August 9, 2020
Links for Jesus Calms the Storm
- Read Mark 4:35-41 and Isaiah 41:10. Which would frighten you more – the storm or Jesus? How did the disciples’ fear during the storm differ from their fear afterward? What was Jesus teaching them about himself?
- Read Matthew 6:34 and Mark 4:37-38. What do you do when storms come up in your life?
- Turn to a person I can trust
- Withdraw into myself
- Turn to God
- Get touchy and irritable
- Take charge of this
- Act like nothing is wrong
- What’s the worst storm you’ve gone through in life? Did it feel like Jesus was asleep or present with you during that time? What did that look like?
- Read Mark 4:39 and Philippians 4:11. “Quiet! Be still!” If Jesus were to speak these words to you today, what would they mean?
- Settle down and listen.
- Hang in there.
- Relax and let God handle this.
- Keep the faith.
- Boat craft to use to retell story
- Build a boat and build a bible story
- Build a boat and act out story with it in the bathtub or a tub of water
- Paint or finger paint a storm or make wind catchers to wave when telling the story (template for wind catcher here
- God’s Promises Chant, Oil & Water activity (actually oil, vinegar & baking soda experiment), Pop goes the Fear (balloon activity)
- “Quiet be still” run, storm clouds, Boat verse puzzle, “Peace Be Still” skit, and Five boats of peace activity
- Apple boat snack, asleep in the laundry basket and make waves
- Parachute/sheet activity
- Make a rainstorm
- Word search, spot the difference, secret code, and word scramble, and crossword
- Jumble, word search, decoder, fill in the blank, and coloring page
- maze & word search, coloring page, and review sheet
July 26, 2020
Jesus taught about possessions
- Read Luke 12:16-21. Who did the fool focus his life on? Who are we supposed to be rich toward? How can a person be rich toward God? What do you do?
- Read Psalm 24:1 and Matthew 25:23. Who owns everything? How much of your stuff is really your stuff? Why is it important to use what we have to honor God? Why does God want us to be faithful in using our resources well? What can we expect in the future? How does this help you think about what’s important?
- Read 2 Corinthians 8:9. Jesus is generous and gave so that we might become rich. How is a person made “rich” by Jesus? In what ways are they “rich”? We’re to follow Jesus’ example with our lives. Those who are generous hold things with an “open hand” willing to let them go. What things are really important to you? Do you hold all of your stuff with an “open hand” and see if God might want you to bless someone else with it or use it for His greater purposes? What might it look like to pray asking God about this? Write down a prayer.
- Blessing mask and tin foil ID’s
- Needs vs wants collage, and decorate a small box with pictures of items that people need and use it as a bank to save money for people in need
- Treasure in heaven craft idea (scroll down to find it)
- Fun craft with two different pictures visible depending on which way you look at the finished craft
- Bubble blessings, money race, bean relay, & balloon popping
- Game: This or That Hunger Awareness and fun skit that can be acted out
- What would you get (for older children), how much can you hold, “Will it fit?”, and Store the grain
- Build the rich fool’s barn game
July 19, 2020
Jesus Teaches about Prayer
- Read Luke 11:2-4 & Matthew 6:31-34. Who provides for our needs? What does God want us to do? What does He not want us to do? What is something you are trusting God to provide for you today or this week?
- Read Luke 11:4 & 1 Corinthians 10:13. The Lord provides for us when we face temptation. God is faithful! What does God provide? What can you pray about this week where you might be tempted?
- Read Luke 18:1-8. We’re to continue coming to God in prayer. He is just. What do these verses say about God? Why can we take confidence that He will help us? What do you talk to God about regularly?
- Prayer garden
- Prayer cups, praying hands, prayer journals, and prayer tree
- Prayer banner, prayer place mats
- Five finger prayer
- Prayer Sardines, Telephone, and Being close to God game (scroll down)
- Hide & seek (if there is only one or two children, you can hide baggies or Easter eggs around the room and they have to find the one that has the small item in it), prayer path game (with M&Ms), and prayer walk
- Dice prayer game, nature prayer walk scavenger hunt, beach ball prayers
- Counting and marching prayer warriors
July 12, 2020
Cost of following Jesus
- Read Matthew 16:24-27. Our salvation is free gift, but following Jesus comes with a cost. It says in these verses to deny yourself. Are you willing to do what God is asking of you in life? How can you let God lead in your life this week?
- Read Luke 14:26-27. When Jesus talks about hating our family and our own life, He’s making a comparison. It could be saying that we’re to love Jesus so much more than anyone else or it might mean that we’re to choose Jesus over everyone else as most important in our life. What is one way you can show that you are choosing Jesus as most important in your life? Would others say that is true of you? Why do you think so?
- Read Luke 14:28-33 and 2 Timothy 3:12. Jesus was up front with us in saying that following Him would not be easy. We will face hardship and others will be mean to us. We can expect that. Why do you think it’s worth it to follow Jesus? Is there anything you won’t do for Jesus? Why or why not?
- Cross yarn craft, cross necklace, foam door hanger, chalkboard cross (can use sidewalk chalk and do it outside on the driveway or sidewalk)
- Picture craft
- Bible verse crosses, count the cost, follow Jesus poster, and carrying a cross obstacle course
- Pricing activity with good discussion questions
- Guess how many game, Will it fit? Game, and Love & Hate game, and great easy lesson using blocks(if you don’t have blocks just give them small boxes you have around the house or legos)