The Lord Is My Shepherd

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1st Stop Discovery (10 minutes)

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BIG PLANS

In this experience, kids will discover that God has a plan for
their lives, just as he did for David.

Items to Pack: Bible, white paper, white or
light-colored crayons, dark crayons, and paper clips.

Gather kids and say: Let’s look at Psalm 23 and find out more about how . God
loves and watches over us. A man named David wrote the 23rd Psalm. David was an important person in
the Bible. He was even a relative of Jesus–he lived many years
before Jesus, of course. But David didn’t start out so important.
He started out as a simple shepherd boy, and he ended up being
king!

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None of the good things in David’s life would’ve happened
without God’s love and care. It’s the same way with
us.

•God loves and watches over us
throughout our entire lives.

Right now, you’re still young. But God has big plans for
your life. The Bible says so. Listen to what the Bible
says.

Read aloud Jeremiah 29:11. Now think of a dream
or hope you have for your life. While you’re thinking, I’ll pass
out supplies.

Give each person a sheet of white paper, a white or light-colored
crayon, a dark crayon, and a paper clip.

Say: Use your light-colored crayon to write a
word or draw a picture that shows something good you hope for in
your life. Maybe someday you’d like to be a great athlete, a person
who works with animals, someone who teaches children, or someone
who tells others about God’s Word. Or maybe there’s something
you’re hoping for right now, like doing better in
school!

Give kids time to write or draw. When everyone has finished,
say: Now use your dark-colored crayon to color
over all of what you just wrote or drew.
(You may need to
reassure younger kids that their drawings won’t be lost-that
they’ll reappear in a cool way.)

As kids color, say:
Sometimes we face worries and think God isn’t caring for
us. David wrote some psalms that asked God to hurry up and protect
him or that asked God not to forget him. But God never forgot
David, and he never forgets us. God is always watching out for
us.

•God loves and watches over us-even
when we can’t quite see it. I’ll show you what I
mean.

Show kids how to use the edge of a paper clip to scratch away the
dark crayon coloring on their paper. What they wrote or drew with
the light-colored crayon will reappear.

Say: Look! Your hope for something good is still
there, even when you couldn’t see it.

Ask: • How is the dark coloring like our problems
or worries?

• What can we do to help us remember that, no matter
what’s going on in our lives, God’s still watching over
us?

Say: God’s love and care are always with us.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own problems or worries that
we don’t see God. But •God loves and watches over us in every
situation, just as he did for David. Let’s find out more about this
guy who wrote the 23rd Psalm.

     

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