What was it about Jesus that caused Peter and Andrew to leave everything they knew to follow Him? There must have been something – authority, love, power, grace – that drew them to Him in such a radical way. Jesus wants me to follow Him as well. I try, but, honestly, I do not always love Him more than I love other things and do not follow Him perfectly. Often, it is my failures that help remind me of why I follow Him in the first place – because He loves me and has grace and mercy on me when I blow it. As you do this week’s activities with your children, be reminded of His love and why He is worth being followed.
This week your child learned that Jesus loves us and wants us to follow Him. In Matthew 4:18‐22 and Mark 1:16‐20, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee when He saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew. These men were fishermen and were casting their nets. As Jesus passed by, He called to them and said, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." At once, the men dropped their nets, left their boats and followed Him. They understood that following Jesus was more important than anything else. Jesus continued on and called James and John to follow Him in the same manner. They too followed at once.
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
Grab several sheets of construction paper and cut it into strips. Talk with your child about how John the Baptist told his friends and everyone about Jesus. Take a strip of paper and make it into a loop and staple or tape it together. Since John told many people about Jesus make several other loops and attach them all together to make a chain. Ask your child who told him about Jesus, then make another loop and attach it to the chain to represent that person. Lastly, ask your child who he is going to tell about Jesus. If needed, help him tell that person about Jesus. Once he has shared the Good News about Jesus, add another loop to the chain. Continue adding loops for each person your child tells about Jesus. See how many loops you can add in a week.
You can use these questions to start a discussion.
Cut out a large fish from construction paper. Let your child decorate it however he wants. Have him close his eyes so you can hide the fish somewhere in the room where he can’t see it or in the house if you have an older child. Give your child directions to find the fish. You can be as complex in your directions as your child is able. Once he has found the fish, talk about how he followed your directions just as Simon and Andrew followed Jesus’ directions.
Play a simple game of follow the leader. When walking around the house or in the yard, play follow the leader. Start out simple – such as “you do what I do”. Place your hand on your head and have your child copy you or clap once and have him do the same. Then move to following you. Have them stand behind you and place their hands on your waist, then walk through the kitchen, weave through the furniture in the den or zig‐zag down the hallway. If they are able, switch roles and you follow them.
Pray a short, simple prayer asking God to help you follow Him.
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