Jesus Calls His First Disciples
Luke 5:1-11 (NIV)
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
This craft to illustrate the miraculous catch of fish is made using paper punches to create the waves, boat, and fish. The tissue paper fishnet was adapted from a fishnet party backdrop tutorial found with this post at The Party Studio.
For my net I used a 4″ x 5″ piece of yellow tissue paper folded in half three times until it is a little less than 1″ wide. Then cut as shown in the illustration below. Cut from both sides without stopping just short of the other edge. Carefully unfold and stretch the paper net over the fish in the water. Use a glue stick to add a line of glue where you want to place the each edge of the net and gently push the edges of the net onto the glue.