Thank you Jesus

Categories: Children's Church

1. LESSON: Thank you Jesus

  • We’ve come to the end of 2013! There are many things that has happened in this year. And when we look back, there are many things we can thank God for. Maybe it’s the presents we got for Christmas. Or maybe it’s how He helped you in school. Or the holidays you went on. Or your parents who took care of you.
  • Why and how do we give thanks to God?
  • God is the Source of all our Blessings
    • James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights …
    • God wants us to have good things. He wants us to have fun, be happy and enjoy life through small and big blessings. All these come from Him — every good thing in our lives. They are gifts given with the Father’s love.
    • And most importantly, above all, He gave us new life in Jesus, who came to give His life on the cross for us. If He has given us the biggest and bestest gift, would He withhold any good thing from us? (Romans 8:32)

     

  • Our response is Thanksgiving
    • When we know that everything we have comes from God, our natural response is to say “Thank you!” Not just once a year but every day!
    • We are all blessed in many ways. Counting our blessings help us to be filled with gratitude. We don’t need to complain and compare when others have something we don’t have. We have direct access to the Giver of everything. So we look to Him instead of being sad or upset that others have more than we have.
    • We can give thanks even when things are not going so well (1 Thess 5:18). Because we know God is always working everything out for good for us (Rom 8:28).
    • Our thanksgiving can also overflow to bless others around us. We are blessed to be a blessing. There are so many others who are less fortunate than us. We can share the love of God to them also!

     

  • Memory Verse: Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

 

2. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Get kids to think and write down something they are thankful for this year. Encourage different ones to share what they’ve written.
  • Open the Thanksgiving Box and distribute the thanksgiving notes they’ve written. Get them to stick them on coloured A4 paper as a record of what God has blessed them with this past year.

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  • Younger classes may need more guidance/help, e.g.:
    • Song: To the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
      (Have them repeat line by line with actions, then slowly combine the lines together.)
      I know God loves me every day (Hug self)
      God shows me in many ways (arms extended, separated lightly, palms up)
      My family and the friends I meet (hands over heart)
      And the good food that I eat. (Touch lips)
      God’s good blessings with me stay. (arms raised, palms open)
      I know God loves me every day (hug self)
    • Rhyme:
      (Ask kids to pat their knees in rhythm. Tell them they’re going to pat a prayer to a one-two beat. Ask the kids to repeat each line after you say it. Keep the rhythm going throughout the prayer)
      Thank you God,
      For these gifts:
      Food,
      Families,
      Friends,
      Our beatiful earth,
      Us,
      Jesus,
      He sure loves us,
      He calls us friends.
      Amen!
  • Close in prayer.

Thanksgiving Tree

Categories: Children's Church

It’s the New Year. One way to celebrate it is to look back and give thanks to the Lord for all He’s done for us in the past year.


1. Activity

  • Give each kid a coloured paper (or sticker paper). Get them to trace their hand on it and:
    • Write their name on it
    • Write what they are thankful to Jesus for and share with the group
    • Cut out the hand print
    • Paste onto the “tree trunk” (which can be painted or printed onto a large cardboard
 
2. Lesson
  • Jesus said He is the vine and we are the branches. If we remain in Him and He in us, we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5)
  • When we know we are a part of Jesus, when we rest in Him and trust Him, we will see His fruits and blessings flow through our lives.
  • In this new year, let’s continue to rest in Jesus and give thanks for the many fruits He will produce in us!