So many fish (Luke 5:1-11)
Re telling the story with some simple props
What you need:
Simon, James and John were fishermen, not just because they liked fishing, but because that's how they made money. Fishing was their job so it was really important that they caught fish everyday! They had a fishing boat and nets. Everyday they would row out on the lake and they'd throw their nets in the water to catch fish. Mime rowing out into the middle of the lake and throw out your net. One day they rowed out on the lake, put their nets in the water and waited. They knew they had to be very patient, so they waited and waited and waited. Soon it was night time and still they waited.
They knew there were fish in the lake, but not one fish swam in to their net. They waited as long as they could and then, feeling pretty discouraged and sad, they rowed back to shore with their empty nets. Mime rowing back to shore, pick the net up easily to show it's empty, look a bit sad. There wouldn't be any fish to sell that day. They wouldn't have any money.
That morning, Jesus was standing by the lake preaching to a crowd of people. He saw two boats on the sea shore and one of them was Simon's boat! He got into the Simon's boat,and taught the crowd of people from the sea shore. When Jesus was done teaching he told Simon to put his nets into the water to try to catch some fish. Simon told Jesus that he'd been out all night and hadn't caught any fish at all, but that he would listen to Jesus anyway and put the net into the water. When Simon did this the net became so full of fish that it began to break. Mime putting the net in the water and trying to haul it back up. Invite one of the children to help you.
He had to call a friend to help bring in the nets and the fish. Simon was amazed by all the fish they had caught and was embarrassed because he knew that he was a man who made mistakes and did bad things. He didn't think he deserved to have such a wonderful thing happen to him-- he didn't deserve all the fish they'd caught. But Jesus told Simon and the other men that they would become fishers of men, that from now on, they would spend their time telling other people about Jesus and how much Jesus loves them. When Simon and the other men heard this they parked their boats and left everything they had a followed Jesus.
What you need
Jesus calls Simon Peter