Photo Stream: Seeds Family Worship Event @ the 930

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Hosting Jason Houser and Seeds Family Worship at the 930 last Wednesday night was a blast.  We’re so thankful for an event that was both fun for the kids and worshipful.  Tyler Ratliff, our Midtown Kids Music Leader, sums up the vibe with this testimony:

“I just had a super encouraging conversation with a kid from church who couldn’t be more than 10. She got a CD of bible memory songs tonight called Seeds of Courage because she’s sometimes afraid of storms and thinks it’ll help to listen to it. She especially liked the title of the song, “Do Not Be Anxious.” It comes with two copies and she wants to give one to her friend from school.” Continue Reading…

Thursday Book Club: The Family Worship Book

Terry L. Johnson.  The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions. Christian Focus Publications, 2003.  208 pages.

The Family Worship Book by Terry L. Johnson basically breaks down into two sections.  First is a brief and helpful summary of the family worship and then the “how-to” do family worship.  The second section, from chapter six on, (the majority of the book) lays out several aids to be used in family worship.  If you are just starting out, this is a great resource.

What I liked

1.  The book makes the same point that most of us Children’s Ministry Pastors have been championing for a while now, the home should be a little church and the family should gather together for worship.  It doesn’t have to be long, or complicated, but it does everyone in the family good.

2.  The resource section of the book is worth the price of the book!  They have gathered some great resources and it’ all together in one place.  You may not use them all, but it nice to know that in this one book, they are easily accessible. Continue Reading…

On Separation Anxiety

It is natural for young children to feel anxious when you drop them off at the nursery or say goodbye.  Although this can be very difficult for parents, it is a normal stage of development.  With understanding, patience, love, faith and trust, it can be relieved and should lessen and fade as your child gets older.

In the early stages of childhood, crying, tantrums or clinging to father and mother are actually healthy reactions to separation.  Separation anxiety can begin before a child’s first birthday and pop up again or last until a child is four years old, but both the intensity level and timing of separation anxiety vary tremendously from child to child.  One way you, as the parent, can ease your child’s anxiety is by staying patient, loving, and consistent and by gently and firmly setting limits. Continue Reading…

Sign up for the 10/10 Baby Dedication!

We have baby dedication services at Sojourn because God has commanded both parents and the church to teach our children about God.  We dedicate our children because we recognize our God-given responsibility as parents, and because we know that our home needs God’s help.  We dedicate our children because we want to partner with our church family–making a commitment to raise our children in light of God’s promises.

Next Dedication: Sunday, October 10th

*Note: The “First Steps: Preparing for Baby Dedication” classes are required as a pre-requisite for participating in  dedication services.  The classes will be held at 5:00 PM on Sundays, September 26th & October 3rd.

Kids Worship for September 2010

Everybody stand up! Sing to God with us!

1. “Almighty Creator,” by Mark Altrogge © 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From Awesome God.

Who made the world? (pause for answers). Who made you? Who made everything? God made everything! In the beginning, when God made everything, the world was perfect. But Adam and Eve, the two very first people God made, sinned. They did what was wrong, and disobeyed God. Because of that, the world is not a perfect place. Now everyone sins and disobeys God.

But God sent His Son Jesus to take the punishment for our sins, and because of that, we can be forgiven! That means if we believe Jesus died to take away sin, and trust Him to do that for us, we can have new life with our sins taken away! Let’s sing about this good news! Continue Reading…