By Rev. Doug Forbes
We’ve all heard some great fish stories, especially about the one that got away. There’s a fish story in the Bible that will really get the attention of your children and will teach them how to be a good citizens.
For your Fish Story activity you need: Bibles, Bible concordances, yarn or string, scissors, glue, wooden dowels, pennies, markers, crayons, glitter and other decorative items that may be at hand. Have a skilled person in your house of worship drill small holes in the pennies and cut the dowels to three feet in length.
Instruct your students to use their Bibles and concordances to discover Bible passages about fish or fishing. You may wish to also research passages on government and/or money. Allow time for each child to share his or her findings.
Have your class turn to Matthew 17:24-27 and ask for volunteers to each read a verse until the entire passage has been read. Tell the children that Jesus is teaching us to be good citizens by His example. We can be good citizens by paying our taxes, obeying the law, voting and by being concerned about things such as public safety, public health and education. (Romans Chapter 13 can provide you with additional material for your study.)
Instruct your class members to cut a piece of string or yarn 3 feet long and tie one end to a penny and the other end to the top of their dowel. Ask them to creatively decorate their fishing poles with markers, crayons, glitter and whatever else is at hand. Let them practice fishing for their “lost” coins.
Close your session by having volunteers pray for our government workers at the local, state and federal levels. Pray especially for the safety of those in our military and in the field of public safety.