Flame: Children Teach the Story of the Lost Sheep

One of the new ideas we’ve tried out this year is to encourage the children to take a more active part in the teaching on a Sunday morning. This was our first attempt.

After teaching the 5-11 year olds the story of the lost sheep and getting them to reflect and respond creatively, we asked them to think about how they would teach the story to a younger age group.

We divided the lesson into parts:
• Worship
• Game
• Craft
• Story
• Prayer

Children decided which part they’d like to help lead and then they got into small groups, with some adult input where necessary, and planned what they would do to lead that part of a lesson for 3-5 year olds.

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This is the plan they came up with:
• Worship—sing ‘Great Big God’ and ‘Bigger than big’ with actions (children leading)
• Game—“squeak, squeak, Baa, Baa,” a variation on a well-known game where a child turns their back and has to guess who has said “squeak, squeak, baa, baa”
• Craft—sheep masks made to be worn as part of the story telling. This involved sticking cotton balls to a face-shaped piece of construction paper and attaching string or yarn.
• Story—an acted-out and narrated telling of the story. The whole group, save one who acts as the shepherd, plays parts of sheep, with one sheep chosen to ‘run away’ and be found by the shepherd
• Prayer—names on hearts to show that God loves each one of us as much as the shepherd loved his lost sheep.

It just so happened that we only had a few 3-5 year olds this Sunday but the activities went really well and the children showed a lot of care and maturity in helping the younger ones to learn and understand the story.

This post first appeared at Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry.

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