Children age 4 through 2nd grade are invited to join us for Children’s Worship on the first, second, third, and fourth Sundays of the month. We do not have Children’s Worship on the fifth Sunday of the month and encourage parents to use that time to worship as family and to teach their children about the service.
Children’s Worship begins after the greeting time, just before the sermon, and lasts until the end of the service. Our Children’s Worship teachers are always present to escort the children to and from the Children’s Worship classroom (located on the third floor of the church).
We spend our time each week reading through a Bible story—putting specific emphasis on how it “points to” Jesus—and completing follow-up activities to reinforce the lesson taught in that story. The children are also given the opportunity to memorize scripture, a catechism question, as well as some liturgy that is used during the worship service at City Church.
We currently rotate through three different curricula: one is based on the Jesus Storybook Bible; another is the Gospel Story Curriculum; and the third is Heart's Alive. All Children’s Worship lessons are focused on God’s love for us and the truth that Jesus loves us more than we could ever imagine.
Teams of three (one instructor and two helpers) lead our Children’s Worship class each week. All Children’s Worship volunteers are required to fill out an application, undergo a criminal background check, and become well versed in City Church’s Child Safety Policy. We also require volunteers to participate in a three-hour training course to be qualified to take part in our Children’s Ministry.
Children's Worship Graduates
Once children approach the end of 2nd grade, they take part in a six-week Children’s Worship Graduation Class. This class takes place after the greeting and before the sermon (just like Children’s Worship).
The purpose of this class is to prepare the children to spend all of worship with the congregation. In addition to learning about different aspects of the church (such as liturgy and music), they are also taught an easy way of taking notes that helps them listen to—and stay engaged with—the sermon.
All of this works toward a simple goal: Just as Jesus loves, values, and welcomes all of his children into his presence, we want to help our children know they are loved, valued, and welcomed into the church body. We’re so glad they’re here.
Our next Children's Worship Graduates Class begins this Fall. Please contact Jim Pulizzi, Pastor of Children & Families, if you have questions about this next step in your child's life here at City Church.