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Family Worship Ideas: November 29, 2020

Use the ideas below, or come up with your own, to create an at home family worship experience.
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Preschool

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Wonder Video

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Psalm 149:1-5

Play with Purpose

Thanks!

Draw four pictures – food, family, friends and the earth. Tape the pictures up on different walls of the room. Explain that when you say the name of one of these things they are to walk as fast as they can to that picture and then say all together “God is good!”

Say during the activity: “We can thank God for ___________!” and randomly call out the different categories – food, family, friends, the world. Let everyone have a turn being the caller.

Say after the activity: “That was fun! God gives us food, family, friends, and a world full of good things because God is good! Who is good? God is good!”

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear God, We praise you because you are good! You provide us with family, friends, food and the world full of good things. We especially thank you for providing us with Jesus who can be our special friend forever. We love you, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Matching Game (PDF)

Elementary

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So&So Show

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The Lord’s Supper - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Exodus 12

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Remember Me

Put a large container against a wall. Have everyone write “Get in the Habit of Being Grateful” on a paper plate. Make a line about 15 feet from the container and have everyone stand behind the line. Read a review question and anyone who thinks they know the answer can try to toss their plates in the container. The first person’s plate to go in gets a chance to answer. Adjust the distance of the line for younger kids.

Questions:
1. What happened during the first Passover? (God saved His people by passing over the houses of the people who had lamb’s blood painted on their doorposts.)
2. Why did people continue to celebrate Passover? (to remember that God rescued them from slavery)
3. What are some of the things that were a part of the Passover celebration? (People ate a big feast with lamb and flat bread) Depending on the answer, you can ask follow up questions. For example: Why did they eat flat bread? Why did they eat lamb?
4. Why do followers of Jesus celebrate communion? (to remember Jesus rescued us from sin and death)

Say:
Passover is a celebration of how God rescued His people from Egypt and slavery. Communion is a celebration of how God rescued us from sin and death. When we remember that God sent Jesus to make a way for us to have a relationship with God that lasts forever, it helps us be grateful. We definitely want to get in the habit of being grateful for Jesus and what He has done!”

Pray

Pray something like this:

“Dear God, You have given us so much! And the most important gift You gave us is Jesus. Help us get in the habit of being grateful so we can remember what Jesus has done for us. And help us get in the habit of being grateful so we can recognize the good things you give us every day. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Additional Resources

Coloring Page (PDF)
Word Search (PDF)

Seabreeze Story Time

Thanksgiving Special

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SST Thanksgiving 2020 - Family Activity:

Set out papers, markers, crayons and other art supplies. Have everyone think of people in their lives to whom they can send a thank you note – grandparents, friends, teachers, coaches, pastors, etc. Let everyone write and decorate as many thank you notes as they would like. Encourage them to tell the person exactly why they are thanking them – for their patience, for their encouragement, for something they did for them, etc. Then either deliver the notes in person or mail them.

Say: Thanksgiving is a great time to thank people in our lives for who they are and what they’ve done for us. Let’s remember to be thankful all year around and not get caught up in complaining when things don’t go the way we want them to. And let’s remember to be thankful to God for all he has done for us, especially for sending us Jesus to be our Lord and Savior!

Additional Resources

Coloring Page


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