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Thursday Book Club: Financial Peace, Jr.

Last Saturday, I wrote about Sojourn’s Take Control of Your Finances seminar, which will take place next Saturday, January 15th, from 8:30am until 11:30am at the East Campus.  You can register here. I’m super excited about the breakout session entitled “Creative Ways to Teach Personal Finances to Your Children” that will be led by Pastor Bryce Butler.  Just to continue peaking your interest, I thought I’d share some more resources that we’ve found.  Today, I’ll briefly review Dave Ramsey’s finance curriculum for kids, Financial Peace, Jr., his seven Junior’s Adventures children’s books, and the Junior’s Clubhouse website.

Financial Peace, Jr. provides some practical “cool tools” for teaching money management to kids (1) a commission worksheet, which is essentially a chore chart that provides ways to earn money by doing chores and ways to lose money by “not doing jobs, not doing homework,” etc, (2) a saving-to-buy with cash worksheet, and (3) an envelope system with pre-printed envelopes for giving, saving, and spending.  In addition to these primary tools, the kit contains a calculator, a “clip & carry” coin case, refrigerator magnets for mounting the three envelopes, and an instruction manual/audio CD that teaches the financial principles.  The curriculum along with the Junior Adventures children’s books, and the website introduce us to the story of young Junior, a fun-loving boy who likes to ride his bike and watch his favorite cartoon, Dollar Bill.  In his adventures, Junior learns various financial principles:

  • “The best place to go when you need money is to WORK!”
  • “When you are in DEBT  to someone, you change your relationship with them.  You no longer work for your own money, but you work for them.”
  • “INTEGRITY is doing the RIGHT THING, even when no one is looking… and not expecting anything in return.”
  • “GIVING makes you less selfish.  Helping others in need makes you SMILE.” Continue Reading…

Last Sunday: God’s Kingdom

This week in SojournKids, we studied Matthew 3:1-12, and we learned that:

  • Godʼs kingdom is where Jesus rules.
  • John was a prophet who told people about Jesusʼ kingdom
  • In Jesusʼ kingdom, we must turn away from sin.

If you didn’t get a chance to grab the SojournKids “at home” sheet, you can download it here.

Teaching Kids about Money

On Saturday, January 15th, from 8:30am until 11:30am, Sojourn’s East Campus will be hosting a  Take Control of Your Finances seminar.  You can register here. One of the tracks at the seminar will be led by Pastor Bryce Butler on “Creative Ways to Teach Personal Finances to Your Children.”  If you are a mom or dad, this is something that you should sign up for right away.  Below is an outline of Randy Alcorn’s article on ways that parents can help their kids learn to think biblically about money.  Alcorn is the most thoughtful thinker on this subject that I’ve encountered so far.  I’ve also started a forum discussion over at the children’s ministry help desk to gather creative ideas for teaching stewardship to children in a gospel-centered way.  Offer your ideas there or in the comments.  Here is Alcorn’s outline:

1. Give your children something greater than money—your time.

2. Use life’s teachable moments to train your children.

3. Take a field trip to a junkyard.

4. Teach your children to link money with labor.

5. Teach your children how to save.

6. Get your children started on the lifetime adventure of giving.

7. Provide your children with financial planning tools.

8. Teach your children how to say “No.”

9. Show your children how family finances work.

10. Never underestimate the power of your example.

Read the whole thing for an explanation of each point.

HT: Justin Taylor

Last Sunday: Wise Building

This week in SojournKids, we studied Matthew 7:24-27.  We learned that:

  • The wise man builds his house upon the Rock
  • Jesus is the Rock
  • We build on Jesus by trusting and obeying Him

If you didn’t get a chance to grab the SojournKids “at home” sheet, you can download it here.

Thursday Video Club: What’s In the Bible?

What’s In the Bible with Buck Denver (and friends): In the Beginning, v. 1 by Phil Vischer (2010)

Over the past several months, I’ve fallen in love (so have my little girls) with a new DVD series title What’s In the Bible with Buck Denver. The first several of what will be a 13-DVD overview of the Bible was released beginning in the summer of 2010.

The videos contain the kind of silly songs and general cleverness that you’d expect from the creator of Veggie Tales (but this time told with puppets and live action characters in addition to animation), but it doesn’t focus on the simple character lessons that the old Veggie Tales videos did.  Instead, the new series gives an overview of the entire Bible with a focus on God’s redemption story, that is, “the story of God and what He’s done for us.”

Beginning in mid-August of 2011, SojournKids will be studying the book of Genesis.  I’ll be featuring a lot of great resources that we’ll be using in our classrooms and that you can use at home.  Even though that is a long way away, I thought I’d whet your appetite with a little bit of Genesis in this first week of the year.  Here is a great Genesis overview song from What’s in the Bible? that I’m certain we’ll use at least once in the months to come: