The National Day of Thanksgiving is a unique opportunity for Australians to celebrate and give thanks for our God given heritage as a nation and to demonstrate the God given values of honour, respect, thankfulness and gratitude towards our fellow man that have made us the great nation we are. It is a day for us to pause as a nation and say thank you to God and to each other for those many things that we often take for granted but which really make our lives worth living.
In 2003 the leadership of the Australian Prayer Network (APN), along with other Christian leaders from across the Body of Christ, took an idea for such a day to the then Governor General and the government of the day. They overwhelmingly endorsed the concept and the then Governor General launched the day with a reception at Government house in Canberra followed by a gathering in parliament house with politicians from both sides of politics.
We now celebrate this day of Thanksgiving Day on the last Saturday in May of each year. It is a day for all Australians to pause as a nation and say thank you to God and to each other.
As part of the Australian Prayer Network's national responsibility, it gives vision and leadership to the National Day of Thanksgiving. Therefore along with my APN National Coordinator, Mr. Brian Pickering, I co-chair with him, the vision team of dedicated Christian leaders and business CEOs, who give leadership, direction and resources to see this special day continue as part of our Australian church calendar.
To find out more click this link thanksgiving.org.au.