The Children\'s Chapel

The Big Catch Text Version
by Jennifer and Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

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One warm, summer afternoon, Tomika and Naabu started walking home from the mission school. They wanted to stay for the afternoon activity class, but they knew they should go fishing to help provide food for their families.

Their friend Kimisha stopped them. "Tomika! Naabu! Why are you leaving? Can't you stay for the games?"

soccer

"We'd like to, but we're going fishing instead," Tomika answered.

"Okay. I understand. Maybe you could stay tomorrow," Kimisha said with a grin.

"We'll see if we can. Would you like to come with us today?" Naabu asked.

"I'd love to! I'll be right over. Let me get my fishing spear, too," Kimisha squealed with delight.

They all walked gleefully along the dirt road toward the fishing pier. It was a long walk, but they enjoyed it, talking and laughing all the way.

As the three walked along, Tomika started humming one of his favorite songs. Naabu asked Kimisha, "What is your favorite thing we did today?"

"You know, I always enjoy the Bible stories the most," Kimisha answered.

"Well, I liked the spelling words that came from the story today," Naabu declared.

"That's the only thing I don't like about school. I like reading, writing, math, and all the other fun activities, but I just don't like spelling," Kimisha stated.

"Why not? It's not as difficult as the grammar rules for English," Naabu added.

"I just wonder why I have to learn to spell words in a language that's much more difficult than ours," Kimisha answered.

"Do you think the missionaries at school thought the same thing about our language?" Naabu asked.

"I suppose they could have. Why then do you think they decided to leave their home and come learn a new language and way of life?" Kimisha asked.

"Well, I can't be sure, but I think it has something to do with the fact that they want to help us," Naabu replied. "You know, teaching us things so we can have a better life."

"You mean do what Jesus would have done?" Kimisha questioned.

Boys fishing

"Yes! That's exactly what I mean," Naabu said.

By then, they were almost to the pier, and Tomika spoke up: "Look how beautiful the water is! There just HAS to be a lot of fish today!"

And with that, they headed out to the water. They fished for quite a while, but they didn't catch anything. Then, when they were running out of hope, Tomika asked the others, "Do you remember the story about Peter, James and John in the fishing boat? I feel kind of like them right now."

Kimisha asked, "You mean helpless and with no food?"

"Yes. That's right," Tomika replied.

"Maybe if we go a little further down the river, we might catch something," Naabu said.

The three friends waded in the shallow water, splashing and giggling till one of them saw some little minnows swimming around their feet. "This is the place to be!" Kimisha told the others.

Sure enough, they were able to catch enough fish for each of them to take some home. They had such a good time fishing together, they didn't mind that they had missed the after school activities, and they made plans to do it again the next week.

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When Jesus was alive on earth, the disciples spent most of their time with Him, listening to His teachings, eating meals with Him, and helping Him with the crowds of people that came to see Him. Jesus was the best Friend they had ever had.

Of course, they were very sad when He died on the cross. Then their sadness turned into overwhelming joy, when they discovered that He had risen from the dead. But now that Jesus wasn't there with them all the time, they just weren't quite sure what to do.

Peter, who was always quick to voice his opinion, turned to the other friends, and said, "You can do whatever you want, but I'm going fishing!" He quickly stood up and started walking toward the boat dock. The rest of the group looked at one another and decided that since they didn't have a better idea, they would go, too.

"Hey, Peter. Wait for us!" they shouted, as they jumped up to follow him.

Sea

They put their fishing supplies and net into the boat and lifted the anchor. They raised the sails so the wind could take them to the deep water where the fish would be. When they thought they had found just the right spot, they dropped the anchor and threw the fishing net into the sea.

They talked . . .

and waited . . .

and drew up the net . . .

but there were no fish.

Again, they threw the fishing net into the sea.

They talked . . .

and waited . . .

and drew up the net . . .

but there were STILL no fish.

The sun had gone down and it was already dark, and the disciples were hungry and tired. Some of them tried to convince Peter to give up and go back to shore, but Peter truly enjoyed fishing and he would not listen.

While the other men were grumbling, Peter threw the net into the sea AGAIN.

They talked . . .

and waited . . .

and drew up the net . . .

