Join us this Sunday at 9:30am in the Teen Center for Partnering with Parents!
Making more and better disciples out of our young people takes a collaborative effort. Partnering with parents is a “fist bump” from our Family Ministry team to JaxNaz parents. Hear practical stories, ideas, and encouragement designed to help us do family better.
See you there!
We will be hosting the Early On Toy Talker Playgroup again beginning this Thursday, February 16th. Playgroups will be held every 3rd Thursday (through July) from 10:00-11:30 am and are open to all Early on families and JaxNaz families.
From the Toy Talker Brochure:
“Would you and your baby or toddler like to get out of the house and have fun learning at the same time? Join us for a great time with songs, movement activities, messy art and craft projects and more! Your child will make new friends and so will you!
The groups give adults a chance to get together and talk about parenting with other adults while children also get a chance to play together. A variety of topics about development are discussed.
Playgroups are for parents and caregivers with children ages 0 to 5 (siblings welcome).
The Toy Talker Playgroup is a collaboration between Jackson County Early On with Parents As Teachers and JaxNaz and funding is provided through the Great Start Collaborative 32p grant.”
Feel free to contact Ryanne Johnston, Bright Beginnings Director at JaxNaz (517-782-7084 ext. 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Josie Allen, Early On Parent Educator (517-206-5869 or email@example.com) with any questions.
Pics from last year’s Valentine’s project…
See you Thursday!
Our next series in Bright Beginnings:
We are embarking on an awesome adventure as we learn some extreme sayings that Jesus made in the Bible! We will go full throttle into each of the following sayings, discovering what they mean and learning how to apply them to our lives. Over the next eight weeks we’ll be learning about loving, forgiving, having faith, establishing priorities, setting an example, serving others, being peaceful and acting wisely.
January 22nd: Extreme Saying: Love Your Enemies (“Love each other.” John 15:12)
January 29th: Extreme Saying: Forgive Everyone (“Forgive everyone.” Colossians 3:31a (CEV))
February 5th: Extreme Saying: Let’s Move a Mountain! (“Faith proves what we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (CEV))
February 12th: Extreme Saying: Don’t Love Money (“Love of money causes trouble.” 1 Timothy 6:10a (CEV))
February 19th: Extreme Saying: Be Salt (“Honor Christ.” 1 Peter 3:15)
February 26th: Extreme Saying: Be a Servant to All (“Serve each other with humility.” 1 Peter 5:5b (GW))
March 5th: Extreme Saying: Live in Peace with Everyone (“Live in peace.” Romans 12:18a (NLT))
March 12th: Extreme Saying: Be Perfect (“Do what it right.” 2 Corinthians 8:21 (GW))
See you tomorrow!
We are hosting Matthew Deprez, Sticky Faith coach and speaker, tomorrow evening at JazNaz. It will be a night filled with compelling research and practical ideas on how to give your kids a faith that will “stick” long term. You won’t want to miss it! This is a free event and childcare is available upon request (email firstname.lastname@example.org). For more info, visit stickyfaith.org/family
Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including the forthcoming Growing Young (fall 2016), The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Fuller. Kara lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Dave, who is a medical device engineer, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.
We hope to see you there!
Hello Bright Beginnings Community!
I have been on maternity leave for most of the summer snuggling this little bundle of joy…
Consequently, I have a bit of catching up to do!
I apologize if you are new to startingsmall and have checked our site, only to find the same post up for months. I promise to post more regularly now that I am back to work!
Before we get back to our regularly scheduled posts however, there are some things I need to catch you up on so I’m going to throw everything together in one big housekeeping post!
- THANK YOU to all the people who served in Bright Beginnings during Summer Serve! I missed the opportunity to meet all the new people that don’t serve in Bright Beginnings on a regular basis, but know that I appreciate you and thank you for helping out, especially while I was gone.
- THANK YOU to the team of people who made my maternity leave possible. What an incredible group of volunteers I had! They were willing to come in during the week, come early for services, stay after services and help from their homes to keep things running in Bright Beginnings. I can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our ministry, their love for my family and their willingness to take on extra so that I could be home. Thank You!
- WELCOME BACK to all our regular volunteers! I am thrilled so many of you have decided to return and are eager to see “your” children again. It will be good to see each of you. I’m excited for another great year!
- Anyone who volunteers in Bright Beginnings in any way (from laundry and craft prep at home to teaching and serving in the classrooms) is invited to our annual Bright Beginnings Picnic. It’s this Sunday (September 11th) @ 5pm in Rod Mills Park. See the invitation for more details:
- K-Street is our class for our kindergarteners (it’s located just off the commons right outside our Bright Beginnings hallway). If your child started kindergarten this fall, please let a check-in volunteer know, so that your child’s name tag can be changed to red. They can start attending K-Street anytime! (Unfortunately, due to a shortage of teachers, K-Street is only open on Sundays during the 11:15 am service. Kindergarteners who attend during first service or on Wednesday evenings simply join their friends in the Backyard until they start 1st grade and are promoted to Kid City).
K-Street is designed to help our kindergarteners with their transition to Kid City the following year. From September through January, the children join their friends in the Backyard for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then return to their class for the same lesson as the rest of Bright Beginnings but at a kindergarten level. During the last half of the school year, our K-Street class joins Kid City for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then returns to K-Street for the lesson. This allows our kindergartners to experience a bit of Kid City, meet Pastor Crystel, and become familiar with the new room and many faces before graduating from Bright Beginnings and moving up to Kid City at the end of next summer.
