Posts by Jennifer Welch

City Kids is excited to announce that we are in the process of starting up a special needs ministry! At City Church, we believe all kids are equally treasured and created in God's image.

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Advent Season for Children and Youth

As we enter into this advent season, I hope you will take a look at these opportunities and events we have planned for families at City Church.

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This Sunday, our nursery kids will learn that God is always in control. Joseph was left for dead by his brothers, but later Joseph rescued them—as God had planned. Jesus was killed by those he came to save, but his death provided a rescue for them—as God had planned. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn that God fought for His people and led them into the Promised Land. Just as the Lord defeated the enemies of the Israelites, Jesus defeats His enemies and leads believers into the promised land of eternity. 4th-5th graders will learn that God’s covenant with Abraham continued to the next generation. Esau sold his birthright, giving Jacob the right to the wonderful blessings God promised to his father Abraham. Through Jacob’s family, God would send the promised Savior to bring blessing and salvation to the world.

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This Sunday, our nursery kids will learn that God often sets his love on and does amazing things through people who are not loved, not wanted, not attractive, and not popular — just like Leah and just like Jesus. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn that being with God changed Moses from the inside out. People could see how God changed Moses, because Moses’ face glowed! Spending time with Jesus changes us today, too. 4th-5th graders will learn that God provided Rebekah as a wife for Isaac as part of His covenant to bless the whole world through Abraham’s family. One day, Jesus would be born into Abraham’s family as the promised Savior.

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City Youth updates

Read about upcoming events and exciting updates in our City Youth ministry.

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This Sunday, our nursery kids will learn that God promised to give Abraham a very big family and promised that he would rescue his people through Abraham’s family. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn that God provided manna from heaven for his people’s physical hunger, and later He provided His Son, Jesus, for our spiritual hunger. The Israelites needed bread to live for a little while, but whoever has Jesus will live forever! 4th-5th graders will learn that Abraham showed his love for God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. God provided a ram instead. This is how God showed His love for us: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that we could have eternal life through Him.

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This Sunday, our nursery kids will learn that God promised to bless all the world through Abraham. God sent Jesus from His home in heaven to be born on earth into Abraham’s family. Through Jesus, all the nations of the earth are blessed because Jesus saves people from their sins. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn the good news is that God shows grace. Even when the Israelites had a bad attitude, God helped them. The word of grace is proclaimed from every page of the Bible and ultimately revealed in Jesus Christ. 4th-5th graders will learn that God promised to bless all the world through Abraham. God sent Jesus from His home in heaven to be born on earth into Abraham’s family. Through Jesus, all the nations of the earth are blessed because Jesus saves people from their sins.

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This Sunday, our nursery kids will learn that in the story of the Tower of Babel, God knew, however high the people reached, however hard they tried, people could never get back to heaven by themselves. People didn’t need a staircase; they needed a rescuer, Jesus. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn how by his grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Christ are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment. 4th-5th graders will see how Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent one, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness and eternal life.

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This Sunday, our nursery kids will learn that God promised never again to send a flood to destroy the world. But in the same way that God rescued Noah and his family, God promises he will send a Rescuer to rescue us. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn how God saved Moses’ life and called him to rescue God’s people from slavery. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people. 4th-5th graders will learn that people chose to give glory to themselves instead of God at the tower of Babel. One day, Jesus will gather together all of God’s people— people from every tribe and people who speak all kinds of languages—and they will worship Him together.

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This Sunday, children in the nursery will learn that God makes a promise to Adam and Eve. God promises he will battle the snake, and get rid of sin, and his people will never be sad or lonely or sick or afraid ever again. God will mend our relationship with him, so that we can be with him forever. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn that God promised to bless all the world through Abraham. God sent Jesus from His home in heaven to be born on earth into Abraham’s family. Through Jesus, all the nations of the earth are blessed because Jesus saves people from their sins. 4th-5th graders will learn that God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. The story of Noah points ahead to a greater rescue. God’s Son, Jesus—the only perfectly righteous One—came to take the punishment for our sin. By trusting in Him, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.

