I'm going to tell a story and I need you to join in:
When you hear me say Donkey I want you to say hee-aw
When you hear me say Jesus I want you to say Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
When you hear me say Crowds I want you to clap your hands and cheer
When you hear me say Palms I want you to swish swish swish your hands
One hot day it was the festival of passover so Jesus and his friends walked all the way to Jerusalem. When they got close Jesus told his friends that he needed a Donkey for the last part of the journey so that all the Crowds could see him. Jesus' friends didn't know where to get a Donkey, but Jesus pointed them towards a village and said that they could find a Donkey there. He was right and soon Jesus had a Donkey. Jesus got on the Donkey and they rode into Jerusalem. As soon as they were inside the city there were Crowds everywhere. The crowds waved Palms and clapped their hands and cheered to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem. Some of the people even threw their palms and coats on the ground for Jesus on the Donkey to walk over. It was a wonderful welcome for Jesus, they were welcoming their king.I was amazed by how the kids engaged with the story, and we had a little chat about how Mary went on a donkey and now Jesus was on a donkey. I don't think I'd seen that connection before, but now it seems so obvious. The humble donkey, a safe form of passage for the Messiah and his mother.