take it home

Chemical Reactions | Week 5

This week our character element is PATIENCE and to practice our patience we made butter!

We all worked together to shake…






and shake some more!


And when we were all done, we enjoyed the butter we made on some toast.


Here’s your Take it Home for the week:

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: Patience

Story: Joshua and the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-26)

Marching around the wall!

Bible Verse: “…and to your self-control, add PATIENCE” 2 Peter 1:6b

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that You are patient with me. Help me to be patient with others around me. Help me to know Your purposes in my life so that I can be patient in obeying You. Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:
Parents: Sometimes it is so hard to have patience when you have young children! Your children learn by watching you, so pray for God to give you an abundance of patience. The next time your child desires to complete a task independently, take a deep breath, stop, and allow your child time. (Then give a high five and hugs of course)!

Birth – Age 2: Young children have a very limited concept of time; however, introducing “one more minute” can be a helpful tool. Start using a timer (or simply announce “one more minute”) just before it’s time to clean up toys, come to dinner, share a toy etc. As your children age, you can increase the time increments and they will begin to understand patience when they learn they sometimes have to wait.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Children this age often want to know “what the plan is” and how many more days until it happens! This is a great opportunity to teach and encourage patience. The next time your child is looking forward to an upcoming event, find some way to count down each day with your child (make a paper chain, make a sticker chart, cross off each day on the calendar, etc.). Remind them that they are practicing their patience until the day arrives.

God made me!

We wrapped up our Creation Series with a little fun with food!















Do you see any resemblances?

God gives me food | 10-5-14

Word: Provision

Bible Verse: “God will meet all your needs.” Philippians 4:19

Bible Story: Exodus 16

Dear Jesus, thank You for all the things You provide for me like food and a home. I know that You will always take care of me each day. Amen.


T a k e  I t  H o m e

At one of your dinners this week, have each family member participate in the prayer by thanking God for one specific thing on their plate. You could even take advantage of one of the last warm evenings we have this year and plan a family picnic!

Birth – Age 2
Everyone desires polite children; however, manners have to be modeled and taught! Encourage and remind your children to say “thank-you” (verbally or with sign language) often.

Age 3 – Kindergarten
Sit down with your children and make a list of all the things you are thankful for. See how long you can make it! Then, encourage your children to draw pictures of some of the items. Hang the list and their pictures on the refrigerator or in their bedroom so that you can be reminded of God’s provisions often and remember to thank Him for specific things when you pray.

share | 8-10-14

share_cookieKids in Bright Beginnings made Trail Mix on Sunday! They were pouring, measuring, and stirring the ingredients — then bagging it up and taking it home to SHARE with someone. And that’s the word for the week–let’s keep it going all week long!

Word: Share

Bible Verse: “Share what you have with others.” Romans 12:13

Story: Joseph (Genesis 47:11-13)
When famine came to Egypt, Joseph was able to share food with his whole family (and that was a lot of people). What a blessing he was to them!

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for all the food that you provide for me and my family. I am so glad that I never have to go hungry. Help me to have a kind and caring heart so that I can share with others. Amen.

Take it Home

Try making Rainbow Kabobs this week! Gather fruit of lots of colors–rainbow colors!

fruit pieces
6″ bamboo skewers

Red: strawberries, raspberries, watermelon

Orange: cantaloupe, orange, mango

Yellow: pineapple, starfruit

Green: grapes, kiwi

Blue: blueberries

Purple: grapes


1. Thread fruit pieces onto skewers

2. Put fruits in rainbow color order

3. Try using cookie cutters to make shapes (cantaloupe and watermelon)

Have fun and share some kabobs!




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
from www.skiptomylou.org

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)