Thou Art Studio".
Introduce yourself and any other adults.
- Has anyone ever been inside of a terrible storm?
- Where were you? What was it like?
- Did it cause any damage?
- How did you feel when it was happening? (Allow students time to share. If you have a storm experience story share it with the students as well!)
Say: We’ve been learning about the story of Jesus calming a huge storm on the Sea of Galilee. Today, we’re going to read the story right from the Bible. As I read I’m going to pause and ask you to tell me what feeling is happening for the character in focus.
Dig - Main Content and Reflection:
Do: Read Luke 8:22-25 directly from your Bible.
For children in grade three and above, have them follow along in their Bibles using their fingers to track the words as you read. Pause and discuss as follows:
Luke 8:22-23: One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
Do: Explain to students that up until this point, Jesus had been teaching large crowds about the Kingdom of God and performing miracles.
- How might Jesus have been feeling when he got onto the boat? (Tired, ready to be away from people, so exhausted that he didn’t even wake during the storm!)
- Can you relate to how Jesus felt?
- Can you bring to mind a time or many times where you have felt this way?
Do: Allow a few moments of silence to think about such times.
Say: "These truths should help us realize that Jesus was genuinely human with the same basic needs we all have. Christ’s humanity is part of what qualifies Him to be our merciful intercessor between us and God the Father" (From Got Questions).
Luke 8:24: The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we”re going to drown!”
Do: Explain to students that "although the text doesn’t say which apostles were with Christ on the boat, it’s probable that seasoned fishermen (at least four of the twelve) were aboard."
Say: "These men were quite familiar with the ways of the sea; certainly, this was not their first squall on the Sea of Galilee, which was known for its sudden raging storms" (From Got Questions).
- How were the disciples feeling when the storm hit? (They may have been confident at first, fear may have increased as the storm worsened, they eventually feared for their lives.)
- Can you bring to mind a time in your life where you thought there was no way out, no solution, no help?
Do: Allow students a few moments of silence to think about such times. Then continue reading:
Luke 8:24-25: He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
- Why might the disciples have been fearful even though Jesus was with them in the boat?
- Why do you think the disciples may not have had faith in Jesus?
Do: Allow students to provide possible answers to the questions above. Encourage discussion and a variety of possibilities.
Say: "The apostles’ lack of faith reminds us that even those who lived and walked with Jesus, saw His miracles, and heard His message still found it difficult to be 100 percent faith-filled all the time. In that way, the disciples were a lot like us. However, their lack of faith was rebuked—and, by extension, so is ours! If Jesus was able to rescue the apostles from the storm, He is also able to rescue us from the storms of everyday life" (From Got Questions).
- What did Jesus’ miracle of calming the storm teach his disciples about His presence with us during trouble?
Do: Allow children to share their thoughts.
Say: "When Jesus gave orders to 'go over to the other side,' He knew the storm was coming. He is omniscient [editor's note: He knows everything]; even with a storm brewing, He decided to launch out to sea. The Lord never promised we will never see a storm in life (as a matter of fact, He has told us to expect trouble, John 16:33). Rather, He has promised that He will be with us in the storm. He will never leave His children alone in the midst of trouble; with perseverance they will overcome (Deuteronomy 31:8; James 1:12).
- What did Jesus’ miracle of calming the storm teach his disciples about who He really is?
Do: Allow students to share their thoughts.
Say: "This passage not only reveals Jesus’ true humanity, but also Jesus’ deity because only God can make the winds and water obey. With one quick word from Christ, the storm abated and the sea became calm. The apostles marveled at this powerful display of Jesus’ supernatural ability over the elements. This can be immensely comforting to the Christian in a storm. Faith in Christ is never misplaced. If He can calm the storms of the sea with one word, He can calm the storms of life as well " (From Got Questions).
Do: Continue reading:
Luke 8:25: In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
- What were the disciples feeling after they witnessed Jesus’ miracle?
- What other words could have been used in place of fear and amazement?
- How did this event change their thoughts about Jesus? (Allow students to share their thoughts.)
- Have you ever experienced a time when Jesus answered a prayer for you or provided for a need in the life of someone you know?
- How did that experience make you feel?
Say: Think about that time in your mind.
Say: Sometimes problems or challenges we face in life are referred to as “storms.” As Christians we know that we don’t have to face these storms alone - we have Jesus with us to tackle any challenges that life may bring. Today we are going to create encouragement cards that can be used to remind people that Jesus is with them through any problems they may encounter.
Stormy Art Project Instructions:
- Place a stack of 4-5 sheets of watercolour paper near each child’s tray; once your start swirling the colors you have to work quickly to get the best effects.
- Pour roughly 3-4 tablespoons of almond milk into a tray; basically enough for a thin layer of milk that covers the bottom of your tray.
- Have students add drops of food coloring around milk.
- Add a couple dollops of dish soap around the tray. The soap and food coloring will now start interacting.
- Using a Q-tip or toothpick, begin swirling the colors as though you are creating a stormy sea.
- Before the colors get too mixed together take one sheet of paper and lay it on top of the milk mixture. Press down. Gently lift it, set aside to dry, and continue with additional sheets.
- Let everything dry completely. Hold in front of fan to speed up drying.
- Have students fold artwork in half to create a card. Students can add a scripture promise label to the inside of their card and a “created by...” label to the back.
HELPFUL HINTS If paper is warped after drying, place it between two sheets of paper and iron it to flatten it out again. In case you are wondering, after drying for several days the paper doesn’t smell.
Editor's Note: Below is a YouTube video showing this art process:
If time allows, lead students in a further discussion on Jesus as the calmer of life’s storms. Follow the outline provided:
- Brainstorm types of storms that we may face in life (these may be serious or even just minor challenges we face)
- Spend some time thinking silently about people in our own lives that may be experiencing some of these storms
- Pray for the people that came to mind. Pray that Jesus might calm their storm. Pray that their faith might be strengthened to recognize Jesus’ supreme power and faithfulness.
- What Bible verses did students place on their cards? Was their one verse that spoke to them in a special way about God’s strength, presence or promises in the midst of life storms?
- Talk about what a difference it might make in someone’s day to receive one of the encouragement cards that was just created. Is there someone that each student can think of to send an encouragement card to? If not now, maybe in the weeks to come God will bring someone to mind.
End with a prayer.
- Dziengel, Ana. "Science & Art for Kids: Marbled Milk Paper." Babble Dabble Do. 12 June 2013. (this site provides great pictures of the marbling technique used; this was the source of the video included)
- "What Is the Significance of Jesus Calming the Storm?" GotQuestions.org.Web.
A lesson written by Andrea Anderst,
from Zion Baptist Community Church, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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