We're continuing our explorer theme this week. As usual, these are just some tools to help you teach your children about Jesus; use these as works best for you and your family, and please do feedback if there are other resources for Sunday that would be useful to have at this time.
Today’s story centres around Jesus and the miraculous haul of fish. I’ve been really struck that this story encourages us to trust Jesus in all parts of our lives – whether that’s things we’re good at (in Simon Peter’s case, catching fish) or things that would normally be impossible (like ‘catching men’).
I grew up very clear that Jesus had died for my sins and risen again, but it always felt unclear what he had to do with my life now. This is a great opportunity to engage with our children and talk about how he is Lord of all our lives, from our everyday work and play, to the way we share the good news.
There’s some craft ideas here, a couple of different ways of talking about the story, some questions to ask; but perhaps you would want to retell the story with drama, or over lunch, or while out for a walk, or while watching nature documentaries about sea life, or some completely different way!
If you want you can start this week going on another 'mission' around your house to collect the things you need for today's Treehouse. Try and find:
An iPad, iPhone or tablet to allow you to watch the story
Pens / Pencils
Card / paper plates / lolly sticks
Once your bag is packed, do a lap of your house and/or garden and end up ready to learn together.
Ask your child about some things that they’re good at. Ask them about what things they find difficult.
Read Luke 5:1-11. There’s also a really good video that retells the story here.
Choose from the resources page. Here are a couple of suggestions of songs already on there:
My God is so big
Nothing is impossible
Create / Play
Spend some time with your children creating fish with card and paint and other odds and ends; I had some fun this week with Jude creating hand-print fish, paper plate fish, and the ugliest sock fish imaginable.
Play ‘Catch the fish’; stand in a circle and pass the ‘fish’ (ball / soft toy / ugliest sock fish imaginable) to each other. If someone drops it, they have to count down from 10 and then shout ‘catch the fish’ – whoever is holding the fish at the end of the countdown is out!
Questions to ask while you create/chat
How long were Simon and his friends fishing?
Why did they try again? What happened?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said that from now on Simon would ‘fish for people’?
Are there things you find hard to do?
Are there times where you think God has helped you with something?
What can we talk to Jesus about and ask for help with today?
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?