This Week – Young People

Big Idea: Do something different

Jesus asks some fishermen to do something very different with their lives. As we listen to the story, we reflect on what Jesus wants us to do.

Bible Story: Mark 1.14-20

John the Baptist was in prison, so now it was up to Jesus to tell people the good news of God. He came to Galilee, saying, ‘The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.’ As Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two fishermen. They were brothers, Simon and Andrew. He watched as they cast a net into the lake and waited. After a while, the net seemed to get heavy; it was full of fish, wriggling and jumping. The two men began to drag the net ashore. As they did so, they looked up and saw a man standing watching them. ‘Who is that?’ Andrew asked Simon, puzzled. Jesus drew nearer and looked straight at them. ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people,’ he said. Immediately, they left their nets and followed Jesus. As they walked along the shore together, Jesus saw two more fishermen in a boat, mending their nets. They were James and his brother John, working with their father, Zebedee. Immediately Jesus called to them, ‘Follow me.’ They left their father in the boat with the hired men, and just like Andrew and Simon, James and John followed Jesus.

I wonder…?

Why do you think that the fishermen got up, left their work and followed Jesus?
How do you think Zebedee felt when his sons left him working alone and followed Jesus?

Creative Activity: Make an invitation

You will need: folded sheets of A5 coloured card, pens, craft materials, stickers, and glue
Give each child a folded A5 piece of card. Ask them to write ‘You are invited to follow Jesus. Will you respond?’ on the outside, and on the inside, write ‘R.S.V.P.’ leaving space for people to write (pre-prepare for younger children).
Provide pens, stickers and craft materials. Ask child/ren to make the card look like an invitation to the greatest party.
Encourage children to use their invitation to invite the whole family to write their names under the R.S.V.P. if they want to respond to Jesus.

Prayers

Jesus, we want to respond when we hear you call our names.
We want to live our lives with you.
We want you to be with us.
Amen.

When opportunity beckons: be bold.
When Jesus calls: be ready.
When we are asked to do something different: be prepared.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

For the week: Questions for reflection

What could you do differently to show you are following Jesus? Decide on one thing and respond by making a change.
How can following Jesus help you cope with the lockdown?