One of the tools that the Sojourn staff has recently found to aid in multi-site leadership is called Dropbox, a web-based file-sharing platform that allows you to share files and folders with multiple users and across multiple platforms (Apple, PC, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.). I recently used it to help in planning our baby dedication service. One folder contains the checklists, gift booklet design, service liturgy, and First Steps notes. I shared the folder with service pastors, First Steps class teachers, and Campus Kids Directors to aid them in planning. As files were updated, they automatically update for everyone who shares the folder. It’s really an amazing tool: Continue Reading…
This last Sunday was our Baby Dedication service. On Sunday, 39 families participated. Here are links to the full liturgy as well as a photo blog of the baby dedication at all of our campuses. Here is the prayer that we pray for the families involved:
Gracious God, Giver of all life,
We pray for these parents.
Give them wisdom and patience.
Let Your peace and joy dwell in their homes.
Instruct them in Your gospel truth.
Strengthen them in faith.
Sustain them through prayer.
Order their lives by love.
We pray for these children.
Be gracious to them.
Draw them to Yourself.
Help them to love and trust Jesus.
We pray that You will grow them in faith,
So that they might be like arrows in Your hand.
For Christ’s sake, Amen.
And here is part 1 and part 2 of the gift booklet that we gave to each Sojourn family that dedicated their children. Please take time to read through each family’s testimony. As a church, we’ve committed to pray for these kids and their parents. I hope this little booklet will be your guide.
At Sojourn, we desire to see the gospel transform everything. In the month of October, Sojourn’s East Campus is bringing particular focus to how Christ’s message of redemption affects all of the different kinds of relationships we experiences day in and day out. To learn more, download the emphasis card, or read on for a testimony about how the Gospel has transformed one Sojourn deacon’s relationships at home: Continue Reading…
Acts 2:39 says, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” This verse encourages us to develop families that reach both near (our own households) and far (those outside of the faith). I call this the Grover principle because of the skit above. Here are three biblical foundations to keep in mind as you mobilize your family for far and near. Continue Reading…
This past Sunday, Sojourn’s kids studied the Armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-18. We learned:
- We are in a spiritual war.
- God gives us spiritual armor.
- Christ is our protection.
Below, you can see some pictures of kids at Sojourn East and bigger kids at Sojourn Midtown dressed up in the whole armor. We had a lot of fun introducing kids to the way that our Warrior God protects us from Satan and his schemes by giving us salvation, righteousness, peace, faith, truth, and His Word.
We also used some great coloring sheets drawn by Sojourn artist Mandy Groce. You can download them from http://ministry-to-children.com here:
- Armor of God pieces | print friendly pdf | jpeg image 611K
- Girl coloring page | print friendly pdf | jpeg image 405K
- Boy boy coloring page| print friendly pdf | jpeg image 421K
There are two versions of the coloring page – one picturing a boy and the other picturing a girl. The children have the phrase “strong and courageous” written on their t-shirts. The third sheet is the pieces of the full armor of God. We had the children cut and paste those pieces to construct the final picture.