Sunday 05 April  |  Mark 11:1-11  |  Unexpected King

Each week, we will update this page with resources that you can use with your children and young people at home. The Sunday Club plan will follow the same teaching scheme as our
Sermon Series.

Bible Reading - (International Children's Bible)

1 Jesus and his followers were coming closer to Jerusalem. They came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of his followers. He said to them, “Go to the town you see there. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here to me. If anyone asks you why you are doing this, tell him, ‘The Master needs the colt. He will send it back soon.’” The followers went into the town. They found a colt tied in the street near the door of a house, and they untied it. Some people were standing there and asked, “What are you doing? Why are you untying that colt?” The followers answered the way Jesus told them to answer. And the people let them take the colt. The followers brought the colt to Jesus. They put their coats on the colt, and Jesus sat on it. Many people spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches in the fields and spread the branches on the road. Some of the people were walking ahead of Jesus. Others were following him. All of them were shouting,

“Praise God!
God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord! 
10 God bless the kingdom of our father David!
    That kingdom is coming!
Praise to God in heaven!”

11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple. When he had looked at everything, and since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the 12 apostles.


An Activity for everyone

Act it out!
Today is Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter when we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey. To help you remember the story (from Mark 11:1-11) act out the story above. You might like to make some Palm Leaves first, take a look at the downloadable palm leaf template that you can print and use to cut out your own palm leaves, which you can then lay on the floor to create a path of Palm Leaves to walk on. To act out the story above you will need someone to be: 

  • Jesus...
  • A Donkey...
  • The Crowds...
  • Disciples...

Don't worry if you don't have enough people for everyone. The most important part to act out is Jesus riding into Jerusalem with the people praising Him as God's King. 


Questions to talk through together

Under 4's  4-11's      Teens      

Use the activity above to help your under 4's
understand that Jesus 
is God's King!


When acting out the story help them to 
understand that the crowd knew Jesus was
God's King, which is why they praised Him,
and laid Palm leaves for Him to walk on. 

1) What is the best celebration that you have ever been to?
What was good about it?

2) Why do you think the people were celebrating Jesus'
arrival in Jerusalem?

3) Take a look at v9-10,
what do we learn about Jesus 
in these verses?

4) Why is it 
important to remember that Jesus is God's King.

1) Read Zechariah 9:9-10. What similarities do you
see between Zechariah and Mark?

2) Pick out the surprising 
things in v2-6...

3) Why does Jesus chose to
ride into Jerusalem on a donkey?

4) How do the people
honour Jesus in v9-10? 
What does honouring
Jesus look like for you
this week?


A Prayer to say

Father God, thank you that Jesus is your perfect King.
Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us what a perfect King is like.
Holy Spirit, thank you that King Jesus rules over all creation. 
Please help us to live with Jesus as our King. 
Amen.


Craft Activity 

Palm Crosses - 
Today is Palm Sunday, a day that we normally celebrate at church by giving out crosses made from Palm Leaves. As we cannot do that this year, the video below shows you how to make your own Palm Cross out of green paper. 
For younger ones who may find this tricky, there is also a palm leaf template that you can download and decorate before cutting out. 

equipment needed - 

  • 1 sheet of green A4 paper (or white paper that you can colour and decorate first)
  • Scissors

You can watch this short video on how to make this craft activity.
(Parents, you can "pre-plan" or "pre-prepare" as little or as much of this activity as you like).