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We have been busy back in Bright Beginnings!

I have so much to catch you all up on (hence the title…)

We wrapped up our Wednesday night lesson on Daniel in the lion’s den last month by talking about things that make us fearful and remembering that God is bigger than all those things!  The children drew “God is bigger than…” pictures and we now know that God is bigger than everything from a milking cow to The Grinch and a one armed monster, to a bear!


We jumped right into our next Wednesday night lesson on the boy Samuel and have been learning this month all about how we can hear God’s voice.  These precious children aer so eager to listen to and obey God!

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We read 1 Samuel 3:19: “The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.” and talked about some of God’s Words that we don’t want to let fall to the ground.  We wrote those words on balloons, then worked together to keep the balloons in the air!


And just in case you didn’t get it, here is our Take Home information for this lesson:

Story:  Boy Samuel Hears God (1 Samuel 3:1-10)

Bible Verse:  “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”  1 Samuel 3:10

Theme Song:  Jesus Hears When I Pray

Ways to Teach @ Home:

  • Go on a walk as a family and listen. Don’t talk for a time except to name sounds you hear while you walk.  After listening, talk about how we listen to God.
  • Select noise making items from around your house, then play a game by having your child close his or her eyes and try to identify each item by the sound it makes. Talk about what God’s voice sounds like to you.
  • Ask your children, “What are some things God tells us to do?” “How do we know He is telling us to do those things?”

We will not have service this Wednesday, November 23rd due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so the next time we meet, we’ll be starting Advent!


On Sundays, we have been working through our Driving Force series.  A few weeks ago, your children helped serve by washing tables and chairs in the commons and cleaning toys in their classrooms.

Mr. Doug & Miss Jerri have been enjoying this racing theme.  Miss Jerri was an actual race car driver back in the day, so they have lots of fun stories, videos, pictures and props to help us learn our lesson each week!

This Sunday is our last week of this series and we will be celebrating our race and all that we’ve learned to help us keep God #1 in our lives!  We’ll be celebrating in the adult service as well; Pastor Phil is wrapping up  our “Salt and Light” series by considering God’s call to care for children. We’ll look at our ministries to children, and the message is called “Growing Down and Growing Up” which is based on our Bright Beginnings mission verse, Colossians 2:7 – “ Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”  As our children grow up, we want them to have roots that grow down into him!  It will be an exciting, celebratory service full of infant dedications and baptisms, photos of our Bright Beginnings kids, and a special song from our K-Street and Kid City friends.  You won’t want to miss it!


Finally, as I type, Bright Beginnings is getting a face lift!  Some of you may have noticed the green grass outline in our hallway (and some of you may have gasped at first glance, thinking your child had taken a marker to the wall!) over the past week.  Martha York and her painting team are working diligently to finish the wall and fix all our bubbling leaves so that Bright Beginnings will be ready for you tomorrow.  Thank you, Martha, Julie, Britney, Amy & team!


Whew!  Consider yourself ketchup’d & we’ll see you tomorrow!






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“Driving Your Course”



Word of the Week:  Obey

Bible Verse:  Stay on the right track.  Philippians 3:16

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


Prayer: Lord, I pray that I can understand how to stay on the right track and do the right things.  Help me to obey your instructions that are in the Bible and make good choices in my life.  Help me to be kind to others, just like the Good Samaritan.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents: Are you on the right course in your own life?  Is there something God has been asking you to do?  Are you listening to His voice?  Our own children can’t obey us if they aren’t listening to hear what we’re asking of them.  It is the same with our Heavenly Father.  Take some time this week to intentionally listen for His voice and obey what He says!  It may be as simple as paying for the person behind you in line to taking the first step toward a major change in your life!

Birth – Age 2:  Play a game with your child.  Hide a small item in the house and then give them directions to help them find it.  Remind them to listen carefully so that they can follow the directions.  When they find it, give them a big hug and lots of praise!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Ask your child about the picture they colored or drew today in class. Brainstorm with them ways they can show kindness to others just like the Good Samaritan did (sit by someone who is sitting alone, share their toys, allow others to go first, invite children to play with them, etc.) and help them do just that this week!


