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Giving Thanks

By Janice Truitt, Children's Minister

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled[a] you[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:11-14).

The lesson on Sunday was based on Colossians 1:11-20, which is a wonderful reading for this time of Thanksgiving. We're reminded to give thanks to the Father who never turns away from us.

To accompany this reading, the children created Thanksgiving crosses. It is fine if their cross isn’t perfect. They will enjoy the process and be reminded of God’s love for us and the importance of being thankful.

Materials needed:

Paper with a large cross drawn on it



Tissue paper in fall colors

How to:

In advance, cut the tissue paper into 2x2 inch squares. Crinkle the paper to form loose balls.

Have the children apply glue to the cross and place the tissue paper in the glue (you may have to model this first).

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