what we’ve been up to | wednesday nights

Check out what we’ve been up to in January…

Working hard to memorize God’s Word.img_20170118_194643379img_20170118_194734169img_20170118_194820497

Playing games (and laughing, of course!).img_20170118_194656149

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Practicing our writing.img_20170118_194703970

Making a creation mural.

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Hope to see you next month!

take it home | 01.22

Extreme Sayings Series

Extreme Saying of the Week:  “Love Your Enemies!”

Lesson in a Word:  Love

Story:  Joseph (Genesis 37:1-28 & 45:4-5)

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Acting out the Bible Story

Bible Verse:  “Love each other.”  John 15:12

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help me to love others in the way that you love me.  It is easy to love my friends and family but help me to show love to those who are hard to love or that don’t like me.  Amen

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We want to be like “felt” not “sandpaper”

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Give your children extra hugs this week!  Reassure them of your love as you       interact with them through your words and physical touch.  Studies have shown that playful physical interaction such as tickling, wrestling, chasing and catching, etc. between a parent and child releases high levels or endorphins in the children and strengthens the parent/child bond.  So have fun this week and know that as you pour love into your child, you are showing them God’s love.  They will be much more likely to share love with others when they feel loved!

Birth – Age 2:  Tell your children you love them and everything that God wonderfully and uniquely created for them, then play “I love your…” with your child:  Say “I love your….nose!” and point to their nose, “I love your….ears!” and point to their ears, etc.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Remember that you can make “teachable moments” out of                 potentially negative situations.  Take some time to ask your child who they think an “enemy” might be.  It may be a girl who always makes faces at them or a boy who yells at them or pushes them for no reason.  Maybe it’s the kids who call them names.  Remind them that these are the kids Jesus asks us to love!  It’s not easy, but since Jesus said it in the Bible, we need to do it.  We can be extreme in our actions when we show love to others who hurt us.  The next time someone hurts your child, let them know it’s alright to feel hurt, then help them come up with a way they can show love to their “enemy.”   They can share a toy with them, or simply tell them “hello” the next time they see each other, or even have them over to play!

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starting tomorrow!

Our next series in Bright Beginnings:

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We are embarking on an awesome adventure as we learn some extreme sayings that Jesus made in the Bible!  We will go full throttle into each of the following sayings, discovering what they mean and learning how to apply them to our lives.  Over the next eight weeks we’ll be learning about loving, forgiving, having faith, establishing priorities, setting an example, serving others, being peaceful and acting wisely.

January 22nd:  Extreme Saying:  Love Your Enemies  (“Love each other.”  John 15:12)

January 29th:  Extreme Saying:  Forgive Everyone  (“Forgive everyone.”  Colossians 3:31a (CEV))

February 5th: Extreme Saying:  Let’s Move a Mountain!  (“Faith proves what we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1 (CEV))

February 12th:  Extreme Saying:  Don’t Love Money  (“Love of money causes trouble.”  1 Timothy 6:10a (CEV))

February 19th:  Extreme Saying:  Be Salt  (“Honor Christ.”  1 Peter 3:15)

February 26th:  Extreme Saying:   Be a Servant to All  (“Serve each other with humility.”  1 Peter 5:5b (GW))

March 5th:  Extreme Saying:  Live in Peace with Everyone  (“Live in peace.”  Romans 12:18a (NLT))

March 12th:  Extreme Saying:  Be Perfect  (“Do what it right.”  2 Corinthians 8:21 (GW))

See you tomorrow!

wednesdays in january

creation

Story:  Creation (Genesis Chapters 1:1-31 & 2:1-4)

Theme:  God

Bible Verse:  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1

SongsHe’s God the Whole World in His Hands & Creation Song

To do @ Home:

  • The next time you are in the car together play the Creation Game: each person takes a turn naming one thing God created. Play continues until no one can think of anything else or until you arrive at your destination.  🙂  Remind your children that God made EVERYTHING!
  • “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 Isn’t that the desire of every parent; for their children know God’s Word so that they will not sin against Him when they are grown?!   Be looking for our scripture memorization program coming soon and commit to helping your child/ren memorize scripture this year!