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We’re so excited about this year’s Vacation Bible School: PROOF Pirates.It sets sail on July 14th at all Sojourn campuses. Here are some of our goals for this year’s VBS:

  • Over 900 children will hear the gospel during VBS.
  • 300 kids will be invited as a friend of a regular Sojourn attender.
  • 50% of kids in attendance will live in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding our campuses

This is a mission that you want to be a part of . If you are available during the week of VBS, sign up below:

Get ready for VBS! Pirates are coming!

Proof Pirates VBS

This year’s Vacation Bible School: PROOF Pirates sets sail on July 14th at all Sojourn campuses. Locations and times are listed below.

VBS is an event for kids, ages 4 through those who have completed grade 5, to learn from the Bible and participate in art, music, and games. This year, kids will learn that God’s grace is great enough to save scallawags like you and me.

To register, click on one of the links below: 

Midtown Campus (Click Here!)
1207 S. Shelby Street, 40203
July 14-18: 9am until Noon

East Campus (Click Here!)
8509 Westport Road, 40242
July 14-17 (four days): 9am until Noon

J-town Campus (Click Here!)
11412 Taylorsville Road, 40299
July 14-18: 9am until Noon

New Albany Campus (Click Here!)
2023 Ekin Ave., 47150
July 14-18: 6pm until 9pm

 

What I love about child dedication…


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One thing I love about child dedication is that it’s a celebration of how unique the parent-child relationship is. You won’t find me saying, “I hope Elisabeth eats her Brussels sprouts today because then she’ll get to be my daughter.” No way! She’s our daughter because God gave her to us. She was born into our family. She doesn’t have to earn her status as my daughter, and I don’t have to earn my status as her dad.

What that means is that when I make commitments to my girls–even when I struggle to keep certain obligations that I have toward them–even when I struggle to love them well–I’m not struggling to earn anything. I struggle just because I love them, and I want to be faithful to the gifts God has given. In our performance driven culture, the uniqueness of the parent-child relationship stands out.

The Father designed it that way to be a picture of his relationship to us. We don’t have to earn our status in his family. We’re born into it. We receive it as a gift of grace. So, I can keep my obligations to my own kids, because I have a Father in heaven who is keeping me.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:14-15)

Sign up for the March 16th Child Dedication here!

 

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Family Devotional on Luke 18:9-17)

Dear parents,

In many ways, this past week’s SojournKids lesson was about the heart and soul of the gospel. We learned that Jesus came to save Big Sinners like you and me. We told the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector or the “Know-it-all” and the “Big Sinner” from Luke 18:9-17. Here we see that we can’t brag about our goodness before God, because we come to him with nothing. Like the tax collector who couldn’t even look up to heaven, we must simply cry out to God for mercy. The Bible teaches us that we have direct access to our Father through Jesus Christ. It’s so amazing that we have this access when we consider how big our sin is. Here are some questions to follow-up with your kids about the story:

READ: Luke 18:9-17 or Story 105 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Who were the Pharisees? Pharisees were “know-it-all” religious rulers who added their own strict rules to God’s law.  

ASK: Did the people like tax collectors? No. They took people’s money and gave it to the hated Romans. And sometimes they would keep money for themselves.

ASK: How did the tax collector pray? God, have mercy on me, a sinner. And he went away right with God.

The Bible’s Big Story

And speaking of the big picture, Christian Focus Publications just released a new children’s book that is illustrated by Sojourn J-town member, Tessa Janes. This is a great resource that uses a rhyming poem to teach kids the story of salvation from Creation to Revelation. Each two-line stanza has an accompanying Bible verse to memorize. You can pick it up at Amazon.com.

On the cross he paid for sin,
Jesus, Savior of all men.

From the grave he rose again
Conquering death and hell and sin.

My friends at Christian Focus sent me a copy of this book to review.