soul food starts tomorrow!

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Over the next two months in Bright Beginnings we are going to grab our aprons and cook up some tasty tidbits for spiritual nourishment.  Together we’ll measure out the ingredients to obey, trust, rely, share, listen, recognize, and remember right from God’s own recipe book, the Bible.  Check back here each week to find recipes the whole family can make together to help your child baked these truths into their heart!

August 27th  :  OBEY, “To love God means we obey Him.”  I John 5:3

September 3rd :  TRUST, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”  Proverbs 3:5

September 10th :  RELY,  “We know and need God’s love.”  I John 4:16a

September 17th :  SHARE,  “Share what you have with others.”  Romans 12:13

September 24th :  LISTEN,  “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”  James 1:19

October 1st :  RECOGNIZE,  “My people know and follow me.”  John 10:27

October 8th :  REMEMBER,  “I remember your name, O Lord.”  Psalm 119:55

October 15th :  FEED,  “Feed the hungry and help others.”  Isaiah 58:10

If your child has any food allergies, please make sure to contact Ryanne Johnston (ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com or 517-782.7084 x301) so that we can be sure to have a safe option available each week.  Thank you!

 

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We finished our Soul Food series last week and your children have spent the last eight weeks diving into God’s very own recipe book, the Bible!  We’ve learned that God wants us to obey Him, trust Him, rely on Him, share with others, listen to Him, recognize Him, remember Him and feed others.

Today we spent some time decorating our very own aprons!

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Keep them close to the kitchen so that every time your child wants to help prepare dinner or bake some yummy treats for someone, they can be reminded that the Bible is God’s recipe book for our lives!

Why spend your money on food that doesn’t give you strength?  Why pay for groceries that do you no good?  Listen and I’ll tell you where to get good food that feeds your soul!  Isaiah 55:2

take it home | 02.28

Word of the Week:  FEED

Recipe We Made in Class:  Soft Pretzels with Salt

Bible Verse:  “Feed the hungry and help others.”  Isaiah 58:10

Story:  Salt of the Earth  (Matthew 5:13)

Prayer: Dear God, Thank You for all the You have done for me.  Help me to show Your ways to others around me.  Show me how I can make a difference to help others.  Help me to find someone who needs “joy seasoning” in their life and encourage them with my words.  I want to be able to feed others the way that You have fed me with Your love.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  The next time you order food at a drive-through, pay for the car behind you.  You’ll be living out this week’s lesson for your child!

Birth – Age 2:  A servant’s heart starts at home; encourage your child to help with simple tasks around the house such as pulling the clothes out of the dryer, putting their shoes away, throwing away a piece of trash, bringing their plate to the sink…any simple task!  When they do thank them for their help.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  There are many “kid-friendly” opportunities through the compassionate ministries at our church for your family to serve together.  Discuss your options as a family and pick one to do this week!  If you need help finding a good fit for your family contact Terry Williams (terrywilliams@jaxnaz.com) and he will be glad to help you.

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired salt with the word FEED every time your child eats something salty, you can remind them that God wants us to be kind and share what we have with others! 

Try out this simple soft pretzel recipe this week.  It’s quick and simple and your children will love making different shapes and letters with the dough!

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We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

take it home | 02.21

Word of the Week:  REMEMBER

Recipe We Made in Class:  Caramel Corn

Bible Verse:  “I remember your name, O Lord.” Psalm 119:55

Story:  The Passover  (Matthew 26:17-28)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross.  I know that He died for all the wrong things I have done.  Please forgive me for all those wrong things.  I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever.  Help me to always remember what You have done for me.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Take a moment this week to sit down with your children and look over old family photos or home videos.  Share some memories with your children and remember to thank God for His blessings!

Birth – Age 2:  Play “Hide the Doll” with your child:  Have you child cover their eyes and count to ten (together) while you hide the doll (or any other toy).  Have them find the doll, then repeat, hiding the doll in the same place every time.  When your child finds the doll praise them for remembering where the doll was hidden!  This will help them come to understand the meaning of the word “remember.”

