As we remember the power, glory, and goodness of God this Easter, we're reminded again that Christ is in fact our Cornerstone! He's the foundation that gives us stability, and in that stability, confidence and peace!
This week's lesson used the story of Isaac's wells Genesis to show that God is our provider. But not just a provider for water and sustenance, but provider of protection, wisdom, and love. You see, some stories like this one remind us that we don't don't have to fight every fight—God will still provide! Others, like David and Goliath remind us that sometimes we have to stand up for what's right... or stay and fight, as it were—God will still provide!
Here's the point we shared with the kids today: ever since we were kicked out of Eden, mankind has struggled with their reality in this broken world—we want peace and harmony, but peace and harmony aren't always at hand on this side of heaven. Easter is a reminder that if he can conquer death, he can help us conquer our conflicts. Our bad days. Our pains and hurts. He can be the source of peace in the midst of trying times, because just like Isaac and David, He continues to fight for us!
Sojourn Kids Reopening
As we continue to research the latest recommendations, we are excited to announce that we are ready to safely open Sojourn Kids on March 21!
Dates, Details, and Registration:
- Reopening Date: March 21st
- Service Hours: BOTH the 9 o'clock and 11 o'clock services.
- Ages: Nursery through 5th grade!!
- Registration: Registration will open each week on Tuesdays at 5pm beginning March 16. -- Look for the registration link at the top of this page each week.
- Room Capacity by Age: All classrooms will be capped at 8 children. A waitlist will begin once each classroom reaches capacity. Each classroom will be staffed with at least two screened volunteers.
What to Expect:
- Arrival: Parents who are checking in kids should enter the building through the Sojourn Kids entrance (the glass doors on the far left).
- Check-In: We will have pre-printed labels for each family (name tags and pick-up tags), and one of our hospitality volunteers will welcome each family and distribute tags to them as they arrive. We will have socially-distant markers on the ground for you to wait as a family until you receive your child’s tag and are ushered back by a Sojourn Kids leader. Parents will then exit through the back of the Sojourn Kids hallway through the Connect Room to attend service.
- Temperature Checks: We will have someone at the entrance taking each child’s temperature when they arrive before they can enter. Any child with a temperature greater than 100.4, or other signs of illness, will not be permitted to enter (per CDC guidelines). The same requirements will apply to Sojourn Kids volunteers.
- Masks and Gloves: All Sojourn Kids volunteers will be wearing masks (and gloves when necessary). Parents are asked to wear masks while dropping off their children. Children ages 5 and under are encouraged to not wear masks due to the increased risk of suffocation or strangulation (per Kentucky Guidelines).
- Sanitation: Each room will be thoroughly sanitized before drop-off begins. All toys and surfaces will be cleaned after each service, and any items that can’t be cleaned/sanitized will be removed from the classroom.
- Restrooms: One child (and one female assistant if needed) may be in the restroom at a time (with a second volunteer close by), and restrooms will be thoroughly sanitized after each individual use.
- Snacks: We will have goldfish, cheerios, Rice-Chex, Raisins and Water. Please let us know if you have other dietary needs.
- Pick-Up and Exit: Parents will enter through the opposite end of the Sojourn Kids hallway (through the Connect Room) to pick up their children. Sojourn Kids coordinators will usher parents back one at a time to help with congestion in the hallway. Parents should show their pick-up tag when arriving to the classroom. Parents and children will then exit out of the front hallway through the Sojourn Kids entrance.
- Mothers' Room: Our Infants Room will continue to be available for moms who need a space to nurse or to change their babies. This room won’t have a volunteer in it, but if you come through the front Sojourn Kids entrance, we will help direct you.
Making it Through this COVID-19 Season
Maybe in-person meetings aren't doable right now. No worries, we've got you covered! If you are anything like me, navigating this season with the young, watchful eyes of your kiddos taking in every move you make can be hard! Our hope as a ministry is to come partner alongside you all and serve your family the best we can. To help us in that, we have a couple of other resources for you to make this season of life a bit more manageable, while still keeping your child's time with and lessons about God intentional and life giving.
- Kids Bags on Sunday Mornings: We have some fun gift bags for your kids at each of our Sunday morning services, complete with crayons, Bible lesson activity pages, and other fun things to help them—and especially you— during the service.
- Weekly Devotions: Each week, there will be a devotion dedicated to you the parent, as well as another devotion dedicated to your child. Both of these devotions are geared to helping you slow down, take a breath, and remember who you are in Christ.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or if you need anything.