wednesday nights in february

Here’s what your kiddos will be learning tonight and for the month of February:

Ark Pic

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

Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (I’ll need your help with this one because it is a little longer than our usual verses! Go over and over it with your children in the car, at meal times, before bed…)

Theme Song: Deep & Wide

To do @ Home:
• Over your next meal or car ride, take turns with your child listing as many animals as you can think of (you can include sound effects!). When you can’t think of anymore, talk with your child about what it would be like to live on an ark with all those animals!

• Every time you see a rainbow, remind your child that God loves us and keeps His promises!

See you tonight!

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!

obey | 7-13-14

obey_cookieThe Word in Bright Beginnings today was OBEY.

Adam and Eve were tempted with a juicy apple, and they chose to disobey what God had told them. (Genesis 3:1-6) It’s always best to obey what God says! Read the story together this week!

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for loving us so much! Thank you for giving us the Bible–full of truth for us to learn and to obey.


Talk about obeying God at home this week, while you create some fun apple snacks!

apple-fish-snackWhat can you make with an apple and a toothpick?

What can you make with an apple and some peanut butter?apples-and-peanut-butter

Send us a picture of your apple snack! We want to make one too!

Check back on the blog later this week for a recipe that your kids can make–featuring apples and the number 2.

take it home | 5-19-13

This week begins our summer 2013 series titled SOUL FOOD. Join us each week as we cook up some great recipes together — and watch for a new SOUL FOOD recipe every week that you can create at home!

The word: OBEY

The Recipe: Caramel Apples

Bible Verse: “To love God means we obey Him.” I John 5:3

Read the Story: Genesis 3:1-24

Prayer: Dear God, Ii am glad that you have given me the freedom to make my own choices. Please help me to know right from wrong and choose to do those things that are right. This week, give me a desire to obey you by listening to my parents and obeying them. Amen.

Is there something God has been asking you to do? Be an example for your family and obey him today.

toddler-and-momBirth-Age 2
When you notice your child making the right choice–praise your child for them! [They love words, hugs, smiles and high fives]

Age 3-Kindergarten
Play a game — remember “Simon Says?” Talk about how easy it is not to listen to what Simon says…and remind each other that obeying what God asks us to do is the right choice.