1. Walking on Water--Set up a walking
path made of bricks or books from one side of the room to the
other. Have kids walk across the path without touching the ground.
Then remove the bricks or books from one end of the path and
replace them with upside-down, empty tissue boxes. Ask kids if they
think they can still walk across the path without falling or
touching the ground. Have volunteers attempt to walk across the
path. When they get to the tissue boxes, they'll start to fall or
squish the boxes. Be prepared to help kids so they don't hurt
After everyone has had a turn walking across the bricks and boxes,
read aloud the story of Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14:25-33.
*Ask: "How did you feel when you first started to squish
the boxes? How is that like how Peter might've felt when walking on
the water? Why did Peter begin to sink? How can we increase our
faith in Jesus?"
2. Craft: Faith Reminder--Give kids each
small corks, toothpicks, and white first-aid tape. Have kids each
create a floating faith reminder. Their creations can look however
they want them to. Have kids write "Have faith" on their piece of
tape and attach the tape to a toothpick to create a flag. Then have
kids each connect corks and toothpicks and attach their flag to
Challenge kids to ask God to help them grow in their faith when
they look at their floating faith-reminders.
Allergy Alert: Some children have food allergies that can be
dangerous. Know your children, and consult with parents about
allergies their children may have.
3. Snack: Food for Thought--You'll
need: 1 1/8 cups peanut butter, 3 1/4 cups powdered milk, 1/2 cup
brown sugar, 1 cup granola, spoons, and a large bowl.
Read aloud Matthew 16:13-19. Then tell children to make
Peter "rocks." Have kids mix together the ingredients and shape the
mixture into 1-inch rocks. As children eat, ask them to tell the
meaning of their name if they know it.
GRADES 4-6: The Bible Adventures of the Apostle
Contributor: Stephen Parolini
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