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Thankfulness Sunday School Lesson

Thankfulness Sunday School Lesson
Check out our FREE Thankfulness Sunday School Lesson! Teach kids to be thankful for God's plans. And by the end of this lesson, kids will choose one talent, gift, or trait God has given them that they are thankful for. This lesson is great for every Children's Ministry, Kids Church, and Sunday School! God is our creator, and he has a special plan for all of us. Thats a great reason to be thankful, and a great reason to be obedient. God didn’t give us gifts for the simple pleasure of seeing us discover them. He wants to use us to be a part of his plan to bring salvation to the world. Just as God used Jeremiah to warn the people and show them the way back to him. God can use us to invite our friends and others to meet Jesus in person. Let us give thanks to God every day in prayer for the things he has given us. And let us show him how thankful we are by putting those gifts to work so others can give thanks to God as well. And, if you like this lesson we have over 100 more free Sunday School Lessons for Kids!

Thankfulness Sunday School Lesson:

BOTTOM LINE:

Be thankful for Gods plans.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will choose one talent, gift, or trait God has given them that they are thankful for.

KEY PASSAGE:

Jeremiah 1, God calls Jeremiah

MEMORY VERSE:

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people!”

1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV)

SUMMARY:

God is our creator, and he has a special plan for all of us. Thats a great reason to be thankful, and a great reason to be obedient.

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Thank you for the plans you have for us.

In Jesus name,

Amen

 

MEMORY VERSE

Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people!1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV)

Give praise to the Lord. Make his name known. Tell the nations what he has done.1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIrV)

LARGE GROUP:

Have the kids read the verse together. Read it normally, then in a whisper, then really, really loudly!

SMALL GROUP:

Give all the kids a Bible. Then, after you read the verse, give them the reference and see who can find it first in their Bible.

 

SKIT

SLEEP OVER: THANK YOU, GOD

ITEMS NEEDED:

Sleeping bags, pajamas

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

3F

CHARACTERS:

Marty and Luann - Best friends

Mom - Luanns mom

Two sleeping bags are on stage.

MOM: (off) Luann, its time for bed!

Luann and Marty enter.

LUANN: Aww, come on, Mom! Its only eleven oclock! We didnt get to watch Slumber Party Nightmare 2 yet!

MOM: You can watch Slumber Party Nightmare 2 after you see Slumber Party Nightmare 1.

LUANN: And when can I see that?

MOM: When youre in college! Good night!

MARTY: Its okay, Luann, Im kind of tired anyway.

LUANN: Yeah, I guess we should get some sleep.

Luann gets into her sleeping bag. Marty unzips hers and gets down on her knees.

MARTY: Dear God, Thank you for today. Thank you for the fun I had with Luann. Thank you for a friend like her. Thank you for all the gifts you have given me. Thank you for making me musical. Thank you for giving me a chance to

LUANN: Marty? Who are you talking to?

MARTY: Sorry, I was just thanking God.

LUANN: For what?

MARTY: For everything. Every good thing I have comes from God, and every night, I thank him for those things.

LUANN: Every night?

MARTY: Sure. God makes all of us special, and he has special plans for us.

LUANN: You sure about that?

MARTY: Oh yeah.

LUANN: Huh. No ones ever said anything like that to me. Do you think God made me special too?

MARTY: Sure, Luann! Youre one of the best artists I know. Thats a gift from God.

LUANN: Really?

MARTY: And I bet God has a plan for you to use your art, just like he lets me use my music to praise Him.

LUANN: Maybe I oughta praise God too.

MARTY: Sure, why not?

Luann gets on her knees.

LUANN: So what do I say?

MARTY: Say, God, thanks for making me me.

LUANN: God, thanks for making me me.

MARTY: Thanks for my art.

LUANN: Thanks for my art.

MARTY: And thanks for the plans you have for me.

LUANN: You sure God has plans for me, Marty?

MARTY: You bet I am.

LUANN: I cant wait to see what those plans are.

MARTY: Luann, that makes two of us.

 

OBJECT LESSON

ITEM NEEDED:

An apple

Apples are part of Gods creation. God created apples for our enjoyment, and for our nourishment. God put seeds inside apples so that we could plant and grow apple trees, and he created apple trees to grow more apples.

What are some of your favorite treats that include apples?

Everything part of Gods creation - from the sun to the tiniest insect - has a purpose. Its all part of the amazing creation God made for us. He gave us apples, flowers, animals, the sun, moon, and stars to show us that he loves us. And just as God has a purpose for all these things, he has a purpose for us.

God has given each of us talents and gifts that are unique. He has made plans for each one of our lives. He wants us to play a part in sharing his love with our friends. Lets thank God for those blessings and ask him how we can use our gifts to glorify him.

 

LARGE GROUP GAME

WRAP IT UP

ITEMS NEEDED:

Two boxes, two wrapping paper tubes, two rolls of tape, two pair of scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

Choose two players for this game. Give each player a box, and on your signal, have the two players race to see who can wrap their gift first.

VARIATION:

An alternate game is to have the kids wrap their gifts without tape and scissors. Who can wrap the neatest looking gift?

WHATS THE POINT?

We should thank God for our gifts and for the plans God has for us.

 

LARGE GROUP LESSON

BOTTOM LINE:

Be thankful for Gods plans.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will choose one talent, gift, or trait God has given them that they are thankful for.

