Scripture:† †Matthew 14:22-33 (CEV)
Memory Verse: †ďChrist gives me the strength to face anything.Ē† Philippians 4:123 (CEV)
∑ Jesus gives us the power to do Godís work in the world.
∑ If we focus on Jesus, our faith is strengthened.
The children will explore how balancing with our bodies can be like focusing on Jesus to strengthen our faith and create balancing shapes that represent Godís work that we do in the world.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Greet the children and introduce yourself.† Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.
2. Today as weíre learning about the story of Jesus walking on water, weíll also be learning about balance, focus and doing Godís work.
1. Ask children to stand in a circle and tell them they are going to work on balancing.† Ask them to pick up one foot and try to hold their balance without wobbling or falling.† (Invariably, some children will have trouble, but thatís ok!)† As you lead them through trying several different balancing positions (YOU WILL MAKE UP THESE POSITIONS, an example is a yoga tree where one foot is kept on the floor, the other outstretched behind you and the body leaning forward) ask them to think about what is helping them balance.†
2. Have the children sit down and discuss what helped them balance and what they had to do in order to keep their balance.† (Possible answers might be: muscles, brain, legs, feet, holding arms out to the side, etc.)† Tell them (if they donít come up with it themselves) that their tummy muscles and their focus are what really strengthen their balance.
3. Ask children to stand again and challenge them to try balancing in new and different positionsóbut this time remind them to tighten up their tummy muscles and to focus and concentrate by looking out at a spot across from them on a wall or some other stationary object, not another person.† Keep reminding them to use their concentration and focus to hold their balance.† Hopefully their balances will be stronger and more steady this time.† Point out children who are using their focus to balance well.
4. Have half the children sit down and watch as the other half demonstrate three balances.† Ask the audience group to notice who is using focus and concentration to balance well.† Then switch groups and repeat.
Older and younger children:† This lesson should work well with older and younger children.† Younger children may need more prompting to review the story.
At ask the shepherds to pass out the journal sheets and
pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or
some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity. †The offering will be going to a church in
Prompts for journal writing: Ask children to write in their journals about what they need to do to keep their focus on Jesus so they donít lose their balance or start sinking like Peter.† Or ask them to write about three things that they can do that would be doing Godís work in the world.† Use the fill in the blank/maze worksheet if you have extra time.
At ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.
Prayer:† Dear God, Thank You for sharing Your Son Jesus with us.† Please help us to stay focused on Jesus so that we can do your work in the world. Amen††††
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Close/lock the door and turn off the lights. Put away CD player.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Prepare a closing prayer.
out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where
everything is located.
∑ CD player
∑ Music (smooth, instrumental)
and minutes from the curriculum writers bible study meeting prepared by
∑ Jesus Walks on Water worksheet by Sharon Whittaker