Sunday School at Home for April 10

Praise Parade

Theme: Jesus enters Jerusalem as King.
Scripture: Luke 19:28-40
Complete Supply List:
● Kazoos, pom poms, noisemakers, flags, drums, triangles, tambourines (Anything
that would be used to celebrate at a parade.)
● A Bible
● A palm branch (Artificial palms are available at local craft stores.)
● “Praise Parade” video
● Something to play the video
● Disposable tablecloth
● Paper bowls - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Spoons - 1 per child
● Ice cream
● Sprinkles
● Chocolate syrup
● Whipped cream
● Green construction paper
● A stapler
● Craft sticks - 1 per child
● Scissors
● Markers

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● Kazoos, pom poms, noisemakers, flags, drums, triangles, tambourines
(Anything that would be used to celebrate at a parade.)

Do This:
SAY: Do you know what we are going to do this morning? We are going to have a
parade! (Start passing out music instruments as you continue.) I brought a lot of
musical instruments, noise makers, and flags — enough for everyone. What should
we call our parade? How about the Praise Parade? We are going to have a Praise
Parade for Jesus! (When you have finished passing out all of the instruments, lead the
children in a parade around the room, through the hallway and back again.) Here we
go, follow me. (Lead kids in shouting, “Hosannah!” and “Glory in the highest!”)
Wow! That was exciting, wasn't it? There is hardly anything that is more fun and
exciting than a parade. Have you ever been to a parade? Perhaps it was a circus
parade, or a Christmas parade, but I am sure you have all been to a parade.
Sometimes a parade is part of a really big celebration. Our parade today reminds
me of something that took place in the city of Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago.
Jesus and His followers were traveling to the city of Jerusalem. The city was going
to have a big celebration called Passover that would last for a whole week. Have
you ever been to a party that lasted a whole week? (Pause for responses.) As they
were traveling, they came to a place called the Mount of Olives. They stopped there
and Jesus gave His disciples some special instructions. "Go into that village over
there," He told them. "As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no
one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, 'Why are you untying
that donkey?' just say, 'The Lord needs it.' "
So the disciples went and found the young donkey, just as Jesus had told them they
would. And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owner asked them, "Why are
you untying that donkey?" Hmm...now what was it they were supposed to say?
Right! They simply answered, "The Lord needs it."
The disciples took the young donkey to Jesus and they put coats on its back so
that Jesus would have a nice, soft seat as He rode into town. Word spread quickly
through the town that Jesus was coming. He had become quite famous because
people had heard about His healing the sick and even raising the dead. As Jesus
entered the town, a large crowd had gathered. People began to throw their coats
on the road in front of Jesus. They cut branches from the palm trees and waved
them and they began to shout, "Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the
name of the Lord."
It must have been quite the parade as Jesus went through the streets of Jerusalem
with everyone waving and cheering. (Invite kids to celebrate with their parade prop.)
We call this celebration Palm Sunday. But as exciting as all this was, the people
really did not know who Jesus was. They thought He was going to set up an earthly
kingdom and that He would do great things for them here on earth. They did not
understand that His kingdom was in heaven. In just a few days, these same people
who were shouting, "Hosanna!" would be shouting, "Crucify Him!" because He
wasn't the kind of king they wanted.
The Good News today is that Jesus is King. He is the King of Kings and Lord of
Lords. Today we are here to praise Him and we shout, "Hosanna!" Do you know
what that word means? It means "Save now!" That is why we shout hosanna,
because Jesus saves — Jesus alone.

PRAY: Dear Father, our voices join with the voices of the people in Jerusalem some
2,000 years ago. Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. He is
our hope and our salvation. In His name we pray. Amen.

Bible Memory Verse
“When He came near the place where the road goes down the
Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to
praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace
in heaven and glory in the highest!’ " Luke 19:37-38

You’ll Need:
● A Bible
● A palm branch (Artificial palms are available at local craft stores.)
Do This:
Lead kids in these steps to learn today’s Bible Memory Verse:
● Open your Bible to Luke 19:38.
● Read the memory verse several times and invite kids to repeat after you.
● Invite kids to sit in a circle.
● Using the palm branch, tap one child’s head at a time, and say a word or phrase
from today’s Bible verse. Have the child repeat that same word or phrase after
you.

SAY: Great job learning today’s Bible memory verse! The people in Jerusalem were
so excited for Jesus’ arrival, they couldn’t help but praise Him. Let’s learn more
about that now.

Praise Parade
You’ll Need:
● “Praise Parade” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● What does it mean to praise Jesus?
● What would you do if a king rode into your city or town?

Palm Sundaes
You’ll Need:
● Disposable table cloth
● Paper bowls - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Spoons - 1 per child
● Ice cream
● Sprinkles
● Chocolate syrup
● Whipped cream
Get Ready: Before the snack, cover tables with disposable tablecloths. Have kids
clean their hands.

Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Palm Sundaes” snacks:
● Give each child a paper bowl, a napkin, a spoon, and a scoop of ice cream.
● Remind kids that in today’s passage, the people of Jerusalem gathered in the
streets and praised Jesus as He rode into the city. We celebrate that on Palm
Sunday.
SAY: Before we celebrate Jesus with ice cream sundaes, let’s give Him praise for
who He is.
● Have kids each share one thing they’re grateful to Jesus for.
● Invite kids to top their scoops of ice cream with chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and
whipped cream.
● Enjoy.
ASK:
● Why do you think the people laid coats and palms on the ground in front of
Jesus?
● If you knew Jesus would be coming to town, what would you do to celebrate?

Palms of Praise
You’ll Need:
● Praise Parade How-to video


● Green construction paper
● A stapler
● Craft sticks - 1 per child
● Scissors
● Markers

Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “Palms of Praise” craft:
● Give each child a piece of green construction paper and scissors.
● Have kids fold their construction paper in half horizontally.
● Open it up and, starting at the bottom center of the page, have kids cut a curved
edge on one side of the paper. (Minimal construction paper needs to be cut off,
just enough to make one side curved.)
● Invite kids to fold the construction paper accordion style.
● Help kids insert a craft stick into the folded paper, then staple the paper around
the craft stick to secure in place.
● Invite kids to write praises or today’s Bible memory verse on the lengths of their
palm fronds.

SAY: When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the people were so full of
joy! The King had come, Jesus the Messiah was here, and He was going to save
them. Only days later, the same people who praised Jesus on Palm Sunday were
shouting for Him to be killed. They didn’t understand what kind of king He was.
Take these palms home as a reminder to praise Jesus everyday!

PRAY: Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus so we could spend eternity
with You in heaven. We give You praise and honor and glory, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Complete Supply List:
● Kazoos, pom poms, noisemakers, flags, drums, triangles, tambourines (Anything
that would be used to celebrate at a parade.)
● A Bible
● A palm branch (Artificial palms are available at local craft stores.)
● “Praise Parade” video
● Something to play the video
● Disposable tablecloth
● Paper bowls - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● Spoons - 1 per child
● Ice cream
● Sprinkles
● Chocolate syrup
● Whipped cream
● Green construction paper
● A stapler
● Craft sticks - 1 per child
● Scissors
● Markers
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