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                                             Teaching This Week’s Lesson
  Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize the people in their lives who care for them.
Gather in a circle and sing “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) to start your class session.
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Jesus, you give us parents and teachers and friends to love us and take care of us. Thank you, Jesus. Help us to show love and care back to them and to you.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Activity l Who Cares for Us? Sit in a story circle. Ask: Who cares for you at home? What do they do to show they care for you? After you have discussed all the ways the children are cared for at home, at school, at day care, or Grandma’s, ask: What do you take care of? If any children have pets, have them tell about feeding them, giving them fresh water, taking them for walks, playing with them. Ask what or who else they take care of—younger children, an older relative or neighbor, their toys, their clothes. Perhaps they help rake leaves, shovel snow, or empty the dishwasher. Bring out that it is important to take care of something or someone in addition to being taken care of by others.
Activity l Creative Play Gather the children in the open area. Invite them to take turns showing how they care for others. You start by doing a simple activity such as raking leaves. As soon as someone guesses, they all pantomime raking. Invite
a volunteer to pantomime another caring action and continue
in this manner. After five or six times, change the pantomime to someone who takes care of them. You start by pretending to read to someone.
If you and your children like to sing, use the “This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes” melody all the children probably know to go along with your pantomime. Conclude this creative play with
a game of Simon Says. You be the leader. Be sure to have the children jump up and down a few times so they will be ready to listen to the Gospel.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will understand the image of Jesus as shepherd.
Activity l Gospel Warm-Up Gather the children in the story area. Review their answers about taking care of pets. Play and sing “All God’s ANIMALS” (CD-2, #13). Invite the children to
name some farm animals. Ask: How does a farmer take care of his cows? His pigs? His chickens? His sheep?
Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus is the Good Shepherd. (page 1) Tell the children that Jesus talks about sheep. Where Jesus lived there were lots of sheep. People made clothes and warm blankets from their wool and drank the sheep’s milk to become strong. People wanted to keep their sheep safe and healthy. The people who cared for the sheep are called shepherds.
Jesus told his friends, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me.” Jesus’ friends knew about sheep and shepherds. They knew that a good shepherd builds a pen of stones so the wolf can’t get in and hurt the sheep. They knew that a good shepherd sleeps on the ground in the opening to the sheep pen
so nothing can get in to hurt the sheep at night. Jesus’ friends
knew that a good shepherd leads the sheep to food and water and watches so the sheep don’t get lost or fall over cliffs or into holes. Jesus’ friends followed Jesus like sheep follow a good shepherd. They knew that Jesus loved them and would take care of them like a shepherd cares for his sheep.
Explain to the children that Jesus is our shepherd too. Jesus cares for us and keeps us safe. He wants us to trust him and follow him like sheep trust and follow their shepherd.
We can also care for others and show this care by our loving actions. This is the way people will see Jesus’ caring spirit is in us. Hand out the copies of Seeds. Have the children look at the
cover. Talk about the sheep. See how happy the sheep is by the shepherd. Have them notice the boulders, the uneven ground, and the sheep grazing on the grass. Explain the shepherd’s crook. This helps him not to stumble on the rocky hills. The hook at the top helps him reach and pull back a sheep that is in danger.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Jesus Is the Good Shepherd (page 24)
 Help the children find page 24 in their Catechism handbooks. Direct them to look at the illustration on the
 Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 22, 2018
4th Sunday of Easter
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