God celebrates us


Bug: Ladybug
Just like God created every bug with a special purpose, he created each of us with a special purpose too. We are so important to God–and he celebrates us!

Bible Verse: Let’s celebrate! Luke 15:23b

Story: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank you for making me on purpose!  I am proud to be a part of your family. I will become more like you by serving others, and telling them how great you are! Amen.


Do you believe God made you in His image and you are beautiful? Pray this week for God to help you see yourself as He sees you. Then be particularly careful about how you talk about yourself (your body, hair, clothes, intelligence, abilities etc.) in front of your children. He made you with a purpose!

Birth-Age 2
Young children are learning that family celebrations are special times. Have a special dinner one night this week complete with homemade party hats or decorations and dessert to celebrate God’s love for us! Tell your children that God loves them and sing “Jesus Loves Me.”

Age 3-Kindergarten
Get some finger paint or a stamp pad and help your children make finger prints on a paper. Use a magnifying glass (you can get one at the dollar store) to look at their finger prints and take notice that each one is different. Remind them that God made them each special!

wiggle waggle wednesdays | drumming for Jesus

We had a great time drumming for Jesus at Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays last night!

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Backyard Friends Drumming from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

More Backyard Friends from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Garden Friends Drumming from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Pam Gage and Dana Lewis for leading the class. Make sure to check out their facebook page. Pam and Dana attend JaxNaz and run The Getting Healthy Center located at 4650 Page Ave. in Michigan center. They are having a Family Fun Day at their center on July 28th where all ages will be able to drum! It will be a great, fun way for your family to get some exercise together!

what our kids say about daddy


Click below to see what our kids have to say about Daddy!
Father’s Day Edition 2014

happy father’s day

Happy Father’s Day from Our Family to Yours!

Whether you are a father, grandpa, uncle, foster dad, single mom, or friend, if you are investing in the life of a child, we celebrate YOU today! Thank you for allowing your child to be part of our Bright Beginnings family and thank you for all you do each and every day to share God’s love!

Click on a picture below to see our kids hard at work making their Father’s Day gifts!

Happy Father's Day!

wiggle waggle wednesdays | june bible verse

Our June Bible verse for Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays is Psalm 46:1:  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Check out this song that we’ve been singing on Wednesday nights to help us memorize our verse!


You can help your kids learn it at home by doing our motions too:

God (point upward)
is our refuge (make a roof above your head)
and strength (show your muscles)
an ever-present help (make the sign for help)
in trouble (wave your arms above your head)


See you Wednesday!

wiggle waggle wednesdays | parachute night

click on a photo below to see a few pictures from parachute night!

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use your gifts to serve others!

Ants usually show up at a picnic.

Ants usually show up at a picnic.

It’s all about serving this week. Serving is something even  young children can do! Take the message home this week: When we serve others, we are serving God!

Word: Service

Bible Verse: Use your gifts to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10

Story: Miriam and Baby Moses (Exodus chapter 2)


Children learn the most from you! If you model serving others, your children will grow up serving others. This week, find some simple ways to serve others and talk to your children about what you are doing and why. Here are some examples–but have fun coming up with your own!

  • hold the door open for someone
  • let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store
  • make a meal for someone who is ill
  • offer to babysit for a friend

Birth-Age 2
Children naturally want to help. Use this willingness to show your child what it means to serve! When they help you with simple tasks around the house, thank them for serving! Here are some ideas–but feel free to try your own!

  • pull clothes out of the dryer
  • sweep the floor
  • put toys away
  • dust the coffee table

Age 3-Kindergarten
If Dad is the one who usually takes out the trash, let your child take out the trash just to surprise him! Serving others is rewarding–help your child experience the joy of serving this week. With your child’s help, think of other chores they could do to serve someone in the family (feed the dog, put groceries away, set the table). Remind them that when we serve others, we are serving God.

back by popular demand!

It’s time for wiggle waggle Wednesdays!

The Garden and Backyard kids will be participating in Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays again this summer in Bright Beginnings. It’s basically our own version of Kid City’s Wet & Wacky Wednesdays, just a little less wacky and a lot less wet!

We will be playing exciting games (think elementary gym class…remember parachute day?!), worshiping with music and movement (think drums and other fun percussion instruments) and putting God’s Word in our hearts (memorization!). Each child in the Garden and Backyard will be assigned a team (either Orange or Blue) and will be competing all summer to earn points for their team.

Here’s how to earn points!

Attending Service: 1 point
Wearing Your Team Color: 2 points
Winning Games Played Each Week: 3 points
Bringing a Friend: 5 points
Memorizing the Lord’s Prayer: 10 points
Memorizing Each Month’s Bible Verse: 10 points
Being Able to Recite All Four at the End of Summer: Priceless (and 20 points)

You can help your child by. . .

  • making sure they are here
  • being willing to transport a few extra friends
  • reminding them to dress in their team color (anything from hair accessories and hats to colored shirts and socks are great)
  • working with them on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer and verse of the month at home!

Note: We will be playing most of our games in Kid City (as they are out on the baseball field getting wet and being wacky) and we may take the Backyard children outside a few times to the grassy area outside Bright Beginnings. If you have any concerns about your children being in either of these two areas during service, please let us know.

Thanks in advance for making our summer of Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays a success! I’m looking forward to Wiggling and Waggling with your kiddos!


wiggle waggle wednesdays have begun!

Orange Team’s Cheer

Orange Team’s Cheer from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Blue Team’s Cheer

Blue Team’s Cheer! from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.