Bug of the Week: Ladybug (Just like God created every bug with a special purpose, He created each of us with a special purpose too! We are so important to God and He celebrates us.)
Bible Verse: “Let’s celebrate!” Luke 15:23b
Story: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank You for making me on purpose! I am proud to be a part of Your family. I will become more like you by serving others and telling them how great You are. Amen
Parents: Do you believe God made you in His image and you are beautiful? Pray this week for God to help you see yourself as He sees you. Then be particularly careful about how you talk about yourself (your body, hair, clothes, intelligence, abilities etc.) in front of your children.
Toddlers: Young children are learning that family celebrations are special times. Have a special dinner one night this week complete with homemade party hats or decorations and dessert to celebrate God’s love for us. Tell your children that God loves them and sing “Jesus Loves Me!”
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Get some finger paint or a stamp pad and help your children make finger prints on a paper. Use a magnifying glass (you can get one at the dollar store if you don’t already have one) to look at their finger prints and take notice that each one is different. Remind them that God made them each special!
Bug of the Week: Ant Ants are hard workers! Just like they work together to make their ant hill, we can work together to serve God.
Bible Verse: “Use your gifts to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10
Story: Miriam & 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
Parents: Children learn the most from you! Model serving others and your children will grow up serving others. Make an effort this week to find simple ways to serve others (hold doors open for people, allow others to go ahead of you in line, make a meal for someone who is ill, offer childcare to a friend) and talk to your children about what you are doing and why.
Toddlers: Children naturally want to help you. This week encourage and allow your child to help you with simple tasks such a pulling clothes out of the dryer, sweeping the floor, putting their toys away, “dusting” with a rag, setting the table (napkins, spoons etc.). Thank them for their help!
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 (together with your child) for them without that person knowing. Your child will enjoy the surprise and feel good about helping a family member. Remind your child that anytime they help someone else, they are serving God.
Our K-Street friends talked about the fact that in order to serve others you need to be aware of people and their feelings. To help them remember, they each were given a chocolate chip to eat and they all agreed it was sweet. Then, they were given a piece of ice to hold in their mouths as long as they could! After their tongues were good and cold, they ate another chocolate chip, but it didn’t taste so good. Thinking about ourselves all the time can numb our hearts to those around us, making us forget to serve them. Having a warm heart helps us think of others and their needs which makes us sweet!
Bug of the Week: Butterfly When a caterpillar goes into his cocoon, he turns into a beautiful butterfly. When we spend time learning about Jesus and reading the Bible, we can become more like Him!
Bible Verse: “Your attitude should be like Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
- James Follows Jesus (Matthew 4:21, 17:5, Mark 3:17, 5:37, 14:33 & John 21:1-2)
- Joseph (Genesis 37-46), K-Street
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I understand that You made me. Help me to become more like You. Amen
Parents: Your children’s faith starts with you; they watch you to learn what it means to be like Christ! Ask God to show you one way you can be more like him this week…your attitude, your patience, how you treat others, how you spend your time…
Toddlers: Reading God’s Word is part of discipleship, so start early with your children! Even a young child can recognize television characters, so we know they can also recognize a picture of Jesus if they see it often. This week, read to your child out of a children’s Bible each night before they go to bed. If your child doesn’t have their own Bible, stop by Bright Beginnings and ask for one!
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Prayer is also a spiritual discipline. Make an intentional effort to pray often with your child this week. You can pray before bedtimes and meals, when your child falls or is anxious about something, when you’re riding in the car or when a friend is sick. We teach your children that praying is talking to Jesus and you can do that anytime and anywhere!
Bug of the Week: Dragonfly Just like each dragonfly’s wings are unique, God made each one of us different and special.
Bible Verse: “God made us to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10
Story: Creation (Genesis 1)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I know that you made me special. You made the little bugs for a little reason, so you must have a big purpose for me. Thank you for caring about me. Amen
Looking at our unique fingerprints!
Parents: Can you look back and see how God worked out the details in a particular situation for His plan in your life? Take a minute to thank Him for giving you a purpose and then share your experience with your children. It’s never too early to plant those seeds!
Toddlers: Play “Where’s Your …” with your child this week helping them identify their nose, eyes, ears, toes, etc. After you are through pray right then with your child, thanking God for creating your child perfectly in His image. Pray that your child will seek His purpose for their life!
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Play a game of “Would you Rather” at a family meal this week. Ask a “would you rather” questions (would you rather eat broccoli or Brussels sprouts, play soccer or do karate, ride on a train or a plane, etc.) and allow everyone at the table to answer. Remind your children that God created them special with a specific purpose and their God given preferences will help them fulfill that purpose!
Bug of the Week: Grasshopper God made all the bugs in the world! Just like the grasshopper has to prepare before he leaps in the air, we need to prepare our hearts to learn about God.
Bible Verse: “Be prepared for action.” 1 Peter 1:13
Story: John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12)
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I know that You have a plan for the world and even me. I need to be ready to learn more about You. Help me to start making good decisions. Amen
Parents: Are you prepared for action? God asks us to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15). This comes from having a relationship with God and trusting that He will not only give you opportunities to share your faith with others, but the words to do so as well. If you don’t already, be intentional about taking some time each day this week to talk with God. Ask Him to give you an opportunity to share your faith or encourage someone, then expect awesome things! .
Toddlers: You can teach your child about being prepared. The next time you need to leave the house, talk to your child about all the things you need to bring: sippy cup, snack, extra clothes, diapers, wipes, keys, toys, etc. Then have them help you gather the items you’ll need and pack them in the diaper bag.
Age 3 – Kindergarten: Allow your child to help you set the table for a meal. Explain to them that they are helping you prepare for the meal. While you are eating the meal talk with your child about how important it was to prepare the table for the meal and how hard/silly it would be to eat without any plates or silverware or glasses. Teach them as important it is prepare the table, it is even more important to prepare our hearts and minds to learn from God! The more they learn about God, the more they will understand that God has a plan for them and the world around them.
We’ll be starting a new series tomorrow in Bright Beginnings:
In this series we’ll take a look at some of the creatures God created as we learn why He created us! We’ll discover that God created each of us with a purpose for worship, fellowship, discipleship, service and evangelism. Join us as we crawl, hop and fly along learning new Bible verses and exciting Bible stories!
October 25th: Be Prepared (the Grasshopper) “Be prepared for action” 1 Peter 1:13
November 1st: God Made Me Special with a Purpose (the Dragonfly) “God made us to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10
November 8th: Discipleship (the Butterfly) “Your attitude should be like Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
November 15th: Service (the Ant) “Use your gifts to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10
November 22nd: Celebrate (the Ladybug) “Let’s celebrate!” Luke 15:23b
See you tomorrow!