Let Us Give Thanks

RECREATION/CRAFTS

Option 1:  Make a Thanksgiving Tree OR a Thanksgiving Banner

There is so much to be thankful for, and there is something about writing it down and looking at it every day that makes it that much more real. Not to mention the cuteness it brings to the room! There are two options for doing this listed below.

I love the idea of keeping your leaves from each year in a little box so you can look back at different years, remembering what you were thankful for at that time.  I encourage you to make your own Thankful Tree or Thankful Banner.

 

“It’s not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.”

TREE:

 

 

 

 

 

BANNER:

Option 2:      Make a Quirky Turkey Treat

Supplies: Clear plastic glove used for food preparation (1 per person), Reese's pieces (About 10 in the thumb and 8 in the fingers – per person), popped popcorn and string.

Using a clear plastic glove, fill finger tips with Reese's pieces. (About 10 in the thumb and 8 in the fingers.) Fill the rest of the glove with popped popcorn and tie it off with a string. Now you have a snack to eat while you watch your favorite Fall movie!

 

FAMILY TIME AT HOME

 

Blessing:

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Table Talk:

Do you know why we celebrate Thanksgiving? What are some things you are thankful for in your lives?  What are some ways we can say, “Thank You” to God?

BIBLE STUDY

 

Introduce the Scripture

 

Have you ever begged your parents for something, and when they finally gave it to you, you forgot to thank them? Today I want you to read a story from the Bible that speaks about such a thing.

 

Read Luke 17:11-19


"Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well"
 

Talk about Scripture together

  1. Why is expressing gratitude so important for other people to hear?

  2. How is it just as important for the person expressing the gratitude?

  3. Why would expressing gratitude to someone increase your happiness?

  4. To whom in your life do you owe the most gratitude? What would you say to that person?

In Jesus' time, leprosy was an incurable skin disease. People with leprosy were hated, feared and looked down on by other people. They couldn't live with their families or community. They were outcasts, and had to live with other lepers. It was a lonely life, a terrible way to live!

What is important about today's Bible story is that all ten people had leprosy, and they knew Jesus had the power to heal them and cried out for his help. But how many were thankful when he healed them? Yes, only one. Only one of those people took the time to come back to thank Jesus. 

The other nine understood that God is all powerful and able to heal them, yet they had thankless hearts. Let us live our lives like the one Leper who was thankful and understand that all good things come from God. The Bible says, "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless" ( Psalm 84:11). 

Jesus has done so much more than heal our bodies, he has healed our broken and sinful hearts by his sacrifice on the cross. This year as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us remember that all good things come from God, and then thank him for his goodness!

WORSHIP ARTS

“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Have you ever heard of the adage “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”? Our God is the Originator of everything beautiful and in His eyes—we are beautiful. Through his grace we are given glimpses of beauty from a rising sun, a newborn baby, the conversion of a lost soul to being found, etc… In a world full of the ugliness of sin and death, we can find beauty if we see the world through God’s eyes. Enjoy the Newsboys as they put this truth in song.

Closing Song:  “Here I Am” 

Don’t forget to hold hands in a circle!

Here I am, wholly available. As for me, I will serve the Lord. Here we are wholly available. As for us, we will serve the Lord.

Option 2:      Make a Quirky Turkey Treat

Supplies: Clear plastic glove used for food preparation (1 per person), Reese's pieces (About 10 in the thumb and 8 in the fingers – per person), popped popcorn and string.

Using a clear plastic glove, fill finger tips with Reese's pieces. (About 10 in the thumb and 8 in the fingers.) Fill the rest of the glove with popped popcorn and tie it off with a string. Now you have a snack to eat while you watch your favorite Fall movie!