Scripture: Luke 5: 1 – 11 or pages 364 – 365 in The Golden Children’s Bible
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 5 or pages 364 – 365 in The Golden Children’s Bible.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- What was Jesus doing in the beginning of the story? Preaching to the people.
- Who’s boat did He get into? Simon’s boat. (Later Jesus would give him the name Peter.)
- When Jesus finished preaching, what did he ask Simon Peter to do? To go out to deep water and put down the nets to catch some fish.
- Why do you think that Simon Peter was reluctant to cast the nets? They had fished all night and there weren’t any fish so he didn’t think that they would catch any. They were tired and needed to rest. The nets were already cleaned.
- But, Simon Peter agreed to do it anyway. Why? Because Jesus asked him to.
- Are you willing to do what Jesus asks you to?
- How many fish did they catch? So many that their nets began to break and the boat began to sink.
- What was Simon Peter’s reaction to this? He told Jesus to go away from him because he was a sinful man. He realized that Jesus was God.
- How did Jesus answer him? “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
- What did Jesus mean by making them fishers of men? They would bring people to Christ.
- Then what did Simon Peter, James and John do? They left their boats and followed Jesus.
- Jesus is asking you to follow Him, too. How do you follow Jesus? Ask Him into my heart. Study my Bible. Pray and talk to Him every day. Obey Him. etc.
- What things might you do to “catch” men for Him? Ask friends to Sunday School. Tell others about Jesus. Pray for friends who don’t know Him. etc.
- Let’s pray and tell Jesus that we are ready to follow Him and fish for people…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
Mark 1:17 (NIV1984) “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
If you have a copy of “The Jesus Film”, play the clip of this story for them.
Using the discussion questions above, play the Cross-That-Fish Game from Fishers of Kids.
Sing “I Will Make You Fishers of Men” or “Twelve Disciples” by the Cedarmont Kids. Your might want to play a music video of this song. Or make your own music video of this song with your i-movie program.
This fish mobile is sure to be a big hit with bigger kids.
Make fish from paper plates. This one is great for younger kids.
Here are some great activities from Sermons4Kids.
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Page #1 , Page #2 , Color Page #3 . An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Here are some discussion questions for older kids.
Here is a good work page for older kids.
Dirt Cake with Worms
- 1 to 1 1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies
- 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 cups milk
- 1 (12 oz.) tub Cool Whip (can use chocolate)
- 2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- gummy worms
Crush Oreos. Fill the bottom of individual snack cups with 1/3 of the crumbs. Set aside.
Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar and vanilla together. Set aside.
Combine milk and pudding mix. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding.
Fold together pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture.
Layer this mixture (about 1/3 of it) onto the crumbled cookies in the cups. Next, add another layer of the pudding mixture, then another layer of cookie crumbs, continuing until all ingredients are used ending with the crumbs on top.
Place gummy worms in the “dirt” as if they are crawling out.
Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.