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Bug of the Week:  Grasshopper  God made all the bugs in the world!  Just like the grasshopper has to prepare before he leaps in the air, we need to prepare our hearts to learn about God.

Bible Verse:  “Be prepared for action.”  1 Peter 1:13

Story:  John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I know that You have a plan for the world and even me.  I need to be ready to learn more about You.  Help me to start making good decisions.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Are you prepared for action?  God asks us to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15).  This comes from having a relationship with God and trusting that He will not only give you opportunities to share your faith with others, but the words to do so as well.  If you don’t already, be intentional about taking some time each day this week to talk with God.  Ask Him to give you an opportunity to share your faith or encourage someone, then expect awesome things!   .

Toddlers:  You can teach your child about being prepared. The next time you need to leave the house, talk to your child about all the things you need to bring: sippy cup, snack, extra clothes, diapers, wipes, keys, toys, etc. Then have them help you gather the items you’ll need and pack them in the diaper bag.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Allow your child to help you set the table for a meal.  Explain to them that they are helping you prepare for the meal.  While you are eating the meal talk with your child about how important it was to prepare the table for the meal and how hard/silly it would be to eat without any plates or silverware or glasses.  Teach them as important it is prepare the table, it is even more important to prepare our hearts and minds to learn from God!  The more they learn about God, the more they will understand that God has a plan for them and the world around them.

our next series…

We’ll be starting a new series tomorrow in Bright Beginnings:


In this series we’ll take a look at some of the creatures God created as we learn why He created us!  We’ll discover that God created each of us with a purpose for worship, fellowship, discipleship, service and evangelism.  Join us as we crawl, hop and fly along learning new Bible verses and exciting Bible stories!

October 25th Be Prepared (the Grasshopper)  “Be prepared for action”  1 Peter 1:13

November 1st:  God Made Me Special with a Purpose (the Dragonfly)  “God made us to do good works.”  Ephesians 2:10

November 8th:  Discipleship (the Butterfly)  “Your attitude should be like Jesus.”  Philippians 2:5

November 15th:  Service (the Ant)  “Use your gifts to serve others.”  1 Peter 4:10

November 22nd:  Celebrate (the Ladybug)  “Let’s celebrate!”  Luke 15:23b

See you tomorrow!

did you know?

Did you know we have an interactive playgroup for parents and their children here at JaxNaz?

We do!

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We have partnered with Early On of Jackson County to host the Toy Talker Playgroup every 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning in Bright Beginnings from 10am-11:30am and everyone is welcome to attend!004006

The group gives adults an opportunity to get together to discuss parenting with other adults while children have a chance to socialize. A variety of child development topics are discussed as parents and children learn through different activities including songs, movement activities, messy arts & craft projects and more!

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But wait.

There’s more!


Beginning tomorrow,  Kindermusik will be joining us during our playgroup!  Kindermusik is generally open to the public for a fee; however, this six week program is free to our Toy Talker families at JaxNaz!  (This session of Kindermusik is paid for by a grant from the Jackson Community Foundation)

If you are planning on attending tomorrow morning, please call or e-mail Holly at Parent Education & Resource Center: 998-3097 or hollyp@disabilityconnect.org to register your child.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ryanne Johnston @ 517.782.7084 ext. 301, ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com

See you tomorrow morning!

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Extreme Saying of the Week:  Be Perfect!

(““But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”  Matthew 5:48)

Bible Verse:  “Do what is right.”  2 Corinthians 8:21 GW

Story:  Abram & Lot (Genesis 13:2-18)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to grow and become more like You.  Help me to learn that I have choices and give me a desire to do the right things.  I want to know You better so that I can be more like you.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Have a popcorn and family movie night this week where you watch an old favorite from your childhood.  Take a minute to talk to your children about how you were a child once and share with them a favorite childhood memory.  Explain how God has helped you mature over the years and how reading your Bible and praying has helped you become more like Christ.  .