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Wearing Your Gear!


Word of the Week:  Protection

Bible Verse:  The Lord can protect you.  2 Thessalonians 3:3

Story: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)


Helping Mr. Tom act out the story.  Can you tell which child is playing the role of Jesus sleeping? 🙂

Prayer:  Lord, I am glad You love me and care about what happens to me.  Thank You for always being with me and watching over me .  Help me to talk to You when I am afraid.  Amen


Miss Alyssa showing our K-Street friends where Haiti is located.  They were able to watch a video of Miss Ryanne’s niece and nephew, who live in Haiti, talk about how God protected them during the recent hurricane, just like He did for the disciples in our story today!

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Fear is a normal emotion for young children.  Anytime your child is fearful, take that opportunity to pray with them, reassuring them that God is always with them..

Birth – Age 2: Reenact this week’s story with your child.  Take turns being the scared disciple rocking back and forth in the boat during the storm and being Jesus, commanding the wind and the waves to Stop!  Remind them that God is always in control and will protect us.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Ask your child what they want to be when they grow up then talk about the different “gear” they would need for the job.  Tell them God has a plan for their life and will always be with them to protect them!



Making “waves” until “Jesus” commands them to stop!



Praising Jesus!  Rockin’ it out during praise & worship.

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Starting our Cars!


Word of the Week:  Faithful

Bible Verse:  Jesus has first place.  Colossians 1:18

Story:  Jesus Calls the Disciples  (Matthew 4:18-22)

Prayer: Lord, Thank You that You are always with me in this great race of life.  You are the best and can always help me.  I love You so much.  Help me to always make You #1 in my life.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents:  In what way do you need to show God He’s first in your life this week?  Pray about it and ask Him if you are putting anything before Him.

Birth – Age 2:  Create a race track on the floor for small cars with masking tape or blocks then pretend to race your child, taking turns winning.  Remind them that whether we come in first, second or last, Jesus loves us just the same!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Take a day this week to wash the family car together!  Talk about who drives the car.  Then talk about how Jesus can be the driver of our lives.


starting tomorrow


We are headed to the race track for the next eight weeks in Bright Beginnings! We will be racing to make Jesus #1 in our lives and together we’ll discover that Jesus wants to be the “driving force” of our character.  We’ll learn about the character qualities of faith, self-control, obedience, trust and more while we hear stories about Jesus and His ministry.


October 2nd:  Starting Your Car:  Faithful

“Jesus has first place.”  Colossians 1:18


October 9th:  Wearing Your Gear:  Protection

“The Lord can protect you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:3


October 16th:  Controlling Your Car:  Self-Control

“Let Jesus take control of you.”  Romans 13:14


October 23rd:  Driving Your Course:  Obedience

 “Stay on the right track.”  Philippians 3:16


October 30th:  Serving your Crew:  Service

“Love each other.”  Romans 12:10


November 6th:  Trusting Your Guide:  Trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  Proverbs 3:5


November 13th: Watching Your Speed:  Peace

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10


November 20th:  Celebrating Your Race:  Joyful

“Thank God no matter what happens.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18


See you tomorrow!

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Celebrating Your Race


Word of the Week:  Joyful

Bible Verse:  Thank God no matter what happens.                                         1 Thessalonians 5:18 (paraphrase)

Story:  Paul & Silas in Jail  (Acts 16:22-34)

Prayer:  Lord, please help me to be joyful all the time and to give You thanks every day.  Even when bad things happen, I know that You have a plan, God, and you can make the bad things turn into good.  Help me not to whine and complain when things don’t go my way, but to be thankful and happy for all the blessings You have given me.  I love You, Jesus. Amen


“Take-It-Home” Activities

Children in the Garden, Backyard, and K-Street made Counting Beads today in class.  These are a great way to help children engage in conversation with their parents, so I encourage you to use them at home!  Today, we used them to come up with things for which we are thankful, but they can be used for almost any conversation (see below for conversation starter ideas).  All you need to do is find a central location in your home to keep the beads (I recommend the dining room table), then as your family sits together use the counting beads to help facilitate conversation.  For instance, you could ask your children to think of things for which they are thankful.  As they say each thing, they move one bead from the top down to the bottom, continuing to list things until all the beads are at the bottom.  Each child can use their own counting beads or you can pass one set of beads around the table, working together as a family.  The beads give the children something tactile to help develop their fine motor skills and anytime you can simultaneously pair more than one type of learning style (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) the impact is greater!


