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Fishers of Men/Following Jesus (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 10 — 2010 K-1
Mark 1:14-21

Part One: Follow Me

Part Two: Become fishers of men

Following Jesus means we are becoming more and more like him every day!

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

PART ONE

Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes)

The Mirror Game

* Props needed: large hand-mirror

What is this? (Hold up a mirror)

That’s right…what happens when you look into this mirror and smile (have a child do this. The point is, the face in the mirror smiles too…with the exact same smile as the person smiling).

OK…now can somebody frown into the mirror? (again, of course, the mirror does the same thing)

Now we are going to play a little game. I am going to divide you into two lines. I want you to sit down facing each other (make sure they are a little spaced apart and have them sit directly opposite to a person).

Use your helper to demonstrate this:

-    -     Make one line A and the other line B.

-        -        Explain how Line A is going to do an action (like wave your hand) and the other side needs to try to be a mirror, doing the action at the exact same time, just like a mirror. Have the kids do a few different moves to see if their “mirror” can do it at the same time.

-        -        Then switch so the other line can be the one’s doing the actions and the other line act as the mirror.

It isn’t easy being a mirror is it?

Today we are going to talk about how Jesus asks us to be a mirror for him…to do the things he does and to be the way that he is.

Read The Story (2 Minutes)

Read the story of how Jesus called his first disciples (passage is in Mark) – from pages 316-319 in the white Beginner’s Bible: “Helpers and Friends”, showing the kids the pictures.

*     For this week, don’t emphasize the “fishers of men” part – rather, emphasize the way that Jesus called out to people and said “follow me” – next week we will go after the fishers of men aspect.


Act Out The Story (5 Minutes)

* Props needed: fishing nets, blue masking tape

-        -        Use the Blue Masking tape to create a lake on the floor, big enough to fit all the kids in. Explain that this is a lake

-    -     Put out a few beach towels on the lake and explain that these are boats.

-    -     Give each child a fishing net

-    -     Ask one person to play the part of Jesus

Now you narrate the story as follows:

“Jesus loves everyone and wants everyone to know how much He loves them. He wants them to know that he will forgive them of their sins and He wants them to know that one day they can come and live with him.

Jesus wants help in telling that important message, and so one day he went to invite some people to join him.

Jesus went to the lake where there were some people fishing with fishing nets.

Jesus called out to them.

“Come follow me ________” (have the child who is playing Jesus call out the names of kids in the boats, you will need to help him with names)

When Jesus called people’s names they left their fishing nets to come and follow Jesus. They became his friends. People who follow Jesus and become his friends are often called “disciples” – that is what that word means!

Now they would have to learn what it means to follow Jesus…they would walk with him and talk with him and learn to be like Jesus.

How Can I Follow Jesus (10 Minutes)

*            Props: 2 pictures of Jesus, stations, two copies of this part of the lesson

You might want to break the group into two groups (I will provide two pictures of Jesus) and start at different stations.

  • You will have a picture of Jesus. Hold the picture so the kids can see him. And say, “let’s follow Jesus.
  • There will be stations set up around the room. As you go from station to station, always say, “let’s follow Jesus and do what he does. At each station, have the kids sit down and then

The Bible says that Jesus loves the whole world! He loves every person, everywhere.  We want to follow Jesus and be like him and do the things he does.  Let’s follow him and see what that looks like:

Station One: (Read): Jesus was kind to people who no one else wanted to be with. Other people called them names and wouldn’t sit with them. They said, “those people are sinners!” But Jesus loved them anyway and he always went to sit with them and be with them.

Application: Sometimes people become known as people who are naughty or mean or disobedient and when they are really naughty and mean and disobedient, no one really wants to be kind to them. But if we are followers of Jesus and if we want to be like him and do the things he does…how should we treat those people who may not seem like the nicest people? (use the hearts to write their answers and then have them stick the hearts on the blank piece of paper on the wall)

OK…let’s keep following Jesus…

Station Two: (Read): Jesus was kind to people who were sick. Other people were afraid they would get sick if they visited the sick people. But Jesus wasn’t afraid. He loved people, even people who were sick. He prayed for them and healed them! He said that we should care for people who are sick too.

Application: If you have a neighbor who is sick, or maybe someone in your school is really sick, or your mom and dad might feel sick, what are some ways we can show that we are followers of Jesus if we want to be like him and do the things he does? (use the hearts to write their answers and then have them stick the hearts on the blank pieces of paper on the wall)

OK…let’s keep following Jesus…

Station Three: Jesus was kind to people who needed things.  Some people were very poor and didn’t have proper clothing, or food, or places to live. Jesus always took time to help people who needed something and said we should do the same.

Application: There are lots of people around the world who are poor and hungry and need clothing and shelter. If we want to be followers of Jesus and be like him and do the things he does, how should we treat people around the world who are poor? (use the hearts to write their answers and then have them stick the hearts on the blank pieces of paper on the wall)

Be kind to someone (5-8 Minutes)

  • Items needed: Gift bags, cookies (1 package of pre-wrapped cookies each), ribbon, card they can sign their name to. Explanation page for parents.

