Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin


October 10 – November 7, 2004


Apostle’s Playhouse



Scripture:  Luke 15: 1-10      


Memory Verse: And God said, “I will look for those that are lost and bring back the ones that wander off.” Ezekiel 34:16 (CEV)




  1. God seeks out all who are lost.
  2. God and the heavenly host rejoice when we (the lost) return to him.
  3. God calls us to celebrate with him when the lost are found.
  4. God is the shepherd and we are the sheep.
  5. God doesn’t give up on anyone, so we shouldn’t either.



1.     After hearing the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin the class will act out “the lost coin”.

2.     Children will use their patience as a sheep herder to gather up lost sheep in the sheep herding game.



Welcome and Introductions:

1.     Greet the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.


2.     Explain the purpose of this workshop. Today we will hear the stories/parable of a lost coin and a lost sheep. (You may want to refresh the class of what a parable is-a teaching story that Jesus told his disciples.) We will all act out the story of the lost coin, and then we will all be shepherds and gather our lost sheep in a fun game.


Scripture/Bible Story:

Read the scripture (Luke 15: 1-10) to the class or review the Bible story if the class is very familiar with it (later in the rotation). Encourage the children to use their Bibles in looking up verses. Extra Bibles are located on the stage for children who don’t have one. When reading try to add interest and excitement to your interpretation. Some suggestions to add interest are to pre-record the scripture using different voices, dress in character or have props (some coins, a stuffed sheep, etc.).



The lesson is in two parts. The first activity is acting out the story of the lost coin (instructions below). The second part is a sheep herding game.


Activity #1 The Play

During this activity the class will pantomime (act out silently) the story of the lost coin. Everyone will act out the actions as the workshop leader reads them. Try to think about the actions and add details to actions to make it seem real. Take time to work on actions the first reading. Then read the story a second time including actions. Narrator’s words are in bold, actions in italics. Allow children to dress in costumes before beginning. May also choose to use pennies as props.


Once upon a time there was a person who lived in Israel. She (or he) had ten silver coins she kept in a box on a shelf that was very proud of. 

Pantomime getting box down from shelf, opening it, counting coins, polishing them, etc., then put box back on shelf. Help children with actions, praise efforts.

One day she got his box down and one coin was missing!  She looked all over but couldn’t find the coin any where.

Repeat above actions but count only to nine. Show shock and surprise! Look around for coins, on floor, table, under pillows etc.

She couldn’t find the coin anywhere so decided to light her oil lamp and sweep the floor carefully to find the coin.

Pantomime pouring oil in the lamp, lighting it, and holding the lamp up to find coin. Then put the lamp down and sweep the floor.

Finally the floor was clean and the room bright with light so she got on her hands and knees to look around on the floor for the coin.

Move around slowly on hands and knees looking for the coin.

At last, she found the coin on the floor in a corner! What good luck! She was so happy she jumped in the air!

Act out finding the coin and act out great surprise and happiness. Jump for joy, etc.

She was so happy she called her friends to come celebrate with her.

Open the window/door and yell to friends urging them to come to you. Pretend to celebrate, have a party include actions such as greeting guests, serving food, laughing, dancing etc.



Gather class in circle, praise class for acting (point out specific examples. Use questions to stimulate discussion.

1.     When Jesus told this story who do you think the Israelite who owns the coins represented? A hard question! God.

2.     Who are the coins that God takes care of? Us.

3.     Who is the lost coin? People that don’t know God or God’s love.

4.     Why does God care about one lost coin? God loves all people and wants all to be close to God and know God’s love.


Activity #2 The Game

In this game we will all be shepherds to herd our sheep to safety. Remember to be gentle with the sheep and get them all back in their pen. First we’ll dress as shepherds. (Have costume box from stage available so children can dress in costume if desired.)


Supplies: Two boxes turned on sides for sheep pens, about 10 blown up white balloons (can be obtained at a party store), staffs for herding (broom handles or dowels, etc.)

Allow two shepherds to herd at a time, although remind them it is not a race. Scatter sheep around room and have each shepherd gently herd his/her sheep using a dowel/broom into the box/pen. When shepherd is done herding he gives his staff to the next shepherd and releases sheep for herding by the next shepherd. Allow the class to repeat the game if desired and time allows.



Gather class in circle for discussion. Praise good team work and effort.

1.     Was it easy to herd your sheep?  Accept answers.

2.     How did you feel when you finally got the last sheep in? Happy.

3.     If we are sheep, who is our shepherd? God. God loves us and wants us to be close to him.

4.     The shepherd uses a staff to guide his sheep, what does God use to guide us? The Bible, church, our parents.

5.     How do we get lost or separated from God? We don’t listen to God, our parents etc.

6.     How can we help people who are lost? Pray for them, talk to our parents about problems/solution, offer kindness, etc.

7.     Have you ever been or felt lost? Accept answers.

8.     How where you “found” again? Accept answers.


Reflection Time:

At 10:35 a.m. ask the shepherds to pass out the journal sheets and pencils/markers. Provide easy word search and maze to follow up searching for the lost and not giving up.


Remind the children that their pennies are going to the Raleigh Women’s Correctional Center.


At 10:45 ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.



Prayer: Thank you God for being our kind shepherd, for taking care of us, keeping us safe and for never ever giving up on us when we are lost. Amen     


Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Place costumes and props back in box on stage.


Teacher preparation in advance:

1.     Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2.     Prepare a closing prayer.

3.     Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. The bin with supplies is located in on the stage.


Supply List

Supplies: two boxes turned on sides for sheep pens, about 10-20 blown up white balloons (can be obtained at a party store), staffs for herding (broom handles or dowels etc.)

Costumes (in box on stage)

Pennies or coins



·        Lesson written by Jan Hanson, Children’s Ministry Director, First Presbyterian Church Napa, CA. From

·        Curriculum writers’ notes provided by Lori Houck on May 2, 2004