lent | fish & doves

Our fish represent simplicity.  The less we have, the less we have to manage.  This allows us to stay close to Jesus and depend on Him for everything!















Our dove represents peace.  We can have real peace with God because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross and in His resurrection!


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The kids did such a great job with these.  Aren’t they beautiful?!

Tonight we’ll be making our lambs.  Hope to see you there!

The Lord’s Prayer

We committed to learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings during lent and over the last two Sundays, we’ve spent time practicing together in fun ways!


The Lord’s Prayer Coloring Books


Miss Shirlee loves our children!


K-Street friends finding all the cards and working together to put them in order.


Making beautiful frames to hang The Lord’s Prayer up at home.






Miss Megan giving rides.


The Lord’s Prayer Hopscotch



The Lord’s Prayer Bead Bracelets


Backyard friends working together to get the cards in order.


Explaining each line with props.

wrapping up

We wrapped up our Wednesday night series on “God Made Me!” with some fun games to help us memorize our Bible verse and a lesson on the five senses that God has given us.














We look forward to seeing you all tonight for our Ash Wednesday service as we begin the Lenten season with the imposition of ashes, remembering “from dust we come and to dust we return.”


take it home | 02.19

Extreme Sayings Series


Extreme Saying of the Week: “Be Salt”

Lesson in a Word:  Example

Story: The True God (1 kings 18:17-39)

Bible Verse: “Honor Christ”  1 Peter 3:15

Prayer: Dear Jesus, please show me how to honor Christ in all my actions and words so that I can help others around me.  Help me to know how to talk to people about You.  Help me be a good example to my friends and family.  Amen


“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:   When you choose to come to church, worship and learn more about God you are honoring Christ and modeling for your children what it means to make Christ a priority in your life.  This is such a gift for your children!

Toddlers: The way you talk to your child can be an opportunity to bring honor to Christ.  As you interact, continually give Christ the praise.  Praise Him for your child’s strong legs, smart mind, unique personality, quick feet, adorable hands…everything!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Talk with your child about what it means to be a leader (or salt!).  Talk about ways they can be a leader at home, at school, at church, etc. and ways they can honor Christ as a leader (not going along with something that’s wrong, including everyone, sharing, standing up for others, following directions).  Then play Follow the Leader with them!

Our K-Street friends brainstormed a list of what it might look like to “be salt” at home and at school.  Here’s what they came up with…


Parents of children in the Backyard & Garden:  Our children made pennants today to represent “Team Jesus!”  Help them hang their pennant somewhere at home to remind them to have actions that honor Christ.




wednesday nights in february

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 139:14

We have been rejoicing in the truths of this Bible verse all month!

We kicked off with a birthday party to celebrate the fact that God made each of us and has a plan for each of our lives.


Self Portraits

No one else is just like me and I will use my talents for Him!


Pretzel People


Bible verse practice


Hope you can join us tonight for some fun games to help us memorize our Bible verse!


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


Practicing our writing.img_20170118_194703970

Making a creation mural.


Hope to see you next month!

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We have been busy back in Bright Beginnings!

I have so much to catch you all up on (hence the title…)

We wrapped up our Wednesday night lesson on Daniel in the lion’s den last month by talking about things that make us fearful and remembering that God is bigger than all those things!  The children drew “God is bigger than…” pictures and we now know that God is bigger than everything from a milking cow to The Grinch and a one armed monster, to a bear!


We jumped right into our next Wednesday night lesson on the boy Samuel and have been learning this month all about how we can hear God’s voice.  These precious children aer so eager to listen to and obey God!

Worshiping God


We read 1 Samuel 3:19: “The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.” and talked about some of God’s Words that we don’t want to let fall to the ground.  We wrote those words on balloons, then worked together to keep the balloons in the air!


And just in case you didn’t get it, here is our Take Home information for this lesson:

Story:  Boy Samuel Hears God (1 Samuel 3:1-10)

Bible Verse:  “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”  1 Samuel 3:10

Theme Song:  Jesus Hears When I Pray

Ways to Teach @ Home:

  • Go on a walk as a family and listen. Don’t talk for a time except to name sounds you hear while you walk.  After listening, talk about how we listen to God.
  • Select noise making items from around your house, then play a game by having your child close his or her eyes and try to identify each item by the sound it makes. Talk about what God’s voice sounds like to you.
  • Ask your children, “What are some things God tells us to do?” “How do we know He is telling us to do those things?”

We will not have service this Wednesday, November 23rd due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so the next time we meet, we’ll be starting Advent!


On Sundays, we have been working through our Driving Force series.  A few weeks ago, your children helped serve by washing tables and chairs in the commons and cleaning toys in their classrooms.

Mr. Doug & Miss Jerri have been enjoying this racing theme.  Miss Jerri was an actual race car driver back in the day, so they have lots of fun stories, videos, pictures and props to help us learn our lesson each week!

This Sunday is our last week of this series and we will be celebrating our race and all that we’ve learned to help us keep God #1 in our lives!  We’ll be celebrating in the adult service as well; Pastor Phil is wrapping up  our “Salt and Light” series by considering God’s call to care for children. We’ll look at our ministries to children, and the message is called “Growing Down and Growing Up” which is based on our Bright Beginnings mission verse, Colossians 2:7 – “ 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.”  As our children grow up, we want them to have roots that grow down into him!  It will be an exciting, celebratory service full of infant dedications and baptisms, photos of our Bright Beginnings kids, and a special song from our K-Street and Kid City friends.  You won’t want to miss it!


Finally, as I type, Bright Beginnings is getting a face lift!  Some of you may have noticed the green grass outline in our hallway (and some of you may have gasped at first glance, thinking your child had taken a marker to the wall!) over the past week.  Martha York and her painting team are working diligently to finish the wall and fix all our bubbling leaves so that Bright Beginnings will be ready for you tomorrow.  Thank you, Martha, Julie, Britney, Amy & team!


Whew!  Consider yourself ketchup’d & we’ll see you tomorrow!






painting fish

We wrapped up our month on Jonah with some paint!












take it home | 09.25

Sailing the “C’s”

“C” of the Week:  Celebration

Lesson:  Celebrate Jesus!

Bible Verse:  “I came so that everyone would have a great life.”  John 10:10

Story: Parable of the Great Supper, Luke 14: 15-24

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad You are God’s Son.  Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins.  I want You to be Lord of my life and the captain of my ship.  Please guide me each day and help me through every situation to do my best.  I cannot do it without Your strength.  Help me to celebrate how You came to give this great life for everyone.  Amen

(Parents:  all children in the Backyard and K-Street were given the opportunity to pray this prayer with an adult today.  Ask your child about it!)


“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents: Write a “thank-you” note to God this week.  It will help you keep a “celebration” attitude and your kids will take note!

Birth – Age 2:   Turn on the radio or put in your favorite worship CD and dance with your children!  Remind them that you have so much to be joyful about and that you are dancing for Jesus!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Plan a celebration dinner for Jesus!  Have your children help plan the meal (or special dessert), make decorations, and even invite friends.  At the dinner, talk with your children about what God has done for your family.