CityKids is our ministry here at Beachcities for kids infants through 5th grade. We believe that, while a parent is the most influential spiritual leader in a child’s life, our purpose is to inspire wonder in a child as they discover who God really is and how they can have a relationship with him. Our goal is to provide a solid spiritual foundation through fun and engaging programs that help both kids and their parents find Christ and grow.
Is your child moving into the City Kids program? Here’s what you can expect…
We offer the CityKids program on Saturday nights at 5:30pm and
Sunday mornings at 9:30am and 11:00am.
0-2 years old (Room 101)
The youngest members of our church family will be lovingly cared for in our nursery. Our volunteers are ready to give your baby their full attention, while also beginning to introduce them to an early understanding of God through purposeful playtime.
2 year olds (Room 204)
Our 2 year olds take part in our First Look curriculum, which emphasizes that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever. While most of their time with us consists of purposeful play designed to highlight those ideas; they also take part in a short Bible lesson.
3 – 5 year olds (Room 206)
Our 3-5 year olds are full of energy and ready to learn! Children in this classroom will participate in fun activities designed to point them toward the ideas that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.
Kindergarten – 1st Grade (Room 203)
As children enter kindergarten, they’re introduced to our 252Basics curriculum—based on the principles found in Luke 2:52. Kids in this program will enjoy lessons based on three main principles: I can trust God no matter what, I need to make the wise choice, and I should treat others the way I want to be treated. Through small group activities, a Big Group lesson time, and monthly scripture memorization, kids in this age group begin to discover what it means to really follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
2nd – 3rd Grade (Room 202)
Kids in these grades will have a blast learning our 252Basics principles through small group activities, Big Group lesson time, and scripture memorization. They’ll also bring home a “God Time” card to help them put into practice what they learned at church when they get home.
4th – 5th Grade
Our oldest group of kids is challenged each week to take the things they’ve discovered about following Jesus and to put them into practice on their own. Our goal is to help kids in this classroom prepare for the challenges of middle school and high school by helping them apply the things they’re learning at church to their own lives in very practical ways.
If you’re visiting CityKids for the first time, you can come right on upstairs to CityKids Central to check your child in. You’ll be asked to fill out a small information card, including your cell phone number. That number will be used to send a text message during the service if there’s any reason we need to contact you. Once they’re checked in, you’ll escort your child to their age-level classroom, where they’ll take part in thought-provoking small group activities and an engaging Bible lesson.
CITYKIDS SUMMER CALENDAR
June 26-30: KidsGames
KidsGames is officially SOLD OUT. Find more information at www.kidsgamesoc.com.
July 1-2: KidsGames Celebration Weekend
KidsGames may be sold out, but you can still join us for the celebration of the summer at any of our weekend services on July 1 + 2! Come to this family service and enjoy free food, performances from our KidsGames campers, and a ton of FUN!
July 7: Parent Date Night
Need a few hours to get away? Drop off kids ages 0-5th grade between the hours of 6 and 9pm for a suggested donation of $5 or more. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time—click here to get started!
July 12: Family Beach Day
Join all our Beachcities families for a fun day at the beach! We’ll be near HB Tower 7 (near Magnolia and PCH) from 11AM – 4PM
July 15: Saturdads!
No moms allowed! Leave mom at home while dad and the kids spend a morning having a blast with their Beachcities friends at the park. Join the dads and kids from 9 – 10AM at Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa!
August 9: Family Beach Day
We live in Orange County…so one beach day just isn’t enough! Join us one more time near HB Tower 7 (near Magnolia and PCH) from 11AM – 4PM
to enjoy some sun, sand and surf!
August 25: Family Worship Night
Our first-ever family worship night will be a time for parents and kids to come together to sing, dance, and worship God in an exciting, kid-friendly environment. Come to the BCC Auditorium at 6:30PM—all ages are welcome!
KidsGames is a sports and creative arts camp for kids 4 years old through 5th grade! Your child will have the time of their lives as they learn new skills, make new friends, and learn more about God. From crazy color wars to wacky water day, KidsGames will be the best week of your child’s summer. You can find more information on KidsGames at kidsgamesoc.com.
Faith Starter Questions
My child came home with a decision card…now what?
If your child came home from a BCC event with a red decision card, it’s because we presented the gospel message to them that day. Whenever we share the gospel with kids, we want to make sure we keep you, the parent in the loop. We want you to know what we talked about, what your child thought about it, and what you can do next. So let’s start at the beginning…
What do you mean by gospel message?
