1 hour

Would you be willing to give our Bright Beginnings kids one hour of your time this summer?

Every summer we give our regular Bright Beginnings volunteers the summer off so that they can prayerfully consider their commitment for the upcoming school year.

This is huge on a number of levels; it helps provide consistency because our volunteers have a defined starting and ending time to their commitment (they don’t feel like they have to serve until Jesus returns or until they muster up the courage to tell me they are done, or just stop showing up, all of which happen without a defined ending time), it encourages our volunteers to pray about their ministry at JaxNaz which means they are serving in Bright Beginnings because they feel called to Bright Beginnings and desire to be there (which makes Bright Beginnings so much more than just an hour of babysitting), it helps our volunteers feel supported and appreciated, it gives them a break (because everyone needs a break from time to time, even if you are serving within your passion area), and it gives members of our church body and parents an opportunity to experience Bright Beginnings.

Who wouldn’t want to help make all that good stuff possible?

It takes around 400 volunteers to cover Bright Beginnings for the summer.  Summer Serve starts this Sunday and we currently need about 100 more volunteers.

If you are one of the 300 people who have already signed up to help this summer, THANK YOU!  If not, would you consider giving us one hour of your time to help make Summer Serve possible?

We make it really easy for you; you can pick your date, your service (9:30 am or 11:15 am) and the age of children you would like to serve.  If you don’t know your summer schedule yet, that’s fine too.  We’ll work with you over the summer to find a date that works for you!

This is a great opportunity for families to serve together, for parents of children in Bright Beginnings to not only experience their child’s class but to say “thank you” to their child’s teacher, and for people who are considering serving in Bright Beginnings on a regular basis to “give it a try.”

I promise I will not keep anyone’s name and number to call when we are short on help.  Once you have served you are done.  No strings attached!

So please consider helping us out.

This summer is especially important because I will be on maternity leave during July and August and want to make sure the volunteers who are graciously stepping up to keep Bright Beginnings running in my absence have plenty of help each week.

So as the kids said, “What are you waiting for?!”

If you are willing to give us one hour this summer, give me a call (517-782-7084 ext. 301) or shoot me an e-mail (ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com) and I’ll get you set up.

Thanks so much and we’ll see you this summer!

ryannesig

 

take it home | 05.29

Series Bible Verse:  2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Character Element of the Week: Kindness

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Science Experiment:  Magnets & Static Electricity

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Story: The Good Samaritan  (Luke 10:25-37)

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Bible Verse: “…and to your service for God, add KINDNESS”  2 Peter 1:7a

Prayer: Dear God, Help me to think about others and to be kind to them.  Help my words and actions help others, not hurt them.  Help me to see opportunities where I can share Your love and kindness to the people around me.  Amen

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Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Bake some cookies with your children this week and help them make some cards, then deliver them to someone who needs some love and encouragement.

Birth – Age 2: All parents want their children to be kind.  When you see your child sharing, playing well with others, or being friendly, be sure to them then know by verbally praising them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Talk with your children about their friends (from church, daycare, school, etc.).  Remind them to be kind to others, especially when they see a child hurt or crying or who may be left out.  Give them concrete, practical things they can do, such as allowing others to go first, inviting others to play with them, offering to share their toy, etc.

 

service project | planting flowers

Thanks to everyone who helped plant flowers on Sunday!

They look great!

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Special thanks to Beck’s Flower Shop & Gardens for their help in selecting flowers and for the donation of the markers.

reminder!

Reminder to Send Your Child in Play Clothes Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, your child will be given the opportunity to put last weeks’ lesson into action!

Our friends in the Garden, Backyard and K-Street will be working together to complete a service project at church by planting flowers outside Bright Beginnings.

So, please make sure to dress your children in “flower planting clothes” next week as we very well may get a little dirty!

The flower planted by your child will be marked with their name so that they can help give it a drink each week, watch it grow over the summer and know that their service to God helped make our church grounds beautiful!

See you in the morning!

FLOWERS

lids for kids | community event

Just an opportunity you might be interested in.  Thanks Aaron Warren for sharing!  Click on the link for the details:

Lids for Kids Flyer

 

wednesday nights in may

Here’s what we’re learning about this month on Wednesday nights in Bright Beginnings!

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Story: The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 3)

Bible Verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5

Theme SongTrust in the Lord (click on #7 to hear the song)

To do @ Home:

  • Take your child/ren on a trust walk; blindfold them, then lead them by the hand throughout your house or around your yard. Make sure to go over obstacles (perhaps some pillows on the floor), up and down stairs and around corners.  Once you are finished, ask your children about their experience.  How did they feel?  How hard was it to trust you to guide them?  Explain that even though we cannot see Him, we can always trust God to lead us!
  • Help your child write this month’s Bible verse on a piece of paper and keep it at your table (they can even decorate it with colors or stickers). Take time to read it together before a meal each day!

Hope to see you tonight!

take it home | 05.15 (and special note)

Series Bible Verse:  2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Character Element of the Week: Service for God

Science Experiment:  Making Goop!

