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52 Weeks of New Testament Activities: Weeks 17-20

Week 17 Sheep in the Fold

John 7-10 “I Am the Good Shepherd”

Song: “The Lord is My Shepherd” or “My Shepherd

Church Videos:
Good Sheperd, Lamb of God talk from Elder Gong (15 minutes)
How to Draw a Shepherd and Lamb
How to Draw a Helpful Friend
Jesus Heals A Man Born Blind
Go and Sin No More

More Stuff:
I Am the Good Shepherd video from Latter Day Kids
The Lord is My Shepherd video from Latter Day Kids
Jesus the Good Shepherd 5-minute video from Douglas Talks
Video Clip of a Shepherd Calling His Sheep

Friend Stories:
Sheep and Their Shepherd

Graham Cracker Sheep from DadLifeLessons

Just For Fun:
Make paper plate sheep masks following directions from DanyaBanya

Week 18 Heads or Tails

Luke 12-17; John 11 “Rejoice With Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost”

Song: “Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd

Church Videos:
Jesus Taught About Heavenly Father’s Love
The Prodigal Son
President Russell M. Nelson on the Healing Power of Gratitude
Lazarus is Raised from the Dead
Chapter 43: Jesus Brings Lazarus Back to Life

Other Videos:
The Prodigal Son 27-minute cartoon from Latter Day Films
Devin Lost His Dollar from Latter Day Kids
Veggie Tales Junior and Laura Learn the Importance of Forgiveness

The Friend:
The Ten Lepers
The Lost Son
Jesus Teaches About Finding Those Who Are Lost

From the Manual:
Luke 17:11–19
To help family members apply the account of the ten lepers, you could invite them to leave secret notes of gratitude for each other. You could also sing together “Count Your Blessings” (Hymns, no. 241) and count the blessings your family has received.

Treat: Use chocolate gold coins like these ones while discussing how each of us is even more valuable to God than coins. See lesson plan from Week 18 of 52 Weeks of New Testament Activities for a fun way to use these while teaching.

Week 19 Candy Sacrifice Game

Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18 “What Lack I Yet?”

Song: “Dearest Children, God Is Near You” or “I Know That My Savior Loves Me

Church Videos:
Jesus is Kind
Jesus Blessed the Children
Chapter 42: The Rich Young Man
Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me

More Videos:
Let the Children Come Unto Me from Latter Day Kids

From the Manual:
Mark 10:13–16Luke 18:15–17 To help family members ponder the account in these verses, you could sing together a related song, such as “I Think When I Read That Sweet Story” (Children’s Songbook, 56). What might it have been like to be among the children Jesus blessed? What might it mean to “receive the kingdom of God as a little child”? (Mark 10:15).

You will need to get Skittles or M&M’s for each child while playing the game in this week’s downloads, as well as larger prizes, such as candy bars, to give out at the end of the game. See Week 19 Lesson Instructions and Activity Sheet for details.

Week 20 Heart Sort

Matthew 21-23; Mark 11; Luke 19-20; John 12 “Behold, Thy King Cometh”

Song:Rejoice, the Lord is King!” or “I Am a Child of God

Church Videos:
The Lord’s Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem
How to Draw Zacchaeus

More Stuff:
I’m So Little, What Can I Do? A Story About Serving Others from Latter Day Kids
The Story of Zacchaeus from Latter Day Kids
Love Your Neighbor game from The Friend
This HelloKids website will make a coloring page from any name that you type in. It could be fun to use while discussing how Jesus loves us and knows all of our names, just like He knew the name of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1–10.

From the Manual:
Matthew 22:34–40 The two great commandments are to love God and love others as myself. If you ever feel overwhelmed as you strive to follow Jesus Christ, the Savior’s words to the lawyer in Matthew 22 can help you simplify and focus your discipleship. Here’s one way to do this: Make a list of several of the Lord’s commandments. How does each item on your list connect to the two great commandments? How would focusing on the two great commandments help you keep the others?

Matthew 21:28–32. What lessons from the parable of the man with two sons might help your family? For instance, you could use the story to discuss the importance of sincere obedience and repentance. Perhaps your family could write a script to dramatize the parable and take turns acting out different roles.

Matthew 22:15–22Luke 20:21–26 Children might enjoy making pretend coins with Jesus’s “image and superscription” on them. They could write on the backs of the coins some of the “things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21) that we can give Him. You might also talk about what it means to have the Savior’s “image and superscription” on us (Matthew 22:20; see also Mosiah 5:8Alma 5:14).

Follow instructions from this family devotional to talk about how what’s inside of us (in our hearts) is more important than what’s on the outside and remind them about how Heavenly Father and Jesus know what’s in our hearts. Even though not everyone can see our heart, God can, and he will bless us and help us be happier when we do our best to keep our hearts loving and good.

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