On 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 (email@example.com) 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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com. Continue Reading…
One of the most important features of a father’s leadership in his home is his responsibility to train his children in the Scriptures and the Christian faith, and to nurture them in knowing and loving God. In this sense, fathers are pastors (i.e., shepherds) to their children, and they would do well to embrace this truth as their own. Pastor Daddy helps both children and fathers see some of the beauty and richness of this relationship. How good it will be when an increasing number of Christian fathers own their roles as their family’s pastors. May this little book be used by God to serve that end
–Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
This is an excellent book and I have sought to get a copy into the hands of every family at our church. It is a story about fathers leading their families at home as the pastor leads the church. The great old concept of “every father the pastor of the church meeting in his house” is portrayed here in an engaging and compelling way. The left hand pages comment on what the pastor does at church. The right hand pages then comment on how the dad does a similar thing in leading his family at home. Reading this then will urge fathers forward and give them some built-in accountability as children will look to see that the things read about are actually done! The book is simply written in a nice rhyme with nice illustrations. This little book has the potential to accomplish much good. I encourage you to get a copy for yourself and then get copies for families you could give it to.
–Ray Van Neste, Director, R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University, Jackson, TN
Pastor Daddy beautifully illustrates the Biblical role that each father is called to play in the lives of his children. The apostle Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 2 that he has dealt with the Thessalonian church the same way that a father deals with his children….”encouraging, comforting and urging [them], to live lives worthy of God.” I pray that every father that reads this powerful little book will have the courage to lead his family to live life for the Glory of God and nothing less. I LOVE the book because it provides a beautiful picture of what it looks like for a father to be the spiritual leader in the home. It simplifies this profound truth in a way that can be easily understood by everyone in the family.
–Jason Houser, Seeds Family Worship, Nashville, TN
[This book’s] stated aim is to teach preschool children the Christian doctrine of the home as a “little church” where the father teaches his family God’s commands and leads them to worship the one true God through his Son Jesus Christ. This grand truth seems so far removed from the common Christian worldview that a book like this is necessary not just to introduce 3-year-olds to the idea, but their dads as well.
–Brent Nelson, The Council of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood’s Genderblog
This book is a great introduction to the practice of family worship and how the church and the home are interrelated. This has become an important direction that many in the church are beginning to move toward. There has become an emphasis on family worship and its importance to the health of the church in recent years. If you are involved in children’s ministry, this is an excellent resource to own. It is also a way in which you can introduce family worship to the parents through the children.
–Terry Delaney, Ministry-to-Children.com