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Week 29 - Jesus Chooses His
First Disciples -
Bible Time FUN Through the Bible
Kids Bible Lesson 29 -
Jesus Chooses His First Disciples

Welcome to week 29!

This week your children learning about Jesus choosing his first disciples.

As Jesus preached by the Galilee River, the crowds grew very large.

Fisherman Simon Peter and Andrew let Jesus on their boat to give him more room for the growing crowd. After Jesus preached, he told them to sail out and let down their nets.


Simon Peter and Andrew caught so many fish their friends, James and John, had to help. They were amazed and left everything they had to follow Jesus.


In this Bible lesson, the children will learn that Jesus calls you to follow him and be his disciple too. Have fun learning this amazing story!

If you haven’t read the introduction to Bible Time yet, I recommend you read the outline about the Bible lessons for children first.

Children's bible lesson about Jesus chooses his 

first disciples - Key Concepts
The key concepts that we focused on this week are:

  • Jesus calls you to follow him.

  • Disciples are Jesus’ helpers.

  • Jesus can make us fishers of men.

You can also come up with your own key concepts.

Bible Verse for kids
The Bible verse for this lesson is Luke 5:10

“Don’t be afraid, from now on you will fish for people”.
This Bible verse should be simple enough for your toddler to memorize after a week of practice.

Bible Story Tips

  • We read “Jesus Chooses His First Disciples” beginning on page 57 of the children's Bible Storybook called Bible-Time Stories and Rhymes.

  • During story, draw attention to the key concepts for this lesson.

  • Don't forget to ask questions related to the story, for example, “What did Jesus ask the fishermen to do?”

  • Throughout the Bible lesson we reiterated how Jesus wants us to be his disciples.

  • After the Bible story and discussion session, we stand up and do the interactive rhyme found in the Bible storybook


After the story and rhyme, we say a prayer that is related to the Bible story. You can either have your children repeat after you or allow them to come up with their own prayer.

Bible Song about Jesus chooses his first disciples


  • The Bible song for this week is "I Will Make You Fishers of Men".

  • We cast the song from YouTube to the television, so our children can see the motions on the big screen.

bible Activities about jesus chooses his 

first disciples

We did different Bible activities each day - related to Jesus Chooses His First

Disciples. We also have a selection of free Bible activities about Jesus Chooses His First Disciples here.

The Bible Time Family Fun Pack includes all of Jesus Chooses His First Disciples Bible activities (plus more), printed and arranged for your convenience. Some fun and kid-friendly Jesus Chooses His First Disciples  Bible activities include:

Jesus Chooses His First Disciples bible coloring Page

While our daughters colored the Jesus Chooses His First Disciples Bible Coloring Page, we talked about how Jesus called Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow him.



Grade A Disciples bible activity

Jesus chose twelve men to follow him and learn his ways. These men were willing to leave all they had and follow Jesus. They became Jesus’ helpers and they taught others about the Kingdom of God. 

We used the "Grade A Disciples Bible Activity" to teach the girls a little more about Jesus’ twelve disciples.

Fishers of Men Bible craft

When Jesus called the four men, they left all they had to follow him. Jesus told him that he would now make them fishers of men.


This Disciples of Jesus Bible craft can be made by cutting a fish shape from white cardstock paper. Then, write the Bible verse “I will make you fishers of men. Luke 5:10” on the front of the fish.

Next, attach yarn or string to the mouth of the fish and tie the other end to a round craft stick, or a pencil. (We used the “Fishers of Men Bible Craft" found in the Bible Time Family Fun Pack).

We reminded the girls that Jesus can make us fishers of men too.



If You Follow bible craft activity

When Jesus called his disciples, he told them that if they follow him, their lives would be changed.

They would go out and teach others about God, like Jesus did. Jesus also wants us to be his disciples and share his teachings with others.

The girls made the "If You Follow Bible Craft Activity" to be a reminder that Jesus wants us to follow him.


Reflecting His Light bible Science experiment

When you are a disciple of Jesus, you can teach people about the love of God. The love in you reflects and shines on the people around you. We did a fun experiment that demonstrated how we can reflect God's love on others.




1. On paper, or cloth, trace around the front of the flashlight and add about one and a half inches to fold around the edges.


2. Cut a slit in the middle of the paper and then tape or rubber band the paper around the front of the flashlight.


3. In a dark room, switch the flashlight on and point it at the mirror. The light will bend and shine at an angle. (The beam of light reflects and shines in a different place than you would expect it to.)


We explained that just as the flashlight’s light can reflect off the mirror and  onto another surface, God's love can reflect off of us and onto others. We reminded the girls that as disciples we help teach others about God's love.


Come Follow Me bible game 

Jesus needed disciples to help bring a special message to the world. The twelve men followed and trusted Jesus’ path.


We played a fun game, that was a twist on the Follow the Leader game.


We led the girls on an adventure, where we asked them to do exactly what we say. We led them on an adventurous path and explained to them that as disciples, we follow Jesus’ lead and do exactly what he asks.


We reminded the girls that Jesus wants us to follow him.


Fishing for Men bible printable 

Simon (Peter), Andrew, James and John were all fishermen before they became Jesus’ disciples. Jesus told the four men that he would teach them to be fishers of men – meaning they would be fishing for those who are lost and bringing them to God. The four of them followed Jesus immediately.  


We finished up the Bible lesson with the girls playing the "Fishing For Men Bible Printable", a fun game where they practiced fishing for people.


I hope you enjoyed week 29 of Bible Time FUN Through the Bible. Please comment or share using #bibletimefun.


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Children's Bible Lessons
There are 52 children's Bible lessons, one for each week of the year.

Every lesson, craft and activity is simple, fun and interactive -  tailored for toddlers & preschoolers!! 

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