To make the fishing rods, tie lengths (about one metre) of thin string
to the end of the wooden dowels and either tie or glue small magnets
to the other end.
Print out the fish pattern onto card. Cut out twenty or more
fish and fasten a paper clip to the mouth of each.
Children hold the fishing rod and drop the magnet close to a fish's
mouth. The paper clip will cling to the magnet and allow the
kids to haul in the fish they have caught!
Scatter the fish on a mat (the sea) and let the children stand at the
edge (on the shore) and try to catch as many fish as they can.
They must stand upright while fishing and must not bend over or hold
the line in their hands.
The child who catches the most fish is the winner. End off with
a snack of marshmallow fish and a cold-drink!
One day Jesus was standing by the sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1-11) and saw
two boats at the water's edge where fishermen were washing their nets.
Jesus got into the boat belonging to Simon Peter, and asked him
row out a little from shore. Jesus sat in the boat and taught
the people. When He finished, He said to Simon, "Pull out into
deep water and let down your nets for a catch of fish."
Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and didn't catch
anything, but because You say so, I will let down the nets."
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that
their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in
the other boat to come and help them. They came and then filled
both boats so full that they began to sink!
When Simon Peter saw this, he was afraid and fell at Jesus' knees and
said, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" But
Jesus replied, "Don't be afraid, Simon, from now on you will catch
men." The men then pulled their boats up on the shore, left
everything and followed Jesus.