July 11 CALM

Lesson Title: Jesus Calms the Storm
Scripture: Mark 4: 35-41
Our theme is CALM

What’s happening in this story? 

 This story seems straightforward:  The disciples and Jesus get into a boat, and when a storm approaches, the disciples are scared and wake him up.  Jesus calms the storm and asks why they were afraid.  However, when we remember the waters of creation in Genesis and the windstorm at sea in the book of Jonah, Jesus’ stilling of the storm identifies him with the Creator of the universe.  At the end of the story, the disciples seem to be starting to get it too. 

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids can follow the disciples’ emotions: relaxed at first on the boat, frightened during the storm, relieved when Jesus calms the wind and waves.  Encourage kids to share times they’ve been afraid, and remind them over and over that Jesus – who is God! – is always with them during life’s troubles.  Jesus calmed the storm for the disciples.  How does he take care of them?  

Why this theme? 

Action, drama, and suspense.  This story is an opportunity both to honour kids’ fears and to help them see themselves safe in Jesus’ care.  
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.