The disciples in the boat in the middle of the storm were afraid. They were afraid even though they had Jesus in the boat with them. It seems they did not understand two things: (1) that Jesus had complete power over their circumstances and (2) how much He loved them. Are you afraid in the midst of the circumstances of your life right now? As you do these activities with your kids remind yourself of the truth that (1) Jesus has complete power over your circumstances and (2) that He loves you in a deep, amazing way.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus was able to do things nobody else can do. Jesus was on a boat with the disciples when a fierce storm came up. Jesus was sleeping and the disciples were frightened. They woke him saying, “Lord, save us! We are going to drown!” Jesus rebuked them saying, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Jesus got up and calmed the storm. The men were amazed because even the winds and waves obeyed him! They wondered what kind of man this was that could do these amazing things.
- A miracle is something wonderful only God can do.
- Jesus has power over nature.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us Jesus has power to give us what we need:
1. Apple Boats
Make snack time fun by creating boats out of apples, pretzels and a cheese stick. Cut an apple into wedges and help your child pierce the wedge on one end with a pretzel stick. Cut the cheese stick at an angle so it resembles a triangle. Place the cheese on the top of the pretzel stick so it acts like a sail. Lay the boat on a plate and spread some goldfish crackers around it for the fish. Using teddy grahams, help your child act out the story using the apple as the boat and the teddy grahams as the disciples and Jesus. When finished ask your child these questions:
- What is a miracle? (Something wonderful only God can do.)
- Where was Jesus when the storm started?
- What did Jesus use to stop the storm?
- Do you feel afraid sometimes? What can you do?
- Do you trust Jesus?
2. Asleep in the Laundry Basket
Grab a laundry basket and several stuffed animals or dolls. Have your child pretend to be Jesus asleep in the boat by curling up in the bottom of the basket. Place the stuffed animals around him and gently start to rock the basket as if it was on the waves. Rock the “boat” fast and make thunder noises. Have your child wake up and calm the waves, just as Jesus did.
3. Recycled Boat
Using an egg carton, popsicle sticks, some construction paper and clothes pins, your child can create a boat and the disciples in this story. Cut two or three triangles slightly shorter than the length of the popsicle stick. Have your child decorate the triangles and then help him glue one edge of one triangle to one popsicle stick and repeat with the other triangles and popsicle sticks. Stick the popsicle sticks into the middle of the egg carton so there are several sails down the center of the boat. Help your child draw faces on the clothes pins and whatever other clothes or features and place them into the boat.
Dear God, we know that we never have to be afraid because you are with us. Please help us to always ask you when we need help. Help us trust in your ability to help us through anything.
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