SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Fourth Sunday of Easter/May 3, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday
Bible Passage (for parents)
Jesus, the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-10)
Shepherds are people who take care of sheep. Jesus takes care of us like a shepherd cares for his sheep. In today’s gospel, Jesus says that the shepherd knows the sheep by name and leads them. Jesus knows our names and Jesus leads us. Jesus says the sheep know the shepherd’s voice.
Watch the story together:
- How do you know who to believe and who to trust?
- Think of a time when you were scared. Who helped you?
- Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He knows our name and cares for us. How does Jesus care for us?
I Just Want to be a Sheep.
Today we are going to make a snack that looks like a sheep! The recipe calls for a graham cracker square with white frosting spread on it. You then are to add mini marshmallows, a small chocolate disk, and edible eyes made by Wilton and available from a cake decorating shop. I didn’t have most of those supplies on hand during these days of COVID-19. Here what I had and what I made: I took a saltine cracker, spread it with almond butter, added one half of a mini oreo cookie in the middle, stuck mini marshmallows to the almond butter, and then used the cream from the middle of the mini oreo and make eyes. I actually have food markers at home, so I colored black dots on the cream. Look in your pantry and figure out what you can use to make something similar!
Shepherds watch their sheep all day and all night to make sure they’re safe. At night, they bring the sheep in a pen called a sheepfold to make sure they don’t wander away and get lost or hurt. We are going to make our own sheepfold. Use whatever you have. Boxes, chairs, tables, blocks, ottomans, blankets. Once you’ve created your sheepfold, take turns being a sheep in the sheepfold.
This is a sheepfold:
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. His sheep hear his voice. He knows the sheep by name and cares for them and leads them.
- What are some of the things that help us hear Jesus’ voice today?
- As disciples of Jesus, how can we care for others as he cares for us?
The season of Easter is 50 days, from Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020) to Pentecost (May 31, 2020). For your prayers today, consider beginning or continuing a paperchain where everyone in your house writes one thing they are grateful for. Do this until Pentecost.
Pray: Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd. You know our names and you care for us. Help us care for others by sharing your love with them.. (We thank you for these things say the things written on the links of your paperchain or anything for which you are thankful). Jesus, help us always hear you and follow you. Amen
Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings. Contact him at [email protected].