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Count Your Blessings!

CTA - Christ to All /Nov. 10, 2020
Count Your Blessings!

By Jessica Bordeleau

 

Editor’s Note: The goal of this month’s newsletter is to provide a continuity activity that helps youth focus on what they do have, in a year where the changes brought on by COVID-19 have canceled many of their expected plans. This will be the last time this newsletter will be published, and we invite you to subscribe to one of our other newsletters or our blog for future updates, ideas, and trends in ministry today.

 

2020 hasn’t been an easy year. High school students have been hit hard with issues of loneliness and disappointment. The necessity to quarantine has led to feelings of isolation. Canceled dances, sport teams, plays, and concerts have deprived them of the things they hold dear. As you prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas you have the opportunity to enable youth to see that God continues to love and bless them despite life’s hardships.

 

Here’s a two-part activity that highlights those concepts. They can be incorporated into your youth group Bible-study gatherings. The first activity is for the Thanksgiving season; the second activity builds on it as an Advent or Christmas activity.

 

Supplies:

  • large piece of poster board with the shape of a large tree pasted or drawn
  • markers
  • tape or glue stick
  • (Thanksgiving Activity) colorful paper cut into triangles.
  • (Christmas Activity) colorful paper cut into squares.

 

Thanksgiving Activity

Focus verses:

  • Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever (Psalm 107:1 NLT).
  • Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! (Psalm 107:8 ESV).

 

How has the Lord blessed you this year? What are you thankful for? Ask each student to share his or her answers. Facilitate a discussion about God’s provision and care for his people—use the focus verses as a start. Highlight that the gift of salvation by grace through faith in Christ is the ultimate display of God’s love.

 

Ask students to write their answers on a piece of triangle-shaped paper with as much creativity as they want. Have students tape or paste their triangles on the paper tree like leaves. Leave the thanksgiving tree up in the room throughout the fall season as a reminder of all that the Lord has done for us.

 

 

Christmas Activity

Focus verses:

  • God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others (2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT).

 

  • And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 NIV).

 

How could you be a blessing to someone else this Christmas season? What are some acts of service and words of encouragement that you could give as a Christmas gift to someone in your family or school community? Ask each student to share his or her answers. Facilitate a discussion about our motivation for giving. Highlight how we have been blessed to be a blessing—use the focus verses as a start.

 

Ask students to write their answers on a piece of square-shaped paper with as much creativity as they want. Have them tape or paste their squares around the truck of the paper thanksgiving tree—like gift boxes under a Christmas tree. Leave the tree up in the room throughout the Christmas season as a reminder that God’s love for us enables us to show love to others.

 

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You are welcome to copy this article for one-time use when you include this credit line and receive no monetary benefit from it: © 2020 CTA, Inc. Used with permission.

Editor’s note: 2020 hasn't been an easy year. High school students have been hit hard with issues of loneliness and disappointment. The necessity to quarantine has led to feelings of isolation. Canceled dances, sport teams, plays, and concerts have deprived them of the things they hold dear. As you prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas you have the opportunity to enable youth to see that God continues to love and bless them despite life's hardships.

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