Beginnings Chapel - May 8, 2017
In this week’s chapel, students learned that there is always something to give thanks to God for in their lives. Puppet Diggs asked the question, “Did Jesus ever say thank you?” Combing through the Scriptures, Mrs. Dykes brought to light stories that answered Diggs’ question. When Jesus Christ raised his beloved friend Lazarus from the dead, it is said that He gave thanks to God. On another occasion, during the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus was said to have prayed and given thanks to God for the blessing of food. Finally, Mrs. Dykes chose students to enact the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers. It is recorded that only one of the lepers who were cleansed took the time to go back to Jesus and give Him thanks for what He had done for them. Closing their time together, Mrs. Dykes reminded everyone that giving thanks to God for what he has done in their lives is a crucial part of the Christian walk.
Key Passages: John 6:1-15; 11:38-44, Luke 17:11-19
This morning the Beginnings Academy students enjoyed starting chapel with praise songs and hymns. They sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which reminded them that they can talk to God about anything and, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” to reinforce this year's chapel theme. The students have become very good at reciting the theme verses, Colossians 2:6-7. They have shown a passion and diligence to hide God’s words in their heart. Mrs. Bryant’s class sang a song on stage before she introduced her special guest. Great Bridge Baptist Church's children's pastor, Shaun Noble, shared the story, “Good, Good Father,” with students. Even though many students were familiar with the story, they can never hear too many stories that remind them of God's great love for them.
This morning, Mrs. Dykes talked to students about what it means to be thankful for all things. She asked puppet Diggs about what he prays for. After listing many things, Mrs. Dykes noticed that he had forgotten to pray for something. When the students checked puppet Diggs’ heart they found a blank piece of paper and a glue stick. Students glued letters to the paper which revealed to everyone what Diggs had forgotten in his prayer. The letters spelled out “thank you.” Mrs. Dykes concluded their time by reminding Diggs and the students that they should always give thanks to God, each and every time they pray, for providing them with family, friends, the Bible, and many other blessings in their lives.
Key Verse: Colossians 2:7b
After a long break, the Beginning’s Academy held chapel service this morning. During this time, they learned about God’s plan for each one of their lives. Mrs. Dykes, along with puppet Diggs, taught about the meaning and purpose of life through the illustration of a blank piece of paper. They explained to the students that a blank piece of paper is just like a young person’s life, full of opportunity and meaning. Some students helped to illustrate this principle by drawing on a blank sheet of paper; this illustrated its endless possibilities, just like their lives. In closing, Mrs. Dykes encouraged the students to offer their lives to God in order that He could give their lives meaning and purpose because, after all, He created them! In her concluding statement, Mrs. Dykes stated that the earth is God’s blank page. When He created it, He revealed things about Himself and gave it meaning in the process. God has given Christians everything they need in their lives in order to be everything He wants them to be. Therefore, they must submit to Him and His good ways in order to be all that they can be for Jesus Christ.
Key Passages: Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10
This morning, after a time of worship led by Miss Nichols’ class, students heard from GCA’s Athletic Director, Mr. Daniel Moore. Coach Moore told students that each person who believes in Christ is the “apple of Jesus’ eye.” This means that each member of the body of Christ is uniquely special to Him, and He wants us to talk with Him. Jesus taught us to pray in order to communicate with Him in Heaven. Coach Moore expressed how prayer helps to grow our relationship with Christ just like talking to their parents helps children to grow in their relationship with them. Wrapping up his time with the students, Coach Moore led everyone in a simple prayer that they could pray every day in order to stay connected with their Father in Heaven.
Mrs. Dykes continued the discussion of what being “established in the faith” means to the students of the Beginnings Academy this morning. As they checked puppet Diggs’ heart, they found a letter from Mrs. Sally (Diggs’ Sunday school teacher) full of encouragement. Next, Mrs. Dykes read a very special letter from the Apostle Paul that he wrote to the Christians in Corinth two thousand years ago. In Paul’s letter, he talked through the different gifts of the Spirit while also emphasizing the gift of love for all people. Referring to the truth that God has given all people gifts to be used for God, Mrs. Dykes asked the students, “What can you do right now for God?” Some of their answers included prayer, reading their Bible, obeying God, and teaching others about Him. Finally, one of the students came up and placed a Bible in Diggs’ heart and the students stood together and recited the chapel theme verse for this year.
Key Passages: 1 Corinthians 12-13, Colossians 2:6-7a