AUSTRALIA'S NATIONAL DAY OF THANKS
DARE TO IMAGINE
Imagine a day when the walls of your church are as wide as the boundaries of your community!
Imagine a day when your local government comes to your church for help!
Imagine a day that puts a smile on the faces of the poor and disadvantaged people in your community!
Imagine a day when the lonely find they have a friend!
Imagine a day when the body of Christ across our Nation comes together in one voice of thanks to God for the Nation we live in and the blessings we enjoy in this great Southland of the Holy Spirit!
What Is The Day About?
The National Day of Thanks is a unique opportunity for Australians to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation, and to demonstrate the values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards our fellow man.
It is a day for Australians to pause as a nation and say thank you to God, and to each other for those many things we often take for granted, those things that really make our lives worth living.
Let us use this Day each year to be a blessing to those who have been a blessing to us.
National Day of Thanks is run by a non-denominational group of volunteers across the country.
Visit the website www.austhanks.org.au
Why Church Participation Is Important
The National Day of Thanks is meant to be shaped and run at a local level in communities across Australia. Local churches can give leadership and, with the support of their community, can organise celebrations appropriate to their town, city, or region. Our National Day of Thanks can be expressed differently across the Nation.
It provides a great opportunity for congregations to reconnect in a positive and affirming way with the community they seek to serve.
Our National Day of Thanks has the mission statement "Thanking God . . . thanking each other" which provides two focus areas.
To help with the "thanking each other" part of the mission statement we, each year, provide a focus to help churches and individuals find ways to celebrate and show appreciation to others. Go to the Thanksgiving website for more information www.austhanks.org.au on this focus.
The "Thanking God" part of the mission statement is what we call Australia Worships which can take place on the Saturday night of Australia's National Day of Thanks. We encourage a special time of worship and thanksgiving on that Saturday night. Or include a Thanksgiving segment in your Sunday services specifically thanking God for the Nation we live in, and the freedoms and blessings we enjoy in this Great Southland of the Holy Spirit.
How Can You Be Involved
The National Day of Thanks can be whatever you make it
Australia's National Day of Thanks is an opportunity rather than an event and we encourage you to be as creative as you can be to make the day a blessing for your community. The day can be celebrated by individuals, or groups, or the whole
congregation. Churches can join together and graciously impact their communities.
You can get involved as an Individual, as a Church, as a Group of Churches, or even as combined Churches with your Local Council. Visit the website www.austhanks.org.au