1 Thessalonians: Giving Thanks


I Thessalonians 5:18 – Giving Thanks to God


Scripture reference: “in everything give thanks”




  1. Even the youngest should be able to memorize this short verse; older students can give the reference as well.
  2. Each student should be able to list many things in his life for which he personally can thank God.


      Possible Lesson Plan:


  1. Open with prayer, asking God to open the eyes of the children so that they can see all of His wonders.


  1. Review the Scripture reference and have each child recite it.


  1. Begin by asking the class to name some things they are thankful for; list them or draw a picture of them on the board.  Help them if ideas are not forthcoming – e.g. my family, my church, Jesus, food to eat, clothes to wear, my friends, good health, my teddy bear, etc.


  1. Ask the children how they celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. Do they eat turkey? Does the whole family get together? Other special foods? Why do we celebrate this holiday? Tell the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians. Does their family say grace before each meal?


  1. Do the thanksgiving craft, either drawing the things one is thankful for on the empty squares or cutting pictures from magazines; your first Christmas ornament for the tree at home!

  1. Close with prayer – spend longer this time, giving each student the chance to thank God for something, and finishing up with a prayer of thanksgiving.