take it home | 7-28-13

C is for Character
The lesson this week in Bright Beginnings was: Have a good attitude!

Verse:  Be strong in character and ready for anything! James 1:4
Story:  Daniel 6: 6-23 “Daniel in the Lions Den”
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to have a good attitude in everything I do. Help me to trust in you so that I will be ready for anything. Amen.

Here are some ways to take the lesson home this week!

You are a model of Christ to your child. Pray with your child daily, teaching them to say “thank you” to God. Children will learn to trust in Jesus by watching you. And remember, you can do this in Christ’s strength–not your own (Philippians 4:13).

This royalty-free image is attributed to willholmes on Flickr.Birth-Age 3
Have your child help you act out the story of Daniel and the lions. Ask them to roar like a lion while you pretend to be Daniel. (You can even make a little blanket fort as your cave)! Kneel on the floor with your hands folded and pray.  Show your little one how to trust in God so that they will be ready for anything!

Age 4-Kindergarten
Invite your child to help you with a simple chore around the house, then sing a song as you do it together. Remind them that God wants us to have a good attitude in everything we do, and singing can help us do just that! What else shows that you have a good attitude? See what your child comes up with (smiling, sharing, helping others).

Our new series: July-August-September

In Bright Beginnings, we will be Sailing the C’s as we finish out the beautiful Michigan summer!

sailing-the-CsEach week we will be talking about one of the C’s of character and learning that everything we do is for God–and that He can help us “sail the seas of life.”

“Be strong in character and ready for anything.” James 1:4

God gives us what it takes.” 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

August 11 – CHEMISTRY
“Love one another.” Romans 12:10

August 18 – CALLING
“God chose me.” Galatians 1:15

August 25 – COURAGE
“Do not be afraid.” Joshua 1:9

September 1 – COMPASSION
“Be kind to one another.” Ephesians 4:32

September 8 – COMMITMENT
“Trust your work to the Lord.” Proverbs 16:3

September 15 – CELEBRATION
“I came so that everyone would have a great life.” John 10:10

take it home | 6-30-13

In the Bright Beginnings hallway the word on Sunday was:  L I S T E N

listening_backyardListen is a word that kids hear a lot growing up: Listen, I told you …. Are you listening? Can you sit still and listen? I’m going to tell you something important…listen very carefully…

On Sunday our kids heard a story about listening–the way the people gathered around Jesus to listen to the Word of God and how some fishermen listened to his directions. Read about it!

Story: Luke 5:1-11

Bible verse: “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.” James 1:19

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for the Bible. I am glad that I can learn all about you. Please help me to listen at church and to my teachers so that I can learn even more. Help me to listen at home to my parents also. I am glad that you always listen to me when I talk to you! Amen.

Take it home this week:
As you listen to your children this week, intentionally make eye contact with them. Notice how their eyes light up with expression when they know they have your full attention! Think about how God is pleased when we focus on him…when he has our full attention.

Birth-Age 2
Help your kids practice listening at story time. Read a story and praise them for listening well. Give them opportunities to identify colors, shapes, animals, and interesting things in the pictures…while you listen attentively to them!

Age 3-Kindergarten
Hang a blank piece of paper on your refrigerator and every time you catch your child listening to your instructions, give them a sticker to place on the paper (or draw a star with a crayon). Make it a challenge to see how many stickers they can collect!