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.

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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.”

 

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!

 

what we’ve been up to | wednesday nights

Check out what we’ve been up to in January…

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Playing games (and laughing, of course!).img_20170118_194656149

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Making a creation mural.

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Hope to see you next month!

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!

God made me!

We wrapped up our Creation Series with a little fun with food!

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Do you see any resemblances?

a note from ryanne

(So remember back in October when I made my first “personal” post upon return from maternity leave and asked for help coming up with a fun, catchy title for said posts? Well, I received encouragement that I would indeed come up with something, but apparently y’all are just as stumped as I am when it comes to actually, you know, coming up with something! So…I’ve decided to title them “a note from ryanne.” Creative, ‘eh? It just made sense given we already had a tag with the same name and I guess it’s sometimes nice to have things clear, simple and straightforward, right?)

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I wanted to share a little bit about our Wednesday evening Koinonia (koin-a-what? I’ll get to that later…) services in Bright Beginnings and in our adult services as well. At JaxNaz every detail of every service is carefully thought out and prayerfully considered. We are very intentional about how we choose to spend the 60 minutes we have with you and your children. Our Sunday mornings are planned with guests and new believers in mind; we teach Biblical truths that anyone, especially those who have not had the privilege of growing up 3rd generation Nazarene, can understand. We try not to use exclusive language that would make someone just starting this God journey feel like an outsider or give instructions that make a visitor feel like they don’t belong (think “if you’d like to sign up for the potluck next week, see Sue”…someone new to our church would wonder “who’s sue?!”).

Now, as much as Sundays are for presenting the Gospel, Wednesdays are for digging into the Gospel. This creates a beautiful, intimate setting in which we go deeper as a body. Don’t get me wrong, Sundays are amazing, but there’s something very special about our Koinonia services.

koi·no·nia, noun ˌ(koinəˈnēə, ˌkēnə)

“Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.” (thanks, Wikipedia!)

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Isn’t that beautiful? Wednesday evenings are focused on fellowship and unity; building those relationships with the Body and living life together.

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“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44
(Ever wonder why we call the Commons the Commons?)

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“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32

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In Bright Beginnings this looks like us diving into some of the “classic” Bible stories and getting the Truth deep inside our little hearts. We spend one whole month hearing the same story, memorizing the same Bible verse and learning the same precious traditional “Sunday School” song.

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Here’s what we’ll be doing this month:

Creation

Story: Genesis Chapters 1-3 (Creation, God Made Me & The Terrible Lie)

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

Theme Song: The BIBLE (This is the version we are using. Play it at home and have your child teach you the motions!)

To Do at 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!
  • Whenever your child sins, make sure ot help them pray to God, asking for His forgiveness. It is important that children learn about and feel God’s deep love and amazing grace at an early age!

If you haven’t ever attended one of our Koinonia, you should give it a try. There is something really powerful about meeting mid-week with your brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for one another, encourage one another and dig into the Gospel with one another…and your kids might learn a thing or two as well!

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God made me special with a purpose

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What do dragonflies eat?

Word: Purpose

Bug: Dragonfly
Just like each dragonfly’s wings are unique, God made each one of us different and special.

Bible Verse: God made us to do good works. Ephesians 2:10

Story: Creation (Genesis 1)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I know that You made me special. You made the little bugs for a little reason, so You must have a big purpose for me. Thank you for caring about me. Amen

Take-it-Home

Parents    
Can you look back and see how God worked out the details in a particular situation for His plan in your life? Take a minute to thank Him for giving you a purpose and then share your experience with your children. It’s never too early to plant those seeds!

Birth – Age 2
Take advantage of this warmer weather and get outside! Go for a walk with your child and point out all of God’s creation: the sky and clouds, the sun, plants and grass and trees, birds and animals. See if you can even see the moon during the day. Say, “God made all of these wonderful things and God made you!”

Age 3 – Kindergarten
Get a magnifying glass. You can find these at the dollar store or Oriental Trading.Company. Look closely at bugs or plants outside. Point out how God made each part of the bug or plant to do special work. Then take a minute and look together with the magnifying glass at the hands of your family members. Each one is different and created for a purpose!