The Good Shepherd

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News and Activities for Children and Young People

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Here is our worship for children and school
  • Join us for zoom Sunday School at 9am (contact us at for a code to join)
  • Although we can not physically meet together -it is important that our children continue to grow in faith and are able to connect with one another so here are some resources to help you at home.
  • Please send us your artwork, videos and pictures and you will win a star - 5 stars = prize.
Bible story

Open the Bible at John 10.1-10: Jesus tells us he is like a shepherd: he loves and protects us, so we can live a full and happy life.

Pen them in

Use objects to make your space look like a sheep pen, surrounded on every side, except for one open space for the entrance. You could invite someone/everyone to help set the area up.

Ask everyone to walk through the entrance and find a space to sit down. Once everybody is inside the ‘pen’, ask someone to lie down across the entrance to block it. Explain that this was how shepherds looked after their sheep: they became the ‘gate’, looking after their sheep.

Read the passage while inside the ‘pen’ together.

Jesus said, ‘I am just like a good shepherd who takes care of his flock of sheep. He knows the names of all his sheep. When he calls them, they follow him into the safety of the sheepfold. And when he calls them out, they follow him wherever he goes, because they know and trust him. But if a stranger gets into the sheepfold and calls to the sheep, they refuse to follow, because they do not know the stranger’s voice. The gatekeeper only opens the gate for the good shepherd. Thieves and robbers try to break into the fold to steal the sheep, but the shepherd protects them from danger.’

The people listening to Jesus still did not understand what he was saying, so he said to them, ‘I am just like the gate of the sheepfold. All those who went before me were thieves and robbers who wanted to lead the sheep astray, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am not like a thief who comes to steal and kill and destroy. I am the gate: whoever enters by me will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. I came that the sheep might have a full and happy life



Many people feel outside the grace and love of God.

  1. Create a circular ‘sheepfold’ in the middle of the room using rope or cloths. Cut out some card sheep (template).
  2. Invite everyone to pray for anyone who needs tp know God's love at this time.
  3. Write their names on the ‘sheep’ and place them in the fold.
  4. Pray Psalm 23 together.
Other activities 
Alternatively you might like try one of these sheets:

Activity Sheet  or Colouring Sheet

Photograph your work and send it back to to be included in next week's service. You will receive your star.

Young People

Drop the Egg
Split the young people into groups of three and give each group an egg. Challenge them in two minutes to wrap up or protect the egg in some way, using only whatever they can find, before they give it to you, and you drop the egg from a great height. How easy is it to protect things in times of trouble? How can we be better equipped for what life throws at us?

Bible protection            

Read the passage from John 10
Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 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. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Questions to discuss
  • What do you think it means to live life abundantly?
  • Do your friends know that you have this life in abundance that Jesus gives?
  • Are there any ways in which you can share that abundance?
Social media prayers        
Give the young people a piece of paper and a pen each, and encourage them to write a private tweet, Facebook post, Instagram post, or other social media post as if to God, encouraging them to thank God for all the abundance they have and that they might experience abundance in every aspect of their lives.
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Images and Sunday school resources adapted from ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.


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