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Being brave

To think about when we are angry, worried or scared who can we turn to for help?

by Sophie Jelley

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To think about when we are angry, worried or scared – who can we turn to for help?

Preparation and materials

  • You may wish to have a written child-friendly Bible version of the story of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4.35–40).
  • If you take the optional mime in 3. below, work out how the children are going to enact this. See our resources section for more on using drama in assemblies.
  • You will need some quiet music for the reflection.


  1. Hands up if you have ever felt scared of anything?

    You may want to ask a few children to answer, but be sensitive to the possibility of distressing home situations or genuinely scary events.

    Many children will want to tell you about spiders and monsters and thunder, etc. If you feel able, ask the teachers about any fears they may have, as children always enjoy this!
  2. Explain that you are going to tell a story from the Bible, from the New Testament (special book for Christians), where a writer called Mark wrote all about the life of Jesus. It’s a story about a time when Jesus’ friends were scared.
  3. Some of Jesus’ closest friends were fishermen. They were used to water and stormy weather but on this occasion they got into their boat with Jesus on Lake Galilee – a beautiful place but a very big lake, so big it feels like the sea. As they did so suddenly a huge storm came upon them. Have you ever been caught in a sudden storm? It can be scary, but even more scary if you’re in a boat. In the middle of all this Jesus was asleep on a cushion in the boat.

    The disciples (his friends) were frightened and worried so they shook Jesus awake and said: ‘Don’t you care if we drown?’

    Jesus simply got up and told the wind and the waves to be still – and they were. The disciples were amazed and said to each other: ‘What kind of man is this – he can even tell the wind and the waves what to do!’

    They were wondering, who was this Jesus?

    Optional: You could enact the story as you tell it, with the children miming the characters and even being the wind and waves by providing sound effects.
  4. So Christians believe that if they ever feel scared about anything they can remember this story; it reminds them that Jesus is always with them and cares for them, however worried they may feel.

    Optional: Talk about what children should do if they are worried about anything in school; refer to the school’s pastoral policies and possibly anti-bullying procedures if appropriate.

Time for reflection


(Play some quiet music.)

Sometimes we have a storm raging inside us.

Anger …

Worry …

Fear …

It can be hard sometimes to be brave enough to tell someone when we have a problem. But it is always better to share our worries and this can help to ‘calm the storm’.



Dear God,

Please help us when times are difficult and we feel a storm inside of us.

Help us to be brave and talk to someone who can help us.



‘Shalom’ (Come and Praise, 141)

Publication date: July 2007   (Vol.9 No.7)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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