This week, we have a little assignment for you.  We are going to be followers of Jesus this week and make someone feel special and bring a smile to their face.  Jesus asks us to love others, so we are going to do something loving this week.  We are going to make little gift bags like these with a card that says, “I just wanted to make you feel special today. This is a little gift from ______________”

And your assignment is to give it to someone who doesn’t live in your house. It might be someone who lives next door to you, or maybe your teacher, or someone you know that just needs a little bit of encouragement. You can put your name on the card and then you can give this as a gift to someone. It isn’t for your mom or dad though…it has to be for someone else!

Help the kids assemble the little gift bags.

Snack (5 Minutes)

  • Items needed: Extra plate of cookies

Now I want to be a follower of Jesus and do something to make you feel special.  One of the things Jesus did for people is to pray for them.  I want to be like Jesus and I want to do the things he does, so I am going to pray for you. And then…I am going to share something with you, because Jesus is all about sharing with others.

Pray for the kids:

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

Give the kids a cookie each.

The Bible Verse To Memorize for January

Use the flash cards to go over the Bible verse with kids again this week (this is week two with this verse)

Verse:     “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16”

Fishers of Men/Following Jesus (Gr 2-3) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 10 — 2010 Grade 2-3
Mark 1:14-21

Part One: Follow Me

Part Two: Become fishers of men

Following Jesus means we are becoming more and more like him every day!

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

PART ONE

Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes)

The Mirror Game

* Props needed: large hand-mirror

I have a mirror in my hand, as you can see…what happens when you look into this mirror and smile (have a child do this. The point is, the face in the mirror smiles too…with the exact same smile as the person smiling).

OK…now can somebody frown into the mirror? (again, of course, the mirror does the same thing)

Now we are going to play a little game. I am going to divide you into two lines. I want you to sit down facing each other (make sure they are a little spaced apart and have them sit directly opposite to a person).

Use your helper to demonstrate this:

-    -     Make one line A and the other line B.

-        -        Explain how Line A is going to do an action (like wave your hand) and the other side needs to try to be a mirror, doing the action at the exact same time, just like a mirror. Have the kids do a few different moves to see if their “mirror” can do it at the same time.

-        -        Then switch so the other line can be the one’s doing the actions and the other line act as the mirror.

It isn’t easy being a mirror is it?

Today we are going to talk about how Jesus asks us to be a mirror for him…to do the things he does and to be the way that he is.

Read The Story (2 Minutes)

Read the story of how Jesus called his first disciples (passage is in Mark) – from pages 290 to 294 in the purple Read to Me Bible, showing the kids the pictures.

Tell them they really need to listen because they are going to be re-enacting the story right after.

*     For this week, don’t emphasize the “fishers of men” part – rather, emphasize the way that Jesus called out to people and said “follow me” – next week we will go after the fishers of men aspect.


Act Out The Story (5 Minutes)

* Props needed: fishing nets, blue masking tape (so they can make a lake), towels for boats, name tags for disciples, and the script

All of the props will be in a box.  Find someone who is willing to be the leader and then have them figure out how to make a play out of the story you just told (you may need to help a little).  This is the script (they will have a copy). When they have figured it out, they can present it.

Use the blue tape to make the outline of a lake that can hold two boats.

There are two boats in the water. In one boat there is Peter and Andrew. In another boat there is James and John.  In another area of the room there is the tax collector, Levi.

Narrator:            Jesus loves everyone and wants everyone to know how much he loves them.

Jesus wants everyone to know that he will forgive their sins.

Jesus wants help in telling that important message.

This is the story of how Jesus chose his first helpers

Jesus walks to the lake

Jesus:            You out there…what are your names?

Peter:                        My name is Peter

Andrew:            My name is Andrew.

Jesus:            Come and follow me! I will make you fishers of men.

Peter and Andrew leave their nets behind and follow Jesus.

Jesus sees another boat in the water.

Jesus:            You out there…what are your names?

James:            My name is James

John:                        My name is John

Jesus:            Come and follow me!

They leave their boats and come follow Jesus

Jesus walks up to Levi

Jesus:            What is your name?

Levi:                        Levi

Jesus:     That is a good name, for now. Later I will call you Matthew.  Leave your tax collecting behind and come and follow me.

Levi leaves everything behind and follows Jesus

Narrator:     The Bible tells us that Jesus called 12 men to follow him. They became friends and learned to live like Jesus lived and do the things that he did.  His followers became known as the 12 disciple. A disciple is a follower of Jesus.

Teacher:       It’s amazing that when Jesus asked these guys to follow him, they did! They gave up everything to follow Jesus; to learn what he was like and to be like him and do the things he did.  They knew Jesus wasn’t just someone ordinary, he was God’s Son, and he was going to show them how to love people the way he loves people.

