Beulah Land: The Good Shepherd
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
- Summary: Today’s story is not a parable in a strict sense. It’s an “I Am” discourse that is often lumped in with parables since it uses imagery to convey a truth about Jesus. In this story, Jesus is revealing something about himself, his followers, and enemies of God. You can find the passage in John 10. During the story, the storyteller is instructed to slowly take down the felt figures of the crowd following Jesus, and replace them with sheep. This provides a clear context for the children to see a connection between Jesus and his followers with the Good Shepherd with his sheep. In that way, it is quite similar to the communion story we tell in Godly Play!
- I Wonder… : how the Good Shepherd knows the names of the sheep? how they know his voice? why the ordinary shepherd doesn’t care about the sheep in the same way? what the names of the sheep are?
- Additional Follow-up: You could read Psalm 23 or John 10. Maybe you can talk about shepherds and sheep. You could sing “I am Jesus Little Lamb” or, if you’re the crafty type, make a sheep pen with cotton ball sheep. I thought this was a cute thing to make and put in a child’s room as a reminder of our Shepherd’s presence!
- Hymn of the Month: Abide with Me. Find it HERE to practice at home!
Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter V
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23
- Summary: Today’s story focuses on Jesus as Parable-Maker and Healer. In the words of Godly Play, “His work was to come close to people…when Jesus came close to people, they changed.”
- I Wonder…: what Jesus thought about his work? what the blind man thought when he was able to see? what was so important about Jesus’ parables and healings? what sort of people Jesus came close to? what about today…who does Jesus come close to? what does that even mean?
- Additional Followup: Go back through some of the accounts of Jesus’ miracle and parables in Scripture. Ask your kids to tell a parable or miracle to you!