God made me!

We wrapped up our Creation Series with a little fun with food!

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Do you see any resemblances?

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Chemical Reactions | Week 2

Bubbles! (Garden) from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Bubbles! (Backyard) from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Each week we are adding one of these elements to our formula so that we can be like God…

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.

Our science experiment this week was making bubbles! We added “goodness” to our formula and what better way to remember goodness than with bubbles? They are squeaky clean and make everyone smile!

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Here’s what your children learned about while they were with us:

Character Element: Goodness (we focused on making good choices)

Story: King Josiah (2 Kings 22:1-7)

Bible Verse: “…and to your faith, add GOODNESS” 2 Peter 1:5b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, everything about You is good. Help me to make good choices so that I can be like You. Guide me to see that Your way is the best way. Amen

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And here are some ways you can reinforce at home what they learned at church:

Parents: Do a good deed with your child for someone else this week, then explain to your child why you took the time to help someone else. Explain what making good choices does for your heart!

Birth – Age 2: Choices help children develop independence and individuality; however, too many choices can be overwhelming for young children. A good rule of thumb is to offer your child the number of choices as is their age (two choices for a two year old = would you like to wear your blue shirt or green shirt). This sets your children up for success and helps them develop the skills to make good choices!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: The next time you read a story or watch a show, talk with your children about choices the characters made and what the results were of those choices. Ask them what choices they would have made in a similar situation.

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meet Elijah

This is Elijah.

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Elijah is one of our Kid City kids who feels called to share God’s word.

We teach our Bright Beginnings kids a lot of truths about God. However, one that we return to again and again is the fact that not only did God create each of them, but He did so with a purpose; a specific plan for their life to help spread His love and build His kingdom here, on earth. Woah. How cool is that?!

We also believe that it’s never too early to start living that plan and making a difference in your world. Whether you are four or eighty-four, God can use you and the talents He’s given you to further His kingdom.

So when we found out Elijah was looking for ways to share God’s word, we couldn’t think of a better place to start than in our very own Backyard! Once a month on Wednesday evenings, Elijah will teach our children from God’s Word as it relates to what we are learning that month and our Backyard kids will get to see one of their role models obeying God and living out his calling.

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It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Chemical Reactions | Week 1

Faith Science Experiment from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Series Bible Verse:
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.

Character Element of the Week: Faith

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Story: The Captain’s Servant (Matthew 8:5-13)

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Bible Verse: “…add this to your life: faith” 2 Peter 1:5a

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Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want to believe in You. I am so glad that I can come to church and learn about You. Help me to trust You and the plans You have for my life. Amen

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Take-It-Home Activities:
Parents: You are a model of Christ to your child. Children will learn to trust in Jesus by watching you. Talk with your child about Jesus. Share what He has done for you; how He keeps you safe, helps you sleep, or heals you.

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Birth – Age 2: Children’s faith will grow the more they trust and know! As you and your children are riding in the car, getting dressed or looking out the window, take turns spotting things that God made.

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Age 3 – Kindergarten: Play “Lead the Blind” game. Blindfold a family member. Another family member will give them verbal directions to get from one place to another. Do you have faith that you will be lead the right way and not bump into things?

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bubble bubble fizz & pop!

We are starting a new series in Bright Beginnings tomorrow:

Chemical Reactions

We are going to be spending the next eight weeks mixing up some fun in our chemistry lab! We will learn about the characteristics from 2 Peter 1:5-7 that can help us be more like Christ. We’ll take time each week to put on our lab coats, perform some science experiments and learn about faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, patience, service, kindness and love. When we add them up and mix them together we get the perfect formula for our character!

January 18th: “…add this to your life: FAITH” (2 Peter 1:5a)

January 25th: “…to your faith add GOODNESS” (2 Peter 1:5b)

February 1st: ““…and to your goodness add KNOWLEDGE”
(2 Peter 1:5c)

February 8th: “…and to your knowledge add SELF CONTROL”
(2 Peter 1:6a)

February 15th: “…and to your self control add PATIENCE”
(2 Peter 1:6b)

February 22nd: “…and to your patience add SERVICE FOR GOD” (2 Peter 1:6c)

March 1st: “…and to your service for God add KINDNESS”
(2 Peter 1:7a)

March 8th: “…and to this kindness add LOVE” (2 Peter 1:7b)

Can’t wait to see you there!

