Thanksgathering

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Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of togetherness, but too often families are traveling on the Sunday after the holiday and can’t worship together.

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So host an informal “Thanksgathering” on the Friday night of the week after Thanksgiving. Ask each family to bring a can of food to donate to a food bank. Provide name tags so no one is a stranger.

Begin with a brief worship time that includes favorite hymns and choruses, a children’s message, and prayer for families’ joys and concerns. Ask family members to tell favorite Thanksgiving stories, or invite children to tell what they’re grateful for. For a great time of fellowship, invite families to bring a snack or

beverage that they’re thankful to share. Families can also bring board games for all ages and set them up for everyone to enjoy. Charades is a fun game for several families to play together. Have a couple of easels set up so people can play Pictionary. Also set up an area with arts and crafts supplies for younger kids.

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Encourage people to mingle and visit with one another. This is a great time for your family members to get to know their church family.

 

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