Children ages 3-9 gather with trained adult volunteers for about an hour each Sunday during the service. We use the Godly Play model, a tried-and-true Sunday School methodology. Godly Play includes a story from the Bible, songs, prayers, and creative response time.
The stories we tell come to life with miniature characters, animals, and environments like the “desert box.” And they’re congruent with the church year. So during Advent/December, we’re telling stories to prepare for Jesus’ birth. During Lent, we’re remembering the weeks before Jesus’ death. And during Easter, we celebrate with Resurrection stories!
As the children learn the Bible stories, they also learn how to worship (and they teach us adults much, too). They learn about the church calendar, how to read the Bible, that all questions are welcome, and that not all of them have easy answers! They participate in the larger service with their parents in song before leaving for CityKids and return to the service during the celebration of Communion, so they can receive Jesus’ body and blood with their parents.
Do you have questions? Would you like to be involved? Contact Quinn Holmquist, one of CityKids’ volunteer coordinators – [email protected]