take it home | 02.05

Extreme Sayings Series


Extreme Saying of the Week:  “Let’s Move a Mountain!”

Lesson in a Word:  Faith

Story:  Noah & the Ark (Genesis 6:14-22)

Bible Verse:  “Faith proves what we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, please help my faith in you grow.  As my faith grows, so will my hope.  I want to believe in you and trust You for everything in my life.  I want to have faith to do the impossible things for You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Building faith in God takes a lifetime.  It is not something we receive instantly, in full.  The more you learn about God through prayer, devotional time, worship and church, the more you know God and trust Him.  Pray for God to strengthen your faith this week, then be prepared to grow!  It may be in something small such as having the confidence to invite a friend to church, standing up for a friend, or doing the right thing when you are tempted to do something else, or it may be something life changing that you wouldn’t be able to get through without God’s help.  When you take the time daily to get to know God more, you can have faith that He will walk with you through those life changing times.

Toddlers: Our story this week was about Noah and the ark.  Help your child retell this story this week by adding simple motions; have your child “hammer” when Noah is building the ark, pretend to be different animals as they are loading the ark, make the storm by tapping on their legs for rain, stomping their feet for thunder, and rocking back and forth in the boat!  Remind your child that Noah had faith in God and God took care of Noah.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Play “minefield” this week to teach your child about faith.  Scatter different objects in an indoor or outdoor space, then blindfold your child and have him/her try to get from one end to the other without touching any objects simply by listening to your verbal cues.  After you’ve played, take a moment to talk with your child about what it means to have “faith” when you cannot see.


take it home

Chemical Reactions | Week 8


Praising God in the Meadow!

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: Love

Story: Jesus and the Cross (Romans 3:23, 6:23 & John 3:16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your kindness, add LOVE” 2 Peter 1:7b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You so much for loving me. Thank You for dying on the cross for all the bad things I’ve done. I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever in heaven. Help me show Your love to others around me. Amen

We finished our Chemical Reactions Unit with a cool science experiment about God’s love for us (check out the whole thing here).  Thanks Christina Hill for the recommendation!

God, Sin & Us from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Take some time this week to write a letter to God telling Him why you love Him.

Birth – Age 2: Talk about Jesus with your children! Weave His love into as many conversations as you can with your child. Tell them Jesus keeps them safe when they are anxious, that He helps them sleep when they are having a hard time at bedtime, that He heals their body when they get hurt or are sick, that He provides food when you are eating, that He is always with them, etc. A relationship with God comes naturally when you bring God into the daily lives of your children!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Your children had an opportunity to pray a salvation prayer yesterday (in the Backyard and K-Street). Ask your child about it! Make a cross with your child this week out of some craft sticks or play dough and take a moment to remember how God showed His love for us on the cross.


Taking about the salvation prayer in K-Street


This is our last week of Chemical Reactions!  Next week we’ll be starting our Lenten series as we prepare for Holy Week!



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!

take it home

Chemical Reactions | Week 1

Faith Science Experiment from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

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: Faith


Story: The Captain’s Servant (Matthew 8:5-13)


Bible Verse: “…add this to your life: faith” 2 Peter 1:5a


Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want to believe in You. I am so glad that I can come to church and learn about You. Help me to trust You and the plans You have for my life. Amen


Take-It-Home Activities:
Parents: You are a model of Christ to your child. Children will learn to trust in Jesus by watching you. Talk with your child about Jesus. Share what He has done for you; how He keeps you safe, helps you sleep, or heals you.


Birth – Age 2: Children’s faith will grow the more they trust and know! As you and your children are riding in the car, getting dressed or looking out the window, take turns spotting things that God made.


Age 3 – Kindergarten: Play “Lead the Blind” game. Blindfold a family member. Another family member will give them verbal directions to get from one place to another. Do you have faith that you will be lead the right way and not bump into things?


Introducing a new series in Bright Beginnings!

chemical reactions | the elements of your character

For the next 8 weeks, we will be mixing up some fun in our chemistry lab – learning about character from 2 Peter 1:57.  Because our goal is to be more like Christ – we will be taking time each week to “put on our lab coats” and learn about

  • faith
  • goodness
  • knowledge
  • self-control
  • patience
  • service
  • kindness
  • love

January 6th – FAITH

January 13th – GOODNESS

January 20th – KNOWLEDGE

January 27th – SELF CONTROL

February 3rd – PATIENCE

February 10th – SERVICE FOR GOD

February 17th – KINDNESS

February 24 – LOVE

Join us as we mix these all up together and get the perfect formula for our character!