Next week we will be holding a ‘drop in session’ 10am – 2pm in the Diocesan Office on Monday 10th July for you to come and find out more about Summer Salt, to book help to run it in your area, to access some resources and to ask questions.
Have a look at the rest of our sessions 2-6 and then come along next week to find out more!
SESSION 2 – Healing the paralytic
STORY – Lion Storyteller Bible version
- Blanket Relay: Give each team a blanket to carry a similar item from the start to finish line without dropping the item. If the item drops to the ground, the team must stop and go back to the starting line with the item to be carried, and start over.
- Parachute game – It’s a miracle! Choose two children to go into the middle of the parachute high 5 each other and say ‘It’s a miracle’ once they have been chosen the other children lift up the parachute to make a mushroom shape and then pull it down in order to trap those running underneath
Colour in the template of the man and create a stretcher using lolly sticks for him to lie on
REFLECTION – Using pebbles, think about things which we carry with us, things we struggle with. Write on or decorate the pebble and in a creative way e.g. dropping the pebble into water, or putting it into sand, symbolically ask God to help you carry that heavy load.
SESSION 3 – Walking on water
STORY – You will need; A large washing-up bowl containing water; several items to float in it, such as a toy boat, corks, feathers plus a few heavier things – toy bricks, cutlery that will sink; plastic sheeting; aprons.
What you do
Place the bowl where everyone can see what is happening. Protect surfaces with plastic sheeting, and clothing with plastic aprons. Show the children one object at a time. Ask them to guess what they think will happen when it is put in the water. Will it float or sink to the bottom? Test each item. Encourage the children to clap and cheer if they guess correctly.
Explain that today’s story is about something amazing that Jesus did. His friends couldn’t believe their eyes. When people see something amazing they often cheer or shout. Tell the group to listen for the word ‘amazing’ in this story and, whenever they hear it, to clap three times and shout: ‘Wow!’ Have a quick practice first.
Jesus was very tired. It had been a busy day. Everywhere he went, crowds of people followed him. People who were ill asked Jesus to make them better – so he did. Jesus was an amazing person. He could do some amazing things – things no one else could do. Today, he had made five bread rolls and two tiny fish into enough food to feed lots of hungry people. That was really amazing! But now the crowds had gone home, Jesus wanted to be quiet. He wanted to talk to God. ‘You get into a boat and go to the other side of the lake,’ he told his friends. ‘I’ll see you later.’ A strong wind was blowing. It was hard work rowing. (Mime.) The boat was moving slowly and there was still a long way to go. Jesus’ friends were getting tired. Then they looked up. Jesus was coming across the lake, but he wasn’t in a boat, and he wasn’t swimming. Jesus was walking across the water to their boat. His friends couldn’t believe their eyes. How amazing! People swim in water but the friends had never seen anyone walk on top of it. They knew then that Jesus must be a really amazing person. But he is more than just a ‘person’. He is God’s Son. Amazing!
- Water Ring Relay: Divide the children into two teams. The teams will take turns running to the far side of the room and putting on a swim ring and run back to their team. The next player will be handed the swim ring and will put it on and then run to the far side of the room and take the swim ring off and run back to their team, where the next player will run to put on the swim ring and continue to play until all the players have run.
- Use a blue cloth to do the ‘river trick’ in front of a line marked out on the floor using tape. Ask each child to walk along the line. They can do this using different equipment e.g. stilt walkers if you have them to make it more difficult.
Draw around your feet and add them to a large piece of card which you can decorate with tissue paper to look like water. You might like to add words to your ‘feet’ or decorate them in different colours.
REFLECTION – Give each child a square sheet of paper. Help them to fold each corner into the centre to make four triangles meeting in the middle. (Fold the sheet in half twice first to get a centre point.) Encourage everyone to open the flaps out and draw or write (with an adult’s help) their response to the story. This might be a picture, some sparkly stars or just the child’s own choice of mark-making. Get everyone to fold the flaps shut. Gather around the bowl of water. Put all the folded papers gently on the water. Pray with the children: Jesus you can walk on water. We think you are amazing! Encourage the children to clap and shout ‘Wow!’ as they did in the story.
SESSION 4 – Turning water into wine
Read all about it! Read all about it!
“Wedding guest turns water into wine.”
Hmmm…That sounds interesting. Let’s read the rest of the story!
On Tuesday, a woman named Mary was in Cana to attend a wedding. A large number of guests, including her son, a man named Jesus, also attended the wedding. Guests at the wedding were reportedly having a good time until the host ran out of wine. At that point, it seemed that the happy celebration might turn into a disaster.
Some of the wedding guests thought that perhaps Jesus might have a solution to the problem, so they reported to him that they were out of wine. When told about the problem, Jesus at first seemed unwilling to do anything, but after some encouragement from his mother, he finally agreed to help.
Eye witnesses at the wedding reported that Jesus noticed several large water jars nearby and instructed some servants to fill them with water. After the jars had been filled with water, he told them to dip some of the water out of the jars and take it to the man who was in charge of serving the wine. When the wine steward tasted the water, he discovered that the water had been turned into wine.
Wedding guests were amazed at the turn of events and said that the wine was the best that they had ever tasted.
As a result of this miraculous event, many people are following Jesus everywhere he goes, and many believe that he might even be the long-awaited Messiah.
