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Jesus Calms the Storm - Boat, Disciples, Sea of Galilee. Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25.

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Computer Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The following computer lab lesson for younger children uses the "Jesus Stops the Storm" story from Play and Learn Children's Bible CD, along with a drawing project in KID PIX CD. Using these two together for Ages 4-7 is an approach you can use for many other stories as well.

If you have Windows 7, Play and Learn CD won't run on it. HOWEVER, I have a "workaround" for this problem posted at my software website: http://www.sundaysoftware.com/...s/playand-lesson.htm
...and of course, I own a CE software company, yada yada. Cool




Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Explore the software.

Supplies List:

  • Play and Learn CD
  • Kid Pix CD


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
"Jesus Stops the Storm" is the story on Play and Learn CD in this example lesson. This concept works well with any story and group of non-readers. This lesson is good for kids up through grade 2.

See my notes at the end of this post about doing this lesson with older kids.

1. Gather the kids around your computer/projector screen and ask them, "What is the scariest thing they ever saw or did." After a few answers, introduce them to the idea that even adults get scared, even the disciples of Jesus. Ask the kids, "Have you ever been scared in a storm?" Tell them that the Disciples got scared one day, and segway into the story....

2. Show them the story of "Jesus Stops the Storm" found in Play & Learn Children's Bible CD. Choose the read aloud feature. This is your Bible Study!

Invite students to come up one at time to click one of the hidden animation hotspots on each screen.

Remember to talk as if you were reading a book to a child.... pointing out things in each illustration, asking questions and making comments, such as, "O Boy, he looks scared, have you ever been that scared?" If you have time, view the story a second time in the software (the stories are short).

Do your typical Bible Study routine... show the kids where the Sea is on a map. Remind the kids that several disciples were fisherman, and Jesus used boats to travel to different towns, and to get away from the crowds. Ask the kids what kind of boats they've been on, what it's like, etc.

As you work through the story, make the observation that Jesus made the Disciples feel safe. How does Jesus make US feel safe? Can we feel safe if we are far away from Jesus? If we don't know or talk to him? What can we do to feel closer to him?

You will also need to introduce these "concrete thinkers" to the idea that the "storm" in the story can represent "storms/trouble" in our lives. The boat can represent the church, our families, our friends. This is a developmental leap for younger kids. Help them make the connection.

Conclude with the observation that Jesus was also demonstrating to them that HE was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God, who has the power to make things happen, and can help us with our problems.

Now....Introduce the idea that Jesus can help us feel unafraid and protected, even when bad things are happening around us. Talk about some of the "bad things" that can happen to children (sickness, bullies, getting lost, being hurt, mean people, trouble in our family, moving away, death of a loved one, etc). When we trust in Jesus, and know he is always with us, we can face any problem that life gives us. And Jesus can help us figure out our problems... because he has the power!

3. After the Play and Learn story presentation, have the kids go to the other computers and turn on KID PIX , the creative writing and drawing software program.

You can either have them draw their own boat and add a caption, OR...you can pull up a picture of Jesus calming the storm from another source.

Over the top of that picture, they can add illustrations of "problems" that they might have, or other children might have (problems, things they are scared of, ...use examples from the discussion you've just had with them).

This "picture of Jesus calming the storm" can come from a number of sources. Perhaps you've found an illustration on the internet, or maybe you did a screen capture using your printscreen key of the scene from Play & Learn Children's Bible CD, and preparing the image ahead of time. Whatever, SAVE this image ahead of class in a folder on each computer. Kid Pix can find that picture and pull it into the drawing screen for the kids to add to it. (Note: pre-size the image to about 640x480 pixels so it fits nicely into the Kid Pix drawing window.

4. Add some "talking text" to the illustration. (Kid Pix will speak whatever they type, to the delight of the children.) The Preschoolers will need help spelling but can find the keys. You may type their comments for them if needed. The kids love to hear the computer speaking their words. It's what makes Kid Pix a popular tool.

