Friday, February 18, 2011

Jesus is the Good Shepherd Sharing time

Sharing time- Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd

"Here, kitty, kitty! Here, kitty, kitty!” Brandon called over and over again.” Mother called, “Brandon, it’s getting dark now. Come inside.”
“But, Mommy, one of the kittens is missing from the box!” Brandon ran to the porch. “See?” he said. “One, two, three, four, five. They’re all here except Mandy.”
“But how can you tell which one is missing?” asked Daddy, joining them on the porch. “They all look alike.”
“Oh, no,” said Brandon. “They are all the same color, but each one is a little different from the others, and I know that Mandy is the missing one.”
“But you should come inside now,” said Daddy. “The kitten will be all right. She’ll probably come back during the night. I’ll check later to see if she’s here.”
“But I can’t go to bed until I find her,” insisted Brandon. “If I was missing, wouldn’t you worry about me?”
“Of course, we would!” said Daddy. “I’ll tell you what—let’s get the flashlight and look for the kitten together.”  They searched under the back porch, under the bushes, in the window well, and everywhere they thought that a frightened kitten might hide. But they couldn’t find Mandy anywhere.
“It’s getting very late,” said Daddy. “We really should go back in.”
“Wait, Daddy. Listen! Did you hear that?”
“I hear Mandy crying. Do you hear her, Daddy?”  Sure enough, there was a faint “Mew! Mew!” coming from somewhere.
“Up, Daddy—shine the light up.”
Daddy shined the flashlight above them, and there was the tiny kitten on a limb of the mulberry tree.
Daddy called, “Here, kitty, kitty! Here, Mandy!”
“I’ll climb up and get her,” Brandon offered. “I climb this tree all the time.”
While Daddy held the flashlight, Brandon climbed to the limb where the kitten was.
“Here, Mandy,” he said again. Then very slowly he slipped his hand under Mandy’s chest and lifted her to his shoulder. She clung tightly to his jacket as he climbed back down.
Later, when Mandy was safely back in the box on the porch and Daddy was tucking Brandon into bed, Daddy said, “You know, this reminds me of a story about Jesus.”  “You mean Jesus had a kitten that got lost?” Brandon asked in surprise.  “No,” said Daddy. “But He told a story about a [good] shepherd who had many sheep.” A hundred sheep. (Taken from “For Little Friends”, Lois J. Funk, “A Lamb Named Brandon,” Friend, Mar. 1991, 28–29
A good shepherd will give his life to protect his sheep. He knows each sheep by name. The sheep know his voice and follow him and none other. If a sheep is lost, a good shepherd will search endlessly for it to bring it safely back to the fold. And one of them was lost. “The shepherd left the other ninety-nine sheep to look for the lost one. He searched everywhere. When he found it, he was very happy. He picked it up, put it on his shoulders, and carried it home. Then he called to all his friends and neighbors to come and be happy with him because he had found the sheep that was lost.” (taken from and Luke 15:4) Jesus Christ told this story and taught that he is the Good Shepherd and we are his sheep. He knows each of our names and loves and cares for each of us like the Shepherd cared for the sheep in the story. He wants each of us to be able to live with him forever and we must follow Jesus and help find people that may be lost or don’t come to church as often or don’t know about the gospel. (taken from

We are going to play a game. When we land on a sheep, we will pick a sheep and answer a question about Jesus and the shepherd parable. After the question is answered correctly, we will move that sheep into Jesus' fold on the right of the board. Let's see how many sheep we can herd!!!

The sheep can be found on

The gate is from a Primary Partners sharing time lesson, Mary Ross and Jeanette Guymon-King

Questions on the sheep:
S- What does a shepherd do?

S- Who are the sheep in
Jesus’ fold?

S- Who is a lost sheep?

S- How many sheep were
 there in Jesus’ story?

S- How is Jesus Christ the
 “Good Shepherd”?
S-What can we do to help find
a lost sheep?

S-How did the good shepherd feel
 when he found the lost sheep?

S-How many sheep are there
on the earth today?

S-Are some sheep more important
 than others to a shepherd?

S- How can we be like
 the good shepherd?

S- What can we do to find a
lost sheep?

S-How did the shepherd feel
when he realized a sheep
was missing?

S-Does Jesus know your name?
see John 10:14

S-Does Jesus have a favorite sheep?
What did the Shepherd do when
he found the missing sheep?

S-Have you ever brought someone back to the church? 

Shake a sheep’s hand in the room

Say “My name is ________
And I am one of Jesus’ sheep!”

These sheep were taken from dtlk kids and the link no longer exists.(to my knowledge) I have attached a link to my saved version I used. Hopefully, I don't get in trouble too much for letting everyone have access to it.
You can find a copy of the file named "sheep craft" at my Skydrive:


  1. I am using these ideas for a training meeting this week! Thanks so much!

  2. I am using these ideas for a training meeting this week! Thanks so much!