Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin


October 10 – November 7, 2004


Creation Station


Scripture:  Luke 15:1-10


Key Scripture Verse:  Luke 15:4 If any of you has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, what will you do?  Won’t you leave the ninety-nine in the field and go look for the lost sheep until you find it?  (Contemporary English Version)


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)



·       God seeks out all who are lost.

·       God is merciful.

·       God is the shepherd and we are the sheep.

·       God doesn’t give up on anyone, so we shouldn’t either.



1. Understand that these stories are parables told by Jesus to teach us to include and care about others.


2. Know that God is the shepherd who cares for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep.


3. Learn that God does not dismiss any one sheep, coin or person as being worthless and unimportant.


4.  Children will create a drawing of hidden objects and their searchers as told in these two parables.



Welcome and Introductions:

1.  Welcome the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your nametag. Make sure that everyone is in the right classroom!  Children will either already have name tags on, or will get a nametag from their shepherd. Make sure that you know everyone’s name and greet the students individually. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.


2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for caring about us, for guiding us and for leading us back to the right place would be appropriate.


Bible Lesson:

1.  Jesus was talking to a group of people.  Some were important people from the temple and others were tax collectors who were sinners because they cheated (some of you may remember the story of Zacchaeus).  Some of the people who thought themselves to be very good people started to grumble about the company that Jesus kept.  They said, “This man is friendly with sinners.  He even eats with them.”  When Jesus heard this grumbling, he told them two stories or parables so that they would understand and change.


2.  Jesus said, “If any of you has one hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, what will you do?  Won’t you leave the ninety-nine (safely) in the field and go look for the lost sheep until you find it?  And when you find it, you will be so glad, you will put it on your shoulder and carry it home.  Then you will call in your friends and neighbors and say, “Let’s celebrate!  I’ve found my lost sheep.”  In the same way there is more happiness in heaven because of one sinner who turns to God than over ninety-nine people who didn’t need to.”


3.   Then Jesus told the people another story:  What will a woman do if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them?  Won’t she light a lamp, sweep the floor, and look carefully until she finds it?  (When she finds it) she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, “Let’s celebrate!  I’ve found the coin I lost.”  Jesus said, “In the same way God’s angels are happy when even one person turns to him.”  


4.  Each of these stories tells us about something being lost.  If the shepherd or the woman were like the people who grumbled, they would have thought that one sheep out of one hundred or one coin out of ten was not worth bothering with.  The grumbling people probably would not take the time to look for them.  But, the woman and the shepherd were like God because they cared enough to look for that which was lost.  And when they found what they were looking for, instead of being angry about the trouble of looking, they celebrated.  Jesus was like that with sinners.  He forgave their sins and was happy to be their friend.  Likewise, God forgives sinners and is filled with joy when they come to him and make God part of their lives.



1.  Create!  READ the Bible story (1-4 above) with expression.  Pass out drawing paper, markers or crayons and stencils of a shepherd, a Biblical woman, a coin and a sheep. Tell them that they do not have to use the stencils if they wish to draw freehand.


2.  Explain that they will be creating a picture of one of the stories, as if it were a “Mini  I Spy” or “Where’s Waldo?” picture.  Their drawing with the sheep or the coin hidden in the details of the picture can become a game to play with their friends and family.


3.  Steps:  First draw either freehand or by tracing a stencil, the shepherd or the woman.  On another part of the paper draw a coin or a sheep as appropriate.  Now fill the paper with background drawings so that the sheep or the coin are hard to find.  Clouds in the sky, and bushes, rocks and mountains on the ground should surround the shepherd.  The woman should be inside a house, surrounded by furnishings, her broom and walls.


4.  Clean up!  Involve everyone in cleaning up so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a pre-arranged signal for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.


5.  Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving.


Reflection Time:

1.  Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and pencils/markers.  The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Were you ever lost?  How does it feel?  Would you want someone to care enough to find you and help you?  Did you ever lose something and then get excited when it was found?   What was the same in both of these stories?  Why do you think Jesus told these stories? 


2.  At 10:40 ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.



1.  Encourage them to think about how Jesus wants people to follow him and to help other people who have lost their way know about God.


2.  Tell them that their Pennies will be given to the Raleigh Women’s Correctional Center to help these women in prison who have “lost their way” find God to shepherd them.


3.  Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.


4.  Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for being our shepherd.  Help us to follow wherever God leads us.


Teacher preparation in advance:

1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.


2.  Practice reading the Bible story (above) with expression.


3.  Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.


4.  Check the art room and the supply closet to see what supplies exist.  Using the attached pattern, cut stencils.  Experiment with what the children will be doing. 


5.  Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process.  Have the materials ready to go.  There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.


6.  Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or ask for suggestions.



9” x 12” drawing paper

Markers or crayons

Stencils cut from cardstock



Click here for this lesson's stencils.