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Chemical Reactions | Week 8


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.


Taking about the salvation prayer in K-Street


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



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



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!



advent is here!

Advent is here and we are preparing our hearts as we anticipate the arrival of our Savior!

This week in Bright Beginnings, we had a special visit from Mary and Gabriel, the angel.


Our Bible verse for this first week of advent is “For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16


And here’s our prayer: “Dear Jesus, thank You for being the perfect gift. Thank You for choosing me to be a part of Your family. Help me to trust You and be willing to do whatever You want me to do. Amen”


Mary trusted God and was willing to do whatever He wanted her to do!

discipleship | 6-1-14










Word: Discipleship

Bug: Butterfly
When a caterpillar goes into his cocoon, he turns into a beautiful butterfly. When we spend time learning about Jesus and reading the Bible, we can become more like him.

Bible Verse: Your attitude should be like Jesus. Philippians 2:5

Story: James (Matthew 4:21, 17:5; Mark 3:17, 5:37, 14:33 & John 21:1-2)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I understand that you made me. Help me to become more like you! Amen.


There are so many ways that we would like to become more like Jesus. Make it simple this week. Ask God to show you just one way that you can be more like him and start being/doing it (in His strength).

Birth-Age 2
Even a very young child can recognize characters in a story (think: Dora, Daniel Tiger, and Big Bird). Introducing your child to characters from God’s Word is a big part of discipleship! Read from a Children’s Bible every day and help your child get to know Jesus! (If you don’t have a children’s bible, stop by Bright Beginnings and ask for one).

Age 3-Kindergarten
Prayer is a spiritual discipline! This week, plan to pray with your child often. Before bed and meal times are a great way to start. Pray when your child feels anxious or when you are riding in the car, or when you learn that a friend is sick. Help your child know that we can talk to Jesus anytime and anywhere!

let’s worship our God!

Do you think the praying mantis really prays?

Do you think the praying mantis really prays?

Today was a special day in Bright Beginnings! We celebrated together and worshiped God. Think about ways that you can worship God this week with your attitude, time and thoughts. Telling God thank you, that we love Him, and that we want to follow Him, are all ways to worship Him.

Word:  Worship

Bug:  Praying Mantis
The praying mantis’ folded hands can remind us that we can worship God through prayer!

Bible Verse:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart.  Mark 12:30

Story: King Asa (1  Kings 15:10-24 & 2 Chronicles 14-16)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want to make You the center of my life.  I will show You how much I love You by worshiping You. Thank You for loving me. Amen


We teach children that worship is surrendering to God. The next time your child pushes your patience, remember to surrender the moment to God. Take a minute to calm your anger by stepping away (mentally, if not physically!) and surrender it to God. You will instantly teach a life lesson by your actions!

Birth – Age 2:
When you ride in the car this week, sing “Jesus Loves Me” with your child. Tell your child that God loves to hear us sing to Him. This is worship!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: 
Worship is not just something we do at church. We worship God at home, school, the park – everywhere!  Each time you see your child singing to God, sharing toys, reading a Bible story or
being kind to others, remind them that they are worshiping God!

take it home | 8-25-13

The message today in Bright Beginnings was: God knows me!
And the “C” word was CALLING.

Bible Verse: God chose me. Galatians 1:15

Story: Judges 6:33 – 7:22

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad that you love me. You even knew me before I was born. Help me to understand your call in my life. I am glad you want me to be part of your family. Give me the desire to help others. Show me ways I can learn what your purposes are for me. Amen.

Parents – Here are some ideas to help you take the message home . . .
Write about a time in your life when you felt God “calling” you to do something specific; or when you knew God was leading you in a big decision. Be ready to share this with those you know that may be struggling with making a big decision, or understanding God’s calling in their life.

Birth – Age 2
Ask your child to help you find your nose, eye, knee, tummy, hair, etc. Then pray out loud with your child. Thank God for how he has created him or her, and thank him for the plans that he has for them!

