take it home | 1-27-13

The character element of the week is: SELF CONTROL

Story: Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6:9 through 9:15)

Bible Verse: “…and to your knowledge, add self-control.” 2 Peter 1:6a

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that you have control over everything that happens. You have a purpose for everything and everyone. Help me to have self-control to do the right things. And help me to have self-control so I will not hurt others with my actions or words. Amen.


Parents: Write down one area in your life that needs self-control and ask God to help you.

Birth-Age 2: Young children often use their bodies to get attention by hitting, poking, scratching, grabbing and biting. When these times arise, it’s an opportunity to teach them about self-control. Encourage them to “use their words” and ask “what do you need?” and remind them “it’s not your turn – let’s share”.

Age 3-Kindergarten: Playing a card or board game is a geat way to practice self-control. Play a game with your child this week and encourage them by taking turns and being “good sports.” When the game is over, high-five everyone and say, “good game!”

take it home | 1-20-13

2 Peter 1:5-7   …add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness: and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

The character element of the week is:  KNOWLEDGE

Story: David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58)

Bible Verse: “…and to your goodness, add knowledge” 2 Peter 1:5c

Prayer: Dear God, You know everything because you made everything. I am glad that you made me and gave me a mind to learn. Help me to learn more about you so that I can understand you better. Help me to learn your ways so that I can do what is right. Amen.

Parents:  Pray specifically that God will explain your knowledge of Him this week and then have faith that He will teach you and reveal himself to you!


Birth-Age 2: Children learn so quickly at this age! Talk to your children as much as you can. As you are getting them dressed, point out body parts, as you are driving, talk about God’s creation that you can see outside the window. During dinner, talk about how God made each food to help our bodies in a special way.  Pour the knowledge of the truth into their days.  You’ll be surprised at how much they will remember!

Age 3-Kindergarten: Take a trip to the library and pick out some non-fiction books about something your child finds interesting. Spend time reading, learning, and talking together. Remind your child that God created their ind and desires for them to grow in knowledge of him and his world!

Introducing a new series in Bright Beginnings!

chemical reactions | the elements of your character

For the next 8 weeks, we will be mixing up some fun in our chemistry lab – learning about character from 2 Peter 1:57.  Because our goal is to be more like Christ – we will be taking time each week to “put on our lab coats” and learn about

  • faith
  • goodness
  • knowledge
  • self-control
  • patience
  • service
  • kindness
  • love

January 6th – FAITH

January 13th – GOODNESS

January 20th – KNOWLEDGE

January 27th – SELF CONTROL

February 3rd – PATIENCE

February 10th – SERVICE FOR GOD

February 17th – KINDNESS

February 24 – LOVE

Join us as we mix these all up together and get the perfect formula for our character!