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 the Weekend…
This week your child learned that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. 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 cares for us and seeks after those who are lost.
- Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
John 14:6 (NLT)
John 14:6 (NLT)
3 Activities that Help Us Learn This Week's Teaching Truth:
1. Make a Sheep
Save a toilet paper tube. Then grab some glue, cotton balls, markers, toothpicks, and a piece of paper.Have your child glue cotton balls all over the toilet paper tube. Help your child cut a face for the sheep out of the white piece of paper and then have him draw a face and ears on it. Then glue the face to the end of the roll. For legs, gently poke holes into the tube with the toothpicks. As you and your child make the sheep, talk with your child about this parable by using these questions:
- Can sheep take care of themselves, or do they need someone else to care for them?
- The Bible says we are like sheep. What does that mean?
- What does it mean to be valuable? What does it mean that we are valuable to God?
2. Lost Sheep
Take the sheep that you and your child made together and hide it in various places that your child will find. Each time he discovers it, celebrate and revisit truths from the story...that we are like sheep, and Jesus is the good shepherd who loves us enough to search for us and find us when we are lost.
3. Herd the Sheep
With your child, gather several stuffed animals or dolls into a corner of a room to represent sheep. Have your child pretend to be a sheep by getting down on all fours and saying “baa, baa”. Gently herd him into the corner with the other pretend sheep. Once he is back in the sheepfold, say a quick prayer of thanks to God for taking care of us. Then switch roles and let your child pretend to be the good shepherd and you can be the sheep.
Pray a short, simple prayer thanking Jesus that He came to seek and save the lost. Thank Him for salvation and a new life that we get to live for Him. Thank Him for taking care of us and being our Perfect Shepherd.
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