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Bible story: The calling of the apostles

Creative activities based on the Bible story of The calling of the apostles

Mark 3:13-19 and Luke 6:12-16 both describe the choosing of the twelve apostles by Jesus. In both accounts, Jesus spends a night in prayer and then selects twelve men to be his closest followers and to carry on his mission after he is gone.

The lists of apostles in both accounts are nearly identical, although the order is slightly different. The chosen twelve include Peter, James and John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew (also known as Nathanael), Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Thaddaeus (also known as Judas son of James), and Judas Iscariot.

These passages emphasize the importance of Jesus' close relationship with his disciples and the significant role they played in spreading his message and carrying on his mission.

We have compiled a range of creative ideas and activities below that relate to this Bible story. These resources are designed to help you share this important message in an engaging and interactive way, whether you are a children's ministry leader, a Sunday school teacher, or a religious educator in a Christian primary school.

Our activities below are suitable for use in various settings such as church children's programs, children's ministry, catechism classes, children's services, Bible clubs, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school, and will help students understand the relevance of the Bible to their lives, and the importance of applying its teachings in practical ways.