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Help your child REMEMBER the Bible verse this week!

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 Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired popcorn with the word REMEMBER, so every time your child eats popcorn, you can remind them that God wants us to know remember Him! 

Try out one of these popcorn recipes this week, then have a family movie night!

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We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Cooking!

take it home | 02.14

Word of the Week:  RECOGNIZE

Recipe We Made in Class:  S’Mores!

Bible Verse:  “My people know and follow me.”  John 10:27

Story:  Jesus and the Disciples (John 21:1-14)

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I am glad that You love me no matter what.  Help me to always recognize Your ways so that I can make good decisions.  Just as sheep follow their shepherd, give me a desire to want to follow you.  I want to give my heart to You and follow You every day.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  You can recognize your child’s voice, laughter, cry (even cough!) because you know them so well.  God wants you to know Him even more intimately than you know your child!  Spend some time this week in prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you.

Birth – Age 2:  As you are riding in the car this week, play children’s Christian music about God’s love for your child.  The Bible tells us children can sense the Holy Spirit, even in the womb, so it’s never too early to help your children recognize His presence!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Look at some baby pictures together as a family.  Do you recognize each person as a baby?  Talk about how even though we can’t see God, we can recognize Him!

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Oh my!  We had fun, but we will not be making S’Mores in the Garden for a very long time ever again.  And we apologize for sending our Backyard friends out the door second service with an ooey-gooey, super sugary, sticky messy snack right before lunch!  Sometimes the hour just doesn’t go quite as planned.  Sometimes you don’t know until you try it.  Thanks for understanding!

 Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired marshmallows with the word RECOGNIZE, so every time your child eats a marshmallow, you can remind them that God wants us to know Him so well that we’d recognize Him anywhere! 

Try out this awesome marshmallow paint recipe this week!

(for full instructions, check out this website)

We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen (or of their marshmallow paint masterpieces!) on our facebook page.

Happy Cooking (and painting)!

ryannesig

take it home | 02.07

Word of the Week:  LISTEN

Recipe We Made in Class:  Tasty Fish Bowl

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Bible Verse:  “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”  James 1:19

Story:  Jesus, Peter, James & John (Luke 5:1-11)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for the Bible.  I am glad that I can learn all about You.  Please help me to listen at church and to my parents at home so that I can learn even more.  I am glade that You always listen to me when I talk to You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  As you listen to your children this week, intentionally make eye contact.  Notice how their eyes light up with expression when they know they have your full attention!

Birth – Age 2:  Story time is a great time to practice listening.  Read a story and praise them for listening well.  give them opportunities to identify pictures, colors, shapes, etc. as you listen to them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Hang a blank piece of paper on your refrigerator and every time your child listens to your instruction this week, give them a sticker to put on their paper (or make a star with a crayon).  Challenge them to see how many stickers they can get!

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Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired fish with the word LISTEN, so every time your child eats fish, you can remind them to listen! 

I know fish is not a beloved food in every household, so this week, I have decided to give you two of our favorite fish dinner recipes for you to try in hopes of winning you over!  Fish is so quick and easy to prepare and it’s good for you too.  The following two recipes have won the approval of all four of my boys, big and little, and they have simple steps that your kids can help you do.  Often times, when children help prepare the dinner, they are more likely to try it, even if it’s fish!

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Honey & Pecan Glazed Salmon

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We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Cooking!

ryannesig

take it home | 01.31

Word of the Week:  SHARE

Recipe We Made in Class:  Trail Mix to Share!

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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

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  What is God asking you to share?  Time?  Money?  Faith?  Friendship?  Belongings?  Talents?  Ask Him this week and then be willing to obey!

Birth – Age 2:  Talk with your child often about sharing.  Whether it be with family members, or others, remind them that “we share in our family.”  Purposefully give them opportunities to share with siblings or other children (split a snack, share a toy, take turns, etc.)

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Make a meal or bake a special treat and take it to someone who has a need, an elderly person, a new neighbor, someone who has a new baby or someone who has been ill.  While you are baking together, talk with your child about sharing with others.  The recipes below would be perfect for sharing!

