take it home | 02.28

Word of the Week:  FEED

Recipe We Made in Class:  Soft Pretzels with Salt

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

Story:  Salt of the Earth  (Matthew 5:13)

Prayer: Dear God, Thank You for all the You have done for me.  Help me to show Your ways to others around me.  Show me how I can make a difference to help others.  Help me to find someone who needs “joy seasoning” in their life and encourage them with my words.  I want to be able to feed others the way that You have fed me with Your love.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  The next time you order food at a drive-through, pay for the car behind you.  You’ll be living out this week’s lesson for your child!

Birth – Age 2:  A servant’s heart starts at home; encourage your child to help with simple tasks around the house such as pulling the clothes out of the dryer, putting their shoes away, throwing away a piece of trash, bringing their plate to the sink…any simple task!  When they do thank them for their help.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  There are many “kid-friendly” opportunities through the compassionate ministries at our church for your family to serve together.  Discuss your options as a family and pick one to do this week!  If you need help finding a good fit for your family contact Terry Williams (terrywilliams@jaxnaz.com) and he will be glad to help you.

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 salt with the word FEED every time your child eats something salty, you can remind them that God wants us to be kind and share what we have with others! 

Try out this simple soft pretzel recipe this week.  It’s quick and simple and your children will love making different shapes and letters with the dough!

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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 | 02.21

Word of the Week:  REMEMBER

Recipe We Made in Class:  Caramel Corn

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

Story:  The Passover  (Matthew 26:17-28)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross.  I know that He died for all the wrong things I have done.  Please forgive me for all those wrong things.  I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever.  Help me to always remember what You have done for me.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Take a moment this week to sit down with your children and look over old family photos or home videos.  Share some memories with your children and remember to thank God for His blessings!

Birth – Age 2:  Play “Hide the Doll” with your child:  Have you child cover their eyes and count to ten (together) while you hide the doll (or any other toy).  Have them find the doll, then repeat, hiding the doll in the same place every time.  When your child finds the doll praise them for remembering where the doll was hidden!  This will help them come to understand the meaning of the word “remember.”

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Help your child REMEMBER the Bible verse this week!

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 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 popcorn with the word REMEMBER, so every time your child eats popcorn, you can remind them that God wants us to know remember Him! 

Try out one of these popcorn recipes this week, then have a family movie night!

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

Happy Cooking!

take it home | 02.14

Word of the Week:  RECOGNIZE

Recipe We Made in Class:  S’Mores!

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

Story:  Jesus and the Disciples (John 21:1-14)

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I am glad that You love me no matter what.  Help me to always recognize Your ways so that I can make good decisions.  Just as sheep follow their shepherd, give me a desire to want to follow you.  I want to give my heart to You and follow You every day.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  You can recognize your child’s voice, laughter, cry (even cough!) because you know them so well.  God wants you to know Him even more intimately than you know your child!  Spend some time this week in prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you.

Birth – Age 2:  As you are riding in the car this week, play children’s Christian music about God’s love for your child.  The Bible tells us children can sense the Holy Spirit, even in the womb, so it’s never too early to help your children recognize His presence!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Look at some baby pictures together as a family.  Do you recognize each person as a baby?  Talk about how even though we can’t see God, we can recognize Him!

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Oh my!  We had fun, but we will not be making S’Mores in the Garden for a very long time ever again.  And we apologize for sending our Backyard friends out the door second service with an ooey-gooey, super sugary, sticky messy snack right before lunch!  Sometimes the hour just doesn’t go quite as planned.  Sometimes you don’t know until you try it.  Thanks for understanding!

 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 marshmallows with the word RECOGNIZE, so every time your child eats a marshmallow, you can remind them that God wants us to know Him so well that we’d recognize Him anywhere! 

Try out this awesome marshmallow paint recipe this week!

(for full instructions, check out this website)

We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen (or of their marshmallow paint masterpieces!) on our facebook page.

Happy Cooking (and painting)!

ryannesig

a note from ryanne | starting small with lent

Last year I was given a Lent calendar by my mentor, Lori Tate (shameless plug here…if you are looking to take your relationship with God deeper, I highly recommend checking out Soul Dig!).  I didn’t really think much of it because honestly, Lent was a relatively new concept for me until about five years ago, and even then, it wasn’t something I thought about practicing with my young children.  I mean, I’d heard of it in high school; I had Catholic friends who gave up chocolate every year, but it didn’t become something more until I started attending JaxNax and learned how Lent can be a personal journey that prepares your heart for the miracle of Easter and grows your relationship with God.

