Jesus Calms the Storm
ENVIRONMENT AID: This event’s main emotional element is fear. At night, on the water, during/of a storm. How could you create this for your student’s as they walk into the room? When we’ve taught preschoolers this story, we’ve used the parachute to show calm waters and moved it – ok, sometimes violently – to show waves and wind. We’ve even had some spray bottles of water to wet the kids. But what could be instructive for older children? And cause more than laughter?
- Consider dimming the lights or turning them off. Can you make the room look like evening? I love glow in the dark star constellation stickers.
- Find an audio of a storm – winds, thunder – and have it playing.
- Have enough life jackets for every student? Have them put one on when they enter. (And no, I don’t think they had life jackets in Jesus’ day)
Ask them as they enter
Have you ever been afraid? When…
LOOKING AT THE WORD: Have each student open the bible to the text for the day. Read it aloud. Then ask, the journalist’s questions
- When does this story take place? What time of day? Do we know what’s happened before? (Look at the verses above our story.)
- Who is in our story? Do we know their names? Do we know how many of them there were?
- Where are we?
- What happens? What is the conflict or problem in our story today?
- How do Jesus’ friends try to solve the problem?
- How does Jesus solve the problem?
- How do they (Jesus’ friends) feel before, during, and after this situation?
I WONDER DISCUSSION:
I wonder how I might have felt when the water was starting to fill the boat? What do you think?
I wonder how I might have felt when I found Jesus sleeping …
I wonder how I might have felt when Jesus said that I had little faith …
I wonder how I would have felt when Jesus talked to the storm …
I wonder how Jesus felt when they woke him up …
I wonder if Jesus knew that the storm was coming …
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD:
Do you have a list of God’s attributes (words) displayed in your classroom? If not, then considering starting one this week. You may want to highlight
CREATOR. ALL POWERFUL. OMNIPOTENT. PRINCE OF PEACE.
If you have used the Children’s Catechism Q/As for prior memory work, then refer to this one –
CAN GOD DO ALL THINGS? YES. GOD CAN DO ALL HIS HOLY WILL.
If you have charted how Jesus shows himself to be both MAN and GOD as you read through Mark, then add phrases or events from today’s passage.
HE SLEEPS? HE CONTROLS WEATHER?
- Individualized Suggestion: Offer clay/playdough, paper and various writing utensils. Illustrate or describe a storm. Now illustrate or describe peace. Show us your contrast.
- Group Suggestion: Cover two tables or two walls with butcher paper. Play stormy music and have students display a storm on one. (Supply suggestions – glue sticks, torn tissue paper, finger paint for the BRAVE) Play peaceful music and ask students to move to the next table or wall to display peace.
PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING A PHOTO OR VIDEO OF YOUR CREATIVE RESPONSES – OR EVEN YOUR DISCUSSIONS!