- And finally, our “Take it Home” information for the lesson this week:
A few weeks ago, we started a series called “Sailing the C’s” in which we have been learning about the different “C’s” God wants us to have to help us sail the seas of life (Character, Competence, Calling, Compassion, etc.). This week we sailed the “C” of Courage…
Bible Verse: Do not be afraid. Joshua 1:9
Story: 1 Samuel 25:1-42 (David, Abigail & Nabal)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad that I am never alone. You are always with me and watching over me. Please help me have the courage to trust You each day. Help me to not be afraid because You care about what happens to me. I love You. Amen
Parents: Is there something that you’ve been needing to do that will take courage? Ask God to give you courage, then commit to doing it this week!
Birth – Age 2: Be a cheerleader for your child as they take on new challenges (feeding themselves, walking, going down the slide, sitting in the “big kid” swing, climbing up the stairs, helping around the house, etc.). Encouragement goes a long way to instill courage.
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Help your child memorize this week’s Bible verse (the short version or the whole thing!). Remind them that God is always with them and that they can say this verse anytime they are afraid or nervous (in bed at night, getting dropped off at daycare or pre-school, coming to Bright Beginnings). When they show anxiety, take a moment to pray at that moment, modeling that they can talk to God any time.
Whew! I think that’s it.
Thank you for giving me the honor of helping shepherd your child’s heart. What a joy it is to see their bright eyes and precious faces each week as my team and I teach them about God and His love. It’s good to be back!
All Bright Beginnings children starting 1st grade this fall are welcome to attend our annual Bright Beginnings Graduation Party!
This Sunday, August 21st, is promotion Sunday at JaxNaz Church, which means your almost 1st grader will attend Kid City for the first time.
However, before we send them off, we want to celebrate them at a graduation party on Saturday, August 20th!
We are meeting at the church (in the Teen Center) for breakfast at 9. We’ll have a short graduation ceremony, and then head together to Airport Lanes for some bowling.
If you would like more details, or have not yet RSVP’d, please contact Sarah Arnett at 517.745.7730 or email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!
We launched our 4th Annual Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays tonight in Bright Beginnings!
During the next three months The Garden and Backyard kids will be participating in Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays in Bright Beginnings. It’s basically our own version of Kid City’s Wet & Wacky Wednesdays, just a little less wacky and a lot less wet!
We will be playing exciting games (think elementary gym class…remember parachute day?!), worshiping with music and movement (think drums and other fun percussion instruments) and putting God’s Word in our hearts (memorization!). Each child in the Garden and Backyard will be assigned a team (either Orange or Blue) and will be competing all summer to earn points for their team (see point chart below).
Attending Service: 1 point
Wearing Your 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 are here, being willing to transport a few extra friends, reminding them to dress in their team color (anything from hair accessories and hats to colored shirts and socks count), and working with them on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer and verse of the month at home!
June: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
July: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
August: “Children obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20
The Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, in Heaven, hallowed be 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 most of our games in Kid City (as they are out on the baseball field getting wet and being wacky) or outside in the grassy area outside Bright Beginnings. If you have any concerns about your children being in either of these two areas during service, please let Miss Ryanne know.
Thanks in advance for making our summer of Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays a success. We are all looking forward to Wiggling and Waggling with your kiddos!
To kick of Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays, we assigned teams and then created team cheers!
Who will win this year?!
Would you be willing to give our Bright Beginnings kids one hour of your time this summer?
Every summer we give our regular Bright Beginnings volunteers the summer off so that they can prayerfully consider their commitment for the upcoming school year.
This is huge on a number of levels; it helps provide consistency because our volunteers have a defined starting and ending time to their commitment (they don’t feel like they have to serve until Jesus returns or until they muster up the courage to tell me they are done, or just stop showing up, all of which happen without a defined ending time), it encourages our volunteers to pray about their ministry at JaxNaz which means they are serving in Bright Beginnings because they feel called to Bright Beginnings and desire to be there (which makes Bright Beginnings so much more than just an hour of babysitting), it helps our volunteers feel supported and appreciated, it gives them a break (because everyone needs a break from time to time, even if you are serving within your passion area), and it gives members of our church body and parents an opportunity to experience Bright Beginnings.
Who wouldn’t want to help make all that good stuff possible?
It takes around 400 volunteers to cover Bright Beginnings for the summer. Summer Serve starts this Sunday and we currently need about 100 more volunteers.
If you are one of the 300 people who have already signed up to help this summer, THANK YOU! If not, would you consider giving us one hour of your time to help make Summer Serve possible?
We make it really easy for you; you can pick your date, your service (9:30 am or 11:15 am) and the age of children you would like to serve. If you don’t know your summer schedule yet, that’s fine too. We’ll work with you over the summer to find a date that works for you!
This is a great opportunity for families to serve together, for parents of children in Bright Beginnings to not only experience their child’s class but to say “thank you” to their child’s teacher, and for people who are considering serving in Bright Beginnings on a regular basis to “give it a try.”
I promise I will not keep anyone’s name and number to call when we are short on help. Once you have served you are done. No strings attached!
So please consider helping us out.
This summer is especially important because I will be on maternity leave during July and August and want to make sure the volunteers who are graciously stepping up to keep Bright Beginnings running in my absence have plenty of help each week.
So as the kids said, “What are you waiting for?!”
If you are willing to give us one hour this summer, give me a call (517-782-7084 ext. 301) or shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll get you set up.
Thanks so much and we’ll see you this summer!
Reminder to Send Your Child in Play Clothes Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, your child will be given the opportunity to put last 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 help give it a drink each week, watch it grow over the summer and know that their service to God helped make our church grounds beautiful!
See you in the morning!