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.

service project | planting flowers

Thanks to everyone who helped plant flowers on Sunday!

They look great!

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Special thanks to Beck’s Flower Shop & Gardens for their help in selecting flowers and for the donation of the markers.

reminder!

Reminder to Send Your Child in Play Clothes Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, your child will be given the opportunity to put last weeks’ lesson into action!

Our friends in the Garden, Backyard and K-Street will be working together to complete a service project at church by planting flowers outside Bright Beginnings.

So, please make sure to dress your children in “flower planting clothes” next week as we very well may get a little dirty!

The flower planted by your child will be marked with their name so that they can help give it a drink each week, watch it grow over the summer and know that their service to God helped make our church grounds beautiful!

See you in the morning!

FLOWERS

take it home | 05.15 (and special note)

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: Service for God

Science Experiment:  Making Goop!

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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

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.

SPECIAL NOTE

Next Sunday, your child will be given the opportunity to put this weeks’ lesson into action!

Our friends in the Garden, Backyard and K-Street will be working together to complete a service project at church by planting flowers outside Bright Beginnings.

So, please make sure to dress your children in “flower planting clothes” next week as we very well may get a little dirty!

The flower planted by your child will be marked with their name so that they can watch it grow over the summer and know that their service to God helped make our church grounds beautiful!FLOWERS

take it home

Extreme Saying of the Week:  Be a Servant to All  (He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, “Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else.”  Mark 9:35)

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

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

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

“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.

Birth-Age 2:  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: Help your child do a chore for another family member this week; perhaps help dry dishes, help fold laundry or take clean laundry to a sibling’s room and put it away, help wash or dry the car or clean up a sibling’s room.. Talk with your child about how it feels to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return.

  • If you have a child in the Backyard or K-Street, they filled out “service coupons” today in class.  Check out the bag they brought home and take advantage of those coupons this week!  You’ll get some extra help around the house and your children will be applying what they learned at church.  Win Win!

Our Garden friends served today by cleaning some of the toys and tables in their room.

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put it into practice!

We’ve been talking about spreading kindness and serving others in Bright Beginnings and I have a great opportunity for you to help your children put what they’ve learned into practice!

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We need help harvesting the vegetables in our Promise Community Garden.  You and your children are welcome to stop by any time, any day…just grab a bucket out of the shed and start picking ripe vegetables!

Our Promise Community Garden is a collaborative effort between Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County (CMJC) and David’s Promise and the produce is distributed at our food pantry.  Thanks in advance for helping us gather the produce before it’s too late to give to others!

* If you do come help, please e-mail ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com before you head out to make sure you have access to the shed and instructions on where to leave the harvested vegetables.  

our little service project

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wear your play clothes!

We are in the middle of a series called Driving Force and over the next two weeks we will be talking about service.

One way we can  serve God is to serve others.

So, our Garden and Backyard friends are going to be planting flowers outside the church as a class service project tomorrow.

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Mr. Doug and Miss Jerri have been working hard to get the soil ready for planting.  

Make sure to dress you children in something they can get dirty and we’ll see you in the morning!