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Fishers of People (Calling of the Disicples 2)

July 14, 2010

This lesson deals with the idea of discipleship.  It also teaches that a Bible story is not simply a story about other people but that it is also about us.  Jesus calls the fishers to follow him in the story and, through the story, Jesus calls us as well.

Things to know about this lesson:

  • It includes making origami boats.  They are very easy (although little children may need quite a lot of help) but you will want to make one yourself before the class.  It’s easier to follow the directions than to visualize them (for me, at least).  You could do it right now, for that matter.  Just grab a regular sheet of paper and scroll down…

Fishers of People

Before the Lesson

I highly recommend making a sample paper boat (directions below).  It is not difficult but it’s even easier after you’ve made one and it will give the students something to see.

Materials

  • sheets of white paper (e.g. photocopy paper)
  • markers/crayons/pencil crayons
  • pipe cleaners (one/student)
  • triangles (one/student) cut out of construction paper (you will have time to cut these out while the students are doing the activity)

Open with prayer. (see tip sheet)

Introduce the Story

Today’s story is about how Jesus found his first disciples.  Can anyone tell me what a disciple is?

A disciple is a special student who follows the teacher very carefully and tries to learn how to be like the teacher.  Christians should all be disciples of Jesus and one way we learn how to do that is by reading about him and about his disciples in the Bible.

Read the Story

One day, not too long after Jesus had started to travel around and teach, he was walking by the Sea of Galilee when he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishers and they were casting their net into the lake to catch some fish. Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people”. Simon Peter and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him!

As they were walking away, Jesus saw two other brothers, James and John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee mending their nets. He called to James and John. They immediately got out of the boat and left their father to followed Jesus, too!

(Matthew 4:18-22)

Discussion

What were the brothers doing when Jesus called them to become his disciples?

Have you ever been fishing?  What was it like?  Were you in a boat?  How did you catch the fish?

What did Jesus say he would do if the fishers followed him?

What do you think that means? (They would ‘catch’ people instead of fish.)

Why would Jesus want them to ‘catch’ people?  What does that mean? (Jesus wants his disciples to tell people with words and show people with actions the good news about God’s love and forgiveness and the promise for a better world in the future.  Then people can know Jesus and follow his way – they can become disciples, too!)

When we read this story, we are not only reading about Jesus calling Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John.  We are also reading about Jesus calling each of us to be his disciples and become fishers of people.  What are some ways that we can show and tell people the good news of Jesus?

(Treat people with love and respect;  Help those who need help;  Forgive people when they do something wrong;  Invite people to church or Sunday School;  Talk to people about Jesus;  Pray for people;  etc.)

Introduce the Activity

We are going to make fishing boats to take home and remind us that we are called to be fishers of people.  Put your boat somewhere where you will see it often and remember that you are a disciple of Jesus.

Make Paper Boats

The directions for these boats were written by Peggy Deland and were found at http://www.ehow.com/how_4466351_make-paper-boats.html.

Distribute white paper and crayons/markers to the students and invite them to decorate both sides of the paper.  When they are finished, help them fold their paper into a boat:

1. Fold the paper in half, top to bottom, and make a sharp crease.

2. Fold the paper again, this time left to right. Re-open only this fold. The paper should now be folded in half from top to bottom but with a crease down the center.  The open side should be at the bottom.

3. Using the center crease as a guide, fold the top corners down, leaving about an inch at the bottom of the paper. The corner folds should meet in the center.

4. Fold the top layer of the strip at the bottom of the paper up, to cover the bottom of the triangles that were created when you folded the corners down.

5. Turn the paper over and fold up the other bottom strip in the same way.

6. Tuck the edges of the two bottom strips in. Your paper should now look like a large triangle.

7. Fold the upper inch of the triangle’s tip downwards, creasing sharply, then unfold the tip.

8. Turn the paper over, and fold the tip down and back up again. Now you should have a large triangle with a crease marking a smaller triangle at the top of the paper.

9. Turn the paper so that the tip faces downward, and open the wider part of the triangle. It should now look like a triangular bowl with the tip at the bottom.

10. While holding the “bowl” open, push the tip upward from the    bottom into the “bowl”. This will form the bottom of the boat.

Regrouping

Admire everyone’s boats.  Tell them that they just need one more thing.  Pass out pipe cleaners and paper triangle “sails”.  Ask students to draw a cross on their sail, tape it onto their pipe cleaner, and then push the pipe cleaner through the bottom of the boat.

(If the boats are unstable with the sails, tell the students that they could put little rocks or dried beans in the bottom to make it stay upright.)

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank you for the disciples who followed Jesus from the Sea of Galilee that day so long ago.  Thank you for the Bible story that calls us to follow Jesus, too.  Please make us disciples of Jesus and fishers of people.  Amen.

