LESSON - WEEK 3 (PALM
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Sunday is a special day because it was told long before it happened
how Jesus would ride a little donkey into Jerusalem.
loves to hear our praise!
can praise Jesus with our words and actions.
For this lesson, the children are going on a "trip to
Jerusalem", pretending to be there with Jesus and the
disciples for the triumphal entry into Jerusalem! They stop
at stations along the way to hear the story and in all of
the fun activities: They help untie the donkey, put clothes
on the donkey, wave palm branches, lay clothes down on the
path, and sing praises to Jesus (song with actions). There
are coloring pages to do before the lesson, and crafts and
snack to do at the end. Only
members have access to color pages and crafts.
Mark your bible with these verses:
19:31,36, 40; John 12:13; Matt. 21:16, and the memory verse:
passages used for reference: Matthew
21:9-17, Mark 11:1-19, Luke 19:29-48, John 12:12-19).
Needed for Lesson:
craft, Page 1 and Page 2 (with jacket pattern)
shirts or jackets
OR B&W Story Pages: Color: 1, 2, 3 (bw only, 4
page and activities
page (for songs and action rhyme)
1, 2, 3, 4.
paper or fabric (green and other colors)
or thin rope
or basket of stones
or markers if using b&w story pages (to color them)
musical instruments or noisemakers
PREP: Print b&w OR color Story Pictures on card stock
and cover with clear shelf paper. Print Stand-up Donkey craft,
Page 1 and Page 2 * Also use one of the jackets on Craft Page
2 as a pattern to cut coats out of construction paper or fabric.
Use rolled tape to give to the children to stick these to the
donkey's back during the lesson. Make a sample of the Stand-up
Donkey craft. On the day before class, mark off the path that
you will be taking with masking tape (in one room or more than
one). Station 2 should be set off to the side of the main path,
on the way to Station 3. Place the pictures along the path,
at the station indicated on this page. For Station 2: Before
the lesson tie the Stand-Up Donkey loosely to a toy fence or
wooden object, or tape the yarn (going around the donkey's neck)
to the wall or other object. Once the children bring it to you,
continue bringing it with you the whole trip. At Station 4,
have a pile of old shirts or jackets lying by the side of the
path (enough for each child to have at least one piece of clothing).
At Station 5, have palm branches within the children's reach
that they have to "break off" of a tree that you made:
(Either draw a tree on the chalk board and tape palm branches
made from construction paper, or make a tree out of construction
paper and staple branches to your bulletin board, and staple
the palm branches to that). At Station 6, have a small bucket
or basket of stones close by.
get to each station, sit down and have the children gather around
you. Ask one child to pick up the story picture and give it
to you. Read the section of the story for each Station as you
hold up the Story Picture (if a picture is used). Start with
the intro to get the children excited about the trip. (Only
read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words
in parentheses tell you what actions you do. The numbers in
parentheses tell you what picture to hold up while you are telling
Today we're going to hear a true Bible story about the special
trip that Jesus took. On this trip, Jesus went to Jerusalem.
He walked there with his disciples. When people take a trip
now, they usually go in a car, or bus, or airplane. But, in
Bible Times, sometimes they rode animals to go places, and sometimes
they walked. Jesus had taken many trips to Jerusalem before.
But this time was special. On this trip to Jerusalem, Jesus
rode on a baby donkey! Who wants to go on this trip to Jerusalem
with me? I think it will be lots of fun! We'll see pictures
along the way and read Bible verses that tell us what happened
on Jesus' trip. We'll follow along on this path that is marked
off for us. Let's all line up, and then off we go to Jerusalem!
(Take the children to Station 1 of your course.
1 - Picture 1 Two disciples untying donkey
an exciting time of year. This was the time of year when everybody
went to Jerusalem for a whole week to celebrate. They were celebrating
the the time when God helped the Israelites get away from the
mean leaders many years before. So every year, all the people
from far away took a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate. Let's pretend
that we are going on a trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his
disciples. Jesus had been to Jerusalem many times before. But
this time, it was special. You see, long before it every happened,
a prophet told us how Jesus would go to Jerusalem in a different
way this time.
Jesus and his disciples were walking along, he sent two of his
disciples to go on ahead to the next town. He said to them,
"You will find a young donkey. It has never been ridden.
Untie the donkey and bring it back to me. Let's see what else
he tells them: (Read Luke 19:31). So, who wants to be
Jesus' disciples? I need two disciples to go get the little
donkey and bring it back to us.(Send two children to Station
2 who want to be the disciples to go ahead on the path and find
the donkey and untie him, and bring it to you.)
2 (only 2 kids go here) - Stand-Up Donkey sample.
Donkey is at station 2 tied up. When they get to the donkey, the
assistant helps the children untie the donkey. While they are
doing it, say:) The owners saw the disciples untying the donkey
and asked them, "Why are you untying it?" Do you remember
what Jesus told them to say? Yes, that's right. Jesus told them
to say, "The Lord needs it". (Direct the children
to take the donkey back to the teacher.)
1, again- Stand-Up Donkey sample and clothes
children get back to you, hold up the Stand-up Donkey). Thank
you very much, you brought me the little donkey! You are such
good helpers - just like the disciples were helping Jesus on
that special day!. Now we will continue on with our Bible
story. After the disciples brought the baby donkey back to Jesus,
they placed some clothes on its back and helped Jesus get on
the little donkey. I have some clothes for each of you to put
on the donkey's back. (Give the children the clothes that
you cut out from the pattern. Show them how to place the clothes
on the donkey's back). Very good. What good helpers I have!
