Mark 11 at Sunday School

props for Sunday School lesson on Mark 11

Sunday School at our church starts with an Introductory Session for the entire group, from drooling toddlers to awkward on-the-cusp-of-teenagehooders.

The aim of the Introductory Session is to prepare the kids for the lesson later, introducing ideas and bridging questions.

props for Sunday School lesson on Mark 11

This Sunday’s passage was Mark 11.

11 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

Game (The King Says)

Kids move around to the music until it stops and a bell rings.

“The King is coming! The King says,”Act like a monkey etc.!”


Introduction 1: Jesus fulfils Old Testament prophecy

Leader: Actually, how will you know the king when he comes? What will he look like?

Kids: [various responses]

Leader: Where should we look to find out what the king will look like?

Kids: [various responses]

Leader: We look at the Bible! [Reads Zechariah 9]

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)

Leader: [writes on pieces of paper: righteous and having salvation, humble, riding a donkey]


Now, while you wait for a king to appear, say together:

“Where is our King? Where is our King?
Riding on a donkey, humble as anything?”

ENTER LEFT: safari dude with lion head
Safari Dude: Hullo! I heard you were looking for a King. I can be your king. [Boasts about his ability to conquer even the King of the Jungle. How he can save people from lions and other scary creatures.]
props for Sunday School lesson on Mark 11Kids: [boo]

Safari dude: Fine, find your own king then. [Leaves in a huff]


[Kids continue chanting.]

props for Sunday School lesson on Mark 11
ENTER LEFT: dragon-tamer riding a dragon.

Dragon-tamer: [boasts about his ride. disses the donkey]

Kids: [boo]


[Kids continue chanting.]

Introduction 2: The king will come looking for fruit of repentance

ENTER RIGHT: Proud Fig Tree
props for Sunday School lesson on Mark 11: crepe fig tree leaves

Proud Fig Tree: Hullo! Are you all waiting for the king? I’ll wait with you.

[Kids continue chanting.]

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.

15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.

20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.

props for Sunday School lesson on Mark 11: green crepe fig leaves
Proud Fig Tree: [stands up suddenly] Say kids, I know we’re all waiting for the king to come. But have you wondered whether the king will like you when he comes?
[boasts about why the king will like him for his green leaves]

props for Sunday School lesson on Mark 11: green crepe fig leaves

Bridging Questions:
1. Who is the king? How do we know?
2. What will the king be looking for when he comes?

Palm Sunday Songs for Sunday School

We’re working through later chapters of the Gospel of Luke in the lead up to Easter at Sunday School.

Here are the songs we’re doing for Palm Sunday – the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, with the crowds acknowledging him (for now) as king.

Welcome the King

Welcome the King, welcome the King
Welcome the King who comes
In the name of the Lord

Clear the road before him
Open the ancient doors
Let every heart receive him
Welcome the King
Who comes in the name of the Lord

Who is this King, who is this King
Who is this King who comes
In the name of the Lord

He is the King of glory
Crucified and risen
He is the Lord Almighty
Welcome the King
Who comes in the name of the Lord

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1996 Make Way Music

We sing Hosanna!
1. Zechariah said:
“Here comes your king,
Riding on a donkey,
Humble as anything.”We sing “Hosanna!”
Jesus is our King!
He’s riding on a donkey,
But He’s the Lord of everything,
The Son of David,
King of Kings!
2. All the city said:
“Who is this man?
Riding on a donkey,
What can be his plan?”

3. Chief priests said:
“What’s going on?
Riding on a donkey,
People singing songs?”