it’s time for wiggle waggle wednesdays!

Hello Bright Beginnings Families!  It’s been a while since you’ve had a new post!

Wondering why?

The short answer is that I took a technology break during Lent and have had a hard time getting back into the swing of all things technology.  The long answer is a possible future blog post…

So, where are we now?

Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays has begun!

If you are unfamiliar with Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays, here is a quick overview:

All children in the Garden or Backyard classes who attend on Wednesday nights will be assigned a team (orange or blue) and will compete the entire summer to earn points for their team.

Attending Service:  1 point

Wearing Their Team Color:  2 points

Winning Games Played Each Week:  3 points

Bringing a Friend:  5 points

Memorizing the Lord’s Prayer:  10 points

Memorizing Each Month’s Bible Verse: 10 points

Being Able to Recite All Four at the End of Summer:  Priceless (and 20 points)

You can help your child by making sure they attend Bright Beginnings on Wednesday nights, being willing to transport an extra friend or two, reminding them to dress in their team color (anything from hair accessories and hats to shirts and socks count) and working with them to memorize the Lord’s Prayer and verse of the month at home!

June: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1

July:  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 129:14

August:  “This is love for God to obey His commands.”  1 John 5:3

The Lord’s Prayer:  “Our Father, in Heaven, holy is Your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven . Give us this day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.  Amen

We will be playing our games either in Kid City or in the grassy area just outside Bright Beginnings.  If you have any concerns about your child being in either of these two areas during service, please let me know.

Our children enjoyed creating and performing their team cheers a couple weeks ago as we kicked off Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays.

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The following week they completed an obstacle course to earn points for their team.

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And tonight we will be painting with ice!

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I can’t wait to see our children’s artistic interpretations of Genesis 1:1.  Hope to see you there!

If your child has yet to attend a Wednesday evening this summer, there’s always room for more on our teams, so come join us!

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See you soon,

ryannesig

 

 

 

lent | fish & doves

Our fish represent simplicity.  The less we have, the less we have to manage.  This allows us to stay close to Jesus and depend on Him for everything!

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Our dove represents peace.  We can have real peace with God because of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross and in His resurrection!

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The kids did such a great job with these.  Aren’t they beautiful?!

Tonight we’ll be making our lambs.  Hope to see you there!

The Lord’s Prayer

We committed to learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings during lent and over the last two Sundays, we’ve spent time practicing together in fun ways!

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The Lord’s Prayer Coloring Books

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Miss Shirlee loves our children!

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K-Street friends finding all the cards and working together to put them in order.

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Making beautiful frames to hang The Lord’s Prayer up at home.

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Miss Megan giving rides.

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The Lord’s Prayer Hopscotch

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The Lord’s Prayer Bead Bracelets

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Backyard friends working together to get the cards in order.

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Explaining each line with props.

lent | cross

Last Wednesday we made crosses to hang on our Lent trees.  They remind us that Jesus died on the cross for us so that we can have clean hearts!

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Join us tonight as we practice The Lord’s Prayer together and make our next symbol, the Fish!

take it home | 03.12

Extreme Sayings Series

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We finished our last week of Extreme Sayings this Sunday!

Extreme Saying of the Week: “Be Perfect”

Lesson in a Word: Mature

Story: Abram & Lot (Genesis 12:2-18)

Bible Verse: “Do what is right.”  2 Corinthians 8:21

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help me to grow and become more like You.  Help me to learn that I have choices and give me a desire to do the right things.  I want to know You better so that I can be more like you.  Amen

Worshiping Jesus!

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Have a popcorn and family movie night this week where you watch an old favorite from your childhood.  Take a minute to talk to your children about how you were a child once and share with them a favorite childhood memory.  Explain how God has helped you mature over the years and how reading your Bible and praying has helped you become more like Christ.

