Bright Lights Christmas Tea Party

P1140098December 17 was our last meeting before Christmas and so we planned a special tea party for everyone.  Several of the older girls were tasked with hosting a table and came early to decorate and add those special touches to their tables.P1140089

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P1140091As everyone came in, we told them which table they were at where they played a fun little game.  There was a list Christmas carol titles, but the problem was they were not named how we usually know them.  The girls had to guess what the carol was.  Example: Exuberance Directed to the Planet (Answer: Joy to the World).  It was a great ice breaker game.

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Next, we had a special time of reading through the Christmas story while Havala graciously played harp music in the background.  We interspersed the Scriptures with special music and singing Christmas carols.  The lights were off and it was a special way to remember God’s love for us in sending Jesus to be the Savior of the world.  We read Isaiah 9:6-7, Micah 5:2-5, Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-23, Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-11, and John 1:1-5, 14.  We closed our time a short devotional about the amazing gift God gave and the life of gratitude we should want to live for Him because of all He’s done for us.

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Then we played a fun game… each girl got a paper plate to place on her and draw a picture as directions were given.  There a lot of hilarious drawings. :)  We also had a special Christmas quiz that reminds us the importance of following directions!

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We finished the evening with our tea time with lots of special treats and a variety of teas to choose from at each table.  It was a really special evening together!

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Bright Lights Family Christmas Tea

This year, we decided to do something different for our Christmas meeting.  We decided to host a family Christmas tea for the parents and siblings of the girls in our Bright Lights group.  Although the turnout was small, we had a wonderful evening of fellowship with the Lord’s people and rejoicing in the birth of our Savior.

All of the girls came at 6:30 to help prepare for the tea.  We spent our time setting up tables & chairs, going over game/activity details, decorating the room, and setting out the snacks to be served.

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At 7:30 the families joined us, and we began our time together with snacks and fellowship by the light of candles and Christmas lights.  We had two games/activities planned for the night.  The first was a Christmas quiz based on the Biblical account of the birth of Christ.  There were a few trick questions that helped us learn that there are some things that are some things traditionally added to the story that are not found in the Bible!

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The second game we played was called: “Draw On Your Head”.  With a paper plate on their head, everyone was given a series of instructions to draw a Christmas scene.  If was pretty funny to see how the drawings turned out (or didn’t) and to hear everyone laughing over their artwork.

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To close our time together, my dad gave a short devotional about the joy that the birth of our Savior brings.  We finished with singing “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” together.

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A big “Thank You” to the families who came out and helped to make the evening a special time.  May you all have a blessed New Year. We’ll see all of you girls in 2014! :)

Fall 2013 Kick-off Celebration

girls-combinedWe held our Fall 2013 kick-off celebration meeting to start out the new school year of Bright Lights.  We were so blessed that most of the girls were able to make it, and we were delighted to meet some new young ladies who plan to join us this year!

After a time of singing favorites from the Bright Lights songbook, we played a variety of fun games to help everyone get reacquainted again.  One of everyone’s favorites was “The Name Game” that we played during our meeting on friends last school year.

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We spent about 45 minutes playing games, and then took our snacks, tea, and hot apple cider out to the campfire to visit a bit before having a short devotional.  We talked about Jesus being the Light of the world (John 8:15) and the importance of walking in His light.  We also talked about how Jesus calls us as believers to be the light of the world (Matt. 5:14) and how this should be a reflection of His light into the darkness around us.  The closer we are to Jesus, the brighter we will be reflecting His light to those who are lost in the darkness of this world.  We ended with singing:

Lord, I will shine Your light, with joy and a smile that’s bright.
I will seek You all my days; Lord, I want to learn Your ways.
In this world of night, Lord, I will shine Your light.

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Everyone stayed past our ending time of 8:30 to enjoy more fellowship around the fire and in the house.  It was such a wonderful evening, and we are so looking forward to seeing each young lady throughout this new school year!  See you all on October 3! :)

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Fall 2012 Kick-off Celebration

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Last night (September 27) was our official Bright Lights kick-off celebration.  This special meeting was held in our home.  We began with a time of singing favorites from the Bright Lights songbook… the girls sounded beautiful as they lifted their voices in praise to the Lord.

Next, we spent some time playing a couple of games to help the new girls get to know everyone, and for the other girls to get reacquainted.  We then split into two groups and did some Bible charades.

Joshua and the battle of Jericho (Joshua 6)
Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)
Balaam and the talking donkey (Numbers 22:22-40)

After games, we got our snacks and hot apple cider before heading outside to the campfire.

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Then we had a short devotional and story about being a bright light in a dark world and the importance of not wasting the years of our youth.  During the devotional, Deborah was drawing a chalk picture and near the end, lit it up with a black-light.

You are the light of the world

We were so blessed to have so many of you join us for this special kick-off meeting.  We look forward to seeing you all again in two weeks at our next meeting on October 11.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16