Jesus Calms the Storm
Summary of Lesson Activity:
Children will be led through a guided meditation of being on the boat in the storm. They’ll also create a food version of a storm in a jar – pudding. When the pudding is “calm” (sets) they’ll create a boat to float in it, and then eat it while discussing following Jesus and ways to call on Jesus for help.
Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25.
Read Bible Background and scripture.
- Whiteboard or easel; with appropriate marker
- Worksheets (at least 3 copies, more if you have a large class (more than 9 kids)
- Pencils or pens (one per student)
- Large plastic jar with lid
- Instant pudding mix
- Blue food coloring
- Measuring cup, small bowls, plastic spoons
- Graham crackers broken into 4 pieces
- Cheese cubes
- Pretzel sticks
- Small slips of paper (one per student)
- Slips of paper shaped like a boat (one per student)
- Basket (to hold slips of paper)
- CD player and CD of various music tracks (see below for description)
Advanced Preparation Requirements:
- Write the Bible passages on a whiteboard or easel: Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25
- Create a CD of music with the following tracks:
- Shore sounds - gentle waves and sea birds
- Soft, instrumental music
- Storm sounds - noisy waves and wind
- More shore sounds (or just plan to repeat track one)
- The song: “Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man Who Stilled the Waters”
- For older students (readers) use a word processing program to create a worksheet with the questions from the lesson (copied below), leaving space for answers to be written by the students:
- What was happening before Jesus and the disciples got in the boat?
- Did this story happen during the day or night?
- Based on the description, was it a small storm or large storm?
- When the storm came up, how did the disciples react?
- What was Jesus doing when the storm began?
- What did the disciples say when they woke Jesus up?
- What did Jesus do and/or say to stop the storm?
- What did Jesus do or say after he stopped the storm?
- What was the disciples’ response?
- Based on this story, do you think the disciples trusted Jesus when he was right there with them? Why or why not?
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction
Welcome children warmly to your cooking workshop. Introduce yourself.
Tell kids what your favorite food to cook/bake is and ask each child to share their name and what their favorite thing to cook/bake is.
Let them know that today they will be creating and digging into a fun treat, but first they will be digging into God’s Word.
Dig: Main content and Reflection
Split the children into three groups.
Give each group a worksheet and assign each group a different passage/version of the Bible story on it: Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25.
Give each child a Bible.
Let them know that the story we’re learning this month is recorded in three of the four gospels and each group will be reporting back to the whole group what they discover. Instruct everyone to read the assigned passage silently to themselves.
When everyone in their group has finished reading, they should choose one person to be the recorder. The group will answer the questions together making sure all agree on the answers, having their recorder record their answers on the worksheet.
When all groups have finished you will read each question aloud, then have each group respond with their answer, with group members taking turns answering, and note differences and similarities.
Skip the split-in-to-groups activity. Use the Mark version of the story (Mark 4:35-41) and read it aloud to the class. Work together on the "worksheet" questions - not writing them on paper but just discussing them.
Questions that will be on the worksheet:
1. What was happening before Jesus and the disciples got in the boat?
2. Did this story happen during the day or night?
3. Based on the description, was it a small storm or large storm?
4. When the storm came up, how did the disciples react?
5. What was Jesus doing when the storm began?
6. What did the disciples say when they woke Jesus up?
7. What did Jesus do and/or say to stop the storm?
8. What did Jesus do or say after he stopped the storm?
9. What was the disciples’ response?
10. Based on this story, do you think the disciples trusted Jesus when he was right there with them? Why or why not?
Create a "storm in a jar":
Kids will create a storm in a jar using instant vanilla pudding mix and milk. Have several kids help pour the ingredients (following package instructions) into a large clear plastic jar with a tight lid. Add several drops of blue food coloring (to have the pudding represent water).
Explain how we will pass the jar around the circle inviting each of the kids to give it 5 big shakes and while doing so, think of one storm in their life right now (you may have to give examples/idea starters such as “bully at school”, “grandparent’s death, etc.).
After they pass the jar to the next person, they take a slip of paper and write a sentence about their storm, then fold the paper and place it in a basket placed in the middle of the table.
When everyone has had a turn shaking, invite the children to do a guided meditation.
(While workshop leader is leading this experience, the shepherd should pour pudding into a bowl for each student and place it in the refrigerator.)
