Are you looking to get your church in the Thanksgiving mood? Are you searching for a way to encourage both children and adults in Christian service? Do you need ideas for church-wide fellowship?

Be “thankful” for this acrostic! Here’s a list of eight ways to get worshippers of all ages involved in serving our heavenly Father and his children this Thanksgiving season:

Take breakfast to local teachers or first responders. The week leading up to Thanksgiving is a great time for this!

Host a turkey trot and donate the proceeds to a local cause.

Ask teens to join you in collecting winter coats, gloves, and hats for kids that need them.

Next time you volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry, take the “clean up” time slot. It’s often the least popular job.

Kindness and acts of service don’t have to take hours to make a difference. Hand out a church-wide Advent calendar (check out the calendar on this blog) with a random act of kindness assigned to each day leading up to Christmas.

Furry friends need love, too! Take a few dog toys and treats to your local animal shelter. Include some human treats for the workers, too.

Unleash your creative skills and your stash scrapbook paper! Create homemade Christmas decorations and holiday cards. Then, take them to the local nursing home, children’s hospital, or veteran’s hospital.

Local grocery stores will be extra busy on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Offer to bag groceries or help shoppers carry bags to their cars.

What’s your favorite way to serve during the Thanksgiving season?


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