We wrapped up our month on Jonah with some paint!
We wrapped up our month on Jonah with some paint!
Sailing the “C’s”
“C” of the Week: Celebration
Lesson: Celebrate Jesus!
Bible Verse: “I came so that everyone would have a great life.” John 10:10
Story: Parable of the Great Supper, Luke 14: 15-24
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad You are God’s Son. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I want You to be Lord of my life and the captain of my ship. Please guide me each day and help me through every situation to do my best. I cannot do it without Your strength. Help me to celebrate how You came to give this great life for everyone. Amen
(Parents: all children in the Backyard and K-Street were given the opportunity to pray this prayer with an adult today. Ask your child about it!)
Parents: Write a “thank-you” note to God this week. It will help you keep a “celebration” attitude and your kids will take note!
Birth – Age 2: Turn on the radio or put in your favorite worship CD and dance with your children! Remind them that you have so much to be joyful about and that you are dancing for Jesus!
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Plan a celebration dinner for Jesus! Have your children help plan the meal (or special dessert), make decorations, and even invite friends. At the dinner, talk with your children about what God has done for your family.
Sailing the “C’s”
“C” of the Week: Compassion
Lesson: Be Kind!
Bible Verse: “Be kind to one another.” Ephesians 4:32
Story: Ruth 1:1 – 4:22
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me show kindness at all times and treat others the way I would like to be treated. Thank You so much for forgiving me when I make wrong choices. Help me forgive others when they hurt or wrong me so I can be an example of You. Amen
Parents: The best way to teach your child to be kind is to model kindness to others. The next time you are in public, look for ways to show kindness to others; hold a door open for someone, offer to return someone’s grocery cart, purchase a little surprise for a friend and deliver it, allow someone to go ahead of you in the grocery line…
Birth – Age 2: Young children need to experience kindness before they will know how to share kindness. As you play with your child, use phrases such as “May I have a turn?” and “Would you like a turn?” Also, practice your “please” and “thank you!”
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Take some time this week to make cookies with your child. Then allow your child to choose who they would like to give them to (neighbor, friend, teacher, etc.).
We made bird feeders in class today and would love to see pictures of your kids hanging them at your home. You can share your pictures on our Bright Beginnings facebook page!
Unfortunately, our annual Welcome Back Picnic has been cancelled.
I apologize if this creates an inconvenience for anyone; we simply did not have enough RSVP’s to hold the event. Have a wonderful Sunday!
Come on out and join us tonight for our next Sticky Faith event!
6:30-8pm at JaxNaz Church
This event is for parents, grandparents, mentors…anyone who influences the life of a child!
Learn how to create a flourishing connection with your children to help their faith continue into adulthood.
Childcare is provided. If you are planning on utilizing the childcare, please register your child by contacting Ryanne Johnston @ 517-240-5771 ext. 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from one of our previous Sticky Faith events. (All are encouraged to attend even if you haven’t attended any of the previous sessions).
Here’s what we’ll be learning about during the month of September on Wednesday nights in Bright Beginnings!
Story: Jonah (Jonah 1-4)
Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Theme Song: Trust in the Lord & The BIBLE
To do @ Home:
Hello Bright Beginnings Community!
I have been on maternity leave for most of the summer snuggling this little bundle of joy…
Consequently, I have a bit of catching up to do!
I apologize if you are new to startingsmall and have checked our site, only to find the same post up for months. I promise to post more regularly now that I am back to work!
Before we get back to our regularly scheduled posts however, there are some things I need to catch you up on so I’m going to throw everything together in one big housekeeping post!
K-Street is designed to help our kindergarteners with their transition to Kid City the following year. From September through January, the children join their friends in the Backyard for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then return to their class for the same lesson as the rest of Bright Beginnings but at a kindergarten level. During the last half of the school year, our K-Street class joins Kid City for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then returns to K-Street for the lesson. This allows our kindergartners to experience a bit of Kid City, meet Pastor Crystel, and become familiar with the new room and many faces before graduating from Bright Beginnings and moving up to Kid City at the end of next summer.
A few weeks ago, we started a series called “Sailing the C’s” in which we have been learning about the different “C’s” God wants us to have to help us sail the seas of life (Character, Competence, Calling, Compassion, etc.). This week we sailed the “C” of Courage…
Bible Verse: Do not be afraid. Joshua 1:9
Story: 1 Samuel 25:1-42 (David, Abigail & Nabal)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad that I am never alone. You are always with me and watching over me. Please help me have the courage to trust You each day. Help me to not be afraid because You care about what happens to me. I love You. Amen
Parents: Is there something that you’ve been needing to do that will take courage? Ask God to give you courage, then commit to doing it this week!
Birth – Age 2: Be a cheerleader for your child as they take on new challenges (feeding themselves, walking, going down the slide, sitting in the “big kid” swing, climbing up the stairs, helping around the house, etc.). Encouragement goes a long way to instill courage.
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Help your child memorize this week’s Bible verse (the short version or the whole thing!). Remind them that God is always with them and that they can say this verse anytime they are afraid or nervous (in bed at night, getting dropped off at daycare or pre-school, coming to Bright Beginnings). When they show anxiety, take a moment to pray at that moment, modeling that they can talk to God any time.
Whew! I think that’s it.
Thank you for giving me the honor of helping shepherd your child’s heart. What a joy it is to see their bright eyes and precious faces each week as my team and I teach them about God and His love. It’s good to be back!
Thanks to all who came out to our Bright Beginnings Graduation Party! A fun time was had by all and I will miss these precious children. God bless you on your journey into Kid City!
Waffle Bar Breakfast!
Kid City’s Pastor Crystel talking to the kids and parents.
Praying over our children.
Bright Beginnings Class of 2016
Special thanks to Sara Arnett for coordinating our graduation party this year while I was on maternity leave!
All Bright Beginnings children starting 1st grade this fall are welcome to attend our annual Bright Beginnings Graduation Party!
This Sunday, August 21st, is promotion Sunday at JaxNaz Church, which means your almost 1st grader will attend Kid City for the first time.
However, before we send them off, we want to celebrate them at a graduation party on Saturday, August 20th!
We are meeting at the church (in the Teen Center) for breakfast at 9. We’ll have a short graduation ceremony, and then head together to Airport Lanes for some bowling.
If you would like more details, or have not yet RSVP’d, please contact Sarah Arnett at 517.745.7730 or email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!
It was parachute night at Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays!
The kids are doing such a great job wearing their team colors, bringing friends and memorizing scripture. Keep up the good work at home!