by Kimber Bailey Scott
THANK YOU, GOD
Tune: If you’re happy and you know it
Thank You, God, for Jesus who loves us. (clap, clap. Repeat line.)
Thank You, God, for Jesus. Thank You, God, for Jesus.
Thank You, God, for Jesus who loves us. (clap, clap.)
Thank You, God, for people who love us. (Stomp, stomp. Repeat line.)
Thank You, God, for people. Thank You, God, for people.
Thank You, God, for people who love us. (Stomp, stomp.)
Thank You, God, for food, good food. (Amen! Repeat line.)
Thank You, God, for food. Thank You, God, for food.
Thank You, God, for food, good food. (Amen!)
Tune: London Bridge
Thank You, God, for Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
Thank You, God, for Jesus.
We say thank You.
(Fold hands on ‘thank You’; point upwards on ‘Jesus.’)
WE THANK GOD
We thank God (fold hands) for Jesus.
Who loves us (hug self), it is true.
We thank God (fold hands) for people,
Who love (hug self) both me and you (point to self and another).
We thank God (fold hands) for good food.
That we can chew and chew (pretend to chew).
We thank God (fold hands) for all these things (spread arms).
We say thanks to You! (Say together, “Thank You, God!”)
Have the visual aid of Jesus, the cup and the loaf ready. Put a piece of bread in (or hold up to) your mouth. What am I eating? Continue to eat the bread. I asked what am I eating? It’s just a piece of bread. But it sure tastes good. I guess it’s time to stop eating. It’s time for our Bible story. You’re really going to like the story today. There’s food in the story!
The Bible tells us about many times when Jesus said “thank You” to God. Let me tell you about one of those times. Hold up the Jesus visual. It was a very special night. Jesus and His friends were eating in a special room. Special foods been prepared. Special prayers had been prayed. Jesus and His friends had spent a lot of time talking to each other.
Near the end of the meal, Jesus stood up. Jesus picked up a cup of wine made from grapes. Put the cup in Jesus’s hands. Jesus said thank You to God for that wine. Then Jesus picked up a piece of bread Put the bread in Jesus’s hands. Jesus broke the piece of bread and shared it with His friends. Jesus said thank You to God for the bread too.
Let’s all have some bread and juice too. What do we need to do before we eat the bread? Let them respond – thank God. Pray then serve some bread to them. What do we need to do before we drink some juice? Pray then serve juice.
While children eat and drink, ask some questions and let them respond.
Whom did Jesus pray His thank-you prayer to?
What 2 things did Jesus say thank You for?
Do you say thank You to God for your food before you eat? What do you say?
Ask them to name some favorite foods they could thank God for.
Thank You, God, for ________.
Do you think Jesus was also thankful for His friends who were with Him that special night? Can you name some people you are thankful for?
Thank You, God, for ________.
Does God want you to be thankful? What are you thankful for? Does God want you to say “thank you”?
The Bible tells us that God hears us when we pray to Him. The Bible says, “We…thank God.” Can you say those words with me? Say them louder. Give each one a Bible (or share) & ask each to say “We…thank God.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Print and cut out pumpkin pocket on orange paper. Staple the pocket around edges of pumpkin. Let them color items they are thankful for and have them place it in the pocket. Write their name on it.
Optional: have magazines where they can tell you what they’re thankful for and you cut them out for them.
Play a Thanksgiving memory card game.
visual aids of Jesus, the cup and the loaf
unleavened bread like tortillas or matza
print pumpkin pocket page on orange paper for each child then cut out
print & cut out items they are thankful for, for each child
Thanksgiving memory card game