Welcome to the blog for the parents of children in Bright Beginnings!
Bright Beginnings is the ministry for children, birth through kindergarten, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Jackson, Michigan—also known as “Jax Naz Church.”
startingsmall.net exists to encourage, inspire, equip and empower parents to help their children grow with God—which is what Bright Beginnings Children’s Ministry is all about:
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7)
Ryanne is the director of Bright Beginnings and main contributor on this blog. She is married to the best pancake maker on earth and together they have two little guys (with a third boy on the way!).
She wakes up every day in awe that she gets paid to tell kids about Jesus, and chuckles that she has basically reached “celebrity status” with hundreds of kids at Jax Naz Church.
When Ryanne is not caring for, praying for, or preparing a lesson for children, she is most likely training for her next race, sitting behind a piano, working on the next Pinterest project or catching up on the latest Discovery Channel series with her husband, Nathan.
Gwen works as an instructional designer for Spring Arbor University, teaches a few courses each semester, and is the moderator of startingsmall.net. She works in the background, editing, managing content, and volunteering in Bright Beginnings occasionally.
Gwen remembers a night when she was four years old, sitting with her Mom on the living room couch, and praying to ask Jesus to live in her heart.
Jessica is one of our startingsmall.net photographers. She keeps busy wrangling and homeschooling their three young children, and has another one on the way! Jessica has a lot of experience capturing those precious childhood moments and we are delighted to have her on our blog team. She and her husband Mike run their photography business together and you can check out their work at jessicaperryphotography.com
Phone: 517.782.7084 ext. 1208 (Ryanne Johnston)
Facebook: Bright Beginnings