Friday, March 7, 2014

March 2014 Updates: Shine your light!

Dear Parents and Families,

In our Growing in Grace chapel time our students have been learning about the life of Jesus. During chapel the children discovered Jesus grew up as a child just like them, and when he was older he performed miracles and taught everyone about God’s love.

Our students have been enjoying new songs and finger plays to coordinate with our Bible stories.  They are letting their lights shine brightly for Jesus.
One of our recent stories was when Jesus was baptized and a demonstration with the Baptismal font proved to be a captivating point of interest for all the classes.
We as we continue through the months of March and, April the children will see Jesus’s power revealed through the miracles he performs. Christ ultimate power will be witness through his death and resurrection as we look forward to Easter. 
It is truly a joy and a blessing to be able to share the love of Jesus with the children of Joyful Noise.
God Bless all of our families,
Ms. Bev

The Lord set his Love upon you and chose you.. Deut. 7:7b   

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The JN Nativity Special: Combined Growing in Grace Program!

Our precious angel girls!
Mary Had a Baby...Yes, Lord!

We had a wonderful time performing in the rec room for each other today as all of our combined Growing in Grace classes had a joined assembly! Each class sang a special tune (infants and toddlers sang "Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me" and "This Little Light of Mine", two's sang "Ring Ring Ring the Bells" and "Jesus Loves The Little Children", the three's sang "Baby Jesus" and the four year old class performed the story of baby Jesus through the song "Mary Had a Baby"!).

At the very end, all of the students joined together to sing, "Go Tell It On The Mountain". It was a wonderful performance and all of the classes took their roles very seriously! =) Please enjoy the photos below and let us know if you would like any high resolution images for printing at

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday!

The program opened with prayer. Even our little students take this time very seriously!

Mary and Joseph

A shepherd and his fuzzy sheep. =)

Miss Sally enjoyed the show with a couple of angels!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Advent Season is Upon Us!

The Advent Season is Upon Us!

Season’s Greetings!

Advent is upon us and during chapel time this month we are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
This first week we’ve learned of the Good News to Mary. She was going to be the mother of the promised Messiah. We talked of promises and what they mean when given. God promised to send a Savior who is Christ the King and he always keeps his promises!
Next week we will be finding out the “rest” of the story. The children are eager to hear more about Mary & Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem. Also we have been learning some new songs and finger plays to celebrate the season. The children love to sing and move to the music used in chapel time. It is such a pleasure to see them engaged in such joyful praise and worship to our Lord and Savior.                                                                                                                                                  
Happy Holidays,
Ms. Bev

  “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 


Feel free to bookmark our Growing In Grace calendar, which is updated monthly here:

Our Growing in Grace students also enjoyed the month of November, talking about thankfulness, and crafting this cute wreath that you can see on your way downstairs to the rec room!

You will see a little more information coming home about a recent publication we have enjoyed called "Thriving Family" as well! It is a magazine with lots of great articles, ideas and practical solutions for raising caring, sensitive and faithful kids. Full of family activities and ideas for faith building, you can find the website here: 

Check it out! =)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall 2013

Dear Parents & Families,

We’ve had wonderful beginning to our “Chapel Time” this year. Growing in Grace started in September by putting on the "Armour of God". 

Our story time has been based on the scripture passage from Ephesians 6:10-18. Our story began with Elijah showing the “True God” and putting on our belts of “TRUTH.” The next piece of armour was the “SWORD of the SPIRIT” which is the word of God. We then heard the story about “Jacob’s Dream”. 

As the study continued through the month of September, the children learned of God’s powerful strength and put on the “BREAST PLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  As we entered into October and got ready to spread the love of Jesus, we put on our “GOOD NEWS SHOES.” As we finish off October we have armed ourselves like Paul & Silas with our “SHIELDS of FAITH,” and the "HELMET of SALVATION.”                                                                                                                                                
In the upcoming month of November chapel time will focus on Worship, Praise and Thankfulness.  I feel truly blessed and grateful to be able to share God’s love with all of our students at Joyful Noise.

