Read in 1 min Bible Lessons Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Thanksgiving Game: Rejoice Race Published: October 26, 2018 Use this fun, indoor game to encourage your elementary and preteen classes to rejoice in the Lord. This is a perfect game to use around Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Game: Rejoice Race Beforehand, form a circle of chairs, with one less chair than the number of kids, and mark 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in a Bible. Have all kids except one sit in the chairs. The standing child is “It” and It will remain standing. Say: The child who is it may point to any seated child, and say “Rejoice in the Lord,” then quickly count to 10. That person must name one thing he or she is thankful for before “It” reaches 10. If the child cannot think of anything that quickly, he or she becomes the new “It”. If “It” says, “Everyone rejoice in the Lord!” then everyone must quickly stand up and find a new seat while “It” tries to find a seat as well. The player who doesn’t find a seat will become the new “It”. Play several rounds. Afterward, read aloud 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. At the end of the game, ask: What was easy or hard about thinking of things to rejoice in God about? Why do we sometimes forget to thank God for all he does for us? What’s one way you can show God you’re joyful about what he’s done for you? Why is it important to show thanks to God? Say: We have so many reasons to thank God and express our joy. This week, take time each day to rejoice in God. Want more ideas for Thanksgiving? Look at these ideas! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!