Jesus is calling us, the same way he called them…to follow him.

How Can I Follow Jesus (10 Minutes)

*            Props: A picture of Jesus, stations

You might want to break the group into two groups (I will provide two pictures of Jesus) and start at different stations.

  • You will have a picture of Jesus. Hold the picture so the kids can see him. And say, “let’s follow Jesus.
  • There will be stations set up around the room. As you go from station to station, always say, “let’s follow Jesus and do what he does. At each station, have the kids sit down and then

The Bible says that Jesus loves the whole world! He loves every person, everywhere.  We want to follow Jesus and be like him and do the things he does.  Let’s follow him and see what that looks like:

Station One: (Read): Jesus was kind to people who no one else wanted to be with. Other people called them names and wouldn’t sit with them. They said, “those people are sinners!” But Jesus loved them anyway and he always went to sit with them and be with them.

Application: Sometimes people become known as people who are naughty or mean or disobedient and when they are really naughty and mean and disobedient, no one really wants to be kind to them. But if we are followers of Jesus and if we want to be like him and do the things he does…how should we treat those people who may not seem like the nicest people? (use the hearts to write their answers and then have them stick the hearts on the blank piece of paper on the wall)

OK…let’s keep following Jesus…

Station Two: (Read): Jesus was kind to people who were sick. Other people were afraid they would get sick if they visited the sick people. But Jesus wasn’t afraid. He loved people, even people who were sick. He prayed for them and healed them! He said that we should care for people who are sick too.

Application: If you have a neighbor who is sick, or maybe someone in your school is really sick, or your mom and dad might feel sick, what are some ways we can show that we are followers of Jesus if we want to be like him and do the things he does? (use the hearts to write their answers and then have them stick the hearts on the blank pieces of paper on the wall)

OK…let’s keep following Jesus…

Station Three: Jesus was kind to people who needed things.  Some people were very poor and didn’t have proper clothing, or food, or places to live. Jesus always took time to help people who needed something and said we should do the same.

Application: There are lots of people around the world who are poor and hungry and need clothing and shelter. If we want to be followers of Jesus and be like him and do the things he does, how should we treat people around the world who are poor? (use the hearts to write their answers and then have them stick the hearts on the blank pieces of paper on the wall)

Be kind to someone (5-8 Minutes)

  • Items needed: Gift bags, cookies (1 package of pre-wrapped cookies each), ribbon, card they can sign their name to. Explanation page for parents.

This week, we have a little assignment for you.  We are going to be followers of Jesus this week and make someone feel special and bring a smile to their face.  Jesus asks us to love others, so we are going to do something loving this week.  We are going to make little gift bags like these with a card that says, “I just wanted to make you feel special today. This is a little gift from ______________”

And your assignment is to give it to someone who doesn’t live in your house. It might be someone who lives next door to you, or maybe your teacher, or someone you know that just needs a little bit of encouragement. You can put your name on the card and then you can give this as a gift to someone. It isn’t for your mom or dad though…it has to be for someone else!

Help the kids assemble the little gift bags.

Snack (5 Minutes)

  • Items needed: Extra plate of cookies

Now I want to be a follower of Jesus and do something to make you feel special.  One of the things Jesus did for people is to pray for them.  I want to be like Jesus and I want to do the things he does, so I am going to pray for you. And then…I am going to share something with you, because Jesus is all about sharing with others.

Pray for the kids:

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

Give the kids a cookie each.

The Bible Verse To Memorize for January

Use the flash cards to go over the Bible verse with kids again this week (this is week two with this verse)

Verse:     “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16”

Follow Me (Grade 4-6) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 10 — 2010 Grade 4-6 Mark 1:14-21

Part One: Follow Me

Part Two: Become fishers of men

Following Jesus means we are becoming more and more like him every day!

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

PART ONE

Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes)

The Mirror Game

* Props needed: large hand-mirror

I have a mirror in my hand, as you can see…what happens when you look into this mirror and smile (have a child do this. The point is, the face in the mirror smiles too…with the exact same smile as the person smiling).

OK…now can somebody frown into the mirror? (again, of course, the mirror does the same thing)

Now we are going to play a game. I am going to divide you into two lines. I want you to sit down facing each other (make sure they are a little spaced apart and have them sit directly opposite to a person).

Use your helper to demonstrate this:

-    -     Make one line A and the other line B.

-        -        Explain how Line A is going to do an action (like wave your hand) and the other side needs to try to be a mirror, doing the action at the exact same time, just like a mirror. Have the kids do a few different moves to see if their “mirror” can do it at the same time.

-        -        Then switch so the other line can be the one’s doing the actions and the other line act as the mirror.

It isn’t easy being a mirror is it?

Today we are going to talk about how Jesus asks us to be a mirror for him…to do the things he does and to be the way that he is.

Read The Story (2 Minutes)

Read the story of how Jesus called his first disciples (passage is in Mark) – use the flash cards provided and let the kids see the pictures.

