Fish Inc. - Dunellen Area

The Story of Fish

How the Fish movement began

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The Story of Fish

(reprinted from a pamphlet published by the Fish International Newsletter in 1973)

Along the shores of the Sea of Galilee Jesus came upon two brothers, Peter and Andrew, and said to them: "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Since that time many people have been trying to follow Christ as fishers of men. Some people have succeeded in doing this through Fish.

What is Fish? It's a movement of individuals working together in local chapters performing services - often emergency services, but not always - for their fellow men.

It all started in 1961 when a small group of people in St. Andrew's Church, Old Headington, Oxford, England, sought to follow Christ and minister to their neighbors. A person was selected to be a street warden and to watch out for the well-being of the people on the street. Fish cards were distributed to all the homes on each street, and people placed the Fish card in their window when they needed help. When a local street warden saw a Fish card he went immediately to the house.

As an American visiting in England several years later learned of this program, and brought the story of it back to Rev. Robert L. Howell, at that time rector of the Church of the Good Shephard, West Springfield, Massachusetts. In that parish, a small group was already meeting regularly during Lent 1964. At the end of Lent Father Howell preached a sermon about establishing Fish in the parish, and shortly five people joined him and his wife in initiating the first Fish chapter in the United States

Today there are more than 1,000 chapters in America as well as many other couuntries throughout the world. In the U.S, Fish operates basically by telephone rather than by signs in the window, but the premise is the same: being fishers of men.