These Palm Sunday lessons are based on the passages where Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey at the beginning of Holy Week. For this week’s Sunday School lesson, we’ve included everything you need to teach.
There are several options for this week’s lesson, all include complete teacher notes, craft examples, object lessons, a preschool version, coloring page, and worksheets. Use it in your children’s ministry this Sunday, March 28, 2021 on Palm Sunday.
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 (also found in John 12:12-16; Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-40)
Lessons: Jesus Rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Children’s Sermon Demonstration
Palm Sunday is a fun and triumphant church celebration, especially when it involves waving branches during service and having “mini parades” or songs. But what does it mean and celebrate? This message takes a look at the original events of Palm Sunday, with an emphasis on how Jesus had a different end goal and purpose than what the people wanted for Him. We recognize that He did not come to establish an earthly kingdom or to fulfill a simple task; He came to suffer and die.
Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, just a few days before His betrayal and execution. On Palm Sunday, people celebrated Him and cheered, calling for salvation. Jesus brought salvation, of course, but not quite as they had anticipated. These crafts recall the events of Palm Sunday and various aspects of the story. A headband with “palm branches and cloaks” reminds students of the patriotic symbols that people put before Jesus when He came into town. A donkey paper bag puppet visits the peaceful gesture and prophecy fulfillment that riding a donkey represented. And a “Crying Stones Ma-ROCK-a” noisemaker provides a joyful sound and references how if we don’t praise Jesus, even the rocks will know better and do so!
Palm Sunday “Virtual Sunday School Lesson”
More Sunday School Lessons for Palm Sunday
- Preschool Lesson: Jesus Triumphant Entry
- Children’s Sermon: Jesus Holy Week
- Triumphant Entry Lesson
- Palm Sunday from Mark 11:1-11
- Triumphal Entry: Palm Sunday Skit
Craft Ideas for Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday Coloring Pages
The Story of Jesus’ Triumphant Entry for Kids
Children’s Message about Jesus during Holy Week
This Children’s Sermon will teach kids about Jesus on Palm Sunday and the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem. It’s based on Matthew 21:1-11; John 13:1-17 . The Bible object lesson teaches about that JESUS is the true king, even if he acted humble. Download the teachers notes, watch our Children’s Message example, and gather your supplies. Then you’re ready to share this message in your church next Sunday!
Children’s Prayer Moment:
Thank you for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus
Help us to remember to serve one another
Just as He served us
Thank you for your love
We love you, God!
In Jesus name, Amen!
Palm Sunday Bible Story
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt] the foal of a beast of burden.’” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Last Supper Bible Reference
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,[ but is completely clean. And you[ are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. -John 13:1-17