The Exiles Return (at Home for July 27th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “The Exiles Return” (Ezra 3:1-13).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Ezra 3:1-13 or Story 76 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: What are the people trying to do? They are trying to rebuild the temple. What part of the temple did they finish? They finished the foundation.

ASK: What did they do when the foundation was laid? They shouted and praised God, but some were sad because the old temple was more beautiful. They were sad it was gone.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, pages 382-386

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

66. Why do we baptize in the name of the Father? Because the church is God’s family. We are God’s adopted children. We care for one another like brothers and sisters.

Romans 8:16–The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

Revival Under Ezra and Nehemiah (Kids in Community for July 27th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

  • Read Nehemiah 8:1-3 together
  • Where do people in our city often gather? (YUM! Center, theater, parks, etc.)
  • Would you have been one in the crowd who paid attention to God’s Word?
  • Invite a child to pray and then conclude by asking God to help us hear his Word when it is read or taught.

Family Devotions at Home

  • Read Nehemiah 8 together
  • What supplies are needed to start a campfire?
  • God was at work in this story. What was the tool he used to revive his people?
  • Why do we need God’s word so much in our own lives?
  • Parents: Share with your kids how you incorporate God’s Word into your life.
  • Pray together for a renewed love for Scripture.

VBS Video and Stories from Midtown and New Albany!

Our Proof Pirates Vacation Bible School wrapped up this past Friday. Thank you so much for praying for our team this past week. God showed up at VBS this week! Here are a few highlights to celebrate from Sojourn’s Midtown and New Albany campuses.

By the numbers…

  • At Midtown, there were a total of 194 kids registered, and at New Albany there were as many as 91. Across four campuses, our high attendance was 761 kids! 
  •  Nearly 70 people served every day at Midtown, and across the campuses there were well over 300 volunteers in all serving!
  • Kids at Midtown collected 833 school supply items for the Meyzeek MS School Back to School Jam! The New Albany missions offering went to the Grace Center for Women and Families in the Horn of Africa.

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Stories…

  • An older couple at our campus had their first experience in Sojourn Kids during VBS and were such a blessing to us all! They are going to join our Sunday Service team as Preschool or Elementary teachers. In a conversation with them today, they let me know how much they were blessed by VBS. They loved spending time with the kids, getting to know other people at the campus and feeling more like a part of our community. We had an amazing number of volunteers- almost as many volunteers as kids the first night! I am so thankful for the way VBS brought our community together!–New Albany Kids Director, Milli Coverdale
  • My 4 year old, Gracie, attended VBS this week and absolutely loved it.  All week she had a lot of questions about being alive in Christ and dead in sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying on the cross, etc. Last night in the bath we were talking about her salvation and she proudly proclaimed she wanted Jesus to come into her heart! We were so excited as we watched her take a big leap into her faith and proudly call all of her grandparents, aunt and uncles and cousins to tell them that she invited Jesus into her heart! —Parents who just moved to Louisville and first came to Sojourn two weeks ago.
  • One of the 1st/2nd grade girls talked with me after the Resurrecting Grace Bible study. She asked why we still sin even though we have been resurrected from our sinful/dead state. I was able to share with her that the power of sin has been defeated and we are now able to have a relationship with Jesus. I thought it was a very mature question, and encouraged me that she was listening and working through how the Gospel applies to her life. We also had 10-12 teenagers from S2 serving all week. They ran powerpoint, did hand motions on stage, helped with cleanup daily, served in the Nursery, and ate lots and lots of teacher snacks. It was our first year at Midtown with that many teens serving, and it was a joy. —Midtown S2 Director, Henry Williams
  • I asked Tula & Luca what was the most important thing they learned from VBSTula: planned grace, resurrecting grace, outrageous grace, overcoming grace and forever grace. And she also really liked the games. Luca: “the best part was it was cool. Singing was my best part”—Sojourn Facilities Director, Sean Fawbush
  • There was a 5th grade girl at VBS from Alaska who had never been part of a church community before. She is staying with her grandparents in Old Louisville this Summer. She has had so much fun! I don’t know that she totally gets it yet, but it was great to see they joy she had being part of a community like this —SojournKids Volunteer, Michael Bellucci

I’m so grateful for what God has done! Be sure to tell the VBS team thank you in the comments below. Share your stories about VBS here as well.

Revival Under Zerubbabel (Kids in Community for July 20th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

  • Read Haggai 1:2-8 together
  • Why do you love your bedroom so much? What makes it comfortable?
  • What was wrong with the house of the Lord at this time?
  • Why should we live thinking about what’s best for all of God’s family?
  • Invite a child to pray and then conclude by thanking God for the church.

Family Devotions at Home

  • Read Haggai 1 together.
  • Play a game with the kids. Give them each a brown paper bag with the bottom cut out and put treats inside. As the kids pick up the treats to put them in the bag, they will fall out the other side.
  • Ask: What does God teach us in verse 6?
  • How might God want you to serve your church family more?
  • Parents: Share one simple truth with your kids about how God is inviting you to reach people with the gospel and serve the church more effectively.
  • Pray together for the mission of Sojourn

VBS Video and Stories from East and J-town

Our Proof Pirates Vacation Bible School wrapped up this past Friday. Thank you so much for praying for our team this past week. God showed up at VBS this week! Here are a few highlights to celebrate from Sojourn’s East and J-town campuses. Stories from Midtown and New Albany are coming tomorrow.

Sojourn J-Town – 2014 VBS Recap from Hatfield Media on Vimeo.

By the numbers…

  • At East, there was a high attendance of 242 kids. And at J-town, there were as many as 271 kids! Across four campuses, our high attendance was 761 kids! 
  • Nearly 70 people served every day at East, and nearly 80 served each day at J-town. Across the campuses there were well over 300 volunteers in all serving!
  • Kids at East collected $645.00 for the Westport TAPP School, and the kids at J-town collected $540.00 for the Tully Elementary School FCA! 

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Stories…

  • My kid said she wished VBS lasted until midnight and wanted to do it again in the fall. My neighbor’s kid expressed excitement about returning the next day, even asking for a Bible on his way home. –From a Sojourn East member
  • I had a kindergartener start a discussion about what a pastor is. She got connected via a yard sale we hosted a few weeks back. It was great seeing her make friends and singing so enthusiastically.–From a Sojourn East member
  • I just want to thank you so much for making it possible for Toby to attend VBS and feel accepted by his peers. We look forward to your VBS every year and this year Toby just blossomed being with his peers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you”–From a mom of a child with special needs at J-town
  • It seems like VBS has made my child more sensitive to the gospel this week. His repentance and asking for forgiveness has seemed more sincere and less dependent upon us telling him what to do.  I think that the visuals were helpful in explaining things to him (the new heart lockets, skeleton to a new heart guy, etc.).–From a Sojourn East member
  • This is week has been amazing. We have been going to Sojourn for a year and have loved it the whole time, but it was this week serving together at VBS where I really felt for the first time like this IS my church! This is my family! And my daughters who are also serving said the same thing. It is emotional for me. It has been such a blessing to get to be a part of something like this and serve together as family and as a  part of a the Sojourn family.”From a J-town VBS Servant

I’m so grateful for what God has done! Be sure to tell the VBS team thank you in the comments below. Share your stories about VBS here as well.

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