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Sailing the “C’s” | Week 2

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“C” of the Week: Competence

Lesson:  Do my best!

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

014 Our Garden friends played a game to act out the story. Can you tell which kids are “the wall?!”

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Bible Verse: “God gives us what it takes.” 2 Corinthians 3:5 (Paraphrase)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for the way You made me. There is no one else like me. Thank You for all the things I can do. Help me to learn more about You so I can be the person You created me to be.  Help me to always do my best and to be a good example to those around me. Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Your children are looking to you for approval. Create opportunities for your child to be successful. Even new walkers can put their shoes away or throw away the trash. Use hugs, high fives, and words of encouragement to appreciate their effort and build their esteem.

Birth – Age 2: Young children have a strong desire to help you. The next time you are folding clothes, ask your child to help. Show your child how to fold, then put the clothes away exactly how your child folded it (even if it’s not “right,” it’s great because your child wanted to help).

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Get outside and run short relay races with your child. Shake hands at the end of each race and talk about how God made us each with special abilities. Whether we win or not, God wants us to always do our best and be a good example to others around us.

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Here’s your take it home for the weekend!

We’re a little late this week, but any time is a great time to bring God into your home, so here’s how you can remind your kids about what they learned Sunday.

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“C” of the Week: Character

Bible Verse: Be strong in character and ready for anything. James 1:4

Story: Daniel 6:6-23 (Daniel & the Lion’s Den)

 

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We acted out “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” in our story station.

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I’m pretty sure this was the part where the lions roar.  What do you think?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, Help me to have a good attitude in everything I do. Help me to trust in You so that I will be ready for anything. Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:
Parents: You are a model of Christ to your child. Pray with your child daily, teaching them to say “thank you” to God. Children will learn to trust in Jesus by watching you.

Birth – Age 3: Have your child help you act out the story of Daniel & the lions. Ask them to roar like a lion while you pretend to be Daniel. (You can even make a little blanket fort as your cave)! Kneel on the floor with your hands folded and pray to God, telling Him you love Him and thanking Him for keeping you safe. Remind your child that God loves them and will always protect them.

Age 4 – Kindergarten: Invite your child to help you with a simple chore around the house, then sing a song as you do it together. Remind them that God wants us to have a good attitude in everything we do, and singing can help us do just that!

 

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There are two more exciting opportunities I have to share with you, so make sure to check back over the next couple of days!

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Chemical Reactions | Week 8

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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.

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Taking about the salvation prayer in K-Street

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

 

 


wednesday nights in march

Here’s what your kiddos will be learning in Bright Beginnings during the month of March:

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Story: Baby Moses (Exodus 2)

Bible Verse: The Lord’s Prayer (check out this post to learn the sign language)

Theme SongJesus Loves the Little Children

To do @ Home:
• Grab some objects from around your house and fill a tub with water. Have your child guess if the object will sink or float and then have them test it out!  Ask your children to tell you the story of baby Moses, then remind them that just as God had a plan for Moses’ life, He has a plan for your child’s life as well!

• Grab a baby doll and sing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” with your child while taking turns to gently rock the baby.

 

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Chemical Reactions | Week 7

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.



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Kindness is “Attractive”!

Character Element of the Week: Kindness

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

Bible Verse: “…and to your service for God, add KINDNESS” 2 Peter 1:7a

Prayer: Dear God, Help me to think about others and to be kind to them.  Help my words and actions help others, not hurt them.  Help me to see opportunities where I can share Your love and kindness to the people around me.  Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Bake some cookies with your children this week and help them make some cards, then deliver them to someone who needs some love and encouragement.

Birth – Age 2: All parents want their children to be kind.  When you see your child sharing, playing well with others, or being friendly, be sure to them then know by verbally praising them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Talk with your children about their friends (from church, daycare, school, etc.).  Remind them to be kind to others, especially when they see a child hurt or crying or who may be left out.  Give them concrete, practical things they can do, such as allowing others to go first, inviting others to play with them, offering to share their toy, etc.

