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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.

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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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Our Backyard friends served by cleaning some toys in their room and some places around the church.005 006 007

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Serving Your Crew

Word of the Week:  Serve

Bible Verse: Loveeach other like a family.  Romans 12:10

Story:  Through the Roof: The Paralyzed Man (Mark 2 : 1-12)

Prayer: Lord, Ipray that I will always serve my friends and my family and even those who aren’t very nice to me.  Help me to love others and help them out whenever I can.   Show me ways to be kind and loving at all times.  Amen
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“Ripples of Kindness”

“Take-It-Home” Activities

Parents: Is there a spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, neighbor, stranger…that you could serve this week.? Choose someone and do one intentional act of service this week that you don’t usually do!

Toddlers:  Gather up some cleaning supplies, such as a duster, rags, broom, mop, sponge, etc.  Name the item and see if your child can point to the item you named.  Then show them what to do with each item.  Give them a chance to try and help you clean sometime this week.  Be sure to give them lots of praise for their help!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  On slips of paper, write little jobs that your child can do to help you and drop the papers into a jar (you can call this the “Helper Jar” if you’d like).  Each day this week, your child gets to pick out a slip of paper and help you with a new job.  Here are some ideas to get you started:  unload the silverware from the dishwasher, help sort the laundry, set the table, make a bed, dust the living room, match clean socks together, sweep the kitchen, help fold the towels, pick up toys…

use your gifts to serve others!

Ants usually show up at a picnic.

Ants usually show up at a picnic.

It’s all about serving this week. Serving is something even  young children can do! Take the message home this week: When we serve others, we are serving God!

Word: Service

Bible Verse: Use your gifts to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10

Story: Miriam and Baby Moses (Exodus chapter 2)

Take-It-Home

Parents
Children learn the most from you! If you model serving others, your children will grow up serving others. This week, find some simple ways to serve others and talk to your children about what you are doing and why. Here are some examples–but have fun coming up with your own!

  • hold the door open for someone
  • let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store
  • make a meal for someone who is ill
  • offer to babysit for a friend

Birth-Age 2
Children naturally want to help. Use this willingness to show your child what it means to serve! When they help you with simple tasks around the house, thank them for serving! Here are some ideas–but feel free to try your own!

  • pull clothes out of the dryer
  • sweep the floor
  • put toys away
  • dust the coffee table

Age 3-Kindergarten
If Dad is the one who usually takes out the trash, let your child take out the trash just to surprise him! Serving others is rewarding–help your child experience the joy of serving this week. With your child’s help, think of other chores they could do to serve someone in the family (feed the dog, put groceries away, set the table). Remind them that when we serve others, we are serving God.

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The topic in Bright Beginnings on Sunday was S H A R I N G.  See what you can do to keep this message going at home this week!

Word of the Week: SHARE

Bible Verse: “Share what you have with others.” Romans 12:13

Story: Joseph (Genesis 47:11-13)

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for all the food that you provide for me and my family. I am so glad that I never have to go hungry. Help me to have a kind and caring heart so that I can share with others. Amen

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Parents
It’s not only kids that need to share (or learn to share)! What is God asking you to share?  Could it be your time? friendship? talents? money? belongings?  Ask Him about it this week – and then be willing to obey.sharing2

Birth-Age 2
Sharing toys and snacks is something we often talk about with little ones. You can help your child understand that “we share in our family” when we take turns or split a snack with a brother or sister.

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Age 3 – Kindergarten

Help your kids share with someone this week! Bake a special treat or a whole meal and take it to someone who has a need. An elderly neighbor? Someone with a new baby? Someone you know who has been ill? Talk about how it feels to share with someone, and how much others appreciate it when we share with them.

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Ants are hard workers! And just like they work together to carry things, we can work together to serve God!workerant

This week’s word: Service

Bible Verse: Use your gifts to serve others (I Peter 4:10)

Story: Miriam and Baby Moses (Exodus 2)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I know that when I help others, I am helping you. I want to serve others every day. Amen.

Try these activities to help your kids “take home” the lesson this week:

Parents
Children learn the most from you! Model serving others and your children will grow up serving others. This week find simple ways to serve others and talk to your children about what you are doing and why. Some ideas:

  • Hold the door for someone
  • Allow a shopper to go ahead of you in the check-out line
  • Make a take a meal to someone who is ill
  • Offer to babysit for a friend

girlandmixerBirth – Age 2
Children naturally want to help you! Encourage your child this week, by letting them help you with simple tasks around the house – and thank them for their hard work!

  • Pull clothes out of the dryer and into the laundry basket
  • Sweep the floor
  • Put toys away
  • “Dust” with a rag
  • Set the table

Age 3 – Kindergarten
Is there a chore around your home that is typically done by a particular person? Ask your child to help you surprise that person by doing the chore for them (without them knowing). The surprise will be fun and your child will feel good about helping the family member. Talk about how anytime we help others, we are serving God.

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Our character element for the week is SERVICE FOR GOD!

Story:  Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:1-6; 16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your patience add service for God.” 2 Peter 1:6b

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.

ss.cellphoneParents:  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 kids will love the extra playmates and you’ll be modeling “service to others”.

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 like:

  • putting their cup in the sink
  • throwing away their diaper
  • picking up toys
  • putting clean clothes away

It will take more time, but they will love helping you and the seeds you are planting are definitely worth it!

Age 3-Kindergarten: Do your children help with chores at home? If not – this is a ssgirlcarryingglassesgood time to start! Keep it simple – let them hep with:

  • making their bed
  • setting the table
  • sweeping after meals

Don’t expect perfection! Make it fun and remind your child that when they are serving their family – they are serving God.

Introducing a new series in Bright Beginnings!

chemical reactions | the elements of your character

For the next 8 weeks, we will be mixing up some fun in our chemistry lab – learning about character from 2 Peter 1:57.  Because our goal is to be more like Christ – we will be taking time each week to “put on our lab coats” and learn about

  • faith
  • goodness
  • knowledge
  • self-control
  • patience
  • service
  • kindness
  • love

January 6th – FAITH

January 13th – GOODNESS

January 20th – KNOWLEDGE

January 27th – SELF CONTROL

February 3rd – PATIENCE

February 10th – SERVICE FOR GOD

February 17th – KINDNESS

February 24 – LOVE

Join us as we mix these all up together and get the perfect formula for our character!