exciting opportunity!

Our MOMS4MOMS group at church is hosting their second annual Love & Logic training and you are invited to be a part of it!

banner.LoveLogic.021112Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences.”

Doesn’t that sound exciting?!

Here are the details:

The training will be held Thursday, March 12th, 19th and 26th (that’s three Thursdays in a row, starting with this week) from 5:30pm – 8:00pm in the Teen Center at church; dinner and childcare will be provided, free of charge.


Did you catch that?

The training, childcare, and dinner for both you and your children are all at no cost to you (I told you it was an exciting opportunity!).

I personally attended this training last year and am still using some of the techniques with my own children.  It truly is a great opportunity to share a meal with other parents and hear their stories, then be given some great tools to not only empower you as a parent, but to help develop your relationship with your children.  This year, I will be working with a great team of Bright Beginnings moms and Spring Arbor students to care for your children while you are in the training, otherwise I’d attend the training again!

Space is limited (grant money can only go so far!) so registration is on a “first come first served” basis.  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Beth Spreeman at beth12979@gmail.com or 517-769-3465 ASAP!


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Chemical Reactions | Week 8


Praising God in the Meadow!

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: Love

Story: Jesus and the Cross (Romans 3:23, 6:23 & John 3:16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your kindness, add LOVE” 2 Peter 1:7b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You so much for loving me. Thank You for dying on the cross for all the bad things I’ve done. I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever in heaven. Help me show Your love to others around me. Amen

We finished our Chemical Reactions Unit with a cool science experiment about God’s love for us (check out the whole thing here).  Thanks Christina Hill for the recommendation!

God, Sin & Us from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Take some time this week to write a letter to God telling Him why you love Him.

Birth – Age 2: Talk about Jesus with your children! Weave His love into as many conversations as you can with your child. Tell them Jesus keeps them safe when they are anxious, that He helps them sleep when they are having a hard time at bedtime, that He heals their body when they get hurt or are sick, that He provides food when you are eating, that He is always with them, etc. A relationship with God comes naturally when you bring God into the daily lives of your children!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Your children had an opportunity to pray a salvation prayer yesterday (in the Backyard and K-Street). Ask your child about it! Make a cross with your child this week out of some craft sticks or play dough and take a moment to remember how God showed His love for us on the cross.


Taking about the salvation prayer in K-Street


This is our last week of Chemical Reactions!  Next week we’ll be starting our Lenten series as we prepare for Holy Week!



wednesday nights in march

Here’s what your kiddos will be learning in Bright Beginnings during the month of March:

Moses Pic

Story: Baby Moses (Exodus 2)

Bible Verse: The Lord’s Prayer (check out this post to learn the sign language)

Theme SongJesus Loves the Little Children

To do @ Home:
• Grab some objects from around your house and fill a tub with water. Have your child guess if the object will sink or float and then have them test it out!  Ask your children to tell you the story of baby Moses, then remind them that just as God had a plan for Moses’ life, He has a plan for your child’s life as well!

• Grab a baby doll and sing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” with your child while taking turns to gently rock the baby.


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Chemical Reactions | Week 7

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.

Kindness is “Attractive”!

Character Element of the Week: Kindness

Story: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

Bible Verse: “…and to your service for God, add KINDNESS” 2 Peter 1:7a

Prayer: Dear God, Help me to think about others and to be kind to them.  Help my words and actions help others, not hurt them.  Help me to see opportunities where I can share Your love and kindness to the people around me.  Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Bake some cookies with your children this week and help them make some cards, then deliver them to someone who needs some love and encouragement.

Birth – Age 2: All parents want their children to be kind.  When you see your child sharing, playing well with others, or being friendly, be sure to them then know by verbally praising them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Talk with your children about their friends (from church, daycare, school, etc.).  Remind them to be kind to others, especially when they see a child hurt or crying or who may be left out.  Give them concrete, practical things they can do, such as allowing others to go first, inviting others to play with them, offering to share their toy, etc.