Tell them they really need to listen because they are going to be re-enacting the story right after.

*     For this week, don’t emphasize the “fishers of men” part – rather, emphasize the way that Jesus called out to people and said “follow me” – next week we will go after the fishers of men aspect.


Act Out The Story (5 Minutes)

* Props needed: fishing nets, blue masking tape (so they can make a lake), towels for boats, name tags for disciples, and the script

All of the props will be in a box.  Find someone who is willing to be the leader and then have them figure out how to make a play out of the story you just told (you may need to help a little).  This is the script (they will have a copy). When they have figured it out, they can present it.

Use the blue tape to make the outline of a lake that can hold two boats.

There are two boats in the water. In one boat there is Peter and Andrew. In another boat there is James and John.  In another area of the room there is the tax collector, Levi.

Narrator:            Jesus loves everyone and wants everyone to know how much he loves them.

Jesus wants everyone to know that he will forgive their sins and will never leave them.

Jesus wants us to become like mirrors of who he is, learning to be like him and do the things he does.

Jesus wants help in telling that important message through the way we live, through the way we treat others and by the things we do.

This is the story of how Jesus chose his first helpers who would become those kinds of people.

Jesus walks to the lake

Jesus:            You out there…what are your names?

Peter:                        My name is Peter

Andrew:            My name is Andrew.

Jesus:            Come and follow me! I will make you fishers of men.

Peter and Andrew leave their nets behind and follow Jesus.

Jesus sees another boat in the water.

Jesus:            You out there…what are your names?

James:            My name is James

John:                        My name is John

Jesus:            Come and follow me!

They leave their boats and come follow Jesus

Jesus walks up to Levi

Jesus:            What is your name?

Levi:                        Levi

Jesus:     That is a good name, for now. Later I will call you Matthew.  Leave your tax collecting behind and come and follow me.

Levi leaves everything behind and follows Jesus

Narrator:     The Bible tells us that Jesus called 12 men to follow him. They became friends and learned to live like Jesus lived and do the things that he did.  His followers became known as the 12 disciple. A disciple is a follower of Jesus.

Teacher:       It’s amazing that when Jesus asked these guys to follow him, they did! They gave up everything to follow Jesus; to learn what he was like and to be like him and do the things he did.  They knew Jesus wasn’t just someone ordinary, he was God’s Son, and he was going to show them how to love people the way he loves people.

Jesus is calling us, the same way he called them…to follow him.

How Can I Follow Jesus (10 Minutes)

Show the video and then just have a discussion about it.  How was the stick figure on the right acting like a follower of Jesus? How can just simply being kind and not vengeful give people a picture of who Jesus is?

Leave room for questions and answers…ask the kids, “Do you have any questions about today’s story or about how to be a follower of Jesus?”  Listen to them, respond to them. If you don’t know the answer, just say, “That’s a great question, I am going to have to think about that one. I will answer that one next week when I have had some time to think about it” (and then make sure you let Teresa know so that the next teacher can respond the following week)

Be kind to someone (5-8 Minutes)

  • Items needed: Gift bags, cookies (1 package of pre-wrapped cookies each), ribbon, card they can sign their name to.

This week, we have a little assignment for you.  We are going to be followers of Jesus this week and just do something kind for someone else. Jesus asks us to love others, so we are going to do something loving this week.  We are going to make little gift bags like these with a card that says, “I just wanted to make you feel special today. This is a little gift from ______________”

And your assignment is to give it to someone who doesn’t live in your house. It might be someone who lives next door to you, or maybe your teacher, or someone you know that just needs a little bit of encouragement. You can put your name on the card and then you can give this as a gift to someone. It isn’t for your mom or dad though…it has to be for someone else!

Help the kids assemble the little gift bags.

Snack (5 Minutes)

  • Items needed: Extra plate of cookies

Now I want to be a follower of Jesus and do something for you.  One of the things Jesus did for people is to pray for them.  I want to be like Jesus and I want to do the things he does, so I am going to pray for you. And then…I am going to share something with you, because Jesus is all about sharing with others, just because he loved them.

Pray for the kids:

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

Give the kids a cookie each.

The Bible Verse To Memorize for January

Verse Scramble. We went over this verse last week. Go over it one time and then give them each a package of cards…give them 15 seconds (or so) to see if they can assemble the verse correctly.

Verse:     “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16”

Fishers of Men (preschool) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 17 — 2010 Preschool
Mark 1:14-21

Part One:

Follow Me

Part Two: Become fishers of men

We want to introduce Jesus to other people.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

10 Little Things

  • These can be done in any order…
  • You might not get through all 10 things….
  • Engage the children as much as you are able to (we gear the lessons for 3 year olds…so younger ones might just be ready to “listen in”)

1.            Free Time

2.            Jesus knows everyone by name. What is your name?

Part One: Stand in a circle and the teacher says, “My name is ________…Jesus loves me!”

