Pastor Appreciation Day not only shows the pastor how much he is appreciated and loved by those in his congregation, but it teaches children the importance of being appreciative. Teaching children to show appreciation to those in authority above them is a life lesson that will benefit them for years to come.
Use a large roll of paper, available at craft and paper stores, to create a large paper banner. Write, "Thank you," on a length of paper in large bubble letters and allow the children to colour the letters in with crayons or paint. Have each student sign the banner as if it were a giant greeting card. Hang the banner in the foyer of the church on Pastor Appreciation Day so everyone can see it.
Create a photo banner of appreciation for the Pastor on Pastor Appreciation Day. Take photos of members and regular Sunday School attenders with a digital camera. Print the pictures out on photo paper and plasticise the photos. Punch two holes in the pictures at top and run a piece of yarn through all the photos to make the photos into a banner. Write "Thank you, Pastor" on a piece of paper, plasticise it and string it in the same way to be the first panel, followed by the photos.
Paper Chain Banner
Create a paper chain banner, in much the same fashion as traditional paper chains used to decorate Christmas trees during the holidays. Cut strips of construction paper into equal sizes. Give each student in Sunday School one or more strips of paper to decorate. Encourage them to write scripture verses, messages of thanks and Christian symbols on the papers. When completed, create a chain using the strips of paper. Glue the ends of one strip of paper together to create a circle, insert another piece and glue the ends to create a chain. Repeat with all the strips of paper. Hang the banner around the church for people to read.
Select eight Sunday school students to form a human "Thank you" banner for your Pastor. Buy eight T-shirts in all the same colour and in sizes that will fit the eight students you have previously selected. With fabric paint, write the letters to the phrase, "Thank you" on the shirts. Write one letter on each shirt. On Pastor Appreciation Day, have the students line-up at the front of the church in order to form the words "Thank you" to show the pastor how much you appreciate him.
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