Sunday, 14 June 2015

Jesus Calls the Disciples: Spinning Fish Prayers

This prayer activity links really well with the story of Jesus calling the disciples but could be used to pray for anyone or any situation!

You will need: strips of paper (experiment with length but the ones shown are roughly 10cm x 2cm)
Scissors, pens
Choose a strip of paper and write on it the name of the person or situation you would like to pray for.  Cut slits near to the ends of the strip as shown below.

 Fit the slits together to make a fish shape.  Now comes the fun part!
Hold the fish high in the air and let it go.  As it gains momentum you will see it start to spin!

Talk about:
Discuss the story in the Bible where Jesus calls the disciples and sends them out to make more- turning fishermen into fishers of people (Matthew 4:19)
  • What does it mean to be a disciple?
  • How would people know that you are a disciple?
  • How do you think that the disciples made more disciples?
  • How would you try?
Think of people who don't know who Jesus it or who you would like to ask God to bless.  Write their names or draw them on the strip and make them into fish as shown above.  Play some music and let the children drop the fish and watch them spin as a symbol of giving their prayers to God.

1 comment:

  1. We found they spun really well if you keep the tail part uneven -have one part of the tail set higher than the body of the fish. Thanks for the great ideas and wonderful ministry!