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For Kids: Jesus the Shepherd | Easter 4 | Year A

Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed


Big Idea: Jesus cares for us.


Story: "The Good Shepherd" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 436


Ask: How does Jesus help us when we are having a hard time?


Say: Let us watch this video and see the story another way:


Lesson Video | The Good Shepherd


(Following lesson from the Spark Lectionary lesson for today)


Ask:


True or false: sheep don’t like to be alone.

What fabric is made from shearing sheep?

Are sheep mentioned in the Old Testament or New Testament?

Is a male sheep called a lamb, a ram, or a ham?

True or false: sheep are stupid.

To what animal are sheep most closely related?

Is a sheep more likely to live seven years or seventy years?

True or false: shepherds sleep in barns.

True or false: sheep smell like roses.

True or false: a sheep is a vegetarian, or herbivore.

Which famous king tended sheep in his youth?

Is the sound a sheep makes called a bleat, a skeet, or a creek?

Whom did the angels first tell about Jesus’ birth?

True or false: sheep like to sleep on their backs.

True or false: a mother sheep usually has seven or eight baby lambs at one time.


(Guide: T, wool, both, ram, f, goats, 7, f, f, t, David, bleat, shepherds, f, f)


Say: Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd.” Was Jesus really a shepherd who actually tended sheep? (Allow time for kids to respond.)


Jesus’ job wasn’t actually a shepherd. But he talked about being a shepherd because he knew that the people would understand what a shepherd does to care for his flock. How might Jesus be like a shepherd? (He cares for us, his sheep. His followers are like a flock that needs a shepherd. He knows us. He protects us from danger. He laid down his life to protect us.)


So, let's now sing a song about Jesus...


Song for Kids: The Jesus Song


Activity Sheets or Play


After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).


End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.


(If you need more time)

  • Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.

  • Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.


Ending Song: The Lord's Prayer


Children's Printable Activity Sheets & Songs

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