Congrats Grads!

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate last night.  A great time was had by all!

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Special thanks to Beth Spreeman at Red Barn Bakery for our deliciously adorable bowling pin cookies!

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for each one of these precious children.  We know that you have plans for them beyond our wildest dreams; plans to prosper them and not to harm them, plans to give them a hope and a future.  Use them, even now, to bring about You kingdom here on Earth!  We pray they will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of you and that the seeds of Truth they have been taught in Bright Beginnings will continue to grow down into You, taking root deep in their hearts as they transition into Kid City.  Continue to draw them to You.  Help them to know Your voice and seek Your face as they learn and grow.  Preserve their childlike faith and wonder and help their paths never wander far from yours, all the days of their lives!  We thank you for you love and grace.  We love you!

Amen

it’s time for a graduation party!

It’s almost time for Promotion Sunday!

Next Sunday, August 30th, is Promotion Sunday.

That means all children starting 1st grade this fall will move up to Kid City next Sunday (it also means today was their last day in Bright Beginnings! 😦 ).  I’m going to miss this great group of kids!

Before they are promoted, we want to celebrate their graduation from Bright Beginnings (and give them a chance to meet Pastor Crystel and give parents a chance to ask any questions you may have).

So, if you child will be starting 1st Grade this fall, we would love to have him/her come to our Bright Beginnings Graduation party on Friday!

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Check out the invitation for details.

Hope to see you there!

take it home | counting beads!

Celebrating Your Race

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Word of the Week:  Joyful

Bible Verse:  Thank God no matter what happens.                                         1 Thessalonians 5:18 (paraphrase)

Story:  Paul & Silas in Jail  (Acts 16:22-34)

Prayer:  Lord, please help me to be joyful all the time and to give You thanks every day.  Even when bad things happen, I know that You have a plan, God, and you can make the bad things turn into good.  Help me not to whine and complain when things don’t go my way, but to be thankful and happy for all the blessings You have given me.  I love You, Jesus. Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities

Children in the Garden, Backyard, and K-Street made Counting Beads today in class.  These are a great way to help children engage in conversation with their parents, so I encourage you to use them at home!  Today, we used them to come up with things for which we are thankful, but they can be used for almost any conversation (see below for conversation starter ideas).  All you need to do is find a central location in your home to keep the beads (I recommend the dining room table), then as your family sits together use the counting beads to help facilitate conversation.  For instance, you could ask your children to think of things for which they are thankful.  As they say each thing, they move one bead from the top down to the bottom, continuing to list things until all the beads are at the bottom.  Each child can use their own counting beads or you can pass one set of beads around the table, working together as a family.  The beads give the children something tactile to help develop their fine motor skills and anytime you can simultaneously pair more than one type of learning style (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) the impact is greater!

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Conversation Starters:

How did you share God’s love today?

Where did you see God today?

Who would you like to pray for today?

What makes you happy?

How do you know God loves you?

What do you love about your mom/dad/sibling etc.?

What gifts has God given you?

What are your favorite things God has created?

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Hope you have some great conversations with your kids!

Bubbles!

A few pictures from our last Wiggle Waggle Wednesday…

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take it home

Watching Your Speed

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Word of the Week:  Peace

Bible Verse:  Be still and know that I am God.  Proverbs 46:10

Story:  Mary & Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

Prayer:  Lord, I pray that I will not be too busy in my life, but that I will take time to focus on You.  Help me to take time everyday to pray and talk to You.  Help me to be excited about listening to Bible stories and going to church to learn about You.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: God is never too busy for us.  Are we ever too busy for him?  This stage of life is naturally busy which is why we must be intentional about spending time with God.  Giving God our time will help prioritize our never ending list of things to do!  Commit to giving God some time each day this week.

Toddlers:  This week spend time reading to your child out of a children’s Bible every day.  If you don’t have one, see Pastor Ryanne and she will give you one!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Get a stopwatch and time how long it takes your son or daughter to do the following tasks:  1) jump up and down 25 times.  2) say the ABC’s 3) run from the kitchen to his/her bedroom and back 4) make their bed.  Then talk to them about how fast they were doing those things.  Tell them that it is good to be fast, but God says it is also good to slow down and take time to pray.  Then pray with your child, thanking God for them!

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