take it home | 02.19

Extreme Sayings Series

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Extreme Saying of the Week: “Be Salt”

Lesson in a Word:  Example

Story: The True God (1 kings 18:17-39)

Bible Verse: “Honor Christ”  1 Peter 3:15

Prayer: Dear Jesus, please show me how to honor Christ in all my actions and words so that I can help others around me.  Help me to know how to talk to people about You.  Help me be a good example to my friends and family.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:   When you choose to come to church, worship and learn more about God you are honoring Christ and modeling for your children what it means to make Christ a priority in your life.  This is such a gift for your children!

Toddlers: The way you talk to your child can be an opportunity to bring honor to Christ.  As you interact, continually give Christ the praise.  Praise Him for your child’s strong legs, smart mind, unique personality, quick feet, adorable hands…everything!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Talk with your child about what it means to be a leader (or salt!).  Talk about ways they can be a leader at home, at school, at church, etc. and ways they can honor Christ as a leader (not going along with something that’s wrong, including everyone, sharing, standing up for others, following directions).  Then play Follow the Leader with them!

Our K-Street friends brainstormed a list of what it might look like to “be salt” at home and at school.  Here’s what they came up with…

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Parents of children in the Backyard & Garden:  Our children made pennants today to represent “Team Jesus!”  Help them hang their pennant somewhere at home to remind them to have actions that honor Christ.

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advent | joy

3rd Sunday of Advent:  Joy

Story:  Follow that Star!  (Wise Men & Shepherds)

Bible Verse:  “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.”  Psalm 119:10

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, thank You for being the perfect gift.  Thank You for having a plan for me.  I pray I will seek you and follow you my whole life.  Amen

 

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K-Street Scavenger Hunt

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Backyard Friends Following the Star to Find Baby Jesus

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Garden Friends Following the Star to Find Baby Jesus

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Making Star Ornaments

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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!

Worshiping 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!

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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!

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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!

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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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a bit of housekeeping

Hello Bright Beginnings Community!

I have been on maternity leave for most of the summer snuggling this little bundle of joy…

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Consequently, I have a bit of catching up to do!

I apologize if you are new to startingsmall and have checked our site, only to find the same post up for months.  I promise to post more regularly now that I am back to work!

Before we get back to our regularly scheduled posts however, there are some things I need to catch you up on so I’m going to throw everything together in one big housekeeping post!

  1.  THANK YOU to all the people who served in Bright Beginnings during Summer Serve!  I missed the opportunity to meet all the new people that don’t serve in Bright Beginnings on a regular basis, but know that I appreciate you and thank you for helping out, especially while I was gone.
  2. THANK YOU to the team of people who made my maternity leave possible.  What an incredible group of volunteers I had!  They were willing to come in during the week, come early for services, stay after services and help from their homes to keep things running in Bright Beginnings.  I can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our ministry, their love for my family and their willingness to take on extra so that I could be home.  Thank You!
  3. WELCOME BACK to all our regular volunteers!  I am thrilled so many of you have decided to return and are eager to see “your” children again.  It will be good to see each of you.  I’m excited for another great year!
  4. Anyone who volunteers in Bright Beginnings in any way (from laundry and craft prep at home to teaching and serving in the classrooms) is invited to our annual Bright Beginnings Picnic.  It’s this Sunday (September 11th) @ 5pm in Rod Mills Park.  See the invitation for more details:my-invitation
  5. K-Street is our class for our kindergarteners (it’s located just off the commons right outside our Bright Beginnings hallway).  If your child started kindergarten this fall, please let a check-in volunteer know, so that your child’s name tag can be changed to red.  They can start attending K-Street anytime!  (Unfortunately, due to a shortage of teachers, K-Street is only open on Sundays during the 11:15 am service.  Kindergarteners who attend during first service or on Wednesday evenings simply join their friends in the Backyard until they start 1st grade and are promoted to Kid City).

    K-Street is designed to help our kindergarteners with their transition to Kid City the following year.  From September through January, the children join their friends in the Backyard for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then return to their class for the same lesson as the rest of Bright Beginnings but at a kindergarten level.  During the last half of the school year, our K-Street class joins Kid City for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then returns to K-Street for the lesson.  This allows our kindergartners to experience a bit of Kid City, meet Pastor Crystel, and become familiar with the new room and many faces before graduating from Bright Beginnings and moving up to Kid City at the end of next summer.