 

 


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Chemical Reactions | Week 6

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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.

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Character Element of the Week: Service for God

Story: Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:1-6:16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your patience, add SERVICE FOR GOD” 2 Peter 1:6c

Prayer: Dear God, You have done so much for me. Help me to serve You by helping others. Help me to see when others have a need and to do something about it. Amen

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Take-It-Home Activities:
Parents: Is there another parent you know that could use a night out this week? Give them a call and offer to watch their children. Your children will love the extra playmates and you’ll be modeling “service to others” to your children.

Birth – Age 2: Even young children can help out at home. Instead of doing all the chores for them, invite them to help you with simple tasks such as putting their cup in the sink, throwing away their own diaper, helping to pick up toys, putting clean clothes away, etc. It will most likely take more time, but they will love helping you and the seeds you are planting are worth it!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Do your children help out with chores at home? If not, start with a few simple chores such as making their bed (it doesn’t need to be perfect), helping set the table, sweeping after meals (again, perfection is not the goal), etc. Make it fun and remind your child that when they are serving their family, they are serving God.

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signing the Lord’s prayer

Here are the signs we are using to help us learn The Lord’s Prayer during Lent:

 

We learned through “hallowed be your name” last night.

Ask your kids to show you!

wednesday nights in bright beginnings

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Dear Parents,

Lent has become one of my most anticipated seasons.  This will be our third Lenten season during which we will commit to learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings.  It is such a joy to watch our children put this prayer into their hearts and know that it will stay with them into adulthood.  So, will you join us again this year?

Today is Ash Wednesday, one of the first days of Lent.

Today we begin a season in which we focus on REPENTENCE (not just the forgiveness of our sins, but a changing of directions; allowing God to change our thinking, actions, attitudes…), SORROW (not just the deep sorrow of Christ’s death on the cross for us but the journey toward Jerusalem, the foreboding days before the Last Supper), and YEARNING (not just a yearning for change but for the liberation that comes in both the birth and resurrection of Christ!).

What better time than during this season of intentional focus is there to teach our kids the prayer the Lord has asked us to pray:

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.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

Will you join us?

We will be working in Bright Beginnings to put this prayer in our minds and in our hearts during the weeks of Lent, starting with tonight.  The following is the breakdown of when we will be learning each part of the prayer.  Will you be willing to help your child learn this prayer during Lent?

  • Week of February 18th :  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
  • Week of February 25th:  10 Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Week of March 4th:  11 Give us this day our daily bread.
  • Week of March 11th:  And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
  • Week of March 18th:  13 Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
  • Week of March 25th:  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

*If your child already knows The Lord’s Prayer, that is wonderful!  Spend some time each week praying the prayer together and talking about what each part means as we learn it in Bright Beginnings.  We will also be learning The Lord’s Prayer in sign language again this year to help our little ones remember the words.  Watch for a post of the video of the signs we will be using so that you can learn them at home as well!

 

 

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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…

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and shake some more!

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

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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)
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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.

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Chemical Reactions | Week 4

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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: Self-Control

Story: Noah & the Ark (Genesis 6:9-9:15)

Bible Verse: “…and to your knowledge, add SELF-CONTROL” 2 Peter 1:6a

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that You have control over everything that happens. You have a purpose for everything and everyone. Help me to have self-control to do the right things. Also, help me to have self-control so I will not hurt others with my actions or words. Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Write down one area in your life that needs self-control. Ask God to help you!

Birth – Age 2: Young children often use their bodies to get attention by crying, hitting, poking, scratching and grabbing. When these times arise, it’s an opportunity to teach them about self-control. Use phrases like, “Use your words,” “What do you need?” and “Let’s share.”

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Playing a card or board game is a great way to practice self-control! Play one with your child this week and encourage self-control by helping everyone take turns and be good sports. When the game is finished, have everyone give high fives and say “good game”!