Captain Munch Goes Sailing Worship no 1
Captain Munch Series of Worship Lessons
“Captain Munch Goes Sailing”
Suggestions for Decorations
Rope, boat prop, inner tubes, life jackets, net, fishing pole, small pool, pictures of boats, sailor hats for workers, blue or yellow jackets or vest for workers, inflatable water objects (whales), sand in small containers, shells, binoculars.
Announcer (silly hat and horn), Captain Munch (sailor hat and white vest), Berry Muffin (Blue and white Polka dot vest and hat), Raspberry Raul (Red polka dot hat and vest), and Sailor Lynch (Sailor hat and carries a toy fishing pole). You can have the teens do the opening or use adults.
Game Prop for “Treasure from the Word” Bible Memory
Boxes of Captain Crunch cereal, a treasure box, treasures (marbles or small plastic sea animals, or shells. Instructions: The cereal is all dumped inside the treasure box. Place the small prizes in the cereal. The kids will sift through the cereal to redeem a prize.
Large patchwork quilt made from material or paper.
Game Prop for “Golden Instructions from the Word” Lessons
Put a small amount of sand enough to cover the bottom of a small pool and place coins in the sand. Kids will use this to catch a coin with their feet. You can buy some cool coins at a dollar store. I found some at the dollar tree that were large gold coins.
Music: High Seas Expedition Sing & Play Splash Music DVD (Group) can be ordered from: churchpartner.com. Use music at beginning and end of sessions.
Lesson One suggestions and helps for the teacher
Suggestions for the Teacher:
Scripture Reading for Study: Matthew 14:22-33
Memory Verse: Matthew 14:27 “But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (NIV)
Snack Idea: Lime Floats (lemon lime pop with a dip of sherbet) with blueberry muffins
Craft Idea: Sailboat http://www.activitytv.com/688-tin-foil-boat watch for instructions on how to make this simple sailboat. Supplies needed: clay, construction paper, glue, markers, kabob sticks, an old used aluminum pie pan with work to set the sailboat in. Extra coloring sheets provided if needed.
Now Let’s Begin!
Announcer: Ahoy, All Aboard. This ship will be leaving in five minutes and all must be aboard! Quickly, all aboard! Ship Ahoy! (All kids must be seated. You may have them all put on their paper sailor hat and get real quiet)
(Blows horn)…..Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal aboarrrrrrrrrrrrrd! All aboard! (Blows horn again! (Exits)
Captain Munch: What on earth is all that about?
Berry Muffin: (Muffled) “I don’t know!” (Eating her muffin apparently really enjoying it, too)
Captain Munch: We must set sail. This weather looks good now, but I hope it stays that way.
Berry Muffin: Do I have time to finish my muffin?
Captain Munch: How many did you bring (indicating the sack of muffins Berry Muffin is holding)
Berry Muffin: Oh, a dozen or so….I thought it would be a long trip, and I wanted to make sure I would have enough for the whole time.
Captain Munch: We are going out for only a couple days. The weather will only hold out for that long I fear. Fox News did not sound too optimistic on the forecast this morning.
Captain Munch: Where is that Sailor Lynch, he has yet to check the sails for me.
(Raspberry Raul enters singing: select a tune the kids will know)
Raspberry Raul: Why does everybody look so glum? The sun is shining and not a cloud in the sky. The water is a cool as a cucumber.
Captain Munch: How do you know that? Have you tried walking on it or something?
Raspberry Raul: Now that you mention it, that may be an idea to try. Of course, on an inner tube.
Berry Muffin: Try a surf board.
Captain Munch: Where is that Sailor Lynch? We haven’t got all morning!
(Sailor Lynch enters all tangled in string from his fishing pole)
Captain Munch: What in thunder have you got into this time?
Sailor Lynch: I caught a big one! (Hold out fish)
Captain Munch: I’d say a big one! What are you going to do with it?
Sailor Lynch: Eat it…..after I clean it.
Raspberry Raul: Sounds like a good breakfast. What about you, Berry Muffin?
Berry Muffin: (With a muffin in her mouth mumbles) Sure…..I’d like some fish for breakfast!
Captain Munch: Let’s get you out of that string mess and we can put that fish in this bucket. You need to get busy on the sails so we can depart.
(Others work to remove string while Berry Muffin eats her muffins on the side)
Captain Munch: Ready crew? Let sail!
Announcer: Ahoy, All Aboard. This ship is leaving and all must be aboard! Quickly, all aboard! Ship Ahoy! (Blows horn)…..Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal aboarrrrrrrrrrrrrd! All aboard! (Blows horn again! All exit)
SMALL GROUPS (This is 4 groups that will rotate. The Times can be adjusted to meet your needs. You can use them as an extension of either the Children’s Worship or Sunday school)
Golden Instructions from the Word Station (30 minutes)
“Jesus Walk on the Water” Bible Lesson
Instructions: Provide a large piece of blue material on the floor. Have the kids sit around this water.
