meet Elijah

This is Elijah.

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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.

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It doesn’t get much better than that!

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share_cookieKids in Bright Beginnings made Trail Mix on Sunday! They were pouring, measuring, and stirring the ingredients — then bagging it up and taking it home to SHARE with someone. And that’s the word for the week–let’s keep it going all week long!

Word: Share

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

Story: Joseph (Genesis 47:11-13)
When famine came to Egypt, Joseph was able to share food with his whole family (and that was a lot of people). What a blessing he was to them!

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.

Take it Home

Try making Rainbow Kabobs this week! Gather fruit of lots of colors–rainbow colors!

Ingredients
fruit pieces
6″ bamboo skewers

Red: strawberries, raspberries, watermelon

Orange: cantaloupe, orange, mango

Yellow: pineapple, starfruit

Green: grapes, kiwi

Blue: blueberries

Purple: grapes

Instructions

1. Thread fruit pieces onto skewers

2. Put fruits in rainbow color order

3. Try using cookie cutters to make shapes (cantaloupe and watermelon)

Have fun and share some kabobs!

 

 

 

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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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The character element of the week is: SELF CONTROL

Story: Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6:9 through 9:15)

Bible Verse: “…and to your knowledge, add self-control.” 2 Peter 1:6a

Prayer: Dear God, I am so glad that you have control over everything that happens. You have a purpose for everything and everyone. Help me to have self-control to do the right things. And help me to have self-control so I will not hurt others with my actions or words. Amen.

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Parents: Write down one area in your life that needs self-control and ask God to help you.

Birth-Age 2: Young children often use their bodies to get attention by hitting, poking, scratching, grabbing and biting. When these times arise, it’s an opportunity to teach them about self-control. Encourage them to “use their words” and ask “what do you need?” and remind them “it’s not your turn – let’s share”.

Age 3-Kindergarten: Playing a card or board game is a geat way to practice self-control. Play a game with your child this week and encourage them by taking turns and being “good sports.” When the game is over, high-five everyone and say, “good game!”