Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Let's Go Fishing"

Scripture Reading:  Luke 5:1-11

LET'S GO FISHING Game: Tie a string so that it stretches across the room and hang a sheet over the string to make a curtain. Use an old fishing pole, purchase a toy fishing pole, or make your own from a stick and tie a string or long piece of yarn to act as a fishing line. Tie a clothespin or a large paper clip to the end of the string to make the "hook."  Children will take turns letting down the fishing line behind the curtain.  The teacher will put a treat (candy, pencil, anything inexpensive) on the hook and give a little tug on the line to let the child know they have had a "bite."   The teacher will explain that we'll learn about FISHING today in our Bible Story so "listen for WHO will go fishing for WHAT" in our lesson!
FISH DRAWING: Begin this activity by singing the song "Fishers of Men."  Next, DRAW a picture of WATER and WAVES on a piece of butcher paper and put it up on the wall.  Give the children several fish cut out of construction paper.  The Children will write the names of people they know who need to know Jesus on their fish and then glue or tape their FISH onto the picture.  The class will then PRAY for these "fish" and ask God to help us to become fishers for people.
NET FISHING: Buy netting material to hang on the classroom focal wall. Children can cut out bright NEON FISH (drawn ahead of time by the teacher on neon poster board), and children can put those fish IN THE NET.  Large sign can be placed IN the net that says I WILL MAKE YOU FISH FOR PEOPLE!
LUNCH BAG FISHING:  Make "nets" from brown paper lunch bags. These are made by the teacher who cuts little slits in the bags before class time (older children may want to cut the slits themselves). Choose an OPTION below:
Option 1: Children can place cut out fish (that have names of friends or family who need JESUS), IN the NET "lunch bag".
Option 2: Draw some fish on poster board and write the Bible verse (Luke 5:10b) on each fish. Cut the fish into pieces to create a simple jigsaw puzzle. Give each child a lunch bag fishing net which has one of the jigsaw puzzles inside.  The children will put the puzzles together.  Close the activity by reading the Bible verse together.
LETS EAT FISH:  Draw and cut out construction paper FISH and staple or tape two together leaving the top part of the fish OPEN to form a pouch. Give children a FISH to eat!! (Inside that paper fish will be gold fish crackers!!

Song:  "I Will Make You Fishers of Men" by Elaine Kirkpatrick

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Song:  "Fishers of Men" by Harry D. Clarke

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About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 32 years.  They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 13 years in Indiana.  Carol loves to work with children so you will find her teaching in Junior Church and children's Sunday School.  She also has clowning ministry in which she is known as Bubbles tc (the clown).
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