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Interview with a Kids team member: Anne Davidson

SojournKids Summer Serve

Anne, why did you decide to serve with SojournKids?

Early on it just made sense to help out because I had 3 kids in SojournKids.  But after we became members, I really began to pray and ask the Lord where He would have me serve.  Even when I felt called to serve regularly in SojournKids I hesitated for many weeks.  I come from a small church so the big church setting of Sojourn plus its reputation of being a spiritual powerhouse intimidated me. I felt inadequate to teach. Through that season of seeking God’s will for where to serve, He reminded me regularly that He thoroughly equips the work of every believer (2Tim3:17).  So believing that, I decided to commit to serving in SojournKids and have been serving ever since.

How do you balance a busy family life with serving on Sundays?

I’m a rule follower.  If the call is to “serve one service/attend one service” then I feel I should.  However, aside from that, I love the Lord and I love the church body.  I don’t think I’ve ever looked at it as a balance–it’s just the deal for our family.  I attend the 9 and serve at the 11.  My bigger boys serve with me and my husband cleans the classroom after the service!

What has your experience been with having your older boys serve with you?

I’ve loved having them with me.  I don’t want serving to be my thing.  I don’t want to release them at 18 expecting them to blindly step into ministry.  So this has been a way for me to continue to disciple them as they serve.  It’s been a great experience for our family.

How has serving with SojournKids impacted your relationship with God?

I’ve watched the Lord do amazing things in my classroom and that’s a faith booster!  I think we tend to put Him in a box and assume he’ll get around to working in the lives of these little people when they’re a bit older.  That’s not at all what I’m seeing.  There’s a great deal of work He is already doing in little hearts.

Anne serves weekly at Sojourn’s campus in New Albany, IN. Would you be willing to serve with our teams this summer? If so, you can sign up to serve right now by clicking on this link.

May Kids Music Liturgy: Revival!

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Leader 1: This month we are going to learn how God gives us new lives in Jesus. God transforms us, giving us victory over our sin and mistakes. Let’s celebrate our victory in Jesus today!

1. “Clap Your Hands” Written by T.J. Hester and Justin Schaeffer (c) 2012 Sojourn Community Church. One day, we will record this one. 

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is Hebrew 4:12. “For the word of the Lord is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.” Let’s sing about God’s invincible Word!

2. “The Word of the Lord” Written by Rodney Clawson. © 2004 Writer’s Extreme Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. (BMI).

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eader 1: God has given so generously to us, especially in Jesus. In him we have everything! God loves it when we give our time and money from thankful hearts. Now is the opportunity for you to give back to God, the church, and the community. [Give now or after assembly]

Leader 2: Our catechism questions for this month help us understand how. God makes you and me his children. Here is our question for this week:

North Star Catechism for each week:
May 4, 2014—How does the Holy Spirit make us alive? The Holy Spirit helps us to have faith in Jesus.
May 11, 2014—What are the enemies of God’s grace? The lies that we’re good enough or that we can work hard enough to earn God’s love.
May 18, 2014—Who will come to God? We can’t reach God, but he reaches us. God calls to his people, and they follow him.
May 25, 2014—How do I know that I belong to God? The Holy Spirit marks us as God’s children forever.

Leader 1: When God gives us new life in Jesus it affects everything we do! Let’s promise together to use all we are to honor God and give him glory.

3. “In All I do, I Give Thanks to You” Written by Bobby and Kristen Gilles. (c) 2012 Sojourn Community Church

Leader 1: God is certainly worthy to receive glory from everything we do! Let’s pray that God’s love for us in the gospel would motivate us to live for him.

Leader 2: Lord Jesus, we are so thankful for your love for us. You gave up everything to give us life with you. Help us to love you in return and live our lives, not for ourselves, but to please you and bring glory to you. Come transform us Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Leader 1: We can rest easy, knowing that God takes care of all our needs.

4. “Cast Your Cares” By Jason Houser and Elliot Park. © 2007 Songs Of Extreme /Cedar Sides (ASCAP). 

Leader 1: Thanks for worshipping the Lord with us today!

God Hears Hannah’s Prayers (at Home for May 11th)

This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “God Hears Hannah’s Prayers” (1 Samuel 1:1-2:11). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11 or Story 51 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Have you ever prayed for something? Did you get what you asked for?

 ASK: Why did Hannah pray to God?She wanted God to give her a son.

 ASK: What did Hannah have that helped her?Hannah did not have a son, but she had faith that God could do anything. Faith is the word that describes our belief and trust in God.

 Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, pages 257-261.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

55. What are the enemies of grace? The lies that we are good enough or can work hard enough to earn God’s love.

Ephesians 2:9 –not by work so that no one can boast.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

Summer Serve!

SojournKids Summer Serve

Dear SojournKids parents,

One of the great privileges of serving with SojournKids is serving alongside the SojournKids volunteer team. I want to bless your children’s SojournKids teachers, but need your help to do it.
  • Several of our key servants including many within the leadership need to take a summer sabbatical to get some rest.
  • Several of our regular servant team members are young single students who need to step away from serving this summer because of mission trips,summer internships, or moving back to their home cities for summer jobs.
Can you help me bless our team by serving 4 times this summer (1x per month in May-August)?
Thanks for helping me bless those who serve so many!
Pastor Jared

Another Miraculous Catch (at Home for May 4th)

This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Miraculous Catch of Fish” (John 21:1-14). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ: John 21:1-14 or Story 119 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Why did the disciples not recognize Jesus? It was an amazing thing for a man to rise again from the dead like Jesus did. They just didn’t expect Jesus to be there.

ASK: What helped them recognize it was Jesus?When they caught the huge net full of fish, they knew it was Jesus.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Old Story New by Marty Machowski, pages 215-219.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

54. How does the Holy Spirit make us alive? The Holy Spirit helps us to have faith in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Download a PDF of this weeks SojournKids At Home here.