Artists, Danielle Hammon and Jenna Schrock, collaborated on this learning center installation for our pre-K classroom. They built a table and painted it white with grey roadways. Then, they added wood models of buildings from our neighborhood–a grocery store, a school, homes, and the 930 Art Center. Next, wooden pawns were painted red and placed among the cityscape to represent people. The interactive learning center is used to teach kids that the church is the people called out by Christ (painted red). The church is not a building. The church gathers at a building, and it can also gather in homes or at a workplace.
Last year, my good friend Sam Luce of Redeemer Church in Utica, NY, interviewed Sally Lloyd-Jones of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York, NY, about… what else? Redemption! Sally is the author of the well-known Jesus Storybook Bible. Sam and Sally also talked about Christmas, Storytelling, and Children’s Ministry. Here is one of the gems from the article:
Storytelling is performance as much as anything. And, a crucial part of my performance is obviously rehearsal. I find trying to tell your story out on real live children is crucial; it will show you want does and doesn’t work. I think it’s a bit like being a stand-up comic. It should sound natural, but it needs to be something you’ve written, learned, refined and rehearsed.
It’s important to involve the children in the story. When I read stories to children I make eye contact with them and react with them as if I am reading the story for the first time, just like they are. This keeps it playful and draws the children in as you all react together.
In the past, we’ve told you a lot about the Sovereign Grace Kids and Seeds Family Worship albums that we use during our SojournKids worship times. Now, meet the Rizers! These are great Scripture memory CDs-similar to Seeds but with more a pop/punk rock sounds. The tunes are brought to you by the Resurgence and Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA.
Scripture-Pop for Kids
Tyson Paoletti has helped run Tooth & Nail Records in Seattle for the better part of the last decade. He and songwriter, freelance designer, and friend Greg Lutze came up with the idea for an album of Scripture based, guitar-pop worship songs for kids. Both members of Mars Hill Church, they are artists and fathers trying to figure out ways to establish Scripture memory as a value in their families. What began as a series of jingles to help memorize Bible verses became multiple full-length album of music you can’t get out of your head, joined to lyrics of straight Scripture.
Thanks to the Rizers for sponsoring SojournKids.com! It is a blessing for us to partner with you. Parents, show our thanks to the Rizers by picking up their albums. They make great Christmas gifts. Get them now, because your kids will come home singing their tunes soon!
Get the Rizers tunes here:
The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments by Marty Machowski (New Growth Press, 2011)
My friend, Marty Machowski, has just released his second resource from New Growth Press, and it is available for 65% off ($9.99) through this Wednesday.
The 156 stories in this new storybook bible correspond with Gospel Story curriculum that we’re using at SojournKids. We’ll be getting a copy of the Bible for each of our kids classrooms. I’m really thankful for the simplicity and Gospel centrality of this Bible storybook. And I really like the beautiful line illustrations. Find out more at gospelstoryforkids.com
Here is a short recommendation from Sojourn member and Christian education professor, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones:
“I could speak at length about how much I recommend Marty Machowski’s books to churches – and indeed I do, along with books from a long list of other authors. But Marty’s resources for families and children also appear on a far shorter list that places them in a more significant category for me: they are books that I actually use in my home. Again Marty has provided us with a God-centered, Scripture-grounded, gospel-driven resource that orients the minds of children toward the wondrous works of God.” –Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Family Ministry, Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY
You can purchase your own copy of the Bible storybook HERE! And you can preview the Bible below:
Advent is the season before Christmas when we celebrate Jesus’ coming as a light into our dark world. Here is a great theological explanation of Advent from Sojourn member, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. SojournKids has put together a number of resources for celebrating the Advent season. You can link to the Bible lesson, music liturgy for advent, music liturgy for Christmas week, and an art project, or download the full lesson plan (PDF).
We also hope you enjoy the video documentary of the project (below), which was created by our own Drew Layman.
Also, check out our Jesse Tree family devotions…
… and these Advent coloring sheets by Sojourn artist Mandy Groce… and these Christmas coloring sheets.