Fishers of people

Fishers of People

A drama inspired by Matthew 4. 18-19

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.


N: Do you remember this plaice in its heyday, and when we used to be packed in like sardines at Christmas. There were lots of little minnows running around: People were herring in to see each other each week. We had a whale of a time back then, AND we used to be squids in. But look at us now because of Covid. Hardly a sole in sight.

P: Oh haddock away, ye daft Kipper. Don’t carp on about the past all the time, it’s no use. I personally think we couldn’t be doing any batter under the present circumstances. And one or two DO drift in with the tide during the week, numbers are doing reel well considering what we’ve all been through!

N: It’s sad though, isn’t it, according to the net, people don’t seem to see a need for cod any more! Everyone is worn out, just look at our team leaders, they’ve had a halibut of a job, this last eighteen months. They thought they were going to flounder. The virus came as a great shark to them!

P: Well let’s not skate around the issue, manta man, what we need, is to go trout and about, EEL FOR EEL AND ROE FOR ROE, and FISH FOR PEOPLE!

We could even go pub trawling, and make a catch there.

N: On yer pike!. Over my dead body!

P: (shouts) Is there a sturgeon in the house?

N: Oh I fell for that , hook, line and sinker!

P: Look, we have to just accept where we are now, and tackle what we can, within our limits, and not just scampi off. I know fins aren’t what they used to be, but we’ll all just have to chip in and play our part. Everything comes to those who bait.

N: Well then, I won’t come at all if there’s LIVE STREAMING or Zoom?

P: Actually these has been of great benefit to those who have found themselves in troubled waters. And our crew are a dab hand at it now.

N: Well all ideas will need to be passed by the ECC ( sea sea) first.

P: Well we have to start somewhere: What we need is to keep ourselves an even keel, ex salmon ourselves, our hopes and expectations; mullet things over carefully, and go forward as one. We’ll need to keep our eyes on the big fisherman, rather than on the wind and waves that are still raging.

Can we at least agree on that?

N: (SIGHS) I suppose so!

P: Come on old chum, let’s go fishing. Take every oppor tuna ty

N: And fish for people? OMC !

P: Dolphin-itely.