Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "The Shepherd's Voice"

Scripture Reading: John 10:1-10

LOST SHEEP HIDE AND SEEK: The teacher or another leader will be the Shepherd and will hunt for all the sheep who are hiding.

SHEPHERDS VOICE: Have the children sit in a circle. One child will wear a blindfold and will represent the shepherd. The teacher will point to one child at a time to make a baa-baa sound. The "Shepherd" will listen and try to guess what child made the baa-baa sound.

FALL OVER SHEEP PLAY: Sheep are known to fall over and need the Shepherd to help them up. A Shepherd can be chosen to find the scattered FALLEN sheep. When the teacher blows a whistle, a new Shepherd will be called who will continue to help up the fallen sheep. The sheep who had "fallen" for the first Shepherd, can "fall" again for other Shepherds.

SHEEP KEEPAWAY: The children, pretending to be sheep, will stand in one long line; Another child, representing the Shepherd will stand across the room ,and the "wolf" in the middle. The Shepherd will call several children's names (sheep) who will try to run to the shepherd while the "wolf" tries to catch them. Make sure the sheep BaaBaa while running. IF the wolf tags them, the sheep must lay down for a little sheep nap.

SHEEP SKIT: The children can play out today's story outside in the green grass/pasture, with a water basin and a shelter that the children can help to "build" out of sheets/blankets hanging over a small table. Let the children take turns being a sheep, a wolf, a shepherd, etc as time allows.

SHEEP CALLING: During today's lesson, the teacher/Shepherd will call a child's name, such as SHEEP SUZY.. and that "sheep" will Baa Baa as loudly as possible. Continue with the lesson and call out each child's name at different times. Another option is to tell the children to BAA BAA whenever they hear the work SHEEP in today's lesson.

BIBLE VERSE SHEEP: Have sheep cut outs placed around a designated area for the children to find after class has begun. Each sheep will have one or more words on the cut outs for the children to find and then place in the correct order to recite the Bible verse words today.

COTTON SHEEP: If the class is small, the teacher can have one very large poster board sheep on the floor, or two large poster board sheep, if the class is larger. As children come into the classroom, they can be encouraged to glue on cotton balls to make a SHEEP for today's lesson!

SHARE A SNACK: Each child will be given a couple of marshmallows to hook together with candy stick or a toothpick to represent a sheep! These could be dipped in frosting or chocolate syrup!

Song:  "Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

About Carol Williams
Carol and her husband have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and Indiana.  Carol loves to work with children so you will find her teaching in Junior Church and children's Sunday School.  She also has clowning ministry in which she is known as Bubbles tc (the clown).
 
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