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.







take it home |06.19

Journey To: Victory

Lesson in a Few Words:  God wins!

Story:  Exodus 14

Bible Verse:  “God gives us the victory.”  1 Corinthians 15:57

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad that You are there to guide me.  You are always the winner!  I can trust You to help me when anything seems hard.  Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents:  What a great reminder that “God gives us the victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:57).  What are you dealing with right now that you need to give to Him?  Every time you think of it, say a prayer to God, remembering that He promises to give us the victory!

Birth – Age 2:  Play “Hide-&-Seek” (or Peek-a-Boo) as a family around your home.  Remind your children that Moses trusted God to protect the Israelites from Pharaoh and that God will always protect them too!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Help your child make a blue ribbon using construction paper and markers.  Help them write “God wins!” on their ribbon and together find a place to hang it where they will see it often.  Remind them that they do not need to fear because God is always near!

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Thanks to all our wonderful Summer Serve volunteers who helped make today possible!

chemical reactions

We started a new unit a couple weeks ago in Bright Beginnings called Chemical Reactions.

We will be spending the next eight weeks mixing up some fun in our chemistry lab!  We will learn about the characteristics from 2 Peter 1:5-7 that can help us be more like Christ.  We’ll take time each week to put on our lab coats and learn about faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, patience, service, kindness and love.  When we add them up and mix them together we get the perfect formula for our character!

Here’s our take home information for Week 1:

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: Faith

Science Experiment:  Blowing Up Balloons with Vinegar & Baking Soda


Story:  The Captain’s Servant (Matthew 8:5-13)


Bible Verse:  “…add this to your life: faith” 2 Peter 1:5a

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want to believe in You.  I am so glad that I can come to church and learn about You.  Help me to trust You and the plans You have for my life.  Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents:  You are a model of Christ to your child.  Children will learn to trust in Jesus by watching you.  Talk with your child about Jesus.  Share what He has done for you; how He keeps you safe, helps you sleep, or heals you.

Birth – Age 2:  Children’s faith will grow the more they trust and know!  As you and your children are riding in the car, getting dressed or looking out the window, take turns spotting things that God made.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Play “Lead the Blind” game.  Blindfold a family member.  Another family member will give them verbal directions to get from one place to another.  Do you have faith that you will be lead the right way and not bump into things?



take it home | 02.07

Word of the Week:  LISTEN

Recipe We Made in Class:  Tasty Fish Bowl


Bible Verse:  “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”  James 1:19

Story:  Jesus, Peter, James & John (Luke 5:1-11)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for the Bible.  I am glad that I can learn all about You.  Please help me to listen at church and to my parents at home so that I can learn even more.  I am glade that You always listen to me when I talk to You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  As you listen to your children this week, intentionally make eye contact.  Notice how their eyes light up with expression when they know they have your full attention!

Birth – Age 2:  Story time is a great time to practice listening.  Read a story and praise them for listening well.  give them opportunities to identify pictures, colors, shapes, etc. as you listen to them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Hang a blank piece of paper on your refrigerator and every time your child listens to your instruction this week, give them a sticker to put on their paper (or make a star with a crayon).  Challenge them to see how many stickers they can get!


Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired fish with the word LISTEN, so every time your child eats fish, you can remind them to listen! 

I know fish is not a beloved food in every household, so this week, I have decided to give you two of our favorite fish dinner recipes for you to try in hopes of winning you over!  Fish is so quick and easy to prepare and it’s good for you too.  The following two recipes have won the approval of all four of my boys, big and little, and they have simple steps that your kids can help you do.  Often times, when children help prepare the dinner, they are more likely to try it, even if it’s fish!

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Honey & Pecan Glazed Salmon


We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Cooking!


did you know?

Did you know we have a class on Sunday mornings specifically for kindergartners?

We do!

It’s called K-Street & it meets during the 11:15 service every Sunday.


Did you know these crazy kiddos are memorizing the books of the Bible over the course of this year in K-Street?


They are!

And do you know why?

Because kindergartners are smart.  They are big kids and they can do big things.  We are teaching them that all those stories they have been reading in their Beginner’s Bibles (the ones with lots of pictures and not a lot of words) are the same stories that are in their parent’s Bibles (the ones with lots of words and not a lot of pictures).  We want them to know there’s so much more to God’s Word and help them transition into their next Bible by giving them the tools to be able to look up scripture.

So, every week of this year, they will be rockin’ out to this song:

Go ahead, play it at home, and help your entire family memorize the books of the Bible!

take it home | 4-14-13

ImageBug this week:  Butterfly

Word of the week: Discipleship

Verse of the week: Your attitude should be like Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)

Story: Matthew 4:21, 17:5, Mark 3:17, 5:37, 14:33 & John 21:1-2

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I understand that You made me.  Help me to become more like You.  Amen

In an amazing process, the caterpillar changes to a butterfly!  Much like this, we change from our old life to a new one as we trust Jesus and follow him.monarch-linsuehoo

Kids can understand that when a caterpillar goes into his cocoon, he turns into a beautiful butterfly; and that when we spend time learning about Jesus and reading the Bible, we can become more like Him.

How can we take this message home all week long? Read and pray. Find ways to pray all day long.  You can talk to God when

  • your child falls down or gets hurt
  • you get in the car to drive to daycare
  • you sit down to eat a meal

Make a point to read a Bible story every day this week.  Let your children interact with the pictures and characters – talk about who they are and what is happening. There are some wonderful preschool Bibles – make a special purchase this week if you don’t already have one on your shelf:

  • The Early Readers Bible (Gold n’ Honey Books)
  • The Right Choices (McDowell)
  • My First Study Bible (Thomas Nelson)
  • The Beginner’s Bible (Zonderkids)

Read and pray this week!  Grow with your child – from caterpillar to butterfly as you learn more about Jesus and trust in Him!