Children's Books

What is the Gospel? SojournKids' Newest Children's Book!

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God has some good news for you, and it's called the gospel. What's the gospel you say? It's the good news that even though we sin and have disobeyed God, we can have life and joy as part of God's kingdom. You see, I don't deserve God's goodness, but he reached down and rescued me even when my sin had made me his enemy. The gospel is the message of God's kingdom accomplished through God's cross by God's grace!

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Pick up the book at Sojourn's booktable for $3.00 or order it online from or WTSBooks! The book has been published by Christian Focus Publications.

Thursday Book Club: What is the Church?

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Today's Thursday Book Club involves a bit of self-promotion. What is the Church? is Sojourn’s second children’s book, written by Mandy Groce and Bill Bell.   What Is The Church? was written to teach preschool children that the church is not a building. It is a people that God has called together and made alive by faith.  The book teaches the five Christian identities which every believer should embody.  This is the concept behind the second part of our current Faith-Mapping sermon series.  And you can see it explained simply in this Sojourn Vision video from last year:

Church 101 from Sojourn Community Church on Vimeo.

I'm highlighting the book now, because this is a great way to teach the concepts you're learning in Sunday Gatherings to your kids when you are at home.  Get the book.  Pick up a copy at the book table on Sunday or purchase it online here. Then, talk to your kids over the next few weeks about how you're learning to be a worshiper, family member, servant, learner, and missionary.

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Kids Books for Father's Day!

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We hope you'll be able to worship with us this Sunday, which is Father's Day. We'll give a free copy of our children's book Our Home is like a Little Church to all dads who attend. This book teaches about biblical fatherhood, so bring your dad or any dad you know. We'll have a brand new SojournKids book at the book table as well.  Mandy Groce and Bill Bell wrote What Is The Church?, with illustrations by Tessa Janes, to teach our children that the church is not a building -- it's a people that God has called together and made alive by faith.  You can get this book for $5. Copies of Our Home Is Like A Little Church are available for the same price.

What Is the Chuch? A new Sojourn children's book tackles this difficult question.

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Earlier this week, I ran across a blog post that got me a little excited.  Dr. Ray Van Neste, of whom I am a big fan, reviewed a simple little book from Concordia Publishing aimed at young children to encourage their engagement in the worship of the church and explaining key parts of the Lutheran worship service.  In the book, comment is made on  prayer, congregational singing, Bible reading, preaching, communion, baptism, and giving.  Van Neste noted, "In a day when the church is so often minimized or disparaged, it is great to see a children's book like this... I would like to see my own denominational publisher produce something similar in a Baptist vein." Well, I'm pleased to announce that a similar book is in the final stages of production here at Sojourn.  Mandy Groce and Bill Bell (with illustrations by Tessa Janes) have been working on a new book  for our kids that asks the difficult question What is a Church? Here are some of the opening lines:what is the church_right

Let’s say you ask me, “What’s the church?” I’d say, “Not what, but WHO!” The church is made of people just Like me and just like you.

The church is not a place we go To meet on special days. It’s us—it’s he and she and we— Called out to bring Christ praise.

God’s church is built of human hearts— Men, women, girls, and boys. By faith we’re made God’s family And that’s why we rejoice!

Unlike other books on the church, this book does not answer the question by telling what the church does (preaching, communion, baptism, discipline)--although those things are essential and should not be ignored.  But this book begins with who we are--our identities as a church.  As a gospel people, the church is a believing family, a community of worshipers, servants, learners, and missionaries.  Stay tuned for more as the project continues.