Upper Elementary

Knowing Me, Knowing You

Lesson 7 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: Nance Keyes 

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January 12, 2020

Lesson Focus:

Jesus knows and cares for us.

Bible Basis:

John 1:43-49; 10:11-14

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about a modern day shepherd to help them consider how Jesus, the Good Shepherd, loves and cares for them.

Memory Verse:

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
—John 10:14

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about a modern day shepherd to help them consider how Jesus, the Good Shepherd, loves and cares for them.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Show the following video to your students [3:09]:
The Modern Day Shepherd

Janice Reuter lives on a small sheep farm in Minnesota.

  • What are some of the things that Janice does to take care of her sheep? (Makes sure they have the best grass to eat; worms them twice a year; vaccinates them once a year; shears them once a year; doesn’t move them too fast; uses herding dogs to bring them to her.)
  • What does she do if she gets busy and tired? (She takes care of the sheep anyway.)

Janice mentioned that the traditional shepherds roamed hundreds of miles with their flocks, walking at the pace the sheep needed. The shepherds stayed with them at night, too.

  • Why do you think the shepherds stayed with their sheep all the time? (Answers will vary. They loved them and wanted to make sure they were always cared for; predators would come that needed to be driven away.)
  • Sheep are not the smartest of creatures. They depended on the shepherds to guide them. What kind of bond do you think formed between the sheep and the shepherds? (Answers will vary; mutually close.)

Similar to sheep, we can use some guidance, direction, and caretaking.

  • What are some day-to-day situations—at school, at home, or where you spend your time after school—where having your own personal shepherd to show you the way would be helpful? (Answers will vary.)
  • Is there anyone at school or in the family who fills that role for you sometimes? (Answers will vary; teachers, guidance counselor, coach, parent, grandparent, friend.) 
  • When have you trusted someone to fill that role—perhaps a friend at school—only to be let down? (Answers will vary.)

There is a Good Shepherd who knows us better than we know ourselves. Let’s find out about the Shepherd who loves us, cares for us, and can be there in ways no one else can.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Chenille wires
  • Empty plastic water bottles with labels removed (1 per student)
  • Scraps of cardstock
  • Ultra-fine tipped permanent markers
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • LED tea lights (1 per student)

Before class time you might want to visit the following tutorial blog for a rough idea of the lanterns your students will make as a reminder activity today. You won’t be having them decoupage tissue paper on the lantern, but the tutorial will share the basic construction of cutting the plastic bottles, punching holes in the plastic, and creating a handle with the chenille wire. Making a sample is always helpful. The tutorial can be found here:

How to Make a Lantern

In today’s lesson we learned that Jesus referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd. He stays with and cares for His sheep: us!

  • Think about your day to day activities, both the joys and struggles. Now imagine yourself as a sheep and Jesus as your shepherd. Describe how differently you might see day-to-day life from this perspective. (Answers will vary. Students might mention that they would keep moving and not spend so much time on social media or watching TV. They might look differently at things that might become a predator. They might eat healthier. They might get more sleep. They might not complain as much about things they don’t want to do.)

To help us remember how well Jesus knows us, cares for us, and loves us, we are going to make a shepherd’s lantern night light. Remember how Janice Reuter mentioned this in the video we watched earlier? She said shepherds jammed their crook into the ground and hung a lantern from it. They would lie down near the lantern and the sheep at night.

Distribute supplies. Lead your students through the following steps to construct their Shepherd’s Lantern Night Light.

Cut the top off of your water bottle. Demonstrate how they can pinch the plastic to make a small cut to get it started and then trim until they end up with a wide-mouth cylinder with the bottle’s bottom side intact.

At the top, punch one hole on each side of your plastic cylinder.

Cut a small tag from the cardstock and punch a hole in the top. On one side of the tag write “I know My sheep.” On the other side write: “My sheep know Me.”

Thread the tag onto the chenille wire and then thread the wire through the holes on your cylinder to make a handle; twist each end to secure it. Give each child an LED tea light to place inside of the lantern.

Place this at your bedside so when you lie down at night you can remember that Jesus is with you, loving you, and caring about you and all that concerns you.

Close in prayer thanking God that Jesus is our Shepherd, who knows and cares about us. Ask for help to know Jesus more.

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