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Object lesson - NT: Parable of the lost sheep - Guiding the flock

Can the blindfolded 'shepherd' find the lost sheep with a little help? 

In the Bible, the Good Shepherd not only protects his sheep, but also guides them back to the flock when they stray. In this object lesson, we will explore the crucial role of the shepherd in searching for the lost sheep. 

This activity is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the parable of the lost sheep. 

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What you need:

  • a blindfold: any scarf or bandana would do.
  • different types of obstacle items: these could include chairs, tables, soft toys, etc.
  • a toy sheep or a small object to represent the lost sheep

Let's start...

Instructions

Start by explaining the aim of the experiment. The participants will understand the shepherd's role in guiding the lost sheep back to the flock.

Set up a simple obstacle course using the items available. Place the toy sheep or the object at the end of the course.

Select one child to be the shepherd. Blindfold this child. The goal for the shepherd is to retrieve the lost sheep without knocking into any obstacles.

The other children will guide the blindfolded shepherd through the course using only their voices. They cannot touch the shepherd or the obstacles.

Once the shepherd has successfully navigated the course and retrieved the sheep, switch roles and let another child be the shepherd.

Conclusion

Through this fun and interactive experiment, we get a glimpse of the challenges faced by the Good Shepherd in guiding His lost sheep. It also reminds us that, like the shepherd, God is always there to guide us back when we stray, even if the path may seem filled with obstacles. The voices guiding the shepherd symbolize God's Word and the Holy Spirit, helping us navigate the trials of life. This activity serves as a hands-on reminder of God's constant guidance and our reliance on Him.

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