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired pretzels with the word SHARE, so every time your child eats a pretzels, you can remind them that God wants us to share with others! 

Here are two fun (who doesn’t love smashing cookies in a bag?!), simple (just a few ingredients!) recipes using pretzels for you to try with your little chefs at home!

(click on the pictures to get the recipes)

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We’d love to see pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

take it home | 01.24

Word of the Week:  RELY

Recipe We Made in Class:  Strawberry Shortcake (with angel food cake to remind us of the angel in our story)

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Bible Verse:  “We know and need God’s love.”  1 John 4:16

Story:  Elijah and the Angel (1 Kings 19:1-18)

Prayer:  Dear God, Thank You for always being with me.  I know You care about  me and will take care of me.  You will always be there to help me through everything.  Help me to learn and believe Your promises.  Give me the strength that I need when I am afraid.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  The Bible is filled with God’s promises.  Choose one (you can look on up using the index in the back of your Bible), write it down, and meditate on it this week.

Birth – Age 2:  Children learn about relying on God when they rely on you.  They quickly know what to expect from you and what is expected of them (though they will test you and push limits!).  If you haven’t already, develop a consistent time when you pray with your child (bedtime and meals times are a great place to start).  Your child will begin to rely on these times.

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Look out the window together on your next car ride and talk about what you see that reminds you of God’s love and provision.  Remind your child that they can always rely on God!

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired strawberries with the word RELY, so every time your child eats a strawberry, you can remind them that they can RELY on God! 

Here are two simple, healthy strawberry recipes for you to try with your little chefs at home!

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If you try them, let us know how they turned out and share some pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

take it home | 01.17

Word of the Week:  TRUST

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Recipe We Made in Class:  Bread Paint

 

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

Story:  Elijah and the Drought (1 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

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Trust & Worry Can’t Mix!

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Write down 3 situations in which you need to trust God right now in your life.  Every time you start to worry about them this week, commit them to prayer.

Birth – Age 2:  You are modeling your trust in Jesus each time you pray. 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.  Blindfold 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?”

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired bread with the word TRUST, so every time your child eats bread, you can remind them that they can TRUST God! 

Here is a simple, fun bread recipe for you to try with your little chefs at home!

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We’d love to have you share pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!

take it home | 01.10

Word of the Week:  OBEY

Recipe We Made in Class (with a few alterations):  Apple Delights

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Bible Verse:  “To love God means we obey Him.”  1 John 5:3

Story:  Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:1-24)

Prayer:  Dear God, I am glad that You have given me the freedom to make my own choices.  Please help me to know right from wrong and choose to do those things that are right.  This week, give me a desire to obey You by listening to my parents and obeying them.  Amen

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“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:  Is there something God has been asking you to do?  Be an example for your family and obey Him today!

Birth – Age 2:  It can be challenging to notice when your child is making the right choice.  The wrong choices seem to get our attention much more quickly. This week, make an effort to notice all the right choices that are made and praise your child for them.  It may be as simple as getting in the car seat, sitting at the dinner table, holding your hand while crossing the street, or sitting in the grocery cart nicely.  Encourage your child with words, hugs, smiles, and high fives!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Play Simon Says together this week.  Talk about how hard it can be to listen and do what Simon says.  Remind your children that obeying what God asks us to do is the most important choice we can make each day!

Recipe to Make at Home:  

Each week during this series we will be looking at a “recipe for our life” from God’s own recipe book, the Bible, and pairing it with a common food we often eat.  This week we paired apples with the word OBEY, so every time your child eats an apple, you can remind them that God wants them to OBEY! 

Here are a couple of fun apple recipes for you to try with your little chefs at home!

If you like to play with your food, try these fun, easy creations:

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find the recipe here

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Or, if you prefer to mix, measure and follow a recipe with your child, try this one…you can’t go wrong with apple crisp and there are simple, fun steps your child will love doing (plus only five ingredients)!

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find the recipe here

We’d love to have you share pictures of you and your child in your kitchen on our facebook page.

Happy Baking!