Scripture: John 6:1-13
Introductory Activity – Thankful Collage
- Gather a large piece of paper, variety of colored paper, glue sticks, and markers.
Lead kids to tear colored paper into letters to spell Thank You, God. They can glue the letters onto the large piece of paper. They can shapes from the colored paper and write things for which they are thankful. These shapes can be glued around the words.
Live It Out – Thank-You Frames
- Gather poster board, tissue paper, glue, paintbrushes, bowls, paper towels, 4-by-6-inch index cards, and markers.
- Cut the poster board into 6-by-8-inch pieces; cut a 3-by-5-inch hole in the center to make frames. (Or purchase cardboard frames with these dimensions.)
- Cut the tissue paper into squares or strips. Mix glue with a small amount of water in bowls. Place materials on a table.
Talk about the Bible story and recall that Jesus thanked God for the food. Tell kids that God wants them to be thankful, too. Give each child an index card. He can draw a picture or write words about something for which he is thankful. Say: “Let’s make a frame for your thankful card.” Children can use the brush to paint glue onto the frame and place tissue paper pieces over it. They can glue randomly or create a specific design with the tissue paper pieces. When they have covered their frames, they can brush glue over the entire surface to seal it. Help kids attach the verse cards to the backs of the frames. Lay the frames on paper towels so kids can transport the frames home. Pray and thank God for the things the kids mentioned.
Introductory Activity – Draw and Guess
Choose a preteen to start the game (or start the game yourself). The preteen can draw a picture of a food on a dry erase board (or large piece of paper) for the group to guess. When the group guesses the food, choose another player. Tell the preteens that today you will talk about being thankful. Read the Life Point.
Live It Out – Self Portraits
- Provide paper, scissors, and markers.
Lead each preteen to cut out a person shape from paper. Then they can create self-portraits. As they work, talk about things for which they are thankful. Help them think about things beyond family, food, and friends. Suggest they can be thankful for challenging things because those things help them grow and learn. Ask how God helps them in ways beyond physical needs. After self-portraits are complete, give preteens pencils. Tell them to write a thankful letter to God on the back of their portrait. They can write what they are thankful for and why. Pray and thank God for all His gifts and blessings.