did you know?

Did you know we have a class on Sunday mornings specifically for kindergartners?

We do!

It’s called K-Street & it meets during the 11:15 service every Sunday.


Did you know these crazy kiddos are memorizing the books of the Bible over the course of this year in K-Street?


They are!

And do you know why?

Because kindergartners are smart.  They are big kids and they can do big things.  We are teaching them that all those stories they have been reading in their Beginner’s Bibles (the ones with lots of pictures and not a lot of words) are the same stories that are in their parent’s Bibles (the ones with lots of words and not a lot of pictures).  We want them to know there’s so much more to God’s Word and help them transition into their next Bible by giving them the tools to be able to look up scripture.

So, every week of this year, they will be rockin’ out to this song:

Go ahead, play it at home, and help your entire family memorize the books of the Bible!

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Extreme Saying of the Week:  Don’t Love Money  (“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  Mark 10:25

Bible Verse:  “Love of money causes trouble.”  1 Timothy 6:10

Story:  The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-22)

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I want You to be number one in my life.  Help me learn how to be content with what I have so that I will not always want more toys and things.  Help me to think about money in a way that pleases You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: As I was preparing this lesson, I couldn’t help but think how much I needed to hear it too!  Our children see what we buy, when we buy it and how freely we give what’s ours to others How in love are we with our stuff?  How in love are we with our money?  Are we willing to give any of it away at any time?  It’s always helpful for me to remember that everything we have has been given to me by God.  He’s entrusted me and blessed me with it and I am simply asked to use it to glorify Him, and that may mean using it for a time, then giving it to someone else.  What a freeing way to live!

Toddlers:  Children this age are, by nature, very self-centered.  You can help change that focus by encouraging sharing all the time!  When you are playing with your child ask “May I have a turn please?”  When they offer it up to you say “Thank You!” and after you have played with the toy then say “It’s your turn!”  Modeling how to share at an early age will help being to shape giving hearts.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Take some time this week to talk with your child/ren about something they would like to give to someone in need.  There are many community agencies that are always taking donations, or you can bring them to our very own food pantry or clothing closet.  They could help pick out one of their toys, an article of clothing, or food from your cupboards.

Our friends in the Backyard took some time to think about what they have that they could give to someone else, and then were asked to draw about it.

img-922131605-0001Guess what this child is willing to give away?  🙂

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Extreme Saying of the Week:  You Can Move a Mountain!  (I can guarantee this truth:  If your faith is the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20)


Bible Verse:  Faith proves what we cannot see.  Hebrews 11:1

Story:  Noah & the Ark (Genesis 6:14-22)


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Prayer: Dear Jesus, please help my faith in you grow.  As my faith grows, so will my hope.  I want to believe in you and trust You for everything in my life.  I want to have faith to do the impossible things for You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Building faith in God takes a life time.  It is not something we receive instantly, in full.  The more you learn about God through prayer, devotional time, worship and church, the more you know God and trust Him.  Pray for God to strengthen your faith this week, then be prepared to grow!  It may be in something small such as having the confidence to invite a friend to church, standing up for a friend, or doing the right thing when you are tempted to do something else, or it may be something life changing that you wouldn’t be able to get through without God’s help.  When you take the time daily to get to know God more, you can have faith that He will walk with you through those life changing times.

Toddlers:  Our story this week was about Noah and the ark.  Help your child retell this story this week by adding simple motions; have your child “hammer” when Noah is building the ark, pretend to be different animals as they are loading the ark, make the storm by tapping on their legs for rain, stomping their feet for thunder, and rocking back and forth in the boat!  Remind your child that Noah had faith in God and God took care of Noah.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Play “minefield” this week to teach your child about faith.  Scatter different objects in an indoor or outdoor space, then blindfold your child and have him/her try to get from one end to the other without           touching any objects simply by listening to your verbal cues.  After you’ve played, take a moment to talk with your child about what it means to have “faith.”

annual bright beginnings volunteer picnic

Thanks to all who came out tonight.  It was a great evening!  Praying God’s blessings on everything we do in Bright Beginnings this year.

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wednesday nights in bright beginnings | september

Summer is officially over (well, at least that’s what school says)!

We wrapped up our Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays are are jumping back into the classics on Wednesday nights in Bright Beginnings.  Take a look at what your children will be learning this month:


Story:  David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

Bible Verse:  “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Theme SongThis Little Light of Mine  (ok, maybe not this exact rendition)

Conversation Starters @ Home:

  • Why do you think God chose David to fight Goliath?
  • I wonder how David felt as he prepared to fight Goliath.
  • What do you think made David so brave and strong?
  • What is something you need God to help you do?

it’s picnic time!

It’s time for our annual Bright Beginnings Volunteer Picnic!DSC08453

If you volunteer in Bright Beginnings, we’d love to have you join us THIS Sunday, September 13th at 5:00 pm at Rod Mills Park.   Chicken, drinks and table service will be provided; all you need to do is bring your family, a passing dish and RSVP ASAP to ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com or 517-782-7084 ext. 1208.

Here are some photos from our 2013 Picnic:

(last year I was a little too preoccupied caring for my week old baby at the picnic to snap any photos, but you’ll get the idea!)
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Hope to see you there!

thank you | welcome back!

Welcome Back Volunteers!


We’re so excited to see you!

Thank you to all the people who helped to make Summer Serve possible.

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And thank you to all the people who have committed to serving in Bright Beginnings for this school year.  You are planting seeds of truth into the lives of these children, and for that, we are thankful!

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Extreme Saying of the Week:  Forgive Everyone  (But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failures.  Matthew 6:15)001(Liam experiencing the “weight” of unforgiveness)

Bible Verse:  Forgive everyone.  Colossians 3:31a

Story:  The person who wouldn’t forgive.  (Matthew 18:23-35)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad that you always forgive me when I do wrong things.  Please help me to forgive others when they do something wrong to me.  Help me to follow your example of forgiving everyone, not just the people I want to.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Is there someone in your life you need to forgive?  Parents lead by example and your children are watching!  Make that phone call or write that letter today.

Babies & Toddlers:  Take each day this week to give your child a big hug and tell them something you love about them, making it different each day.  Your children will be more likely to experience God’s love and offer forgiveness to others when they know they are unconditionally loved by you!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: It’s great to teach your children to say “I’m sorry” when they’ve wronged someone; however, it’s also great to teach them to forgive when someone has wronged them.  Make it a habit in your home to say “I forgive you” when someone says “I’m sorry” to you.  Forgiveness is a process that we need God’s help to accomplish, but we can train our children to have hearts that respond with forgiveness.

(The “Forgiveness Cards” the children made this week in the Backyard and K-Street are for them to give to someone that needs their forgiveness…someone that hurt their feelings or wouldn’t share with them….)

and the winner is…

The Blue Team!


Both teams did a great job wearing their team color, bringing friends, playing games and memorizing scriptures all summer!


Another fun summer of Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays has come to an end!


We’ll see you this Wednesday as we head back to the classics with David & Goliath!

it’s party time!

It’s time for our end of the summer Wiggle Waggle Wednesday party!  Which team ended up with the most points?  Come tonight to find out!