October 13, 2020
All We Like Sheep
For and About Children

Faith Together: Jesus, the Good Shepherd

So I did a little research on sheep and shepherds. Here is what I found:

  1. Sheep are often afraid, stressed, and nervous. Even loud noises can frighten them.
  2. Sheep don't mind water, but not moving water. They will not enter it willingly, preferring still water.
  3. However, they will drink any water and need the shepherd to take them to water that is good to drink
  4. Sheep can not protect themselves. They have little ability for defense and even if not directly attacked can die from fright.
  5. Sheep can recognize their name.
  6. Sheep have very good memories and can remember up 50 other sheep or people for several years.
  7. They have highly developed social and emotional recognition skills using faces, voices, and smells.
  8. Sheep can recognize the voice of the shepherd. It is one they trust. They will follow a good shepherd and a good shepherd will risk his life for the sheep.
  9. A shepherd's primary responsibility is the safety and welfare of the flock.
  10. Almost any other domesticated animal could return to the wild and have a chance of survival, but not sheep. Without a shepherd, sheep are in trouble. In fact, without a shepherd, sheep are hopeless.

We are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture (Psalm 79:13)

The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice (John 10:2-3)

Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs (Psalm 40:11)

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters . .. I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.(Psalm 23)

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me ... and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15)

Without a shepherd, sheep are in trouble. In fact, without a shepherd, sheep are hopeless.
Faith Together at Home for this week. (Click here for this week's lesson)

The Baa Baa Song - Song - God's word is like a lamp for our feet.

The Good Shepherd - This video from a farm shows what being a good shepherd means.

23rd Psalm as told by children - This is a beautiful retelling of the 23rd Psalms by children.
Tunes & Tales

Join your preschool church friends on Thursday, October 15 at 9:00 a.m. for Tunes & Tales.

Is there ever anything you wanted very much? We will be talking about pets and reading The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy. Share your pet or stuffed pet with us as we meet with each other.

Gather Round

TIME: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 pm.

FOR: Kindergartners - Second Graders (or anyone that just likes a good story).

WHAT: Will Charlotte be able to save Wilbur's life? Friends are sometimes called on to do extraordinary things.

ENJOY: Meeting old and new friends as we learn about friendship and what they Bible says about friends. Parents do not have to be present - so take a break and let Mrs. Boyce enjoy reading to your kids. Don't worry if you've missed a bit - we'll catch you up.
After School Zoom Club

Join us at 4:30 on Thursday, October 15 as we have our after school snack and enjoy a SCAVENGER HUNT!

Get your running shoes on and be ready to hunt around your house to save your team as we look for various objects. All third through seventh grade friends are welcome as we take a break, share a snack, and just have some fun together!
Third Grade Bibles
(more pictures next week)
Last Saturday we gave out third grade Bibles to 10 third graders. It was a beautiful morning and the kids were so serious about the whole ceremony, which we did one at a time as they came during the hour's allotted time. Some even dressed up for the occasion. Meeting in front of the church each child unwrapped the three layers of the Bible; gold for the value and longevity of the Bible, heart paper for the story of love that is inside, and newspaper for the idea that the Bible is as current as this week's news and is meant to guide us through our lives today. Congratulations to our third graders. May the word of God found in the Bible be a "lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path."
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” Ronald Reagan

 “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.” — Abraham Lincoln

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