How many of you have been in a boat before on the water? (You can share a personal story of yourself here). One time, my family decided to go canoeing. It was not very fun at all! I was afraid we were going to turn over and was quite miserable. Because of my misery, I did not make it much fun for my family. Maybe, if we had taken time to pray, we would have had a nicer time. What do you think? (Allow them to share)
One day, Jesus decided to take some time to pray. He told his disciples to get into a boat and go out in to the water and cross to the others side of the lake.
Then, Jesus went to pray. (Fold hands in prayer)
While Jesus was praying, the disciples rowed and tried very hard to get the boat to the other side, but they were having a difficult time. The wind was so hard and fierce. The waves were hugh and scary. The disciples did not know what to do. No matter what they did, the boat would not row to the other side fast enough. The wind prevented this, working against their rowing.
Jesus had finished praying and went to see his friend. Now, we know that Jesus knew all along what was happening, and now he came to help them out. Jesus started walking on the water. That is right! He walked right on top of the water, and did not even sink. When the disciples saw him, they cried out “It’s a ghost!” Jesus saw their fear and knew they were really frightened so he told them in a calm voice “Don’t be afraid! It is me – Jesus. Now Peter found it difficult to believe that it was really Jesus walking on the water. So he said, “Jesus if it is really you, then tell me to walk on the water, too.” Jesus said to Peter, “Come on out, Peter and walk on the water.”
Peter very carefully and cautiously stepped out of the boat and started walking toward Jesus. Now remember the wind was fierce, and the waves were high. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began looking arodun him, he became afraid and began to sink. “Help, Jesus save me!” he cried.
Jesus simply held out his hand and took Peter bringing him safely inside the boat. When they go into the boat, the wind and waves became calm. All the disciples were amazed at all this and said, “This must be Jesus, the Son of God.”
Jesus is an amazing person in our lives. When we pray and trust Him, he will help us in everything we do no matter how big it may seem to us. He will hold our hands and walk with us through whatever we face in life. We are not alone. He will give us peace through all the storms of life that we may face.
Retell the story having the kids act out the parts. Assign the parts of Jesus, Peter, and a few disciples if you have enough kids to do this. If not, assign only a part for Jesus and Peter. Read the story as they act out the parts. Provide costumes if available.
Questions for Discussion
- In what ways will Jesus help us when we are afraid?
- What at some things that we can pray about for God’s help in our lives?
- How does God give us His peace? (A good time to share the ABC salvation message. A – Admit you are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness B – believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins C – confess your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you). This treasure in knowing Jesus will help us to live and grow to be more like him every day.
Allow all the children to find a golden coin in the sand box to take with them as a reminder of the treasure that we find in knowing Jesus as our personal Savior. They are to find this with their bare toes (no hands allowed) Watch the fun!
Treasure from the Word Station (30 minutes) (Scripture Memorization)
Matthew 14:27 “But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (NIV)
Read the verse together. Give each child a copy to take home. Play the following jeopardy game. See below for a copy to send home with them.
Instructions: Place a large quilt (small blanket size) that is made in 8.5 X 11 square pieces on the wall. Tape to each material square a sheet of paper that will say at random these words on the back side that the kids cannot see: Treasures, Captain, or Berry Muffin. Allow the kids one at a time to select a square and turn it over. If it says memory verse, they must say the verse. If it says one of the other words, they put it back on the quilt. If they say the memory verse correctly, they get to fish through the treasure chest and find a prize to take home. You can keep the same squares to use over weekly. You may want to add all characters in the theme eventually.
Sea Snack Station (30 minutes) – see suggestion above for snack time
Provide napkins, sherbet, cups, spoons, lemon lime pop and muffins. Allow the kids to serve themselves.
Craft Fun Station (30 minutes) – see web site for video instructions for the sailboat
Make a ball using clay dough. Put a kabob stick in the dough. Allow to harden. Using construction paper cut out a sail and add to the kabob stick. Set the hardened dough or play dough inside of an aluminum pan using glue to hold it in place.
Set sail for adventure with this craft. Visit the ATV garage and learn how to make a boat from tin foil.
Orange poster board
Tin foil tray
Air dry clay
REMEMBER THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS WORK UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION. SOMETIMES WE USE THINGS THAT CAN BE HARMFUL, LIKE SCISSORS, SO DON'T EVER ATTEMPT TO MAKE THESE CRAFT PROJECTS ALONE.
- Mold your air dry clay into a small, even ball.
- Take your wooden skewer (your mast) and insert the flat end into the top of your clay ball. Press your ball into a pyramid shape around the skewer so that it will sit flatly in the bottom of your boat while holding the skewer in place. Set it aside to dry.
- To make a sail, take your orange poster board and fold it in half to make two small rectangles. Cut the poster in two along the fold and use a ruler to draw two lines from the bottom corners of the rectangle to the top center to make a triangle shape. Cut out this shape.
- Decorate your sail however you want using markers.
- Take your skewer and poke it through your sail about ½ and inch from the bottom in the center. Slide the sail down the skewer and then poke it back through the sail at the top point.
- With the sail and mast now in place, glue your clay base into the center of your tin foil tray. Let it dry for 1 to 2 hours. Then you’ll be ready to set sail! http://www.activitytv.com/688-tin-foil-boat
see my scribd web page here for additional material for this theme: http://www.scribd.com/pastorjeannemc/collections