Today we learned how Jesus called his twelve disciples to follow him. Jesus found Simon and Andrew fishing in the sea and he said, "Follow me." Immediately, they set down their net and followed Jesus. James and John were also fishermen. They were mending their nets when Jesus asked them to follow him. They too obeyed immediately.
The main focus of the story was the fisherman, but it also introduced us to Nathaniel, Matthew, and Philip--all followers of Jesus.
The children relearned the story by acting it out with props: a blanket as a fishing net and fish-shaped paper cut outs. We played a Simon Says type game in which "Simon says" was replaced with, "Follow Jesus by...". Through this game we learned ways that we can follow Jesus like prayer, listening to our moms and dads, encouraging our friends and siblings, etc. We also played follow the leader while listening to "We're Following Jesus" by The Donut Man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUiQMHEYAps
This week concluded our New Testament study. Next Sunday we'll start back at the very beginning with Adam and Eve.
Getting to know your kids has been a joy filled experience. I'm looking forward to a summer of fun and learning in the preschool class!