KEY PASSAGE:

Jeremiah 1, God calls Jeremiah

INTRO:

Ever since you were small children, you parents have taught you a simple courtesy. When someone gives you something, what two words do you say?

Thank you.Those two words are drilled into our heads. We learn the words, Thank youalmost as fast as we learn, Mom, Dad, and No. Saying, Thank youis a common courtesy we extend to everyone, from the people who serve us in restaurants to our grandparents. We expect it when we do something nice for someone else. But how often do we mean it? Is saying thanks just something we do out of habit, or do we really mean it when we say, Thank you?

When we stop to think about the things we have been given and the givers of those gifts, we have much to be thankful for, and in the next few weeks, well talk about many of the reasons we have to be thankful - and how we can best show our thanks.

One of the most important things we can be thankful for is the God who created us. God made each one of us unique. He gave us the family he did in the place and time he did for a specific reason. God knew each of us before we were ever born, and he planned for us to be right where we are, right now, so that he could use us to show the world his amazing love.

In todays scripture, were going to meet a man who learned first hand how God makes each one of us for a special purpose. The mans name was Jeremiah, and he was amazed to discover that God had a special purpose for his life. Jeremiah didnt believe it at first, but with Gods direction, he became one of the most important men in the Old Testament.

READ JEREMIAH 1

MAIN POINT:

Jeremiah came along at a time in history when Gods chosen people, Israel, had forgotten him. God had saved Israel from slavery. He had given them a land to call their own and protected them from all enemies.  Yet the people rejected God and chose to worship false gods instead.

God had warned the people long ago that he would punish them if they ever forgot him. God needed a man to remind Israel of that warning, someone brave and bold who would share Gods message without fear. God chose Jeremiah for that very reason.

Jeremiah didnt believe he had it in him to be a prophet, but when the judgment for their sin came, it was Jeremiah who reminded the people why they were being punished and showed them the way they could repent of their sin.

God made each of us for a special purpose, just as he did Jeremiah. We need to thank God for the gifts hes given us, and we need to use our gifts to show the world God loves us.

DRIVE IT HOME:

When we receive a gift, the first words we say after, Wow!and, Just what I wanted!should always be thankful. As we discover the gifts God has given us, we need to thank him as well. When we discover a talent we have for something, like music or drama, we can thank God. When we discover a passion we have, something we enjoy doing that serves others, we can thank God as well. God loves to hear our prayers, and he really loves when we are thankful.

But saying thank you isnt enough. If we say thank you for a gift, and we put it in the closet, what good is that gift to us or anyone else? God wants us to show we are thankful by putting our gifts and talents to use. Those who can sing can sing for God. Those who can act can act for God. Those who have a heart for serving should serve. Those with a talent for leading others and teaching should do what God made them to do. And those who have the gift of encouragement should always be on the lookout for someone who needs a pick me up.

Its worth pointing out that God doesnt expect us to wait until we are older to use those gifts. Remember when Jeremiah said, Im too young?God told Jeremiah his age didnt matter. God can use you, even though you are still kids, to bless others. So dont put off using your gifts for God. God can use anyone, even kids, to show people he loves them!

God didnt give us gifts for the simple pleasure of seeing us discover them. He wants to use us to be a part of his plan to bring salvation to the world. Just as God used Jeremiah to warn the people and show them the way back to him. God can use us to invite our friends and others to meet Jesus in person. Let us give thanks to God every day in prayer for the things he has given us. And let us show him how thankful we are by putting those gifts to work so others can give thanks to God as well.

Thanks and glory be to God, who gave us his son and so much more.

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Thank you for the plans you have for us.

In Jesus name,

Amen

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER:

Whats the best gift you have ever received for your birthday?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

1 Chronicles 16:8

Give all the kids a Bible. Then, after you read the verse, give them the reference and see who can find it first in their Bible.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Give all of the kids a spicy cinnamon candy to put on their tongue. How does the candy feel? How do they think it felt when God touched Jeremiahs mouth?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Jeremiah 1

What did God say to Jeremiah?

What excuses did Jeremiah give when God spoke to him?

How did God answer that excuse?

How did God use Jeremiah to help Israel?

What is one talent or gift God has given you that you are thankful for?  

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us the gifts you have given us so we can be thankful and use them for you.

In Jesus name,

Amen

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH)

ICEBREAKER:

Whats the best gift you have ever received for your birthday?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

1 Chronicles 16:8

Give all the kids a Bible. Then, after you read the verse, give them the reference and see who can find it first in their Bible.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Give all of the kids a spicy cinnamon candy to put on their tongue. How does the candy feel? How do they think it felt when God touched Jeremiahs mouth?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Jeremiah 1

What did God call Jeremiah to do?

What excuses did Jeremiah give when God spoke to him?

How did God answer those excuses?

What is one talent or gift God has given you that you are thankful for?  

How can you show God you are thankful by using that gift for him?

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us the gifts you have given us so we can be thankful and use them for you.

In Jesus name,

Amen

 

For your convenience, you can also download the entire PDF version of this Thankfulness Children's Ministry Lesson (just click the link). 

Here's a video from Saddleback kids that you might find helpful to go along with your Sunday School Lesson on Thankfulness. 

Take a look at the links below for other ideas for teaching a Thankfulness Sunday School Lesson: 

 

25 Fun Thanksgiving Ideas for Sunday School Lessons and Activities

 

 

5 crafts for teaching kids thankfulness (with Bible verses!) - Disciplr

 

 

Children's Ministry Resources: Sunday School Lesson For Thanksgiving