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Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Cor. 9:15 (NIV)

November is upon us and it's a mad dash to Christmas, so it seems, with Thanksgiving seemly forgotten. (Particularly in stores where Halloween and Christmas decorations stock the shelves at the same time, ug!) 

However, it's rather appropriate that November is the month before we celebrate the birth of God's indescribable gift! Now this is something for which we can be thankful!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

What better way to begin the celebration of Christmas than with hearts of gratitude and thanksgiving expressed during the entire month of November! 

Here are some Thanksgiving ideas to get you started:
1) Thank God for the Saints who led you to the Lord or who have strengthened and encouraged you in your faith. "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God" Philippians 1:3 (NLT). Take some time to write notes of thanksgiving to them. And if someone has graduated to heaven, you can still write a note and tuck it in your Bible. . .  

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Thanksgiving ABC's

About three weeks before Thanksgiving I placed the ABC's on the wall around the Children's Church room (one letter per construction paper piece). I asked the children to think of things they were thankful for (out-of-the-box things). I wrote six to ten things they thought of on each letter. We did this in alphabetical order, but every now and then a child would think of something for a previous letter. This actually took three weeks to get through the full alphabet, because I asked them "why" they were thankful for each item. Some of the items were quite interesting and I had to be on my toes to come up with why we should be thankful for these items . . . 

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We used the Parables of Jesus as a starting point for our neighborhood kids Bible study and adapted the lessons to suit our needs. The lessons provided fun and easy ways to teach the parables. ~ Michle

We have a very small church (28 to 30 people total on average) and it is hard to find programs to do for VBS. So when I went looking for something that I could do with a group of kids, the Prayer of Jesus stood out. There are six, two-hour lessons and we did a lesson a day. The book has game and craft ideas to go with each lesson. . . . I am already looking into buying more books from Sunday School Network. I feel that learning to pray together as a group, a family, we have grown even closer to God. ~ Thank you, April G.

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children's church on Sunday nights and had ran out of  ideas to use. I prayed that God would give me some sources. Well, He did, alright!  This website!  I was up until almost 2:00 A.M. one night searching it out. What a wonderful site!  I love it!  It has such great ideas.  Thank you so much! 
~ Another sister in Christ, Mable D.


Thanksgiving Lesson:
Five Kernels of Corn 

Need: blackboard/poster board, basket of food, ear of corn, frozen corn or candy corn.

A) GIVING THANKS (Object Lesson for Grades K-4) Write on blackboard or large poster board: Complain vs. Give Thanks

1. What do you think people do the most: complain or give thanks?
2. What about YOU? Is it easier to fuss and complain about your food, your brother or sister or teacher, etc., than to thank God for them? What do you do the most?
3. How many of you have said THANK YOU to someone today? . . .in the past day? . . . in the past week? . . . the past month??
4. Do you thank God each day? Do you complain about what you DON’T have more than THANK God for what you DO have (clothes, house, family, how you look, etc.)

B) The FIRST THANKSGIVING (Show basket of food + corn, shorten story for younger students.) Do you think the first pilgrims who came to this country were complainers? No, they wanted to be free to . . . 

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Christian Skits & Bible Games for Kids

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Why Celebrate Thanksgiving? 

Thanksgiving Day is the day we set aside as a nation to thank God for his goodness towards us. 

What are some things you are thankful for? (Receive answers.) 

What are some ways we can say, "Thank you" to God? (Receive answers.) 

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

"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 . . . 

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