Children's Ministry Weekly Resources
Children's Messages reflect what is being taught in Worship for the week
Option 1: Jesus Calms a Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
Background for Parents-especially with older kids: Jesus’ suggestion to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee sounds to us like a simple procedure. However, several factors made such a journey difficult. First, few inhabitants of the west side of Galilee ever ventured to the east side. That side was inhabited mostly by non-Jews who worshipped a variety of gods, which naturally made God-fearing Jews uncomfortable. Second, the boats Jesus’ disciples used were small fishing boats. They were not intended for traversing the middle of the lake, which was 14 miles long by 8 miles wide. And finally, the geography surrounding the lake made it susceptible to sudden storms that could turn a calm lake into a violent sea.
Many lives were at stake when a furious storm arose. However, many of the disciples were experienced fishermen and expert sailors. So one might expect that they would handle things on their own. The fact that they turned to Jesus for help likely meant that they were at the end of their means—they had tried everything they knew to combat the storm and had failed. At the point of pure desperation, they woke Jesus with screams of terror.
When Jesus awoke, he immediately demonstrated that he was in control. There was no hint of worry or concern in his words. He simply said, “Quiet!” He then said, “Be still,” a term that literally means “muzzle yourself and continue to be silent.”
Life Application: We have the benefit of knowing how the story of Jesus’ calming the storm ends. But imagine the disciples’ amazement when the raging waves instantly became calm. Even today, with our advanced technology, we don’t have any control over the weather and can’t always forecast it very accurately. In Jesus’ day, controlling the weather was known strictly as the domain of God. In the instant the storm ceased, the disciples began to realize more fully who Jesus was. He had demonstrated his power in healing people, but never before had he done anything of this magnitude.
Jesus then asked some pointed questions. He seemed surprised that the disciples’ faith was so weak. After all they had seen, they hadn’t fully grasped who Jesus was or what he was capable of. But now they had seen something so powerful, so awesome, that they were terrified to think about who Jesus really was. The disciples’ terrified response is understandable when we consider God’s power and purity in light of our own weakness and imperfection. But the disciples came to learn that no matter how bad a situation seemed, the first thing they needed to do was turn to Jesus.
0) Optional Prep Oil and Water: Gather a 12-ounce clear plastic cup and two small paper or foam cups. Put 2 inches of white vinegar in each clear cup, 1 tablespoon of baking soda in one of the small cups and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in the other small cup.
OR Watch on of these two videos: Jesus Calms a Storm (Kids teaching)
Jesus Calms a Storm (Animated...kid favorite! Hey ohh :)
Ask: What do you think the disciples were most afraid of? How did Jesus calm the storm? How did Jesus calm the fears of the disciples during the storm? Can Jesus calm your fears? How do you think he does that?
4) Say: Jesus is the Son of God, creator of the universe. We can count on him to calm the storms in our lives. When a fear seems to take hold of us, we can call out to Jesus in prayer and know that he hears us just as he heard the disciples’ cries for help.
Say: Let’s try this experiment to see what happens when we let Jesus take care of our fears. Let’s pretend that the clear cup represents you. The white powder represents the things that scare us. The oil in the other cup represents Jesus.
**Sprinkle the white powder into the large cup. While you watch what happens, think about how you feel when you’re scared. Pour in the oil. Watch what happens and think about Jesus. Ready? Go ahead.
Debriefing Questions: Why do you think people get scared? Is it wrong to be scared? Why or why not? How was this science experiment like the way Jesus calms our fears? What happens when we let Jesus deal with our fears? Why do you think Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid?
Say: Jesus loves us more than we can imagine. He wants us to feel safe and secure. Jesus calms our fears because of his love. Whenever we’re afraid, we can ask Jesus to be with us, to comfort us, and to calm us. Jesus will be with us just as he was with the disciples when they were scared.
7)Sing "Faith" and Review one or more songs from the last couple of weeks.
0)Try one of these Father's Day Games:
Find Dad’s Tie! Before kids arrive, hide a tie in the facility. (A construction paper tie works well, too.) Let kids search for the tie. Whoever finds the tie becomes the new “Dad” and gets to hide the tie. You can play this game over and over again.
Father’s Day Word Scramble: Print the words “Father’s Day” at the top of a piece of page. Set a timer for 1 minute and tell kids to make as many words as they can with the phrase. Whoever has the most words wins a special prize. If you have a chalkboard, let kids write the words on a board.
