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!

Wednesday Nights in January

Story:  David (1 Samuel 16 – 2 Samuel 7)  God Chooses David to be King, Samuel Anoints David, David & Goliath, David the King

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Bible Verse: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7

With Motions:  “Man (point away from you) looks (hand on forehead as if looking in the distance for something) at the outward appearance (grab your clothes), but God (point up) looks (hand on forehead as if looking in the distance for something) at the heart (hand over heart).”  1 Samuel 16:7

Theme Songs:  (ask your children to show you the motions!)

I’ve Got the Joy Down in My Heart

 

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Jesus Wants Us To Be Friends

Simple Activity @ Home

Grab two bags, one a plain brown one and the other a fancy gift bag. In the plain brown one, place your child’s favorite snack food. In the gift bag, place your child’s least favorite food. During snack time, let your child choose and open each bag. While eating the snack, talk to your child about how it only mattered what was on the inside of the bag, not how it looked on the outside. Read the bible story of how God chooses David to be king and how God looked at what was in David’s heart not what was on the outside. Here’s some questions to ask afterwards:

  • What do you think is important to God?
  • Why are you special to God?
  • Do you pay attention to the appearance of others or to their heart?
  • I wonder what it looks like to pay attention to the heart.

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what’s your goliath?

All throughout September on Wednesday nights in Bright Beginnings, we’ve been learning about David & Goliath and how we can do EVERYTHING through Christ, who gives us strength. (Philippians 4:13).

This last Wednesday we thought about one thing we need God’s help with and then took some time to draw it out.
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God, please help me “not to be scared when mommy leaves me at school.”

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God, please help me “to be a good brother.”

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God, please help me “not to be scared of the dark.”

Then, each child was given the chance to explain their drawing to a teacher and write whatever they needed help with on a rock.

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This child wanted God’s help to eat their peas and beans.

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Bad Dreams. Going to School. Being a Big Brother. Sharing.

They then placed their rock on the wall next to our representation of 9 foot 6 in Goliath.  The power that God gave David to defeat Goliath with just one small rock is the very same power He can give us to defeat our Goliaths!

Our teachers also prayed individually with your children that God would meet each of their specific needs in a very powerful way this week.

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I can’t wait to hear how God answers all those prayers!

wednesday nights in bright beginnings | september

Summer is officially over (well, at least that’s what school says)!

We wrapped up our Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays are are jumping back into the classics on Wednesday nights in Bright Beginnings.  Take a look at what your children will be learning this month:

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Story:  David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

Bible Verse:  “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Theme SongThis Little Light of Mine  (ok, maybe not this exact rendition)

Conversation Starters @ Home:

  • Why do you think God chose David to fight Goliath?
  • I wonder how David felt as he prepared to fight Goliath.
  • What do you think made David so brave and strong?
  • What is something you need God to help you do?

take it home | 1-20-13

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.

The character element of the week is:  KNOWLEDGE

Story: David and 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.

Parents:  Pray specifically that God will explain your knowledge of Him this week and then have faith that He will teach you and reveal himself to you!

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Birth-Age 2: Children learn so quickly at this age! Talk to your children as much as you can. As you are getting them dressed, point out body parts, as you are driving, talk about God’s creation that you can see outside the window. During dinner, talk about how God made each food to help our bodies in a special way.  Pour the knowledge of the truth into their days.  You’ll be surprised at how much they will remember!

Age 3-Kindergarten: Take a trip to the library and pick out some non-fiction books about something your child finds interesting. Spend time reading, learning, and talking together. Remind your child that God created their ind and desires for them to grow in knowledge of him and his world!