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Shepherd, Shepherd!

Application:

A game to show children how precious they are to Jesus.

Materials Needed:

A tiny toy sheep (small enough to hide behind a child's back).
Alternately, a cardboard picture of a sheep.

Memory Verse:

"Be happy with me, for I have found my lost sheep" (Luke 15:6).

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.

 

 
Now where's that pesky sheep gone?

Playing the Game:

The children sit in a circle facing inwards with their hands behind their backs.  The child chosen to be the shepherd sits in the centre of the circle with his or her eyes closed.  The child who has the sheep (the Dropper) gets up and walks around the circle and secretly drops the sheep into the hands of any child he or she chooses, and then goes and sits down in his or her place again.

When the leader says, "Find the sheep!" the shepherd opens his or her eyes and the children chant, "Shepherd, shepherd, where's your sheep?"  The shepherd then has three chances to guess who has the hidden sheep.

If the shepherd guesses correctly, the child with the sheep becomes the new shepherd, and the old shepherd becomes the new Dropper.   Otherwise the game is repeated with the same shepherd and the leader chooses a new Dropper.

The Lost sheep:

Jesus told a story (Luke 15:3-6): "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.  Then he calls his friends and neighbours together to share his joy at finding the lost sheep."

We are Precious:

Yes, the farmer was very happy when he found his lost sheep.   Our memory verse says:

"Be happy with me, for I have found my lost sheep" (Luke 15:6).

Let's say the verse together.

Each one of us is like a lost sheep and Jesus is the Good Shepherd who really cares for His sheep.  If we ask Jesus to come and live in our hearts, this makes Jesus very happy because we then belong to Him!  And the story that Jesus told about the lost sheep shows us that we are very precious to Him!

God bless.

 

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