Dare to Make the Wise Choice: Speak Up

It has been awhile since I have shared one of the stories from the curriculum that I am writing. This story involves a lot of motions that help listeners pay attention and it is fun to see children interact with the story.

Jesus Calms the Storm

Matthew 8:23-27

Today’s story takes place in the New Testament (the second half of the Bible) and it is about one of the miracles that Jesus did while he was on earth.

This story is going to require some action from the listeners, when the story teller says certain words the listeners need to make motions and sounds to go along with each word.

Words Motions
Sleep/asleep Pretend to be asleep
Storm Move arms like wind

and make noise like a storm

Stop Stop all the motions

One day, Jesus had been teaching on the edge of a lake all day and when it came time for him and the disciples to leave they got on their boat to cross the lake. After speaking all day, Jesus was tired so when they got on the boat he laid down and fell asleep (let the listeners pretend to be asleep for a few seconds).

While Jesus was sleeping night came and so did a huge storm (let the listeners stomp their feet and wave their arms for a few seconds). The boat the disciples had probably was not a very stable one, it was probably made of wood. The storm caused the boat to shake because of the waves and wind, and water was getting in the boat. The disciples were scared that the storm was going to destroy their boat. When they went to Jesus to see what he thought, they found that he was sleeping. How could he sleep during a storm like this?

The disciples new that Jesus was tired from teaching all day but they were worried about the storm. They probably figured that if the storm did destroy the boat then it would be better for Jesus to not be sleeping. So they woke him up. Surely when they woke him up he asked them why they did that. When they told him that they woke him up because of the storm and they were scared, he asked them, “You of little faith, why are you afraid?”

Then Jesus stood up and rebuked the storm. He told the wind and the waves of the storm to stop. And they stopped.

Memory Verse for the Week:

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I originally wrote this curriculum for a day that I was planning on being a part of this past summer, for this post I chose to change parts that address the campers to be listeners because while it was originally for a camp, I intend to use it other situations.

This was one of the last stories that I got to teach at this camp before choosing to leave the camp I was a part of. The week I officially decided to leave the camp was easily one of the most discouraging weeks I have had in a long time. I had spent most of my senior year of college writing this curriculum for this camp and I felt uneasy about returning to the camp but I really wanted to see the curriculum that I wrote be used. But almost as soon as I got to the camp I felt unappreciated and unwanted there and ultimately knew that that was not where I needed to spend my summer.

The memory verse that I chose for this week of lesson was Joshua 1:9 which talks about how God has commanded us to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid or discouraged because no matter where we go or what happens God is with us. That was something I really needed to be reminded of that week.

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