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!