Then have each child introduce themselves in the same way (eg. “My name is River…Jesus loves me”). If they can’t quite get that, then just get them to say their name and then repeat their name and say, “Your name is ______and Jesus loves you!”

Part Two: If the children seem like they could do this, then keep them standing in a circle and say, “I am going to play some music (fishers of men) and we are going to pass this fish around. When the music stops, stop passing the fish around!

Teacher: when the music stops, then each child needs to say the name of the person holding the fish.  In this way, we will help them get to know the importance of knowing people’s names (the bigger idea is that we want to know people, just like Jesus wanted to know people).

3.   Tell the story

Read the story “Fishers of Men” to the children from the Beginners Bible (page 316-319)

Conclusion: Jesus wanted the fishermen to know that people are more important than fish!

4.  Facepainting

At some point in the morning, a few teenagers will come into the room to use facepaints to draw a fish on the back of the hand of the children…whoever would like one (they will do this when worship starts in Big Church)

5.  Little Craft

On the paper with Jesus and the children on it…use the cutouts of children and ask the little ones, what is the name of one of your friends?  Have them paste a boy or girl on the page (as many as they want, depending on the names of friends they can remember) and write them name of their friend on the page, and keep repeating the line, “Jesus loves your friends.”

6.   Fish Memory Verse

– this is the third week of learning a portion of John 3:16 “God loves the world” – this week I will have a poster with fishing lines and hooks. The fishing lines and hooks will be color coded. The verse itself will be written on colored fish that match the hooks. Have the children paste the fish under the right hook. And as they do, just keep repeating the words of the verse “God….loves….the world!”

7.   Snack – Fishy Crackers

8.   DVD –

Play the DVD and have the kids sing along “I will make you fishers of men”

9.   Decorate the fish –

we will have some fish on the wall and lots of little bits of colored paper. Put glue all over the fish and let the children put the bits of paper on the fish!

10.   Blessing

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

Clean Up!

Since our building is used for many different things, we need to make sure we clean up after ourselves. You can definitely have the kids help you do this near the end of the morning!!

  • Please use the BAG provided to put all the left-over items into it, and then you can leave your bag in the classroom.
  • Please pick up all the garbage and put it in the trash
  • If there are chairs or stools, please fold or stack them and put them away
  • Please turn the heat down (applicable for youth room and Gazebo) to 10 degrees
  • Please make sure any TVs/DVDs/Projectors are powered off
  • Please make sure all toys are put away

Thank you so very much!

Fishers of Men (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 17 — 2010 K-1
Mark 1:14-21

Part One:

Follow Me

Part Two: Become fishers of men

We want to introduce Jesus to other people.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

PART TWO

Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes)

Have the kids stand in a circle.

Say, “Today, I would like us to introduce ourselves to the class.  This is what we are going to do…”

  • Have them say their name and something they like (a food or a color or a movie…whatever they can think of).
  • When you move to the next person they have to say the name of the person who just spoke and what they like, and then their own name and what they like by saying something like this (example): “This is my friend Anikah, she likes icecream. My name is Colson, I like cars.”
  • Go around the circle this way.
  • When you are all done, then try a new twist on the game. See if anyone can remember everyone’s name and what they like.

Transition (2 Minute)

Thank you for introducing yourselves to the class. It was nice to hear your name and something you liked.  Now that I know those things, it makes me feel like I know you a little bit better.  Now if someone new comes to class, I can introduce you to them and say, (give them some examples of what you just heard) “This is ___________ and he/she likes______________”

Just like we introduce new friends, Jesus wants to introduce Him as a new friend to people that you know!

He wants us to tell people about Him so that they understand how much he loves Him; just like our Bible verse says, God loves the whole world! And he wants us to introduce him to everyone!

Bible Story (5-8 Minutes)

* Items needed: blue tape, nets, towels, Bible Story (for the nets I went to a gardening store and got a roll of netting)

Last week we talked about how Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee – remember, you made a big lake and you had boats and nets – and we learned how Jesus asked people to follow Him just like he asks us to follow Him. We talked about how Jesus is kind to people, and so we should be kind too. We talked about how Jesus helped people, and how we should help too.

Today we are going to listen to that same story again…but this time, we are going to learn about something ELSE Jesus said.

To begin with, let’s make our lake again!

  • Have the kids make a lake with the blue tape by giving them pieces of tape (about a foot of tape) and letting them “build a lake.” Let them have fun with this and make the lake however they want to.
  • Then place the towels in the lake for boats and give each child a net.
  • As they sit there, read them the story “Fishers of Men” from the Read with me Bible, pages 290-294.
  • End with the statement – “Fish were very, very important to Peter and Andrew, James and John. All day they fished and filled their boat with fish and sold their fish in the market. Their whole life was about fish. When Jesus said, ‘I will make you fishers of men’ – what he was saying was that people were more important than fish. Jesus said, instead of spending all your time catching fish, I want you care about people and introduce me to them…”

The Fish! (5 Minutes)

* Items needed: Bible verse fish, color guides, string clips

  • Now take the fish that have been provided and spread them in the lake near where the kids can catch them and put them in their nets – don’t put all of them out at once…put some out and then some more out, near different boats….
  • The fish have a color
  • On the wall there will be a couple of strings with clothespins, with a corresponding color above the clothespins. The kids need to take the fish out of their nets and find the right clip and then clip the fish to the right clothespin with the PICTURES THAT ARE PASTED ON THE FISH TO THE OUTSIDE (so they can be seen)
  • The words spell out our memory verse.

