Bible translation matters to children’s ministry!

“In the 1984 NIV when Paul says (in 2 Corinthians 11:25) ‘I was stoned,’ we changed it to ‘pelted with stones’ to avoid the laughter in the junior high row of the church.”

–Douglas J. Moo, Committee on Bible Translation

What other texts do you know that could be confusing to kids the way they are currently translated in modern English versions?

Memory Monday (8/31/09)

Q.  Who wrote the Bible?  A.  Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

(From this week’s Show Me Jesus Toddler curriculum)

What is “Memory Monday”? Each week I’ll post Scripture and/or Bible doctrine memory work from the previous Sunday’s children’s Bible lessons. Here is the challenge! Learn the memory work together as a family. Then, kids, come to our Sunday gatherings next week and recite the memory work to Mrs. Kelsey Barnes (St. Matthews campus), Mr. David Kidd (Germantown campus) or me to receive a reward.

Memory Monday (8/24/09)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5

(From this week’s Show Me Jesus Middle Elementary curriculum)

What is “Memory Monday”? Each week I’ll post Scripture and/or Bible doctrine memory work from the previous Sunday’s children’s Bible lessons. Here is the challenge! Learn the memory work together as a family. Then, kids, come to our Sunday gatherings next week and recite the memory work to Mrs. Kelsey Barnes (St. Matthews campus), Mr. David Kidd (Germantown campus) or me to receive a reward.

Dedication

dedication-frontOn Sunday, October 18th, there will be a Sojourn Church Parent/Baby Dedication during our regular services. Parents, you will have an opportunity to express thanksgiving to God for the gift of new children, declare your commitment to the gospel as parents, and state your desire to partner with the church as you seek to raise your children in the Lord.   If you are interested in participating in the dedication, please e-mail Kelsey Barnes (dedication@sojournchurch.com) and sign up for the Foundations One: For Parents of Newborns and Preschoolers This two-week class (September 2 and 9) led by Tyler and Heidi Thorne is a pre-requisite for Parent/Baby Dedication, and it covers the dedication service, parenting principles for infants and preschoolers, and Sojourn’s philosophy of children’s ministry. Dedication is for children of members and those going through the membership process.”

We’re changing more than diapers in the SojournKids nursery.

At Sojourn, we believe in gospel change… everywhere… even in the church nursery.  So, what is changing?

Beginning with our Infants classes, our Sojourn babes will be prayed for and loved on intentionally through blessings we have been taught in the Bible.  Beginning Labor Day weekend, our servants will find prayers and blessings for children posted throughout the nursery for servants to say or pray while changing a diaper or when snuggling in a rocker (and especially to pray when children are wailing!).

Also, with our oldest Nursery group, the 12-24month class, we will introduce a curriculum that tells 4 basic Bible stories to the young children over and over again throughout the year.  Repetition is the key to learning–especially at this young age, and our teachers will also learn creativity as they tell the same stories over and over.  If you are interested, there is an opportunity to “adopt a story” by serving in the 12-24 months class once per month.  If  you are serving the first week of every month, for example, you will tell the first of the four Nursery stories every time that you serve.

To learn more about our new prayer-filled nursery policies, sign up to attend the SojournKids Basic training on Saturday, August 29th, and let us know of your interest by e-mailing kids@sojournchurch.com