Counseling Kids Begins with Counseling Parents

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

Thanks Doug!

Set Your Clocks!

Daylight Savings Time ends on Saturday night, November 7th. That means people who forget will be at worship gatherings an hour early on Sunday morning.  If you need help remembering, here is a great coloring sheet created by Mandy Groce.  Set your clocks and get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night!

Directions: Simply click the preview image to the right to download this free coloring picture as a print-friendly PDF file. We’ve also uploaded a high resolution jpeg version for advanced editing.

The picture shows several children, both girls & boys, changing the time on clocks. The caption says, “Wind these clocks in Spring and Fall, daylight savings time for us all.”

Faith, Work, and Your Kids

Business leaders at Sojourn church are getting ready for the Faith & Work forum featuring Dr. Finny Kuruvilla, MD, PhD, at the University Club of Louisville tomorrow night.  The forum will address how we integrate the claims and resources of the Christian faith with the challenges and opportunities of the marketplace.  In light of the upcoming forum, I thought it might be good to think about the way we teach our children about work. Too often, kids get the wrong idea about calling. They begin to think the only way to serve God is to become an one of the three Ms when they grown up: Minister, Missionary, or Married to one of those. While we should honor these religious vocations, children need to know that God calls people to many other important vocations.

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Long Story Short Devotional

Fletcher and I both ordered copies of Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God. This devotional is written by the author of the God’s Story curriculum that we use on Sundays, and it covers the same passages week by week that SojournKids’ Bible classes will be studying for 78 weeks in 2011 and the first half of 2012.  Check out this preview. WTS Books has it on sale for 65% off (it retails for $19.99, and they have it for $6.99).  This is a great gift idea for Christmas!

FAQs: Protecting Your Children from Sexual Abuse

Protecting children from sexual abuse is a popular topic with websites and even iPhone apps that track sexual offenders.  But it is more likely for a child to be abused by someone close to them than by a sexual offender down the street.  Any time a person is used by an older or more powerful person for their own sexual purposes, this is sexual abuse.  Sexual abuse is an offense before God, and it can damage a child’s relational development.  It happens to both boys and girls.  What can you do to protect your child?  Here are four steps: Continue Reading…