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Chemical Reactions | Week 8


Praising God in the Meadow!

Series Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Character Element of the Week: Love

Story: Jesus and the Cross (Romans 3:23, 6:23 & John 3:16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your kindness, add LOVE” 2 Peter 1:7b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You so much for loving me. Thank You for dying on the cross for all the bad things I’ve done. I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever in heaven. Help me show Your love to others around me. Amen

We finished our Chemical Reactions Unit with a cool science experiment about God’s love for us (check out the whole thing here).  Thanks Christina Hill for the recommendation!

God, Sin & Us from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Take some time this week to write a letter to God telling Him why you love Him.

Birth – Age 2: Talk about Jesus with your children! Weave His love into as many conversations as you can with your child. Tell them Jesus keeps them safe when they are anxious, that He helps them sleep when they are having a hard time at bedtime, that He heals their body when they get hurt or are sick, that He provides food when you are eating, that He is always with them, etc. A relationship with God comes naturally when you bring God into the daily lives of your children!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Your children had an opportunity to pray a salvation prayer yesterday (in the Backyard and K-Street). Ask your child about it! Make a cross with your child this week out of some craft sticks or play dough and take a moment to remember how God showed His love for us on the cross.


Taking about the salvation prayer in K-Street


This is our last week of Chemical Reactions!  Next week we’ll be starting our Lenten series as we prepare for Holy Week!



a note from ryanne

(So remember back in October when I made my first “personal” post upon return from maternity leave and asked for help coming up with a fun, catchy title for said posts? Well, I received encouragement that I would indeed come up with something, but apparently y’all are just as stumped as I am when it comes to actually, you know, coming up with something! So…I’ve decided to title them “a note from ryanne.” Creative, ‘eh? It just made sense given we already had a tag with the same name and I guess it’s sometimes nice to have things clear, simple and straightforward, right?)


I wanted to share a little bit about our Wednesday evening Koinonia (koin-a-what? I’ll get to that later…) services in Bright Beginnings and in our adult services as well. At JaxNaz every detail of every service is carefully thought out and prayerfully considered. We are very intentional about how we choose to spend the 60 minutes we have with you and your children. Our Sunday mornings are planned with guests and new believers in mind; we teach Biblical truths that anyone, especially those who have not had the privilege of growing up 3rd generation Nazarene, can understand. We try not to use exclusive language that would make someone just starting this God journey feel like an outsider or give instructions that make a visitor feel like they don’t belong (think “if you’d like to sign up for the potluck next week, see Sue”…someone new to our church would wonder “who’s sue?!”).

Now, as much as Sundays are for presenting the Gospel, Wednesdays are for digging into the Gospel. This creates a beautiful, intimate setting in which we go deeper as a body. Don’t get me wrong, Sundays are amazing, but there’s something very special about our Koinonia services.

koi·no·nia, noun ˌ(koinəˈnēə, ˌkēnə)

“Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.” (thanks, Wikipedia!)


Isn’t that beautiful? Wednesday evenings are focused on fellowship and unity; building those relationships with the Body and living life together.


“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44
(Ever wonder why we call the Commons the Commons?)


“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32


In Bright Beginnings this looks like us diving into some of the “classic” Bible stories and getting the Truth deep inside our little hearts. We spend one whole month hearing the same story, memorizing the same Bible verse and learning the same precious traditional “Sunday School” song.


Here’s what we’ll be doing this month:


Story: Genesis Chapters 1-3 (Creation, God Made Me & The Terrible Lie)

Bible Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Theme Song: The BIBLE (This is the version we are using. Play it at home and have your child teach you the motions!)

To Do at Home:

  • The next time you are in the car together play the Creation Game: each person takes a turn naming one thing God created. Play continues until no one can think of anything else or until you arrive at your destination. Remind your children that God made EVERYTHING!
  • Whenever your child sins, make sure ot help them pray to God, asking for His forgiveness. It is important that children learn about and feel God’s deep love and amazing grace at an early age!

If you haven’t ever attended one of our Koinonia, you should give it a try. There is something really powerful about meeting mid-week with your brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for one another, encourage one another and dig into the Gospel with one another…and your kids might learn a thing or two as well!



click on a photo below to see some pictures of our children learning about WORSHIP on Sunday

The Plane Truth

wiggle waggle wednesdays | silly song night

Back by popular demand: Silly Song Night!

