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Welcome to the Kids Church At Home

Today we are continuing our series on Thankfulness. Here are some suggestions of worship, teaching, questions and activities looking at remembering to show gratitude.

This isn’t something you need to stick to, or complete in order or all at once but it is a plan that hopefully can help you to do church at home and look to Jesus together as a family. Feel free to pick the parts that work best for your child, I know different things suit different children and it depends how they’re feeling that day too! If you don’t normally do anything like this, do not worry! Have a read through and start with the parts you are most comfortable with doing. Ultimately you will probably be surprised with what your child comes out with. If this is something more familiar to you then go for it and add your own elements too!

Although a difficult time, this could also be an amazing time for you as a family to grow in faith together, to open up conversations and prayer with each other and to be surprised by all that God is doing in your child/children!

Worship

Let’s start with a short prayer to focus our hearts and minds and then let’s worship together praising and opening our hearts to God through these songs.

Thank you Jesus that we can meet you wherever we are. I pray that we would know your presence even more today and as we go through our week. Thank you that you are with us in everything. Amen.

Game

We are continuing with thinking about being thankful today.

For this game you need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.

On your paper, write a bible verse you know that mentions being thankful. You can use this verse from Psalm 107, that we have been looking at if you like!

Psalm 107:1

‘Give thanks to the Lord for he is good!

His love endures forever.’

Now turn your piece of paper into a paper aeroplane.

Take a look at this video if you need any help!

When you have all made your paper aeroplanes, find somewhere safe where you can throw them. See whose paper aeroplane goes the furthest!

Every time you throw your plane, say one thing you are thankful for this week. ‘Thank you God for…….’

Teaching & Questions

Take a look at this video and get ready to talk through some questions together.

Questions to talk through together

  • How would you tell that story in your own words?
  • Do you sometimes forget to say thank you? Do you think it is important to say thank you to others? Why/why not?
  • How do you feel when someone says thank you to you?
  • How do you think God feels when we say thank you to him? How does it make you feel when you thank him?
  • Is there anything you think God is teaching you through this story?
  • Is there anything you think God is teaching you through this story?

The thankful leper shows us how important it is to have an attitude full of gratitude. The healed man who thanked Jesus could have continued to walk with the other nine men. Instead, he intentionally chose to turn around so he could go thank Jesus and praise God for the miracle He had just performed.

Last week we looked at how important it is to remember all the things that God has done for us. This week, we’ve had a think about remembering to say thank you! This includes saying thank you to God and saying thank you to other people. As we say thank you, we remember all the amazing things we do have, rather than focussing on what we don’t have, helping us to be content as we looked at the other week.

Activity

Say thank you to someone

Who loves getting letters or cards?

This week, write a letter to someone to say thank you to them. This could be a friend, a family member (in your house or elsewhere), a teacher or someone else you know.

If you can post it to them in the week then I know they would love to receive it, or if your parent needs to take a photo of it to message it to them, then I am sure they would love that too.

Who is it that you are thankful for? What can you say to them, so they know that?

God has placed lots of different people in our lives and in the world that help us and others. Let’s express a little bit of our thankfulness for someone today!

Prayer

In your families, think of one person each that you would like to thank God for today. Pray for God to bless them and for them to know his love for them. Thank God for putting that person in your life.

Worship

Here’s a song if you want to dance and continue worshipping God with our praise and thanks to finish church at home today.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost.

Thy Kingdom Come gives us an exciting opportunity to join with others across the world in prayer and to ask God to be at work in the lives of people who don’t yet know Him. It will be running from 21st – 31st May with different topics each day to grow your faith and guidance on praying for 5 people in your life to come to know Jesus.

This year, there are new digital activities designed to engage children using a free app you can download that works alongside a Family Prayer Adventure Map. We are going to be ordering copies of the adventure map to deliver to you, we just need to know numbers so click the link below if you would like one! The app brings the map to life with a different game or activity each day.

There is also a brilliant family prayer journal aimed at kids that are Primary School age, we are going to be ordering a number of these. It gives different fun activities each day to help children to engage with God through the bible, prayer and worship. Again, click the link below if you would like one for your child and we will deliver it alongside the map and the adult journals.

Show us what you've been up to

Follow transformwidneskids on Instagram for more posts and ideas of things to do at home with your kids! Send in any photos and videos of your crafts from today and what you have been up to in the week to our Instagram or the Transform Widnes Family group on Facebook.