July 5, 2020
Parents, this lesson is simple to use. Just follow the instructions and have a great time with your kids at home worshipping God and learning from His Word together!
Lesson: Peace in the storm
Bible Passage: Mark 4:35-41
First watch this lesson video:
Discussion & Activities
Now it’s time to talk about the lesson together.
Let your interactions with your child help you determine what parts of this section to use. Use this as a time to talk, learn, pray and worship together.
These activities can also extend into the week.
1. Talk about the lesson
Have your family pretend they are the disciples coming ashore after Jesus calmed the stormy sea. Interview them by using the following questions…
- – How was the weather on your trip across the lake?
- – How did you feel during the storm?
- – What was Jesus doing during the storm?
- – How did you get the storm to stop?
Talk about what real peace means. Ask your child if they can give a definition in their own words.
- – Print this coloring page and while you color, take turns sharing things that might be troubling you.
- – Tell you kids that after coloring we’ll bring our worries to Jesus in prayer together.
- – On the back of the coloring page, have your kids write out the memory verse from John 14:27 –
“The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
2. Pray together
As you get ready to pray, ask, “Have all of us said yes to Jesus’ invitation to join His family and let Him be our King?” If anyone says no, and they would like to, pray together, encouraging them to talk with God in their own words, asking the Lord to forgive them and telling Jesus they want to follow Him.
Next, have everyone take turns sharing either something that is troubling them or a situation where they are struggling to have peace with another person. (They can write these down as well.)
Then, pray. You can assign a family member to read/pray each of the following parts:
- Thank God for the peace He provides. Use your own words or pray something like this: “Lord Jesus, You are the great Peace-Maker! You died so that we could be at peace with You. We can never thank you enough.”
- Pray for the specific worries and situations that were shared. Use your own words or pray something like this: “Lord we bring our worries and troubling situations to you like the disciples came to you on the storm-tossed boat. Please calm us with Your love. Please bring Your peace where there is trouble. We cannot have real peace without You. Thank you that when we are connected to You we can have your peace.”
- For this part, hold hands as a sign of willingness to be at peace with each other. Pray: “God, it’s so easy for us to fight for our own way. We worry about being right and we want to get back at people who hurt us. Help us to work for peace with the people around us starting here in our family. And when it feels difficult, help us remember that we are part of your family of peacemakers and that the Holy Spirit will help us. Help us, oh God, we pray.”
- Pray for the world: “God thank you for sending Jesus to bring peace. There are places in our world that aren’t peaceful right now. There are people who don’t have your peace. God, please help! And please help us see ways that we can bring Your peace to the world. Give us courage to listen to You and do what You ask us to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
To close, have everyone go around shaking hands and saying, “Peace be with you.”
Remember to follow up with your children’s prayer requests during the week. Encourage your children in the areas they are struggling and talk about ways to handle the situations they are in. Let God speak through you to your child this week as you share God’s wisdom and love with them.
3. Sing together
Singing is a way of putting our prayers to music. It’s also a way to encourage one another.
Here’s a fun one to help you learn the Fruit of the Spirit:
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