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SojournKids Easter Resources

On Easter Sunday, we will study Matthew 28:1-10 and John 20:1-23.  We will learn that:

  • God raised Jesus from the dead just like he promised.
  • Jesus has beaten death.
  • We should rejoice and not fear death, because Jesus is alive!

Here are links to all of our Palm Sunday and Easter Resources from the past several years:

Palm Sunday Resources:

Easter Sunday Resources

Sign up now for the April 21st Child Dedication

We celebrate child dedication services at Sojourn because we recognize our God-given responsibility as parents, and because we know that our home needs God’s help.  We dedicate our kids because we want to partner with our church family–making a commitment to raise our children in light of God’s promises. Our next Child Dedication service is April 21st. To participate, sign up below for the April 14th Dedication Class. The class is a learning experience designed to prepare you for what will take place during the dedication service. And it is also a party—a celebration of the gift of life that God has given you in your new child!

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SojournKids Music Tryouts, Friday March 15th

Do you have a musical talent or gifting that you aren’t currently using to serve our church family? Are you interested in learning more about leading worship with kids? If so, we’re looking for you, and we’d like you to try out for the Kids band.

If you are interested in auditioning, here is the low-down:

  1. Auditions will be held from 7pm until 9pm on Friday evening, March 15th, in the Kids Assembly room on the second floor of St. Vincent’s Cathedral. You can sign up here.
  2. You must be a member of Sojourn or in the membership process to be considered for the team. You will also need to complete the Sojourn Kids application/background check before you are scheduled to play.
  3. Each auditioning singer/musician will be responsible for learning the following three songs: (1) Mighty, Mighty Savior (Sovereign Grace Kids) [sheet music, chord chart, and streaming audio], [hand motions instructions]; (2) To Be Like Jesus (Sovereign Grace Kids) [sheet music, chord chart, and streaming audio], [hand motions instructions]; and (3) Go (Seeds Family Worship) [chord chart], [streaming audio--track is on Power of Encouragement (vol. 5, track 8)], [hand motions instructions]. Be sure to get the songs early so that you have plenty of time to work on them. You’ll also receive a small kids liturgy to learn before your audition.
  4. You’ll be assigned a tryout time between 7 and 9pm on the evening of the 15th. At the tryout you’ll take your place in a small band of veteran Kids’ Worship musicians, and you’ll lead songs for a classroom of kids. The tryouts will take place in conjunction with the community group leaders boot camp, so there will be a number of kids present in childcare, and they’ll be your audience.
  5. If you have any questions or concerns – please email Tyler Ratliff at tratliff@sojournchurch.com.
We’re confident that there are many in our church family that the Lord has gifted to lead kids in song. Please sign up right away before the audition slots fill up!

Solomon’s Temple Craft Project

On Sunday, February 3rd, Sojourn’s kids studied a Bible lesson on Solomon and the Temple of God (1 Chronicles 28-29, 2 Chronicles 7). The lesson is based on lesson 60 in the Gospel Story for Kids Old Testament curriculum. In 1 Chronicles 28:2-7, King David spoke to all of the people of Israel with these words:

 “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me… Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.”

King David made the plans for the Temple, and Solomon followed his plan to carry them out. Plans help us to make the exact copy of what the designer of the plans intended. The Bible is God’s plan for us as to how we should live. It is important that we just don’t do what we want but follow God’s Word.

As part of this lesson, SojournKids’ Administrator, Rachel Davila, designed a plan for a model of Solomon’s Temple made from craft sticks. Parents, you can download a JPEG version of the plan here to review with your kids at home. Church leaders may want to download this to use with GSFK OT lesson 60 or another similar lesson. The plan prints well on a piece of 11″ x 17″ paper.

HT: Marty Machowski

Faithmapping for you and for your kids.

“It’s the whole business of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world.” Charles Spurgeon

Sojourn Pastors, Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper, have recently released their book Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas For Your Spiritual Journey. The book unpacks our vision and mission–to see the whole gospel form us as a whole church and send us to the whole world. Faithmapping is available in paperback and Kindle here, as well as many other retailers like Crossway and Westminster Bookstore. You can take time to read the introduction to the book at Pastor Daniel’s personal blog. 

Even if you’ve heard about Faithmapping, you may not know that Sojourn already has two books for children that unpack the whole gospel (in three perspectives) and the whole church (in five identities). If you’d like to pass on the truths that your learning in Faithmapping to your kids, you should check these out:

What is the Gospel? by Mandy Groce teaches children the message of God’s kingdom accomplished through God’s cross by God’s grace. This whole gospel is given to us as one beautiful mosaic. Our hope is that this little book will help children to see this from their earliest years. The book is now available for order from Amazon.com and the WTS bookstore. The book has been published by Christian Focus Publications.

What is the Church? This 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. Purchase the book online here.  Pick up a copy at the book table.  It is now available for order from Amazon.com and the WTS bookstore. It has also been published by Christian Focus Publications.

By the way, a big thanks to the Hankins family for the helpful review and critique of What is the Gospel? We’re working on a gospel tract for kids that uses the same three perspectives. It will definitely include verses. :) Another big thanks to Tony Kummer for blogging about the books and making a great little promo video. Thanks Tony!