Let's all stand up and sing a song before we continue. (Sing
Praise Song # 1). That was wonderful. Now let's continue
on our trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his disciples. Everybody
come with me!
3 - Picture 2 - Children with clothes and palm branches.
Stand-up Donkey and stand it up at the each station or hold
it. (2) The people had heard that Jesus was going to Jerusalem
too, so they were very excited to see him. Let's look at this
picture. Can anybody tell me what the people in this picture
are doing? (Give the children time to answer, then say:)
Yes, One thing they were doing was laying down their clothes
for the donkey to ride on!. Luke 19:36 tells us: (Read verse).
Does anyone know why the people did this? It was a way to
show Jesus how much they thought of him. It was a way to honor
Jesus. This really meant a lot because some of the people only
had one set of clothes. And they were putting that one set of
clothes down on the ground for Jesus and the donkey to ride
over. They were giving whatever they had to show Jesus how much
they loved him. This was what people usually did when a king
was coming! They thought of Jesus as their king. So let's all
pretend that we are the people in the crowd. We can take the
clothes from that pile (point to your pile of clothes) and
lay them down on the path so our donkey can ride over them.
(Make the donkey "ride" over the clothes by carrying
it while walking on the clothes that the children lay down for
you.) Good job! Let's keep going and see what happens next!
Everybody come with me!
4 - Picture 2
2 again) Who knows what else the people are doing in this
picture? The people love Jesus so much. They are also taking
palm branches and waving them in the air! Let's see what
our bible says in John 12:13 (Read verse). The people
were shouting praises to Jesus because they were so happy.
They praised God because of all of the miracles they had seen
Jesus do. Many people in the crowd had seen Jesus bring Lazarus
back to life after he died! They had seen Jesus heal people
of many diseases and make them walk again too! So, now we
can pretend we are the children in the crowd. We can get a
palm branch from the bulletin board - or chalk board - and
wave it and sing praises to Jesus who is in heaven right now.
Then we can lay them down on the path too. (Have assistant
help them get the palm branches. After they get their palm
branches, show them how to wave them in the air while singing.
(Sing Praise Song #2). You all sounded so wonderful! Jesus
loves to hear your praises! O.k., Let's keep going! I think
we are almost there! (Continue bringing the donkey with
you. Make him "ride" over the palm branches to the
5 - Picture 3 - Pharisees.
a child pick up Picture 3 in Station 6). Look at the people
in this picture. They look mean, don't they? They look mad too.
These two people are the mean Pharisees. They were the church
leaders. But, they didn't love Jesus. Why do you think they have
their hands over their ears? They were mad that Jesus was getting
all the attention. They were mad that everyone was praising Jesus.
They told Jesus to tell the people to stop! But do you know what
Jesus said? (Read Luke 19:40). God is able to make even
stones praise him if the people won't. (*Optional:) I
have a fun rhyme with actions. I'll show you how it goes, then
we can all do it together! (Show them how to do the Action
Rhyme, then do again with the children).
6 - Picture 4 - Children praising God
Jesus visited the temple. He didn't like what he saw when he
went in. He saw robbers who were buying and selling things,
and cheating the people of their money. So Jesus chased the
robbers out of the temple. He turned over their tables and would
not let them sell anything in the temple. When the mean leaders
heard about how Jesus chased the robbers out of the temple,
they started to look for a way to kill him; But they were afraid
of Jesus because while he was teaching in the temple, the people
were listening so closely. The people were amazed at his teaching.
They wanted so much to hear what Jesus was saying. They listened
very closely to every word that Jesus said. Sick people
also came to Jesus to be made well, and Jesus healed them. The
mean leaders saw all these things. (Picture 4) They also
heard the little children shouting praises to Jesus saying,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!" This made the mean
leaders really mad. The men said to Jesus: (Read
Matt. 21:16). Then Jesus left the temple to go to the town
of Bethany to stay there that night. So, you see, Jesus loved
to hear the children praise him. Jesus heard the praises of
the children who were right there with him in the temple. But,
did you know that Jesus hears our praises too? Even though he
is in heaven now, he still hears you - And, he loves to hear
are some of the ways we praise Jesus - Can anybody tell me?
(Give the children a chance to answer, then continue). We
can praise Jesus with our words: We can use words to praise
Jesus when we pray. We can praise Jesus when we sing. We can
also tell others about all the great things Jesus has done!
We can also praise Jesus with our actions: We can raise our
hands, or even shout praises to the Lord. We can also make music
to the Lord with a musical instrument!
tell me some things we can praise Jesus for? (Give the children
a chance to answer). That's right. We can praise him for
being so loving and kind. We can praise Jesus for healing us.
We can praise him for saving us. We can praise him for forgiving
our sins. We can praise him for being in control of everything
too! There are many, many things to praise Jesus for. So, before
we end our trip, let's go back to Bethany where we started.
We can all play music to Jesus with these instruments that I
will give you. (Give each child a musical instrument to
play as you go back on the path the way you came). Then we
can say our prayer and make some crafts to take home.
Now we have a prayer we can say together. Let's bow our heads,
close our eyes and fold our hands. I'll say the words first
and give you time to say them after me.
: Dear God,
you for being so loving and kind.
you for being with us all of the time.
you for forgiving me.
you for being in control.
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