AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – NDOT NEWSLETTER 2 / 2014

  • HOW CHURCHES CAN BE INVOLVED AND GIVE LEADERSHIP TO COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
  • HOW SCHOOLS CAN BE INVOLVED IN IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY
  • HOW FAMILIES CAN BE INVOLVED IN CELEBRATING OUR NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING
  • HOW INDIVIDUALS CAN BE INVOLV ED IN CELEBRATING OUR NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING
     

HOW CHURCHES CAN BE INVOLVED AND GIVE LEADERSHIP TO COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

* By outreaching to your community with acts of kindness to those in greatest need. Involve your local Council and ask businesses to support and/or sponsor larger scale projects that will impact the wider community. For greater impact join with other Churches in your area and make a combined witness to your community.

* Organise morning teas or lunches in the week leading up to the National Day of Thanksgiving for those working in the community groups who are being thanked this year across the nation.

* Order and distribute thanksgiving day cards and ribbons to all Church members (5/6 of each item to each member of your congregation) to distribute to those they wish to thank throughout your community.

* Take morning tea down to your local bus depot, taxi rank or travel agencies.

* Get your youth group washing cars, mowing lawns or undertaking other chores for free for shut ins, disabled or disadvantaged people.

* Organise combine services of worship and celebration to God on the Saturday evening as “Australia Worships” as we give thanks to God for our great nation. Turn Sunday services into Thanksgiving Services and honour and thank special people in your own congregation who work and serve in the areas chosen to be thanked and honoured this year.

* Order a free promo DVD and “Church Info Document” for more information and ideas as to how your Church can be more involved in the NDOT. Order through www.thanksgiving.org.au

Source: Australian Prayer Network

 

HOW SCHOOLS CAN BE INVOLVED IN IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY

* Mobilise each class to do an act of kindness out in the community that will highlight to the community at large, and the students themselves, the values for which your school stands.

* Invite people from the 2013 targeted group/s to your school to thank them and to learn more about what they do in the community.

* Get each child to send 1 or 2 cards and ribbons to someone they want to say thank you to, thus teaching them the importance of recognising what others do for us.

* Order a free electronic “Schools Info Document” from our website at www.thanksgiving.org.au for more information.

Source: Australian Prayer Network

 

HOW FAMILIES CAN BE INVOLVED IN CELEBRATING OUR NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING

* Get behind and encourage your Church and/or School to take up the opportunity to be involved in one or more of the activities mentioned above.

* Have a neighbourhood morning tea or bar-b-que and take the opportunity to talk about the values that NDOT seeks to celebrate whilst cementing ongoing friendship and relationships with those who live around you.

* Have an NDOT party of thanksgiving to God and invite to it those you want to reach out to with the love of Christ.

Source: Australian Prayer Network

 

HOW INDIVIDUALS CAN BE INVOLV ED IN CELEBRATING OUR NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING

* Send cards to people you especially want to recognise for their friendship to you, and their service to your local community. Also send cards to leaders within your community, the State and also the Nation, who rarely get thanked for all they do in their respective positions of public service.

* Pin ribbons on those you wish to say thank you to in everyday life like the supermarket check-out operator, postman, or others whose service we often take for granted.

* Be an ambassador for NDOT by joining in with your Church’s activities and/or encouraging others to join with you in making a small group of your own who can undertake random acts of kindness for others.

Source: Australian Prayer Network