take it home | 10.16

“Controlling Your Car”


Word of the Week:  Self-Control

Bible Verse:  Let Jesus take control of you.  Romans 13:14 (paraphrase)

Story:  Jesus Heals an Ear  (Luke 22:49-51)

Prayer:  Lord, I pray that You will help me to have self-control.  Help my words and actions be kind.  I want to do the right thing and I need Your help.  Amen.

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Is there an area of your life where you need to have more self-control?Eating junk food…how you speak to your spouse or kids…how you spend your time…your thoughts…ask God to help you make one change this week in that area!

Birth – Age 2:  Play some music and dance around with your child.  Randomly yell out “Freeze!” and encourage your child to stand still until you say “Dance.”  Increase the length of time and see how long your little one can practice self-control and be still!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  While eating dinner, pass around a small car.  The person who has the car tells one of the family rules and why it is a good rule.  Go around the table until everyone has had the chance to share.  Then talk about how Jesus can help them have the self-control that they need to follow the rules and make good choices.


wednesday nights in october

Here’s what we’ve been up to this month!

Story:  Daniel & the Lion’s Den (Daniel, Chapter 6)

Bible Verse:  “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”  Isaiah 41:10a

Theme Song:  I Will Hold on to Him  (click on the link to hear the song and see our motions)

Conversation starters @ Home:

  • Why do you think Daniel disobeyed the King’s new law?
  • I wonder how Daniel felt right before being thrown into the lion’s den.
  • What do you think made Daniel trust in God?
  • Would you like to share what makes you scared?
  • Where is God when you are scared?

And some pictures from last night…can you tell what we were making?🙂














take it home | 10.09

Wearing Your Gear!


Word of the Week:  Protection

Bible Verse:  The Lord can protect you.  2 Thessalonians 3:3

Story: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)


Helping Mr. Tom act out the story.  Can you tell which child is playing the role of Jesus sleeping?🙂

Prayer:  Lord, I am glad You love me and care about what happens to me.  Thank You for always being with me and watching over me .  Help me to talk to You when I am afraid.  Amen


Miss Alyssa showing our K-Street friends where Haiti is located.  They were able to watch a video of Miss Ryanne’s niece and nephew, who live in Haiti, talk about how God protected them during the recent hurricane, just like He did for the disciples in our story today!

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Fear is a normal emotion for young children.  Anytime your child is fearful, take that opportunity to pray with them, reassuring them that God is always with them..

Birth – Age 2: Reenact this week’s story with your child.  Take turns being the scared disciple rocking back and forth in the boat during the storm and being Jesus, commanding the wind and the waves to Stop!  Remind them that God is always in control and will protect us.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Ask your child what they want to be when they grow up then talk about the different “gear” they would need for the job.  Tell them God has a plan for their life and will always be with them to protect them!



Making “waves” until “Jesus” commands them to stop!



Praising Jesus!  Rockin’ it out during praise & worship.

did you know?


We are hosting Matthew Deprez, Sticky Faith coach and speaker, tomorrow evening at JazNaz.  It will be a night filled with compelling research and practical ideas on how to give your kids a faith that will “stick” long term.  You won’t want to miss it!  This is a free event and childcare is available upon request (email ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com). For more info, visit stickyfaith.org/family

What is Sticky Faith?

Kara Eckmann Powell, PhD on “What is Sticky Faith?”


Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including the forthcoming Growing Young (fall 2016), The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Fuller. Kara lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Dave, who is a medical device engineer, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.

We hope to see you there!

take it home | 10.02

Starting our Cars!


Word of the Week:  Faithful

Bible Verse:  Jesus has first place.  Colossians 1:18

Story:  Jesus Calls the Disciples  (Matthew 4:18-22)

Prayer: Lord, Thank You that You are always with me in this great race of life.  You are the best and can always help me.  I love You so much.  Help me to always make You #1 in my life.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents:  In what way do you need to show God He’s first in your life this week?  Pray about it and ask Him if you are putting anything before Him.

Birth – Age 2:  Create a race track on the floor for small cars with masking tape or blocks then pretend to race your child, taking turns winning.  Remind them that whether we come in first, second or last, Jesus loves us just the same!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Take a day this week to wash the family car together!  Talk about who drives the car.  Then talk about how Jesus can be the driver of our lives.


starting tomorrow


We are headed to the race track for the next eight weeks in Bright Beginnings! We will be racing to make Jesus #1 in our lives and together we’ll discover that Jesus wants to be the “driving force” of our character.  We’ll learn about the character qualities of faith, self-control, obedience, trust and more while we hear stories about Jesus and His ministry.


October 2nd:  Starting Your Car:  Faithful

“Jesus has first place.”  Colossians 1:18


October 9th:  Wearing Your Gear:  Protection

“The Lord can protect you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:3


October 16th:  Controlling Your Car:  Self-Control

“Let Jesus take control of you.”  Romans 13:14


October 23rd:  Driving Your Course:  Obedience

 “Stay on the right track.”  Philippians 3:16


October 30th:  Serving your Crew:  Service

“Love each other.”  Romans 12:10


November 6th:  Trusting Your Guide:  Trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  Proverbs 3:5


November 13th: Watching Your Speed:  Peace

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10


November 20th:  Celebrating Your Race:  Joyful

“Thank God no matter what happens.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18


See you tomorrow!

painting fish

We wrapped up our month on Jonah with some paint!












take it home | 09.25

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!)


“Take-It-Home” Activities:

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.







take it home | 09.11

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



“Take-It-Home” Activities:

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!


picnic cancelled

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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!