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EC At-Home Kids Lesson 2

Edgewood Kids Church at Home! The following is an adapted, at-home kids church lesson. Share with people you know who might have kiddos at home and need materials for teaching! Enjoy this and share pics and videos on the NEW Facebook Group “Edgewood Church Community” so that we can see and celebrate what our kiddos made for their craft and how they handled their game! Settle in and Slow Down EC Kids Church always begins with the lighting of a candle—and a wrestling match for who gets to use the clicker-lighter. We do this as a way to represent God’s presence with us and as a reminder of one of our three themes: “God loves me and will never leave me.” As you settle down and get started you could: − Share prayer concerns, joys, fears, − Share how we have experienced God this week − Pray together Jesus Calms the Storm! Where in the Bible? Before reading the story, ask your kiddo(s): − Where do you think this story is found in the Bible? − Review a few ways the bible is organized: The bible is divided into 2 big sections we call the Old and New Testaments. It’s organized by 66 different writings we call “books.” − Review the first 5 books of the OT (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and NT (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts). − Have the kids find Mark. Show them how you look up the story in your own bible. Today’s Story: (Mark 4:35-41) After you read the story together: have the kiddos tell it back to you while you draw the scene out on a piece of paper. (They LOVE this and it keeps them engaged.) Who are the main characters? (The disciples, Jesus, the storm?) Where were they and what were they doing? (Out on a lake—remember there are fishermen in the boat who are used to being on water—rowing across during evening.) What upset them? (Huge storm with strong wind. Jesus was SLEEPING.) How did the story resolve? (Jesus woke up and said, “Hey storm, shhhhhh.”) Connecting Points & Questions: • Who are the main characters in our story today? (The disciples... Jesus... the storm?...) • Sometimes, scary things happen around us (like the storm scared the disciples). What can this story teach us about how to respond when we’re scared? (The disciples remembered that they had Jesus in their boat...they remembered that Jesus could help!...so, they asked Jesus for help...We can “go to” Jesus, too.) • How do we “go to” Jesus to ask for help? Where can we find Jesus? (Jesus can always hear us and Jesus can always help!...We can talk to Jesus just like we’re talking right now!...that’s called “prayer.” You can say anything and everything to Jesus...)


• What is our theme this year? (God is a Good King!) How does our theme relate to the story today? (Good Kings respond to their people...Good Kings pay attention and help!...) Practice Our Bible Verse! “Do not be worried or anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and petition present your requests to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) A fun way to memorize a verse: Write out the verse with blanks where memorable words would be. Example: “Do not be ______ about _____ but in everything, with _____ and...” Write the missing words on slips of paper and use them as a word bank. Ask: How do you think this verse connects to our story today? Craft – Jesus Calms the Storm Wind Sock!? You’ll need copy paper or notebook paper, and any of the following you can find: yarn, ribbon, glue, tape, markers, stickers, tissue paper, construction paper, etc. First: Let kiddos decorate their piece of paper however they want. This is the paper that will be the “body” of their wind sock when the project is finished. Attached you’ll find a page with “Even the Wind and the waves obey him!” If you have a printer, they can choose a font they like, cut it out and tape/glue it to their paper. OR, just write it! Second: Roll their paper into a tube and tape/glue the ends together. Thread yarn, or a rubber band, or any kind of string, or tape a “handle” made from paper at the top of the tube (this is how the windsock will hang). Affix them with tape or tie the two ends in a knot. Third: Glue or tape ribbon, streamers of tissue paper, yarn, or paper that has been decorated to the base of the tube. Hang it somewhere outside or by a vent inside so you can see the wind—it’s a reminder that Jesus can calm the storm! Game – Wind in the Willows! This is a trust game for a group of at 4 people. One person stands in the middle of the circle with their feet planted together and their arms folded across their chest, holding their shoulders. (This is actually an important detail. It’s where the trust part comes in—they might be tempted to flail, so reinforce this rule. “Keep your arms crossed!” “Keep your feet planted together!”) The rest of the group will stand in a tight circle around that person with their hands up and palms out at chest level. Their feet should be in a stance with one foot forward and one slightly


EC At-Home Kids Lesson 2

back so that they don’t fall off balance. It is important that all people in the circle stay close together with their hands up. See this clip: https://youtu.be/r4aKwjfNhoY To begin the “willow” in the middle says, “Ready?” and the circle responds “Ready.” At that point, the willow closes their eyes and leans back into the hands of the person behind them. That person gently pushes them back toward center, or to the side. Together, the circle of “wind” gently pushes the willow around in the circle. Once that willow has been in the wind awhile, ask for another willow volunteer. Materials Needed: paper, yarn, ribbon, glue, tape, markers, stickers, tissue paper— whatever you can find! Further Resources: For Game: https://youtu.be/r4aKwjfNhoY www.BibleGateway.com *Older Kids will follow the same Welcome Ritual, however, we will add the following routine for them before the candle is lit: 1. Get a Bible off the cart if you didn’t bring one with you. 2. Look at the board to see what Bible story we’re going to be reading and check for any special instructions from the teacher. 3. Sit down in a chair. 4. Follow special instructions and find today’s story in your Bible

“Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:41

“Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:41

“Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:41

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Jesus Calms the Storm ECK 3.29.20  

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