2) When these words are spoken Daddy, Dad, Pa, or Papa what comes to mind? (Father)
*This couple became the very first Dad and Mom in God’s creation. (Genesis 4:1-2)
**Adam and Eve began the history of mankind as the first parents. They were given one rule to follow as they lived in the beautiful garden called Eden. Do you remember it? (Not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. Genesis 2:16-17) *Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s one rule and as a result sin entered God’s perfect world.
*Every person who has been born after Adam and Eve are born with sin in their heart. That sin keeps men, women, boys and girls from living a life that pleases God. As a result sin has affected God’s perfect design for what He created families to look like.
*Nobody was perfect – and nobody was all bad. When a dad doesn’t follow God’s plan it causes hurt for his whole family.
*The same is true today. We know men who are good fathers to their children. Maybe we know some men who have not been good fathers to their children. If we don’t know about these men personally, we can read about them in the newspaper or see them on the news.
*Some children have never met their fathers, or they have lost their father through death. Sometimes they no longer live in the same house with the rest of the family because of a divorce. Some dads are not always at home because they bravely serve our country and go to other countries to protect our freedom for long periods of time.
*God’s normal plan for a family is for a child to have loving fathers and mothers who take care of their children. Parents are supposed to teach children how to love God and live a life that pleases Him.
*If we know our fathers, we need to praise God and give Him thanks. Even if dad is not perfect or has made bad choices. We need to show our thanks and appreciation for our dads and let them know we love them.
5)What do we do if we have a father who doesn’t look like the kind of father that God desires us to have? What do we do if we don’t have an earthly father at all? The best place we can go for the answers is God’s Word.
Look up: Psalm 10:14 “But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”
If a child has no earthly father, he/she can trust that God will help them. God knows every need we have and cares for us.
A human father who is not controlled by sin loves his children and has compassion on them. If an imperfect earthly father can have love and compassion for his children, how much more does God the perfect Heavenly Father have for His Children?
Look up: Isaiah 64:8 “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.”
God has created each man, woman, boy and girl to have a relationship with Him. He desires to be our Father. The sin problem we inherited from Adam and Eve keeps us from that relationship with Him.
Look up: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, (Jesus) that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
You and I can have a relationship with God the Father by believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again. Once a person believes by faith that Jesus paid the price for his/her sins he/she becomes a child of God.
Look Up: Acts 17:26-27 “From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”
Each one of us has different experiences with our families. If you have been blessed with a godly father and mother praise God and thank Him for that gift. God will help you to develop into the man or woman He desires you to be through their example.
Keep your eyes on Jesus and walk with Him every day so you will not live a life controlled by sin. You can celebrate Father’s Day knowing that you have become a child of God the Father.
Close in prayer.
Key Words/Lesson Summary: Believe/Faith--I want to draw our attention back to something I posted a few weeks ago:
• What did Jesus say to the woman after she admitted she was the one who touched him?
• What happened when Jesus made it to Jairus’ house?
• Jesus says that the woman’s faith made her well. What does it mean to have faith?( Faith means having complete trust and confidence in Jesus. It means we believe in God and the power of God.)
• Do you think something has happened to you because of your faith? (kids & parents should try to answer this one!)
• When we have faith in Jesus, Jesus can do even more than we think – like raising the dead and healing people no one else can! Those things are called miracles. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? (kids & parents answer this one too!)
• Is there something going on in your life where you need to have faith?
Key Words/Lesson Summary: God's Kingdom/Faith--What is faith? What do we have faith in? If people looked at me, what would they say I have faith in? Where is my time and energy being spent? Thy Kingdom come...Thy will be done. Do you recognize those words. Do you believe these? By faith, we can experience a taste of God's Kingdom here on earth. NO...it is not heaven and YES we should long for that. But by believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain we can experience a life like no other. It doesn't make sense (especially to nonbelievers). May we be intentional in living out our day to day lives reflecting the faith we have in Jesus--who lived a perfect life, died taking our sins, and rose-defeating the devil, death and our sin. Eternal life awaits...let's spread the Word!
B)Answer What is Faith? (Believing/trusting--without seeing)
C)Read Hebrews 11 Describe the faith of the people you read about.
Key Words/Lesson Summary: United---There are so many things that divide us. Covid and the recent pandemic exemplify this. But even prior to this...even the church has dealt with division. What can we agree upon? Let's start there!!! Focus today on being united as a team, as a family, as a Christian family. Some additional questions to ponder with your kids: What things separate/divide us? What do we believe as Christians?
PARENTS: What do you believe? How are you teaching this to your kids?
