God Gives Us Shepherds
Our shepherds help us love and
Our Father, we thank you for our friends who also love Jesus. Help us to serve you by serving other people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Choose any of these learning activities that fit current needs.
1. Find in Luke 15:1–7 how Godly leaders care for people who are weak or lost.
A teacher or older child tells the story of the good shepherd, Luke 15:1–7.
Ask the children these questions, and let them answer before you tell the answer:
Who were the people that liked
to listen to Jesus talk?
Who were the people that were
jealous of Jesus and often said bad things about Him?
· When the shepherd counted his sheep, how many were missing?
· What did the shepherd do about the one lost sheep?
What did the shepherd do with
his friends and neighbors after he found his lost sheep?
2. Dramatize the story of the lost sheep. Rehearse it and present it to the adults during the worship time.
An older child or adult plays the part of Shepherd.
children play these parts:
Sheep and Lost Lamb:
Lost Lamb: Lag behind, then turn suddenly and quickly crawl out of sight.
at each sheep as you count them. Then shout:
Neighbors: (Shout) “What are you looking for?”
lost a little lamb. I must find it!”
Neighbors: Cheer loudly, and walk away with Shepherd.
3. If the children present the drama about the lost sheep to the adults then let the children also ask the adults the questions about this story under #1 above.
4. Draw a picture of a sheep, and let the children copy it.
show their pictures to the adults and explain that we are God’s sheep,
children might like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of
5. Let four children recite or sing for the adults during worship these verses (Psalm 78:2, 4, 52 , 72):
I will open my mouth in
We will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
He brought his people out like a
And David shepherded them with
integrity of heart;
the parable of the lost coin.
7. An older child reads Luke 15:8–10.
At the same time, a girl walks around the room acting like she is looking for something she lost.
· When the reading is finished, the girl gets a broom and sweeps.
· Suddenly she finds the coin, drops the broom and skips for joy.
8. : Memorize John 10:27-28:
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Younger children might memorize only verse 27:
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
9. Let an older child pray:
“Father, help us to look after each other and care for one another like a shepherd cares for his sheep.”
A more detailed, 20-minute
drama, about God’s shepherds letting his grace flow freely