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Good Shepherd


Jesus is our Good Shepherd and cares for us.

Memory Verse:

"I am the Good Shepherd and I know My sheep and My sheep know Me" (John 10:14).

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Materials Needed:

A4 sheets thin white card.
For each child:
A copy of the Good Shepherd pattern below:
Chenille wire (pipe cleaners).
Cotton wool.
Coloured crayons.
Bostik glue.
Felt-tipped pens.

Click here for Good Shepherd Pattern

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.

Doing the Activity:

  1. Print a copy for each child of the Good Shepherd pattern on A4 thin white card.
  2. Let the Children colour the picture as they desire, leaving the sheep in their white colour .
  3. Let them glue pieces of cotton wool to the sheep to give the picture a 3-D effect.
  4. They can form a shepherd's staff from chenille wire and glue it into place in the shepherd's hand.
  5. Help them add the verse, "I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD" (John 10:11).


The Good Shepherd:

The Bible tells us that Jesus is our Good Shepherd and that He knows His sheep and His sheep know Him.  You all love Jesus don't you?   (Let the children respond).  Well every boy and girl, and every man and woman, become one of Jesus' sheep when they ask Him to come into their hearts.

Many years ago in Israel a shepherd would call his sheep, each one by name.  They would follow the shepherd as he led them to good grass where they could graze safely.  During the day he would keep them safe from wild animals who would try and kill a sheep or a lamb.

In the evening, the shepherd would call them again and they would follow him back into the sheepfold.  The shepherd would then lie in the doorway and sleep there, so that he could keep the sheep safe during the night.

Our Good Shepherd:

Jesus cares for each one of us in the same way, and that's why He is our Good Shepherd.  So let's learn our memory verse, "I am the Good Shepherd and I know My sheep and My sheep know Me" (John 10:14).   Let's say that again, and then some of you can try and say it by yourself.

And now we are going to colour in a picture showing Jesus looking after a lamb and some sheep.  We will make the shepherd a staff from this chenille wire and make the sheep all wooly with this cotton wool.   The picture will remind you that Jesus is your Good Shepherd and when you go to bed tonight, Jesus will keep you safe.

God bless!

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