Heritage Virtual VBS Week 4

Welcome to the fourth week of virtual VBS!  Today we’ll armor up with the Shield of Faith as we hear of a time when Jesus walked on water. What a wonderful example of how God’s strength can give us faith that God is with us and helps us do amazing things!

Next, click on the link to go through today’s activities: https://my.amplifymedia.com/amplify/video/unitedmethodistpublishinghouse/36609-vacation-bible-school-2020-knights-of-north-castle/36612-sessions/115837-knights-of-north-castle-session-4-armor-up-with-faith

Craft: Complete the Armor of God Bracelet Kit, which is on the video & Color-Your-Own Knight’s Mask.  

Science: Watch the video and complete thePencil Flips Experiment  

Memory Verse: Practice the memory verse “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.” Ephesians 6:10 and ask your camper if they remember today’s Castle Callout, “Armor up with truth”

Reflect: During this fourth session we focus on our faith in God. Our Bible story begins after Jesus miraculously fed about five thousand people. Jesus instructed his disciples to go ahead of him to the other side of the lake. The disciples did as he said, and Jesus went up to a mountain to pray. Night came and the disciples— still on the lake—found themselves in the midst of a storm. Early in the morning, they saw the figure of a man walking toward them on the lake. They were terrified and screamed, thinking it was a ghost! They didn’t know it was Jesus until he said, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).  Peter said, “‘Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.’ And Jesus said, ‘Come’” (28-29). Peter took a few steps toward Jesus on the water. Then Peter felt a strong wind, became frightened, and began to sink. He shouted, “Lord, rescue me!” Jesus reached out and grabbed him and said, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” (30-31).

Read and reflect Matthew 14:30- 31. Think of a time when you had doubts. What caused you to have more doubts than faith? What caused Peter to have more doubts than faith? We may not see largescale miracles very often, but in little ways every day, faith in Jesus gives us a shield of protection against all the things that make us afraid. Like the disciples, we can hear Jesus’ voice above the wind saying, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” During this session of Knights of North Castle, we will discover another Castle Callout. Our Session 4 Castle Callout is “Armor Up with Faith!” Our goal is to teach students that our faith in God is stronger than our doubts and fears. Having doubts and fears are a normal part of life, yet as leaders we need to emphasize to our learners that having faith in God is essential to our daily living. Because God gives us strength, we can always look to Jesus and have faith in him. As leaders, we will repeat this Castle Callout during teaching times of VBS.

Leader Devotion

Let’s pray: God of grace and glory, we are grateful for another opportunity to serve you by teaching these students. Guide us as we provide a strong biblical foundation for faith development for these precious children of the church and community. May they grow in your grace and glory. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.