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Lesson on "Jesus calls his first disciples"  

Introduction: As a fun learning activity, make the children sit in 2 groups; one group will represent Peter, one group represent Jesus. When reading the story each time you mention the name "Peter" or "Jesus", the proper selected group will raise up and stay standing until you mention the other name. (Kids love it!)


The call of the first disciples

"I will make you fishers of men" Luke 5:1-11

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Genesee, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, Jesus saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. Jesus got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Peter, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then Jesus sat down and taught the people from the boat.

 When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Peter, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

 Peter answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught 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, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

 When Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" For Peter and all his companions were surprised at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Peter's partners.

   Then Jesus said to Peter, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will be fishers of men." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.


Sheets of puzzles, coloring and words crossing

Trading cards of the Apostles 1

Trading cards of the Apostles 2

Note: The trading cards and activities sheets are in PDF, all PDF format take time to open up, be patient.