I'm Amy. I'm home educating our 2 cubs, overseeing the Kids Ministry at our Church Plant in NYC and trying to remember what day of the week it is. 
I really believe:
making disciples starts at home.

Shepherds and Sheep

Shepherds and Sheep

If God is our Good Shepherd then we are his sheep!

Here's an activity to act, sing and BAAA like a sheep, exploring what it means to follow Jesus.

MATTHEW 18: 12-13 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?  And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away!

JOHN 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
JOHN 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me.
LUKE 15: [Story of the Lost Son and the GOOD Father]

A good shepherd takes care of his sheep. When they run away he goes and searches for them and calls them home. We started with me telling the story and drawing a stick man Shepherd  (because I can't draw very well!) looking for his sheep, at the same time. Then the cubs copied it and began drawing their own sheep. I drew my own story alongside them, and they copied the hills and hid their sheep across them.

We found a stick in the garden and played 'Follow the Shepherd' and sang a song I made up to the tune of "Following the Leader" (in my mind it's the song from Peter Pan!) and it goes like this:

Drawing the Shepherd looking for his sheep: Click here for Instagram Link

We’re following the Shepherd, the Shepherd, the Shepherd.
We’re following the Shepherd, wherever he /she may go.

We follow whoever is the Shepherd with the stick around the garden and when he/she stops and we run away and hide.

The sheep have run away, away, away.
The sheep have run away, but where have they gone?
The Shepherd is now searching, he’s searching, he’s searching.
The Shepherd is now searching and calling them back home.

I suggested they pretend to call out for the sheep - but each of them instead of saying "Come here sheep", or something to that effect, just made an authoritative BAAAA as their call! Which was pretty funny. I explained that God calls our names when he searches for us, but BAAA became the way forward.

This game was repeated a few times to give each person a go at being Shepherd. Everyone loved holding the big stick and being followed around the garden!

Question: How do we follow Jesus when we don't see him in front of us? 

My answer: Listen for his voice. What was the last thing he said, or the last place he directed you to, or the last thing he asked you to do? Begin there. 

What would you say?

Let us know in the comments, have fun together, and see what songs you can make up!
Don't forget to post your Fan-BAA-stic pictures on @raisinglittledisciples of your cubs being sheep :-D

Amy xoxo

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