The First Thanksgiving

On 7 Mar 17, St. Joseph’s Trailmen took time to learn about early America and the first thanksgiving.  At a regular meeting we try to give the boys lessons in faith and practical and intellectual formation while having fun.  This evening was no exception.

To get the fidgets out of the trailmen we started off with an active game of Turkey hunt, where the teams of boys took turns hunting the turkeys.  There is something about throwing balls at one another that makes every boy smile!

We then settled in for discussions on the voyage across the Atlantic ocean on the Mayflower and the first year at Plymouth colony.  A short skit ensued with appearances by Massasoit, Samoset, and Squanto helping first John Carver and then William Bradford the the colonists survive life in the new world.  A reenactment of the first Thanksgiving – using popcorn – topped off that segment of the meeting.

We ended the meeting with Mathew 6: 25-34, and a reflection on the courage and justified belief in God’s providence that motivated America’s first English settlers.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? … Indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Mt 6:25,34

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