City Kids

Children finding a new day in Jesus, a new home in the Church, and new heart for their neighbors and neighborhood.

Raising children in the church is disciple-making. Jesus invites children to come and know him and says that they teach us how to follow him by faith. This is why we’re committed to a process that teaches our children both through our children’s ministry City Kids and through coming to the Communion table to celebrate together as families and as the family of God.

In City Kids, children and teachers encounter Jesus through Scripture, stories, creative play, songs, and prayer. 

  1. Check-in children ages infant - 5th grade at the beginning of the service (starting at 9:50am) at the check-in table in the hallway outside the gym
  2. Children worship in four different classrooms for the first half of the service: Nursery (Newborns - age 2), Early Childhood (Ages 3 - Kindergarten), Elementary I (1st & 2nd Grade), and Elementary II (3rd - 5th Grade). 
  3. At the offertory, parents/guardians pick up their children for the second half of the to celebrate Communion together as a family.

You are always welcome to keep your baby or children with you throughout the service. In the back of the gym, we have a comfortable chair for nursing moms and a bouncy seat for a newborn - toddler age child. In the Nursery (Classroom 107B), there is a diaper changing area and another bouncy seat.  

If you want to know more about our City Kids ministry, contact our City Kids leader, Rachel Wassink at rachel@cityoflightanglican.org. 



City Kids Team

Our City Kids Team serves to help our City kids find a new day in Jesus, a new home in the Church, and a new heart for our neighborhood. 

Opportunities to serve in City Kids include:
Nursery Shepherds: worship and play with our babies and toddlers
Teaching Shepherd: lead and teach in the early childhood and elementary worship rooms
Helping Shepherd: lead and assist the teacher in the early childhood and elementary worship rooms
Check-in Coordinator: welcome kids and families as they arrive and check-in to City Kids

Join the City Kids Team!

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

In City Kids , children and teaches encounter Jesus through play activities, liturgical practices, hearing Scripture and stories, prayer, and activities that help the kids respond to the story and prepare them to share this story with others. They use a prayer card to guide them through these practices.

  • We will include singing worship songs together each week. Check out the public Spotify playlist “City of Light Anglican Church: City Kids” to hear songs we’re singing.
  • Bible Stories: time for hearing God’s Word and Bible stories written for kids, such as stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible and other curriculum.
  • Liturgical Practices: Lighting a Christ Candle, praying together for what is on their hearts, saying aloud prayers together, such as “The Lord Be With you; And also with you.”
  • Responding to the Story: After hearing the story, the kids will spend time in conversation wondering together, asking questions that help them explore the story. Then there will be time to continue engaging the story through activities like partnering up to re-tell it, acting it out as a group, or responding alone through creating something.

You can download a copy of the prayer card to use in your family devotions here.

FALL BIBLE STUDY

We are currently using a curriculum called Worship with Children in our Early Childhood and Elementary worship rooms. This curriculum incorporates activities and opportunities to worship through Bible stories. Read along with us at home! 

November 5: All Saints Celebration
November 12: Moses
November 19: Exodus
November 26: Ten Commandments
December 3: Zechariah & Elizabeth
December 10: An Angel Visits Mary 
December 17: Jesus is Born
December 24: No City Kids
December31: No City Kids

Join us in worshiping with your kids at home! 

Follow along with the stories we are reading on Sunday mornings in City Kids at home and spend time wondering together about what God tells us through these stories. 

As your family practices Sabbath and devotions together, consider reading through the stories we're reading in City Kids and learning the monthly focus verse together. 

BAPTISM

We welcome infants and children into the family of God in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  If you want to know more about Baptism, click below. 

Read about Baptism

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

At City of Light, our children's safety is a priority because we want to maintain the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our children. The adults and youth working with children are required to complete a Child Protection Process in order to help maintain this safe environment. Read our Child Protection Policy by clicking here

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