Holiday Children’s Sermon: Thankful for Thanksgiving

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Holiday Children’s Sermon: Thankful for Thanksgiving

Holiday Children’s Sermon: Thankful for Thanksgiving

Story Objective: Using the story of the Ten Lepers the children learn in this energetic bible lesson to always remember to say thanks.

Sunday School Lesson Outline

Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19

Memory Verse: Psalm 118:28

  • “You’re my God, and I thank you. O my God I lift high your praise.” (The Message)
  • “You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” (NIV)

Materials: A medium to large serving tray, various small knickknacks or objects, a dish towel or small cloth to cover the tray and its contents.

Before beginning the lesson, select 7 – 10 small objects to put on the tray (i.e. a Lego, a dice, an eating utensil, a crayon, etc.) Lay the objects out on the tray and then cover them with the towel.

Gather the children around you and the tray in a semi-circle, so that each child can see the tray. Tell the children you want to test their memories. Explain that you will show them the objects on the tray for a very short time (just 10 seconds).

After that time, cover the tray again and ask the children to recall as many of the objects as they can. Play a few rounds of this activity, adding more or different objects each time or shortening the time that kids can look.

Say: Good job! You did well remembering the objects in that game. Sometimes though, it can be hard to remember things. What kinds of things do you have a hard time remembering (allow time for responses.) There are times when I forget my keys or an appointment. Sometimes, I even forget to say thank you. I want to tell you a story from the Bible about a time like that.

Remembering to Say Thanks – Story Option 1:

Materials: Band-Aids enough for all children (small group) or ten children (large group).

Do an active reading with children; as you read through the Scripture verses, instruct the children to “act out” what is happening. If you have a large group, consider dividing them up with a group of lepers and a group to represent Jesus.

Luke 17:11 – 19

Now on his way to Jerusalem (children walk in place), Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy (each child puts on a Band-Aid) met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice (children call loudly and repeat what you say), “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them (kids pretend to look off in the distance), he said (kids repeat Jesus’ words), “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed (kids look at themselves with amazement).

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice (kids get down on their knees and say “thank you” over and over again). He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (Kids look around as if looking for the other nine; kids shrug like they don’t know). “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Kids get up and return to their seats).

Say: Because of their disease, the lepers could not be around anyone at all – not their families or friends, not even a doctor.

So when Jesus healed them, he gave them back not only their health but their lives as well! Jesus did this out of love – he loved each one of those lepers. What a gift! And yet, only one came back to thank Jesus. When the one leper thanked Jesus, I bet it made Jesus feel good. However, when all the other lepers just ran away to be with their family and friends…well, I think that may have made Jesus feel a little disappointed.

God gives us so many wonderful things. Can you think of some? (Allow time for answers as children finish their snacks). God doesn’t have to give us all these good things, but he does because he loves us. We must always remember to thank God for everything He provides for us. It is our way of showing God we appreciate his love.

 Prayer: Here is a sample prayer that ties in with the theme of the lesson. Feel free to pray your own way.

 Lord, thank you for all that you give us. You are a generous and loving God. We’re sorry for the times that we forget to say thank you. Give us grateful hearts and help us to remember to thank you for all we have. We love you. Amen.

Holiday Children’s Sermon: Thankful for Thanksgiving

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