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WEEK OF MaY 30

Jesus Was Arrested

Bible Passage: Matthew 26-27

Story Point: Jesus allowed His enemies 
to arrest Him.

Key Passage: He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8

What is God Like? God is Savior.

ELEMENTARY BIBLE STORY

PRESCHOOL BIBLE STORY

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PRESCHOOL:

  1. Who was the governor Jesus was taken to? (Pilate)

  2. What did Jesus say about the lies the religious leaders told about Him? (nothing; He kept quiet.)

  3. What did the people say Pilate should do with Jesus? (crucify Him)

  4. Why did the soldiers make fun of Jesus? (because they did not believe He was really a king)

  5. What did the sign above Jesus' head say? (This is Jesus, the King of the Jews)

  6. Where was Jesus buried after He died? (in a tomb)

  7. What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

ELEMENTARY:

  1. How many men were crucified with Jesus? (two, John 19:18)

  2. What did the sign over Jesus’ cross say? (Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews; John 19:19)

  3. What did Jesus say right before He died? (“It is finished,” John 19:30)

  4. What do you think Jesus meant when He said it is finished? Guide kids to think through the various layers of meaning. Jesus’ death provided the payment for sin, ending its power over people. His death was also the completion of the most difficult part of His mission on earth. Discuss the importance of Jesus’ death in purchasing our salvation.

  5. Why did Jesus have to die? Help kids process the depth and weight of sin. Remind kids that God created us to love and worship Him by enjoying Him. Explain that sin is rebellion against our Creator and King. The fair payment of sin is death, and the only way for us to escape that death was for Jesus to take the penalty for us.

  6. How do you feel when you think about Jesus’ crucifixion? Remind kids that Jesus’ crucifixion is both wonderful and terrible. For a perfectly righteous man to die instead of us is a great tragedy. However, God used that tragedy in a beautiful way, to provide life and hope for all who trust in Jesus. Only God can work wonderful things from terrible situations.

DRAW CHALK CROSSES [ALL AGES]

WHAT YOU NEED: chalk, paper (optional)

WHAT YOU DO: Guide children to draw pictures of crosses on construction paper with the chalk. After a child is done with his picture, gently spray the paper with hairspray in a well-ventilated area to set the drawing. Lay aside to dry. If weather permits, consider going outside to draw cross pictures on the sidewalk.

WHAT YOU SAY: When we look at these crosses, we can remember how God loves us and kept His promise to send a Rescuer, His very own Son. Jesus never did anything wrong, but He died in our place. Jesus died on the cross for our sin. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us life forever with Him.

WEEK OF MaY 23

Jesus Was Arrested

Bible Passage: Matthew 26-27

Story Point: Jesus allowed His enemies 
to arrest Him.

Key Passage: He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8

What is God Like? God is Savior.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PRESCHOOL:

  1. What did Jesus and His disciples go to a garden to do? (to pray)

  2. What did the disciples do while Jesus prayed? (slept)

  3. Which disciple led the angry crowd to Jesus? (Judas)

  4. Did Jesus deserve to be arrested? (No, Jesus was arrested though He did nothing wrong.)

  5. What did Peter say when people asked him if he was Jesus’ friend? (“No! I don’t even know Him!”)

  6. What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

ELEMENTARY:

  1. What did Jesus pray in the garden? (“Let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will,” Matt. 26:39)

  2. Which disciple betrayed Jesus and how? (Judas, with a kiss; Matt. 26:47-49)

  3. How did Jesus respond when the high priest told Jesus to say if He is the Messiah? (Jesus agreed, Matt. 26:64)

  4. Why do you think Peter denied knowing Jesus? Guide kids to discuss the fear Peter surely felt. If the religious leaders had arrested Jesus, what would stop them from also arresting and punishing Jesus’ followers? Peter was focused on his own physical well-being and comfort, not on Jesus.

  5. When might we feel tempted to pretend we don’t know Jesus?

  6. What is something difficult or scary that God may ask you to do? Guide kids to think through situations they may face now or in the future. Remind them that no matter what situations we face, we always have hope for the future. Someday Jesus will return and destroy all evil, fixing the world for us to live with God forever.

MAKE LEAF RUBBINGS [PREK]

WHAT YOU NEED: copy paper (or plain paper), unwrapped crayons, leaves, magnifying glasses (optional)

WHAT YOU DO: Turn over the leaves and use a magnifying glass to show children the veining on the back. Lay a piece of paper over a facedown leaf. Invite a child to rub the side of a crayon over the paper to reveal the leaf underneath. Repeat with different leaves.

WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus went to a garden with His friends to pray. He knew that His disciples would leave Him and that Peter would even deny knowing Him. Jesus knew that it was time for Him to do God’s plan to rescue God’s people from sin.

JOURNAL & REFLECT [ELEM]

WHAT YOU NEED: paper, Bible

WHAT YOU DO: Distribute a sheet of paper to each child. Ask the kids to write about or draw a picture to answer the following questions:

  • What does this story teach me about God or about the gospel?

  • What does this story teach me about myself?

  • Whom can I tell about this story?

If kids want to share their thoughts, give them opportunity to do so.

WEEK OF MaY 16

The Last Supper

Bible Passage: Matthew 26; Mark 14;
Luke 22; John 13

Story Point: Jesus commanded His disciples to remember His sacrifice.

Key Passage: He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8

What is God Like? God is Savior.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PRESCHOOL:

  1. What special celebration had Jesus and His disciples come to Jerusalem for? (Passover)

  2. How would Peter and John know where to go to get the Passover meal ready? (They would meet a man carrying a jug of water.)

  3. What did Jesus say the bread was like? (His body)

  4. What did Jesus say the cup was like? (His blood)

  5. What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

  6. How is the new covenant Jesus made with God's people better than the old one? (God would forgive people's sins and help them obey Him.)

ELEMENTARY:

  1. Whom did Jesus send to prepare the Passover? (Peter and John, Luke 22:8)

  2. What two items did Jesus share with His disciples as a way to remember His sacrifice? (the bread and the cup, Luke 22:19-20)

  3. What did Jesus say Peter would do three times before the morning came? (deny that he knew Jesus, Luke 22:34)

  4. Why is the Lord’s Supper so important? Guide kids to think less about the specific foods used and more about the symbolism of the meal. Remind them that Jesus’ sacrifice was a choice. He did not have to allow His enemies to hurt and kill Him. The Lord’s Supper is a meaningful way for us to honor Jesus by obeying Him. The Lord’s Supper is a beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us in dying on the cross.

  5. What other ways do we remember and celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for us? Direct kids to think about when most churches gather. Discuss the hymns and songs we sing. Remind the kids that we celebrate Easter in the springtime. Talk about the burial and resurrection symbolism of baptism.

PRESCHOOL - COMPARE OLD AND NEW

WHAT YOU NEED: old and new objects. Examples include beat-up, ripped up books and new books, dried-out markers and new markers, dingy socks with holes and new socks, worn out shoes and new shoes, broken toys and new toys, deflated playground balls and new playground balls, empty paint trays and new paint trays, dried up glue stick and new glue stick, and so forth.

WHAT YOU DO: Invite preschoolers to compare the old objects with the new objects. They may sort items by old or new or by category.

WHAT YOU SAY: Good job comparing the new items with the old items. God sent Jesus to make a new covenant with His people. God had made a covenant, or agreement, with His people long ago. The people promised to love and obey God, and He promised to be their God. Sadly, God’s people did not love and obey Him. They broke the covenant. With the new covenant, God would forgive people for their sins and help them obey Him. Jesus made this new covenant happen by dying on the cross. What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

ELEMENTARY - WHAT DO WE NEED

WHAT YOU NEED: paper, pen

WHAT YOU DO: Give each kid a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct the child to imagine they are preparing a dinner for all their friends. Ask him or her to list all the supplies and food they would need to have the dinner. Allow a couple of minutes for the kids to create their lists. Then invite the kids to share their lists with you. If possible, do this not as an imaginary task, but actually invite someone over and share a meal.

WHAT YOU SAY: Preparing and hosting a special meal can be a lot of work! Did you know that right before Jesus died, He planned one final meal to share with His disciples? This wasn’t just any meal; it was a very special meal as we learned in the Bible story.

WEEK OF MaY 9

Jesus Was Questioned

Bible Passage: Matthew 22; Mark 12; Luke 20

Story Point: Jesus spoke with wisdom and authority.

Key Passage: He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8

What is God Like? God is Sovereign.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PRESCHOOL:

  1. Who asked Jesus questions and why? (religious leaders, to try to trick Him)

  2. How did Jesus answer the question, “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?” (“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s.”)

  3. What did Jesus say is the most important command? (“Love the Lord your God with all your heart.”)

  4. What did Jesus say is the second most important command? (“Love your neighbor as yourself.”)

ELEMENTARY:

  1. Why did the religious leaders come to ask Jesus difficult questions? (to trap Him in His words, catch Him saying something wrong; Mark 12:13)

  2. Whose image was on the coin Jesus asked to see? (Caesar’s, Mark 12:16)

  3. What are the greatest and second greatest commandments? (to love God with all we have and to love others as ourselves, Mark 12:29-3)

  4. How was Jesus able to answer those tricky questions so well? Guide kids to think about Jesus’ identity. Remind them that, though Jesus is fully human, He is also fully God. Jesus has all the wisdom and authority of God and was able to see through the religious leaders’ schemes.