Blessings to all,

Ms. Bev

I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.  Psalm 9:1

Friday, January 18, 2013

Elisha's Kind Friends

"Be kind one to another..." Ephesians 4:32

This week, the children have been learning about what it means to be a kind friend. During chapel they heard the story of Elisha and his friends. Elisha was busy traveling from town to town doing the work of the Lord. Elisha often traveled through the village of Shunem. When he did he would stop to see his friends. His friends loved to visit with Elisha and they prepared a special room for him to stay in. You can find the story of Elisha in, 2 Kings Chapter 4.

During chapel the children learned a simple new song to help remind them that they can be a kind friend, just like Elisha's friends were kind to him. Here are the lyrics and tune.  

I Will Be A Kind Friend
Sung to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb
"I will be a kind friend,
kind friend, kind friend.
I will be a kind friend
every single day!"

The children also made special friendship bracelets to help remind them that they can be a kind friend. On each braclet there was a
HEART to remind the children that, God loves them and they can love others. The STAR reminds us that we want to be a shining light for Jesus, and the CROSS reminds us, that Jesus is our best friend.



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Miracle in a Manger

We want to thank everyone who donated towards the "Miracle in the Manger" books! Each of the children at Joyful Noise were given a book along with a few little treats as a special gift from their Growing in Grace teachers! The children were delighted to receive their book and we really hope you enjoy reading it with your child!
If you like the book, "Miracle in a Manger" be sure to check out CTA's website! Their site features many wonderful books and gifts for the whole family! Christian Tools of Affirmation.
       This month we have been focusing on Jesus' birth! During chapel we have been reviewing the nativity story together and singing Christmas songs. Next week we are planning a special "Celebration Chapel" where the children will come together and celebrate Jesus' birth together.
       During the holidays it is easy to get swept up in the rush of presents, parties, and other various activities. However; below we have a few simple activities you can do with your child this Christmas to reflect on the simplicity of the nativity story and remember the true reason for the season!  
The Nativity


·  Durable Manger Scene

Instructions: As your children play with a nativity set, help them name the characters in the story to help them remember the story of Jesus' birth and to reinforce Biblical truth.

Language to use: “You are playing with Joseph, Joseph was Jesus’ earthly dad.” “Joseph was glad Jesus was born.” “I’m glad that Jesus was born, too.”

Note: Using simple language with your children is important in helping them retain information and building language.

A Special Gift
·     Paper, Glue, Markers, Pieces of Gift Wrap, and Ribbon
Instructions: Cut a piece of paper into a square and have children glue piece of gift wrap on the square making a collage.
Write out the phrase, “God, thank you for the gift of_______.” Encourage your child to fill in the blank with something they are thankful for. Some ideas are: family, home, friends, etc.
Discussion Questions: Ask your child to name one of their favorite gifts they have received. Remind your child that Jesus was the best gift that God could ever give.
If you are looking for more ideas on how to keep Christ in Christmas this holiday season, check out this link!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

God's Plan

 30 "But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God." 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Luke 1:30;38
         It was so exciting to have the school-agers join us for chapel this week! Due to a school delay we had the opportunity to have a special chapel session just for them! This week is the start of Advent and the timing couldn't have been more perfect! We had a great time singing and learning about Christ's birth as found in Luke 2. 
       Our story was desinged to be an interactive "Right/Left" game. We had the children stand in a circle in the back of the Chapel. Pieces of the nativity were wrapped in paper and given to various children around the circle. The children were instructed to pass the gifts around the circle according to the directions given throughout the story. 
 Here is a short example from what was read:
"Mary and Joseph walked all around Bethlehem asking if there was a place they could sleep for the night, but everyone they met said there was no room LEFT. Finally, one kind inn keeper offered to let them stay RIGHT in his stable."
       The children did a fantatic job listening and obeying directions! When the story ended whoever was left holding the presents got to open them.
        Together we discussed how God had a special purpose and plan for each person in the nativity story and how each of them listened and obeyed God.

          As the children came up to place their character in the nativity, they read a short sentence then talked about how each of the characters were obedient to God.
  • Mary was obedient by loving God.
  • Joseph was obedient by trusting God.
  • The shepherds were obedient by believing what the angels said was true.
  • The Wise Men were obedient by being faithful as they followed the star.
Our school-agers LOVE praise and worship time!
Here are the youtube links to the music videos of the songs we taught them.