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Thanksgiving is all about being grateful and thankful for the things we have, the people who surround us and the blessings that God has given us.

In the Music Resource we will learn two graces that can be used to say thank you to God before meal times – try using these graces this week before your lunches – you could even teach them to your friends and families at home!

In our Picture Resource we will discover many of the different ways of saying thank you to others through words, letters and gifts.

In our Action you will have the chance to write your own thanksgiving song for the things that you are thankful for in your Class.

There is a celebration in America which is called Thanksgiving and this week’s Video Resource tells the story of how this celebration began and helps us to think about the things that we should be thankful for in our lives.

Finally, this week’s Scripture Resource shows a time where some people missed an opportunity to say thank you to Jesus and we will have the opportunity to think about those people that we need to say thank you to.

Throughout the week think about who you need to say thank you to and what you need to be thankful to God for.

Scripture Bank

If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.

Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!

If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Philippians 4:6

Psalm 107:1

Psalm 7:17

Psalm 100:1-5

Ephesians 5:20

Colossians 3:15

John 6:11

Isaiah 12:3-6

2 Corinthians 2:14

Psalm 136:1-26

1 Chronicles 16:8

Colossians 4:2

Psalm 95:1-6

2 Corinthians 9:15

Psalm 69:30

2 Corinthians 9:11

1 Thessalonians 1:2

Daniel 2:23

Revelation 11:17

Romans 1:8

Click here for the Music Resource

In your Come and See topic you have been thinking about special meals and the Eucharist.

In Luke’s Gospel, before Jesus broke the bread with His disciples, He thanked God for the food and drink that they had to eat.

It is really important that we remember to thank God when we share food and drink.

This week’s Music Resource is not one, but two songs that you could use to thank God for the food and drink that you are lucky enough to have.

Listen carefully to some of the members of the Chaplaincy Team from The Becket and copy them for the actions to the Graces below!

Try using some of these graces before and after lunch at your school and if you know any other graces then we’d love to hear from you – just add them in the comments box at the bottom of the page!

A massive thank you needs to go to a Class from St Patrick’s School who have created a grace to the tune of Humpty Dumpty!

Click here for the Picture Resource

Click through these pictures and have a look at some of these different ways to say thank you.
Which is your favourite way of saying “thank you”?

Have you used any of these ways of saying thank you before?

Are there any other ways of saying thank you that you can think of?

Help us Lord to show others how thankful we are for what they do for us.

Amen.

Click here for the Action

There are all kinds of things that we should be thankful for in our lives.

Food, water, shelter, clothes, sweets, toys, games, schools, churches, family, friends and so many other things too!

Go around your Class and say something that you are thankful for.

Listen to this song which is all about saying thank you for everything that God has given us.
For this week’s activity you need to create your own verses to this song. Use the same tune and fill in the blanks, try to use some of the things that you have just discussed that you are thankful for.

God you’re so good to me, you give me all I ever need.

God you’re so good to me, you give me all I ever need.

You give me                                                           you give me                                                                

You give me                                                           and                                                                

For all these things I’d like to say….

 

Thank you, for all you’ve done for me,

Thank you, for all you’ve said to me,

You’ve put a smile upon my face,

I’ll sing to you for all my days!

When you have prepared a few verses try singing it with the music below and don’t forget to create some actions too!

Click here for the Video Resource

In America there is a special celebration which is all about giving thanks for what we have.

This celebration is called Thanksgiving!

Watch this video carefully to see how it all began…

Who did the pilgrims thank?

Why did they thank them?

How often is Thanksgiving celebrated in America?

What do you have to be thankful for?

Who do you need to thank and why?

Thank you Jesus for the wonderful people and surroundings that you have blessed us with.

Amen.

Click here for the Scripture Resource

There are some stories in the Bible where people should have said thank you and they did not.

Read this story and see if you can spot what should have happened…

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, he went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. He was going into a village when he was met by ten men suffering from a dreaded skin disease. They stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!”

Jesus saw them and said to them, “Go and let the priests examine you.”

On the way they were made clean. When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. Jesus spoke up, “There were ten who were healed; where are the other nine? Why is this foreigner the only one who came back to give thanks to God?” And Jesus said to him, “Get up and go; your faith has made you well.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

What happened to the lepers in the story?

What did one of the lepers (the Samaritan) do?

What should all of the lepers have done?

Try acting out this story in your Class – you could try creating your own version where the other lepers say thank you too!

Help us Lord to remember to say thank you to You and to everyone who helps us when we are in need.

Amen.