Toddlers: Play with a ball with your child this week.  As you pass the ball say, “It’s your turn!”  If you have more than one child, get them involved encouraging them to give everyone a turn as you play.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Get out a board game this week and encourage your child to let you go first.  Remind them that God wants to make us more like Him and that means putting others first!

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We love Mr. Steve!

take it home | 03.05

Extreme Sayings Series

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K-Street friends acting out scenarios with their “Peace Puppets”

Extreme Saying of the Week: “Live at peace with everyone”

Lesson in a Word: Peace

Story: David Hides in a Cave (1 Samuel 24:1-22)

Bible Verse: “Live in peace.”  Romans 12:18a

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, help me do my part to keep peace around me.  There will be times when I want to act in anger or get even, but help me to have the strength to be peaceful and show kindness instead.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  It can be extremely difficult at times to be a peaceful parent!  Pray for God to help you bring about peace in your home through your attitudes, words and actions.  Take a minute to think about what helps keep you calm, whether that means getting up early to make sure you have some time to yourself, reading, creating, exercising, cleaning (yes, cleaning works for some of us!), and then make sure to include those in your daily routine.  Don’t be afraid to give yourself a “time-out” when you are frustrated and know that simply getting silly (singing, dancing, laughing) can change attitudes quickly!

Toddlers: Pray over your child this week that God will help them to live out Romans 12:18.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Peace is a hard for our little ones because most times it requires selflessness.  Choose this week to focus on peace in your family.  Talk with your child about what peace means, then tell them you are going to be the “Peace Police” this week.  Every time you see your child sharing, allowing someone else to choose or go first, using kind words, saying “I forgive you,” not responding with angry actions, etc. give them a Thank You and a great big hug!

 

lent | heart

Your kids rocked it on our first Wednesday night of Lent!

Each week on Wednesday nights during Lent, we will be making a symbol to hang on our Lent trees.  This week our symbol is a heart because Lent is all about Jesus’ love for us!

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Our Bright Beginnings Lent Tree

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These kids worked hard to learn the first part of The Lord’s Prayer and they nailed it!  Check back tomorrow to see the video of the signs we are learning for The Lord’s Prayer. img_20170301_192909155_censored

If you did not receive a 2017 Lent Calendar last night and would like one for your family, please let me know.  We have a few left and would love to get you one!

wrapping up

We wrapped up our Wednesday night series on “God Made Me!” with some fun games to help us memorize our Bible verse and a lesson on the five senses that God has given us.

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We look forward to seeing you all tonight for our Ash Wednesday service as we begin the Lenten season with the imposition of ashes, remembering “from dust we come and to dust we return.”

 

take it home | 02.26

Extreme Sayings Series

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Our kids served the church today by helping clean our toys!

Extreme Saying of the Week: “Be a Servant to All”

Lesson in a Word: Humility

Story: Jesus Washes the Disciple’s Feet (John 13:4-5 & 12-17)

Bible Verse: “Serve each other with humility.”  1 Peter 5:5

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for making us all different.  Help me to think of others and not just myself.  Show me ways that I can put other’s needs above my own by doing simple acts of service for them.  Help me not always want to be the first and best at everything, but to let others share the spotlight.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:   Is there a friend in your life who is going through a rough time, is stressed or could just use an unexpected treat?  Have your children help you bake some goodies and make cards, then deliver them together to your friend.

Toddlers: Play the “sharing game” with your child.  Pick a favorite toy and say “It’s your turn!” and allow them to play for a moment, then say, “May I have a turn please?” and you play with it for a moment, giving lots of encouragement when they hand the toy over.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Part of putting others first is noticing needs.  To encourage that, play “Super Spies” this week!  Tell your child/ren that they are going to be super spies and their job is to notice as many needs as possible.  For every need that they notice, they get one point.  For every need they notice and stop to help, they get two points.  Play all day; at home, at school, at daycare, at the store, and tally the points at the end of the day.  Older kids can even be given a Super Spy notebook to keep track of their list!

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Our K-Street friends being “Super Spies” and learning how to notice the needs of others.

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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