Revolutionary Sunday School desires to make a difference for God in the world. That's why revolutionary classes focus prayer, time, and energy on touching lives for God. These classes regularly make ministry project plans (at least quarterly).
Thanksgiving is a natural time of year to minister to others as an act of giving thanks to God. For the Christian, the symbol of Thanksgiving should be praying hands rather than a turkey. It should be a thankful heart and attitude rather than a full belly. It should be acts of service rather than acts of day-after shopping.
If your class has a Ministry Leader, pray and present options to your class at the end of October or first of November about a Thanksgiving Class Ministry Project. There are lots of possibilities. Here are a few of them:
- BOXES OF LOVE. Collect food, Bibles, gospel tracts, and money. Use the money for fresh, perishable food such as turkey, bread, milk, etc. Check with local agencies for names of needy families. I will never forget taking a group of boys to the home of a needy family on the night before Thanksgiving. The refrigerator was almost empty. The family and the boys were impacted deeply from the effort. Reconciliation Resource Ministries lists this as their November monthly project.
- THANKSGIVING FEAST. Invite a needy person or family to your homes for Thanksgiving. Your gift will mean more than simply a full stomach. Or get your class together at the church to feed a group of abused women, needy people, or other group. This could even be done on Thanksgiving for the evening meal.
- NEEDY CHILDREN. Pray, give money, or collect food/food cards. Call an agency like the Sunrise Children's Services to find out about projects with which your class may volunteer to help.
- WIDOWS/WIDOWERS. Prepare a meal for widows/widowers. Conduct home winterization projects. Look for small in-home projects, like replacing bulbs, replacing furnace filter, etc. Visit in homes. Listen to stories and needs. Pray with them. Rake leaves. Help around the house. Run errands. Take them to appointments.
- SINGLE PARENTS. Collect money and seek out persons who are handy in small car repairs. Change oil and plugs; add fluids; rotate tires; check air pressure; replace bulbs, wipers, and air filter; etc. Open the effort to needy singles in the church and community.
There are hundreds of other ideas. Pray. Follow God's leadership. Think God-sized. Make a difference for Him this Thanksgiving! Be revolutionaries!
For more ideas about class fellowships and projects, check out these posts:
- Apply God’s Word Through a Sunday School Project This Thanksgiving
- 101 Ways for Sunday School to Be Evangelistic, Part 3 Fellowship
- Grow Your Sunday School Class by Organizing to Respond in Times of Need
- Missions Project Ideas for Taking Sunday School Ministry Beyond the Classroom Walls
- Fellowships Can Help You Grow Your Sunday School
- Thanksgiving Sunday School Class Projects
- Sunday School: Caring Enough to Reach Out
- Grow Your Sunday School Class by Eating with Guests
- Sunday School Becoming More Intentional about Inviting
- Seven Steps Toward Growing as a Sunday School
- Reasons Why Sunday School Is Not Outwardly Focused
- Grow Sunday School With Class Projects