take it home | 06.05

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: Love

Science Experiment:  Cleaning Pennies

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Story:  Jesus and the Cross (Romans 3:23, 6:23 & John 3:16)

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Bible Verse: “…and to your kindness, add LOVE”  2 Peter 1:7b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You so much for loving me.  Thank You for dying on the cross for all the bad things I’ve done.  I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever in heaven.  Help me show Your love to others around me.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Take some time this week to write a letter to God telling Him why you love Him.

Birth – Age 2: Talk about Jesus with your children!  Weave His love into as many conversations as you can with your child.  Tell them Jesus keeps them safe when they are anxious, that He helps them sleep when they are having a hard time at bedtime, that He heals their body when they get hurt or are sick, that He provides food when you are eating, that He is always with them, etc.  A relationship with God comes naturally when you bring God into the daily lives of your children!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Your children had an opportunity to pray a salvation prayer today.  Ask your child about this!  Make a cross with your child this week out of some craft sticks or play dough and take a moment to remember how God showed His love for us on the cross.

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Special THANK YOU to all our volunteers who made the first week of Summer Serve a success!

take it home | 05.29

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: Kindness

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Science Experiment:  Magnets & Static Electricity

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Story: The Good Samaritan  (Luke 10:25-37)

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Bible Verse: “…and to your service for God, add KINDNESS”  2 Peter 1:7a

Prayer: Dear God, Help me to think about others and to be kind to them.  Help my words and actions help others, not hurt them.  Help me to see opportunities where I can share Your love and kindness to the people around me.  Amen

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Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Bake some cookies with your children this week and help them make some cards, then deliver them to someone who needs some love and encouragement.

Birth – Age 2: All parents want their children to be kind.  When you see your child sharing, playing well with others, or being friendly, be sure to them then know by verbally praising them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Talk with your children about their friends (from church, daycare, school, etc.).  Remind them to be kind to others, especially when they see a child hurt or crying or who may be left out.  Give them concrete, practical things they can do, such as allowing others to go first, inviting others to play with them, offering to share their toy, etc.

 

take it home | 05.15 (and special note)

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: Service for God

Science Experiment:  Making Goop!

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Story:  Nehemiah  (Nehemiah 2:1-6:16)

Bible Verse:  “…and to your patience, add SERVICE FOR GOD”  2 Peter 1:6c

Prayer: Dear God, You have done so much for me.  Help me to serve You by helping others.  Help me to see when others have a need and to do something about it.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Is there another parent you know that could use a night out this week?  Give them a call and offer to watch their children.  Your children will love the extra playmates and you’ll be modeling “service to others” to your children.

Birth – Age 2: Even young children can help out at home.  Instead of doing all the chores for them, invite them to help you with simple tasks such as putting their cup in the sink, throwing away their own diaper, helping to pick up toys, putting clean clothes away, etc.  It will most likely take more time, but they will love helping you and the seeds you are planting are worth it!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Do your children help out with chores at home?  If not, start with a few simple chores such as making their bed (it doesn’t need to be perfect), helping set the table, sweeping after meals (again, perfection is not the goal), etc.  Make it fun and remind your child that when they are serving their family, they are serving God.

SPECIAL NOTE

Next Sunday, your child will be given the opportunity to put this weeks’ lesson into action!

Our friends in the Garden, Backyard and K-Street will be working together to complete a service project at church by planting flowers outside Bright Beginnings.

So, please make sure to dress your children in “flower planting clothes” next week as we very well may get a little dirty!

The flower planted by your child will be marked with their name so that they can watch it grow over the summer and know that their service to God helped make our church grounds beautiful!FLOWERS

take it home | 05.08

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: Patience

Science Experiment:  Making Butter!

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The children had to practice their patience to turn cream into butter!

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Then they were able to eat it on toast!

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Story:  Joshua and the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-26)

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Working together to build a wall…

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Marching seven times around the wall, then blowing their trumpets and shouting to knock it down!

Bible Verse: “…and to your self-control, add PATIENCE” 2 Peter 1:6b

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that You are patient with me.  Help me to be patient with others around me.  Help me to know Your purposes in my life so that I can be patient in obeying You.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Sometimes it is so hard to have patience when you have young children!  Your children learn by watching you, so pray for God to give you an abundance of patience.  The next time your child desires to complete a task independently, take a deep breath, stop, and allow your child time.  (Then give a high five and hugs of course)!

