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Thursday Book Club: What does Biblical Interpretation have to do with Children’s Ministry?

40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible by Robert L. Plummer, (Kregel, 2010), 347 pages.

It’s not common for children’s ministers to recommend books on interpreting the Bible, but I’m pleased to recommend this one by Sojourn pastor, Rob Plummer. Most don’t know it, but Rob was the pastor responsible for children’s ministry when Megan and I first began attending Sojourn.   He was our first community group leader, and he asked us to serve with the children’s ministry as once-per-month teachers of the Toddler class when we first became members.  As a pastor and a father of three daughters, Rob has a strong passion for children’s and family ministry.  He is an example pastor in his home, and he has always had a heart for giving our kids sound Bible teaching when they gather on Sundays.  His heart for teaching children shines through at various points in his latest book.

40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible tackles all of the major questions about Bible interpretation in an easy to read and digest question and answer format.  We’ll use portions of this book immediately in our Sojourn Kids leadership training.  Here are a few of the gems from Rob’s book that will be helpful for children’s and family ministry leaders: Continue Reading…

Jesus Came to Save Sinners–Village Kids Album!

Village Church released their  new Kids CD on Sunday!  It’s called “The Village: Kids– Jesus Came To Save Sinners.”  You can download it for free from the Village website here: http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/music#albums\

This CD contains 5 original songs that teach children about the character and nature of God and His plan to save sinners through Jesus Christ.  These songs correspond with the five foundational truths taught as a part of Village’s preschool ministry, The Little Village:

  • Jesus Came to Save Sinners
  • God is Good
  • God is in Charge of Everything
  • God Wants to Talk with Us
  • God Made Everything

This great little gospel-centered Texas/Country/Rock LP for kids.  Village has asked folks to listen to the songs, give feedback, and use the songs in your home and ministry.  They are free on the Village website for download.  You can also download the chords and lyrics for free.  And just for those who need to get their songs off of iTunes, you can find the CD here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-village-kids-jesus-came/id370898822

Every 1 Reads Training hosted at Sojourn East

Brothers and sisters, because of God’s grace we have been changed by the life-giving Word. As stewards of the words of life, we have an incredible opportunity love and serve our neighbors by participating in the “Every 1 Reads” program in the Jefferson County School system.  As the program website indicates: “Every 1 Reads is a bold community-wide effort to have every child in Jefferson County Public Schools reading at or above grade level.”  As we at Sojourn seek to bring gospel-centered renewal to our community and its citizens, we prayerfully hope that Sojourn will be a part of this “bold community-wide effort” to battle illiteracy and help children and young people learn to read by demonstrating our love for our neighbors through this service.

If you are interested in participating, Every 1 Reads will provide a training session for anyone interested in serving in this program (the course is required for all volunteers). The training will last about an hour and a half and will begin immediately following our East campus worship service on Sunday, May 23, 2010.

Every 1 Reads volunteers will spend 30 minutes a week with a child or young person in a Jefferson County school (you can choose the school and your availability) to help them learn or improve their reading skills. You can also mentor more than one child if you would like.

If you are interested in participating, you can RSVP  on the City, or if you have questions or would like any additional information please contact Eric Spann at espann@sojournchurch.com.  You can also check out the Every 1 Reads website: http://www.every1reads.com/

Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Coupon Code for Our Home is Like a Little Church

This week kicks off the blog tour for Our Home is like a Little Church.   We’ll officially launch sales of the book at Sojourn’s book table for Father’s day, and we’ll give away a free copy to every dad in attendance.  Sojourn’s first children’s book, Our Home is like a Little Church, was written by Lindsey Blair and Bobby Gilles with illustrations by Tessa Janes.  It is now available to pre-order from Amazon.com and the Westminster Bookstore.  The book has been published by Christian Focus Publications.

Giveaway and Coupon Code!
Late last week, I gave away a framed copy of Our Home is like a Little Church to author, Bobby Gilles. Here is a video of the inter-office event:

If you’d like to get in on a giveaway of your own, leave a comment over at http://ministry-to-children.com http://ministry-to-children.com.  Tony is giving away 25 free copies of the book on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.  If you can’t wait for the giveaway, check out the coupon code for WTSBooks at Tony’s site.

Also, Check Out the Blog Tour!

Please encourage these blogging friends of Sojourn  by checking out their reviews too. Their posts offer a good balance on this book and how you might use it in your home or your church. We’ll be update these links throughout the week.

Mother’s Day Coloring Sheet by Mandy Groce

Download and print off this coloring sheet to use with your children around Mother’s Day. It was created by Mandy Groce, an Sojourner, elder’s wife, and local artist.  Mandy will be putting together a number of sheets like this for my friend Tony Kummer at http://ministry-to-children.com. The coloring page features a mother and her son along with the prayer, “God, I am thankful for Mommy!” The scene is framed by a large heart shape.

Directions: Click on the image to the right to download this resource as a printer friendly PDF file. Alternately, you can download the image as a jpeg image file (496K) if you want to re-size or paste it into a Word Document.

HT: Tony Kummer