This week in SojournKids, our passage was James 4:1-10. We learned that:
- We fight because we donʼt get what we want.
- Because our selfish wants lead us to be angry, we canʼt blame others.
- Only Jesus can change our selfish desires.
If you didn’t get a chance to grab the SojournKids “at home” sheet, you can download it here.
Every Christian parent wants to raise children who will grow up to love and trust Jesus. Parents deliberately search for the church that provides the most opportunities for their kids to grow up in the Lord. We want Sojourn to be that church! Yet, as we continue to build our ministry to children, we must not neglect our homes—where children see our faith on real-time display every day. The resources listed below are meant to explain SojournKids’ policies to parents and provide practical help for making Christian practices a regular part of your family’s life.
Parent Handbooks-These are newly updated overviews of SojournKids’ philosophy and children’s ministry policies for each of our three campuses:
- NEW! Parent Handbook for the Midtown Campus (PDF)
- NEW! Parent Handbook for the East Campus (PDF)
- NEW! Parent Handbook for the J-town Campus (PDF)
Family Worship Guide (PDF)—a practical guide about how to make Christian worship practices (the Scriptures, confession, and prayer) a part of your regular family routine.
Over at http://ministry-to-children.com, Amy Fenton Lee and Jackie Mills-Fernald (of the inclusive church blog) recently posted as guests, and they listed three ways that Sunday Bible lessons can be adapted for special needs children. This is important as we are welcoming in more and more children with special needs at Sojourn. Here is her list, and you link to the entire article here.
1. Classroom Size & Teacher Ratio: Adapt size of group, project or activity
Keeping a child engaged is the key to maintaining his attention and managing his behavior. A disinterested child may be lured back into the group when a teacher can ask them a direct question or assign a specific task. Smaller child-to-teacher ratios provide better opportunities for these necessary one-on-one interactions.
In cases where a child with special needs necessitates more dedicated attention, providing a teen or adult buddy may solve any problems. During elementary school and beyond, oftentimes a mature child can be tagged to provide peer assistance. Many typical children have an uncanny ability to help a peer with special needs, both in completing tasks and regulating behavior.
Along the same lines, children with neurological disorders struggle when any hint of chaos emerges in an environment. A calm and orderly classroom helps such a child with his own self-regulation. Too many things going on may produce sensory overload, and may interfere with the child’s ability to learn and remain engaged. Controlling noise and activity level is easier in a smaller group than in a room with many children. Continue Reading…
Because parents are the primary counselors/educators in their child’s life, counseling and educating children begins with counseling and educating parents. Parents must be equipped to better understand and love their kids. Encouraging video clip for children’s ministers!
HT: Doug Wolter