A Walk on Water


February 8– March 7, 2004


Creation Station


Scripture:  Matthew 14:22-33


Key Scripture Verses:  Matthew 14:31 Right away Jesus reached out his hand.  He helped Peter up and said, “You surely do not have much faith.  Why do you doubt?”  (Contemporary English Version)


Memory Verse:

Christ gives me the strength to face anything.  Philippians 4:13 CEV



·       Faith is believing God is with us.

·       If we focus on Jesus, our faith is strengthened.



1. Learn that these passages relate Jesus’ calling us to follow and trust him.

2. Understand that this is another one of the wonderful miracles where Jesus showed the power of God by surprising his disciples with unexpected results.

3. Know that Jesus does not promise us anything that we might want, but he does tell us to have faith that God will care for us.

4.  Children will create a scratchboard drawing of Peter and Jesus.



Welcome and Introductions:


1.  Welcome the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your nametag. Make sure that everyone is in the right classroom!  Children will either already have name tags on, or will get a nametag from their shepherd. Make sure that you know everyone’s name and greet the students individually. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.


2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer asking God to open our eyes and ears so that we can see the great power he placed in Jesus would be appropriate.


Bible Story:


1.  This Bible story tells of another miracle that happened on the Sea of Galilee as told in the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark and John.  It warns us that sometimes a Christian life can be stormy.  But, if we believe in Jesus and focus on him (have faith), we will be cared for.


2.  Jesus had been traveling about Galilee performing many miracles.  He had just miraculously seen that crowds of people were fed.  Jesus’ followers (disciples) were with him.  It was getting late in the day so Jesus told his disciples to get in their boat and start back across the lake (Sea of Galilee).  Jesus went up on a mountain alone to pray.


3.  Evening came and the boat was far out on the lake.  The wind was blowing against it and it was being tossed about by the waves.  Some of you may remember from the last lesson that this sea is a very large lake set lower than the Mediterranean Sea to the west and bordered by many high mountains (see map).   Because of the mountains, the lake sometimes receives surprisingly strong storms, and even experienced fishermen like several of Jesus’ disciples have trouble handling their boats.


4.  The men were struggling to keep the boat from filling with water.  Suddenly, in the dark of the night, Jesus appeared.  He was walking on the water toward the boat.  When they saw him, the disciples thought he was a ghost.  They were so frightened that they started screaming.  At once, Jesus said to them, “Don’t worry!  I am Jesus.  Don’t be afraid.”


5.  One of the disciples was named Peter and he had worked as a fisherman before he followed Jesus. Upon hearing Jesus, Peter replied, “Lord if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come on!” Jesus said.  Peter then got out of the boat and started walking toward him.  But when Peter saw how strong the wind was blowing the waves, he forgot to keep his eyes on Jesus.  He was afraid and started sinking.  “Save me Lord!” he shouted.  Right away Jesus reached out his hand.  He helped Peter up and said, “You surely do not have much faith.  Why do you doubt?”  When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind died down.  The men in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You really are the Son of God.”


6.  Do you remember that Jesus used the same words in the last lesson?  When the disciples were frightened by the storm as he slept, he woke and said, “You surely don’t have much faith.”  Sometimes we are like Peter and the other disciples.  We want to believe and follow Jesus.  We want to be as good as Jesus.  But, we get frightened and have doubts.  Sometimes we lose faith.  As Jesus helped Peter, he will help us.


7.   Today, you will be creating a picture of how you think it looked that night when God’s power allowed Peter to walk toward Jesus on the rough water. 




1.  Create!  READ the Bible story (1-7 above) with expression.  Tell the children to listen carefully for the action and to find mention of miracles of faith.


2.  Show them the sample of what they will be creating.  Point out the technique and tell them to make their own picture of the event and not copy the example.


3.  Steps:  Pass out scratch-art paper and stylus sticks.  Work on a hard smooth surface.  Gently scratch away the black with the stylus.  Start by outlining the figures of Jesus and Peter.  Gradually remove more black, making shapes out of the lines to define details.  Then scratch some lines to show the waves.  Remember that this happened at night so the water will be mostly black.  Older children may wish to indicate the boat or mountains in the background.  Scratching too hard and fast will tear the paper.  Try to work with lines rather than large solid shapes.


4.  Surprise!  These sheets reveal different color backgrounds when the black is scratched off.  When finished, you may want to start #2 of Reflection Time at a separate table or on the floor.  Ask the shepherds to direct this project. 


5.  Clean up!  Collect sticks for future projects.  Involve everyone in cleaning up so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.


6.  Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving.


Reflection Time:


1.  Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and pencils/markers.  The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Where did this story take place?  Who was Peter?  When the disciples saw Jesus on the water, what did they think he was?  Why do you think Peter tried to walk on the water?  What miracles were mentioned in the Bible Story?  How could Jesus help you?  How can we help each other?  Remember that Jesus and God care about us and are with us - no matter how long a bad time lasts, we are not alone.


2.  If time and space permit, instead of doing an activity sheet, try the following activity.  Give each child an ordinary sheet of newspaper.  Have them print “Jesus” on a top corner.  On the diagonally opposite corner, have them print “Peter.”  Now taking scissors, tell them to cut a straight line between the two names.  Unless they look to Jesus, they cannot cut a straight line.  If we focus on (look to) Jesus, we can reach the target.


3.  At 10:40 ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.




1.  Encourage them to think about letting what we learn about Jesus guide our lives.


2.  Tell them that their Pennies will be given to a in Ethiopia, a wonderful example of Jesus giving us the power to do God’s work in the world.


3.  Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.


4.  Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for the wonderful things that Jesus did, to help us to remember that God forgives us when we have doubts and lose faith, and for Jesus who is here to help us always.


Teacher preparation in advance:


1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.

2.  Practice reading the Bible story (above) with expression.

3.  Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.

4.  Check the art room and the supply closet to see what supplies exist.  Experiment with what the children will be doing.

5.  Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process.  Have the materials ready to go.  There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.

6.  Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions.





Map and tape to hang it with

Scratch-art paper cut to 8 ˝” X 5 ˝”

Wooden Stylus Sticks

Newspaper sheets (classified pages are good)


Pencils or markers



Sample, map, scratch-art paper and stylus sticks will be provided.  Please call Carole Rhodes (363-1980) if you have any questions or concerns about this lesson plan.


Scratch-art paper #9712865 and stylus sticks #0900846 were purchased at NASCO (800) 558-9595