This we’re learning about the miracle feeding the 5,000 and Christ walking on water in "Be Not Afraid" Matthew 14–15; Mark 6–7; John 5–6 (March 25-31) . Scroll down to find your free printables, video resources, ideas, and more.
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“The Grandeur of God” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Five Loaves and Two Fishes” by President James E. Faust
Gospel Classics: The Father and the Son- Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles how God the Father and Jesus Christ are different people. Clears up some confusing scriptures found in the New Testament.
“The True Bread of Life” by Thomas R. Valletta
“The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“Lessons from the New Testament: Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life” by Elder Won Yong Ko
“The Beacon in the Harbor of Peace” by President Howard W. Hunter
“Christ at Bethesda’s Pool” by President Thomas S. Monson
“Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Deseret Bookshelf PLUS Recommendations
These are great to listen together in the car on the way to school. My whole family loves listening to the youth speaker ones especially. Remember, as a Deseret Bookshelf PLUS member, you can access these eBooks or audio books anytime. Find out more about Deseret Bookshelf PLUS.
- "The Fourth Watch: Receiving Divine Help When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered" by S. Michael Wilcox
- "The Healer's Art: Faith and the Healing Power of Jesus Christ" by Lloyd D. Newell and Don H. Staheli
- "You Are Already Walking on Water" by Ganel-Lyn Condie
- "Walking on Water: When the Lord Asks the Impossible" by S. Michael Wilcox
Watch a video and discuss it after dinner, recap a part of the lesson before Church on Sunday, share a video in a group and discuss it together, or pause and discuss a video as part of your main lesson.
The Feeding of the 5,000 (about 3 minutes)- Bible video
Pure and Simple Faith (about 5 1/2 minutes)- A young woman exhibiting faith that God will provide
Jesus Heals a Man on the Sabbath (about 3 minuets)- Children telling the story
Wherefore Didst Thou Doubt? (about 2 minutes)- Bible video
The Grandeur of God (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
To Whom Shall We Go? (about 14 1/2 minutes)- Talk from President M. Russell Ballard
Five Loaves and Two Fishes (about 16 minutes)- Talk from President James E. Faust
Daily Bread: Change (about 3 minutes)
Daily Bread: Experience (about 3 minutes)
I Am the Bread of Life (about 7 minutes)- Bible video
Peter Walks on Water (about 2 minutes)- Clip from President Howard W. Hunter
Jesus Walks on the Water (about 1 1/2 minutes) - Illustrated scripture story
Jesus Feeds 5,000 People (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story
The Bread of Life (about 1 minute)- Illustrated scripture story
Mountains to Climb (about 5 minutes)
Hang one on the board, mail it to the missing, cut it into a puzzle, and more! Bright Idea posters come from the Friend, Mormonads are from The New Era, and others are images found throughout LDS.org
You can find more ideas in my home helps for the week as well.
Make puppets to tell the story of the loaves and fishes. You can use one of the puppets to act out being the person who has the loaves and fishes that Jesus used for the miracle of feeding the 5,000 (Get a fish printable on the home helps). The other puppet can be on that eats. Cut a slit in the middle of the inside of the mouth to feed the puppet over and over again using the same cut out to show how there was more than enough for everyone. Then discuss some ways Christ feeds us today.
Use the puppets to discuss how we can do kind things for others. For every kind thing said, feed one of the puppets a loaf of bread. Also show how there is plenty of bread to feed these puppets just like there are plenty of acts of kindness that we can do every day. Need some ideas? Here are five ways most ages can serve.
Let everyone bring home a puppet! They can make their own or glue on the provided faces here. Have everyone write on the back of each loaf, an act of kindness they will commit to do this week. As they do their act of kindness, they can feed their puppets. Remember to follow up on it next week! You can also use the loaves to write down things we can give the Lord to help with His week this week.
You can also point out that just because we did that act of kindness once doesn’t mean we can’t do it again. We can feed our puppets the same act of kindness over and over just like we can do that act of kindness over and over.
Let the children take turns using the puppets to say one way they have been shown kindness this week. You can do one puppet a way they had kindness shown them and the other to share how they have shown kindness to others.
Discuss Jesus and Peter walking on the water. As your class summarizes the story or reads certain verses, put a footstep on the ground. Once there is enough for everyone to stand on one footprint, have everyone stand up and follow the path and pretend they are walking on water. Then have everyone read together what it says, “I will choose to have faith in Christ.”
Play a cupcake walk type of game. Write a number on each footprint. Everyone stands on one footprint and walk from footprint to footprint as you play church appropriate music (use the LDS Media app). When you stop the music, pick a number. Whoever is standing on that number must answer a question or say on way they can show they are choosing to have faith in Jesus Christ.
Use the footprint page to write down ways that Christ can help us overcome our fears. Discuss some of the fears your class has and talk about ways Christ helps us overcome them. Have your class write in or around the footprint things that will help them remember to choose to have faith in Christ instead of giving in to fear.
The footprint sheet also makes a great coloring page! Send it home with your class to continue pondering the lesson or mail it to someone that couldn’t make it to your lesson this week.
Here’s a great object lesson from Bible Lesson Stuff. You’ll want to practice before you do it but all you need is water, paperclips, and some soap.
Looking for a printable scripture? I made a poster of Matthew 14:27 in the home helps this week.
- Still looking for more? Teach me Messages has great lesson packets jammed packed with more activity ideas. Check them out and let them know I sent you!
In the interest of focusing my time better, I will no longer be providing the specific links back to the activity pages. LDS.org already has a topic page now so I feel it’s redundant for me to do it as well. Definitely check out the latest addition of the Friend and New Era as well. I have years of those links by topic on this site too. You can search by keyword using my handy dandy search bar (be sure you have flash enabled though or you won’t get any results).