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Memory Monday (8/24/09)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5

(From this week’s Show Me Jesus Middle Elementary curriculum)

What is “Memory Monday”? Each week I’ll post Scripture and/or Bible doctrine memory work from the previous Sunday’s children’s Bible lessons. Here is the challenge! Learn the memory work together as a family. Then, kids, come to our Sunday gatherings next week and recite the memory work to Mrs. Kelsey Barnes (St. Matthews campus), Mr. David Kidd (Germantown campus) or me to receive a reward.


dedication-frontOn Sunday, October 18th, there will be a Sojourn Church Parent/Baby Dedication during our regular services. Parents, you will have an opportunity to express thanksgiving to God for the gift of new children, declare your commitment to the gospel as parents, and state your desire to partner with the church as you seek to raise your children in the Lord.   If you are interested in participating in the dedication, please e-mail Kelsey Barnes ( and sign up for the Foundations One: For Parents of Newborns and Preschoolers This two-week class (September 2 and 9) led by Tyler and Heidi Thorne is a pre-requisite for Parent/Baby Dedication, and it covers the dedication service, parenting principles for infants and preschoolers, and Sojourn’s philosophy of children’s ministry. Dedication is for children of members and those going through the membership process.”

We’re changing more than diapers in the SojournKids nursery.

At Sojourn, we believe in gospel change… everywhere… even in the church nursery.  So, what is changing?

Beginning with our Infants classes, our Sojourn babes will be prayed for and loved on intentionally through blessings we have been taught in the Bible.  Beginning Labor Day weekend, our servants will find prayers and blessings for children posted throughout the nursery for servants to say or pray while changing a diaper or when snuggling in a rocker (and especially to pray when children are wailing!).

Also, with our oldest Nursery group, the 12-24month class, we will introduce a curriculum that tells 4 basic Bible stories to the young children over and over again throughout the year.  Repetition is the key to learning–especially at this young age, and our teachers will also learn creativity as they tell the same stories over and over.  If you are interested, there is an opportunity to “adopt a story” by serving in the 12-24 months class once per month.  If  you are serving the first week of every month, for example, you will tell the first of the four Nursery stories every time that you serve.

To learn more about our new prayer-filled nursery policies, sign up to attend the SojournKids Basic training on Saturday, August 29th, and let us know of your interest by e-mailing

SojournKids Basic Training Scheduled for Saturday, August 29th

This is required for all SojournKids servants that haven’t attended before.  And it is strongly encouraged for all nursery servants because of big changes to that ministry.  Register here.

A strong leader in transition, and your opportunity to serve Sojourn’s kids once per month.

Earlier this week, Cheri Holman sent the following letter to the Titus 2 team:

Dear faithful servants,

There are a lot of transitions happening right now at Sojourn, especially with the launch of the St. Matthews campus this month. Along with larger transitions always come smaller transitions. One of these smaller transitions is taking place in how the Lord is leading me in ministry. Scott & I have been invited to work alongside Chad & Ginger Lewis with the Recovery Groups that are starting in a couple of weeks. In order to invest myself in this new ministry, I feel like it is time for me to step away from the Titus 2 ministry. Concurrent with my need to step away is a changing need in Sojourn Kids ministry. While a “Titus 2″ philosophy needs to continue to be an organic, integral part of all ministry and relationships at Sojourn, it is going to cease to be a separate ministry. Instead, Jared will be expanding once-per-month commitments to more servants than just moms. Please let him know if you would like to continue serving once per month as a greeter, at the registration desk, in the nursery, or as a classroom helper. You can e-mail Continue Reading…