Year 01/Lesson 12: Jesus Calms the Sea


What You'll Need: scriptures, Gospel Art Kit picture#214, Supplies needed for Activity of choice, ingredients for treat .

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Scripture: Matthew 8: 23-27 - And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! .

Opening Song: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (PCS #57 )

Show picture of Jesus Calming the Sea and tell the following story.

Jesus and His disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, and Jesus fell asleep. The wind began to blow very hard, and the waves were filling the boat with water. The disciples were afraid that it would sink. They woke Jesus and asked Him to help. The Savior stood up and commanded the wind to stop blowing and the waves to go down. The wind stopped blowing, and the sea became calm. Jesus asked the disciples why they were afraid. He said that they should have more faith. They were afraid, but Jesus made them safe. We can also be safe in His care.

Bear your testimony about a time when you felt scared or alone and you were comforted by the Holy Ghost or relied on your faith in Christ.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.

Option 1: Tempest in a Bottle

What you need:
- Empty plastic bottle with a lid
- Baby oil
- Water
- Blue food coloring
- Small star fish, shells and other sea creatures and glitter
- Hot glue (get an adult to help with hot glue)

1. Wash and dry bottle and remove all labels.
2. Fill bottle halfway with tap water.
3. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl around to mix.
4. Add a little glitter and any other sea creatures/shells you want.
5. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with oil.
6. Make sure the rim and cap are dry, then apply hot glue around the rim. Seal cap.
7. Turn the bottle on it’s side and gently rock the bottle to create your very own waves! Talk about the tempest on the sea of Galilee and how Jesus instantly calmed the sea.

Option 2: Coloring Page
Click to download the following coloring page.

Treat: Boats on a Jello Sea

What You'll Need:
- 1 pkg. blue jello (Berry Blue flavor)
- 8x8" or 9x13" pan (depending on the size of Jello box you need)
- a bowl for each family member
- downloaded printed boats (click here to download) Each page make six boats.
- glue stick or tape
- scissors

- Make jello per package directions, pouring into a pan.
- When chilled, cut up jello with a spoon until it is in many lumps.
- Put a serving into each bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Print boats onto white paper. Cut around grey box.

- Fold along top edge so there is a boat on each side.
- Fold tabs under and lay one tab on top of the other, using glue stick or tape to secure.
- When ready to serve, place a boat on top of each serving of jello. Have family member jiggle their jello bowls until the boat tips over to simulate sharp waves.

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8 Way Righteous Comments:

samwilvan said...

The hymn that we know which goes along with this bible story is one of my favourites and teaches an excellent lesson on how we can rely on the Saviour at all times. Thank you for making it easier to share with the kids (esp. the object lessons!).

Michelle said...

Once again great lesson. Hopefully I can get pic's of it tonight and send on to you.
Thanks again for doing this!


stevie kay said...

Thank you for sharing!

Jamie said...

Thank you for this lesson!! It could not have come at a better time in our family. I am very grateful to you for doing this.

I wrote about it on my blog and I hope more people are able to find you because it really has helped our family!! .

Thank you again!!

Kyndra D said...

Thank you so much! This is absolutely great for our family! I'm going to start hunting around for little things to put into our bottles (that would be my kids' favorite part). Thanks for making life a little bit easier for a mom of 4 who is trying to finish school :)

Anonymous said...

I love your simple plans that are still deep with meaning. They can be built upon for older children or left "as is." I love the options for activities, especially that this lesson's snack could be an activity too!
Thank you MUCHO! And thanks for a year's worth of lessons! Phew!

Courtney said...

LOVE this! Thank you so much for all your hard work! Right now we are counting down the weeks until my husband gets home from the military and have started doing FHE to count down! This is my favorite resource because your ideas are so perfect for my 2 year old! Thank you so so much!

Tana said...

I'm loving your site! thank you so much for putting it together. perfect lessons for my family with little ones

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