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Fishing for Jesus


Teaching children to invite friends to Sunday School.

Materials Needed:

A4 sheets of brown construction paper.
Felt-tipped pen.

Cutting and unfolding the net

Making the Net:

  1. Prepare A5 sheets of paper by cutting A4 sheets in half.
  2. Fold each sheet in half length-wise and fold again.
  3. Starting from 15mm from the end, make cuts on alternate sides of the folded paper, ending each cut 15mm from the long edges (see picture).
  4. Unfold the sheet and gently pull the ends to open up the fisherman's net!
  5. Across the diagonals of the net, print "Do You Love Me More Than These?" (John 21:15).

Memory Verse:

"Jesus asked, 'Do you love Me more than these?'" (John 21:15).

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.



Simon Peter had let Jesus down three times by saying that he did not know Jesus.  After Jesus rose from the dead, He met Simon Peter at the seashore.  Jesus asked, "Simon, do you love Me more than these?"  Twice Simon Peter replied that he was fond of Him, and Jesus answered, "Feed my lambs."

Jesus asked the third time, "Simon, do you love me?" and looked at Simon Peter with love.  Simon Peter answered that he loved Jesus, and Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."  And now Simon was sure that Jesus had forgiven him for saying three times, "I don't know Him!"

Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter, and Peter did go on to feed lambs.  These were people who Simon preached to, and who invited Jesus to come and live in their hearts.

Fishing for Jesus:

Simon Peter was a fisherman and today we have made "Fishermen Nets" just like Simon used to catch fish in the Sea of Galilee.  Simon Peter learnt to love Jesus and to care for other people.  You need to do the same.  Think about all the other children you know, or who are your friends, and those who don't go to Sunday School.

Jesus loves each one, and wants to forgive them and live in their hearts, so that they too can go to Heaven when they die.  How can this happen?  Well, you need to ask these children and your friends to come to our Sunday School where they can learn to love Jesus.  And then you will be a "Fisherman for Jesus" and this will make Jesus very happy!

Take your nets home and think about who you could catch for Jesus!

God bless.


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