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Bible and Books

Scripture:  Luke 5:1-11, 6:14-16
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes: pg 256
The Beginner's Bible: pg 308
My Story Bible: pg 76-77
Through the Bible Felt pg 168

Verse

John 14:15 - If you love me, obey my commandments.
Tune:  Hot Cross Buns
If you love me, If you love me, (make a heart shape in the air on word "love")
You will obey my commandments (salute and then shake index finger in the air)
John 14:15, John 14:15 (point to number 14, 15 written somewhere or make a book sign with hands)
You will obey my commandments (salute and then shake index finger in the air)

Songs

Fishers of Men (Traditional)
I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men, fishers of men (pretend to cast fishing pole)
I will make you fishers of men if you follow me (move hand over opposite shoulder)
If you follow me, if you follow me
I will make you fishers of men if you follow me

Hear Christ calling “Come unto me”, “Come unto me”, “Come unto me” (Listen to ear, move hand over opposite shoulder)
Hear Christ calling “Come unto me.  I will give you rest” (put hands to ear and “sleep”)
"I will give you rest, I will give you rest"
Hear Christ calling “Come unto me.  I will give you rest”

Read your Bible, pray every day, pray every day, pray every day (make book, prayer hands)
Read your Bible, pray every day, then you’ll grow, grow, grow (bend down and get taller)
Then you’ll grow, grow, grow, then you’ll grow, grow, grow
Read your Bible, pray every day, then you’ll grow, grow, grow

Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, forget to pray, forget to pray (make book, prayer hands and shake head ‘no’)
Neglect your Bible, forget to pray then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink (stand tall and “shrink” down)
Then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink, then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink
Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, then you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink

(Sheet Music for Fishers of Men)

ABCJLM Activities and Crafts:

- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets: 12 Disciples
- 12 Disciples Print the 12 Disciples printable.  Cut and color the boat.  Glue the boat onto a piece of construction paper.  Cut a slit along the top of the boat.  Cut and color the men.  Slide the men into the boat and glue down.

- Eat goldfish crackers
- John 14:15 Boat Print the John 14:15 Boat printable.  Color the second boat (with the verse) and cut apart.  Give the child the puzzle pieces to glue to the first boat.
- Play Follow the Leader.  Take turns being the leader.  Talk about how Jesus asks us to follow Him just like the 12 disciples did.

- Fishing Game
Supplies:  dowel rod, string, magnet, card stock paper, marker, scissors, contact paper, and paper clips
Make a fishing pole with a dowel rod, string, and magnet.  Make fish on various colors of card stock paper with a large paper clip for the mouth.  Write individual letters or numbers on each fish.  (Best to laminate or use contact paper.) Have your child “fish” for letters or numbers.  You can also use magnetic refrigerator numbers and letters as "fish".

 

Using Flannelgraph to tell the Story

Scripture: Mark 1:16-20; 2:13-14; 3:13-19

Boards Needed:

Water Board
S2 – Beach

Story:

Today we are going to talk about a big number.  But, I have a problem…the number is so big that I can’t show it to you.  (Show 10 fingers)  How many fingers do I have?  Ten.  But I need more than ten fingers to talk about the number in our story today.  Maybe I can borrow yours!  Can you loan me two fingers, please?  With your two fingers and my ten fingers, how many fingers is that in all?  Let’s count.  (1, 2, 3...) Twelve fingers.  Twelve is the number that we are going to talk about today in our Bible story.  Let’s see why the number twelve is important.

In Luke 5 (point to the passage in a Bible), Jesus was walking along the shore and saw some fisherman.  He called to brothers names Peter and Andrew.  Jesus said, "Come, follow Me.  I will make you fishers of men."  At once, they left their nets and followed Jesus.

Just down the shore were two other fishermen – James and John.  The brothers were mending –or fixing - their nets from all of the fish that they had caught.  Jesus called to them, “Come, follow me.  I will make you fishers of men.”  Immediately, the men left their father and fishing nets to follow Jesus.

Later Jesus came upon a tax collector names Matthew {Levi}.  Jesus walked up to him and said, "Follow me."  And Matthew did just that.  He left everything behind and began to follow Jesus.

These five men – Peter, Andrew, James, and John, Matthew – were some of the men that Jesus selected to be his disciples or apostles.  Disciples are men that Jesus wanted to be his closest friends and part of His team to help him tell people about God.  The Bible says later in Mark 3:13-19 that there were twelve men total that Jesus called to follow Him.  Let’s count on our fingers and repeat after me the names of each disciple (hold up one finger for each name):  Simon Peter, James, John, Andrew, Phillip.  How many is that so far?  Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, a second man named James, Thaddeus.  How many disciples have we named?   Simon and Judas.  That totals twelve.  Twelve men that Jesus called to be part of His team and tell other people about God.

This story is free for family use.  If you desire to use this story or any of the ideas on this website in a situation other than in your home and with your child(ren), please purchase a License first. © ABCJesusLovesMe.com and JLM Media, LLC

 

Online Ideas:

- Coloring Sheets - Fish, Disciples, Disciples with Jesus

 

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