Birth – Age 2: Young children have a very limited concept of time; however, introducing “one more minute” can be a helpful tool.  Start using a timer (or simply announce “one more minute”) one before it’s time to clean up toys, come to dinner, share a toy etc.  As your children age, you can increase the time increments and they will begin to understand patience when they learn they sometimes have to wait.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Children this age often want to know “what the plan is” and how many more days until it happens!  This is a great opportunity to teach and encourage patience.  The next time your child is looking forward to an upcoming event, find some way to count down each day with your child (make a paper chain, make a sticker chart, cross off each day on the calendar, etc.).  Remind them that they are practicing their patience until the day arrives.

take it home | 05.01

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: Self-Control

Science Experiment:  Rainbows

Story:  Noah & the Ark (Genesis 6:9-9-:15)

Bible Verse:  “…and to your knowledge, add SELF-CONTROL” 2 Peter 1:6a

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that You have control over everything that happens.  You have a purpose for everything and everyone.  Help me to have self-control to do the right things.  Also, help me to have self-control so I will not hurt others with my actions or words.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Write down one area in your life that needs self-control.  Ask God to help you!

Birth – Age 2: Young children often use their bodies to get attention by crying, hitting, poking, scratching and grabbing.  When these times arise, it’s an opportunity to teach them about self-control.  Use phrases like, “Use your words,” “What do you need?” and “Let’s share.”

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Playing a card or board game is a great way to practice self-control!  Play one with your child this week and encourage self-control by helping everyone take turns and be good sports.  When the game is finished, have everyone give high fives and say “good game”!

take it home | 04.24

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: Knowledge

Science Experiment:  Water & Oil Test

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Story:  David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58)

Bible Verse:  “…and to your goodness, add KNOWLEDGE” 2 Peter 1:5c

Prayer: Dear God, You know everything because You made everything.  I am glad that You made me and gave me a mind to learn.  Help me to learn more about You so that I can understand You better.  Help me to learn Your ways so that I can do what is right.  Amen

Take-It Home Activities:

Parents:  Pray specifically that God will expand your knowledge of Him this week and then have faith that He will reveal Himself to you in new ways!

Birth – Age 2:  Children learn so quickly at this age!  Talk to your children as much as you can.  As you are dressing them point out body parts, as you are driving talk about God’s creation, during dinner talk about how God made each food to help their body in a special way.  You’ll be amazed at what they will remember!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Take a trip to the library and pick out some non-fiction books on something your child finds interesting (trains, dogs, volcanoes, anything!).  Spend some time reading, learning and discussing together.  Remind your child that God created their mind and desires for them to learn!

take it home | 04.17

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: Goodness

Science Experiment:  Making Bubbles!

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Story:  King Josiah (2 Kings 22:1-7)

Bible Verse:  “…and to your faith, add GOODNESS” 2 Peter 1:5b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, everything about You is good.  Help me to make good choices so that I can be like You.  Guide me to see that Your way is the best way.  Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents:  Do a good deed with your child for someone else this week, then explain to your child why you took the time to help someone else.  Explain what making good choices does for your heart!

Birth – Age 2:  Choices help children develop independence and individuality; however, too many choices can be overwhelming for young children.  A good rule of thumb is to offer your child the number of choices as is their age (two choices for a two year old = would you like to wear your blue shirt or green shirt).  This sets your children up for success and helps them develop the skills to make good choices!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  The next time you read a story or watch a show, talk with your children about choices the characters made and what the results were of those choices.  Ask them what choices they would have made in a similar situation.

 

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

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

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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?

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take it home

Chemical Reactions | Week 3

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.

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Character Element of the Week: Knowledge

Story: David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58)

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Bible Verse: “…and to your goodness, add KNOWLEDGE” 2 Peter 1:5c

Prayer: Dear God, You know everything because You made everything. I am glad that You made me and gave me a mind to learn. Help me learn more about You so that I can understand You better. Help me to learn your ways so that I can do what is right. Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Pray specifically that God will expand your knowledge of Him this week and then have faith that He will reveal Himself to you in new ways!

Birth – Age 2: Children learn so quickly at this age! Talk to your children as much as you can. As you are dressing them point out body parts, as you are driving talk about God’s creation, during dinner talk about how God made each food to help their body in a special way. You’ll be amazed at what they will remember!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Take a trip to the library and pick out some non-fiction books on something your child finds interesting (trains, dogs, volcanoes, anything!). Spend some time reading, learning and discussing together. Remind your child that God created their mind and desires for them to learn!

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