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We wrapped up our month on Jonah with some paint!

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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.

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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

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“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.).

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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!

 

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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!

tonight!

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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 ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com

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).

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wednesday nights in bright beginnings

Here’s what we’ll be learning about during the month of September on Wednesday nights in Bright Beginnings!

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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:

  • Take your child/ren on a trust walk; blindfold them, then lead them by the hand throughout your house or around your yard. Make sure to go over obstacles (perhaps some pillows on the floor), up and down stairs and around corners.  Once you are finished, ask your children about their experience.  How did they feel?  How hard was it to trust you to guide them?  Explain that even though we cannot see Him, we can always trust God to lead us!
  • Help your child write this month’s Bible verse on a piece of paper and keep it at your table (they can even decorate it with colors or stickers). Take time to read it together before breakfast or dinner each day!

a bit of housekeeping

Hello Bright Beginnings Community!

I have been on maternity leave for most of the summer snuggling this little bundle of joy…

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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!

  1.  THANK YOU to all the people who served in Bright Beginnings during Summer Serve!  I missed the opportunity to meet all the new people that don’t serve in Bright Beginnings on a regular basis, but know that I appreciate you and thank you for helping out, especially while I was gone.
  2. THANK YOU to the team of people who made my maternity leave possible.  What an incredible group of volunteers I had!  They were willing to come in during the week, come early for services, stay after services and help from their homes to keep things running in Bright Beginnings.  I can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our ministry, their love for my family and their willingness to take on extra so that I could be home.  Thank You!
  3. WELCOME BACK to all our regular volunteers!  I am thrilled so many of you have decided to return and are eager to see “your” children again.  It will be good to see each of you.  I’m excited for another great year!
  4. Anyone who volunteers in Bright Beginnings in any way (from laundry and craft prep at home to teaching and serving in the classrooms) is invited to our annual Bright Beginnings Picnic.  It’s this Sunday (September 11th) @ 5pm in Rod Mills Park.  See the invitation for more details:my-invitation
  5. K-Street is our class for our kindergarteners (it’s located just off the commons right outside our Bright Beginnings hallway).  If your child started kindergarten this fall, please let a check-in volunteer know, so that your child’s name tag can be changed to red.  They can start attending K-Street anytime!  (Unfortunately, due to a shortage of teachers, K-Street is only open on Sundays during the 11:15 am service.  Kindergarteners who attend during first service or on Wednesday evenings simply join their friends in the Backyard until they start 1st grade and are promoted to Kid City).

    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.

  6. And finally, our “Take it Home” information for the lesson this week:

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

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

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.

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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!

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Congrats Grads!

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!

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IMG_20160820_093707946Kid City’s Pastor Crystel talking to the kids and parents.

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Special thanks to Sara Arnett for coordinating our graduation party this year while I was on maternity leave!

bright beginnings graduation party!

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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 saramarnett@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

parachute night!

It was parachute night at Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays!

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The kids are doing such a great job wearing their team colors, bringing friends and memorizing scripture.  Keep up the good work at home!