15 minute Story planner
Mark 11; John 12
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 361
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The life of Jesus FlashCards' cards one to five
The prophesy referred to in this story can be found in Zechariah chapter 9 verse 9.
2. Starter question - 1 min
Can you think of some different ways people use leaves? Some people use leaves to make compost for their garden. In hot countries people might use big leaves as fans or to provide shade from the hot sun. Leaves can also be used in the kitchen – for wrapping food into parcels or even making baskets and dishes. However, there is one thing many, many people do with a certain type of leaf… what do we do with tea leaves?
When Jesus arrived in the city of Jerusalem people gathered leaves from palm trees. What did they do with the leaves?
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Two or three coats
Branches and/or pictures of palm branches from the internet (make sure you comply with copyright regulations)
‘Hosanna’ speech bubble (see Printables)
‘The long-promised King has come’ speech bubble (see Printables)
Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web
4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Play a game where the children stand on a coat (or a towel).
You will need: towels or coats for the children to stand on.
During the session ask the children to take off their shoes. Divide the children into pairs and give each pair a towel (or a coat). Ask the children to place the towel on the floor. Both children should stand on the towel. The aim of the game is for the children to turn the towel over without touching the floor with their feet.
The first pair to successfully turn their towel over are the winners.
If the children manage this successfully encourage them to get into groups of three and repeat the challenge. If the children struggled in pairs, allow them to individually try turning the towel over and standing on the reverse side. Again encourage them to try to do this without touching the floor with their feet.
Remind the children that the people welcoming Jesus let the donkey walk over their coats as a sign of their excitement at seeing him enter their city.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we think of the noise and excitement as Jesus rode slowly into Jerusalem. We think of the people calling out in praise and laying their coats on the ground for the donkey to walk over. We remember the words of the prophet Zechariah spoken hundreds of years before about a King riding a donkey. Thank you that this day was a part of your wonderful plan.
As we think again about the Easter Story, help us to understand that you know every part of every story from the beginning to the end.
Thank you that you also have a plan for each of our lives, and that your plans are full of good and wonderful things that will bring us closer to you. Amen.
Alongside this story, make the craft...