it’s time for wiggle waggle wednesdays!

Hello Bright Beginnings Families!  It’s been a while since you’ve had a new post!

Wondering why?

The short answer is that I took a technology break during Lent and have had a hard time getting back into the swing of all things technology.  The long answer is a possible future blog post…

So, where are we now?

Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays has begun!

If you are unfamiliar with Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays, here is a quick overview:

All children in the Garden or Backyard classes who attend on Wednesday nights will be assigned a team (orange or blue) and will compete the entire summer to earn points for their team.

Attending Service:  1 point

Wearing Their Team Color:  2 points

Winning Games Played Each Week:  3 points

Bringing a Friend:  5 points

Memorizing the Lord’s Prayer:  10 points

Memorizing Each Month’s Bible Verse: 10 points

Being Able to Recite All Four at the End of Summer:  Priceless (and 20 points)

You can help your child by making sure they attend Bright Beginnings on Wednesday nights, being willing to transport an extra friend or two, reminding them to dress in their team color (anything from hair accessories and hats to shirts and socks count) and working with them to memorize the Lord’s Prayer and verse of the month at home!

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

July:  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 129:14

August:  “This is love for God to obey His commands.”  1 John 5:3

The Lord’s Prayer:  “Our Father, in Heaven, holy is Your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven . Give us this day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.  Amen

We will be playing our games either in Kid City or in the grassy area just outside Bright Beginnings.  If you have any concerns about your child being in either of these two areas during service, please let me know.

Our children enjoyed creating and performing their team cheers a couple weeks ago as we kicked off Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays.

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The following week they completed an obstacle course to earn points for their team.

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And tonight we will be painting with ice!

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I can’t wait to see our children’s artistic interpretations of Genesis 1:1.  Hope to see you there!

If your child has yet to attend a Wednesday evening this summer, there’s always room for more on our teams, so come join us!

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See you soon,

ryannesig

 

 

 

take it home | 03.12

Extreme Sayings Series

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We finished our last week of Extreme Sayings this Sunday!

Extreme Saying of the Week: “Be Perfect”

Lesson in a Word: Mature

Story: Abram & Lot (Genesis 12:2-18)

Bible Verse: “Do what is right.”  2 Corinthians 8:21

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help me to grow and become more like You.  Help me to learn that I have choices and give me a desire to do the right things.  I want to know You better so that I can be more like you.  Amen

Worshiping Jesus!

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Have a popcorn and family movie night this week where you watch an old favorite from your childhood.  Take a minute to talk to your children about how you were a child once and share with them a favorite childhood memory.  Explain how God has helped you mature over the years and how reading your Bible and praying has helped you become more like Christ.

Toddlers: Play with a ball with your child this week.  As you pass the ball say, “It’s your turn!”  If you have more than one child, get them involved encouraging them to give everyone a turn as you play.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Get out a board game this week and encourage your child to let you go first.  Remind them that God wants to make us more like Him and that means putting others first!

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We love Mr. Steve!

take it home | 03.05

Extreme Sayings Series

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K-Street friends acting out scenarios with their “Peace Puppets”

Extreme Saying of the Week: “Live at peace with everyone”

Lesson in a Word: Peace

Story: David Hides in a Cave (1 Samuel 24:1-22)

Bible Verse: “Live in peace.”  Romans 12:18a

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help me do my part to keep peace around me.  There will be times when I want to act in anger or get even, but help me to have the strength to be peaceful and show kindness instead.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  It can be extremely difficult at times to be a peaceful parent!  Pray for God to help you bring about peace in your home through your attitudes, words and actions.  Take a minute to think about what helps keep you calm, whether that means getting up early to make sure you have some time to yourself, reading, creating, exercising, cleaning (yes, cleaning works for some of us!), and then make sure to include those in your daily routine.  Don’t be afraid to give yourself a “time-out” when you are frustrated and know that simply getting silly (singing, dancing, laughing) can change attitudes quickly!

Toddlers: Pray over your child this week that God will help them to live out Romans 12:18.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Peace is a hard for our little ones because most times it requires selflessness.  Choose this week to focus on peace in your family.  Talk with your child about what peace means, then tell them you are going to be the “Peace Police” this week.  Every time you see your child sharing, allowing someone else to choose or go first, using kind words, saying “I forgive you,” not responding with angry actions, etc. give them a Thank You and a great big hug!

 

take it home | 02.26

Extreme Sayings Series

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Our kids served the church today by helping clean our toys!

