Recall together the story of Jonah and the Ninevites from the first reading. Plan a humorous skit in which Jonah walks all around the "city" wearing a "Repent" sandwich board. Decide how everyone who hears Jonah's message will show that they are turning away from evil and returning to God. Act out how everyone celebrates when God takes back his threat to destroy the city.
Writing An Urgent Action Plan
In today's gospel Jesus strongly urges his hearers to do three important things:
Reform your lives!
Believe in the good news!
Come after me!
For each of Jesus' three commands, write one way you will respond by taking urgent action. (Clue: "Urgent" means we take meaningful action now rather than putting it off to a more convenient time.)
One way I will reform my life is ____________________________________________.
One way I will show that I believe in the good news is ____________________________________________.
One way I will accept Jesus' call to come after him is ____________________________________________.
Fishers of Men
Read the gospel to the children. Then select one student to be Jesus and others to be the disciples. Using masking tape, make an outline of a boat on the floor. Provide other props as available. Have the children act out the gospel reading.
In the gospel, we hear that the disciples were fishermen, and Jesus calls them to be "fishers of men." Provide bowls of fish-shaped crackers and clean laundry soap scoops. Let the children be Jesus' fishermen and women, scooping up some fish crackers for a snack.