SojournKids April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday Lesson Plan
Though we can't gather together in person this week, we're looking forward to gathering with you virtually for Palm Sunday! Each previous year we would get the children to march around the auditorium as the congregation sings "Hosanna." Though we aren't able to do that this year, you can make palm branches at home using Lindsey Blair's instructions on Facebook and post pictures of your Palm Sunday march around the living room using the hashtag #palmsunday.
We're also posting the material for the lesson that you children would have done this Sunday in SojournKids along with some age appropriate tips. If you have any questions about the material, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com or our Kids Coordinator, Crissy Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sojourn Kids Assembly Unit 20 Session 1.pdf (includes preschool and elementary activity pages and the coloring page).
Here are some helpful tips for teaching this to your kids:
2's and 3's:
- Retell the story in your own words, act out key parts (wave imaginary palm branches as you walk around the room, let your child ride your back like the donkey and Jesus)
- Color this week's coloring sheet with your child
- Use toys or dolls to act out the story, create mini palm branches for them to wave as Jesus passes by
- Use branches from your yard to reenact the story as you march around your home, shout Hosanna!
4's, K, 1st:
- Have each child take "parts" of the story and act it out together as a famliy
- Have them draw a picture of Jesus riding on a donkey or their favorite part of the story, keep it on your kitchen table as a discussion starter as we prepare to celebrate Easter
- Create palm leaves out of paper and wave them around, yelling "Hosanna!", hang them on your door frames as a reminder of Jesus' coming sacrifice
- Have them retell the story to you, look up the scripture in the Bible and take turns reading sections
- Ask deeper questions like " why do you think Jesus chose a donkey and not another animal to ride?" and " why did people think Jesus would overtake the Roman government?"
- Research what the word "Hosanna" means
- Pray for our hearts as we enter Easter week, that we would remember the sacrifice of Jesus and the purpose of His coming.
General teaching tips:
- Get on their level- sit together at the kitchen table or together on the floor, meet their eye-line.
- Make it comfortable- grab a snack, curl up on the couch, do it in your pjs.
- Don't feel the need to read the lesson word for word or to even finish- use it as a springboard to share the story of Jesus' birth in your own words.
- Show them your Bible - show them the words inside and how the Bible is organized into books, remind them that every word is true and we can trust what it says.
- Be excited to share the love of Jesus - children will rise to your level of excitement.
At the end of the lesson plan is a time to pray. I encourage to pray for those who are severely affected by the virus, for the our leaders as they make decisions about our city, state, and country, and for peace for our church family during these trying times.
Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or if you need anything.
Pastor of Families
Sojourn Church New Albany
502 635 7053 Office
2023 Ekin Avenue
New Albany, IN 47150