It is Sunday morning and Teddy Horsley is a very excited bear.
On Sunday morning Teddy Horsley gets up early and goes out with Lucy, Walter and Betsy Bear.
Mr and Mrs Henry lead Teddy Horsley past the shops until they come to the church. What will be happening there this week?
Teddy Horsley and Betsy Bear meet with their friends to take part in a play about Jesus’ disciples.
Today they choose costumes to become fishermen, tax collectors, carpenters, farmers and even Jesus himself.
The story all began when Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. He saw boats and fishermen busy at work.
Some were mending boats. Some were selling fish. Some were telling tales of storms and of catches beyond belief.
Simon and his brother Andrew were busy casting their net into the lake, seeking a catch of fish.
Jesus called them, ‘Come, follow me. I will make you fishers of people.’ Simon and Andrew came. Now there were two disciples.
James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, were busy mending their nets, ready to set out on the lake.
Jesus called them, ‘Come, follow me. I will make you fishers of people.’ James and John came. Now there were four disciples.
Soon after they had been called Jesus took these four disciples into the synagogue on the Sabbath. There Jesus began to teach.
The four disciples were amazed at what they heard, since Jesus taught with such authority and power.
Inside the synagogue there was a man possessed by an evil spirit. There Jesus began to cure the sick.
The four disciples were amazed at what they saw, since even evil spirits obeyed Jesus’ commands.
The story developed when Jesus was walking past the tax office set up by the Roman army.
There in the tax office Jesus saw the tax collectors busy at work, raising money to feed the soldiers.
Levi, the son of Alphaeus, was busy counting out the money he had collected, hoping for a rich profit.
Jesus called him, ‘Come, follow me. I will give you a new start in life.’ Now there were five disciples.
Soon after they had been called Jesus took these five disciples to Levi’s house for dinner, and they heard the conversation.
The five disciples were amazed to hear Jesus say, ‘I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’
The story continued when Jesus went up into the hills and called to him those he wanted to be disciples and apostles.
Jesus called Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James and Thaddaeus, Simon and Judas. Now there were twelve disciples.
The story continues today when Jesus walks through our world and continues with his call, ‘Come, follow me.’
Men and women, boys and girls, leave their busy work to follow where Jesus leads. Now there are millions of disciples.
It is Sunday morning and Teddy Horsley has heard Jesus’ call, ‘Come, follow me’.