SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: The Shipwreck (Acts 27:13-44; 28:11-16)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Acts 27:13-44; 28:11-16)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the characters? (Paul and the Sailors.)
  • What are the main story beats? (There is a storm out at sea; God protected Paul in the shipwreck; Paul arrives at Rome.)
  • What’s the main point? (God protected Paul in the shipwreck so he could stand before Caesar.)

CONNECT it to the family.

God protected Paul in the shipwreck. Paul told the sailors to trust God too. God wants us to trust Jesus. Jesus died to keep us safe from sin and death. We can share this good news with everyone.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for Paul. We thank you that he stopped at nothing to preach the Gospel of Jesus. No matter how scary and sad his life was, he never stopped sharing the love of God. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The Shipwreck)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God protected Paul in the shipwreck so he could stand before Caesar.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • Do you feel like you could tell others about Jesus even when you are scared? What would make that hard?
  • Sometimes our life can feel like a storm, but God wants us to trust Jesus.

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God wants us to trust Jesus. He sent Jesus to die for us to keep us safe from sin and death. We are called to share this good news.

RELATE to them.

  • God wants us all to tell others about Jesus.
  • Mom and Dad are called to set an example for you.
  • Where could we go to tell others about Jesus? (park, library, etc.)

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
  • Have courage to tell your friends about Jesus.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question:   When should we tell others about Jesus? We should always tell others about Jesus even when it is difficult.

Memory Verse:   Philippians 1:20-21 – “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 34 - Session 3

Sojourn Kids 101: New Volunteer Training

Jared KennedyComment

Jesus said, “When you welcome a child in my name, you welcome me.” That’s why children’s ministry exists. At Sojourn Kids we want to show kids Jesus so that they grow up to be like him and then in turn go to tell others about him.

We are seeking to do this in several ways. Here are two of our goals. (1) We’re striving to create safe and welcoming environments where we can build relationships with kids and their families. (2) Next, we want to connect kids and their families to Christ in the way we sing, teach, and play. 

That’s where you come in. Your faithful service as a member of one of our Sojourn Kids ministry teams makes it possible for us to accomplish this. And as you use your gifts serve children, I believe God will use that to grow you as well.  

Requirements as You Begin Serving

So, where do you begin? All Sojourn Kids ministry team members must be Sojourn members or members in process. In addition, middle and high school students who are involved in Sojourn’s student ministry can serve as a third person assistant in classrooms alongside an assigned mentor. You must complete the volunteer application that you can find here http://sojournkids.com/get-involved, submit to a thorough criminal background and reference check, and complete the required basic training videos or checklists that cover our ministry philosophy, safety and security policies, and abuse reporting policies. If you’ve already completed the application, you may have an invitation to complete one of these requirements in your e-mail Inbox right now. After these steps are completed, we’ll set up a time for you to observe in a classroom on Sunday to see what role might be the best fit for you.

What You Can Expect from Us

As you are serving in Sojourn Kids, here are six things you can expect from us as your leaders. 

  1. Expect to hear from us every week. We’ll send weekly communication that includes our schedule and the curriculum we’ll be teaching at our upcoming weekend gatherings. That communication will tell you what supplies we’re providing for the weekly lessons and tell you about any additional items you may want to bring as a supplement to your teaching.
     
  2. Know that we’re praying for you on a weekly basis as you live as you prepare to share Jesus with Sojourn’s kids.
     
  3. You can also expect that every open classroom will be staffed with at least two fully vetted volunteers.
     
  4. Then, we will equip you with educationally excellent, biblically faithful curriculum that focuses on Jesus.
     
  5. And we’ll create training resources like this video and conduct regular formal training meetings to help you grow your skills.
     
  6. Finally, if there is ever anything you need, please ask us, your Sojourn Kids staffers, as well as the coaches and coordinators that lead in your service areas each week.

What We Expect from You

 Last of all, before you begin serving, it’s important for you to know what we expect from you as well. Here are five quick things.

  1. It is really important that you arrive on time. Volunteer teams huddle before the service begins (times vary by Sojourn location) so that we can open the doors for parents early.
     
  2. Second, please prepare well. Read the Bible passage for the week. Think about it and pray that God will help you understand it. Even if you are not the primary teacher in the classroom, study the lesson and be ready to help out.
     
  3. Watch these training videos and read through our policy checklists. But don’t just read them, commit to follow these policies and implement them when you serve.
     
  4. When, you have to be away, post a request for a substitute in our online group at least two weeks in advance. And if you have to be out at the last minute because you’re sick (It happens. And please don’t show up if you have the flu!), just call or text your service leader.
     
