The four men were called to follow, to walk in the dust of a rabbi, becoming like him and learning to fish for men. These games all hang on the ideas of calling, imitating and fishing.

Magnet men

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All Ages

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Small group

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Make up fishing poles using a dowel, string, and a magnet hook. Then cut out some small man shapes and slide a paper-clip around their waist. A quick time-saver is to cut a people paper chain and then divide it up. Add a twist by writing a task for the child to fulfil on each paper man.

Mirror Mirror

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Stand opposite your partner. Copy your partner’s gestures. E.g. lift your right arm and your partner will lift his left, smile and your partner will smile, etc

Fishing for…

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Under 7’s

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You’ll need plenty of items, small multicolour balls/beanbags work well in a group, or if you are at home, any item from around the house. In this gathering game, you gather things that share an attribute, perhaps a colour or a shape etc.

Follow the leader

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A classic copying game that takes you on a journey around your space.

Tag or catch

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Under 7’s

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Another classic but perfect to get the wriggles out and still links well.

 

‘I will make you fishers of men’ is iconic of itself. Here Jesus takes the everyday of the four men’s lives and transforms it radically. This spinning boats catch fills their nets with fish and then men, it’s super simple and suitable for any age group.

 
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Jesus calls the first four disciples and they drop everything to follow him, to become ‘fishers of men’. It’s a passage oh so familiar but one that needs context to understand fully. This craft looks at that context using a mirror, reminding us that in order to fully see the picture we need to see the background as well.

 
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The first 4 Disciples (Mark 1)

Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to ‘The first 4 Disciples’ (Mark 1) – also referred to as the ‘fishers of men’ passage.
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(These images are not copyright free, they are for personal/classroom use only.)

 

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The story of the first 4 disciples is pretty typical of Jesus’s style. He calls out, asks to follow, and promises more. Nowhere is that clearer than in this first invitation.

This retold version of the Bible passage is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage :Mark 1:14-20

Biblical retelling of The first 4 Disciples (Mark 1:14-20) for youngsters.

Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee one day when he spotted some fishermen in their boats. Some were casting their nets out into the shallow waters; others were mending their nets, perhaps having already caught some fish, perhaps about to start.

As he got near the boat of Simon and Andrew, he called out, “Follow me and I will teach you to fish for people.” So they left everything to go with him. Further along were two brothers, James and John; Jesus called out the same words and they too left their boats behind.

HOLD ON! HUH?

What’s going on here? A single sentence and 4 men leave everything behind to follow a stranger? Really? Perhaps there is something more to this story. Lets go backwards.

Children in Jesus’ time would study scripture, memorising long passages from a rabbi at the synagogue. Only the best, not only in remembering but also in how they acted, would be sent to the school when they were older. Sometimes rabbis would come to the schools. The rabbis would call the best students to ‘follow them’. It was a great honour to be called. Following a rabbi didn’t just mean travelling with them. It meant studying everything about the rabbi. Learning how he understood the scriptures, how he lived everyday, even how he tied his sandals. The students’ job was to become like the rabbi so they could one day become a rabbi too.

Back to the beach and the boats and the men. This isn’t the first time Andrew had seen Jesus. Andrew had been a follower of John the Baptist and had seen when Jesus was baptised. He’d heard the word of God from Heaven as Jesus came out the water that day. If Andrew knew, then all the fishermen along the banks of the Galilee knew. Whoever this Jesus was, he was special.

So when someone spots Jesus walking along the shore, the whispers start. “Isn’t that Jesus from Nazareth that John baptised?” They whisper.

“John the Baptist has been arrested. Perhaps he’ll continue his work.”
“Or do something even bigger.”
“What can be bigger than baptising hundreds?”
“I’d love to find out!”

So, when Jesus chose 4 fishermen and said ‘follow me’. WOW! It was like getting picked for the best team ever. They had probably dreamed of a day they might hear a rabbi say those words to them, but fishing out in the boats they didn’t have a chance, or did they? Jesus calls, and the men run. They got picked! They got chosen! Chosen not to gather fish but to gather people. To us it’s just a few words, but they knew deep down what those words meant.

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