Drumming for Jesus!

Pam Gage and Dana Lewis came in last night to help us praise God with some drumming.  Check it out:





Pam and Dana lead Cardio Drumming-Jackson and would love to have you join them at one of their drumming sessions!  It’s a great workout for people of all ages and abilities and they host their sessions all over Jackson County, so one is sure to be in your area.  Check out the facebook page for more information and feel free to leave a post if you have any questions.  A Cardio Drumming class may even be coming to JaxNaz soon, so be sure to watch for details!

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Drums Tonight!

We’ll be praising God will drums tonight!

DSC00743It’s an annual favorite with our kids, so come on out and join us!

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Trusting Your Guide


Word of the Week:  Trust

Bible Verse:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5a

Story:  Peter Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-32)

Prayer: Lord, I pray that I will put my trust in You daily because I know You can help me.  I want to come to You first when I need help.  Remind me to stop and pray to You when I don’t know what to do.  Thank You for loving me.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Start a prayer journal (personally or with your family).  Write down your prayer requests then record when a prayer is answered.  Be encouraged that we can trust God for every detail!  

Toddlers:  Take out your child’s baby book or some baby pictures.  As you show them pictures, talk about how you took care of them when they were a baby.  Tell them that God gave them to you as a gift and that you love them.  Also tell them you will always love and take care of them because they are your child.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Play a game with your child to teach them what the word “trust” means.  Tell them that they will have to trust you to play the game, then ask them to close their eyes tightly and lead them around the house carefully.  Instruct them when they need to step over something, turn or walk up steps.  When you have finished, have them to open their eyes to see where they ended up.  Explain that they had to listen to you and to trust you to get to the new place without looking.  God wants us to trust Him also, even when we can’t see Him.


Wiggle Waggle Wednesday Fun

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* UGH…we ran our of time to actually play with our slime.  If your child would like to take some home, the slime we made tonight will be bagged and ready to grab on Sunday!

put it into practice!

We’ve been talking about spreading kindness and serving others in Bright Beginnings and I have a great opportunity for you to help your children put what they’ve learned into practice!


We need help harvesting the vegetables in our Promise Community Garden.  You and your children are welcome to stop by any time, any day…just grab a bucket out of the shed and start picking ripe vegetables!

Our Promise Community Garden is a collaborative effort between Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County (CMJC) and David’s Promise and the produce is distributed at our food pantry.  Thanks in advance for helping us gather the produce before it’s too late to give to others!

* If you do come help, please e-mail ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com before you head out to make sure you have access to the shed and instructions on where to leave the harvested vegetables.  

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Serving Your Crew

Word of the Week:  Serve

Bible Verse: Loveeach other like a family.  Romans 12:10

Story:  Through the Roof: The Paralyzed Man (Mark 2 : 1-12)

Prayer: Lord, Ipray that I will always serve my friends and my family and even those who aren’t very nice to me.  Help me to love others and help them out whenever I can.   Show me ways to be kind and loving at all times.  Amen

“Ripples of Kindness”

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Is there a spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, neighbor, stranger…that you could serve this week.? Choose someone and do one intentional act of service this week that you don’t usually do!

Toddlers:  Gather up some cleaning supplies, such as a duster, rags, broom, mop, sponge, etc.  Name the item and see if your child can point to the item you named.  Then show them what to do with each item.  Give them a chance to try and help you clean sometime this week.  Be sure to give them lots of praise for their help!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  On slips of paper, write little jobs that your child can do to help you and drop the papers into a jar (you can call this the “Helper Jar” if you’d like).  Each day this week, your child gets to pick out a slip of paper and help you with a new job.  Here are some ideas to get you started:  unload the silverware from the dishwasher, help sort the laundry, set the table, make a bed, dust the living room, match clean socks together, sweep the kitchen, help fold the towels, pick up toys…

we were painting with ice, of course!

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

We put our July bible verse into action by making pictures for others last night at Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays.

We made it a little more fun by painting with ice!




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This activity was easy to prepare, very inexpensive (possibly even free if you have all the supplies on hand) and the kids loved it!  If you are interested in doing it at home, you can find the instruction here.   (If you do need to purchase ice cube trays, I got ours at the Dollar Store, 2/$1.00).  

Happy Ice Painting!    

a note from ryanne

So I came across this website called


while searching for lesson ideas for Bright Beginnings.  I was so excited about it, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!  There are so many things clamoring for our attention online, so I don’t regularly share sites or blogs that I personally find helpful; however, Pennies of Time so captures the heart of Bright Beginnings, and JaxNaz as a whole, that any time you spend reading it online (and hopefully putting some ideas into practice with your kids!) will be time well spent.



our little service project




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