Guided mediation may be a new experience for some children, so be sure to explain the process. You will be asking them to close their eyes and imagine. You will prompt them to imagine hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling, and touching various things.
Have them sit comfortably (or lie down on the rug) and close their eyes and do some deep breathing. Start the CD player. (Note: Different tracks on the CD will go with different parts of the meditation and will be noted when to change.)
Do: Start the CD at track 1 – shore sounds. Read slowly with frequent pauses...
Say: Imagine with me...
Go back in time with me thousands of years to when Jesus lived. You are someone who used to fish for a living and you live down by the water, by the Sea of Galilee. Today you’re there by the sea and see the boats lined up on the shore, you can hear the sea birds squawking, and you can smell the fish that others have already hauled in. You’re tired. It’s been a long day and it’s starting to get dark outside. You are a follower of Jesus and you and the others have been traveling all over listening to Jesus teach about God’s love and heal people.
Do: Start track 2 – soft music.
You see Jesus coming towards you. He’s walking slowly and he seems tired, too. There’s a crowd of people following just behind him. Jesus says, “Let’s go over to the other side of the sea.” You want to say “I’m too tired” but there’s something about the way he says it, that you feel you need to obey. So you and the others with you, climb into the closest fishing boat. You help Jesus into the boat. You and a friend pull up the anchor while others pick up the oars and adjust the sails. Jesus moves to the stern of the boat – the back of the boat – and lies down on a cushion. As you set sail heading across to the other side of the lake, you look back and Jesus is asleep. You smile because you feel like you still don’t know much about this amazing man, who seems to love everyone especially you. You can feel a light breeze blowing your hair and clothes. The smell of salt is in the air from the sea. There are birds circling overhead and they squawk every now and then. You’re in a fishing boat and the birds are expecting that you’ll be fishing, but you’re not, you’re just watching the others in the boat, looking off into the distance, and you decide to sit down now and rest. You close your eyes for a moment … maybe you can fall asleep to with the waves gently rocking from side to side.
Do: Start track 3 – wave and wind sounds.
From nowhere the wind picks up and gets stronger. Soon the boat starts to rock a little harder from side to side and you hear your friends say, “A storm is coming”. They’re rushing around in the boat, trying to let down the sail but the wind is whipping it around. Your clothes are getting wet because waves are now splashing up over the side of the boat. You look out at the sea and just then you’re knocked off your feet and fall down because of a huge wave that crashes into the boat and onto you and your friends.
You hear your friends calling out over the noise of the wind …. “Someone, wake Jesus up! Why is he still asleep? Doesn’t he know we might drown? Doesn’t he care?”
You are closest to Jesus in the boat so you reach down and gently shake his shoulder. You ask him “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus immediately stands up, reaches his hands out over the water and says “Quiet! Be still!”
At first you aren’t sure if Jesus is saying “Quiet! Be still!” to you or to the waves and wind.
Do: Start track 4 (or repeat track 1) – shore sounds.
But suddenly, the wind dies down and it’s now completely calm! You are aware of your feelings right now. (Pause)
Jesus looks right into your eyes and says "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Jesus goes back and sits down in the boat. Again, Jesus seems tired and a little sad. The others seem afraid and are asking each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
Now, remember how you felt when Jesus stopped the storm after you asked him to help. How are you feeling? Slowly open your eyes. Take a slip of paper in the shape of a boat and write at least two sentences that describe how you’re feeling.
While kids are doing this response activity, pass out the bowls of pudding and place the other food items in the center of the table. When kids are finished writing, invite them to the table to create a boat in their pudding sea, using the graham crackers for the bottom of the boat, put a cheese cube on it, insert a pretzel stick into the cube vertically, then use the Fruit Roll-Up to create a sail. They can make their water choppy or calm with spoons.
While they create, play the song on the CD called “Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man Who Stilled the Waters”! Encourage them to sing along! And then eat their creations!
As kids eat their treats ask:
· I wonder … How can you know that God is always with you?
· I wonder … If you trust God, will God make nothing bad ever happen to you?
· I wonder … What could you do if there isn’t time to stop and pray in a certain situation?
· I wonder … Will God always answer prayer?
· I wonder … Will God always answer your prayers the way you want them to be answered?
Close in prayer together.
Have kids help with clean up.
A lesson written by Jan Hanson from First Presbyterian Church, Napa, CA, USA
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