St Peter


  1. A simple drama about Jesus' prediction of Peter's denial, the denial itself and Jesus' post-resurrection words to Peter.
  2. A discussion about what we can learn from St Peter today.




Teaching Notes

Matthew 26-27 and John 21: A Simple Drama

Scene 1

Narrator: Jesus and his special friends, the twelve disciples, had shared a meal together. Now they were in the garden at Gethsemane. Jesus said:
Jesus: Tonight every one of you will lose his faith in me.
Peter: Even if everyone should lose his faith in you, I never will!
Jesus: I tell you, Peter, that tonight, before the cock crows, you will disown me three times.
Peter: Even if it means dying with you I will never disown you.
Narrator: And all the other disciples said the same.

Scene 2

Narrator: When Jesus was arrested, all of his disciples deserted him and made their escape. Jesus was taken to the High Priest's house. Peter followed Him at a distance, right up to the High Priest's courtyard. Then he went inside and sat down with the servants and waited to see the end. A maidservant came up to him and said,
Maidservant: Weren't you too with Jesus, the man from Galilee?
Peter: I don't know what you're talking about.
Servant 2: This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.
Peter: I don't know the man!
Servant 3: You certainly are one of them, it's obvious from your accent.
Peter: I tell you I don't know the man!
As soon as he heard the cock crow, the words of Jesus came back into Peter's mind - "Before the cock crows you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Scene 3

Narrator: After Jesus had been crucified, and had risen from the dead on Easter morning, he showed himself to his disciples on the shore of Lake Tiberias. The disciples had been fishing all night. Just as dawn began to break, Jesus stood there on the beach, although the disciples had no idea that it was Jesus.
Jesus: Have you caught anything, lads?
Peter: No.
Jesus: Throw the net on the right side of the boat, and you'll have a catch.
Narrator: So they threw out the net and found that they were now not strong enough to pull it in because it was so full of fish! At this, the disciples recognised Jesus and Peter plunged into the sea while the other disciples followed in the boat. They saw that a charcoal fire was burning on the beach, and they shared a breakfast of bread and fish with Jesus. Afterwards Jesus said to Simon Peter:
Jesus: Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others?
Peter: Yes, Lord. You know that I am your friend.
Jesus: Then feed my lambs. Simon, son of John, do you love me?
Peter: Yes, Lord. You know that I am your friend.
Jesus: Then care for my sheep. Simon, son of John, are you my friend?
Peter: Lord, you know everything. You know that I am your friend!
Jesus: Then feed my sheep. You must follow me.

[This script is an adaptation of J. B. Phillips's translation of Matthew 26-27 and John 21, taken from "The New Testament in Modern English", Revised Edition, ã 1958, 1960, 1972]

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