If this is an all church project, other programs will be responsible for different pieces and supplies. If it is a youth group event only, make sure you have the following:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
This Thanksgiving Service project is a relational project, putting youth group in conversation with multiple local agencies as well as sharing in service with other programs within the church.
Students will leave having participated in service of neighbor framed explicitly in Christian terms and will have an opportunity to share their own gratitudes.
Students will engage in service of neighbor as a Christian community.
Students will hear about the work a local agency is doing to address injustice.
Students will share in a spiritual practice of gratitude with team and broader community.
Students will spend time with parent volunteers.
If this a required/covenant event for a mission trip or retreat, all mission trip participants will be present for this event. This provides an opportunity to be intentional about both communicating youth group values to all kids, but also for teams to further develop their sense of identity.
This event will address hope; agency; purpose/vocation; gratitude; Spiritual Disciplines; resilience; humility in the programming.
Could touch upon prejudice/bigotry/racism; Substance abuse; Absence of resources through the work/mission of the partner agency.
Gather [20 minutes]
Greeting One Another:
Engage: [1 hour and 30 minutes]
Activity 1: Loading Up
Activity 2: Gratitude Exercise
Reflect [10 minutes]
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders