meet Elijah

This is Elijah.


Elijah is one of our Kid City kids who feels called to share God’s word.

We teach our Bright Beginnings kids a lot of truths about God. However, one that we return to again and again is the fact that not only did God create each of them, but He did so with a purpose; a specific plan for their life to help spread His love and build His kingdom here, on earth. Woah. How cool is that?!

We also believe that it’s never too early to start living that plan and making a difference in your world. Whether you are four or eighty-four, God can use you and the talents He’s given you to further His kingdom.

So when we found out Elijah was looking for ways to share God’s word, we couldn’t think of a better place to start than in our very own Backyard! Once a month on Wednesday evenings, Elijah will teach our children from God’s Word as it relates to what we are learning that month and our Backyard kids will get to see one of their role models obeying God and living out his calling.


It doesn’t get much better than that!

rely | 8-4-14







Word: Rely

Bible Verse: “We know and need God’s love.” I John 4:16a

Bible Story: Elijah and the Angel (I Kings 19:1-18)
The story of Elijah shows us that we can rely on God for everything–even our next meal! Elijah was doing everything that God asked him to, and when he was hungry, God sent an Angel to bring food to Elijah.

Take it Home
Remember that we know and need God’s love — and that we can rely on God to care for us this week — by making some food in the kitchen!. Maybe you can be an “angel” and share it with someone 🙂

soulfood_granitasHealthy Orange Granitas

You will need: 4 oranges, 1 cup of water, 3-4 Tablespoons of honey, 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice, and zest from the orange peel (tops).

Clean and wash the oranges.

Cut off the top 1/4 of each orange–and a thin sliver from the bottoms so they will sit on the counter without rolling over.

Scoop out the orange flesh and juices and put it in a bowl and freeze.

Place orange “cups” on a plate and freeze.

Scrape the orange peel (lid) with a fork or a “zester” to remove the peel is tiny strands (about 1 tsp).

Puree the frozen orange mixture in a blender or food processor–adding the water, honey, lemon juice, and zest until smooth.

Adjust sweetness (honey) and pour into a 10″ x 13″ and freeze for 2-3 hours. Every so often, scrape the freezing mixture to break up the ice.

When the granita is frozen (no liquid left), “rake” it with the forks until glittery.

Scoop granita into frozen orange shells and serve. (Serves 4)




trust | 7-20-14

Trust_cookieWord: TRUST

Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3: 5,6

Bible Story: Elijah and the Drought (I Kings 17:1-9)
In this story, Elijah did what God asked him to do–he told King Ahab about the drought that was coming. And then God gave Elijah directions to a place where he would provide bread and water for him–a flowing brook for water, and birds that brought bread and meat to him every morning and every night! Later, when the brook dried up, God gave Elijah more directions. He told him to go to Zarephath where there was a widow who would feed him!

Prayer: Dear God, I am glad that you are so much bigger than I am. You know all about my life. You see everything that goes on around me. You know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone. I am glad that I believe in you. Help me to trust you more each day. Amen.

What can you do with bread?
Try bread painting at home! You can find easy instructions at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

Or try another kind of “bread” recipe: ICE CREAM MUFFINS.
All you need is a pint of vanilla ice cream and some flour. Bake up some yummy muffins for a treat!Click here for the Ice Cream Muffins recipe..

facebook-icon_fShare your own creation with us! We might want to try it too! Leave a comment here on the blog or go to our Bright Beginnings page on Facebook and show us what you made!



take it home | 5-26-13

The Recipe this week was “Pretzels from Heaven”. Can you guess what the Bible story was?

The Word:  TRUST

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

Read the Story: Elijah and the Drought (I Kings 17:1-9)

Prayer: Dear God, I am glad that You are so much bigger than I am. You know
all about my life. You see everything that goes on around me. You
know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone. I am
glad that I believe in You. Help me to trust You more each day. Amen

Write down three situations in which you need to trust God
right now in your life. Each time you start to worry about
them this week, start praying instead.

Birth-Age 2
Each time you pray, you are modeling your trust in Jesus.
Your child will learn that you are looking to God for help,
guidance, strength and wisdom as they hear your prayers.
Make mealtime and bedtime prayers important as well as
all throughout the day. Intentionally allow your child to
hear you talk to Jesus!

Age 3-Kindergarten
Play a trust-building game as a family.
blindfoldBlindfold one person, then have another
person lead them around the house on a trust
walk (take them around furniture, over and
under items, up and down stairs, etc). After
the trust walk ask them questions such as,
“How did it feel to not be able to see where
you were going?” “How much did you have to
trust your guide?” “In real life, do you always
know what is going to happen next?” “Who
can you trust to guide you through life?”