Jesus Calms the Storm

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Scripture: Luke 8:22-25 or page 398 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:

Introduction: Have you ever been in a really bad storm? Were you scared? (Let the children tell you about times that they were scared of a storm.)  Well, in today’s lesson we’re going to learn about a time when Jesus and the disciples were in a very bad storm and they were very scared…
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 8:22 or pages 398 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Where were Jesus and his disciples?  In a sail boat on the lake
  • What happened while they were sailing?  A bad storm came up and the boat was being swamped.
  • What was Jesus doing at the time?  Sleeping
  • Why do you think Jesus was able to sleep in bad storm like that? He knew that nothing would happen to him that wasn’t God’s will, so He had perfect peace.
  • What did the disciples do?  They woke Jesus and told him that they were about to drown.
  • What did Jesus do then?  He rebuked the wind and water. (rebuke means to reprimand or scold.  In Mark 4:39 it says he said, “Quiet! Be still!”)
  • What happened then?  The wind and water became calm.
  • How do you think that the disciples felt after that?
  • The disciples were terrified (Mark 4:41)  “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Why do you think that they were terrified?  They realized that Jesus was no ordinary man, and He had great power.
  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus?  He is God.  He is all powerful.
  • What do you think that Jesus wants you to do when you are afraid? Pray and ask Him to protect me.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for protecting us every day.  And let’s ask Him to help us to not be afraid because we know that He is in control…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

“Even the winds and the waves obey him!”  Matthew 8:27b

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Color page #1 from sermons4kids  Color page #2 from What’s in the Bible?    Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story:

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Video #4   This is a music video for the teacher to enjoy.

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Here is a fantastic way to get the kids involved as you read the story.  This idea is from Children’s Ministry.

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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The new Calvary Curriculum  has worksheets and a fantastic color page for this lesson! 

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This lesson plan from Mission Bible Class has some great activity ideas.

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I’ve seen several versions of this craft, which is very cute. This one by grandmother wren has patterns for the pieces.   Or you might like this sailboat pattern from enchanted learning.  I used this origami sailboat from fpb crafts for mine.  The boat was attached to the page with a paper fastener so that it could be tossed back and forth by the waves.

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Have the children make this boat from a sea shell from Christian Games and Crafts.   This boat craft from Enchanted Learning would also be a hit.

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Older kids would enjoy this craft from Sunday School Kids.

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There are several craft ideas here by e-how, and here  from flame creative kids.

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Have the children make the booklet, “Jesus Calms the Storm” from Lambsongs. Scroll Down.

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Here are some ideas for activities for older kids from ehow.

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Sing “The Wind and Waves Obey Him” by the Wonder Kids

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For snacks try these ideas from Bible School Teachers blogspot.

Or you might even bake a sailboat cake by Betty Crocker.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Jesus Calms the Storm Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned how Jesus calmed the stormy sea from Luke 8:22-25.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

“Even the winds and the waves obey him!”  Matthew 8:27b

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View a slideshow featuring this story with your child.

http://biblelessonsite.org/slideshow55.html

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Sing “The Wind and Waves Obey Him” by the Wonder Kids. Get it on itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/jesus-calms-the-storm/

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

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Scripture: Matthew 7: 24 – 28 

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 7.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • Where did the wise man build his house? on a rock
  • Where did the foolish man build his house? on the sand
  • What happened when a bad rain storm and flood came? The foolish man’s house was washed away, and the wise man’s house stood firm.
  • This story is a parable.  That means it is a story with a double meaning.  When Jesus talked about building a “house”, what did He really mean?  How we live our lives and act out our faith
  • Who is like a wise man?  Whoever not only hears what Jesus says, but who also does what He says to do.
  • Do you think that Jesus knows what is best for you? yes The Bible is kind of like the architects house plan, isn’t it.  If we follow the instructions and build our lives as it instructs, things will go well for us and our faith will remain strong. 
  • Who is the foolish man?  Whoever hears what Jesus says, but then doesn’t do what He said to do.
  • What do you think that rain storm represents?  Trials in our lives.
  • What will happen to the person who doesn’t listen to and do what Jesus says to do?  When trials come his life and faith in God not be strong enough to stand firm and he will be ruined.
  • What kind of follower of Jesus do you want to be?  One who listens to Jesus words and obeys – or one who disobeys?
  • What are some of the things that Jesus said to do? to love God and others, to obey your parents, to pray and read the Bible, etc.
  • What do you think is the most important thing that Jesus wants you to do?  Ask him to forgive my sins.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for showing us how to live out our faith…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” 

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 from sermons4kids  Color page #2 from Emmanuel.org. Color page #3  from Calvary Kids.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video that tells this story.

