Holy Week Sequence
Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11, 26:1-5, 14 – 30, 36 - 56
Key Scripture Verses: Matthew 26:39 Jesus walked on a little way. Then he knelt with his face to the ground and prayed. “My Father, if it is possible, don’t make me suffer. But do what you want and not what I want” (Contemporary English Version)
“We may make a lot of plans, but the Lord will do what he has decided.” Proverbs (CEV)
· Jesus chose to be an obedient disciple of God.
1. Learn that Jesus lived, taught and died in a real place that exists today.
Understand the layout of
3. Follow the events of Holy Week and illustrate some of them on a map.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking Jesus for teaching us about God would be appropriate.
1. Discuss the
background to today’s story. Have the children use their Bibles to locate the
story in Matthew. This is an account of
Holy Week – the time from when Jesus entered
2. Jesus had been
teaching and healing people for three years.
It was nearing the time of Passover the celebration of Moses’ leading
the Hebrew people out of
3. Jesus visited the temple during the next few days and talked to many people. Two days before Passover, Jesus said; “On Passover the Son of Man will be handed over to his enemies and nailed to a cross.” Jesus was talking about himself. At the same time the priests from the temple were planning to have Jesus arrested and put to death. They offered to pay the disciple Judas thirty silver coins to help them arrest Jesus.
4. On the first day of Passover (Festival of Thin Bread) Jesus asked his disciples to go to a certain man in the city and tell him, “Our teacher says ‘My time has come! I want to eat the Passover meal with my disciples in your home’” We do not know the exact location of this building, but we know it was inside the city). When Jesus was eating with his twelve disciples that evening he said, “One of you will surely hand me over to my enemies.” The disciples were very sad and hoped he didn’t mean them. Jesus answered, “One of you who has eaten with me will betray me. The son of Man will die as the scriptures say. But it is going to be terrible for the one who betrays me! That man would be better off if he had never been born.” During the meal Jesus took some bread and broke it. Giving it to his disciples, he said, “Take this and eat. This is my body.” Jesus picked up the cup of wine and giving it to his disciples said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his agreement with you. It will be poured out so that many people will have their sins forgiven.” We celebrate this ‘Last Supper’ when we have communion.
5. After the meal they all went to the
6. Jesus returned to find his disciples asleep. He said, “Get up! Let’s go. The one who will betray me is already here. Jesus was still speaking when Judas came up with a mob of people carrying swords and clubs. Judas walked up to Jesus and kissed him. This was a signal to the men to arrest Jesus. The disciples wanted to defend Jesus but Jesus told them, “Anyone who lives by fighting will die by fighting. Don’t you know that I could ask my Father and right away he would send me more than twelve armies of angels? But then how could the words of the scriptures come true, which say that this must happen?”
7. After this, the
crowd took Jesus to Pilate, then to Herod and back to Pilate for a trial. Jesus
was made to carry a cross (along the map’s dotted line) to a place called
We will study a map, which approximately shows the important parts of
2. Show the globe of the world and point out
where home is. Then show them
Pass out markers. Tell the
children to draw some of the last mentioned events in the proper place on their
maps. If they have time, they may also
wish to add a cross or a tomb at
4. Clean up
1. Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and
pencils/markers. The children should
spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Why did Jesus choose
to ride a donkey instead of a horse?
Although Jesus knew that the Passover meal was his Last Supper, instead
of feeling sorry for himself, what did he speak about to his disciples? How did Jesus act at
1. Encourage the children to think about some of the events and how Jesus obeyed God
2. Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.
3. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for giving us Jesus to teach us how that by following God's ways we will have eternal life.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.
2. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
3. Check the art room to see what supplies exist. Make enough copies of the map (enlarge if necessary) and purchase markers if there are not enough.
4. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
5. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions.
Globe of the world
Fine tip Markers