Conversation Starters:

How did you share God’s love today?

Where did you see God today?

Who would you like to pray for today?

What makes you happy?

How do you know God loves you?

What do you love about your mom/dad/sibling etc.?

What gifts has God given you?

What are your favorite things God has created?


Hope you have some great conversations with your kids!

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Watching Your Speed


Word of the Week:  Peace

Bible Verse:  Be still and know that I am God.  Proverbs 46:10

Story:  Mary & Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

Prayer:  Lord, I pray that I will not be too busy in my life, but that I will take time to focus on You.  Help me to take time everyday to pray and talk to You.  Help me to be excited about listening to Bible stories and going to church to learn about You.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: God is never too busy for us.  Are we ever too busy for him?  This stage of life is naturally busy which is why we must be intentional about spending time with God.  Giving God our time will help prioritize our never ending list of things to do!  Commit to giving God some time each day this week.

Toddlers:  This week spend time reading to your child out of a children’s Bible every day.  If you don’t have one, see Pastor Ryanne and she will give you one!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Get a stopwatch and time how long it takes your son or daughter to do the following tasks:  1) jump up and down 25 times.  2) say the ABC’s 3) run from the kitchen to his/her bedroom and back 4) make their bed.  Then talk to them about how fast they were doing those things.  Tell them that it is good to be fast, but God says it is also good to slow down and take time to pray.  Then pray with your child, thanking God for them!


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Trusting Your Guide


Word of the Week:  Trust

Bible Verse:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5a

Story:  Peter Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-32)

Prayer: Lord, I pray that I will put my trust in You daily because I know You can help me.  I want to come to You first when I need help.  Remind me to stop and pray to You when I don’t know what to do.  Thank You for loving me.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Start a prayer journal (personally or with your family).  Write down your prayer requests then record when a prayer is answered.  Be encouraged that we can trust God for every detail!  

Toddlers:  Take out your child’s baby book or some baby pictures.  As you show them pictures, talk about how you took care of them when they were a baby.  Tell them that God gave them to you as a gift and that you love them.  Also tell them you will always love and take care of them because they are your child.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Play a game with your child to teach them what the word “trust” means.  Tell them that they will have to trust you to play the game, then ask them to close their eyes tightly and lead them around the house carefully.  Instruct them when they need to step over something, turn or walk up steps.  When you have finished, have them to open their eyes to see where they ended up.  Explain that they had to listen to you and to trust you to get to the new place without looking.  God wants us to trust Him also, even when we can’t see Him.

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Serving Your Crew

Word of the Week:  Serve

Bible Verse: Loveeach other like a family.  Romans 12:10

Story:  Through the Roof: The Paralyzed Man (Mark 2 : 1-12)

Prayer: Lord, Ipray that I will always serve my friends and my family and even those who aren’t very nice to me.  Help me to love others and help them out whenever I can.   Show me ways to be kind and loving at all times.  Amen

“Ripples of Kindness”

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Is there a spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, neighbor, stranger…that you could serve this week.? Choose someone and do one intentional act of service this week that you don’t usually do!

Toddlers:  Gather up some cleaning supplies, such as a duster, rags, broom, mop, sponge, etc.  Name the item and see if your child can point to the item you named.  Then show them what to do with each item.  Give them a chance to try and help you clean sometime this week.  Be sure to give them lots of praise for their help!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  On slips of paper, write little jobs that your child can do to help you and drop the papers into a jar (you can call this the “Helper Jar” if you’d like).  Each day this week, your child gets to pick out a slip of paper and help you with a new job.  Here are some ideas to get you started:  unload the silverware from the dishwasher, help sort the laundry, set the table, make a bed, dust the living room, match clean socks together, sweep the kitchen, help fold the towels, pick up toys…

our little service project




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