Objectives:The children will
- retell the story of Jesus Calms the Storm
- discuss being scared and what you can do when you are scared
- identify who will take care of them
- discuss why they do not have to be afraid
- identify the miracle that Jesus did in the story Jesus Calms the Storm
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Jesus Calms the Storm Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.
Before the children arrive, select several pictures from magazines of things children may be afraid of; for example, a big dog, bugs, a dark room or an angry-faced person. Gather the children in a circle. As you show them each picture, ask:
Is this something that might scare you?
Why does it seem scary?
After looking at the pictures, ask the children to share other things they're afraid of. Some children may be embarrassed to share their fears. Empathize with the children and agree their fears are valid. Share things that scare you.
Say: It sounds like all of us have times when we are scared, even adults. God cares about how we feel. Let’s learn how God can help us when we’re scared.
Introduction to story: What do you do when you’re afraid? Discuss. Let’s see what the disciples did when they were afraid.
Read story "Jesus Calmed the Storm" from your own story book or while reading the story do cut outs from “Wind and Waves” from Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 82) as the story unfolds.
God is with me day and night. When it is dark (cover eyes with hands). When it is light (remove hands from eyes). He is always watching me (cup hands around eyes like a pair of binoculars). Wherever I am (turn around in a circle with arms stretched out), He can see (point to eyes) and God will take care of me (hug self).
Introduce activities: What can we do when we are afraid?
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Cards: Jesus Calms the Storm
These print 8 to a sheet with a picture of Jesus on a boat, hands raised to calm the storm. "Even the wind and the water obey Him." (Scroll down to this.)
Where's God When I'm S-Scared? Tales From the Crisper (Veggie Tales)) and ask questions:
What was Junior watching on TV that made him scared? (A monster movie.)
Who will always watch over you? (God)
Why does God take care of us? (Because he loves us.)
Introduce craft: Where were the disciples and Jesus when a great storm came? (They were in a boat.)
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Jesus Calms the Storm Craft
This is a craft in which children can make their own rocking boat in an ocean of waves. Then retell the story as Jesus calms the storm simply by speaking! (Scroll down to this craft.)
ehow.com- How to Make a Jesus Calms the Storm Craft (directions and templates provided)
gospelhall.org- 3D Printable Paper Project (Jesus and his disciples in a storm)
dltk-bible.com- Scroll down to: Jesus Calms The Storm (near the bottom) - use a parachute or a large sheet and let the children wave it really fast, if you can use a blue sheet, all the better. Have one person yell stop and have all the children stop waving the sheet or parachute and explain how Jesus calmed the storm. For older children, you can put a ball or other soft object on the sheet or parachute and make the object of the game to keep the ball from falling off the edges.
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible File Folder Games: Jesus Calms the Storm
This coordinates with Jesus Calms the Storm materials. It is a word matching game, all words start with the letter W, and are found in the verses of the story of Jesus calming the storm. Luke 8:23 (Scroll down to this.)
Sinking Sails (Jesus Calms a Storm)- This game will help children know God is in control and help children know how the disciples felt while at sea in a storm. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 78.)
davidccook.com- Hope Through the Storm
Two game options: Knock It Out! and Swarmin’ & Stormin’
Introduce snack: Who will always help and protect you? (God)
You'll need peanut butter, round crackers, banana slices, raisins, plastic knives and napkins.
Have kids spread peanut butter onto round crackers. Cover with banana slices and top with raisins.
Say: These crackers look like eyes. If you put two next to each other, you could pretend these eyes are God's eyes watching you to know when to help and protect you.
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Jesus Calms the Storm (worksheet)
Letter W for Wind and Water. Children can practice writing letters, filling in the blank and learning sight words. (Scroll down to this.)
Jesus Stops a Storm- These pictures tell the story of Jesus calming the storm. They are all mixed up. Number them in the correct order. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 51)
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