School of Word & Art–Can you help with a few remaining needs?

Here are a few of the remaining needs for our VBS/School of Word & Art.  Please email vbs@sojournchurch.com if you can help out with these immediate needs:

  • Snacks: We’re looking for a community group or group of ladies to adopt the snacks station on one or two days of VBS.   This will involve preparing snacks for the kids and the adult workers and cleaning up afterwards.  You will be reimbursed for supplies.   It won’t involve being at VBS the entire time.  Some days have already been adopted, so sign up quick to get your choice.
  • Crafts: We need a team of 5-10 people to help prepare crafts every day. The greatest need will be immediately before and after the VBS day—setting up and getting prepped for the next day’s work, but we’ll welcome anyone who wants to stay for the craft time as well.
  • Floaters: We also need 5-10 people that could serve as floaters during the week—lending a helping hand in classes where we have larger numbers than expected or our regular teachers need a break.

Psalm 100–School of Word & Art Music by Jeremy Quillo

Here is the song… and the chord chart. This is the Scripture memory for our Summer school.  Thanks so much Jeremy!

Pray for SojournKids

Sojourn Church has recently entered into a 40-day season of prayer. Please come to the 930 this Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM to pray during our Sojourn Prayer gathering.  This is a time of change and transition for Sojourn in general as well as our student and family ministries in particular.  Whether you can join us or not, please be in prayer for the following items:

  • Pray for protection, clarity and unity amongst Sojourn’s leaders—particularly in regard to the future of our ministries for families.
  • Pray that our vision will flow from the Bible and not from our ambitions, experience, or human wisdom.
  • Pray for clarity, discipline, and energy for those preparing to teach parenting classes in the Fall.
  • Pray for unity, creativity, and energy for those working on children’s book projects.  Pray for the new book What Is The Church? as it reaches the final stages of production.
  • Pray for servants to join our children’s ministry, student ministry and Vacation Bible School teams.
  • Pray for the nursery ministry as a team prepares to implement a new curriculum in the Fall.
  • Pray for the children, students and parents that hear the gospel through these ministries.  Pray for conviction, repentance, and living faith.

Memory Monday (06/28/09)

3.  Why did God make you and all things?  For his own glory.
(Psalm 19:1; Jeremiah 9:23, 24; Revelation 4:11,15)
Explanation: God’s glory is his goodness and his greatness

4. How can you glorify God?  By loving him and doing what he commands.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13; Mark 12:29-31; John 15:8-10; 1 Corinthians 10:31)

(From A Catechism for Girls and Boys)

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.

Evangelism without Manipulation

I’ve run into some fascinating posts over the past week regarding child evangelism.  The catalyst for my thoughts was Henry Zonio’s post Evangelism as Child Abuse?  Can a Wrong Presentation of the Gospel Be Harmful to Children?  He points to several other blog posts and books that have been helpful for him in understanding matters related to child evangelism.  Henry’s conclusion is fantastic:

Is it child abuse when we aren’t careful about how we lead children to Christ? I don’t know. I can understand those who claim that it is. Even Christ warns us about the dangers of leading a child astray, and I think that even applies to giving a child a false idea of what it means to follow Christ.

So what does that mean for evangelistic presentations to children?  The key… is to help connect children and families to Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to do the work of conversion. It’s more than just praying a prayer, raising a hand or coming to the altar. It’s about life transformation, and that is something that can’t be manufactured or manipulated into existence.

The best article that Henry links to is by Michael Spencer (InternetMonk).  The article is entitled,  “Question: Is Evangelism Child Abuse?”  Someone had brought up the issue that proselytizing anyone under 18 is manipulative and tantamount to child abuse. In response, Spencer offers gospel-centered thoughts about evangelism and how he approaches it:

When I deal with students, I am straight up about evangelism. If they take my class, I will occasionally explain the Gospel to them. I stress that their beliefs are welcome to be shared as well. I use no decisional tactics and I have no personal interest as a teacher in what a student does with the claims of Christ. I pray for these students, and would find it impossible to pray for them without praying that they come to know Christ.

I am just as honest about preaching. I give full permission to ignore or reject whatever I say, but I am straightforward that my calling and vocation is to proclaim, explain and apply the Gospel. I use no altar call. I use no tactics or manipulations of any kind. It’s the Gospel, an appeal to believe, a prayer and I leave it with them and the Holy Spirit.

I tell my students that I am completely open to being evangelized by them. I invite questions and I ask questions. Because I am in a Christian school with a missions focus, I have many non-Christians in my Bible classes and preaching services. We have dialog constantly. It’s a natural outgrowth of the diversity of our school.

These are fantastic words of encouragement, and I look forward to posting more on the resources I’ve been reading as a result of Henry’s post a little later this week.