Monday, August 6, 2012

Jesus Walks on Water

The kids love this project. As I teach the lesson, they add each piece. I gave each child a handful of Goldfish (brand) and they added to the water and had some to eat! I taped a toothpick to the backs of Jesus, Peter and the boat. Each box of blue Jell-O made 3. Also, put plastic on the top to keep the yucky white stuff from forming! Original idea and more instructions are here.
 
Bible Verse: Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33  (NKJV)

Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-33; Mark 6:45-51; John 6:15-21


Click on the visual to download and print the original document
Immediately after they collected the extra food, Jesus told His Disciples get into the boat and to go to the other side of the sea. Jesus sent the people away.
After He sent the crowd away, He went up into the mountain by Himself to pray. When night came, He was by Himself. Jesus had found out that John had been killed. Do you remember who John was? John is His cousin & the one who baptized Jesus So Jesus is upset and wants some time to be alone and pray.
 
**Let the students have 2 marbles, 1 for Jesus and 1 for Peter. Have them put each marble in a bowl of water. What happens when you put the marble on the surface of the water? [it will sink] What happens when you go into the water? You either swim or you will sink. We are going to talk about two people that walked on water! I used the (rounder) river bed stones from Dollar Tree. Original idea found here. They really liked doing this, and it was a good discussion starter!
The boat with the Disciples on it was in the middle of the sea. They had rowed the boat about 3 ½ miles. There was a storm and their boat was being tossed around by the rough waves.
It was about 3:00 during the night and Jesus saw them having trouble rowing the boat and so Jesus went to them. He knew they were in trouble and scared and He went to comfort them. He actually walked on the water to them. Verse 25 in Matthew says that He walked on the sea! 
When the Disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were scared and thought He was a ghost! They cried out in terror! But Jesus instantly told them to be happy and don’t be afraid! 
Peter said to Him: “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  (vs. 28) So Jesus told him to “Come.”
When Peter got out of the boat, he walked on the water to Jesus! 
The Bible doesn’t say swim, Peter walked ON the water! But when Peter saw that the wind was strong he became afraid and started to sink. Peter had taken his eyes off of Jesus and let himself be distracted by the waves and the sea. He yelled to Jesus “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him and asked Peter "Why did Peter have such a small amount of faith to doubt Him?"  (vs. 31)
When they returned to the boat, the wind stopped. The people in the boat came to Jesus and were amazed at what He could do. They worshipped Jesus and said “Truly You are the Son of God.” (review Bible vs. 33) 
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpVEgxbFhkVFc1Z0E/edit?usp=sharing
You can print the worksheet here.
This is the workbook, lapbook style on the left with question on the top and lift the flap to write the answer.  When they come into the classroom, and we are waiting for everyone to arrive, they can glue down the picture for the days lesson, which is the right side.  
 
There are 3 lapbook printables for this Bible lesson. You can print them here:
 
Pray 
This is the printable for today's lapbook worksheet. Students will cut out the boat, Jesus and Peter and glue onto the worksheet. You can print it here.
 
You can find all the download links for the Life of Jesus lapbooks and the lapbook worksheets here. 
 
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.

10 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing!!! Keep up the love :)!

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  2. Thank you for the great work. I want to utilize the Jell-O craft for children's church.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting! I appreciate the nice comment and I am glad you found an idea you can use!

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  3. Hi there,

    Thanks for your valuable information and I also want to utilize the Jell-O craft for children' church.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you can use the project, they love this one! Don't forget the fish for the water, since they are not in the photo!

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  4. Thank you, Debbie! I needed visuals and ideas for this story quickly as my storyteller for Sunday evening just called and can't make it! I feel so blessed to find your blog and your willingness to share both the pictures, worksheet and just everything! May God Bless your wonderful work! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I appreciate you stopping by and I am glad you can use something!

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  5. I find your site really helpful! I'm doing sunday school for children aged 2-4 here in Germany and I found it difficult to find Stories, Crafts, etc until I came up to this wonderful site:)! Now I have more fun preparing for the children and the kids love the crafts you shared in here! Thank you so much and God bless you!

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    1. Thank you Loraine! I appreciate the nice comment and I am glad you are finding things to use! I appreciate you visiting!

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