May 2021

PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY

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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.