"Partnering with parents to raise children in the gospel,
that they might know, love, and live for Jesus Christ,
as part of his church and on his mission,
by God’s grace and for His glory."
Children's Ministry on SUNDAY
City Kids: 4-12 year olds (primary school children)
City Tots: 2-4 year olds (preschool children)
We welcome parents with babies to stay in the service (with any noise and wriggles too!), but if they wish to use a quieter place, the service is live-streamed upstairs in the mezzanine.
What does Sunday look like?
Our Sunday morning services begin and end with everyone together. Children are intentionally present as we sing, pray, and read God’s Word. We encourage parents to help their children participate when we gather together for corporate worship.
After this part of the service, parents can leave their children at our City Kids and Toddlers Bible sessions. After the sermon, parents collect their children and return to the main gathering for everyone to worship together again. We ask that parents assume responsibility for their children at this point, staying with their children during tea and coffee time.
What happens in City Kids and City Tots?
Quite simply, children learn the Bible, like their parents do in the sermon. Our aim is to faithfully teach the Bible in Christ-centred, engaging and memorable ways, so that children might come to know, love, and live for Jesus. As well as teaching God’s Word in City Kids, we sing, pray, learn memory verses, make crafts, do activities and have small-group discussions, all to help our children understand who God is, what He has done, and how that applies to them.
In our children’s and toddlers’ programmes, we are journeying through the whole Bible, showing how it tells one big story about our great God and His great rescue plan through Jesus. At other times during the year, our children are taught the same book as the sermon series, so that the whole family learns God’s Word together. Over the summer, the children learn truths from the Bible using the New City Catechism.
Please complete a parental registration form before bringing your child to City Kids.
Who are the leaders?
Whilst the primary responsibility is with parents to disciple their children, we seek to support and complement that teaching each Sunday morning, and to provide the children with other godly role models. Our children’s leaders are followers of Jesus who are committed members of City Church Dublin.
As well as regular children’s ministry training, all leaders are Garda vetted (background checked), trained in child safeguarding procedures, and have supplied references for their suitability. Parents can be confident that their children will be safe with us.
During the week
Our families, children’s and youth ministry are developing areas of our church life. We desire that our life together would reflect Christ’s diverse, intergenerational family.
We seek to support and resource parents as they disciple their children, particularly through the ministry of our Families Worker.
We encourage parents to fully participate in church life - through church membership, community groups, 1 to 1 discipleship relationships, and corporate prayer. Some of the ways that parents can involve their children in church life is by living in community, serving the body, and practising hospitality.
See the link below for resources and ideas to help with family discipleship.
At City we exercise a charitable generosity on the issue of baptism. We encourage members to know their own mind on the issue and to that end have written this position paper. Parents may wish to either baptise their infants or have a time of thanksgiving within the Sunday service. We can accommodate either.
Please speak to an Elder for more information.
We have 6 priorities for families, children’s and youth ministry