Here are some suggestions of worship, teaching, questions and activities looking at Peter walking on water in Matthew 14:22-33.
This isn’t something you need to stick to, or complete in order or all at once but it is a plan that hopefully can help you to do Church At Home and look to Jesus together as a family. If you don’t normally do anything like this, do not worry! Just give it a go and you will be surprised with what your child comes out with. If this is something more familiar to you then go for it and add your own elements too!
Although a difficult time, this could also be an amazing time for you as a family to grow in faith together, to open up conversations and prayer with each other and to be surprised by all that God is doing in your child/children!
Make enough space around you so you can dance and sing your praises to God with this song! This is something you can do together to worship and be active at the same time.
Before you play the next song, look at the following verse together.
2 Timothy 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
- What do you think this means?
- Is there anything you are scared of?
- Are you scared of anything specific right now?
Talk about any fears you might have or write them down and ask God to help you to be brave.
God has given us a spirit that means we can choose how we act, how we treat others and how we think no matter what is going on around us.
Listen to/sing the next song – know that God is with you in everything, that he hasn’t given you a Spirit of fear and he will never leave you on your own.
Try and find somewhere your child can sit/lie comfortably while listening to the next song.
If your child isn’t one to sit still then they could dance around, watch the video, or draw a picture of God helping them to be brave while they listen to the words.
Watch this short video together. You can then use the questions below or come up with your own to talk about it with each other.
- Put the story in your own words – How would you tell it to someone else? (If you’re feeling creative you can act it out/use a duvet or rug as a boat and the floor is the water or even make a cartoon strip/drawing!) Please film and share any videos of the story being acted out, or share photos of the drawings!
- Do you think you would have stepped out on the water to Jesus?
- Why do you think Peter started to sink?
- What did Jesus want Peter to do?
- What does Jesus want us to do when we get scared?
- Is there anything God is saying to you from this story?
- Do you have any questions about it?
Origami boat – can you make one that floats? Grab a piece of A4 paper and follow the instructions on the video below.
Experiment – What floats? What sinks? (under supervision, then your phone doesn’t get tested!)
Need some ideas of objects? Check out this video.
Need to answer the question of why some things sink and why some things float? Check out this video.
Cut up strips of paper/card to start to create a prayer paper chain. Get each member of your family to join in!
On a strip of paper, each write down the name of someone that you can talk to when you feel scared. As well as God being there when we’re scared, he puts others around us to help us too! Add these names together by creating a paper chain with them. Spend some time thanking God for these people!
If you have any other ideas through the week of prayers, e.g things to thank God for, things to ask God for help with, things to say sorry to God for, people to pray for – add them to the paper chain!
If you want to finish with a song here’s another one about walking on water.