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This Sunday, our nursery kids will learn that God the Father, Jesus—God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit created everything together. Children in Pre-K through 3rd will learn through the story of the tower of Babel that God is the greatest, and we don’t need to be. The people didn’t need a staircase; they needed a rescuer, Jesus. 4th-5th graders will learn that our sin separates us from God, but God still loves us. God promised a Rescuer would come from Eve’s family. God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue people from sin and bring them back to God.

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This Sunday, we launched into a new ministry year with new curriculum in each age group. Here you will find a short description of each new curriculum, and what your children learned in City Kids.

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Christ Connection: Jesus promised to come back to earth soon. When Jesus returns, those who trust in Jesus will be with Him and enjoy Him forever. God will undo every bad thing caused by sin—no more death, no more pain, no more tears. Jesus is making all things new.

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Back-to-school with City Kids

As the fall season is drawing near, I want you all to know the City Church staff is praying for you and your kids as they get ready to go back to school. I hope you will keep these City Kids events in mind as you prepare your family for this next school year.

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Christ Connection: John cried when he saw that no one was worthy to open the scroll. Then John saw the resurrected Lamb—God’s Son, Jesus. Jesus was killed on the cross so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus is worthy. He deserves all praise, honor, and blessing.

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Christ Connection: Jesus loves the church. His message to seven local churches called them to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him. We can learn from those churches. Through the church, Jesus helps believers work together to do God’s plan.

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Christ Connection: Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

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Christ Connection: Some people thought the believers were foolish for thinking Jesus is coming again. Peter explained that God is patient, and He wants everyone to trust in Jesus. At just the right time, Jesus will come again, and we look forward to the day when He creates the new heavens and a new earth.

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Christ Connection: Jude warned the early Christians that some people would try to divide them by sinning and by teaching things that weren’t true. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life—the One who protects His people from sin. Because of Jesus, we will be able to stand before God with joy.

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Christ Connection: The prophets in the Old Testament told about the Day of the Lord, a day when God would come to judge the world and save His people. Paul said that in the future, on the Day of the Lord, Jesus will return for His people and judge the wicked. Believers live with hope, knowing that Jesus will come again.

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Christ Connection: Paul offered to pay Onesimus’s debt to make peace between him and Philemon. In this way, Paul acted like Jesus, who makes peace between God and man. Jesus took the punishment we deserve for our sin. He paid our debt so that we can be forgiven and welcomed by God.

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Christ Connection: Paul encouraged believers by reminding them that Jesus is great. Jesus is God’s Son, and He died on the cross to rescue people from sin. The gospel is true, and Jesus is all we need.

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Christ Connection: God used Paul’s difficult circumstances to spread the gospel and build the church. Paul knew that because Jesus suffered to bring salvation to the world, believers doing God’s work would suffer too.

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Christ Connection: Paul trusted God to keep His promise to rescue them from the storm. He encouraged the sailors to trust and obey God too. God calls us to trust in His Son, Jesus, who died to rescue us from sin and death, and to tell others this good news.

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Christ Connection: Even when others threatened his life, Paul continued to obey Jesus. He believed that God, who showed His love for the world by sending His Son to die on the cross and rise again, would help him through hard times. We too can risk everything to share the gospel with courage because we know that God loves us and will care for us.

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Christ Connection: The Bible gives examples of people who had faith, but the true hero of the Bible is Jesus. Jesus looked forward to the joy that would come because of the cross. Because of Jesus, the things the faithful people in the Bible looked forward to will come true. We know that Jesus will come back one day because God always keeps His promises.

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Christ Connection: God has been merciful and generous to us. He gave us the greatest gift — His own Son. Jesus showed us what generosity looks like when He gave up His life to save us from sin. Because of Jesus, we can be merciful and generous to others.

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Christ Connection: Paul told believers to be ready to fight a spiritual battle each and every day. People and powers who are against God will be against us too. But Jesus died and rose from the dead. He had victory over evil. We can fight the battle against evil, knowing Jesus already won the war. 

