Pastor Fish Lesson: Jonah

SONG – When the Lord Says ‘Go!’

When the Lord says GO, don’t say “no!”
When the Lord says GO, don’t say “no!”
Jonah ran, away from God’s plan.
He got eaten by a whale, oh my!
When robbers beat and left a man,
Good thing a Samaritan was passing by!
When the Lord says GO …

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STORY – Jonah and the Whale (Book of Jonah)

Hello kids, I have a special treat for you. I want to introduce you to my friend Wigbert.  Wigbert has a whale of a tale about a human named Jonah to tell you today”

Minnows:            Hi Wigbert!

Hi kids, one day I was swimming along minding my business when I saw a human plunge into the ocean in right in front of me. I had the strangest urge to swallow that human. So I did. I swallowed him whole. The human was in my belly and I could hear him praying and praying.  He finally figured out that had been running away from something he was supposed to do. He stayed there in my belly for 3 days. What do you think it would have been like to be in my belly for three days?

Minnows:            Dark? Scary !

After three days I came near to another shore… I got this urge to spit out that human. So I did. I just spit him onto dry land. I hear that the human made it to Ninevah where he was supposed to be going. And he gave those people a warning. They listened.  That’s what I heard. Whales hear a lot, you know. Great hearing, underwater. 


  • Review: We Always Review our “Golden Rule Rhyme.” Say together (substitute ‘Sunday school’ for something else such as ‘bible school’ where needed):
    “As we gather in Sunday school, we will follow the Golden Rule. To each other be kind and true , as we want to be treated too!” 
  • Imagination / Reality check: Have you ever heard of a talking whale or barnacle? That’s just for fun on the recording.
  • Bible Savvy: Was Jonah a hero?  Why did he run away?  Can God still use people who make mistakes or run away?
  • Optional:  (suitable for older audiences) what other meanings can you find in this story?  It’s OKAY to think about the Bible and look at it in many ways and look for deeper meanings.
  • Optional: understanding hyperbole, metaphor, simile, and miracle.  
    • Hyperbole (hīˈpərbəlē):  We use hyperbole when we exaggerate to make a point.  Examples: “I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse,”  and, “I’m so tired I could sleep for a week!”  
    • Simile (siməlē): We use “simile” when we compare one thing to another, such as when we say “a happy heart is like a rainbow,” or when Jesus taught that  “the kingdom of God is like a person who finds a buried treasure.”
    • Metaphor (medəˌfôr):  A metaphor is when one thing stands for something or points at something, such as, “that’s a whale of a problem,” or “you’re a shining star.” 
    • Miracle (mirək(ə)l): an extraordinary event considered a work of divine agency.


  • Art Project. [material: paper, crayons]  Illustrate a funny saying such as “it’s raining cats and dogs!” or a beautiful one, such as “you’re a shining star!”  or “God is my rock.”

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