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Wake Up to Grace!

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VBS begins tomorrow, but you can begin talking with your kids about grace even before they arrive. Each day this week, I’ll be posting a family devotional that corresponds with our daily lessons. These devotionals were developed by Timothy Paul Jones and Jonah Sage. Here is the first one…

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 This Bible verse tells us that God loved us even when we were still sinners. That’s amazing love. God didn’t wait for us to clean ourselves up. He loved us even when we were his enemies. He showed his love by sending Jesus to die for us.

Work it out: Find a buried treasure

Take something your children would be excited about (a toy, piece of candy, etc.) and bury it somewhere in your yard. If it’s a piece of food, make sure to put in some kind of bag or container! Create a simple treasure map for your children. If you’re feeling especially creative, put some costumes on and then go hunt for your buried treasure. When you find your treasure, it will be covered with dirt. Take time to wash the treasure (or the bag it is in). After it is washed, you can enjoy it.

Read it:

Read Luke 15:1-10. Talk about how God hunts for us like treasure. When he finds us, he cleans us up and throws a party.

Talk about it:

  • Do you ever feel like a scallywag?
  • What does the Bible tell us that we were like when God chose to love us?
  • Do we have to make ourselves clean before God will love us?
  • How does God show us that he loves us?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this question and answer as well as the accompanying Bible verse.

Q&A: What is God’s grace?God’s love freely given to us in Jesus.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Pray:

Father, thank you for loving us when we were still sinners. Thank you for sending Jesus to find us when we were lost. Amen.

Pirates are coming! VBS sets sail on Monday!

VBS PROOF Pirates Vol. 3: “Pirates are coming” from Aaron Rothermel on Vimeo.

This year’s Vacation Bible School: PROOF Pirates sets sail on Monday! 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 sign up to serve, click here!

To register, click on one of the links below: 

Midtown Campus (Click Here!)
1207 S. Shelby Street, 40203
July 14-18: 9am until Noon
Have questions? E-mail Lisa Tant

East Campus (Click Here!)
8509 Westport Road, 40242
July 14-17 (four days): 9am until Noon
Have questions? Email Noelle Garcia

J-town Campus (Click Here!)
11412 Taylorsville Road, 40299
July 14-18: 9am until Noon
Have questions? Email Kristen Early

New Albany Campus (Click Here!)
2023 Ekin Ave., 47150
July 14-18: 6pm until 9pm
Have questions? E-mail Milli Coverdale

 

Revive Us! (July Kids Music)

Here is the liturgy and music we’re using with SojournKids throughout the month of July. Read below to learn about our kids gatherings on Sunday.  And the songs I’ve posted are great ones to help your kids learn about how we’re made alive by God’s grace.

Leader 1: Let’s stand together and sing to the Lord our God!

“Sing and Shout” Matt Redman, Willie Weeks, & Jorge Mhondera. © 2013, ThankYou Music.

I love how this song moves us from the truth about God’s grace to a joyful response.

“We’re No Skeletons” Words and Music by Jeremy Quillo (c) 2014 Sojourn Music

You can download a demo recording of this  song, which was written for this year’s VBS by clicking on the link above. We hope to record it soon.

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is Romans 1:16. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”

Leader 2: Our catechism questions for this month help us understand what new life in Jesus looks like. Here is our question for this week:

Weekly North Star Catechism Questions (Click here for more catechism resources): 

July 6, 2014—How does the church go into the world? The church goes into the world as worshipers. We bow to Jesus’ authority and praise him for his power.
July 13, 2014—What is the Great Commission Jesus gave to his church? He commissions his church to make disciples. We learn from Jesus and help others learn from him.
July 20, 2014—What is baptism? Immersing believers in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
July 27, 2014—Why do we baptize in the name of the Father? Because the church is God’s family. We are God’s adopted children. We care for one another like brothers and sisters.

Leader 1: We can’t be the church without Jesus to help us. We are sinners. We need him to give us life. Let sing to praise Jesus and ask him for strength to be the church!

“Jesus, You’re My Hope,” Mark Altrogge © 2009 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries.

This is one of our family’s favorite kids albums to listen to while driving in the car.

Leader 1: God has revived us for a purpose. We are to tell others about Jesus: that he was God and that He died for sinners like you and me.

“Go (Matthew 28:19)” ©2007 Big Songs of Extreme. From The Power of Encouragement.

Thankful for the great Scripture memory songs from Seeds Family Worship.

Leader 1: Let’s pray to God.

Leader 2: Jesus, you are mighty! Thank you for making us God’s children. We know that you love us. Help us to live for you, as your church, your bride. Help us to boldly tell others about you. May your kingdom come in our hearts and then in our city. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Good King, Bad King (at Home for July 6th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Good King, Bad King” (2 Chronicles 29:1-11).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ 2 Chronicles 29:1-11; 33:1-5 or Story 68 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: What are the two kings names? Hezekiah and Manasseh

ASK: Which king is the good king? Hezekiah is the good king, because he worshiped God and took the idols out of the temple and high places.

ASK: What is an idol? A pretend god. And idol can be anything we love more than we love God

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, pages 342-346.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

62. How does the church go into the world? The church goes into the world as worshipers. We bow to Jesus’ authority and praise him for his power.

Mathew 28:18–Then Jesus came and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given me.”

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

Sign Up to Serve! & Learn about VBS Missions Offerings

VBS Proof Pirates Vol. 2 “Where’s my ship?” from Aaron Rothermel on Vimeo.

First, if you haven’t yet and  you are interested in helping us at VBS, you can…

Sign up here!

Second, here is some information about our VBS missions offerings for this week. Learn a little more below about each of the missions offerings for your campuses here!

Sojourn East: Kids at Sojourn East will be collecting donations for the Westport TAPP school!

Sojourn J-town: Kids at Sojourn J-town will be collecting funds for the Tully Elementary FCA to help buy bibles and other supplies for their meetings

Sojourn Midtown: Our Midtown Kids will be collecting backpacks and other school supplies for the Back to School Jam at Meyzeek Middle School!

Sojourn New Albany: Kids at Sojourn New Albany will be for Grace Center for Children and Families in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

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