Fishermen

Most of the stories I wrote for this curriculum were in just plain story format but this one is more of a skit. Sometimes it can be fun to have the kids act out stories.

Dare to Make the Wise Choice: Change

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

Matthew 4:18-22

Instructions: Choose 5 students to be:

  • Jesus
  • Simon Peter
  • Andrew
  • James
  • John

Have the students who are playing Simon Peter and Andrew on one end of the stage pretending to be in a boat fishing and have the students who are playing James and John doing the same thing on the other end of the stage. Have the camper playing Jesus walking around in front of the stage until instructed in the story.

One day there were two sets of brothers who were fishermen fishing in the Sea of Galilee. One set was Simon Peter and his brother Andrew and the other was James and his brother John. To the brothers this day seemed like a day like any other day, they did not know that the man walking on the shore was about to change their lives.

You see, the man walking on the shore was Jesus and he was looking for some men who would be His disciples. Disciples were very close followers and friends of Jesus who he taught while He was on earth. As Jesus was walking along He came up to Simon Peter and Andrew’s boat that was near the shore. He called out to the brothers, “Come with me and you will become fishers of men.” Simon Peter and Andrew left their boat with their crew and followed Jesus.

(Have Student Jesus walk over to Student Peter and Andrew and motion for them to follow him and have them walk down to where Student James and John are fishing)

The three of them continued walking down the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Soon they came across another boat where the brothers James and John were fishing with their father Zebedee. Jesus went up to their boat and said, “Leave what you are doing now and follow me. I will make you fishers of men.” James and John left their father on the boat with the crew and followed Jesus.

(Have Student Jesus walk up to Student James and John and motion for them to follow him and have all five students walk away from the stage with the disciples following Jesus)

These four men were the first of twelve who would leave everything they knew to follow Jesus and learn from him. They dared to change when they dared to make the wise choice by following Jesus.

Memory Verse for the week:

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

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