by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of November 12th – During the month of November, your family is invited to focus on the virtue of gratitude and reflect on how you can appreciate the ways in which others have helped you.   Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, listen to or read a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.


November Virtue            Gratitude: letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.

What is a virtue?             A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

GATHER                              together in prayer

LISTEN                                  through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos

RESPOND                           to what you have heard

ACT                                         in service to what God is calling you to



Gather together as a family and pray this prayer of thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Prayer

Our God you have created a wondrous place in which to live.

With childlike eyes we see the beauty and grandeur

of mountain and forest, of river and seashore.

We marvel at the infinite variety of species that form the jigsaw of life

birds and beasts, flowers and trees.

We give thanks for the variety of cultures that weave the tapestry of humanity

east and west, north and south.

We give thanks that in the midst of all this you have a place for us

and we give thanks for the variety of our own lives

things we have done and things we have learnt,

for those we love and those who care for us.

We give thanks for the variety of ways in which people serve us

with advice and learning, with skills and training,

with concern and understanding, with trust and sharing.

We give thanks for all we have received

and that we are also given the opportunity to serve others.

Grant us the vision of who we are and what we can offer others in your name.   Amen.

(Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand)


Have one person in your family read Luke 17:11-19.

This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link:

Watch this YouTube video – The Thankful Leper:


In this Bible story, Jesus heals ten sick men but only one thanks him. Why do you think only one person remembered to thank Jesus for such an important thing?  Why do you think the others forgot?

It’s easy to forget to let others know that you see how they’ve helped you. Even in our own families, we often don’t take the time to show gratitude for the ways our family members help us. As a family, talk about some of the ways you help each other.  What are some of the small, everyday ways you help each other?  Can you thing of a time when a member of your family did something unusual or extraordinary to help out another family member?


This week have each member of your family write a thank you note to every other member of the family naming what they are grateful for about each person.


Food for Thought – Quotes about gratitude

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.   Cicero

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The enlightened give thanks for what most people take for granted.   Michael Beckwith