John 10:11-18 – The Good Shepherd
Props: Detective Gear, sheep, staff and shepherd for evidence box
· Recall with the children the ways that we’ve looked for clues about Jesus in past weeks – we’ve always had Jesus right there as the biggest clue
· Today we’re looking for clues about Jesus and what he’s like – and about what God is like – in a story that Jesus tells (these clues might be very familiar if you’ve spent time in the Atrium)
· Put on detective gear and look at the clues together:
o the first clue: sheep – what do we know about sheep? They really need someone to take care of them. They’re not very smart. They run around in packs – herds – with other sheep. They’re vulnerable – that means they can’t protect themselves.
o the second clue: shepherd’s staff – one way to protect them. Hook them out of the way, scare away mean animals like the big bad wolf, guide them all together
o the third clue: shepherd – biggest clue – the one who cares for all the sheep, keeps them safe, knows each of their names and calls to them, they all know his name too and know to follow
· The story about the Good Shepherd was Jesus’ clue to how much he loves and wants to protect us and care for us. A clue to how special we each are to God.