Supplies: A Bible (or you may use the embedded link), Access to the internet (for the song), A sand box OR paper and markers OR pipe cleaners
Gather: We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time. Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable. My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose! Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).
Story: Today we hear a story about Jesus proving that he came back from the dead by eating a piece of fish! Read Luke 24:28-49 in your Bible as a family.
Discuss: Why do you think that Jesus ate a piece of fish in this story? How many references to fish can you think of in the whole story about Jesus? (hint: 4 of his disciples were fishermen, the Feeding of the 5,000, his disciples went fishing after Jesus died, etc.)
Song: “Fishers of Men” by the Newsboys. You can find a youtube video with the lyrics and tune here: https://youtu.be/kU2N9kWGG-o
Good to Know: The fish symbol was created using the Greek letters which spell out ICHTHUS : Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior. The Romans persecuted the Christians and it became dangerous for them to meet. So the Christians devised a secret code. They drew half a fish in the sand. If a person completed the fish, they knew he or she was a believer too. Under the fish sign the Christians wrote the Greek word for fish: ICHTHUS. These letters stood for: Jesus Christ, God’s Son Savior. from http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/religion/christian.htm
Activities: If you have a sandbox, practice drawing the fish in the sand, each taking turns doing one half of the fish.
If you do not, you could draw them on pieces pf paper like this:
Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, thank you for helping the disciples believe in you. Stir up our faith, that we might also be your faithful disciples. In your name we pray, Amen.