For Wiggle Waggle Wednesday this week, we spent the hour singing our Bible verses and dancing our way through silly songs!

Take a peek:

A Tooty Ta from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Sticky Bubble Gum from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

God is My Refuge and Strength from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

wiggle waggle wednesdays | drumming for Jesus

We had a great time drumming for Jesus at Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays last night!

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Backyard Friends Drumming from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

More Backyard Friends from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Garden Friends Drumming from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Pam Gage and Dana Lewis for leading the class. Make sure to check out their facebook page. Pam and Dana attend JaxNaz and run The Getting Healthy Center located at 4650 Page Ave. in Michigan center. They are having a Family Fun Day at their center on July 28th where all ages will be able to drum! It will be a great, fun way for your family to get some exercise together!

back by popular demand!

It’s time for wiggle waggle Wednesdays!

The Garden and Backyard kids will be participating in Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays again this summer in Bright Beginnings. It’s basically our own version of Kid City’s Wet & Wacky Wednesdays, just a little less wacky and a lot less wet!

We will be playing exciting games (think elementary gym class…remember parachute day?!), worshiping with music and movement (think drums and other fun percussion instruments) and putting God’s Word in our hearts (memorization!). Each child in the Garden and Backyard will be assigned a team (either Orange or Blue) and will be competing all summer to earn points for their team.

Here’s how to earn points!

Attending Service: 1 point
Wearing Your Team Color: 2 points
Winning Games Played Each Week: 3 points
Bringing a Friend: 5 points
Memorizing the Lord’s Prayer: 10 points
Memorizing Each Month’s Bible Verse: 10 points
Being Able to Recite All Four at the End of Summer: Priceless (and 20 points)

You can help your child by. . .

  • making sure they are here
  • being willing to transport a few extra friends
  • reminding them to dress in their team color (anything from hair accessories and hats to colored shirts and socks are great)
  • working with them on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer and verse of the month at home!

Note: We will be playing most of our games in Kid City (as they are out on the baseball field getting wet and being wacky) and we may take the Backyard children outside a few times to the grassy area outside Bright Beginnings. If you have any concerns about your children being in either of these two areas during service, please let us know.

Thanks in advance for making our summer of Wiggle Waggle Wednesdays a success! I’m looking forward to Wiggling and Waggling with your kiddos!


let’s worship our God!

Do you think the praying mantis really prays?

Do you think the praying mantis really prays?

Today was a special day in Bright Beginnings! We celebrated together and worshiped God. Think about ways that you can worship God this week with your attitude, time and thoughts. Telling God thank you, that we love Him, and that we want to follow Him, are all ways to worship Him.

Word:  Worship

Bug:  Praying Mantis
The praying mantis’ folded hands can remind us that we can worship God through prayer!

Bible Verse:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart.  Mark 12:30

Story: King Asa (1  Kings 15:10-24 & 2 Chronicles 14-16)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want to make You the center of my life.  I will show You how much I love You by worshiping You. Thank You for loving me. Amen


We teach children that worship is surrendering to God. The next time your child pushes your patience, remember to surrender the moment to God. Take a minute to calm your anger by stepping away (mentally, if not physically!) and surrender it to God. You will instantly teach a life lesson by your actions!

Birth – Age 2:
When you ride in the car this week, sing “Jesus Loves Me” with your child. Tell your child that God loves to hear us sing to Him. This is worship!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: 
Worship is not just something we do at church. We worship God at home, school, the park – everywhere!  Each time you see your child singing to God, sharing toys, reading a Bible story or
being kind to others, remind them that they are worshiping God!

Take-it-Home This Week 11.5.12

In Bright Beginnings yesterday, we were on a journey to WORSHIP! Here are some ideas to keep the lesson alive all week long . . .

Parents:  We teach our children that we can worship God anywhere at anytime and that worshiping God is much more than just singing songs to Him. Think about ways that you can worship God this week with your attitude, time and thoughts.

Birth-Age 2: Put in your favorite worship CD or DVD and worship God with your children! Dance around the house singing praises to Him.

This image is used with a creative commons license on Google.

Age 3-Kindergarten: Take some time to make a fort this week inside your home with blankets and pillows. Make it your family tabernacle for the day! Remind your child that God gave Moses and the Israelites specific instructions on how to build their tabernacle (a place of worship), but we have the privilege of worshiping God anytime and anywhere!  Even in a fort made of blankets!