Creative Faith-Based Conversations for Thanksgiving, Part 4

(This is the fourth in a series of four posts.  See the original post here.)

4. Finally, the facts. Students may get some of this at church or school, but you can do a little research and talk about the original Thanksgiving.

The History Channel website has lots of good resources, including videos, you could watch to get informed or watch with your kids.

If you want to have resources that are specifically faith-based, check out the videos on WorshipHouseMedia’s site. They have both serious and funny videos that churches, children’s, and youth ministries often use. You can watch the videos for free on their site.

As you engage the historical story behind Thanksgiving, you might find many interesting ways to discuss faith based concepts.

You can talk about the community relationships and the gratitude at that first Thanksgiving with our relationships with others in our family and church today.  All of this would reference back to Acts 2 again very well.

So, as you can see, there is a cornucopia of opportunities to turn this Thanksgiving holiday into a significant opportunity for passing on faith from parents to children.  Like the delicious Thanksgiving meal itself, it just takes a little planning and preparation!

 


This was originally posted as a blog post I wrote for parentministry.net and can be found here: http://parentministry.net/2014/11/4-creative-faith-based-conversations-for-thanksgiving/

Creative Faith-Based Conversations for Thanksgiving, Part 3

(This is the third in a series of four posts.  See the original post here.)

3. Third, the friends: On Thanksgiving Day families typically spend time together sharing a feast.  But when family time is over, there a ton of leftovers.

What if you had a “Leftover Feast” with the friends that you would consider your Christian community?  Allowing your kids to see people besides your family that honor God and offer thanks to Him during this holiday will only reinforce the spiritual significance of it.  Besides, you’ll get to eat more Turkey.

 


This was originally posted as a blog post I wrote for parentministry.net and can be found here: http://parentministry.net/2014/11/4-creative-faith-based-conversations-for-thanksgiving/

Creative Faith-Based Conversations for Thanksgiving, Part 2

(This is the second in a series of four posts.  See the original post here.)

2. Second, the family: Thanksgiving is full of family and loved ones gathering around for fellowship, remembering what God has done, and breaking bread together.

That sounds a lot like life in the
early church, specifically Acts 2:37-47. What a great chance to introduce your kids to the heart of the early church!

You could play Family Tree bingo where the kids have to match up names of family members with who belongs in each family.

Since the believers in Acts were so thankful, take a moment before praying for the meal and ask every family member to share one thing they are thankful for this year. (This would be a great addition to your family pre-meal prayers on a regular basis.)

If your family has had a recent death, divorce, job loss or family tragedy, this is also a good time of year to talk about how God can comfort us when we are in the midst of pain. A reference to Matthew 5:4 would fit this kind of conversation.

 


This was originally posted as a blog post I wrote for parentministry.net and can be found here: http://parentministry.net/2014/11/4-creative-faith-based-conversations-for-thanksgiving/