The "Thank" sign is displayed first and then the "Think" at the bottom,
because underneath every "Thank" is a "Think". The children
are asked what they can thank God about, and then the foldout "Thank"
list is shown as a sample of what they can make.
Grades 3 - 7 (9 to 13 years).
We often pray to God with a shopping list of things we need, or what we
want God to do for us. Long ago there were ten lepers who came
to Jesus one day and He healed them all. But, only one returned
to say "Thanks" for his healing. There were nine unthankful
lepers! God doesn't want us to be like them. King David
tells us in Psalm 136:1 why we should be thankful:
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His love endures forever."
What to be Thankful For:
If we think about this, we have to say, "God is good all the time, and
all the time God is good!" 1 Chronicles 16:8-23 gives us a list
of things that we need to be thankful for:
- Give thanks to the Lord.
- Call on His name (for your needs).
- Make it known what He has done among the nations.
- Sing to Him, sing praises to Him.
- Tell of all His wonderful acts.
- Give glory in His holy name.
- Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
- Look to the Lord and His strength and seek His face always.
- Remember the wonders He has done and His miracles.
Think and Thanks:
What about saying thank-you to God for all these wonderful things that He
does for you. You don't know what to thank God for? Let's
look at my "Thanks" card ( Show the children the front of the folded
"Thanks" card ). If I lift it up you will see that it says
"Think" underneath ( Open up the card to show "Think" underneath
). What does this mean? Simply it means that underneath
every "Thank" there is a "Think" first. All you have to do is to
stop and think of all the blessings that God has given to you.
Think of the food that you had today. Think of your nice soft
bed and the lovely sleep that you had last night. Think of how
God kept you safe last night, while His angels kept watch over you
while you were sleeping!
The Thanks Card:
I have another "Thanks" card to show you ( Display the front of the
Z-folded "Thanks" card ). It's got many things that we can
thank God for. Let's unfold it and see what is on it ( Unfold
the card section by section so that you can discuss each item ).
You can thank God for:
- Saving me.
- Clothes that I wear.
- Food I had today.
- Protection every day.
- Answered prayers.
- My friends.
- My family.
I want you to put your thinking caps on, and tell me things that we can be
thankful for ( Let the children respond
). Let's close our
eyes and each one of you can pray one thing that you are thankful for.
Now, I want you to make your own foldout "Thanks" lists ( Help the
children sellotape their A5 or A6 sheets of card together ). I want
you to write things you want to thank God for on each sheet. This
will remind you of what you can thank God for each day. You can use
it when you go to bed at night and say your prayers.