Today's story comes from Luke 5:1-11, or can be found in your SPARK Storybook Bible on p. 258. In this story, Jesus performs a miracle and calls the first disciples-- some fishermen.
Do you like to fish? We only have ice fishing in Minnesota right now!
The men in the story were commercial fishermen, which means they caught large amounts of fish in huge nets. They'd take the fish to the market to sell them and make money for their families.
- What miracle did Jesus perform? How did the disciples react? How would you react?
- How do you think Jesus chose his disciples? Do you think others were disappointed that they weren't chosen?
- The disciples left everything behind to follow Jesus, including their jobs and family. How would you respond if you were in that position?
- How can we follow Jesus today, even though we don't see him? Pray together with your family for Jesus' guidance in your life-- include the needs of your family members.
With Jesus, the disciples caught so many fish that their boat started to sink! Do an experiment to see if different household objects sink or float in water. Fill a bin, sink, or bathtub with water. Then, collect some items you want to investigate (e.g. apple, ball, fork, toys, wine cork, etc.) Put each item in the water and see what happens! Try using an empty bottle. With the cap on, what does it do? What about when you fill it with water? That's kind of what happened to the disciples' boat!
Write down the ideas your family came up with for how to follow Jesus today. This may include things like reading your Bible (to hear what Jesus has to say!), being kinder to your siblings, donating some of your toys, or watching church more often (until we can meet in person, of course). Pick your favorite one and write it on a notecard. Use that notecard as a bookmark or put it somewhere you can see it everyday-- put your idea into action this week and follow Jesus!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activity
This past week our nation celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We remembered the faith and courage that it took him to do the right thing and stand up to racist practices in his community. Dr. King took the call to follow Jesus very seriously, just like the disciples we read about today! Take some time to talk about Dr. King's legacy together as a family. Check out a book or movie on the subject. Or, click here to watch an intergenerational event created by our neighbors at Nativity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis-- you can listen to speakers of all ages and races share their experiences and ideas for how to change the world! (There are also some cute children's books read during the recording-- its a little over an hour long).