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Video #7  For the teacher

Video #8  Very creative!

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Have the children fill out “The House Built on the Rock” worksheets  from Calvary Curriculum  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids  Don’t forget the activity ideas and worksheets at the bottom of the page!

And here is another great object lesson from Kids Sunday School.

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Have the children make paper houses.  There are several patterns out there.

Craft #1   from Chandler Christian Church.

Craft #2  from DLTK

Craft #3  from Enchanted Learning

Craft #4  from mssscrafts

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Here are some other house craft ideas  for younger children at South Florida Church.

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This is a great dot to dot from Bible Wise.

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Have the children make the book “Two Builders” by Lambsongs.  Scroll Down.

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Younger children will enjoy learning to sing “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock”

Terri Hutchings has come up with an different version of the song.

Or sing “Build Your House On a Rock” by Razz Taylor, or “Walk Like Jesus” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

You could also sing “We’re Following Jesus”  or “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man.  Get them on itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the wise and foolish builders from Matthew 7: 24 – 28.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” 

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Share a devotional each day http://children.cccm.com/NTDevotionsPDF/DEVNT227.pdf  from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa

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Teach your younger child the song “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDhaAWHjVRM

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Read the story “Tidal Wave” http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=443 from Keys for Kids.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/the-wise-man-and-the-foolish-man/

Doubting Thomas

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Scripture: John 20: 19 – 29

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to John 20:19 -29.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What evening was it?  The day that Jesus rose from the dead.
  • Why were the door locked where the disciples were meeting together? They were afraid of the Jewish leaders
  • Why were they afraid of them?  They were the ones who had just had Jesus killed and they were afraid that they would kill them, too.
  • Who came to see them?  Jesus
  • Where the disciples happy to see him?  Yes. They were overjoyed.
  • Who wasn’t there when Jesus came?  Thomas
  • Did he believe the other disciples when they told him that they had seen Jesus? No.  He said, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
  • I know people who don’t want to believe.  We call them scoffers.  Why do you think anyone would not want to believe?  Because they want to keep sinning.  They don’t want to let Jesus be the King of their lives.
  • Do you think that Thomas wanted to believe – or that he was a scoffer?  He was a disciple and loved Jesus very much.  He would have wanted to believe that Jesus was alive, but he just couldn’t without seeing Him.
  • Do you think that he prayed about this problem?
  • A week later the disciples were together in the house again.  Again the doors were locked.  And again Jesus  was suddenly there.  What did he say to Thomas?  “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
  • Do you think that Jesus was angry with Thomas?  I don’t think so.  I think that he was giving him reassurance so that Thomas could believe.
  • Do you ever have doubts?
  • What do you think that God wants you to do about those doubts?  Pray and ask for wisdom.  James 1:5 says,  “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”  God will help you find the answer to your questions if you ask Him.
  • What did Thomas say that showed that he believed? “My Lord and my God!”
  • Do you think that Thomas doubted after that?  No.
  • Thomas became a great missionary to India. In fact, one of the greatest evidences of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was the change in the disciples from hiding in fear behind locked doors, to being fearless missionaries and martyrs for Jesus.  They knew the truth, and they were no longer afraid of anything.
  • Who did Jesus say would be blessed?  Those who believe even though they haven’t seen Jesus alive themselves.

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

John 20:29b  “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1 from sermons4kids

Color page #2 from sermons4kids.

Color page #3 from Bible Printables

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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This activity would be a great opener for this lesson.

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Show a video of this story.

Video #1

Video #2 is a music video for older kids.

Video #3 is a little gross, but a great discussion starter for older kids.

Video #4

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This is a great craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have the children fill out worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Here is also a crossword puzzle  and a word search from sermons4kids.

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Have the children fill out this worksheet puzzle from Bible Wise.

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Have the children make the booklet “Thomas Needed to See” from Lambsongs.   (Scroll Down.)  Gospel Hall also has a mini-book and a booklet project that works well with this lesson .  Search for “Doubting Thomas” or “729”

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This lesson from Life Way has a great activity. 

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This is an excellent lesson activity for older kids from Teach Them.

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Sing “I’ve Got No Doubt” by the Donut Man.  Get it at itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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Doubting Thomas Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Doubting Thomas from John 20: 19-29.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

John 20:29b “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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Help your child learn the song “I’ve Got No Doubt” by the Donut Man.  Get it at itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/doubting-thomas/