Sunday School April 5th
Kinder-Grade 4 are practicing "The Wondrous Mystery" by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Here is the accompaniment-version if you and your family want to sing along. Our choir director, Ms. Khrista Petrie, also added an additonal verse that your children have learned to keep the song Christ-centered for Easter:
The wondrous mystery, of boundless grace divine
The Son became the servant of us all
The fullness of our God, in frail humanity
Obedient to death upon a cross
Lifted to the highest place
Given the name above all names
That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow
Every power and every throne
Heaven above and earth below
Ev'ry tongue confessin Christ the Lord.
So on this Easter Day
Our grateful thanks we sing
To Jesus Christ who died that we might live
Salvation now is mine
Bought by Christ's blood divine
Praise God and praise our resurrected Lord!
Grades 5-8 are practicing "Across the Lands" by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Here is the PDF of the music as well as an accompaniment-version if you and your family want to sing along.
Lesson: Jesus Calms the Storm
Tell your child(ren) that today you are going to talk more about Jesus’ power. Point out that some of the most powerful things we see in the news right now can be very frightening. In our story today, Jesus disciples faced something terrifying. Listen and see if you can figure out what they did in times of trouble.
Click Here for the PDF of the story to read aloud with younger children. Grades 5-8, read aloud Mark 4: 35-41
Have children take turns. Ask Kinder-Grade 2 age children to remember one item they remember from the story; have older children retell as much as they can remember until the whole story has been retold.
1. How do we know this wasn't an ordinary storm?
(The disciples were experienced sailors, but this scared them. Their boat was filling with water, and they thought their boat was going to sink.)
2. What did the disciples do in time of trouble?
(They called to Jesus to help them.)
3. How did Jesus help?
(He spoke and the storm obeyed.)
4. Jesus has power over the wind and the waves. What did Jesus also show his power over when he died for ous sins and then rose from the dead?
(Sin, death, and the devil)
5. What does Jesus promise when you pray to him when you are sick or lonely or scared or have some other trouble? Can we trust his promises?
(That he hears our prayer and will be with us. Absolutely! If Jesus is strong enough to control the wind and the waves and is also strong enough to bear all our sins and defeat death, we are sure he is strong enough to help us with any other trouble, no matter how bad it seems.)
Re-enactment: Have kids develop sound effects by voice, music, materials (such as water), etc. Younger kids can bang pots and pans, wave a sheet of paper for wind, switch lights off and on for lighting, etc. Give older children time to create their sounds effects. Then, as you or another child read the text, have the kids perform the corresponding sound effects. Have kids stop when Jesus says the words: “Quiet, be still!”
Teach younger kids this corresponding rhyme: “Jesus, you stopped the wind and waves (hold out hands to stop). With your almighty power. (flex arm muscles) We know that you can help us too, (point up and then to self). Each and every hour. (pretend to point to watch) Amen."
Watch: Here is a cool claymation of the story.
Sing: There are really great songs that go along with this story. Here is a really simple one: "With Christ in the Vessel, I can Smile at the Storm." "I'm in the Same Boat as Jesus" is just a little bit more complex but fun to sing. To hear the melody click, here. The recording is a little choppy, but it will at least give you a feel for the rhythm.
“Praise Mobile/Praise Garland” Window Decoration: Comfort in the Storm
Kinder-Grade 4: God's Truth Olympics
Have kids sit on the floor. Have them jump up if the statement is true and run in place is the statement is false. Discuss. Older ages can also complete this activity without the jumping and running.
__(F)__ God promises Christians will have fewer “storms” in our lives
__(T)__ Jesus can help believers no matter what the “storms” in their lives may be.
__(F)__ Jesus will always take away the “storms” in believers’ lives
_(T)___ Jesus calms believers’ fears by always being with them.
_(T)___ Jesus calms believers’ troubled hearts even during life’s “storms.”
__(T)__ Jesus has almighty power to calm “storms” because he is God
All Ages Worksheet: Jesus Calms My Storms
A great worksheet to work through with your child. Help them write down/discuss their responses on what to do when they are frightened. Help them select a memory treasure verse (See verses link below) to write down and memorize.
Grade 5-8: Click here for the PDF of your Workbook to complete.
Grade 7/8: Grades 7/8 can either follow along with the lesson above, or they can work independently on their Ephesians Bible study. Their teacher, Mr. Jules Palaisy, is available to answer their questions. For Ephesians, they are focusing on the first half of Lesson 2 (questions 1-5). Today, we are thinking about how God chose you before the creation of the world. Take a look at this artwork by Full of Eyes. What biblical truths do you see depicted in this painting? Answer questions 1-5 in your workbook and then re-visit this painting. What additonal truths now come to light?
There is a saying that sometimes Jesus calms the storm (i.e, brings out the sun) and sometimes he calms his child (i.e, shelters us with his umbrella). Look through the attached Bible verses
, discuss God’s promises and how they give you comfort in your storms. Then, print or draw out the suns
from these templates. Copy or paste your bible verses to them. Decorate and attach them to a hanging stick or a ribbon. Click here
, to give you the basic idea
(scroll down the images to see the mobile and garland options) to make your own “Praise Mobile/Praise Garland” Window Decorations.
Read Aloud Together
This is our Easter memory work we are practicing through Easter:
" I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes--I and not another. How my heart yearns within me." (Job 19:25-27)
Close your family in prayer. Allow each child to write or say one prayer request. Encourage the children to request help for themselves or other people they know who are having troubles. Collect the slips and use them to guide you as you lead a prayer asking Jesus for help with the troubles noted. And then close in prayer:
"Dear Jesus, thank you for watching over us. You protect us from all danger, even terrible storms. Help us put our trust in you whenever we are afraid or in danger. We also pray Lord for....Amen."