Hello Bright Beginnings Community!
I have been on maternity leave for most of the summer snuggling this little bundle of joy…
Consequently, I have a bit of catching up to do!
I apologize if you are new to startingsmall and have checked our site, only to find the same post up for months. I promise to post more regularly now that I am back to work!
Before we get back to our regularly scheduled posts however, there are some things I need to catch you up on so I’m going to throw everything together in one big housekeeping post!
- THANK YOU to all the people who served in Bright Beginnings during Summer Serve! I missed the opportunity to meet all the new people that don’t serve in Bright Beginnings on a regular basis, but know that I appreciate you and thank you for helping out, especially while I was gone.
- THANK YOU to the team of people who made my maternity leave possible. What an incredible group of volunteers I had! They were willing to come in during the week, come early for services, stay after services and help from their homes to keep things running in Bright Beginnings. I can’t thank them enough for their commitment to our ministry, their love for my family and their willingness to take on extra so that I could be home. Thank You!
- WELCOME BACK to all our regular volunteers! I am thrilled so many of you have decided to return and are eager to see “your” children again. It will be good to see each of you. I’m excited for another great year!
- Anyone who volunteers in Bright Beginnings in any way (from laundry and craft prep at home to teaching and serving in the classrooms) is invited to our annual Bright Beginnings Picnic. It’s this Sunday (September 11th) @ 5pm in Rod Mills Park. See the invitation for more details:
- K-Street is our class for our kindergarteners (it’s located just off the commons right outside our Bright Beginnings hallway). If your child started kindergarten this fall, please let a check-in volunteer know, so that your child’s name tag can be changed to red. They can start attending K-Street anytime! (Unfortunately, due to a shortage of teachers, K-Street is only open on Sundays during the 11:15 am service. Kindergarteners who attend during first service or on Wednesday evenings simply join their friends in the Backyard until they start 1st grade and are promoted to Kid City).
K-Street is designed to help our kindergarteners with their transition to Kid City the following year. From September through January, the children join their friends in the Backyard for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then return to their class for the same lesson as the rest of Bright Beginnings but at a kindergarten level. During the last half of the school year, our K-Street class joins Kid City for praise and worship on Sunday mornings, then returns to K-Street for the lesson. This allows our kindergartners to experience a bit of Kid City, meet Pastor Crystel, and become familiar with the new room and many faces before graduating from Bright Beginnings and moving up to Kid City at the end of next summer.
- And finally, our “Take it Home” information for the lesson this week:
A few weeks ago, we started a series called “Sailing the C’s” in which we have been learning about the different “C’s” God wants us to have to help us sail the seas of life (Character, Competence, Calling, Compassion, etc.). This week we sailed the “C” of Courage…
Bible Verse: Do not be afraid. Joshua 1:9
Story: 1 Samuel 25:1-42 (David, Abigail & Nabal)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad that I am never alone. You are always with me and watching over me. Please help me have the courage to trust You each day. Help me to not be afraid because You care about what happens to me. I love You. Amen
Parents: Is there something that you’ve been needing to do that will take courage? Ask God to give you courage, then commit to doing it this week!
Birth – Age 2: Be a cheerleader for your child as they take on new challenges (feeding themselves, walking, going down the slide, sitting in the “big kid” swing, climbing up the stairs, helping around the house, etc.). Encouragement goes a long way to instill courage.
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Help your child memorize this week’s Bible verse (the short version or the whole thing!). Remind them that God is always with them and that they can say this verse anytime they are afraid or nervous (in bed at night, getting dropped off at daycare or pre-school, coming to Bright Beginnings). When they show anxiety, take a moment to pray at that moment, modeling that they can talk to God any time.
Whew! I think that’s it.
Thank you for giving me the honor of helping shepherd your child’s heart. What a joy it is to see their bright eyes and precious faces each week as my team and I teach them about God and His love. It’s good to be back!