Birth-Age 2:  Play with a ball with your child this week.  As you pass the ball say, “It’s your turn!”  If you have more than one child, get them involved   encouraging them to give everyone a turn as you play.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Get out a board game this week and encourage your child to let you go first.  Remind them that God wants to make us more like Him and that means putting others first!

wednesday nights in october

Check out what we’ve been doing on Wednesdays nights this month in Bright Beginnings:


Story:  Daniel & the Lion’s Den (Daniel, Chapter 6)

Bible Verse:  “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”  Isaiah 41:10a

Theme Song:  I Will Hold on to Him  (Go Ahead.  Rock it out at home with your kids!)

Conversation starters @ Home:

  • Why do you think Daniel disobeyed the King’s new law?
  • I wonder how Daniel felt right before being thrown into the lion’s den.
  • What do you think made Daniel trust in God?
  • Where is God when you are scared?

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Extreme Saying of the Week:  Live in peace with everyone!

(“But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you.  When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek.”  Matthew 5:39)


Bible Verse:  “Live in peace.”  Romans 12:18a

Story:  David Hides in a Cave (1 Samuel 24:1-22)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me do my part to keep peace around me.  There will be times when I want to act in anger or get even, but help me to have the strength to be peaceful and show kindness instead.  Amen


“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: It can be extremely difficult at times to be a peaceful parent!  Pray for God to help you bring about peace in your home through your attitudes, words and actions.  Take a minute to think about what helps keep you calm, whether that means getting up early to make sure you have some time to yourself, reading, creating, exercising, cleaning (yes, cleaning works for some of us! 🙂 ), and then make sure to include those in your daily routine.  Don’t be afraid to give yourself a “time-out” when you are frustrated and know that simply getting silly (singing, dancing, laughing) can change attitudes quickly! .

Birth-Age 2:  Pray over your child this week that God will help them to live out Romans 12:18.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Peace is a hard for our little ones because most times it requires selflessness.  Choose this week to focus on peace in your family.  Talk with your child about what peace means, then act out some scenarios they might encounter at home or at school with their peace puppets that they made today in class (you might just have channel your inner child and join them with a sock puppet of your own!).  Give them a situation (for example: they are playing with their sibling and both children want the same block to complete their tower) then have your child act out both a peaceful resolution and a not so peaceful resolution to the scenario.  When those situations arise in real life, remind them of their peace puppet!

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Sarah Anderson & Charity Barriga you are the winners of our Parent’s Night Out tickets!  Thank you to all who expressed interest.  Enjoy!

free tickets!


A member of our church body graciously gave four tickets to the Parent’s Night Out with Dr. Randy Carlson event coming to Jackson THIS Saturday evening!

Take a look:

If you would like to attend, please leave a comment either on this blog post or on our Bright Beginnings facebook page and two winners (each winner will receive two tickets to the event) will be drawn Wednesday evening at 10 pm.

You can check out the event details by going to Experience Jackson.

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Extreme Saying of the Week:  Be a Servant to All  (He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, “Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else.”  Mark 9:35)

Bible Verse:  “Serve each other with humility.”  1 Peter 5:5

Story:  Jesus Washes the Disciple’s Feet (John 13:4-5 & 12-17)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for making us all different.  Help me to think of others and not just myself.  Show me ways that I can put other’s needs above my own by doing simple acts of service for them.  Help me not always want to be the first and best at everything, but to let others share the spotlight.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents:  Is there a friend in your life who is going through a rough time, is stressed or could just use an unexpected treat?  Have your children help you bake some goodies and make cards, then deliver them together to your friend.

Birth-Age 2:  Play the “sharing game” with your child.  Pick a favorite toy and say “It’s your turn!” and allow them to play for a moment, then say, “May I have a turn please?” and you play with it for a moment, giving lots of encouragement when they hand the toy over.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Help your child do a chore for another family member this week; perhaps help dry dishes, help fold laundry or take clean laundry to a sibling’s room and put it away, help wash or dry the car or clean up a sibling’s room.. Talk with your child about how it feels to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return.

  • If you have a child in the Backyard or K-Street, they filled out “service coupons” today in class.  Check out the bag they brought home and take advantage of those coupons this week!  You’ll get some extra help around the house and your children will be applying what they learned at church.  Win Win!

Our Garden friends served today by cleaning some of the toys and tables in their room.

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