April 5th

Palm Sunday

Matthew 21:1-11


Learn By Doing- On the Mountain Top

(Supplies: Playdough)

Have children make a donkey from playdough, they will hear about a donkey in the lesson later.

Sing With Joy

Listen to or sing Jesus Loves Me

Bible Memory Verse for April

John 11:25:   Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

Bible Story (Matthew 21:1-11) 

(you can read this NIV version or from your own Bible or Childrens version)

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her.  Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to the daughter of Zion,

‘See your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.  They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted.

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Questions to prompt conversation:

  • Who was in the story? Jesus

  • Where was Jesus going? To Jerusalem

  • What was Jesus riding on? A donkey

  • What did the people shout? Hosanna

  • What were the people holding? Palm branches and coats

Craft:  Palm Branches

(supplies: green construction paper, tape/glue, scissors, popsicle sticks)

Have children trace their hand on green paper 3-4 times, cut them out. Assemble them by glueing cut outs to popsicle stick.