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Check out these resources for teaching kids about the Gospels!

Look for a review of the last one sometime in the coming week!

Jesus is Alive! Join us on Easter Sunday!

Join us for an Easter Celebration at all three campuses on Sunday, April 24th, 2011!

At Midtown and East, the Easter celebration for the kids will take place during the services.  At Midtown, get ready for a big party and some great art/video projects!  At East, get ready for an “Egg”stravaganza with an egg hunt outside for kids from age 1 to grade 5 during the Easter service and another great party! At J-town, the egg hunt will take place after the service. Check out these pics of last year’s egg hunt at Sojourn East!

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

March Madness for Children’s Ministry

My friend Tony Kummer at Ministry-to-children.com is doing a children’s ministry blog madness competition.  The SojournKids blog is in the running for the West division.  Show your support for SojournKids by heading over there to vote!

Also, take time to check out the thoughts of some other great children’s and family ministers out there.  Some of my favorites in the tournament are Lisle Drury & Doug Wolter, Kenny Conley, and Sam Luce.

The Manliness of Children’s Ministry

I used to joke about a “blood relative” rule when it came to taking an interest in the lives of children who weren’t mine, and although it was largely driven by fear of incompetence with respect to kid’s ministry, I now think the joke was unchristian and indeed unmanly.  The last verses of the Old Testament look forward to a time when ‘Elijah’ would turn ‘the hearts of the fathers to their children’ Malachi 4:6.

The God fearing father in Israel was concerned for more than himself and his time. He knew the importance of passing on the ‘decrees’ of God and the story of Israel, so that the nation might ‘always prosper and be kept alive’ Deuteronomy 6:24. Personally he looked forward to the blessing of seeing his children’s children Psalm 128. Israel, of course, were not particularly good at following decrees, including decrees to pass on decrees, and so we find the time of Malachi assuming an age in which fathers were indifferent or hostile towards their children, waiting for a future age when this would no longer be the case. Continue Reading…

St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Music Liturgy on Mission

 

This month we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell the story of Patrick, the child-slave-turned-Irish-missionary who provides an excellent example to the kids of several principles: God is with them in difficult circumstances, He will answer prayer, He saves people through Jesus, He helps us love our enemies, and He calls us to share the gospel with others. After last month’s St. Valentine’s Day lesson, and this month’s St. Patrick’s Day lesson, rest assured we’re not promoting the celebration of saints’ feast days; Patrick was just too good of an illustration to pass by. Who knows? Now when their classmates and friends are wearing green and pinching each other, your kids might just tell them about the real Patrick who preached the gospel to the people who enslaved him!  If you want to read more on Patrick, the History Channel http://www.history.com/topics/who-was-saint-patrick has a very brief introduction on the more critical reading of his history. Here’s http://stpatricksday.com/history/stpatrick/confessio.shtml an account of his life in his own words.  Here is the liturgy for this month:

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