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
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!