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For Kids: Walking on Water | Lectionary 19 (Pentecost 11) | Year A

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed

Note: Today's lesson is based on Matthew 14:22-33 in the Lectionary readings.

Big Idea: Trust in God.

Story: "Walking on Water" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 294

Ask: (from the story) Would you have been more like James or Peter if you saw a person walking on top of water?

Lesson Video | Peter Walks on Water

Ask: How was Peter able to walk on the water? (Jesus helped him). Why did Peter start to sink when he was walking toward Jesus? (Peter stopped trusting in Jesus).

Can we see Jesus with our eyes? (No). Can we still trust Jesus with our hearts? (Yes!)

When we trust Jesus and keep focused on Him, He will help keep us walking toward Him. When we don't trust in Jesus, we forget that Jesus is right there to help us. Jesus is always ready to help us walk the path to Him - even if it seems impossible.

Song for Kids: I'm Trusting You

Activity Sheets or Play

After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).

End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.

(If you need more time)

  • Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.

  • Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.

Ending Song: The Lord's Prayer

Children's Printable Activity Sheets & Songs

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