Biblical Origins of the First Thanksgiving:
Governor Bradford of Massachusetts made this first Thanksgiving Proclamation three years after the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth:
“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the daytime, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”
William Bradford Ye Governor of Ye Colony
THANKSGIVING- Lesson #1
Have two children come up to stand in front of the class. When the teacher points to one child, they say, “Thanks”. When the teacher points to the second child, they say “giving”
Repeat several times, getting faster and faster until the two words are combined and they say “THANKSGIVING”.
Ex. Thanks …… giving
Thanks …… giving
Who should we be giving most, if not all, of our thanks to?
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.”
During this time every year, we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for! Let’s go around the room and share what each one of us is thankful for (Ideas: that we can see, hear, run, our families, friends, nice home, food. Try to get the kids to say something specific. If they say “friends”, ask them to name a special friend. If they say “food”, ask them what their favorite food is).
What does your family do to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday? (Do you go to Grandma’s, do you have special family/friends over, what do you have to eat every year, does your family put together a food basket or serve a meal to the homeless?)
We have so many special things we do this time of year, but the most important thing we need to do is remember to GIVE God THANKS from our hearts for everything!
When you go to the store and see all the pretty decorations, or when you jump in a leaf pile, or when you smell a cozy fire in the air or sit down to a meal with your family, don’t forget to say “Thank you” to God for all the good things He made for us to enjoy. If we celebrate the holiday, but forget to give praise and Thanksgiving to God, than we’re forgetting the most important part. If you ate an Oreo cookie without the cream, something would be missing. Let’s not miss out on saying thank you to God every day!
God, you are so good to us. Thank you for our healthy bodies, for our Mommys and Daddys, sisters and brothers, and all the fun toys we have, great food we get to eat and the great places we get to go. Please help us to always say thank you to and be happy because you are a good God. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4
Lesson from Kingdom Kids from Catalyst Ministry