This Month we will explore Being Thankful
We are thankful this month to have a few more volunteers in our children’s ministry and this has allowed us to offer Messy Church online once again.
With Thanksgiving coming soon, we decided to focus on Being Thankful. We are all experiencing challenges as the pandemic continues in our communities. Some of us feel stressed as plans change and events we were looking forward to are canceled. How can we shift our focus and be thankful for what is good in our lives? We can be grateful for our friends, our families, our schools, our church, our health, and more.
Today we have a story about someone who thanked Jesus. In this story, Jesus heals ten people who had the disease leprosy.
Leprosy is a skin disease. In Jesus’ time Leprosy was a terrible disease because a person with leprosy was considered unclean and they had to live away from their families and communities. Whenever they went, they had to call out “unclean, unclean” when they came near other people. There was no medicine or cure for leprosy at that time.
Jesus Heals Ten Lepers
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them ” Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ” Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”NSRV LUke 17:11-19
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Being thankful, or saying grace before we begin a meal is a way of saying thank you to God for food and all the things that keep us healthy. The act of saying grace comes from the Bible where Jesus prayed before a meal (Luke 24:30).
- Print out the cube template below. You may want to print it onto cardstock or heavy paper.
- Write a different grace on each side of the cube. Use coloured markers. There are some examples of graces to use below.
- Cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines.
- Use a glue stick to glue the sides together.
- You can use your Grace Cube at meals with your family. Have someone roll the cube and read the grace that shows on the top!
Example Table Graces:
For these and
all your many
blessings we give
For food and friends
and all God sends
we give you thanks
O God. Amen
God is great. God is good.
We thank God for our food.
For every cup and plateful
God make us truly grateful.
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest
And let these gifts to us be blessed.
For this and all we are about to receive,
Make us truly grateful, Lord.
Through Christ, we pray.
Leaf Rubbing Wreath
We can also be thankful for the wonder of God’s creation. Right now we can find beautiful colourful leaves falling from the trees in our neighbourhoods.
- Go for a walk outside with your family and collect the most interesting leaves you can. The more different shapes the better.
- Print out the Wreath Template below.
- Put the leaves under the paper spines facing up and rub over the top with crayons. You will see the pattern and shapes of the leaves come through.
- Cut out the wreath and glue it to a piece of cardboard to help it keep its shape.
- Use your wreath to decorate a door or your Thanksgiving table.