Read John 10:1-18, the story students learned this week. Instruct them to say “baa” every time you read the word sheep and to flex their muscles every time you read the word shepherd because the shepherd is strong!
What does a shepherd do for his sheep? (Guides them; feeds them; protects them; even gives up his life for them, if needed)
Jesus is the Good Shepherd and He is stronger than anyone and takes care of us.
Play an outside game similar to “freeze tag” to introduce the idea that a shepherd protects his sheep.
The object of the game is to get all the sheep in the sheepfold. Designate one child as the shepherd, another child as the wolf, and the rest of the family or friends will be the sheep. Designate part of the field as the “sheepfold” or sheep’s pen (where the shepherd is) with masking tape or a rope laid on the ground. Line up the sheep opposite of the sheepfold.
When the shepherd says, “Come” all the sheep must run to the sheepfold without being tagged by the wolf. If anyone is tagged by the wolf, he or she must “freeze” and can only be “unfrozen” by the shepherd. The game ends when all the sheep are safe inside the sheepfold. (If they are enjoying it, choose a new shepherd, a new wolf, and play again.)
Where was the safest place for a sheep to be? (In the sheepfold, near the shepherd)
Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd.” What do you think that means? (He knows His sheep; He cares for them; He protects them from the wolf or other things that might want to harm them; etc.)
The closer we stay to the Shepherd, the safer we will feel.