Faith, Hope and Love are uniquely Christian Virtues which direct us to ultimate happiness in communion with God. They are given to us by God as gifts and mature us into the image of the Christ who perfectly embodies them. In this series, we will explore the virtues and take inventory as to how we are maturing in them as individuals and a Church. Kids will be invited to stay for the entirety of the gatherings for this series as we celebrate the Christmas season together.
Soma News & Events
As a practical outworking of what we are learning from the Seek Justice sermon series, we are launching the Seek Justice Project. Each MC will be given $2000 of Soma’s mission budget to seek justice and flourishing for others. As an MC you may increase this amount by giving directly to your Seek Justice Project fund.
Let the following values shape this project:
- Relational—build relationship with the people or organization
- Intentional—invest time and prayer into a decision
- Empowering—do your best to empower not enable
- Every Heart Invested—each member of the MC contributes to this project
Begin right away with prayer, asking God to lead and direct your steps. The (soft) deadline for finishing the project is March 31, 2016. However, we hope that this won’t be a short-term project, but instead develop into a long-term, loving engagement with people in need.
Soma Sunday Gathering
Sundays, 9:30-11amSycamore Clubhouse 635 Old Orchard Dr. Danville, CA 94526
Soma is a Danville church, San Ramon church, Walnut Creek church, and Concord church. How can that be? Because we have groups, called Missional Communities, that gather each week in these cities. We also gather as a whole church on Sundays.
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Have kids? We do too! We have a great kids program that they’ll enjoy.
Resources for Parenting – Blog Series
What does it practically look like to live out the call of parents to make disciples of their kids? While the answers to this question are diverse, one rhythm that many have found to be helpful are regular devotions. Chris Gonzalez, a leader at a Soma church in Arizona, shares in the following blog post ideas for devotions with kids. While some of these ideas are tailored for younger kids, many are helpful for parenting older children as well. Check it out below:
I was asked today by another dad what I do for devotions with my kids. I thought my response could be helpful in stirring the creative juices for some other dads. Full disclosure: I’m terrible at doing regular planned devotions with my kids. Ask Leslie. Teaching my kids tends to come more “along the way” than in a classroom setting. I am trying to work toward a balance. With that confession, here are some thoughts and ideas
Best Bibles: The Big Picture Story Bible and Jesus Storybook Bible. The JSB is great. Every Evangelical pastor with a Tim Keller tattoo has read this to his kids and recommended it to his congregation. Sally Lloyd Jones is a wonderful author and every story ends with a gospel bomb that “whispers His name.” The BPSB is a little less known, but I really love it. Rather than linking to Jesus in every story, it foreshadows and builds to Jesus. Some of the illustrations are interesting, like the way they draw Adam’s beard. Nonetheless, I really recommend this one, especially for younger kids.
Best Book: History of Redemption has scripture on each page they can memorize and the pictures are so gripping.
Best Audio: Bible.is for Kidz. Amy would listen to this thing on a little iPod-like thing when she was young. I swear she memorized the entire thing!
Best Catechism App: Well, I suppose it may be the only catechism app, but the New City Catechism for the iPad is really helpful. The kids loved playing with it and memorized quite a few of the questions.
Most Effective Thing We’ve Done: I do this thing where I tell them that I can tell the story of the entire bible before I walk across their bedroom. I have to keep moving forward, baby steps. I start at Creation and get to New Creation. I just talk really fast and pull a theme through off the top of my head. They probably only catch a small portion of it each night, but all total they start to get it after a few weeks. It is great training training for me too!
Most Effective Thing We Did With Toddlers: Leslie reminded me of this. We used to act out stories. I would read the One Year Bible in the morning and then we’d act out a story from my reading at night. Kids loved being characters in the story.
Most Reproducable Thing I’ve Done: I have the kids write the true story symbols on the window during dinner and have them tell the story.
Newest Endeavor: I take a paragraph each day(ish) of the Contemporary Testimony: Our World Belongs to God and paste it into a blank Keynote slide. We say it together and look up one of the verses. Then I ask them what jumps out at them. What should the font look like? Should it be big or small and why? What color? Is there a picture we should use for the background? They get on the computer and design the slide. Hopefully (at this rate in 4 years!) we’ll end up with a slide presentation of their artwork with the creed.
Best Along-the-way Thing I Do: Whenever something comes up I run it through Creation/Fall/Redemption. How is this a part of God’s good creation? How is this not the way it is supposed to be? How is Jesus making this right? I just always pepper them with variations of those three questions so they get the foundations of a True Storied worldview on everything.
And finally, there is one more piece that is crucial. Leslie and I are not doing this alone. We are a part of a missional community who takes responsibility with us to disciple our kids. There are 3 women in our MC who can get to our daughter’s heart quicker than Leslie and I. Leslie had part of “the talk” with our other daughter with 4 other women in our MC. And our 7 year old son joined me and 4 other guys last night as we got after how the gospel changes our hearts. Gospel, Community, and Mission. It is what adults need. It is what kids need.
Keep on the lookout for more posts from Soma SRV along these lines. This is the first in a series of blogs that seek to provide parents with resources for making disciples of their kids.Be the First to Leave a Comment