We shared some stories last week of churches who were being thankful around the holidays. But each church has their own traditions and values, so we wanted to know how your church commemorates Thanksgiving. You could choose as many options as were applicable, and here’s what you had to say:
27% of churches exercised their thankfulness through generosity. In some, way, shape or form, you reached out to those in need around Thanksgiving.
Another 20% of you went with a special Thanksgiving service. We’d love to hear in the comments what you did during this time. While 14% went on with business as usual–maybe a bulletin announcement or a pulpit-sponsored “Happy Thanksgiving,” but that’s about it.
Just a hair less of you, 19%, preached some sort of Thanksgiving sermon. “We’re thankful for turkey, but we’re more thankful for Jesus.” That sort of thing. Conversely, 5% of you took the week off from services altogether. You just let folks be thankful for sleeping in on Sunday.
The final groups? 7% of you had a big party so people could invite their friends and feast together, and 7% of you skipped out on a geographical basis. Perhaps in your countries, you aim for thankfulness 365 days out of the year, without a special holiday for it.
This week, it’s the topic everyone loves to hate: What is your most irksome church design pet peeve?