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5 Phygital Thanksgiving Events Your Church Can Still Do



Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It's a great time of year to be with family, friends and eat lots of delicious food. Because Thanksgiving is such a community centric holiday, it also provides a great opportunity for your Church to minister to others in your community. Whether it is in person, online or phygital events, there are lots of ways your Church can provide experiences that will enable you to minister to those around you.

Of all the opportunities your Church has, here are 5 phygital ministry opportunities you can still do this year:

Thanksgiving Food Drive. There are families in need in your area and beyond. Set up an online giving site where people can donate money that you can give to food banks in your area. You can also use that same site to have a checklist of canned and dry goods people can bring into your Church that you can give the the area food banks. What is great about setting up an online donation site on your website is that you can keep it going year round to support families in need.

pexels-element-digital-669736Pumpkin Pie Contest. Some people would argue that it's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. People love pumpkin pie this time of year. Use that to your advantage. Set up an eating contest (how many slices or pies can you eat) or a pumpkin pie baking contest (who makes the best pie). Promote it online around your area and then gather people in person to participate.  

Find the Turkey. Have a staffer or volunteer dress up as a Turkey (there are great costumes online or at a Party City type place in your community). Have that "turkey" hide somewhere in your community and use social media to post clues as to where the turkey is. Then, when they find the turkey, have them post it on social media with a certain hashtag and tagging your Church. It's a great family bonding event. 

Friendsgiving. While this is primarily in person, the promotion and organizational aspect of this is solely digital. Set up a sign-up genius for whatever ministry is doing this with what food is needed. Then, gather together to share thanks with friends. It's a great opportunity to connect people who don't have others to connect with this Thanksgiving. 

Youth Ministry Alumni Party. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to have an Alumni party for all your returning college students or those no longer in your Student Ministry program. Invite them over to a house, have some food, maybe have everyone share what they are up to and then close up with an encouraging word from one of the Student MinistersThis can be done in person, online or phygital where you have an in person gathering with a Zoom option for anyone to come in and connect.



Just like a lot of holidays, Thanksgiving provides a variety of opportunities for Churches to minister to the community. Here are five different ideas but there are probably other in person, online and phygital opportunities. Use any of these and see what God does in your ministry and community as you close out the year and start a new one. 

What do you think? What do you think of these phygital opportunities? What other ones would you add?  Share your ideas below or on social media.

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Tom Pounder
Tom Pounder

Tom Pounder was born and raised just outside of Washington, DC. He is the father of 4 daughters and loves being a girl dad. He has a background in Student Ministry working over 22 years with teenagers and currently serves as the Online Campus Pastor at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs and podcasts weekly at

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