The TLC ministry, which stands for Tender Loving Care, is a great way for people who are in need of assistance to find the help they need. If you are having a difficult time and are in need of some assistance, please feel free to contact CITC via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 414-961-1122. We will do our best to connect you with someone who can help. If you have something to offer the congregation and want to do so so in a simple and potentially anonymous way, you can also reach out to this ministry and they will work to find your offering makes it to someone in need.
Kidz church here at Church In The City is currently offered to children from grades K5 through 6th grade. The 5th and 6th graders learn with the younger children but are also used to help Pastor Heather during the service. Kidz church is not Sunday school. It is Church for kids.
We begin our service with prayer. Sometimes children name requests out loud. Other times they just raise their hand for prayer. Sometimes children lead in prayer and other times Pastor Heather leads in prayer. Sometimes children lay hands on others and sometimes we pray alone in our seats. Prayer time is where the children can make known requests that are dear to their hearts and pray for others. No one is forced to pray out loud but the children are encouraged if they would like to do so.
We also have a meet and greet time with the children and usually have them do something fun with it. They may have to find a friend and answer a silly question or find someone with a specific thing in common.
We also have a short praise and worship time. This can be anywhere from 1 to 3 songs where the children express their hearts to God through music and movement. We usually pick two children who would like to lead.
We also play one game each week to keep the children moving and to help engage children with all learning types. Each week the game has something to do with the lesson. We have also been having character skits each week. We have a guest that comes in for the children named Bobby Rockit who starts out confused in each skit but helping him learn ties into what our lesson is about so we can help others that might also have questions.
Our lesson is an illustrated sermon. We use power points for the kids to visually see so that they can follow along more easily. Pastor Heather often uses some kind of a prop to help teach the kids and to keep their interest alive. We learn Bible lessons to help teach our points and how to carry them with us in our daily lives. We also learn scripture verses each week that help guides us with those lessons.
Pastor Heather knows the children at CITC and loves each one of them! She loves seeing them each week and loves hearing the questions they have as well as hearing how they have lived out what they have learned in Kidz Church in their lives. No one is perfect. Not one. But with God’s help, we can do what is right! Anytime we have visitors or children who have not committed their lives to God, Pastor Heather gives them that chance by offering to pray with them if they would like to give their lives to Christ!
Prayer for the Christian believer is one of the most exciting and dynamic of all of the spiritual principles and disciplines. At its foundation, prayer is simply talking and listening to God. This is one of the primary ways to build a strong relationship with the Lord. That alone is exciting enough to make everyone want to pray and spend more time with the Lord!! However, prayer can also be expressed in many different ways: For example, as a believer in the Lord, there are times of private prayer and times of public prayer. There are times of praise and thanksgiving. Some in the Body of Christ are gifted in praying in tongues, while other are used in prophesying or bringing forth an encouraging word to the Body. Still others may be gifted in intercessory prayer. Whatever form prayer may take for the Believer, the ultimate goal is that God is glorified and the saints of God, which are the Body of Christ, are edified and built up in their most holy faith!
Here at Church in the City, we have many opportunities for believers to share in this wonderful, sacred mystery that God calls prayer, where ‘deep calls unto deep’. One of the expressions of prayer that will be taking place in the near future at CITC is having a time of prayer and encouragement for anyone who desires a special touch of God’s grace after the regular Sunday morning services. This will take place in the Church’s library from noon to 12:30. Please watch the bulletin for future announcements regarding this new ministry. Some of the other prayer options that are offered at CITC are intercessory prayer on Sunday mornings at 9am in the theater and prayer off to the side in the Sanctuary on Sunday’s during or at the end of the regular scheduled service.
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As part of “The Great Commission,” Church in the City has been assigned to share the Word of GOD with everyone. “GOD is not willing that anyone perish” (2 Peter 3:9). His plan is that those who already know the Gospel share it with those around them.
Paul wrote in Romans 10 that those who follow Him are to carry the Word to all ends of the earth. In keeping with our assignment from GOD, CITC pledges 10% of general fund donations directly to our missionaries to do just that. Missionaries are dependent on others in the church to cover the financial responsibilities they have. GOD is using all His believers and followers to support missionaries so that everyone can be reached with the good news. You can find a list of missionaries CITC supports on our website.
If you are called to the mission field, whether locally or someplace else, your CITC family wants to help you accomplish the mission God has given you. Speak to someone from the Missions Team today. If you are interested in volunteering for the Missions Team to help us support and connect with the missionaries we support, please reach out to the CITC office. Missions Fest is coming up in March and we are looking for volunteers to help plan and implement this exciting day.
In Jesus’ Name!
Congratulations to the Kidz Church and Preschool Children on their wonderful job this morning. We know the weather was not ideal for many who wanted to come see the kids so we will be having an encore performance of The Really, Really, REALLY Good News on Sunday, December 18th at 11:15 following a shorter Sunday Services. Please join us if you can.
Children’s Christmas Musical
The Leadership Team of Church in the City has prayed and determined that the following objectives will be set for the coming year.
A – All hands on deck – Invite all who attend CITC to participate fully in the life of the Body
B – Build the foundation – Focus on spiritual development of the youngest among us
C – Continue in the Spirit – Intentionally nurture growth and maturity through Holy Spirit’s power
Registration is now open for VBS – July 18-22 6:00-8:30PM for children age 4-6th grade. Please find the registration forms in the lobby or you can register here citcweb.org/for-kids/vacation-bible-school/ Fees have been reduced this year so have your kids invite their friends and join the fun. Volunteers are still needed as well.
If you or someone you know of in the CITC family is graduating this year, we would like to honor you in a service in June. Please contact the CITC office and we will let you know what you need to do.
We would love for you and your family to join us on Christmas Eve at 5 PM for a special candlelit Service celebrating the birth of our Savior. The service will complete promptly at 6 PM so you can return home and celebrate with family and friends. We encourage you to take some time out of the busy day to spend some time in reflection and worship on the birth and life of Jesus.
This Sunday is our Children’s Christmas Singing. We hope you will join us and invite others that might enjoy celebrating this time with our children. After the service, we would like everyone to stay and have some refreshments to congratulate the children and all those who have been working so hard with them. CITC will be providing apple cider but we are asking for some of you to bring cookies for everyone to enjoy.
Thanks much and see you on Sunday at 10 AM.
Parents, remember if your kids are in Kidz Church, have them in their class Sunday by 9AM and if they are in Preschool, by 9:30.