Scripture: Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25
- Students will learn Jesus is watching over us even if it seems he is “asleep”.
- Students will learn Jesus wants us to have faith and trust in him.
- Students will learn nothing is impossible for God if it is His will.
- Students will learn about words that describe various types of weather.
Materials: Paper, drawing utensils, pictures or short video clips of different weather
Procedure: Review the story of Jesus Calms the Storm from the scriptures above. Emphasize that Jesus is always watching over us no matter what, just as He was watching over those on the boat. Even though the storm felt impossible for them, Jesus calmed the storm because He can do the “impossible” if is His will. Jesus can do the same in your life. When things feel impossible, it is important to always turn to God and rely on Him because if it is in His will, He will make the impossible possible. Ask the students to share times when something has felt impossible and they had to rely on God to get through it.
Introduce the activity. Explain that the disciples were facing what we call severe weather. This kind of weather can be strong and sometimes cause damage. Have students tell you different types of severe weather that they can think of and what kind of damage it causes. Support students as needed. Take the students outside with you and have them draw and describe the weather outside. When you come back in, have the students compare drawings and pictures. Show students pictures or short clips of different kinds of weather while teaching words used to describe the weather.
Supplemental Activity: Have students pretend to be meteorologists and predict the weather for different parts of the United States during a certain season.