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Second, here is some information about our VBS missions offerings for this week. Learn a little more below about each of the missions offerings for your campuses here!

Sojourn East: Kids at Sojourn East will be collecting donations for the Westport TAPP school!

Sojourn J-town: Kids at Sojourn J-town will be collecting funds for the Tully Elementary FCA to help buy bibles and other supplies for their meetings

Sojourn Midtown: Our Midtown Kids will be collecting backpacks and other school supplies for the Back to School Jam at Meyzeek Middle School!

Sojourn New Albany: Kids at Sojourn New Albany will be for Grace Center for Children and Families in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

What does family worship look like in your home? | Interview with Bobby and Kristen Gilles

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I recently came across an interview with Sojourn New Albany’s own Bobby and Kristen Gilles at the Chongs Worship blog. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

Can you describe what family worship looks like in your home?

Kristen: Bobby intentionally plans our family devotion times together with the boys. After each evening supper we share with them, Bobby will read the Scriptures to our family (and sometimes other devotional books) and then ask the boys questions about the readings. Bobby also intentionally talks with the boys about the Gospel on walks, car rides, and other times. We’ve also begun practicing ACTS prayer that includes Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (ACTS).  Our times of singing together happen as we gather with the church on Sunday mornings.

3. Did your parents lead/practice family worship when you grew up? What did it look like?

Kristen: My parents led me and my sister and two brothers in weekly family devotionals. As worship leaders at our church, my parents would also lead us at home in singing songs of praise and praying for known needs in our family and in our church family. My dad regularly read or recited Bible stories to us and my mom would sing to and with us throughout our days growing up. I remember a lot of singing, praying and reading the Scriptures in our home. I’m very thankful for this now, even if I got bored with (or annoyed by) it sometimes as a kid!

Bobby: My parents frequently read to us from the Bible and occasionally other devotional literature. My mom actually wrote a story about Jesus feeding thousands with the little boy’s lunch, which was a favorite story in our home. I should also mention that we went to church services a LOT when I was growing up, as many used to do. We went twice on Sundays and every Thursday, as well as longer convention meetings three times a year. We also always ate supper and prayed together, even when two out of the three of us siblings were in high school.

You can check out the full article here at the Chongs Worship blog. You should also check out Bobby and Kristen’s  incredible blog about music and family life, My Song in the Night and the children’s book that Bobby helped co-author, Our Home is Like a Little Church

Revival Under Jehoshaphat (Kids in Community for June 30th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

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

  • Read 2 Chronicles 20:13-19 together.
  • If the whole earth was for sale, what do you think the price tag would be?
  • In whom did Jahaziel tell the men, women, and kids to trust?
  • Invite a child to pray and then conclude by asking God for increased faith to believe God’s promises through the best and worst times.

Family Devotions at Home

  • Read 2 Chronicles 20 together
  • If you knew a candy store was giving away all its candy for free, would you ask for one piece or for the whole store?
  • How do you think the people felt when they realized God answered their prayers and defeated their enemies in big ways?
  • What could we pray for together that only God can do?
  • Parents: Share how God is calling you to trust him more.
  • Pray together for increased faith to trust the Lord.

Elijah Taken Up to Heaven (at Home for June 29th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Elijah Taken Up to Heaven” (2 Kings 2:1-15).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ 2 Kings 2:1-15 or Story 64 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: What do you think this story teaches about God’s power? God is all-powerful. He created a chariot and horses of fire to come down from heaven to pick up Elijah

ASK: Did Elijah die? No. God took him to heaven alive!

ASK: Who is in charge of death? God is in charge of death. Death has no power over God.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, pages 322-326

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

62. What is the church? The church is the people that God has made alive, called together, and sent on mission.

1 Peter 2:9–But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

Where are the kids when we’re in community group? | Part 3, Tips from Sojourn parents

Where are the kids when we’re in community group? When we’re learning from the Bible, speaking gospel words to one another, and living life together, how can we share this with our kids? In case you missed it, I asked Casey Smith, a former member of Sojourn who is currently serving with Acts 29 Europe and The Crowded House, about this earlier this week. But I’ve also been asking the same question of many of our own parents here at Sojourn.  Here is what a couple of other Sojourn parents have done:

  • The community group Megan and I lead includes the kids when we share “highs and lows” to open our group time, and we begin our weekly discussion with Bible time for the kids. We’ve also enjoyed scheduling select Mondays to go out to a restaurant with our community group for discussion time. It’s great it if you can find a place where kids eat free on group night!
  • Several parents, including Reid and Kristen Olsen, have reported to me that they really enjoy using the “Kids in Community” devotionals that correspond with the weekly sermon.
  • Erin Warmbier said, “We’ve been alternating having the members of our community group cover childcare, which is fairly successful as long as I remember to set it up in advance.  We took a week and met at the park down the street so the kids could all play while the parents chatted. That was nice. The kids love meal night because they love being able to hang out with the ‘grown up friends.'”

What ways do you incorporate kids into your group time?

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