What’s today about?
Who likes doing new things? How did you feel?
In our story today Peter sees Jesus walking on water! He wants to go out to meet him but he has never walked on water before. He needed faith that God would be with him and that he could do it. Faith is trusting in something. We can have faith in lots of things that both big and small like faith our shoes are where we left them or faith that the sun will rise. We can have big faith that God is there and loves us.
We’re going to hear from the Bible, pray, explore what it means to us, and have a song as well.
Hearing from the bible!
Let’s listen to this bible story:
You can find that story in the bible in: Matt 14 22-33
Questions? Choose one of the following questions.
What parts of the story were your favourites?
What were the most important parts?
What helps you do something new?
What do you have faith in?
Glass of water
Paper small piece big enough to fit in the glass
Something heavy like a rock
What to do:
Write on the paper something you hope for.
Hold your rock or heavy object and think about something that worries us.
Then drop the stone in the water think about how Peter sank but god picked him up. PRAY: Jesus help pick us up when we feel like we are sinking Amen
Float the paper on water and think about how god made Jesus and Peter be able to walk on water.
PRAY: Jesus help us have faith that you are with us with all our hopes Amen
Responding to the story:
Have a go at the activity to help think about the story:
Craft – Door hangers
Peter had never walked on water before it was new he needs to trust that Jesus would help him. We maybe going to do new things back to school, starting a new hobby or going somewhere new. We can trust that Jesus is with us when we do new things and can help us but we need to start them! Make a door hanger and hang it on your door to remind yourself that we can “step out” to any new thing because god is with us.
Things Needed door hangers:
What to do:
You can draw or print off this template:
Cut it out
Write on it:Do not be afraid Get out the boat
Decorate however you like
Hang it on a door to remember to try new things and god is with you!
Game – Will it sink
How do you think Jesus managed to walk on water? Simple god is powerful enough that even people can walk on water. In this game we think about which things float or not. If god is powerful enough to help someone walk on water what can he help us with today?
Things Needed for the game:
- Bowl of water
- A section of 6 things to see if they sink. (ask a parent!) they can be difficult or hard e.g. a wooden spoon and a metal one or a rock and a rubber duck.
What to do:
- Put the bucket of water on the table
- Gather your things together
- Put the things in two piles what you think will sink or float
- Test each item to see if you where right!
- Think about how powerful god must be to be able to make a heavy person walk on water!
Think: Do you enjoy doing new things? Why do you feel that way?
Every move I make.