Extreme Saying of the Week: “Be a Servant to All”

Lesson in a Word: Humility

Story: Jesus Washes the Disciple’s Feet (John 13:4-5 & 12-17)

Bible Verse: “Serve each other with humility.”  1 Peter 5:5

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for making us all different.  Help me to think of others and not just myself.  Show me ways that I can put other’s needs above my own by doing simple acts of service for them.  Help me not always want to be the first and best at everything, but to let others share the spotlight.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:   Is there a friend in your life who is going through a rough time, is stressed or could just use an unexpected treat?  Have your children help you bake some goodies and make cards, then deliver them together to your friend.

Toddlers: Play the “sharing game” with your child.  Pick a favorite toy and say “It’s your turn!” and allow them to play for a moment, then say, “May I have a turn please?” and you play with it for a moment, giving lots of encouragement when they hand the toy over.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Part of putting others first is noticing needs.  To encourage that, play “Super Spies” this week!  Tell your child/ren that they are going to be super spies and their job is to notice as many needs as possible.  For every need that they notice, they get one point.  For every need they notice and stop to help, they get two points.  Play all day; at home, at school, at daycare, at the store, and tally the points at the end of the day.  Older kids can even be given a Super Spy notebook to keep track of their list!

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Our K-Street friends being “Super Spies” and learning how to notice the needs of others.

take it home | 02.19

Extreme Sayings Series

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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

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“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…

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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.

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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.

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Self Portraits

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

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Pretzel People

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Bible verse practice

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

 

take it home | 2.12

Extreme Sayings Series

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Extreme Saying of the Week: “Don’t Love Money!”

Lesson in a Word:  Priorities

Story: The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-22)

Bible Verse: “Love of money causes trouble.”  1 Timothy 6:10 CEV

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want You to be number one in my life.  Help me learn how to be content with what I have so that I will not always want more toys and things.  Help me to think about money in a way that pleases You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:   As I was preparing this lesson, I couldn’t help but think how much I needed to hear it too!  Our children see what we buy, when we buy it and how freely we give what’s ours to others.  How in love are we with our stuff?  How in love are we with our money?  Are we willing to give any of it away at any time?  It’s always helpful for me to remember that everything we have has been given to me by God, even money.  He’s entrusted me and blessed me with it and I am simply asked to use it to glorify Him.    What a freeing way to live!

Toddlers: Children this age are, by nature, very self-centered.  You can help change that focus by encouraging sharing all the time!  When you are playing with your child ask “May I have a turn please?”  When they offer it up to you say “Thank You!” and after you have played with the toy then say “It’s your turn!”  Modeling how to share at an early age will help begin to shape giving hearts.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Take some time this week to talk with your child/ren about something they would like to give to someone in need.  There are many community agencies that are always taking donations, or you can  bring them to our food pantry at JaxNaz.  They could help pick out one of their toys, an article of clothing, or food from your cupboards.  Load up your donations and bring your child along to drop them off!

Parents of children in the Backyard:  Ask your child/ren about the “I Can Give” picture they drew in class, and then help to make it happen!

Parents of children in K-Street:   Take some time this week to talk with your child/ren about the paper they completed in class.  Whenever your child receives or earns money, it is a great idea to help them divide it for tithe, saving, and spending.  If you are unsure of how much to put into each category, it is Biblical to tithe 10%, and a good rule of thumb to put 50% in savings and the remaining 40% for spending.  Instilling these practices into your child/ren now will help them be good stewards of money in the future!

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take it home | 02.05

Extreme Sayings Series

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Extreme Saying of the Week:  “Let’s Move a Mountain!”

Lesson in a Word:  Faith

Story:  Noah & the Ark (Genesis 6:14-22)

Bible Verse:  “Faith proves what we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, please help my faith in you grow.  As my faith grows, so will my hope.  I want to believe in you and trust You for everything in my life.  I want to have faith to do the impossible things for You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Building faith in God takes a lifetime.  It is not something we receive instantly, in full.  The more you learn about God through prayer, devotional time, worship and church, the more you know God and trust Him.  Pray for God to strengthen your faith this week, then be prepared to grow!  It may be in something small such as having the confidence to invite a friend to church, standing up for a friend, or doing the right thing when you are tempted to do something else, or it may be something life changing that you wouldn’t be able to get through without God’s help.  When you take the time daily to get to know God more, you can have faith that He will walk with you through those life changing times.

Toddlers: Our story this week was about Noah and the ark.  Help your child retell this story this week by adding simple motions; have your child “hammer” when Noah is building the ark, pretend to be different animals as they are loading the ark, make the storm by tapping on their legs for rain, stomping their feet for thunder, and rocking back and forth in the boat!  Remind your child that Noah had faith in God and God took care of Noah.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Play “minefield” this week to teach your child about faith.  Scatter different objects in an indoor or outdoor space, then blindfold your child and have him/her try to get from one end to the other without touching any objects simply by listening to your verbal cues.  After you’ve played, take a moment to talk with your child about what it means to have “faith” when you cannot see.

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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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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!