So begins the beloved Parable of the Good Shepherd in the Godly Play repertoire. As we learn about the Good Shepherd, this story invites the children to come closer. Children are invited to lean into the circle as the lid comes off the Godly Play parable box, so they can wonder and learn about the parable inside.
A parable is a story that Jesus told to explain a concept. It may reveal multiple lessons to a person over their lifetime. The different stages of one’s life help put a spot light on the different outlook that is possible from parables.
In the story of the Good Shepherd, the storyteller explains about the cool clear waters of life that nurture growth, dark moments shadowed by rocks and how the Good Shepherd is with us in both of those times. Sometimes when the storyteller asks the children about this story, a child may say, “I wonder if I’m the sheep who was lost in the dangerous place. And the good shepherd is God, coming to find me.” Its meaning is also found in the 23rd Psalm.
Good news, the Good Shepherd includes everyone at the table of the great banquet! No one is ever left out and all are invited to experience His grace!
We invite Sunday School students to remember the love and grace that is offered to each of them ALWAYS! No matter where they are, what they are doing or how they feel at that moment, God loves them. NSUMC is sharing multiple sheep activities this Sunday; some include puzzle and accordion crafts, minute to win it shepherd games, videos and snacks.