And who wouldn’t want that for their children?

So I figured why not try out the Lent calendar.

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and did our best to check off each day.  We talked about why people choose to give up things during Lent and prayed about what we might give up ourselves.

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We made a prayer list; I wrote down exactly what my children said and we prayed for strangers to stay safe, dogs not to get hit by cars and children to follow directions.

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We opened our Bible and read scripture, learned new things about Lenten traditions and historical religious leaders, memorized a Psalm, did secret acts of kindness, and most importantly began a conversation about the miracle of Easter and how it impacts every single day of our lives.

And that’s what starting small is all about.

Taking small steps with your children, while they are young, to facilitate conversation, encourage questions and begin dialogue that will weave Jesus into every aspect of their lives so that Jesus becomes a part of who they are and not just someone they hear about at church.

This calendar is a perfect tool to start small and that is why we wanted to make it available to all of you this year!  We’ve handed them out at our recent Sticky Faith event and to our Backyard and K-Street friends last Sunday and Wednesday.  If you’ve received one, I highly recommend hanging it up and giving it a try.  I know your days are already full of to-do lists, reading logs, homework assignments, sports practices and school newsletters, but this is so much more important than all those temporal things.  It’s alright if you don’t get to every day.  It’s alright if some days don’t seem to make much sense to your children.  Know that you are planting seeds and that God will bless your efforts.

So join us this year and start something small that will impact your children for eternity!

* I have a few calendars left, so if you haven’t received one and would like one, please leave a comment or let me know at church and I will be happy to get one to you.

ryannesig

 

 

 

Lent in Bright Beginnings

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Dear Parents,

Lent has become one of my most anticipated seasons.  When you spend weeks preparing your heart and mind and soul to relive the death and resurrection of Jesus, Easter isn’t just one special Sunday that goes as quickly as it came anymore!  It becomes an entire season in which we focus on REPENTANCE (not just the forgiveness of our sins, but a changing of directions; allowing God to change our thinking, actions, attitudes…), SORROW (not just the deep sorrow of Christ’s death on the cross for us but the journey toward Jerusalem, the foreboding days before the Last Supper, and the sorrow we all experience), and YEARNING (not just a yearning for change but for the liberation that comes in both the birth and resurrection of Christ!).

So, what better time than during this season of intentional focus is there to teach our kids the prayer the Lord has asked us to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Will you join us?

This will be our fourth Lenten season during which we will commit to learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings.  It is such a joy to watch our children put this prayer into their hearts and know that it will stay with them into adulthood.  On the back is the breakdown of when we will be learning each part of the prayer.  Hang this in a central location in your home and commit to helping your child learn this prayer over Lent!

Week of February 10th:  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Week of February 17h:  10 Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Week of February 24th:   11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Week of March 2nd:  And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

Week of March 9th:  13 Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.

Week of March 16th:  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

If your child already knows The Lord’s Prayer, that is wonderful!  Spend some time each week praying the prayer together and talking about what each part means as we learn it in Bright Beginnings.  We will also be learning The Lord’s Prayer in sign language again this year to help our little ones remember the words.  Check out this video to see the signs we’ll be learning so that you can practice at home!

 

 

 

 

 

take it home | 02.07

Word of the Week:  LISTEN

Recipe We Made in Class:  Tasty Fish Bowl

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

Story:  Jesus, Peter, James & John (Luke 5:1-11)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for the Bible.  I am glad that I can learn all about You.  Please help me to listen at church and to my parents at home so that I can learn even more.  I am glade that You always listen to me when I talk to You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  As you listen to your children this week, intentionally make eye contact.  Notice how their eyes light up with expression when they know they have your full attention!

Birth – Age 2:  Story time is a great time to practice listening.  Read a story and praise them for listening well.  give them opportunities to identify pictures, colors, shapes, etc. as you listen to them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Hang a blank piece of paper on your refrigerator and every time your child listens to your instruction this week, give them a sticker to put on their paper (or make a star with a crayon).  Challenge them to see how many stickers they can get!

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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 fish with the word LISTEN, so every time your child eats fish, you can remind them to listen! 

I know fish is not a beloved food in every household, so this week, I have decided to give you two of our favorite fish dinner recipes for you to try in hopes of winning you over!  Fish is so quick and easy to prepare and it’s good for you too.  The following two recipes have won the approval of all four of my boys, big and little, and they have simple steps that your kids can help you do.  Often times, when children help prepare the dinner, they are more likely to try it, even if it’s fish!

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Honey & Pecan Glazed Salmon

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

Happy Cooking!

ryannesig