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Christ Connection: When we trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to change us. Paul told the believers in the Galatian church how to recognize that God is working in someone’s life. People who are saved by Jesus become more like Him, and the Holy Spirit gives them power to say no to sin and to live in a way that pleases God.

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Christ Connection: God wants us to show friendship and love to one another. As believers, we all belong to Jesus. His death and resurrection bring us together. The Holy Spirit changes the way we think and live so we can love one another as God has loved us.

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Christ Connection: God is changing believers to be more like Jesus. We are God’s children—freed from sin, given power to do what is right, and adopted into God’s family. Because Jesus died on the cross, God the Father welcomes us and promises a future with Him forever.

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Christ Connection: John wrote a letter to teach believers in the church about the importance of showing love. Love is more than feelings or words — it is an action. Jesus showed God’s love for us when He died on the cross to rescue people from sin.

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Christ Connection: The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)

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Christ Connection: During Jesus’ triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: “Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11)

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City Youth: A look ahead

As we move into the final stretch of the school year and transition to the summertime, I want to share our City Youth plans with you.

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Christ Connection: Lydia, the jailer, and many others were saved because they heard the gospel and believed in Jesus. Paul and Silas preached the same message to all people, no matter who they were: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

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Christ Connection: The church leaders met in Jerusalem to answer a tough question: Can a person be saved by faith alone or was something more needed? The early church agreed that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, he alone is all we need to be saved.

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Christ Connection: Paul and Barnabas faced many people who rejected the good news about Jesus. But God had a plan for Paul to share the gospel with Gentiles, no matter what troubles Paul faced. Many believed in Jesus. The church grew and the gospel was shared so that people all over the world could be saved from their sin by trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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Christ Connection: Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Saul, also known as Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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Christ Connection: God showed Peter that just as there is no “clean” and “unclean” food, there are no “clean” and “unclean” people. God calls believers to tell everyone the good news about Jesus, no matter who they are or where they come from. Jesus is the Lord of all.

 

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Christ Connection: The Ethiopian official knew what the Old Testament prophets had said, but he did not understand that the prophets spoke about Jesus. The Holy Spirit led Philip to help the official understand the good news about Jesus: Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead, just like the Old Testament prophets said.

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Christ Connection: Stephen was killed because he was a Christian. Jesus was crucified, and he told his followers that they would be persecuted—hated, hurt, or even killed—for loving Him. Jesus also said that those who suffer for him would be blessed. (Matthew 5:11) We can face suffering in this life because Jesus suffered first. He died and then rose again, and he is waiting for us in heaven.

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City Kids Family Resources

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve your family by teaching and caring for your children. At City Kids, our goal is for every child to be known, treasured and joyfully engaged, so they can know and experience God’s love through Christ.

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Christ Connection: After Jesus returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit gave the disciples power to begin working. With the power of Jesus’ name, Peter healed a man who was lame. Not even the religious leaders could stop Jesus’ followers from sharing the good news about Jesus.

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Christ Connection: God kept his promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and he changes us to be more like Jesus.

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A special concert for City Kids

This Sunday, December 17, we have a special morning planned for children at City Church. Dave & Jess Ray of Doorpost Songs will perform an awesome Christmas concert for our City Kids, and every family will take home a copy of their Advent album, Unto Us

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City Kids at MATCH

Here is what our time in City Kids will look like this week at MATCH:.

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Summer in the City picnic

With the summer fast approaching, I am excited that it’s finally time to gather and launch our ‘Summer in the City’ series of events with City Church and the Houston community. We will host our Kick-Off Picnic on Sunday, May 22, from 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the Fannin Pavilion in Hermann Park.

 

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Tell the next generation

During this season of Lent, the lessons from Israel’s past have been on my mind. On Sunday mornings in City Kids, the children are learning about the Israelites in the wilderness. They’re learning about the grumbling and complaining, the disobedience and distrust and the forgetting and forsaking that happened. But more importantly, we are teaching the kids about the importance of remembering. The Israelites often forgot the Lord’s deliverance and how far he had brought them.

 

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