This lesson deals with the idea of discipleship.  It also teaches that a Bible story is not simply a story about other people but that it is also about us.  Jesus calls the fishers to follow him in the story and, through the story, Jesus calls us as well.

Things to know about this lesson:

· It includes making origami boats.  They are very easy (although little children may need quite a lot of help) but you will want to make one yourself before the class.  It’s easier to follow the directions than to visualize them (for me, at least).  You could do it right now, for that matter.  Just grab a regular sheet of paper and scroll down…

Fishers of People

Before the Lesson

I highly recommend making a sample paper boat (directions below).  It is not difficult but it’s even easier after you’ve made one and it will give the students something to see.

Materials

· sheets of white paper (e.g. photocopy paper)

· markers/crayons/pencil crayons

· pipe cleaners (one/student)

· triangles (one/student) cut out of construction paper (you will have time to cut these out while the students are doing the activity)

Open with prayer. (see tip sheet)

Introduce the Story

Today’s story is about how Jesus found his first disciples.  Can anyone tell me what a disciple is?

A disciple is a special student who follows the teacher very carefully and tries to learn how to be like the teacher.  Christians should all be disciples of Jesus and one way we learn how to do that is by reading about him and about his disciples in the Bible.

Read the Story

One day, not too long after Jesus had started to travel around and teach, he was walking by the Sea of Galilee when he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishers and they were casting their net into the lake to catch some fish. Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people”. Simon Peter and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him!

As they were walking away, Jesus saw two other brothers, James and John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee mending their nets. He called to James and John. They immediately got out of the boat and left their father to followed Jesus, too!



Discussion

What were the brothers doing when Jesus called them to become his disciples?

Have you ever been fishing?  What was it like?  Were you in a boat?  How did you catch the fish?

What did Jesus say he would do if the fishers followed him?

What do you think that means? (They would ‘catch’ people instead of fish.)

Why would Jesus want them to ‘catch’ people?  What does that mean? (Jesus wants his disciples to tell people with words and show people with actions the good news about God’s love and forgiveness and the promise for a better world in the future.  Then people can know Jesus and follow his way – they can become disciples, too!)

When we read this story, we are not only reading about Jesus calling Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John.  We are also reading about Jesus calling each of us to be his disciples and become fishers of people.  What are some ways that we can show and tell people the good news of Jesus?

· Treat people with love and respect.

· Help people who need help.

· Forgive people when they do something unkind to us.

· Invite people to church or Sunday School.

· Talk to people about Jesus and how he wants us to live.

· Pray for people.

Introduce the Activity

We are going to make fishing boats to take home and remind us that we are called to be fishers of people.  Put your boat somewhere where you will see it often and remember that you are a disciple of Jesus.

Make Paper Boats

The directions for these boats were written by Peggy Deland and were found at http://www.ehow.com/how_4466351_make-paper-boats.html.

Distribute white paper and crayons/markers to the students and invite them to decorate both sides of the paper.  When they are finished, help them fold their paper into a boat:

1. Fold the paper in half, top to bottom, and make a sharp crease.

2. Fold the paper again, this time left to right. Re-open only this fold. The paper should now be folded in half from top to bottom but with a crease down the center.  The open side should be at the bottom.

3. Using the center crease as a guide, fold the top corners down, leaving about an inch at the bottom of the paper. The corner folds should meet in the center.

4. Fold the top layer of the strip at the bottom of the paper up, to cover the bottom of the triangles that were created when you folded the corners down.

5. Turn the paper over and fold up the other bottom strip in the same way.

6. Tuck the edges of the two bottom strips in. Your paper should now look like a large triangle.

7. Fold the upper inch of the triangle’s tip downwards, creasing sharply, then unfold the tip.

8. Turn the paper over, and fold the tip down and back up again. Now you should have a large triangle with a crease marking a smaller triangle at the top of the paper.

9. Turn the paper so that the tip faces downward, and open the wider part of the triangle. It should now look like a triangular bowl with the tip at the bottom.

10. While holding the “bowl” open, push the tip upward from the    bottom into the “bowl”. This will form the bottom of the boat.

Regrouping

Admire everyone’s boats.  Tell them that they just need one more thing.  Pass out pipe cleaners and paper triangle “sails”.  Ask students to draw a cross on their sail, tape it onto their pipe cleaner, and then push the pipe cleaner through the bottom of the boat.

(If the boats are unstable with the sailes, tell the students that they could put little rocks or dried beans in the bottom to make it stay upright.)

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank you for the disciples who followed Jesus from the Sea of Galilee that day so long ago.  Thank you for the Bible story that calls us to follow Jesus, too.  Please make us disciples of Jesus and fishers of people.  Amen.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 3, 2012 3:15 am

    The lesson is beautifully written, thank-you, and boats are a great idea.
    Renee

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