- Water Jug Relay: Divide the children into teams and give each team a large bowl of water, a spoon, and a pot. Set a timer for the amount of time you want the game to last. Each team player will take a turn in spooning some water into the pot and then take the spoon back to the next player who will then go and spoon water into the pot. Continue until the timer runs out. The team with the most water in their pot is the winner! You could also have the pot filled with some blackcurrant squash at the bottom (hidden behind some tape around the bottom) then as it fills with water it will become red.
- Parachute game – Bounce off – water drops and wine drops are placed on the parachute and each team has to try and keep their shapes on but bounce the other team’s shapes off the parachute.
Decorate a plastic wine glass with blue tissue paper, with strips of red tissue paper coming out of it
This story shows us that God gives us good things. Think about somebody you would like to make smile, or we might say ‘bless’, by giving them something good, then write their name on a small craft box. Fill the box with sweets or goodies and take it to give to that special person. You might like to write ‘God gives us good things’ on the bottom.
SESSION 5 – Calming the storm
When the words in bold are mentioned there are actions/words/responses to be made by the children
Disciples – count to 12 really quickly Boat – pretend to row the boat Waves – make shapes of waves with your arms Wind -blow and make stormy noises.
The disciples were just exhausted. All day crowds and crowds of people had been following Jesus, listening as he taught and watching as he healed the sick. Now the sun was beginning to set over the Sea of Galilee. Seeing how tired his disciples were, Jesus said, “Let’s get in a boat and go over to the other side of the lake.” It would be good for all of them to get away from the crowds for a while. The disciples rowed away from the shore while Jesus went to the front of the boat and lay down on a cushion. The waves lapped gently against the side of the boat, lulling Jesus into a peaceful sleep.But suddenly a wind began to blow dark clouds across the sky. The waves weren’t so gentle anymore. The little boat began to pitch and rock.
The disciples began to get a little worried. But Jesus still lay sleeping in the front of the boat.Then the wind grew stronger still. The spray from the waves got the disciples all wet. This was getting to be a bad storm! But Jesus still lay sleeping in the front of the boat.By the time the fishing boat reached the center of the lake, the wind had turned into an angry gale that whipped the waves so high they washed right over the boat. The disciples were terrified. They thought they might drown. But Jesus still lay sleeping in the front of the boat.
Finally, someone went and shook Jesus. “Master,” he cried, “don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus looked around. He listened to the howling wind. He felt the cold, stinging spray as waves crashed over the little boat. He saw the fear in the faces of his disciples. Then Jesus stood, stretched out his arms to the wind and the waves, and commanded: “Peace! Be still!” And all at once the wind died down and the waves became completely calm. Then he asked the disciples: “Why are you so afraid? Where is your faith?”
Jesus showed his power over the wind and the waves that day on the Sea of Galilee. Just as he cared for his disciples in that little storm-tossed boat, he will care for you
- Parachute game – Divide all players into groups by going around the circle and naming them either wind, waves, boat or storm. The player who is ‘in’, calls the name of a group e.g. Water, everyone who is that name must get up quickly and change places. Players who are not Water remain seated. The person in the middle can also call ‘Miracle’ and everyone who is seated has to change spots. The game can finish whenever you like
- Treasure hunt to find the Bible verse ‘even the wind and the waves obey him’ written on laminated ‘waves’
Make a ‘windsock’ out of a tube and add string with thunder clouds and lightning on. The rainbow on the tube reminds us of God’s promise to Noah and that Jesus calmed the storm.
Bubble prayers – blowing bubbles and watching the wind take them away. Jesus takes our prayers and our worries just like bubbles on the wind.
SESSION 6 – Breakfast on the beach – Jesus appears to his disciples after rising from the dead
Several of Jesus’ disciples were gathered beside the Sea of Galilee. The group included Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, and James and John, the sons of Zebedee. This was some time after Jesus had died on the cross. How might his friends have been feeling?
Suddenly, Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
“We’ll come too,” the others said. So they got in the boat and they fished all night, but caught nothing.” How might they be feeling now?
As the sun came up, they saw someone was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t make out who it was. The person called out to them, “Have you caught any fish?”
“Not a thing,” the disciples called back.
“Throw your nets on the right-hand side of the boat and you’ll catch some!” – now what do you think they were feeling or thinking?
Did they do it? Yes they did! Did they catch any fish? They caught so many fish that they couldn’t even pull the net into the boat! Wow – how might their feelings have changed now?
Then one of the disciples realised, “It’s the Lord!” he said. When Peter heard that, he jumped into the water and headed for shore. The others stayed with the boat and dragged the loaded net to the shore. When they got there, they found Jesus cooking breakfast — fish over a charcoal fire and some bread.
“Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. Peter dragged the net to the shore and there were 153 large fish. “Now, come and have some breakfast,” Jesus said. Then Jesus served them fish and bread
- Mummy unravel – wrap up some children in toilet paper (leaving space for eyes and mouth!) and have them race to see who can get out of it all first
- Have the children stand in a line facing the leader. When the leader says: Fish— the children jump forward one time with their feet together. Net— the children will jump backward with their feet together. Breakfast— the children jump up and down staying in place. Randomly say all three words. Continue as time allows. This activity will introduce the idea of water and waves from the story they will hear today.
Using a split pin decorate an egg with a hidden cross behind it
Using a fishing net ask the children to place into the net words or pictures they have written/drawn about their hopes and dreams. Jesus’ friends never thought they would see him again and yet they had breakfast together on the beach.