How many of you have ever been fishing? Who can tell me how to catch a fish? Allow children to answer with basic steps of fishing (pole, place something on a hook, cast line into water, wait, reel in fish, etc).
Today we are going to read a story in the bible about some fishermen. Read Mark 1:16-20 from the Lectionary Story Bible Year B. Simon and Andrew had been fishing for a long time, but they weren’t having much luck. How were they feeling about that? Allow children to answer. What did Jesus invite Simon and Andrew to do? Allow children to answer. Go fishing for people? That sounds a little strange! What do you think Jesus meant by that? Have a discussion with children about the idea that Jesus wanted to travel and teach people about God. I think Jesus talked about fishing for people because he was talking to fisherman. He was using words that his friends would understand. If he was talking to farmers he might have used different words. But since he was talking to fisherman he talked about fishing. How would telling people about God be the same as fishing? Guide the children to understand that when we fish we throw out the line and see what we catch. With people you put the word of God out there and see who pays attention. It sounds to me like fishing for fish and fishing for people both take patience! Good thing Jesus had his friends with him to help him out! Look around you, you’ve got friends here to fish for people with you too!
Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.
I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.
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