What a great time of reflection with this Thanksgiving season. We are always quick to connect Thanksgiving in our worship services (as it should be every Sunday). I wonder though how often we connect this season in our Sunday school groups.
Please understand I'm not trying to make something out of nothing but I really wanted to give some things you can do to connect Sunday school to this season of thankfulness.
1. Tell workers thank you. It is a joy (for most) workers to be serving in Sunday school but it requires their time in preparation. Just to keep in mind some people prepare for that one hour of Sunday School with many hours of preparation to share God's Word. Take some time to appreciate them and remember the blessing of hearing God's Word taught. Give them a Sunday off to just show appreciation, let your breakfast coordinators set up a meal without them knowing, whatever it is let your group build them up!
2. Encourage times to express gratitude. As I have said before Sunday school is not just about teaching. Also the reality is that the majority of people will not express gratitude in a worship service. Encourage your teachers to take some specific time a part of the lesson time to share their gratitude to The Lord. I have been reminded of a simple truth lately, gratitude should be an outward expression. I think that is a great word for us to remember and should be a part of our Sunday school time.
3. Let your reflections lead to renewal. In Deuteronomy 6 Moses reminded the people that God brought them out to bring them in (paraphrased). Moses was reminding them how God had a purpose for the people and still does. This is a good reminder for our Sunday school leadership and participants. God has a purpose and our time to reflect on his blessings should renew our hearts to be focused on his purpose.
Just by taking the time to focus on these simple things can make your Sunday school have a refreshed purpose during our Sunday school hours.
God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!!