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GOSPEL THEME: Jesus is the Good Shepherd.LISTENING TO THE GOSPELOBJECTIVE: The children will understand the image of Jesus as our shepherd.5. GOSPEL STORYTELLING: Jesus is the Good ShepherdGather the children in the work area and examine the illustration on page 4. Talk about shepherds and how they care for their sheep, provide a safe pen for them, protect them from thieves (one is hiding in the bushes), find them grass and water. Have the children point out the sheep that are playing and not worrying because they know the shepherd is watching over them. Tell the children the Gospel story—Jesus told his friends that he is like a shepherd. The sheep know the shepherd’s voice. The shepherd calls them by name. They do not recognize a stranger’s voice. The shepherd protects the sheep and keeps them safe. When shepherds go to sleep at night, they often lie down in the gateway to the pen to keep the sheep safe inside. The shepherd is the gate who keeps the sheep safely inside at night and who opens the gate to lead them to green pastures. The good shepherd keeps all the sheep safe.Explain to the children that we, too, must try to be good shepherds. Jesus cares for us and keeps us safe. We can care for others and show this care by our loving actions. This is the way people see Jesus’ caring Spirit is in us.BUILDING CHRISTIAN COMMUNITYOBJECTIVE: The children will recognize the people in their lives who care for them.6. GOSPEL ACTIVITY: The Caring Game Move to the work area. Have the children open Promise to pages 2 and 3. Direct their attention to the five squares with illustrations of adults at the bottom of page 3. Have them identify the teacher, doctoror other medical person, coach, priest, and police officer. Ask the children how these people care for others. Then have the children cut out the pictures to use in playing The Caring Game. The sheep on the back of the people illustrations will be used in the prayer service that closes class.Pair up the children and explain the rules for the game. Both children place their five helper cards in front of them, put a marker on START, and take turns flipping a penny to determine the number of moves to make. If heads, the player moves one space; tails, two spaces. When players land on an illustrated square, they must choose one of their cards showing a person who can help the child in the illustration, tell how the person can help, and place the card on that square. There are nine illustrated squares, so players should be able to use all their cards before getting to the FINISH circle. When a player reaches FINISH, he or she may gather all the helper cards from the board into the circle.The children may choose different people to help in situations. For example, the priest may help the child who cannot see in church by calling the little ones up around the altar, but the priest may also help the child across the street or find a way the bored kids in the last illustration can have fun.7. CONCLUDING PRAYER Gather the children in the prayer circle. Have them sit with page 4 on the floor in front of them. Have them hold the five cards with the sheep showing. As you say the following prayer, they put the sheep in the pen one by one—Leader: We thank you, Jesus, for caring for us.All repeat this prayer and put one sheep in the pen.Leader: We thank you, Jesus, for giving us people who care for us.All repeat this prayer and put one sheep in the pen.Leader: We thank you, Jesus, for those who help the homeless people.All repeat this prayer and put one sheep in the pen.Leader: We thank you, Jesus, for our priest(s) and our church. All repeat this prayer and put one sheep in the pen.Leader: We thank you, Jesus, for all the pets you have created for us to care for.All repeat this prayer and put one sheep in the pen.Leader: You are our Good Shepherd, Jesus.All: Amen.EXTENDING ACTIVITIES8. SAINTS WHO CARE Many of the saints are known for their unselfish care for others, especially for poor people. Your parish library or school library may have biographies of saints at your children’s reading level or biographies you can read and use to create stories for the children. The website gives short biographies of saints, also. Many modern-day missionaries, such as Maryknoll priests, brothers, and sisters, care for the poorest of the poor. Invite a missionary to talk to your children about his or her work.9. WE CARE FOR OUR PETS Talk with the children about their pets. Let them each tell a little about the kind of pet they have (or would like to have) and how they care for it. Distribute paper and crayons or colored pencils and ask the children to draw a picture of their pet and how they care for it—water, food, exercise, grooming tools, toys, leash. Visit with individual children as they complete this activity. Help them write “____________ is a good shepherd” as a title for the page.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHESWWhen you gather for your final prayer, have the children’s copies of WCBT ready for the children to take home. New copies will come next year with your Promise subscription.TG4-19

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