”Full Basket of Fish - God Provides for 5000”
In this story Jesus and his disciples cross the Sea of Galilee to retreat to be by themselves. All the Gospels except for John tell us that Jesus had just heard about John the Baptist’s death and had wanted to withdraw to a solitary place. But seclusion was not to be had because the large crowds that had seen Jesus perform healing miracles followed him. They walked around the lake and were waiting when Jesus and the disciples arrived by boat.
Telling the Story
Read the story from a children’s Bible.
A few online options include:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngbmQI2sBIo This is a 15 minute telling of the story.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xuD0F7h01I This is clip is for a younger audience. It is just over 7 minutes long. There is also an attached illustrated version of the story to read.
Instructions 1.Print the template on card stock. It has been included in the pack.
2.Paint a paper plate brown.
3.Color and cut out the fishes, loaves and basket handles.
4. Using brown paper strips creating a weaving pattern on top of the paper plate.
5. Cut off any excess brown construction paper, leaving a perfect circle.
6. Glue on the handles, fishes and loaves.
A Game to Play
Get the kids to sit in a circle. Explain that you will say one favourite food and then the next person has to say that food and then add one of their own, and then the next says the 2 previous and then adds one...you go around the circle and try to remember ALL the foods. If you slip up...you’re out.
See also the attached word search for the story.
Snack Time Hook, Line & Sinker Create a tasty school of fish to help you tell about Jesus’ miracle in feeding the 5,000.
mini pretzel twists
mini chocolate chips
1 plastic sandwich bag Simmer and Sauté
Beforehand, slit one end of the dried apricots. Have the kids insert a mini pretzel twist into each apricot, then pinch the fruit together to hold it in place. Fill a plastic sandwich bag with cream cheese, and snip the corner. Pipe a small dot of cream cheese onto each apricot to create a fisheye; then have kids press a mini chocolate chip into the cream cheese.