Knowing what we believe helps us stay on the same team.
1)Have you ever been on a team before? There are all kinds of teams you can be part of, like maybe an athletic team like soccer, or a music team in a band, or a school team for a group project. Even when people grow up they are still doing things as a team. The have a team at work, with their coworkers, and a team at home as parents. We all work together in teams at some time or another.And the most important part of working as a team is working together instead of on our own or against each other.
2)Now I have a hard question for you, so listen carefully and think about it for a minute. What about being on a team by yourself?Does that make any sense? Can you tell me what that could mean?Jesus spoke about this once and He described it as a house that is divided. It says in the Bible that sometimes our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. That means sometimes we do bad things even though we don’t want to do them. Jesus spoke about this once and He described it as a house that is divided.
3A)Read Mark 3:24-25
3B)Older kids--watch and discuss this video on Mark 3:20-35 (You can watch :16-4:03)
4)Build a house (out of blocks) All you to do is build a basic house with four walls.
5)So we have our house. So far everything seems ok, right? This is what it’s like when you work together as a team. With all four walls working together our house is standing strong.
6)But what happens when we want to work separately or against each other? Everyone pick a wall, and when I say “GO” I need you to pull the bottom block on your wall towards yourself. Ready? GO!
7)So how does our house look now? This is a house divided. This is what happens when we work against each other and ourselves, instead of working together. It just can’t work. A house divided cannot stand. It will always fall.
8)That’s why God tells us to listen to the spirit. If we do what is right, and what the spirit says we should do, our house can stand strong. But if we don’t listen, and just do whatever we want, our house will fall. And who wants to live in a fallen house? Not me! With the walls in a pile, and no roof over my head? No thanks! I want to live in a strong house, where I know I am safe.So let’s work together, with each other and ourselves, to do what is right, keep our house strong, and please God.
May 23 Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21)
Key Words/Lesson Summary: Pentecost/Fruit of the Spirit--The lesson this week is going to provide further discussion on the works of the Holy Spirit and assumes some knowledge from the May 9 lesson. (Feel free to scroll down to May 9 for a lesson on understanding the Holy Spirit, an integral part of Pentecost)
Key Words/Lesson Summary: Speak/Listen/Understand With Philip and the Ethiopian there are definitely two different points of view that can be processed. Phillip, with this new Holy Spirit, is listening and ready to speak boldly. If you read earlier in Acts 8, you see how God is working. Phillip is on the look-out. Are we on the look-out? On the opposite end, the Ethiopian reminds us of the need to be learning and hearing the scriptures. We need people to help explain to us what we are reading. We are meant to live in Christian community. Who are the people that are feeding us with God's Word (share as parents/teacher who is feeding you--just as you are feeding the kids/students). We need to learn, know and be living out God's Word so that we can go and share. With the weather getting nicer and more people around each other...now is a perfect time to take what we've been learning and GO
QUESTIONS TO PONDER/DISCUSS: How do we listen? How do we know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to and guiding us? How do we know what to say to others: Here are some guidelines for knowing if the Holy Spirit is speaking: Does it exalt Christ? (John 16:14) Is it scriptural? Scripture is our authority. God does not contradict himself. (Proverbs 30:5-6) Do other Christians confirm it? Share what you've heard and see if others heard something similar. (Proverbs 15:22 and 2018) Does it actually happen? (Isaiah 55:11, Deuteronomy 18:21-22)
Read: Acts 8:26-40 OR
Option 2 (Real Life)
Option 3 (Animated)
Option 4 (Kids tell story)
Key Words/Lesson Summary: Holy Spirit--Depending on the age and understanding of your kids, there are different depths to which the Holy Spirit can be taught. It may be connecting it to the wind (can't see but feel the effects) or as part of the Trinity (relate to the 3 states of water). It can be understanding what it does for us (Fruit of the spirit, helps us believe, gives us what we need to go and share the Gospel). An even further understanding is how, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit. Because of this our bodies are temples that should be loved and respected. In this weeks story..we see the beginning of the early church. The Gospel was shared boldly and confidently because of the spirit...and many came to believe. The "church" was more about community than a building. How does this challenge us today?
Option 2 (God's Story--tells story/teaches--includes Peter's speech)
Option 3 (More intentional with details/review--includes Peter's speech)
May 2 Matthias the Apostle (Acts 1:15-17,21-26)
Ultimately, we are all commisioned by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 to GO.
8)How did they choose? (Lots)
13)How can God use the gifts we've been given? Can God use gifts that we don't even know we have?