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 children come to sit in a circle. Shake each hand and say “Thank you” every time they shake your hand (or give you high five).
Ask them to hold up their 10 fingers and count out loud: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. Whenever you hear the word “10,” count out loud to 10. Give each child at least one sick/well man that you made. If you have more than 10 children, have them sit close to a friend and take turns holding the figure. If you have less than 10, have some hold more than 1.
The Bible tells us about 10 (count) men who were sick with leprosy. That means they had sores all over their bodies. Can you show me the 10 (count) men who were sick with leprosy? (ask them to hold up the sick men) This sickness made the men feel band and sad. They hurt and they had to stay away from other people so they did not pass the sickness to someone else. No one wanted to be sick with leprosy.
One day Jesus was walking near where the 10 (count them) sick men lived. They called out “Jesus, please make us well!” Jesus said “Go show the priest. You are well.”
The men began to walk to the priest. Can you make your men walk?
When the men had gone a little way, they felt different. They looked at themselves. They were well! All 10 (count them) men were well! Turn your men around so we can see the well men. They were so happy. Maybe they jumped up and down for joy. Can you make your men jump? Then 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of them went on to show themselves to the priest. Let’s count to 9.
May I borrow your man, ______? (hold up the man so the children see the well side) But one man (ask them to count to one) had something special to do. Do you know what it was? Yes, he went back to say thank You to Jesus for making him well. (return the man to the child)
How many men remembered to say thank You? Can you imagine that! Just one man remembered to say thank You to Jesus! Do you think that manmade Jesus happy?
Which of the 10 men do you want to be like? I want to be like the one man (count to one) not the nine men (count to nine). Jesus likes for us to say thank You to Him.
Who else should we thank? (parents, grandparents, friends, teachers, etc.) Saying thank you to these people makes them happy too!
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
Make Thanksgiving turkey hats
For the headband of each hat, cut a 25- by 5-inch strip from a paper grocery bag and fold it in thirds lengthwise. Wrap it around your child's head, overlap the ends by 2 inches, trim, and use tape to close the band.
To make each turkey leg, trim down a paper lunch bag so it stands 7 inches tall. Smooth the bag around your fist to shape it, then stuff it half full with balled-up scrap paper.
To make each bone, unfold two white paper napkins and crumple one napkin into a ball. Drape the second napkin over the ball and twist it to form the narrow part of the bone. Insert this end into the stuffed bag. Twist and tape the two parts to secure them.
Staple the legs to the headband and use tape to cover the staple ends inside the band.
Before class, put several nature items into a basket. Ask kids to sit in a circle. Remove one item at a time from the basket and ask children what the items is. Have them pass it around the circle and carefully look at it. As they do, sing these words to the tune of “row, row, row your boat.” Repeat the song for each item. Encourage children to sing too.
Thank You, thank You, God
Thank You, thank You, God
Thank You for the _______.
Thank You, thank You, God.
Have baked drumsticks to eat. Pretend they’re turkey legs. Talk about what you’re thankful for then ask them what they’re thankful for.
10 men on a stick (leprosy on one side and well on the other)
Paper grocery bag
Paper lunch sacks
White paper napkins
Baked drumsticks (Place chicken on baking dish and bake covered for 45 min in 350 degree preheated oven.)
Nature items (shell, pinecone, leaves, flower, etc.)