Teaching children God’s story of redemption.
- Our children will learn what it means to respond to and follow Jesus; they will be able to understand they must embrace the Christian faith as their own, independent of the beliefs of a parent/guardian.
- Our children will learn what it means to be a part of a local church, and will be able to integrate successfully into the local church community.
Every class is taught by at least two background-checked, qualified adults. We prioritize your child’s safety.
Classes are offered at all services. Children must be checked in and wearing their check-in sticker. Families can check in children at the entrance of the City Kids area. Check-in closes 15 minutes after the start of each service.
Philosophy of Ministry
More than Babysitting
City Kids—including the infant nursery—is not a baby-sitting service, nor is it a ministry exclusively for parents.
Developmentally, young children cannot understand or critically examine deep Biblical truths, but they can begin to understand simple truths that provide a foundation for understanding and critically examining deep Biblical truths.
Partnering with Families
Children’s Ministry is the starting point for teaching our children who Jesus is and the truth of the gospel, all the way down to the infants and toddlers.
We Need to Pray
All our teaching, modeling, and interaction with children will have no effect on their hearts unless God calls them to himself; therefore, praying that our children would know Jesus is essential to our work.
Teaching Children the Gospel
Created to teach children the songs we sing during our Sunday Worship Service, the history behind those songs and why we sing them.
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Children often want to know why we do certain things during our Sunday Worship Service (such as sing, take communion, or baptize). To help explain those things, check out Why We Sing and Why Church Practices.
It is important for us to be able to explain theological concepts correctly and well to our children to help build a foundation for deeper theological understanding as they grow. To see how concepts are explained in children’s ministry classes so you can support that learning at home, check out Theology For Kids.
In addition, we highly recommend the book The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New by Marty Machowski for helpful ways to explain systematic theological concepts to children (in particular children ages 7-12).
Reading for Parents/Caregivers
Reading for Families and Children
The Big Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm & Gail Schoonmaker
This Bible is best for reading to infants and children ages 0-3. The Bible consolidates stories, but still uses each story to subtly point to Jesus as our redeemer.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones
This Bible is great for both children and adults, but is particularly helpful for children ages 3-10. Each story ends with an allusion to Jesus, teaching children how the whole Bible points to Jesus coming as the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem us back to Him. If you were to purchase only one children’s Bible for your home, we would recommend this one.
The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski
This Bible contains more stories than other children’s bibles, with each story being one page long with an illustration and review questions. Best for children ages 6-12, this Bible makes an explicit connection to Jesus, teaching children how the whole Bible points to Jesus coming as the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem us back to Him. This Bible also has two companion devotional books by the same author: Long Story Short (Old Testament) and Old Story New (New Testament) that provide five family devotions to go with each story.
This is a great Bible to read as a bedtime story over consecutive nights. Best for children ages 5-10, this Bible is designed to teach children that the whole Bible is one story. Each chapter connects several stories and ties back to both original sin in the Garden of Eden and Jesus as the “snake crusher” who saves us from sin and redeems us back to God.