Published: October 30, 2023
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of togetherness and gratefulness. So consider hosting an informal “Thanksgathering” with families at your church. Here’s how!
How to Host a “Thanksgathering”
- Ask each family to bring a can of food to donate to a food bank. Provide nametags 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 at the Thanksgathering. Charades is a fun game for several families to play together. Have a couple of easels set up so people can play Pictionary.
- Set up an area with arts and crafts supplies for younger kids.
- Encourage people to mingle and visit with one another. The Thanksgathering is a great time for your family members to get to know their church family.
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