55 Days Until VBS: Themes and Memory Verses

There are just 55 days left before our Midtown Campus VBS.  After that, there will be only a couple of weeks before the J-town Campus version. Sign up now to register your children or to serve!

The theme for this year’s event is SonSurf.  Kids will be learning about the life and mission of Jesus while they cruise through beach themed environments.  Lessons focus on who Jesus is, why we can trust him, why we need him, and how he sends his people on mission.  Here is an overview of the themes and theme verses for each day of the week:

Who is Jesus? Jesus is God’s Son and when I meet up with Him, I discover how much God loves me.

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” John 4:9

Why can I trust Jesus? I can look up to Jesus and ask His help because He is trustworthy.

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

Why do I need Jesus? Jesus’ death an resurrection make it possible for me to join up with Him and be part of God’s family.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6

How can Jesus help me when I mess up? When I open up to Jesus about my sin, He forgives me and helps me make a fresh start.

“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.” Daniel 9:9

What does Jesus want me to do? Jesus wants me to know and love Him and get fired up about sharing Him with others.

“Go and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always.” Matthew 28:19-20

Last Sunday: Jesus is Alive!

This week, Sojourn celebrated Easter, and, in SojournKids, we studied the story of Jesus’ resurrection from Matthew 28:1-10 and John 20:1-23. We learned that:

  • God raised Jesus from the dead just like he promised.
  • Jesus has beaten death.
  • We should rejoice and not fear, because Jesus is alive!

You can download the SojournKids “At Home” sheet here.


Piper: Advice for Young Families

HT: Doug Wolter

57 Days Until VBS: Can I Serve If I Have A Baby or Toddler?

There are just 57 days left before our Midtown Campus VBS.  After that, there will be only a couple of weeks before the J-town Campus version. Sign up now to register your children or to serve!

One of the questions that I get a lot is whether or not there is something at VBS provided for infants and toddlers.  We do provide nursery and toddler classes for the children of those who sign up to serve!

But, we don’t simply provide childcare for these toddler classes.   Great teachers lead our toddlers each day by teaching Bible stories and leading Bible learning activities that correspond with the daily VBS theme.   Children participate in circle time, and they are led in music by our Music Center leaders.  Here is one of the great Bible learning activities that kids in our toddler classes will be doing during this year’s VBS:

On Wednesday of VBS, we will be learning about how Jesus Came to Serve and Save.  One of the stories we will explore is the story of Jesus washing his disciple’s feet from John 13:1-17.  Toddlers in the class will do the following activities:


Baby Wash

Materials: Bible, baby dolls, bowl of water, washcloths, baby-care items (doll bed, blankets, bottles, toy food, etc.).

Procedure: Children play with dolls, sharing washcloths to wash dolls (including their feet) and acting out other ways to care for babies.

Foot Prints

Materials: Bible, crayons, markers, stickers; for each child—9×12-inch (23×30.5-cm) sheet of construction paper.

Procedure: Help children remove shoes and socks. Children take turns having their feet traced onto a sheet of construction paper. Children decorate foot prints with crayons, markers and/or stickers.


58 days until VBS: Why do we charge $5?

This is a question that we get a lot both from folks inside our church and from folks outside of our church.  There are two answers to that question:

Reason #1: Sojourn’s VBS is really an “Art Camp.” One of our goals with SojournKids VBS is to have the kids in K through Grade 5 work collaboratively on an art project with Sojourn artists.  Those art projects have been displayed in our children’s wing at the 930 Art Center, and , last year, in the prayer garden at Sojourn East. The supplies for these collaborative projects cost money.  So, part of the $5 registration fee that we collect goes toward purchasing art supplies for these projects.

Reason #2: We give VBS away for free. Last year, 20% of the children that attended the Midtown VBS came from the immediate neighborhood in Germantown / Shelby Park. For these kids, we give VBS away for free.  Collecting a small registration fee from our members and those who can afford it allows us to put on an excellent event for the immediate neighbors of our Midtown campus.

There are just 58 days left before our Midtown Campus VBS.  After that, there will be only a couple of weeks before the J-town Campus version.  Go to our VBS page to register or sign up to serve!