7. Jesus: The Good Shepherd

Sunday 3rd May: 4th Sunday of Easter
Scripture: John 10 v 4-9

When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

 

Today, I am going to show you some phrases from some famous characters in films you may have seen. See if you recognise who it is.

  • “To infinity and beyond!”
  • “Some people are worth melting for”
  • “Just keep swimming!”
  • “Now think of the happiest things. It’s the same of having wings”
  • “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun”

Was it easy or hard to guess who said each of these things? How could you be certain who said it?
You had to be pretty familiar with the film and the character to know them. Shall I show you the answers?

  • “To infinity and beyond!” – Buzz Lightyear
  • “Some people are worth melting for” – Olaf
  • “Just keep swimming!” – Dory
  • “Now think of the happiest things. It’s the same of having wings” – Peter Pan
  • “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun” – Mary Poppins

… If you have never seen the film Finding Nemo, you may not know that Dory is a fish who says “Just keep swimming!”
But, if you have seen Frozen a hundred times, you will know everything that snowman Olaf says.
The more you know the film and character, the better you know their voice.

I have one more for you to guess:
“Love each other as I have loved you”. Who do you think said that?

That’s right! Jesus said it.
Jesus is not a character from a film. He is the Good Shepherd who takes care of us, his flock.
Jesus says that His sheep know his voice and follow Him.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You that You help us to hear and know Jesus’s voice.
We want to follow You today and always.
In Jesus’s name. Amen

Activities

We aim to provide activities to suit our wide age range at Children’s Church, offering drawing/colouring based activities and literacy activities of different difficulty levels to appeal to children from 4 years to 11 years.

Activity 1: Dot to dot (left)
Jesus the Good Shepherd dot to dot

Activity 2: Colouring page
Jesus the Good Shepherd Colouring page

Activity 3: Word search
Shepherds Voice word search

Activity 4: Crossword
Shepherds Voice Crossword