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Story:  Nehemiah  (Nehemiah 2:1-6:16)

Bible Verse:  “…and to your patience, add SERVICE FOR GOD”  2 Peter 1:6c

Prayer: Dear God, You have done so much for me.  Help me to serve You by helping others.  Help me to see when others have a need and to do something about it.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Is there another parent you know that could use a night out this week?  Give them a call and offer to watch their children.  Your children will love the extra playmates and you’ll be modeling “service to others” to your children.

Birth – Age 2: Even young children can help out at home.  Instead of doing all the chores for them, invite them to help you with simple tasks such as putting their cup in the sink, throwing away their own diaper, helping to pick up toys, putting clean clothes away, etc.  It will most likely take more time, but they will love helping you and the seeds you are planting are worth it!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Do your children help out with chores at home?  If not, start with a few simple chores such as making their bed (it doesn’t need to be perfect), helping set the table, sweeping after meals (again, perfection is not the goal), etc.  Make it fun and remind your child that when they are serving their family, they are serving God.

SPECIAL NOTE

Next Sunday, your child will be given the opportunity to put this weeks’ lesson into action!

Our friends in the Garden, Backyard and K-Street will be working together to complete a service project at church by planting flowers outside Bright Beginnings.

So, please make sure to dress your children in “flower planting clothes” next week as we very well may get a little dirty!

The flower planted by your child will be marked with their name so that they can watch it grow over the summer and know that their service to God helped make our church grounds beautiful!FLOWERS

take it home | 05.08

Series Bible Verse:  2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Character Element of the Week: Patience

Science Experiment:  Making Butter!

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The children had to practice their patience to turn cream into butter!

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Then they were able to eat it on toast!

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Story:  Joshua and the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-26)

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Working together to build a wall…

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Marching seven times around the wall, then blowing their trumpets and shouting to knock it down!

Bible Verse: “…and to your self-control, add PATIENCE” 2 Peter 1:6b

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that You are patient with me.  Help me to be patient with others around me.  Help me to know Your purposes in my life so that I can be patient in obeying You.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Sometimes it is so hard to have patience when you have young children!  Your children learn by watching you, so pray for God to give you an abundance of patience.  The next time your child desires to complete a task independently, take a deep breath, stop, and allow your child time.  (Then give a high five and hugs of course)!

Birth – Age 2: Young children have a very limited concept of time; however, introducing “one more minute” can be a helpful tool.  Start using a timer (or simply announce “one more minute”) one before it’s time to clean up toys, come to dinner, share a toy etc.  As your children age, you can increase the time increments and they will begin to understand patience when they learn they sometimes have to wait.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Children this age often want to know “what the plan is” and how many more days until it happens!  This is a great opportunity to teach and encourage patience.  The next time your child is looking forward to an upcoming event, find some way to count down each day with your child (make a paper chain, make a sticker chart, cross off each day on the calendar, etc.).  Remind them that they are practicing their patience until the day arrives.

lily’s voice

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“Happy Mother’s Day!” is a sentiment shared by many with sincere intentions to acknowledge mothers on their special day; however, those words can bring about pain and sorrow in the deepest, most private places of a mother’s heart who has suffered loss.

Lily’s Voice is a new ministry at JaxNaz Church that was born out of such sorrow, pain and loss in an effort to bring about healing, beauty and joy.  It is a ministry and support group for parents, grandparents and other family members who are grieving the death of their pre-born or newly-born child.  It doesn’t matter if your loss was a week ago, a month ago, a year ago or 50 years ago; if you feel you still need a chance to grieve the loss of your baby, this ministry is for you.

Among other things, Lily’s Voice will gather for support and encouragement every second Sunday of the month from 5:30-7pm in Room 117 at JaxNaz Church (due to the nature of the group and the pain of loss, we ask that no one bring children with them).

This means the very first meeting of Lily’s Voice will take place on Mother’s Day and we believe that was God ordained!  If you are dreading hearing those words tomorrow because of a loss that you have had, please consider coming tomorrow night.  You don’t have to grieve alone!  As Christ-followers, we believe that life begins at conception and we feel that it is important to grieve even the shortest of lives.  Please join with others who understand what you are going through.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact

Ryanne Johnston:  ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com or 517-782-7084 ext. 301

or

Rebekah Moilanen : rebekah.moilanen@cmjackson.org

take it home | 05.01

Series Bible Verse:  2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Character Element of the Week: Self-Control

Science Experiment:  Rainbows

Story:  Noah & the Ark (Genesis 6:9-9-:15)

Bible Verse:  “…and to your knowledge, add SELF-CONTROL” 2 Peter 1:6a

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that You have control over everything that happens.  You have a purpose for everything and everyone.  Help me to have self-control to do the right things.  Also, help me to have self-control so I will not hurt others with my actions or words.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Write down one area in your life that needs self-control.  Ask God to help you!

Birth – Age 2: Young children often use their bodies to get attention by crying, hitting, poking, scratching and grabbing.  When these times arise, it’s an opportunity to teach them about self-control.  Use phrases like, “Use your words,” “What do you need?” and “Let’s share.”

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Playing a card or board game is a great way to practice self-control!  Play one with your child this week and encourage self-control by helping everyone take turns and be good sports.  When the game is finished, have everyone give high fives and say “good game”!