Calming the Storm


January 4 – February 1, 2004




Scripture:  Matthew 8:18-27


Memory Verse: “You, Lord, are the light that keeps me safe.  I am not afraid of anyone.  You protect me, and I have no fears.”  Psalms 27:1



·        Jesus calls us to follow him.

·        Jesus sometimes calls his disciples to go to new places and to try new things.

·        Sometimes following Jesus can be hard or scary.

·        We can trust Jesus to take care of us.



1.     Children will view the video The Miracles of Jesus.

2.     Children will learn that by having even a little faith (like that the size of a mustard seed) they can do many of these things.  This was shown to the disciples each time a miracle was performed.



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.     Explain to the children that the purpose of this workshop is to accept and understand that it is ok to follow Jesus and that we can trust him to take care of us. 


Scripture/Bible Story:

Read the Bible story. Encourage the children to use their Bibles in looking up verses.  You may want to ask the children to read or you may want to read the scripture yourself.  If a child does not want to read that is perfectly fine.  Be creative in giving suggestions for retelling the story in weeks 3-5 when the children are more familiar with the story. You may want to ask them what happened first, second, etc.



1.     Show the video. It’s about 30 minutes long if it is cued after the beginning credits.


2.     When the video is over turn the lights on.

Ask:  Did the disciples have faith in Jesus and that he would protect them from harm?  Answers will vary, but note that the disciples’ faith was small; hence Jesus asked why they had little faith.  What are you afraid of and do you pray to Jesus when you are afraid?  Answers will vary, please assure the children that it is ok to be afraid.  Should anyone make fun of a child’s fear, please remind all the children that it is not nice to laugh at others.  Have you ever thought that Jesus was not listening when you prayed for help?  Answers will vary, but remind the children that sometimes our prayers are answered differently from how we want or expect them to be answered.  Should the children be non-responsive you may want to share your own story and ask the shepherds to share also.  This is a wonderful way for the children to see that even adults sometimes don’t have faith.


Reflection Time:

At 10:35 a.m. ask the shepherds to pass out the journal pages and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste on their journal page as a reminder of the story or activity. 


Remind them that the offering from this rotation will go Presbyterian Disaster Relief, to help people who were hurt by Hurricane Isabel.


Suggested prompts for journal writing:  List one thing that you are afraid of and how having faith in Jesus can help you face/overcome your fear.  For grades 1 and 2, you may want to tell them to draw a picture of something they are afraid of and a picture of Jesus helping them.


At 10:45 ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.



Prayer: Suggestion for the closing prayer.  Dear God, Thank you for hearing my prayers and helping me face my fears. Help me continue to have faith in you when I doubt.  Thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ into the world.  Amen.


Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help clean up popcorn before they leave Holywood.  Wait until after class to pile up the beanbag chairs. The kids tend to throw them. Wipe out popcorn machine thoroughly, do not use water.


Teacher preparation in advance:

1.     Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2.     Prepare a closing prayer.


Supply List

·        Video will be given to you at the Workshop Leaders’ Bible Study.

·        Journal pages will also be provided at the Bible study or the first Sunday of the rotation.

·        Stickers if you want to put them on the journal pages.



Lori Houck, Kirk Faith Quest Bible Study Leader

The Miracles of Jesus, 1989, Nest Entertainment Series, ISBN 1-56489-175-5, Irving, TX.