take it home | 01.31

Word of the Week:  SHARE

Recipe We Made in Class:  Trail Mix to Share!

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Bible Verse:  “Share what you have with others.”  Romans 12:13

Story:  Joseph (Genesis 47:11-13)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for all the food that You provide for me and my family.  I am so glad that I never have to go hungry.  Help me to have a kind and caring heart so that I can share with others.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  What is God asking you to share?  Time?  Money?  Faith?  Friendship?  Belongings?  Talents?  Ask Him this week and then be willing to obey!

Birth – Age 2:  Talk with your child often about sharing.  Whether it be with family members, or others, remind them that “we share in our family.”  Purposefully give them opportunities to share with siblings or other children (split a snack, share a toy, take turns, etc.)

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Make a meal or bake a special treat and take it to someone who has a need, an elderly person, a new neighbor, someone who has a new baby or someone who has been ill.  While you are baking together, talk with your child about sharing with others.  The recipes below would be perfect for sharing!

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired pretzels with the word SHARE, so every time your child eats a pretzels, you can remind them that God wants us to share with others! 

Here are two fun (who doesn’t love smashing cookies in a bag?!), simple (just a few ingredients!) recipes using pretzels for you to try with your little chefs at home!

(click on the pictures to get the recipes)

SWEET

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OR SAVORY

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We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

take it home | 01.24

Word of the Week:  RELY

Recipe We Made in Class:  Strawberry Shortcake (with angel food cake to remind us of the angel in our story)

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Bible Verse:  “We know and need God’s love.”  1 John 4:16

Story:  Elijah and the Angel (1 Kings 19:1-18)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for always being with me.  I know You care about  me and will take care of me.  You will always be there to help me through everything.  Help me to learn and believe Your promises.  Give me the strength that I need when I am afraid.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  The Bible is filled with God’s promises.  Choose one (you can look on up using the index in the back of your Bible), write it down, and meditate on it this week.

Birth – Age 2:  Children learn about relying on God when they rely on you.  They quickly know what to expect from you and what is expected of them (though they will test you and push limits!).  If you haven’t already, develop a consistent time when you pray with your child (bedtime and meals times are a great place to start).  Your child will begin to rely on these times.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Look out the window together on your next car ride and talk about what you see that reminds you of God’s love and provision.  Remind your child that they can always rely on God!

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired strawberries with the word RELY, so every time your child eats a strawberry, you can remind them that they can RELY on God! 

Here are two simple, healthy strawberry recipes for you to try with your little chefs at home!

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If you try them, let us know how they turned out and share some pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

take it home | 01.17

Word of the Week:  TRUST

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Recipe We Made in Class:  Bread Paint

 

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

Story:  Elijah and the Drought (1 Kings 17:1-9)

Prayer:  Dear God, I am glad that You are so much bigger than I am.  You know all about my life.  You see everything that goes on around me.  You know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone.  I am glad that I believe in You.  Help me to trust You more each day.  Amen

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Trust & Worry Can’t Mix!

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Write down 3 situations in which you need to trust God right now in your life.  Every time you start to worry about them this week, commit them to prayer.

Birth – Age 2:  You are modeling your trust in Jesus each time you pray. Your child will learn that you are looking to God for help, guidance, strength and wisdom as they hear your prayers.  Make mealtime and bedtime prayers important as well as all throughout the day.  Intentionally allow your child to hear you talk to Jesus.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Play a trust-building game as a family.  Blindfold one person, then have another person lead them around the house on a trust walk (take them around furniture, over and under items, up and down stairs, etc).  After the trust walk ask them questions such as, “How did it feel to not be able to see where you were going?”  “How much did you have to trust your guide?”  “In real life, do you always know what is going to happen next?”  “Who can you trust to guide you through life?”

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired bread with the word TRUST, so every time your child eats bread, you can remind them that they can TRUST God! 

Here is a simple, fun bread recipe for you to try with your little chefs at home!

