Kids’ City

Mission

We believe the mission of Kids’ City is to teach and mentor children as we all find our way back to God. Our hope is that Kids’ City is one of the ways (alongside parents and our community) that our children become aware of the reality of Jesus.

Vision

We dream of Kids’ City being a community where…

  • kids enter into the story of God every week.
  • kids enter into the story and come to understand that God is good and Jesus is real.
  • kids discover that God made us, loves us, and we can trust Him with our lives.
  • kids are encouraged to be creative, ask questions, and dream about changing the world.
  • kids are valued and loved by their Kids’ City leaders.
  • parents feel confident that their children are safe and protected.
  • kids know they are part of a bigger community, finding their way back to God.

What to Expect

This was our structure before COVID-19. Inevitably there will be structural and safety changes once we gather again. We will post updated information once those details have been determined.

When.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to the worship gathering you plan to attend in order to get your child checked in.

Experience.

Kids will be divided up into different age groups so as to best learn and interact in a way that best fits their stage in life. We have separate rooms for Infants, 1-2 year olds, 3-5 year olds, and 1st-5th graders.

Parents and guardians are able to drop their children off at the designated classrooms. This allows them to get to know their teachers. The children will play and establish community at the beginning. Then the 3-5 year old class and the 1st-5th grade class will gather for the lesson and songs. Then they will go back to their age appropriate class to do creative response activities.

Parents will then get to go back through the check-in table and then go to pick up their children from their classrooms. This allows them to connect again with the teachers.

Curriculum.

We write a lot of our own curriculum to try to connect with the teachings from the larger adult gathering, when it is developmentally appropriate. We believe that this brings a wholeness to your community.

Our lessons consist of scripture, children’s literature, prayer, and space for kids to wonder and question.

We also use the Godly Play curriculum as a major resource. This is a Montessori based curriculum. You can look it up at www.godlyplayfoundation.org.

Location.

At Crossings Downtown, Kids’ City is located on the 3rd floor of 4 Market Square about the Square Room. Look for signs directing you to the stairs or the elevator.

At Crossings North, Kids’ City is located in the classrooms next to the Little Theater in Christenberry Elementary School where our Sunday morning worship gatherings are being held.

“To teach and mentor children as we all find our way back to God”

Safety

Safety is our first priority Kids’ City.

We take seriously that people entrust their children to our care on Sundays. Before entering Kids’ City, everyone must first stop at the Check-In desk to receive either a blue wristband or a sticker. No one is allowed to enter Kids’ City without a sticker or wristband. This includes all of our leaders who have been background checked and trained annually.

The stickers and wristbands have matching numbers on them, and only the person who drops the child off is allowed to pick up that child before they leave. No matter how many times someone has been to Kids’ City, or how well we know your children, you will still be asked to show us your sticker or wristband. If there is a concern with your child while you are in the worship gathering, the number will be displayed on the screen. If this occurs, please return to Kids’ City.

We understand and appreciate that every child is unique. Our desire is to create space for any child, no matter what, to experience Jesus and their faith community. We take seriously the allergies and special needs many of our children have and work closely with parents to make Kids’ City a place where every child feels safe and successful.

To ensure the health and safety of our kids and leaders, we ask that you do not bring a child to Kids’ City if they are displaying any of the following within the past 24 hours:

  • fever (100 degrees or above)
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • rash
  • sore throat

Questions?

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