Memory Verse (5-8 Minutes)

* Items needed: Bible flash cards x 2

  • Divide the kids into two groups
  • Take some time to go over the memory verse with the children using the flashcards (do this one one time)
  • And then point to the fish to go over the verse a few more times

Jesus loves my friends! (5-8 Minutes)

  • Construction paper, fish, heading (“Jesus loves my friends”), nets, glue, stapler

Just as Jesus talked to his friends about making sure that they cared about people more than any other thing, and that they would see how important it was to introduce Jesus to the people they would meet. Jesus is asking us to do the same.  Jesus loves your friends and neighbors very, very much. Let’s think about our friends today and write their names on these fish to remind us that we also are to be “fishers of men.”

  • First, divide the kids into two groups – the ones who can already print, and the ones who can’t.
  • For the kids who can already print, have them write the names of friends they know or kids from their classroom onto the fish
  • Have your helper help the other group of kids who can’t print yet to do the same
  • While they are doing that, use the nets from our story-telling time and staple them onto the construction paper.
  • Have the kids glue their “heading” onto the net, and then glue the fish onto the net as well (make sure they also print their own name on the paper or on a fish as well)

Snack & Blessing (1 Minute)

  • Items needed: Fishy crackers

Pray for the kids:

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

Give the kids a cup of fish.

Clean Up!

Since our building is used for many different things, we need to make sure we clean up after ourselves. You can definitely have the kids help you do this near the end of the morning!!

  • Please use the BAG provided to put all the left-over items into it, and then you can leave your bag in the classroom.
  • Please pick up all the garbage and put it in the trash
  • If there are chairs or stools, please fold or stack them and put them away
  • Please turn the heat down (applicable for youth room and Gazebo) to 10 degrees
  • Please make sure any TVs/DVDs/Projectors are powered off
  • Please make sure all toys are put away

Thank you so very much!

Fishers of Men (Gr 2-3) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 17 — 2010 Grade 2-3
Mark 1:14-21

Part One:

Follow Me

Part Two: Become fishers of men

We want to introduce Jesus to other people.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

PART TWO

Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes)

Have the kids stand in a circle.

Say, “Today, I would like us to introduce ourselves to the class.  This is what we are going to do…”

  • Have them say their name and something they like that begins with the same letter as their name (a food or a color or a movie…whatever they can think of).
  • When you move to the next person they have to say the name of the person who just spoke and what they like, and then their own name and what they like by saying something like this (example): “This is my friend Sierrah, she likes Sandwiches. My name is Colson, I like Cars”
  • Go around the circle this way,  only you need to remember all the people who came before you! ** If you have a very small group, you might want to make it tougher by coming up with 2 or 3 things that begin with the same letter before moving on to the next person.

Transition (2 Minute)

Thank you for introducing yourselves to the class. It was nice to hear your name and something you liked.  Now that I know those things, it makes me feel like I know you a little bit better.  Now if someone new comes to class, I can introduce you to them and say, (give them some examples of what you just heard) “This is ___________ and he/she likes______________”

Just like we introduce new friends, Jesus wants to introduce Him as a new friend to people that you know!

He wants us to tell people about Him so that they understand how much he loves Him; just like our Bible verse says, God loves the whole world! And he wants us to introduce him to everyone!

Bible Story (5-8 Minutes)

* Items needed: Story

Last week we talked about how Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee – remember, you made a big lake and you had boats and nets – and we learned how Jesus asked people to follow Him just like he asks us to follow Him. We talked about how Jesus is kind to people, and so we should be kind too. We talked about how Jesus helped people, and how we should help too.

Today we are going to listen to that same story again…but this time, we are going to learn about something ELSE Jesus said.

  • Read them the story “Fishers of Men” pages 296-297
  • End with the statement – “Fish were very, very important to Peter and Andrew, James and John. All day they fished and filled their boat with fish and sold their fish in the market. Their whole life was about fish. When Jesus said, ‘I will make you fishers of men’ – what he was saying was that people were more important than fish. Jesus said, instead of spending all your time catching fish, I want you care about people and introduce me to them…”

Jesus loves my friends! (5-8 Minutes)

  • Construction paper, fish, heading (“Jesus loves my friends”), nets, glue, stapler

Just as Jesus talked to his friends about making sure that they cared about people more than any other thing, and that they would see how important it was to introduce Jesus to the people they would meet. Jesus is asking us to do the same.  Jesus loves your friends and neighbors very, very much. Let’s think about our friends today and write their names on these fish to remind us that we also are to be “fishers of men.”