  6. And finally, our “Take it Home” information for the lesson this week:

A few weeks ago, we started a series called “Sailing the C’s” in which we have been learning about the different “C’s” God wants us to have to help us sail the seas of life (Character, Competence, Calling, Compassion, etc.).  This week we sailed the “C” of Courage…

Bible Verse:  Do not be afraid.  Joshua 1:9

Story:  1 Samuel 25:1-42 (David, Abigail & Nabal)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad that I am never alone.  You are always with me and watching over me.  Please help me have the courage to trust You each day.  Help me to not be afraid because You care about what happens to me.  I love You.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:   Is there something that you’ve been needing to do that will take courage?  Ask God to give you courage, then commit to doing it this week!

Birth – Age 2:  Be a cheerleader for your child as they take on new challenges (feeding themselves, walking, going down the slide, sitting in the “big kid” swing, climbing up the stairs, helping around the house, etc.).  Encouragement goes a long way to instill courage.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Help your child memorize this week’s Bible verse (the short version or the whole thing!).  Remind them that God is always with them and that they can say this verse anytime they are afraid or nervous (in bed at night, getting dropped off at daycare or pre-school, coming to Bright Beginnings).  When they show anxiety, take a moment to pray at that moment, modeling that they can talk to God any time.

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Whew!  I think that’s it.

Thank you for giving me the honor of helping shepherd your child’s heart.  What a joy it is to see their bright eyes and precious faces each week as my team and I teach them about God and His love.  It’s good to be back!

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Congrats Grads!

Thanks to all who came out to our Bright Beginnings Graduation Party!  A fun time was had by all and I will miss these precious children.  God bless you on your journey into Kid City!

IMG_20160820_091641299Waffle Bar Breakfast!

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IMG_20160820_093707946Kid City’s Pastor Crystel talking to the kids and parents.

IMG_20160820_094901183Praying over our children.

IMG_20160820_094939989_HDRBright Beginnings Class of 2016

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IMG_20160820_102947541Bowling Fun!

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Special thanks to Sara Arnett for coordinating our graduation party this year while I was on maternity leave!

bright beginnings graduation party!

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All Bright Beginnings children starting 1st grade this fall are welcome to attend our annual Bright Beginnings Graduation Party!

This Sunday, August 21st, is promotion Sunday at JaxNaz Church, which means your almost 1st grader will attend Kid City for the first time.

However, before we send them off, we want to celebrate them at a graduation party on Saturday, August 20th!

We are meeting at the church (in the Teen Center) for breakfast at 9.  We’ll have a short graduation ceremony, and then head together to Airport Lanes for some bowling.

If you would like more details, or have not yet RSVP’d, please contact Sarah Arnett at 517.745.7730 or saramarnett@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

advent | 12.13

3rd Sunday of Advent:  Joy

Story:  Follow that Star!  The wise men were filled with Joy when they found Jesus

Our Garden friends followed the star to find baby Jesus, just like the wise men!

Bible Verse:   “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.”  Psalm 119:10

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IMG_20151213_115002565Our K-Street friends had to clues to seek for all the parts of the nativity.

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, thank You for being the perfect gift.  Thank You for having a plan for me.  I pray I will seek You and follow You my whole life.  Amen

IMG_20151213_121246990We’ll be making an ornament each week of Advent.  Your child is welcome to hang theirs on our Bright Beginnings Christmas tree after class to help us decorate!

IMG_20151213_082409314A sweet member of our church body made snowmen for our Bright Beginnings children this Christmas. There are still a few left, so if your child would like one, please ask at the Bright Beginnings check-in desk! 

did you know?

Did you know we have a class on Sunday mornings specifically for kindergartners?

We do!

It’s called K-Street & it meets during the 11:15 service every Sunday.

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Did you know these crazy kiddos are memorizing the books of the Bible over the course of this year in K-Street?

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They are!

And do you know why?

Because kindergartners are smart.  They are big kids and they can do big things.  We are teaching them that all those stories they have been reading in their Beginner’s Bibles (the ones with lots of pictures and not a lot of words) are the same stories that are in their parent’s Bibles (the ones with lots of words and not a lot of pictures).  We want them to know there’s so much more to God’s Word and help them transition into their next Bible by giving them the tools to be able to look up scripture.

So, every week of this year, they will be rockin’ out to this song:

Go ahead, play it at home, and help your entire family memorize the books of the Bible!