(K-Street will be open tomorrow)

our prayer

Father,

Thank you for creating our children.

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Thank you for giving us these precious gifts to love and nurture; to raise up in the way they should go.

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It’s such a daunting task that you have trusted us with. Yet you promise to guide and direct us, giving us wisdom and grace.

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For as much as we love them, You love them more.

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You Word says that You knew each one before You even formed them. How amazing (and comforting) is that?!

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You know the very number of hairs upon their head and you have set each one apart; all their days were ordained before one of them came to be.

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So please, draw their hearts to yours.

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Help them seek you,

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to love you with their whole lives,

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and to realize the very amazing plan you have for each and every one of them.

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In Your Precious and Holy Name we pray,
Amen

a note from ryanne

(So remember back in October when I made my first “personal” post upon return from maternity leave and asked for help coming up with a fun, catchy title for said posts? Well, I received encouragement that I would indeed come up with something, but apparently y’all are just as stumped as I am when it comes to actually, you know, coming up with something! So…I’ve decided to title them “a note from ryanne.” Creative, ‘eh? It just made sense given we already had a tag with the same name and I guess it’s sometimes nice to have things clear, simple and straightforward, right?)

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I wanted to share a little bit about our Wednesday evening Koinonia (koin-a-what? I’ll get to that later…) services in Bright Beginnings and in our adult services as well. At JaxNaz every detail of every service is carefully thought out and prayerfully considered. We are very intentional about how we choose to spend the 60 minutes we have with you and your children. Our Sunday mornings are planned with guests and new believers in mind; we teach Biblical truths that anyone, especially those who have not had the privilege of growing up 3rd generation Nazarene, can understand. We try not to use exclusive language that would make someone just starting this God journey feel like an outsider or give instructions that make a visitor feel like they don’t belong (think “if you’d like to sign up for the potluck next week, see Sue”…someone new to our church would wonder “who’s sue?!”).

Now, as much as Sundays are for presenting the Gospel, Wednesdays are for digging into the Gospel. This creates a beautiful, intimate setting in which we go deeper as a body. Don’t get me wrong, Sundays are amazing, but there’s something very special about our Koinonia services.

koi·no·nia, noun ˌ(koinəˈnēə, ˌkēnə)

“Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.” (thanks, Wikipedia!)

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Isn’t that beautiful? Wednesday evenings are focused on fellowship and unity; building those relationships with the Body and living life together.

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“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44
(Ever wonder why we call the Commons the Commons?)

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“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32

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In Bright Beginnings this looks like us diving into some of the “classic” Bible stories and getting the Truth deep inside our little hearts. We spend one whole month hearing the same story, memorizing the same Bible verse and learning the same precious traditional “Sunday School” song.

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Here’s what we’ll be doing this month:

Creation

Story: Genesis Chapters 1-3 (Creation, God Made Me & The Terrible Lie)

Bible Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Theme Song: The BIBLE (This is the version we are using. Play it at home and have your child teach you the motions!)

To Do at Home:

  • The next time you are in the car together play the Creation Game: each person takes a turn naming one thing God created. Play continues until no one can think of anything else or until you arrive at your destination. Remind your children that God made EVERYTHING!
  • Whenever your child sins, make sure ot help them pray to God, asking for His forgiveness. It is important that children learn about and feel God’s deep love and amazing grace at an early age!

If you haven’t ever attended one of our Koinonia, you should give it a try. There is something really powerful about meeting mid-week with your brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for one another, encourage one another and dig into the Gospel with one another…and your kids might learn a thing or two as well!

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epiphany!

Happy Epiphany!

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Today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Epiphany.

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Today we celebrate the fact that God invited the Magi, the outsiders, to The Party.

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Today we are thankful that God sent His son for everyone!

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Today we can be like the Wise Men and Seek Him!

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Happy Epiphany!