1059067259_cd6aca5fb5_mAge 4 – Kindergarten
Help your child practice writing their name, and talk to them about how/why you chose that name! Remind them that they are very special and that God chose them to be in your family!

take it home | 5-26-13

The Recipe this week was “Pretzels from Heaven”. Can you guess what the Bible story was?

The Word:  TRUST

Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

Read the Story: Elijah and the Drought (I Kings 17:1-9)

Prayer: Dear God, I am glad that You are so much bigger than I am. You know
all about my life. You see everything that goes on around me. You
know what things worry or bother me before I even tell anyone. I am
glad that I believe in You. Help me to trust You more each day. Amen

Write down three situations in which you need to trust God
right now in your life. Each time you start to worry about
them this week, start praying instead.

Birth-Age 2
Each time you pray, you are modeling your trust in Jesus.
Your child will learn that you are looking to God for help,
guidance, strength and wisdom as they hear your prayers.
Make mealtime and bedtime prayers important as well as
all throughout the day. Intentionally allow your child to
hear you talk to Jesus!

Age 3-Kindergarten
Play a trust-building game as a family.
blindfoldBlindfold one person, then have another
person lead them around the house on a trust
walk (take them around furniture, over and
under items, up and down stairs, etc). After
the trust walk ask them questions such as,
“How did it feel to not be able to see where
you were going?” “How much did you have to
trust your guide?” “In real life, do you always
know what is going to happen next?” “Who
can you trust to guide you through life?”

take it home | 4-28-13

When you see a firefly light up, remember that God wants us to share our light with others!


bug: firefly

word:  evangelism

story: Paul and King Agrippa (Acts 25-26)

Bible verse: Be wise (and tell others about Jesus). (Colossians 4:5)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I know it is important to tell other people about you.  The more I learn about you, the more I have to share with others.  Help me to live in such a way that others want to know more about you!  Amen

What is something you can you do to “shine your light” with your children? Consider this: sit down and write out your faith story – what Christ means to you. Save it for your child in a scrap book, time capsule, family Bible, or memory box. One day, when your child is older, it will help him understand your personal journey with God.


Birth-Age 2
This is a great time to begin praying for others with your young children. Is there a friend or family member that doesn’t know Jesus?  When you and your child are praying together, pray for him or her.  Help your young one “shine” by caring and praying for others.

Age 3-Kindergartenbackyard_group
Talk to your child about sharing Jesus with others. Ask if they have a friend they would like to invite to Bright Beginnings and then help make it happen! Even very young children want their friends to know about Jesus and his love – do everything you can to help your child “shine”!

take it home | 4-14-13

ImageBug this week:  Butterfly

Word of the week: Discipleship

Verse of the week: Your attitude should be like Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)

Story: Matthew 4:21, 17:5, Mark 3:17, 5:37, 14:33 & John 21:1-2

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I understand that You made me.  Help me to become more like You.  Amen

In an amazing process, the caterpillar changes to a butterfly!  Much like this, we change from our old life to a new one as we trust Jesus and follow him.monarch-linsuehoo

Kids can understand that when a caterpillar goes into his cocoon, he turns into a beautiful butterfly; and that when we spend time learning about Jesus and reading the Bible, we can become more like Him.

How can we take this message home all week long? Read and pray. Find ways to pray all day long.  You can talk to God when

  • your child falls down or gets hurt
  • you get in the car to drive to daycare
  • you sit down to eat a meal

Make a point to read a Bible story every day this week.  Let your children interact with the pictures and characters – talk about who they are and what is happening. There are some wonderful preschool Bibles – make a special purchase this week if you don’t already have one on your shelf:

  • The Early Readers Bible (Gold n’ Honey Books)
  • The Right Choices (McDowell)
  • My First Study Bible (Thomas Nelson)
  • The Beginner’s Bible (Zonderkids)

Read and pray this week!  Grow with your child – from caterpillar to butterfly as you learn more about Jesus and trust in Him!