5. After everyone has illustrated their picture and added some talking text, have everyone get up from their seats and go hear everyone else's presentations. The teacher should make comments as each presentation is played.

6. PRINT! and conclude with prayer. If you have time, have the kids (with help) type their prayer requests onto the Kid Pix screen for a prayer that speaks out loud. This basic lesson plan concept can be used with A LOT of different stories.

Doing this Lesson with OLDER Children:
Play & Learn is too young for grades 3 and up in this lesson. Instead, you can substitute showing a short video of Jesus Calming the Storm, or use Lesson #18 "Jesus Calms the Storm" in Life of Christ CD ! Then, either use Kid Pix, or Let's Talk CD to create the spoken responses.

With older kids, I like to focus on the idea of "how do we keep Jesus near so that we KNOW and feel his presence, and know his words during times of trouble." People who don't know Jesus, or know how he helps us, can miss the fact that he does! ...or don't understand the help when it comes.

 

Closing:

End with a prayer.


A lesson written by Neil MacQueen

 

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Games Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
This Games lesson starts with the reading of the scripture story of Jesus sleeping through and then calming the storm. The activities focus on helping the students think more about chaos and the two different reactions to it that we see from disciples and Jesus. 1st activity consist of playing the "Plinko" game from Price Is Right (to demonstrate the inability to control a situation, in this case, the final resting place of a "chip"). 2nd activity is a movement activity where the students pretend to be a balloon being blown-up until there is too much air in them and then exploding (to demonstrate how our fear of chaos builds). The 3rd actvity is a relay race that requires a slow pace and careful concentration to help explain why Jesus wasn't scared of the chaos (because he was paying attention to God and therefore resting/going slowly in God).

For the full lesson, download the attached Word .doc at the bottom of this post. Note that the first three pages of the document are "background" and that the actual lesson starts on page 4 (which is also where you will find the supply list).

From the attached lesson, here are the 2nd and 3rd activities with some of the teaching comments (in first person) included:


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Board
  • Marbles
  • Juice Boxes
  • Rope


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


TELL

  • Often, when we find ourselves in a time and place where the things happening around us are unpredictable and uncontrollable, we can start to have feelings of fear about that unpredictablility and uncontrollability on the inside of us. Our feelings get so stirred up on the inside of us, it’s almost like the chaos from the outside got inside of us.
  • This is what was happening for the disciples: The storm and the waves became too uncontrollable and too unpredictable and they started to feel afraid of the chaos. Eventually they became very afraid.
  • But Jesus had a very different response. He just kept sleeping, until his disciples woke him up. We’ll talk about why Jesus had a different response than his disciples a little bit later in class. But before we do that, we’re going to talk about our response to chaos a little bit more. 


EXPLAIN Balloon exercise

  • So, when the chaos that is around us starts to get inside of us, it can sometimes take awhile for us to feel it working inside of us.
  • We are going to do a movement activity, now, that can help us think about why our feelings about chaos work this way inside of us.
  • So first, each of us is going to pretend to be a balloon that is slowly being inflated.
  • So, we’re going to start in a squatting position, all curled up on the ground into a little ball, but with our feet flat on the floor.
  • Now, with every breath that I take (I'll breathe loudly!), we’re going to get just a little big bigger. Copy my moves as I breathe really loudly. 

1. Breath – Slowly raise head
2. Breath – Slowly move arms away from torso
3. Breath – Slowly extend forearms
4. Breath – Slowly extend fingers
5. Breath – Slowly extend knees (so that you’re standing up but bent over still)
6. Breath – Slowly unfold at the waist
7. Breath – Slowly straighten so that you’re standing straight up
8. Breath – Slowly lift arms straight out to the side
9. Breath – Slowly lift arms straight into the air, above head
10. Breath – Stand on the tips of your toes…
11. Breath – Fill your chest with as much air as possible
12. Now…one more breath and… – OH NO! You’re too full! Explode like a balloon with too much air in it! Go running around the room, crash into the wall (or each other), collapse to the floor and lie there.

