Ways to present the readings
For this very simple drama/mime, you will need a narrator and Jonah. At the start of the reading, Jonah is slumped at the front of the worship space. As the narrator reads God’s words, Jonah gets up and walks to one side. Jonah’s words – which may be spoken by the narrator, or by Jonah having learned them by heart – are delivered in a loud ‘prophetic’ voice. Jonah then walks slowly all the way across the space as the reading continues.
You will need a narrator, and six actors: Jesus, Simon, Andrew, James, John and Zebedee. Others could be ‘hired men’. All except Jesus spread out along the front of the worship space and mime fishing (using props such as a rod or nets could be fun). As the narrator reads the passage, Jesus walks across the space and beckons first to Simon and Andrew, who ‘down tools’ and fall into line behind Jesus. Jesus then beckons James and John, and the same thing happens. Jesus and his disciples then walk off, out of sight, leaving Zebedee and any other ‘hired men’ looking puzzled and scratching their heads.
Ways to present Mark 1.14-20
Activities marked with an asterisk next to the activity title are in addition to the resources in the Ready to go sessions. Suggested timings for these activities are also shown. NB The inclusion of additional activities varies from week to week.
Invite the children to use glove, finger or wooden spoon puppets to represent Jesus and the fishermen, to help you tell the story.Jesus was ready to begin his work.‘God’s kingdom is here! Come and join God’s special plan,’ he called.
When Jesus was walking down by the lake, he saw some fishermen.
First, he called to two brothers, Simon and Andrew:‘Come, follow me! I will send you out to fish for people!’Simon and Andrew left their fishing nets and followed Jesus.
Then he called to James and John:‘Come, follow me! I will send you out to fish for people!’James and John left their fishing nets too and followed Jesus.
Read the story and pause at the to share these points with the children (see Stop and share below). Then use the activity to explore the passage together. (10 mins)
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You will need: props to represent nets and boats (optional).