  5. How can we answer with wisdom if people challenge our knowledge of God or the Bible? Help kids see that the source of wisdom is God Himself. Remind them that God gives wisdom generously to all who ask Him for it in faith. [See James 1:5.] Explain that we gain wisdom by studying God’s Word, praying, gathering with other believers, and following the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

  6. When is it difficult to trust Jesus’ wisdom and authority? Guide kids to speak honestly about their lives. Acknowledge the difficulty of trusting Jesus in hard or sad times. Help them see that we can trust Him even when we do not understand His plan or why difficult things are happening.

ALL AGES ACTIVITY

PLANT SEEDS

WHAT YOU NEED: soil, seeds, if doing indoors (some gravel and a cup)

WHAT YOU DO: Show child how to add a layer of gravel in the bottom of his cup for drainage. Help him spoon soil in his cup to fill it to an inch below the rim. Guide a child to select seeds and gently push them beneath the soil’s surface with his fingertips. When he is finished planting, show him how to mist the top of the soil.

WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus prayed in a garden. Jesus prayed. “Father! If it is possible, do not let this happen. But I want to do Your plan.” When you see these seeds start to sprout and grow, you can remember that Jesus obeyed His Father’s plan to save us from sin. Jesus was arrested though He did nothing wrong.


MAKE A PAPER CHAIN

WHAT YOU NEED: strips of paper (construction paper)

WHAT YOU DO: Help the kids make paper chains by connecting looped strips of paper together like links. Provide time for kids to slip their hands into the links at the ends of their chains to pretend they are handcuffs. Allow the kids to break free of their chains, if they wish.

WHAT YOU SAY: If you are actually going to arrest someone, you need much stronger chains than these! Today we heard about a time Jesus was arrested. Jesus is God’s Son, so the only way any chains could hold Him is if He allowed it to happen.

WEEK OF MaY 2

Jesus' Triumphal Entry

Bible Passage: Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12

Story Point: People welcomed Jesus as their King.

Key Passage: He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8

What is God Like? God is Sovereign.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

PRESCHOOL:

  1. What did Jesus send His two friends into the village to get for Him? (a donkey)

  2. How did the people show that they were happy to see Jesus? (laid their robes on the road, cut palm branches to lay on the road, and shouted “Hosanna!”)

  3. Who was not happy that the people were praising Jesus? (religious leaders)

  4. What did Jesus do at the temple? (made people selling things leave, healed people who could not see or walk)

  5. What will Jesus ride when He returns? (a white horse)

  6. Who is in control of everything? (God)

ELEMENTARY:

  1. Why did Jesus send His disciples to get a donkey for Him to ride? (to fulfill prophecy, Matt. 21:4-5)

  2. What word did the people and the children say in praise of Jesus? (Hosanna, Matt. 21:9,15)

  3. Where did Jesus go to spend the night? (Bethany, Matt. 21:17)

  4. Why do you think they people welcomed Jesus with such excitement? Remind the kids that the people in Jesus’ day were looking for an earthly king to conquer their enemies and give them back control of their land. They believed Jesus was the promised King but misunderstood what kind of king He’d be.

  5. When do you feel most excited to worship Jesus? Guide kids to think through the various ways we worship God, like singing praise, obeying our leaders, and doing our best work in school or sports. Remind them that anything done for God’s glory is worship.

  6. Why do you think some people reject Jesus? Help kids connect this idea to the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. They hated Jesus because they did not want to believe they needed help, and they feared losing control over the religious practices of the people. Today, it is much the same. People want to believe they are good on their own. They don’t want to believe that their sin is so bad it required Jesus’ death, and they don’t want to surrender control of their lives to Him.

ALL AGES ACTIVITY

MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

WHAT YOU NEED: instruments and/or items to make instruments (cups, rubber bands, empty tissue boxes)

WHAT YOU DO: Set out several different types of rhythm instruments. Play music. Invite preschoolers to select an instrument and sing and play along with the music they hear. For elementary kids, encourage kids to get creative with making their own instruments. Play some worship music and use your instruments.

WHAT YOU SAY:  Crowds walked ahead of Jesus, and those who followed Him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” The children were saying, “The king is here! The king is here!” They were praising Jesus, like we are praising Him with our music. The word hosanna means “Save now!” What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.