Past Sessions

On this page you will be able to find all of our previous sessions for doing your own Sparklers group at home. You can find all of the sessions below.


This week's session is... God is With Me!

This week's session looks at the calming of the sea, a time when the disciples were very fearful. It would be good to remind your family that you are not afraid because Jesus is with you and he can calm the storm on the inside and the outside.

 

Before you start...

This week I read somewhere that children will not remember what they learned or what they did during this time of social isolation but they will remember how home felt. I found this statement to be a great challenge as we look to create an environment of peace and grace around our children. If you are fearful about something particular in this time take a moment as you start to think about your time with your children this weekend and pray about that issue. Remind yourself that you are perfectly loved by God and that perfect love drives out fear. Remind yourself and your family that God's love is perfect and will never fail.

 

Warming Up: Taste It Now

You will need: Several washed tin cans each containing a hidden food, spoons, baby wipes, removed labels from pet food or bean tins.

Before the session choose some food, cut it up and put each into a separate empty can. Mix different foods together – for instance, put food colouring in natural yogurt and add chocolate drops and cut up fruit; make a lemon jelly and add cut up pieces of mars bar, mix cold sausage in baked bean juice. Each food should be tasty!

Glue or sellotape a label from a pet food tin round each tin of food – or use labels from tinned foods that the children would not be expected to like – mushy peas, haricot beans and so forth.

Now ask everyone would they like to come and taste the food in the tin? Ask someone to choose a tin and feed them a spoonful. Then ask if they would like to choose a different tin – you should find that they will choose more tins as they have tasted the food and survived!

Ask if anyone was nervous about trying the food? Why? Did they trust you to give them something nice or were they worried that you might give them something disgusting? If they think about it they should know that you wouldn’t do anything that would really hurt them or make them feel ill. What made them decide to be brave and try the food? What stopped them being scared?

The Point: To put the children in a situation where they might be a little scared and to talk about this. 

 

Teaching Time: Storm at Sea Game

You will need: A large sheet or a parachute, a piece of card to represent the boat.

Sit around the parachute or bed sheet and ask everyone to hold onto the edges so that they can agitate them when necessary.

Choose someone from your family to be Jesus and get them to lie down on the floor near the sheet. 

Tell the story:
It had been a long day and Jesus was tired. His disciples took him on a boat and they sailed across the sea of Galilee. It was a beautiful evening and the sea was calm. (Ask the children holding the parachute to wave it gently.)

Suddenly there was a terrible storm! Rain fell down, wind roared and the sea became rough! (Lift the parachute so that big waves go across it.) The storm got worse and worse and the disciples became really scared that they would be drowned! (Make the parachute rougher) But Jesus was asleep, tired out.

The disciples woke Jesus up. “Don’t you care that we are going to drown?” they asked. Jesus rubbed his eyes and sat up. He looked at the storm and held out his hand. “Be quiet!” he said to the storm, and at once the storm stopped – the sea became calm, the wind and rain stopped. (Make the parachute still). “Why were you so afraid?” Jesus asked his disciples. “Didn’t you know I would keep you safe?”

Make the point that Jesus has the power to keep us safe even when we feel scared. He is more powerful that anything or anyone else.

The Point: To see that Jesus can keep us safe when we are afraid of situations.

 

Craft Ideas: Stormy Sea

You will need: A paper plate, a straw and a butterfly clip (split pin) for everyone, scissors, glue, sellotape, tissue paper, normal paper.

Before the session cut the paper plates in half. Give everyone two halves of a paper plate. Explain that you are going to make one half into the sea and the other half into a boat.

To make the sea: glue over the whole of the half plate and stick blue and green tissue paper onto it. To make the boat: Either colour the half plate brown or stick brown tissue paper over it. Each child needs a triangle of paper which they can decorate as a sail. Fix a straw to the back of the sail with sellotape and fix the bottom of the straw to the back of the boat. Then on another piece of paper draw some people to go into the boat. Cut them out and attach them to the back of the boat with glue or sellotape.

Lay the boat on the table with the straight edge on top. Put the sea plate over the boat with the straight edge facing down, so that the boat sticks up out of the sea – there should be a couple of centimetres of overlap between the top of the sea and the bottom of the boat. Stick a butterfly pin through the two thicknesses of card and open the pins at the back to fix the plates in place. The boat can now be rocked on the sea.

The Point: To provide a reminder craft. 

 

Craft Ideas: Storm Pictures

You will need: Heavy paper, paint - blues, greys, blacks, silver glitter, brushes, attached sheet printed onto card, glue.

Let the children create an abstract storm scene with the paint provided.  It is likely that the pictures will end up very abstract indeed, but they will love doing it.  You can sprinkle silver glitter on the wet paint to add texture and movement.

When the pictures are dry, each child can pick a boat from the attached sheet to have cut out and glued on.

The Point: A story reminder

 

Prayer: Worry Boats

You will need: A4 paper cut into 8, pens, large photo or poster of the sea.

Lay out the picture or poster of the sea on a table. Make some small paper boats.  Cutting a piece of A4 paper into 8 equal rectangles should be a good size.  Say that Jesus wants us to give our fears and worries to him.  Everyone should name their boats by writing one worry or fear on the side of each (Younger children may need help writing their worry or fear).  Then they can set them to sail on the picture of the sea and trust that God will take them.

The Point: To pray creatively and put our trust in God.