Keep loving each other like family. Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1-2
Serve: first time guests to church
Connect: children are often shy or uneasy when visiting a new place and meeting new people; through this mission project they are reaching out to warmly welcome church guests who may also feel anxious or uneasy about coming to a new place
- construction paper
- markers, crayons, etc.
- stickers, etc.
- pictures of kids
- give each child a piece of construction paper to make a paper card
- on the front have children write “Welcome” or “Join Us”
- on the inside right panel, ask kids to write one thing they enjoy about church
- have kids sign the card with their first name only and age
- on the opposite side, glue a picture of the child
- distribute cards to first time guests as part of an overall welcome to the church
Day: Epiphany 3B
Lectionary Passage: Mark 1:14-20
Scripture Focus: Mark 1:17
Object: Fishing gear, especially a net
Good morning everybody! I’ve brought along some of my fisher gear. I’ve got my fishing pole and my fishing hat and most importantly I’ve got my fishing net! I really like to use a fishing net because I can catch a lot of fish at one time.
All this talk about fishing reminds me of our Bible story. There were a group of people whose job it was to catch fish. One day, Jesus came up to them on the sea of Galilee. And he asked them to come follow him. Jesus wanted these people to be his friends. So, they pulled their boats out of the water and left everything behind to follow Jesus.
When they did, Jesus told them they would become fishers of people! That means they were going to tell everyone about the love of Jesus and ask them to be Jesus’ friend, too. And, guess what? That’s our job too! We are called to be fishers of people. Jesus calls all his friends to tell people about God so that we can catch them in our net. And you know, I can’t think of anything better than catching people for Jesus who loves us more than anything! All we have to do is tell others about Jesus and how much he loves us and I bet our fishing nets will get full fast!
Let’s pray: God, thank you for those first fishers of people and please help us be good fishers so your church grows bigger and bigger with new friends. Amen.