We’re glad you asked! We believe that God created the world and loves each and every one of us more than we could ever imagine. We also believe that every single one of us has done things we shouldn’t do—that’s what we mean when we say that we’ve sinned. Nobody is perfect, we all sin; and our sin causes us to have to be separated from God forever. But God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to this earth to live a perfect, sinless life and then die a horrible death to take the punishment for our sins. Because Jesus took the punishment for our sins by dying on the cross, we can have a friendship with God. And even better than that, Jesus didn’t stay dead! He came back to life three days later, because he beat sin and death once and for all. He saved us forever, which means that anyone who believes in Jesus can live forever in heaven with God. God gave us all of this as a free gift. We cannot earn it, there’s nothing we did to do deserve it, and there’s nothing we can do to change God’s mind about us. He loves us no matter what. All we need to do to accept that free gift is tell God that we’re sorry for our sins, that we believe Jesus is real and that he died and rose again to save us, and that we want to follow Jesus from now on.
Ok, so what does it mean to follow Jesus?
Most people tend to complicate it, but Jesus told us himself that following him really boils down to two things: loving God and loving others. The Bible is full of information about what we need to do to love God and others well. Following Jesus means trying the best you can to do those two things.
So why do you do these decision card things?
We ask kids to fill out a decision card because, as much as we love talking with kids about the gospel, we think it’s supremely more important that their parents talk with them about it. We recognize that we encounter families from all walks of life and all spiritual backgrounds. While we can share what we believe with your child, it’s even more important for you to share what you believe with them. The decision card is a way for you to know what we talked about with them, as well as giving you the opportunity to also talk with them.
My child checked the first box that says they want me to pray with them. But I don’t really believe in all this stuff. What should I do?
We believe that a parent is the primary authority in a child’s life. So if you don’t believe in the gospel message, it’s OK to tell your child that. It’s also OK not to pray with them. You’re in the driver’s seat here. All we ask is that you be willing to have an open dialogue with your child. Explain to them why you believe what you do. And allow them to ask questions and come up with their own opinions. And if you have more questions about what we teach or would like to talk to someone, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My child checked the first box that says they want me to pray with them, and I’m excited about that, but I’m not really sure what to do next.
We’re excited, too! The first thing you’ll want to do is check for understanding. Praying to receive Christ doesn’t mean much if a person doesn’t really understand what they’re doing. You may want to ask your child questions like “Who do you think Jesus is?”, “What did Jesus do for us?”, “Why is what Jesus did for us important?”, or “What do you think it means to follow Jesus?”. If you feel that your child understands what Jesus did and what it means to follow him, then you can help them pray a short prayer. Some kids can pray completely on their own, some may need you to help them or to repeat after you. There aren’t any special, magic words they need to say; they simply need to tell God that they’re sorry that they’ve sinned, that they believe that Jesus came to this earth, lived a perfect life, died and rose again to pay the penalty for their sins, and that they want to follow him from now on. It might sound something like this: “Dear God, I’m sorry for all the ways that I have sinned. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins, even though he didn’t deserve it. I believe that he died for me and that he rose again. I want to follow Jesus from now on. I know I’ll never be perfect, but please help me to get better at loving you and loving others. Amen.”
If you get the opportunity to pray with your child, congratulations! It’s time to celebrate!
My child checked the middle box that says they’ve already prayed to receive Christ before. Do I need to do anything?
Because you’re the primary spiritual authority in your child’s life, the most important thing you can do if they’ve checked this second box is to affirm them for it. It’s a great time to talk with them about how proud of them you are for following Jesus and also to find out if they have any questions you can answer for them. This may also be a good time to talk with your child about getting baptized. At BCC, we offer baptisms for kids every fall. You can get more information by going to beachcities.org/baptism.
My child checked the third box that says they have more questions about following Jesus. What should I do?
You have a great opportunity to start a dialogue with your child about who God is, what you believe, and what they think about all of it. Give your child the opportunity to ask their questions, making sure that you address each one—even if it’s simply to say that you don’t know the answer either and invite them to find the answer with you.
It doesn’t really matter what box my child checked, I feel totally unprepared to have any sort of conversation with them. Can I have someone from the church talk to them instead?
Well, sure, if you really want us to. But you’re probably more prepared than you think you are. And we really do genuinely believe that YOU are God’s primary plan for mentoring and guiding your child. If you have questions about God yourself, we’d love to talk with you and help you get the answers. If you’re just not sure how to talk about God with your child or answer one of their questions, ask any of our CityKids or KidsGames volunteers. We’d love to help you. You can also find plenty of resources at Beachcities.org or igotquestions.org.
Our next dedications will be happening the weekend of August 5-6.
Baby dedication ceremonies are meant to be done during the first year of a child’s life to demonstrate to our church family and community that you intend to raise your child to know, love,and obey God; and to recognize your baby as God’s child before your own. All parents who wish to participate with their child will need to attend a brief baby dedication orientation prior to the ceremony. While we love your kiddo, this orientation is intended for parents only.
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