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We’d love to have you share pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

take it home | 01.10

Word of the Week:  OBEY

Recipe We Made in Class (with a few alterations):  Apple Delights

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Bible Verse:  “To love God means we obey Him.”  1 John 5:3

Story:  Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24)

Prayer:  Dear God, I am glad that You have given me the freedom to make my own choices.  Please help me to know right from wrong and choose to do those things that are right.  This week, give me a desire to obey You by listening to my parents and obeying them.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Is there something God has been asking you to do?  Be an example for your family and obey Him today!

Birth – Age 2:  It can be challenging to notice when your child is making the right choice.  The wrong choices seem to get our attention much more quickly. This week, make an effort to notice all the right choices that are made and praise your child for them.  It may be as simple as getting in the car seat, sitting at the dinner table, holding your hand while crossing the street, or sitting in the grocery cart nicely.  Encourage your child with words, hugs, smiles, and high fives!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Play Simon Says together this week.  Talk about how hard it can be to listen and do what Simon says.  Remind your children that obeying what God asks us to do is the most important choice we can make each day!

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired apples with the word OBEY, so every time your child eats an apple, you can remind them that God wants them to OBEY! 

Here are a couple of fun apple recipes for you to try with your little chefs at home!

If you like to play with your food, try these fun, easy creations:

turtles

find the recipe here

car

find the recipe here

structure

find the recipe here

Or, if you prefer to mix, measure and follow a recipe with your child, try this one…you can’t go wrong with apple crisp and there are simple, fun steps your child will love doing (plus only five ingredients)!

apple crisp

find the recipe here

We’d love to have you share pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

 

 

 

 

 

starting tomorrow!

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Over the next two months we are going to grab our aprons and cook up some tasty tidbits for spiritual nourishment.  Together we’ll measure out the ingredients to obey, trust, rely, share, listen, recognize, and remember right from God’s own recipe book, the Bible.  Check out this blog each week to find recipes the whole family can make together to help baked these truths into your hearts!

January 10th:  OBEY

“To love God means we obey Him.”  I John 5:3

 January 17th:  TRUST

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  Proverbs 3:5

January 24th:  RELY

“We know and need God’s love.”  I John 4:16a

January 31st:  SHARE

“Share what you have with others.”  Romans 12:13

February 7th:  LISTEN

“Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”  James 1:19

February 14th:  RECOGNIZE

“My people know and follow me.”  John 10:27

February 21st:  REMEMBER

“I remember your name, O Lord.”  Psalm 119:55

February 28th:  FEED

“Feed the hungry and help others.”  Isaiah 58:10

* We will be cooking a special snack to go along with the lesson each week.  If your child has any food allergies, restrictions, diet preferences, or if you would just like to be notified of the snack prior to each Sunday please contact Ryanne Johnston (517-782-7084 ext. 301 or ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com).  We will be happy to make arrangements/alterations so that your child can still participate in both the cooking and eating of snack each week!

See you all tomorrow!

 

Wednesday Nights in January

Story:  David (1 Samuel 16 – 2 Samuel 7)  God Chooses David to be King, Samuel Anoints David, David & Goliath, David the King

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Bible Verse: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

With Motions:  “Man (point away from you) looks (hand on forehead as if looking in the distance for something) at the outward appearance (grab your clothes), but God (point up) looks (hand on forehead as if looking in the distance for something) at the heart (hand over heart).”  1 Samuel 16:7

Theme Songs:  (ask your children to show you the motions!)

I’ve Got the Joy Down in My Heart

 

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Jesus Wants Us To Be Friends

Simple Activity @ Home

Grab two bags, one a plain brown one and the other a fancy gift bag. In the plain brown one, place your child’s favorite snack food. In the gift bag, place your child’s least favorite food. During snack time, let your child choose and open each bag. While eating the snack, talk to your child about how it only mattered what was on the inside of the bag, not how it looked on the outside. Read the bible story of how God chooses David to be king and how God looked at what was in David’s heart not what was on the outside. Here’s some questions to ask afterwards:

  • What do you think is important to God?
  • Why are you special to God?
  • Do you pay attention to the appearance of others or to their heart?
  • I wonder what it looks like to pay attention to the heart.

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