Children’s Ministry - May 3, 2020
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Opening prayer: God of light and power, we give thanks to for the Good Shepherd.
Help us to do what we can so all people throughout this world can follow you. Amen.
Give thanks and praise: Go around and say something that you are thankful for.
Gospel Reading: John 10:1-18
Jesus told a story to help people understand him: “The shepherd comes to the gate of the sheepfold and calls the sheep. The sheep hear the voice calling them, and they are not afraid because they know their own shepherd’s voice. Anyone who enters the sheepfold in a different way is a thief, not the shepherd.
“The shepherd calls each sheep by name, and one by one they follow the shepherd out if the sheepfold. When all of the sheep have come out, the shepherd goes ahead of them. The sheep follow because the know the shepherd’s voice. They will not follow a stranger because they do not know the stranger’s voice. But they will follow the shepherd.”
Jesus continued, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd will even die to protect the sheep.
“If someone is paid to take care of the sheep, that worker is not a shepherd. If the worker is in charge of the sheep, and a wolf comes, that person will run away.
“The good shepherd does not run away. The shepherd stays to protect the sheep no matter what the danger is.
“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.
“I have other sheep, too, who do not belong to this sheepfold. I must call them also, so there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is why God loves me, because I am willing to give up my life for my sheep
Gospel Reflection: How is Jesus like the Good Shepherd?
How do you know your friends or family? Do you recognize their voices, even if they are calling you from a different room? How can we get to know Jesus and hear Jesus’ voice?
Activity: Listen in a cup phone
You will need: • Yarn or twine • Markers or crayons • Scissors • Cups (paper or Styrofoam) • Paper clips or metal washers. • Stickers or extra decorations
1. Decorate two cups with stickers, colors, and captions.
2. Cut a long piece of yarn or string (at least 3-5 feet long).
3. Poke a small hole in the bottom of each cup.
4. Poke the yarn through the hole, and attach to a paper clip or other small item to prevent the yarn from slipping out of the hole.
5. Find a buddy to practice speaking into the cups and listening on the other side. Have fun!
End with a Prayer