We love kids at City's Edge. We encourage them to participate in the full life of our community.
Kids of all ages are invited to sit with their parents or another adult during the singing and scripture reading portions of the service. They even get to dance up front during the first song if they want!
Do they make a little noise? Even get a bit disruptive?
Of course, sometimes. And we're OK with that. We deal with it when it happens, and then move on.
Church isn't about pretending to be perfect, it's about meeting God where we are at. And even kids can do that. In fact, we suspect they're better at it than we are!
All kids are invited to join the congregation for singing, scripture reading, and skits.
Kids in Preschool or under are in the Rambler's class. During the speaking time they enjoy age appropriate lessons and crafts in their own classroom.
Kindergarten thru second graders are Explorers, and also meet each week in their own classroom.
Third through fifth graders are Cross Tour Kids. Two weeks each month the Cross Tours stay in the main service, taking notes in their coordinated journals. The other two weeks they break out on their own.
We won't confuse you with the details, but be assured we'll get you where you need to go on Sunday morning.
Our Middle School students are blessed this year to have Brad and Marie leading their program. Two weeks out of the month they will
meet during the church service, and the other two weeks they'll stay in the service with the adults. They'll also meet on weekdays or after the service
a couple of times a month on average to eat, play games, and just hang out.
As our middle schoolers graduate into high school over the next couple of years, we have great things in the works for them!
Maybe we're biased, but we think we've been blessed with some of the most amazing teachers and youth leaders anywhere on the planet!
Most of our teachers serve just one or two weeks a month, allowing them to catch the teaching portion of the service the rest of the time. That's one reason for their numbers. But there's also the simple fact that all of us just love kids and want to be involved in their training and education any way we can!
Mary Blochele became our second (!) paid staff member in 2018 when she formally became the Kids Coordinator - although she'd been performing that roll for quite some time beforehand. "Teacher Mary" coordinates curriculum, teaching schedules, crafts, supplies, and practically everything else for kids up to Jr. High. We think she's pretty awesome!