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Resurrecting Grace: Brought Near By the Blood (Kids in Community for September 14th)


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Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

Read Ephesians 2:15-18

  • What is peace? Peace is when there is no fighting or war.
  • Why does Jesus need to bring peace? Because of our sin, we fight against God and one another.
  • What did Jesus do in order to bring peace?

Invite a child to pray and thank Jesus for bringing us peace.

Family Devotions at Home

Read Ephesians 2:15-18

  • Think about it: Who in your life is hardest to get along with?
  • Parents: Tell your children about a time you had conflict with someone and Jesus brought peace to your relationship.
  • Do you believe that Jesus can bring peace between you and the person you fight with the most?

Ask Jesus to help us make peace with our brothers, sisters, and friends.

Paul in Chains (At Home for September 7th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Paul in Chains” (Acts 28:11-31).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Acts 28:11-31 or Story 139 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Why did Paul go to Rome? Paul was a Roman citizen, and every Roman citizen could appeal to Caesar and be tried in Rome when arrested.

ASK: In Rome, was Paul put in prison? No. Paul was under house arrest, which means he could go on living in his home but was chained there and could not leave.

ASK: What did Paul do while in chains?He shared the good news about Jesus with the soldiers who guarded him.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Old Story New by Marty Machowski, pages 321-325

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

72. What are we asking when we pray, “Your will be done”? That the sinfulness and brokenness of this world will be wiped away as people obey God.

Acts 5:24 But let justice flow like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

The Living Dead & Amazing Grace (Kids in Community for September 7th)


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Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

Memorize Ephesians 2:8 together with hand motions.

  • For it is by grace (hold out right hand extended palm out below waist)
  • You have been saved (now the left hand)
  • Through faith (hold both hands out palms in front of you)
  • And this not (shake index finger, “no”) from yourselves
  • It is the gift of God (hold out right hand extended palm out below waist)
  • It is the gift of God (now the left)

Invite a child to pray and thank God for giving us his grace as a free gift.

Family Devotions at Home

  • Read Ephesians 2:4-5
  • Can a dead skeleton dance around without muscles or a brain to help it?
  • This verse says we are dead in sin. Can we obey God’s voice without his help?
  • Thank God for giving us new life even when we were dead?

Join “the Mouse” on Mission this Fall!

Woodstock.marco5Sojourn family,

We are so excited about this new season of Sojourn Kids! We have new families coming to Midtown weekly and kids walking to church on their own from the neighborhood.

Our SojournKids Events (the ministry formerly known as Event Childcare) Director, Aaron Rothermel has helped develop a new missions education curriculum that we’re calling Mouse on Mission. The new curriculum does a beautiful job explaining the importance of global missions and church planting in North America. We’re excited about sharing it with our kids. I’ve included some prototype photos of “the Mouse” who recently took a trip to visit a Sojourn Network church in Woodstock, Georgia. The Mouse on Mission curriculum, which includes times for music, games, and crafts, will be taught during a all non-Sunday Sojourn events.

Below is a list of events that are coming our way in the Fall. If you’d like to join our Mouse on Mission team for any of these events, please sign up at the link below:

Sign up here!


  • Gospel Basics – Midtown (Friday  5th; 5:00pm – 9:45pm, Saturday 6th; 7:00am – 11:00am, 11:00am – 3:30pm)
  • Redemption Celebration – New Albany (Sunday 14th, 1:30pm – 4:00pm)
  • CG Summit – Global Event @ St. Vincent’s (Friday 19th,  from 6:00pm – 8:45pm; Saturday, 20th,  from 8:30am – 3:15pm)


  • CG Sync – East (Wednesday 8th @ 6:30pm)
  • Medical Clinic – East (Saturday 11th, 11am-4pm)


  • Redemption Group – Midtown (Sunday 9th, 1:30 – 4:00pm)
  • Membership Classes – Global Event at Midtown (Friday 14th, 6:30-8:30pm)
  • Membership Classes – Global Event at Campuses (Saturday 15th, 8:30am-12:30pm)
  • CG Sync – New Albany (Sunday 16th, 3:30pm – 6:00pm)


  • CG Christmas Party– East(Wednesday 10th at 6:30pm)


How do I use a catechism?

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Building on the foundation of the Heidelberg Catechism (1576), the Westminster Shorter Catechism (1642-47), and the Catechism for Young Children (1840) the North Star Catechism focuses on the basic elements of our historic Christian faith—God’s gospel, God’s church, and God’s mission.

Here are a few brief tips for using the catechism at home:

  • Start early. Ideally, kids will begin learning answers to the catechism questions as they begin to talk. By doing so, they will add to their vocabulary words that reflect Bible truth. We suggest beginning the memory work on a child’s third birthday.
  • Memorize questions, answers, and verses. It is helpful for kids to memorize the verses along with the questions and answers. This is a way of ensuring that catechism remains a gospel tool we use to point kids back to Jesus and his redemptive story told in the Bible. Kids should learn that the Bible, not the catechism, is the foundation for our faith.
  • Teach it “when you sit down,” and “along the road.” Memorization will require some work. The devotionals we are writing to accompany the catechism are intended to aid in planned times around the living room or dinner table with your faith. Learning God’s truth happens best in the context of a relationship. So parents should always be alert for teachable moments—opportunities to talk about how the doctrine learned in the catechism applies to everyday life. The catechism is really just a reference point, a sort of script that parents and children have put to memory, which must be explained and applied through informal conversations.
  • Learn it with the church community. The North Star catechism has 78 questions so that a church community can work together to memorize one question and answer each week, and repeat the entire catechism twice over a three-year period.

Click Here for North Star Catechism Resources.

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