wiggle waggle wednesdays | july bible verse

July Bible Verse: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

One of our Backyard friends brought this song in to help us memorize our Bible verse for July:

Isn’t that a catchy tune?! When your child (or you!) starts singing that chorus throughout the week, they’ll be singing God’s Word and it doesn’t get any better than that!

Even though July is over, your children can still say our Bible verses from June and July throughout the rest of the summer to earn points for their team. So listen to the song and sing it together!

Do to Others from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

hand foot & mouth disease

A case of Hand Foot & Mouth Disease has been reported in the Meadow.  While this is not a serious illness, nor are there specific treatments, we wanted you to be aware in case your child starts showing any of the symptoms: fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, and a feeling of being unwell accompanied by painful sores in the mouth and/or a skin rash with flat red spots on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet that develops a day or two after the fever starts. For more information: CDC

today’s the day!

Today is our Family Service and Fun Day!  Come on out to hear Pastor Phil and Pastor Crystel in our “Safe at Home” service, then come back from 5-8 for a picnic and fun family activities!  For details, check out our church website.  Hope to see you there!


bread = trust!

Each week during our Soul Food series we are cooking up a snack with a particular food from our Bible story that will help us remember a truth from God’s Word.

Last week our story was of Adam and Eve, our special food was an apple and our truth was OBEY.

This week our story was of Elijah in the dessert (when God provided bread for him), our special food was bread and our truth was TRUST.  Click on a picture below to take a peak at our children creating their bread snack!

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The children have been encouraged to think of the truth of the week every time they eat the special food.  So this week, every time your child eats bread, remind them that they can TRUST in God!  You’ll be surprised at the questions that follow and the conversations that take place.  You will be starting small and planting seeds of truth into their lives!

We’d love to see pictures of your kiddos eating their bread at home.  Check out our previous post for some fun bread recipes, create one yourself and share it with us, or simply talk over good ol’ PB&J, then post your pictures on our facebook page!

trust | 7-20-14

Trust_cookieWord: TRUST

Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3: 5,6

Bible Story: Elijah and the Drought (I Kings 17:1-9)
In this story, Elijah did what God asked him to do–he told King Ahab about the drought that was coming. And then God gave Elijah directions to a place where he would provide bread and water for him–a flowing brook for water, and birds that brought bread and meat to him every morning and every night! Later, when the brook dried up, God gave Elijah more directions. He told him to go to Zarephath where there was a widow who would feed him!

Prayer: Dear God, I am glad that you are so much bigger than I am. You know all about my life. You see everything that goes on around me. You know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone. I am glad that I believe in you. Help me to trust you more each day. Amen.

What can you do with bread?
Try bread painting at home! You can find easy instructions at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

Or try another kind of “bread” recipe: ICE CREAM MUFFINS.
All you need is a pint of vanilla ice cream and some flour. Bake up some yummy muffins for a treat!Click here for the Ice Cream Muffins recipe..

facebook-icon_fShare your own creation with us! We might want to try it too! Leave a comment here on the blog or go to our Bright Beginnings page on Facebook and show us what you made!



recipe: awesome applesauce

ss_soul-food_awesome-applesauce-recipeClick here for a printable recipe card!

Send us a picture of your kids making (and eating) awesome applesauce! We would love to share your pics here at starting small.

The recipe card maker is courtesy of skiptomylou.org.

obey | 7-13-14

obey_cookieThe Word in Bright Beginnings today was OBEY.

Adam and Eve were tempted with a juicy apple, and they chose to disobey what God had told them. (Genesis 3:1-6) It’s always best to obey what God says! Read the story together this week!

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for loving us so much! Thank you for giving us the Bible–full of truth for us to learn and to obey.


Talk about obeying God at home this week, while you create some fun apple snacks!

apple-fish-snackWhat can you make with an apple and a toothpick?

What can you make with an apple and some peanut butter?apples-and-peanut-butter

Send us a picture of your apple snack! We want to make one too!

Check back on the blog later this week for a recipe that your kids can make–featuring apples and the number 2.

time for some soul food

soulfood_cookieStarting this week, our kids in Bright Beginnings are going to be busy learning about food for the soul–those truths from God’s Word that help us to understand who he is and what he wants us to do. These are the themes for each week:

Obey – 1 John 5:3
Trust – Proverbs 3:5,6
Rely – 1 John 4:16a
Share – Romans 12:13
Listen – James 1:19
Recognize – John 10:27
Remember – Psalm 119:55
Feed – Isaiah 58:10

To finish up summer, we are going to grab our aprons and cook up some tasty tidbits for spiritual nourishment.

Together we’ll measure out the ingredients to obey, trust, rely, share, listen, recognize, and remember right from God’s own recipe book, the Bible.

icon_chef-hatLet your kids get creative and help them come up with healthy snacks that relate to each lesson. We would love to have you share a picture of what you come up with! Post it to our facebook page or email it to startingsmall.net@gmail.com, so we can share it with everyone!

recipe_iconWatch the blog for a recipe each week that the whole family can make together–so that you can help bake these truths into your hearts!


the incredible race | k-street summer series

ss_welcomeracefans_070914 If you are in kindergarten, or if you have turned 5, you have a lot to look forward to on Sundays this summer!

Mandy Gernand and Kori Schultz have put together an incredible race just for K-Street.

The “starting line” lesson had kids brainstorming the parts of a race car–drawing it on the big board–and learning how it is like the armor of God.

ss_theincrediblerace_070914“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.” I Corinthians 9:25

We think you should come join the race! Each week will be packed with a racing themed craft, song, game, snack, and a lesson to help kids see the Bible and its truths clearly.

There are a few race rules:

  • Show up!
  • Bring your ticket!
  • Gear up and be ready to learn!

Each week the kids will get a “ticket” with a verse from the Bible printed on it. When you bring your ticket back the following week, you get a piece of candy! Memorize and say the verse and get another piece of candy!ss_allaboard_070914We will have lessons on:

  • Being Prepared: Knowing the race and the Armor of God
  • Perseverance
  • Pit Stops: Refuel and refresh
  • Power Problems:
  • Restoration: The fix
  • Beating obstacles and staying on track
  • The Prize

K-Street is especially for 5-year-olds and kindergartners who want to have tons of fun and learn about the Bible. K-Street meets during the second service on Sundays (11:15 am) and is taught by Mandy Gernand, and her assistant, Kori Schultz. Please contact us here on the blog if you have any questions!