  5. Finally, after you’ve observed at a gathering and found a volunteer role that seems like a good fit for you, let us know. We ask that all volunteers commit to serve for a covenanted time period (commitment cycles vary by Sojourn location) This provides stability and continuity for the children in your classroom, and it gives you a season of service to consider whether or not you’d like to make longer-term commitment to children’s ministry or take a look at serving in a different Sojourn ministry area.

This is a 101 walkthrough of what it means to serve as a volunteer with Sojourn Kids. We’re so glad you are joining our team! Stay tuned for another Sojourn Kids 101 training video next month! 

This Week in SojournKids: Paul Before Rulers (Acts 24:22-27; 25:1-14; 26:24-32)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Acts 24:22-27; 25:1-14; 26:24-32)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Paul and the Officials.)
  • What are the main story beats? (Paul is in custody; Paul goes before Caesar; Paul goes before Agrippa.)
  • What’s the main point? (Paul preached about Jesus to governors and kings.)

CONNECT it to the family.

We are called to preach the gospel no matter what we are going through. Paul was arrested and yet he still preached about Jesus to every official he went before. We are called to be brave like Paul and share Jesus to all people. 

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for Paul. We thank you that he showed the courage to preach the gospel to the rulers and officials. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Paul before Rulers)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • Paul preached about Jesus to governors and kings.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • Do you think that you are brave?
  • What makes you brave?
  • Do you want to have courage like Paul?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • We are called to show courage like Paul.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad have been called to be an example of being brave.
  • Mom and Dad are called to show you what being brave looks like.
  • At times we will fall short, but God will always give us the courage we need.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
  • Remember that God will give you the strength to be brave.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question:   When should we tell others about Jesus? We should always tell others about Jesus even when it is difficult.

Memory Verse:   Philippians 1:20-21 – “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 34 - Session 2

This Week in SojournKids: The Plan to Stop Paul (Acts 23)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Acts 23)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Paul and the Jews.)
  • What are the main story beats? (Paul is before the council; the Jews plot to kill Paul; Paul is sent to Felix the Governor.)
  • What’s the main point? (When Paul was arrested, God protected him so he could preach about Jesus.)

CONNECT it to the family.

God protects us to do what he has called us to do. No matter what makes us fear, God will protect us. Just like your mom and dad love and protect you. 

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for the work you accomplished through Paul. We thank you for protecting us no matter what. We love your Lord. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (A Cheerful Giver)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • When Paul was arrested, God protected him so he could preach about Jesus.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What makes you scared?
  • Do you think God will protect you from that?
  • How do you think Paul felt when he was arrested?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God protects us no matter what.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad have been called to protect you, but God is our true protector

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
  • We know that God is our protector. He always protects us!

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question:   When should we tell others about Jesus? We should always tell others about Jesus even when it is difficult.

Memory Verse:   Philippians 1:20-21 – “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 34 - Session 1

Sojourn Kids Music Liturgy for Spring 2018

Jared KennedyComment

Here is the music we used with the kids at Sojourn from April 22 until May 27. Enjoy!

Leader 1 & 2: Hi, I'm Mr./Ms. (First name)! 

Leader 1: The Bible tells us that God made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and that he made US! He made you and me so that we might know him, love him, and praise him. Let’s sing praise to God together today!

Song 1: You Made Everything (Austin Stone Kids Worship)

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is 2 Corinthians 5:17! Can you repeat it after me?

“If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

Leader 1: Let’s sing this next song to praise Jesus, the One who saves us and makes us new. He is the only one who can wash away our sin and cleanse us – our mighty, mighty Savior!

Song 2: Mighty, Mighty Savior (Sovereign Grace Kids)

Leader 2: This month we will be learning about how God changes us through his Spirit to help us be more like Jesus. God is so amazing. He frees us from our bondage to sin and helps us live in a way that pleases him. When you think about that, does it make you want to shout hallelujah?! Let’s sing “When I Think About the Lord” to praise God what He’s done for us.

Leader 1: As we sing the next song together, you can bring your offering to God to the front of the room!

Song 3: When I Think About the Lord (Shane & Shane)

Leader 1: Hey, who can tell me what time it is? Kids: Catechism time!

Play Catechism riff like “Tequila”: G-F-G-F x3, G-F-G “Catechism!”

Leader 2: Let’s review our catechism question for the week. Please repeat after me.

Q: Who changes us? A: The Holy Spirit changes us to be like Jesus for God’s glory.

Leader 2: Let’s pray! Bow your heads and fold your hands and close your eyes as we talk to God!

Father, we thank you for sending Jesus to earth to save us. We praise you that when we are in Christ, we are new creations. Thank you for changing us! Please help us to live in a way that shows the world what you’ve done in our lives. Help us to be self-controlled, loving, joyful, and patient. Please open our minds to understand your word today. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Instruct all kids to sit down, then dismiss by one age group at a time: Preschool first then Kindergarten. Finally, instruct Elementary to move up for the assembly lesson.