BIBLE SKILLS & GAMES Workshop Lessons and Ideas for Call of the Disciples

This thread is for posting Game Workshop Lessons and Ideas for Call of the Disciples.

Some key "Call of the Disciples" stories:

Matthew 4:19, Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:1-11
“Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” (fishers of men)

Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17, and Luke 5:27-28
"Follow me!"  The Call of Matthew the Tax Collector

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 19:27-28
Peter said in reply, “Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?”  Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Disciple Bingo

Member mabethea posted:

Objective: To learn the names of the disciples.
Make a grid 3 squares by 4 squares. Type in the twelve names of the disciples. Copy the grid and then delete the names.

Each child and the leader gets one copy of grids with names. Children cut apart and tape or glue in any order on the blank grid. The leader uses theirs to call out names for children to cover in Bingo fashion. 3 in a row across or 4 in a row down wins. Play several times to reeinforce names. At the end, you might want to see who can name the most disciples.
If you would like me to email you the one I made, contact me at

Member psalm_77 posted:

In case you would rather have the cards preprinted, here's the site of a bingo generator. There is a spot to click that will shuffle the words, so you can print however many different cards you need. You can get a 9 space or 25 space card.

Life Size Tic Tac Toe Game Idea

CreativeCarol posted: 

We put masking tape on the carpet to make a big tic-tac-toe game board. The kids were divided into 2 groups - the X's and the O's. Each group had a chance to answer a question about the story. If they got the answer correct, they got to form themselves as a X or O (depending on their team) on the game board. Maybe this could work for you. The questions could be specifics about the Bible story or more along the lines of, is a statement about following or not following Jesus (example: sleeping in on Sunday morning).


Fishing Game Ideas for "Call of the Disciples"

Further down this page is post about a new "fishing pole" scripture memory game with a graphic showing you how to make a simple pole that catches fish (or other objects) using a washer and magnet.

With a pole, you can cast and catch words or phrases to assemble, or questions to be answered. With two poles you can turn it into a race to assemble the verse (and answer the question fish afterwards).  

Pond Fishing with a Clothespin "hook" for use with YOUNG children

Cover a table with a blanket and place a kid behind it as your helper. When the soft weight or clothespin is cast by a student over the table, the student sitting in the "pond" behind the table ATTACHES a "do or say, or recite" card/message that you have created in advance. (When a kid is done casting, it's their turn in the pond.) The pond helper tugs on the line to signal it's time to reel in the card, then the fisherman has to do/say/recite as the card dictates. Messages can include: "say the memory verse" "summarize the story" "name four disciples" "name someone in your family who is a follower of Jesus" "name someone at church you think would be a good role model/faith mentor"  "say out loud how you are going to invite a friend to join you in church next Sunday -what you will tell them to expect, how you will plan to pick them up and take them to breakfast afterward" etc etc. 

Fishing Finale:
Have them fish for "stuff" that reminds them of Jesus. (Oriental Trading Co is a great source of this kind of stuff cheap and in bulk. You could also make Fish Beads out of pipe cleaners and beads.

 Optional "WEIGHT & BUCKET" casting method

You can simply tie a small weight to the end of a line and have the kids cast it into various BUCKETS that you have arranged in front of them. In the buckets can be parts of verses, actions to perform, questions to answer, etc.


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