Dear Brothers and Sisters,
During this time of social restrictions we encourage you to gather together in your homes as a family for worship time – either on Sundays or at any other time during the week. Please feel free to use these resources with your children to guide your Worship @ Home.
from St John’s Worship Team.
Kids @ Home – Jesus walks on the water
We all know that there are some things that we as humans just cannot do. We cannot fly, we
cannot walk on water and we cannot eat 4 litres of icecream without feeling really sick.
Can you think of some more things we can’t do?
The laws of physics govern much of this, and yet we have also heard it said that through God anything is possible. Jesus showed that he truly was God’s son that night on the lake when he defied gravity and walked across water. In fact, he also showed that with firm belief in God then any human, (in this case Peter), could do the same.
What super power would you like to have?
But Peter’s superpower failed him when he began to be afraid. When his trust in Jesus wavered, so did his sea legs. However Jesus did not let Peter drown. Instead He reached out His loving hand and pulled Peter to the safety of the boat. Then gently reminded him that there is no need to doubt, that all Peter needed to do was have faith.
Can you think of some times when you have been (or are) afraid?
When we are frightened it is easy to think we are all alone and have to deal with our fears by ourselves. But this story reminds us that all we have to do is trust in Jesus and he will protect and save us. He will always be there with an outstretched hand ready to catch us when we feel we are drowning.
Ask your parents about a time when they had to trust God even though they were afraid. Maybe you have an example to share too.
Trust fall: Practise trust with your family by taking it in turns to fall backwards (eyes closed, arms crossed firmly across your chest and keep your body stiff), while your family stand behind you and catch you before you hit the ground. Note how frightened you may be at first, but how glorious it is when you can fully trust them. (Older families might like to try this off a small step)
Trust walk: Set up a course and lead a blindfolded family member through it. (When you are leading remember that they are fully trusting you, so make sure you do a good job.)
Print out the following bookmark to colour, or write out the words. You might want to attach it to some cardboard. Place or stick it where you need to be reminded that Jesus is always there. This might be next to your bed, in your school diary or in the car.
Dear God, Thank you for sending your son Jesus to Earth to show us your amazing power. Help us to remember that you are always with us, even when we are frightened, ready to offer us your love. Grow our faith so that we might always trust in you. Amen.