Do you have kids and are thinking about trying out Sojourn?
At our church you can feel good about bringing your kids,
and your kids will feel good about coming back.
At Sojourn, loving on families is one of our Core Values.
Below you'll find some helpful information about what to expect when you show up with your family.
step 1: family worship time
We start church all together--bigs and littles--for corporate worship.
So bring your kiddos in with you, sing some songs and say some prayers together, and after about 20 minutes or so we'll dismiss the kids to class.
step 2: take kids to class
Once dismissed, take your kids to their respective classroom and sign them in. We offer three different spaces for kiddos at Sojourn.
Nursery: ages 0-2
Little Sojourners: ages 3-5
Kids @ Sojourn: ages 6-13
Step 3: kids play, learn, and get loved on
Nursery: babies get held, and the littles play toys with adults.
Little Sojourners: In a safe, loving, and peace-filled environment, your littles will enjoy story time, make crafts, play games, and be treated with gentleness and kindness.
Kids @ Sojourn: A typical Sunday looks like...
- Gather for Koosh Ball Time: when kids share with each other their "happy's" and "bummers" from the week
- Story / Discussion / Prayer: their teacher reads a story (curated from various sources), leads a discussion to engage the kids with curiosity and wonder, and prays a blessing over them.
- Group Game: all kids are invited to a respectful and peace-filled group game.
- Arts / Crafts / Play: if there's time left, we encourage kids to play and create!
- Pickup: when the service ends, all kids will remain in class until you come sign them out.
A Letter from pastor kate
"We seek to leave space for our kids to wonder and to question and to doubt and to form their own opinions..."
Kate, Pastor to our Families
Growing up in a pretty fundamentalist faith community/tradition, I was taught many unhealthy things early on regarding my identity as a child of God and it’s taken a lot of work and a lot of therapy to unlearn those things.
Maybe you can relate?
As a Mother to four pastor’s kids, my heart is for raising kids in church without giving them a whole load of lessons to unlearn. We can’t get it perfect, but I believe with everything in me that we can do so much better because we know better.
So at Sojourn we seek to leave space for our kids to wonder and to question and to doubt and to form their own opinions and to think the way they think and to be who they are. We avoid telling kids what to think and work hard to provide space for them to think for themselves. We try to ask more questions than we do give answers. Our hope is that our kids can build their own community with each other, coming alive in the truth that they are loved, liberated, and empowered.
Here are some of the values and themes and messages that are incorporated in the Children's Ministry at Sojourn:
Openness | Self Confidence | God is Love | We are called to Love | Social Justice | Peacemaking | Activism | Respect for all living things | Equality | Diversity | Nonviolence | Hope | Power of positivity | Resilience | A desire to learn about other cultures, religions, countries
Sometimes we find these themes in ancient mythology and sacred texts, sometimes we find these themes in modern poetry or folktales from all over the world, we even find them in the stories of modern day heroes and our own every day experiences.
It’s a joy to provide space for our kids to explore these topics with an openness to hearing what they have to say about it all.
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to email me today.
I hope to see your kiddos (and you!) soon.