Like the father celebrated the return of the prodigal son, the good shepherd rejoiced when he found his lost sheep. Jesus wants us to know through these parables how much our heavenly Father loves those that are lost and far from Him. As you do these activities with your kids this week, be sure to pray for someone you know who does not know Christ.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus takes care of each one of us. There was once a shepherd that had 100 sheep, and he took good care of his sheep. Each day the shepherd took the sheep to eat grass and drink water from a stream or pond. Every night the shepherd brought the sheep home to the sheep-fold. One night when he counted the sheep, there were only 99. He left them in the fold to go find the one missing sheep. When he found the sheep, he lovingly put it on his shoulder and carried it home. He was so happy to have found the sheep that he had a party and celebrated. Jesus is like the good shepherd; He takes good care of us and keeps us safe.
- Jesus loves us even when we do wrong things.
- Jesus loves us and wants us to follow Him.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." John 14:6 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us Jesus Loves Us and Wants Us to Follow Him:
1. The Sheep Fold
Let your child pretend to be a shepherd trying to get his sheep into the fold. Mark off a section to be the sheep fold. Grab several large cotton balls and have your child blow the “sheep” into the fold. You can make it a race and see how fast you can get the sheep into the fold.
2. Popcorn Sheep
For snack time, pop some popcorn and let your child create a popcorn sheep picture before his snack. Grab a white sheet of paper and a green crayon. Help your child draw a mountain on the left side of the paper that falls into a flat field on the right side and color in the mountain and field. As you tell your child the story of the lost sheep or read it from the Bible, have them glue nine pieces of popcorn in the field and draw legs on their sheep with a black crayon. Glue the one piece of popcorn by itself on the mountain. Talk with your child about the parable using these questions.
- What did the shepherd do when he lost one sheep?
- Did he find the sheep?
- What did he do when he found the lost sheep?
- Jesus is the shepherd and we are His sheep. What does he do when he finds a sheep that is lost?
- What is a parable?
3. Find the Lost Sheep
Make binoculars by taping two toilet paper tubes together and make a horn out of an empty paper towel tube. Hide a stuffed animal sheep or a picture of a sheep in the house or room. Use the binoculars and the horn to call for the lost sheep. Go around the house together looking for the sheep until it is found.
Jesus, thank you for loving me and for caring for me. Thank you for being the Good Shepherd and coming to find me when I wander away from you. Help me to show how much you love me to others so that they may love you, too.
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