...over and over and over again, but they still never caught any fish.

Some of the men were so tired that they laid down in the boat and fell asleep, but Peter continued fishing. The night sky began turning lighter shades of gray as the sun began to rise and daylight appeared. They had been fishing all night long. Peter thought he saw someone off in the distance, standing on the shore, but he wasn't quite sure. He began waking his sleeping friends.

Just then he heard a voice calling to him, "Did you catch any fish?"

"NO!" Peter yelled back.

"Cast your net on the other side of the boat," the person on shore replied.

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Peter did as he was told. He threw the net on the other side of the boat. Suddenly, to his surprise and amazement, the net was full of fish. There were so many fish, that they couldn't raise the net into the boat.

At that moment, John realized that the person standing on the shore was their best Friend, Jesus. When Peter heard that it was Jesus, he was so excited that he didn't even wait for the boat to reach the shore. He jumped right into the water and swam to shore to be with Jesus.

The disciples sailed the boat to shore, dragging the net full of fish behind them. As soon as they reached land, they saw that Jesus had already built a fire and was cooking fish for them.

Peter walked over to the boat to help the others bring in the net full of fish. When they counted them, they discovered that there were 153 fish in that one big catch.

When they had taken care of the fish, Jesus called them to come to breakfast. The fish He was cooking over the fire was ready to eat and He also had bread for them. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful meal, but they were even more excited about being with their Friend Jesus.


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REMEMBER: God can still do miracles!


THINK!

Who wanted to go fishing?
How long did they fish?
Who was standing on the shore?
How many fish did they catch?
Who cooked breakfast?


A VERSE TO LEARN

"All things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23b).


LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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"Dear God, thank You for loving and caring
for us. Help us to obey You and to believe
that You can do wonderful things for us.
In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen."
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
John 21:1-14


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JUST FOR FUN

Fish Pocket Mints
Fish Shape Tambourine
FriendFish Arch Poster (Poster)
FriendFish Mouse Pad (Mouse Pad)
Southern Puffer FriendFish Pin (Pin)
Christian and educational games for children


activities

Color, Cut, and Scramble the Bible Verse
How To Draw and Color Fish
Let's Catch Fish (Stick With Me Bible Stories)
The Long Night on the Lake (Drama or Puppet Script)
Online Fish Matching Game
Print Out Matching Game
Scripture Scramble and Letter Hunt
Amazing Bible Mazes
Word Search
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
More Bible Time with Kids
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Sticker Books


crayons

The Fishers of Men
New Testament Bible Story Cards Coloring Book
Bible Story Coloring Pages #2 (Reproducible)
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Children's Coloring Books
Smart Coloring Books


crafts

Forever Floating
Halves Boat
Magnetic Fishbowl Game
Paper Fish Craft
Triangle Fish
Simple Sailboat Craft
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies


singing birds

Action Bible Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
Bible Songs on CD
100 Singalong Songs For Kids (Cedarmont)
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (includes Fishers of Men) (Veggie Tales)
Children's Music


child reading a book

Big Book of Bible Fish Tales
Counting With Fish
Fish, Peter! (Follow Me Series)
Peter: The Fishman (Bibletime series)
Simon Peter: The Disciple (Bibletime series)
The Great Catch of Fish (Arch Books)
365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories (Barbour Publishing)
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)



CDs and DVDs

Bible Comes Alive Series CD Album 5 (Your Story Hour)
Story of Jesus for Kids (Casscom Media)
Read and See DVD Bible
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Jesus Film (watch online)
The Story of Jesus: I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Children's DVDs
What's in the Bible? Vol. 10: Jesus Is the Good News



TEACHER'S RESOURCES

The Long Night on the Lake (Drama or Puppet Script)
Casting a Net (Children's Sermon)
Crafts for Fish and Ocean Creatures
Fishy Games and Crafts
Jesus Helps Catch Fish (Story and Other Activities) (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)
Let's Go Fishing (Craft)
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Children's Church
Bible Memory Games (Creative Bible Activities for Children)
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
Edible Object Talks That Teach About Jesus (Edible Object Talks)
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Flannel Graph Story Sets to Purchase
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
Hermie & Friends by Max Lucado
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching children
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)


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