Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19
- Students will learn God cares about our problems.
- Students will learn nothing is impossible for God if it is within His will.
- Students will learn God wants us to thank Him for everything he gives us and does for us.
- Students will learn how to write formal thank you letters.
Guiding Question: Why should we give gratitude to God?
Materials: Paper, pens, envelopes
Procedure: Review the story of the Ten Lepers Healed. Remind the students that God cares about all of our problems not matter how big or small they may feel. Explain that often we can feel that a problem is too big for us and that even God cannot handle. It is important to remember that God can handle all problems and give us the strength and wisdom to work through difficult situations. He bring good out of tough situations and nothing is impossible for God to fix if it is His will to do so. When God shows up and does what feels impossible for us, it is important to give Him thanks, knowing that we could not have overcome without Him. This is part of obedience to God and expressing our love for Him.
Introduce the activity. Ask the students to think about a time recently when someone helped them with something difficult, gave the godly advice, supported them, etc. Tell students that they are going to write a thank you note for someone who has done something for them recently. Model for the students how to write a proper thank you note and then give students time to write their notes. Check on students and support them as needed.
Additional Questions: How can students show gratitude to fellow church members?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students do an act of service for someone or several people in your congregation as a thank you for something the church members have recently done for them.