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

July 9, 2010

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


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.


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”

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