TELL

  • You blew up!
  • Did you blow up right away? (No)
  • Why not? (took awhile for the air to build up or “accumulate” in you)
  • This is how chaos and our fear of it works. It slowly builds up inside of us and then once there’s enough of it in us, then we panic or explode and crash into each other.
  • So now we’re going to do an activity that will help us think about why Jesus doesn’t have these feelings of fear about the chaos inside of him like the disciples did. 

Explain Marble board Activity

  • We’re going to get back into our two teams again.
  • And we’re going to do a relay race.
  • Each team gets this board with juice boxes glued on to it.
  • Two members from the team will hold this board (one per side) and walk across the room from this part of the room (designated by a rope) to this side of the room (also designated by a rope) where the next two members of the team will take over.
  • First team to have all members walk from one rope to the other rope wins.
  • On each board will be ___ marbles (depending on age: 5, 7 or 10 marbles). If one marble or more falls off, then the two people carrying the board have to pick the marble(s) up and return to the start line, put the marble(s) back on the board with the other marbles and start over.
  • Any questions? 


DO Marble Board Relay Race

ASK

  • What happened when you went too fast? (the marbles fell off)
  • So what did you have to do? (go slow)
  • What else did you have to do? (concentrate on keeping the board level with every step)
  • Was that hard to do since you were in a race? (probably)
  • But when you did go slower and paid close attention to what you were doing, you made less mistakes, right?

TELL

  • In the story, we see that Jesus does a similar thing. He slows down (in fact, he’s going so slow that he’s fallen asleep!). And instead of focusing on the chaos, we know from other stories that he keeps his focus on God.
  • And because he does these two things, we can see that instead of being afraid of the chaos, Jesus has a sense of peace in him. In the middle of all that chaos, he’s peacefully resting.
  • So then, when the disciples wake him up, instead of being afraid of the chaos, Jesus is calm instead. And though we’ve seen the fear spread in the disciples, Jesus now spreads the peace and calmness he feels. He even says those words, right? Remember the words he says to the storm? He says, “Peace. Be still.”
  • And the storm, the chaos, was still.
  • [pause]
  • One of the ways that we experience God’s peace is by being still.
  • As we saw with the marble activity, going slower was better.
  • And that’s the good news for today:

1. When we slow down, then we are more able to pay attention to God.
2. When we slow down and focus our attention on God, then we will experience God’s peace.
3. And when we’re filled with God’s peace, then we will be able to share that peace with others.

 

Closing:

End with a prayer.


A lesson written by Nathanael from: rfour.org

 

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A Game Posted by member CoreyUMC

We played an island game for our Jesus Calms the Storm rotation that was very successful.

 

First, we set up a boat area and a water area and the object of the game was for those in the boat to rescue those teammates who were in the water.

 

We used square scooters with a rope on it to roll out to those in water. Those in the water had to catch the scooter and then sit on it and be pulled back in by those in the boat. The only thing was it that they could not leave their designated areas. We then broke up into two teams and had a race to see which team could rescue their teammates the fastest. The kids loved this game.

 

After playing a few rounds, we read the story and walked our game area deciding how to LABEL all the game props and "stormy seas".  

 

What is the scooter for Christians? The rope? The seas?  Our teammates?

 

We had kids write out on sheets of paper "things that scare us" both personally and that are scary in the world (problems). We taped these to the floor in random patterns.  Then we played a version of the game where the kids were blindfolded and sitting on the scooters, and had to scoot to the finish line by listening to spoken instructions/guidance from teammates.  If they ran over a problem, their turn was over.

 

We talked about how Jesus guides us, the church, the bible, etc.  And how some people don't mind getting in trouble and why some will give out poor guidance!   Who do you trust?  Of what should a Christian be afraid?

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