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Sojourn's Vision & SojournKids

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

Sojourn's vision is to see the gospel transform everything--ourselves as individuals, our church, our city, and our world. By 2020, we desire to see that vision expressed in our church as a body of 7,500 people, gathering in 5 locations, and planting churches all over the world that draw many more un-churched people into a relationship with God. SojournKids' vision is to see the gospel transform the next generation. By 2020, we desire to see that vision expressed in our church with 1,200 children (ages 0-5th grade) and 1,000 students (6th-12th grade), gathering in 5 locations, and equipping churches all over the world to train up the next generation in the gospel.

How will your giving enable us to seek after this vision?

Moving into St. Vincent’s expands our capacity for welcoming children and families into attractive environments–more and better classrooms, more and better check-in/hospitality space,  and upgraded space for nursing mothers.  Renovating at the East campus allows us to use that facility to its full potential.  Your giving on Commitment Sunday, May 9th, will enable us to press forward in this gospel vision and meet the challenges we'll face with resources and strength.   Come on Sunday prepared to worship and give!

Sojourn's Vision & Teaching Stewardship to Kids

UncategorizedJared Kennedy1 Comment

Dear Parents, During the month of April, we've been teaching Sojourn's kids about giving and stewardship.  We've used the story of the seven year-old king, Joash (2 Kings 11-13; 2 Chronicles 22-24), to highlight stewardship principles for the kids.  See the lesson here. God used Joash and the wise priest Jehoiada to turn Israel's hearts back to him and away from worshiping idols.  When Joash became king, God's temple had fallen into disrepair.  So, Jeohiada made a collection box by boring a hole in the top of a chest and put it beside the altar in the temple.  Israel brought gifts for the temple along with their regular sacrifices.  Even though he was just seven, God used Joash to make things new again in Israel!

Sojourn's vision is to see the gospel transform everything--ourselves as individuals, our church, our city, and our world.  SojournKids' vision is to see the gospel transform the next generation.  Part of seeing kids grow up to be a new people made alive by the gospel is teaching them how to participate in regular Christian practices.  We're intentional about teaching kids to pray, sing, respond, and read their Bible.  We also want to be intentional about teaching them to give.  During SojournKids' regular gatherings, we have a basket ("with a hole in the top just like Joash’s box"). When we gather together on Sundays, kids can bring money to put in the basket.  These gifts support Sojourn's vision of gospel transformation as part of our regular budget.

There is great joy in participating in God's work by giving sacrificially.  And kids will be excited about supporting this work through giving a portion of their allowance.  Even if they aren't excited, this is a great way to teach them about stewardship and generosity.  God has graciously given us all things.  Now, we can return thanks to him by giving of our money and ourselves.

With joy in serving and giving,

Pastor Jared