  • Have the kids write the names of friends they know or kids from their classroom onto the fish
  • While they are doing that, use the nets from our story-telling time and staple them onto the construction paper.
  • Have the kids glue their “heading” onto the net, and then glue the fish onto the net as well (make sure they also print their own name on the paper or on a fish as well)

Just as Jesus talked to his friends about making sure that they cared about people more than any other thing, and that they would see how important it was to introduce Jesus to the people they would meet. Jesus is asking us to do the same.  Jesus loves your friends and neighbors very, very much.

How Can I show God’s Love to my friends? (5-8 minutes)

* Teachers: The important part of this section is to go after the idea of “developing friendships” – we can’t really be fishers of men if we don’t know people and don’t know how we can show God’s love to them…

Jesus says, follow me and I will make you fishers of men…

One of the ways we can do this is by taking our friendships seriously and trying to really be a good friend to people.  You can be with people but not even really know them…but Jesus says, “really get to know people…because that way you will know how you can serve them and care for them.”

Part of being a good friend is being a good listener; if you listen to people, you get to know their story and you also know what you can do to care for them…

  • Put the kids in partners
  • Have them think of a time that they were sad
  • Give them 1 minute (or less) so that the one partner can tell the story of when they were sad – the other person’s job is to really listen
  • Then stop the class and have the listener tell the story as they heard it
  • Then ask each listener, “If you had been there at the time…how could you have been a friend to them, showing them God’s love?”

Then switch and have the other partner do the same…

Learning to be a good listener is one way we can be an excellent friend to people and get to know them. Jesus was an awesome listener. He was interested in people and wanted to know their stories. He wanted to hear them and help them, and we want to follow Jesus by being like him.

The Fish (Memory Verse)! (5 Minutes)

* Items needed: Bible verse fish, string clips

Remind the kids of our memory verse for the month (John 3:16)

  • Now take the fish that have been provided and spread them around the room in no particular order
  • Divide the kids into two groups and tell them the challenge is to find the right fish to clip to the string in the right order and see who can win at this.
  • On the wall there will be a couple of strings with clothespins. The kids need to find the right fish for the clips and then clip the fish to the right clothespin with the WORDS THAT ARE PASTED ON THE FISH TO THE OUTSIDE (so they can be seen)
  • The words spell out our memory verse.

Snack & Blessing (1 Minute)

  • Items needed: Fishy crackers

Pray for the kids:

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

Give the kids a cup of fish.

Clean Up!

Since our building is used for many different things, we need to make sure we clean up after ourselves. You can definitely have the kids help you do this near the end of the morning!!

  • Please use the BAG provided to put all the left-over items into it, and then you can leave your bag in the classroom.
  • Please pick up all the garbage and put it in the trash
  • If there are chairs or stools, please fold or stack them and put them away
  • Please turn the heat down (applicable for youth room and Gazebo) to 10 degrees
  • Please make sure any TVs/DVDs/Projectors are powered off
  • Please make sure all toys are put away

Thank you so very much!

Fishers of Men (Gr 4-6) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Jan 17 — 2010 Grade 4-6 Mark 1:14-21

Part One:

Follow Me

Part Two: Become fishers of men

We want to introduce Jesus to other people.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

PART TWO

Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes)

Have the kids stand in a circle.

Say, “Today, I would like us to introduce ourselves to the class.  This is what we are going to do…”

  • Have them say their name and something they like that begins with the same letter as their name (a food or a color or a movie…whatever they can think of).
  • When you move to the next person they have to say the name of the person who just spoke and what they like, and then their own name and what they like by saying something like this (example): “This is my friend Sierrah, she likes Sandwiches. My name is Colson, I like Cars”
  • Go around the circle this way,  only you need to remember all the people who came before you! ** If you have a very small group, you might want to make it tougher by coming up with 2 or 3 things that begin with the same letter before moving on to the next person.

Transition (2 Minute)

Thank you for introducing yourselves to the class. It was nice to hear your name and something you liked.  Now that I know those things, it makes me feel like I know you a little bit better.  Now if someone new comes to class, I can introduce you to them and say, (give them some examples of what you just heard) “This is ___________ and he/she likes______________”

Just like we introduce new friends, Jesus wants to introduce Him as a new friend to people that you know!

He wants us to tell people about Him so that they understand how much he loves Him; just like our Bible verse says, God loves the whole world! And he wants us to introduce him to everyone!

Bible Story (5-8 Minutes)

* Items needed: Story

Last week we talked about how Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee – remember, you made a big lake and you had boats and nets – and we learned how Jesus asked people to follow Him just like he asks us to follow Him. We talked about how Jesus is kind to people, and so we should be kind too. We talked about how Jesus helped people, and how we should help too.

Today we are going to listen to that same story again…but this time, we are going to learn about something ELSE Jesus said.

