Bible Text:

John 21:1-19


Children's Bible Story sources:

"The disciples go fishing" and "The last breakfast," DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.315-316

"A Net Full of Fish," The Beginner's Bible, p. 462


Children's Story Resource

The Bear Report by Thyra Heder

Sophie does not want to do her homework, a research report on polar bears. Bor-ing. They’re big. They eat things. They’re mean. What else is there to say about them anyway? As it turns out, plenty. And when a polar bear named Olafur swoops her away to the Arctic, she soon learns all about the playful bear’s habits and habitat—from glacier mice to the northern lights—and, despite her first reservations, she finds herself not just interested but excited about the Arctic. When the two are swept out to sea on an iceberg, Sophie’s new knowledge and knack for creative thinking pay off in a big way: she calls a whale to their aid! Inspired by her journey, she’s ready to return home and take another swing at her assignment, this time with gusto.

How these stories are connected: After the resurrection, the Peter and the other fishermen return to what they know best. Fishing, however, doesn't yield the results it once did. An encounter with the risen Lord changes everything. The same happens for Sophie, whose enthusiasm and ideas about polar bears both change drastically when she spends time with Olafur the bear.


Questions about The Bear Report:

     Before Sophie met Olafur, what did she think about polar bears?

     What caused Sophie’s mind to change?

     How was Sophie’s final report different from the report she wrote at first?


Questions about the Bible story:

     When the disciples didn’t catch any fish, what did Jesus tell them to do?

     What happened when they did what Jesus said?

     Why do you think that happened?


 Questions about our lives: 

      How does God change our minds?

     What things or people does God use to change our minds? 



God, we believe you can do anything. Help us to learn to follow you and to listen to your commands. give us faith and joy, so we might trust you. Amen.