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The Value of Worship at Home

“Children who have learned to worship at home will not find it difficult to worship in the church. Children from worship-less homes cannot be led easily to appreciate the meaning and the value of church worship. A mark of the decadence of our civilization is the decline of family worship. Its revival would be one of the most significant signs of spiritual recovery. The use of one of the popular aids to family devotions, with suggestions for daily Bible readings and prayer, would prove of inestimable value in the promotion of worship in the home, where the best of all training in worship may be received.”

Gaines Dobbins’s, The Churchbook: A treasury of materials and methods, (Nashville, TN: Broadman, 1951), p. 157

HT The Children’s Hour

Our Children Will Never Cherish the Gospel if They’re Not Sickened by the Ugliness of their Own Sinfulness

Thursday Book Club: “Bible Alive” Series adds Stories of David

This week is our last in the book of Psalms as a church.  I thought I’d bring our attention to some new books out by Carine Mackenzie.  The latest books in the “Bible Alive” series for ages 4-11 are David the Shepherd, David the Soldier, David the Fugitive, and David the King. This is an addition of four little books to her “Bible Alive” series, which already includes six Jesus titles and four Moses titles.  Each of the books engages children as the stories are retold from key biblical texts.  A distinctive of the series is its strong focus on salvation.  In David the Shepherd children learn lessons of courage, and in David the Soldier, about trusting God in times of waiting.  David the Fugitive tells of God’s faithfulness and David the King presents God’s forgiveness.   These are great resources for talking to your kids about the man behind many of the psalms.

I received a complimentary copy of David and the King from Christian Focus as part of the book blog tour.  This did not affect my opinion of the book in one way or another.

Ask Class: For Kids & Parents with Questions about Salvation & Baptism

Sojourn’s Student and Family Ministry is offering class for children and their parents called “Ask Class: For Kids & Parents with Questions about Salvation & Baptism.”  The goal is to answer the questions of kids and their parents who are seeking to understand the gospel, salvation, baptism, and assurance.  We want to partner with parents, who have been commanded to teach their kids about God.  The class will be led by Pastors Jared Kennedy and Gary Almon.  Our hope is that this class will be a catalyst for more gospel conversations between parents and their children.  The two-week class is on March 21st & 28th during the 11:00 AM service at the Midtown Campus, The 930 Art Center, on the third floor.  The first session will cover issues related to Jesus and salvation.  The second session will cover issues related to baptism and assurance. Continue Reading…

Children’s Ministry/Parenting Track Session at Sojourn’s 2009 Counseling & The Church Conference

If you haven’t had a chance to look over the materials presented by Mark Prater and Andy Farmer on Children’s and Student Ministry at Sojourn’s 2009 Counseling & The Church Conference, you should take a look.  This session sought to answer the following questions: What is the role of the local church in coming alongside of parents as they seek to raise their children? How should theology drive the ministry structures and the methods used in serving parents in your family ministry? Parents often feel helpless and alone in raising their children from birth through the teen years, so the church must step up and serve a crucial role in coming alongside parents.  In these tracks, Mark and Andy looked at how parents are equipped to help their children and teens understand and live out the gospel with the help of their local church community.  Mark and Andy are pastors at Covenant Fellowship in Glen Mills, PA.

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Children’s Ministry Session led by Pastor Mark Prater

Youth Ministry Session led by Pastor Andy Farmer

via Children’s Ministry/Parenting Track Session Counseling & The Church Conference | Sojourn Community Church.