  • Read them the story “Fishers of Men” from the Bible, Mark 1:16-18
  • End with the statement – “Fish were very, very important to Peter and Andrew, James and John. All day they fished and filled their boat with fish and sold their fish in the market. Their whole life was about fish. When Jesus said, ‘I will make you fishers of men’ – what he was saying was that people were more important than fish. Jesus said, instead of spending all your time catching fish, I want you care about people and introduce me to them…”

How Can I show God’s Love to my friends? (5-8 minutes)

* Teachers: The important part of this section is to go after the idea of “developing friendships” – we can’t really be fishers of men if we don’t know people and don’t know how we can show God’s love to them…

* 3D is an idea borrowed from Willow Creek’s “Just Walk Across The Room” course

Jesus says, follow me and I will make you fishers of men…

To help you remember this, we are going to talk about something called “Living in 3D” – have you ever watched a 3D movie? (get them to tell you their stories if they have). Everything seems really colorful and alive and close…it feels like you are right in the movie.

Well, this is what Jesus asks us to be like…be noticeable in the world, be close to people, be in people’s lives so that when you act like Jesus would…people will ask, what makes you different? And you will have a chance to tell them about your friend Jesus.

So…living in 3D…here are some 3D glasses to help you remember this (give cardboard 3D glasses to the kids. I found mine at a Dollar Store and made a sticker for each one that had the 3D words on them)

Divide the kids into 3 groups, they will represent each one of the D’s

Group 1: Develop Friendships

Put people together in this group who probably wouldn’t know each other well. Their assignment will be to introduce themselves and tell the group

1. How old they are

2.            Where they were born

2. What school they go to

3. What they like to do in their free time

Conclusion: It is important to be open to meeting new people and to want to get to know them. There are lots of people in the world who are just looking for friends, and as people who want to follow Jesus…we need to be the ones who care enough about people to just want to make friends. So, the first D in living in 3D is developing friendships.

Group 2: Discover people’s stories

This group’s assignment is to discover as many great stories as they can from within the group, stories that other people might not know…they need to ask each other questions and then they will need to tell the group those stories. Their question is:

1.            What is something that happened to you that made you really sad or really happy?

Conclusion: Jesus asks us to be good listeners. To really know people. To be curious about other people’s lives. So the second D in living in 3D is discover people’s stories.

that way you will know how you can serve them and care for them.”

Group 3: Decide on next steps

Jesus never wants us to force Jesus on anyone. We are to treat people respectfully. That’s why in this next step Jesus asks us first to pray to him and ask, “how can I introduce you to my friend” and to just listen to His ideas about what to do next.

Some things Jesus asks us to do will be small things like, “Just be caring. Bring them a meal. Send them a card. Help them do a job around the house that they need help with.”  Other times it might mean a conversation where you are able to tell them about your friendship with Jesus. Sometimes it might mean an invitation to church or youth group…the main thing is that you don’t treat people like they are some kind of project!! Jesus LOVES YOUR FRIENDS and our job is just to be open to Jesus using us to show his love to them.

So…this next D in the 3D process is to Decide on next steps

This group needs to think of some good next steps for these friendships (described below):

  • Your friend broke his foot. What would be a “step you could take” to show Jesus’ love to him?
  • Your friend’s parents are getting a divorce. What would be a “step you could take” to show Jesus’ love to her?
  • Your friend got the highest mark in Math in the class. What would be “a step you could take” to show Jesus’ love to him?
  • A kid who is new to the school is sitting by herself during lunch. What would be a “step you could take” to show Jesus’ love to her?
  • Your teacher is really having a rotten day because he is sick and stressed out. What would be a “step you could take” to show Jesus’ love to him?

The Fish (Memory Verse)! (5 Minutes)

* Items needed: Bible verse fish, string clips

Remind the kids of our memory verse for the month (John 3:16)

  • Now take the fish that have been provided and spread them around the room in no particular order
  • Divide the kids into two groups and tell them the challenge is to find the right fish to clip to the string in the right order and see who can win at this.
  • On the wall there will be a couple of strings with clothespins. The kids need to find the right fish for the clips and then clip the fish to the right clothespin with the WORDS THAT ARE PASTED ON THE FISH TO THE OUTSIDE (so they can be seen)
  • The words spell out our memory verse.

Snack & Blessing (1 Minute)

  • Items needed: Fishy crackers

Pray for the kids:

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Amen.”

Give the kids a cup of fish.

Clean Up!

Since our building is used for many different things, we need to make sure we clean up after ourselves. You can definitely have the kids help you do this near the end of the morning!!

  • Please use the BAG provided to put all the left-over items into it, and then you can leave your bag in the classroom.
  • Please pick up all the garbage and put it in the trash
  • If there are chairs or stools, please fold or stack them and put them away
  • Please turn the heat down (applicable for youth room and Gazebo) to 10 degrees
  • Please make sure any TVs/DVDs/Projectors are powered off
  • Please make sure all toys are put away

Thank you so very much!