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For babies-5th grade, City.kids is uniquely designed with your child in mind! Each week you can expect your kids to experience a safe, age-appropriate environment where Biblical principles are creatively taught in fun and relevant ways.
We are passionate about kids learning about Jesus in a way they can understand. Since our Worship Experiences are designed for adults and students (6th grade and older) we highly encourage all our parents to explore all that City.kids has to offer.
HOW DOES CHECK-IN WORK?
City.kids opens 20 minutes prior to each Worship Experience and the process is simple, safe, and takes less than a minute.
If it’s your first time checking-in, a member of the City.kids team will be available to set up your child’s unique account and answer any questions you may have.
All returning parents can go to the self check – in kiosk and check their child in by entering the phone number associated with their child’s account and simply:
- Select which kid(s) you are checking in.
- Add any special notes or instructions for the day.
- Your child’s nametag and unique, matching identification tag will automatically print.
After the Worship Experience, return to your child’s room and show your identification tag in order for your child to be released back to you.
WHAT WE VALUE
Every kid’s name tag is matched to a parent-identification number. Every City.kids team member is screened with an interview, federal background check, and training. Every hallway is monitored by security personnel.
Creative Bible Teaching
The Bible is the most amazing book ever written! We strive to bring its stories to life through activities and discussions that keep children engaged. We want all children to love God’s word and understand the value of applying it to their lives.
Our environments and lesson materials are created in a way your child will understand. Since our Worship Experiences are designed for students and adults (6th grade and up) we are passionate about creating an environment your kid(s) will love while learning about Jesus on their level.
We value your child’s relationships within the City Group setting as they relate to their leader and other kids in the group. As families commit to participating in the same Worship Experience each week, children are placed in a group of familiar faces where relationships can grow.
Kids love fun! We realize that when children have fun at church, they can’t wait to come back. We value creating fun ways for children to learn about Jesus, including games, activities, singing, and live acting.
Blake Bennett is the Lead Pastor of TheCity.church, a new life-giving church centrally located near downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
Blake and his wife, Cierra, are high school sweethearts who grew up in Jacksonville and love their city. Together they believe the local church is the hope of the world and God’s chosen vehicle to see Jacksonville, Florida become a city on a hill.
Before planting TheCity.church, Blake served as Executive Director of YouthQuake Live, a Jacksonville based youth movement that impacts thousands of students with its monthly shows.
Blake and Cierra have been married since 2012 and enjoy running, eating, and watching too much Netflix together. You can connect with Pastor Blake on Facebook HERE.
We believe people are important to God, so they are important to us. We welcome every story and walk of life and celebrate every person the way we know God does.
We Promise to love, honor and accept all people with inspirational hospitality – whatever their story.
Our vision is revival in Jacksonville through the local church. We believe in doing our part to see Jacksonville become a city on a hill for all to see.
We define revival as God’s will done on Earth as it is in Heaven. We see a city where people experience life-changing hope in Jesus and families are restored, the lonely are loved, addicts are set free, and people are empowered to experience their purpose.
1. Always. Only. Jesus.
We have one none negotiable- Jesus. We have conversations about everything else. We place a disproportionate amount of energy towards empowering people to discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus.
2. We structure for health
We will continually increase our capacity by structuring for where we want to go, not where we are. We will not sacrifice our families on the altar of ministry or choose short term success over leaving a legacy for our children.
3. We are an iPhone not a Blackberry
Simplicity enables excellence. We choose a limited ministry platform in order to empower the dreams of others and send a diverse people with the life-changing hope of Jesus.
4. We lead the way in generosity
We are privileged with the opportunity to joyfully lead a city in generosity. Our staff and church will go above and beyond to give sacrificially to the work of God in our city.
5. We “over-believe” in young leaders
We will leave a legacy for our children’s children and a world better than how we found it by seeing young people as the church of today and extending a platform and grace as they grow.
6. We will make a difference
We will be known for what we are for as we celebrate life-change by focusing on God best, not man’s worst. We prefer messy conversations to sterile proclamations.
7. We put the oxygen mask on first
We give first priority to God’s presence and the work of the Holy Spirit personally and corporately by recognizing we can only give away what we have first experienced in the secret place with our Father.
8. We build floors not ceilings
We place a disproportionate value on honoring and empowering people above, beside, and under us. Our church is a launching pad for dreams as each generation becomes greater than the last.
9. We intentionally look like Heaven
Christ is our unity factor. We value everyone regardless of their skin color, age, or financial status. We intentionally create worship environments that inspire and speak to a diverse people.
10. We do for one what we wish to do for everyone
We won’t shrink back in the face of overwhelming need. It will fuel our greatest creativity. We embrace our limitations and will do anything short of sin to reach people with life-changing hope in Jesus.
11. We believe broken beats polished
We create space for authentic community. We run to the messes in people lives and believe you don’t have to have it all together to do something of significance through Christ.
12. We live in the good ol’ days
We recognize the season we are in and will only speak well of our city and the people we are called to love. This is the highest calling, and we will remain grateful for God’s hand of favor.
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (2Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (John 1:1,14, 20:28; 1Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 2:5).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen.1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
Jesus Christ indwells all believers
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
The gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter4:10).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
The Lord’s Supper
A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
Healing of the sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans11:29).
God’s will for provision
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
- Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
- Mental and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
- Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
- Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians4:19).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).