SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus Ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:4-14)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Jesus instructed the disciples to stay in Jerusalem. He told them that not many days later he would baptize them with the Holy Spirit. When they came together again the disciples wanted to know if Jesus planned to restore the kingdom of Israel and Jesus said that it was not for them to know. He declares that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and that they will be his witnesses baptizing new believers. After he said these things Jesus ascended into heaven. The disciples and others went on to worship Jesus and devote themselves to prayer.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  What holiday are we celebrating this week? What are you thankful for?

Read Acts 1:4-14

Questions/Apply it:

  • Where did Jesus tell his disciples to stay?
  • What did Jesus tell his disciples that he was going to baptize them with?
  • How did Jesus ascend into heaven?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We thank you for calling us to be your disciples. We pray that we can declare your glory in everything that we do. Amen.

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: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Memory Verse: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 27 - Session 5

Children's Music Liturgy for Advent (Sojourn Midtown & Sojourn J-town)

Jared KennedyComment
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This liturgy was created for the Kids Choir on December 10th, 2017 at Sojourn Midtown and December 17th, 2017 at Sojourn J-town. For more information about participating, click here.

We have so much to celebrate in this season, remembering Christ coming to us as a child, identifying himself with us as a man. Our children often experience God in unique and special ways, and our children definitely know how to celebrate and praise God. This morning, our children and several of our children’s volunteers are going to show us all how our kids worship God each Sunday at Sojourn Kids.

LEADER: Good Morning, children! Christmas is only days away, and what do we celebrate at Christmas? We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. God the Son came down from heaven to be with us. We have a song that tells the story of Jesus’ birth! Will you sing it with me?

O Come Let Us Adore Him (Hillsong Worship)

LEADER: Our memory verse this month is Isaiah 9:6! Can you repeat it after me?

"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

Two thousand years ago, the Israelites waited in anticipation for the coming of their Messiah. We too wait with hope and expectation for Jesus to come again. It’s hard to wait but we do so with confidence that every valley will raised. Let’s sing a song about the hope we have in waiting!

Every Valley (It’s Hard to Wait) (Rain for Roots)

LEADER: Who can tell me what time it is? (Catechism time!) Here is our question for this month. I’ll read the question and you will all read the answer together!

Q: When will Jesus return? A: He is coming soon, but we don’t know when. Come Lord Jesus!

It is so wonderful to worship God together! We worship by singing, and we can also worship by giving. We can give because God has already given so much to us. Everything we have is a good gift from God. If you have an offering today, you can worship God with your offering as the giving baskets are passed around the auditorium. Let’s sing and proclaim the birth of Jesus!

Go Tell It On the Mountain (The Sing Team)

LEADER: Let’s pray! How do we pray? Bow your heads… and fold your hands… and close your eyes… and let’s talk to God right now! Father God, As we prepare for the holidays and gifts to be given, remind us of the gift you gave when you sent your Son from Heaven. Jesus, we praise you for going to the cross to die and take the punishment for our sins. Thank you for giving yourself to us as the greatest Christmas gift! Amen.

LEADER: We as Christians have the MOST reason to rejoice, because we know that GOD in Heaven came down to US on earth so that we would know how much he loves us. When we know how cherished we are by God, we have the freedom to love all of those that God brings to us, no matter what things the world says should separate us. Let’s celebrate this great love of God by greeting our neighbors here with us today!

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus Gave the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Jesus instructed the disciples to meet him on a mountain in Galilee. When the disciples saw Jesus they worshipped him, though some doubted. Jesus then instructs the disciples go and make disciples baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He then reminds them that he is with them always, to the end of the age.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Has anyone ever given you a job to do? How did that make you feel? Was the job hard? 

Read Matthew 28:16-20

Questions/Apply it:

  • Where did Jesus tell his disciples to meet him?
  • What did Jesus tell his disciples?
  • How long did Jesus say that he would be with his disciples?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We pray that we can make disciples to the glory of your name. We thank you that just like the disciples you are with us always. Amen.

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: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Memory Verse: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 27 - Session 4

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus Forgives and Restores (John 21:1-19)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Jesus appeared again to his disciples. He asked them if they had any fish and they did not. He instructed them to go out into the water and cast their nets. Their nets filled with fish and they cooked them and ate. When they finished breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter if he loved Jesus more than these. He asked Simon Peter this three times. He then tells him to feed his sheep and follow me.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever asked for forgiveness? What did you ask forgiveness for? Were you forgiven? 

Read John 21:1-19

Questions/Apply it:

  • What did Jesus ask the disciples for?
  • How many times to Jesus asked Simon Peter if he loved him?
  • What did Jesus tell Simon Peter?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We pray that we can understand the work that you have set before us in our lives and we pray that we can do it to the glory of your name. Amen.

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: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Memory Verse: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 27 - Session 3

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus and the Doubter (John 20:24-29)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  When Jesus appeared to his disciples Thomas was not there. When the disciples told Thomas that they had seen and even shared a meal with Jesus he did not believe. In fact he said that he would only believe if he could touch and see his wounds. Thomas doubted that Jesus had actually risen from the dead. Eight days later the disciples were together and Jesus once again appeared despite the doors being locked. He told Thomas to touch and see his wounds. Thomas believed.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever heard a story that you just couldn’t believe? What was the story? Why was it so hard to believe? 

Read John 20:24-29

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who was not there when Jesus appeared to the disciples?
  • Did he believe at first?
  • What did Jesus let Thomas do so that he would believe?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We pray that we would not doubt your almighty power. God we thank you that even though we doubt like Thomas, you are still so faithful. Amen.

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: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Memory Verse: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 27 - Session 2