Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a shepherd? Or a lamb? Perhaps you already know, but would like to help your kids connect this experience to their faith. This Family God Time was super fun for our family to do because the activity was led by our children. Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from being a shepherd in the family, and just be a lamb. Have fun feeding your family’s faith this week!
Supplies: God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, a stuffed animal sheep or a handful of cotton balls.
Gather: We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time. Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable. My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose! Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).
Story: Read the story “Jesus is the Good Shepherd” from John 10:1-15 in My First Hands On Bible (you can do the activities there, if you like), your Bible, or you can check out this version: John 10:1-15
Discuss: What do you know about sheep? What do you know about shepherds? What do you think about Jesus comparing us to sheep? What do you think about Jesus being our good shepherd?
Song: I Just Wanna Be a Sheep by Brian Howard. You can find the official tune and lyrics here: https://youtu.be/aYKxzTHPJpE This song is really to catch on to for both kids and adults and helps to drive home the point about us as Jesus’ sheep.
Activity: For our activity this week, we did two things. First, we passed a toy stuffed sheep around and had the person who had it show how they would take care of the sheep. We encouraged them to be gentle and kind. Everyone took a turn at this.
Next, we had our oldest daughter hide the sheep for us to find. This happened several times, and with much enthusiasm!
Afterwards, we talked about how Jesus is our shepherd and will always come to find us, no matter where we go or what kind of trouble we might get into.
Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you that you are our good shepherd, and that we are your sheep. Help us to always listen to you, and follow you. Find us when we are lost. In your name we pray, Amen.