OUR CHILDREN are a vital part of the church. They are not an inconvenience to be “watched” while we do church; they are the church, a precious responsibility and privilege, the future of the church, the city and the world.
We are committed to supporting families in raising their children. We believe this is best done in community by exposing children to diverse relationships of all ages, which happens primarily through City Groups. In addition, we equip parents to raise thier kids through gospel-centered teaching and training, as well as by developing teachers to provide great, age-focused Kids Life ministry during our Sunday gatherings.
About our classes
We offer classes for babies through 5th grade. When you arrive, visit our hospitality room to register your children using our digital check in system. From there, our volunteers will direct you toward your child’s classroom. Each classroom will have at least two teachers (one of whom is female, in accordance with our Child Protection Policy) to welcome your children.
About our Child Protection Policy
Our Child Protection Policy is in place to keep our kids safe. This means we do everything from background checking all caregivers and keeping careful classroom adult to child ratios, to enforcing healthy-child guidelines to asking to see identification when you pick up after service. When you check your child into their class, an alphanumeric label will print with their nametags. Please save this and present it to your child(ren)’s teachers at the end of the service.
Are children welcome in the service?
Your children are welcome to stay with you in the Main Gathering! We are glad to see families worshiping together and are delighted when parents take the opportunity to teach and train their children through the liturgy in the Main Gathering. We are equally happy to welcome your children to Kids Life, where they will be taught a gospel-centered, age appropriate bible lesson. We hope that, regardless of the choice you make for your family, you will be encouraged by the gospel when you visit City Life Church and it will fuel discipleship within your family.
The last Sunday of each month* is 'Family Worship'. We will only have Kids Life services for infants and toddlers these days and are excited to welcome the older children into our main gathering.
*February's Family Worship Sunday will be February 17th.
Do you have a youth ministry?
Our Middle School aged Youth meet on the first and third Sunday of the month following the first few songs of the liturgy in the Main Gathering at Ballet Austin. Together with their peers and adult leaders, they are working through the curriculum "Walking with the Wise" by Marty Machowski, which is based on 12 Proverbs. More info about Youth Life can be found here
What curriculum do you use?
We use the Gospel Story Curriculum, published by New Growth Press.
We love that this is a gospel-centered, theologically-sound curriculum that follows the Gospel Story Bible (by Marty Machowski). Regardless of if you have a two year old or a 4th grader, your child will have the same bible story with an age-appropriate lesson based. Your child will come home with a coloring page that will tell you what bible lesson they learned about today. Additionally, on the first Sunday of the month, we introduce a new Bible verse. Children have the option of reciting it the last Sunday of the month if they desire to share what they have learned.
Can I serve in Kids Life?
The Lord has blessed us with an amazing group of servant-hearted volunteers. We offer regular training, ranging in topic from keeping kids safe to sharing the gospel with children to how to help kiddos with separation anxiety so that they are given the tools and skills they need to care for our children. Additionally, our volunteers go through an application process and background checks and references are required for everyone. If you would like to volunteer, we would love for you to join us! You can find more info here
What parenting resources do you recommend?
A full list of parenting resources can be found here.
Primary recommended resources include:
Gospel Story Bible
This Story Bible is the foundation for our curriculum.
The Big Picture Story Bible
This is a great gospel-centered story bible for preschool aged children and early readers.
Long Story Short
A wonderful family devotional that complements the curriculum we teach on Sunday.