Children’s Ministries


City Kids is the Children’s Ministries Department of City Temple. Led out by Carlene Kowlessar, it serves children from birth to 12 years old in age.

Parents are asked to register their children with the department by emailing, where they may also find out more information about events and regularly scheduled programs.

Biblical Mandate: Proverbs 22:6 KJV “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Mission: Equipping kids to know, grow, and show God’s love.

Role: Our role is to IMPACT the lives of children: Introduce children to the gospel of Jesus Christ Minister to their needs Partner with their parents as we pray that they will accept Christ as their Savior, And train them to serve God as they embark in a lifelong relationship with Him

Values: These are our values as we train children:

TRUTH– We believe the Bible is God’s Word and is the basis of truth. RELATIONSHIPS – We believe that life-change happens best in the context of relationships. We are committed to fostering a community of people who seek a relationship with God first, model Christ-like behavior to children, and lovingly support each other.

APPLICATION – We believe that children should be taught practical ways to implement biblical truths in their lives. We commit to R(elational) E(xperential) A(applicable) L(earner based) teaching that is congruent with the holistic needs and developmental stages of each child.

INNOVATION – We believe that church should be fun and relevant. We are committed to a vibrant, experiential atmosphere and programming that inspires children to be excited about their relationship with God and learning about Him.

NURTURING – We believe in providing children with an atmosphere of emotional safety, physical security, and sanitary conditions. We are committed to exceptional standards in these areas.

Stargazers Adventurers Club


Bonnie Johnson, Club Director


Children ages 3-10 years old

*The Adventurer Club is a Seventh-day Adventist church- sponsored ministry in which the church, home and school join together to help children grow joyfully in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. The Adventurer Club is offered to assist parents in making the development of their child richer and more meaningful. The Adventurer Leader works closely with the Pathfinder Leader and the Children’s Ministry Director.


    The Adventurer Club provides fun and creative ways for children:

  • to develop a Christ-like character;
  • to experience the joy and satisfaction of doing things well;
  • to express their love for Jesus in a natural way;
  • to learn good sportsmanship and strengthen their ability to get along with others;
  • to discover their God-given abilities and to learn how to use them to benefit self and serve
  • Others
  • to discover God’s world;
  • to improve their understanding of what makes families strong;
  • to develop parental support for the training of children.

Sabbath School

Each Sabbath morning at 9:30, Sabbath School classes welcome children to an hour of active learning geared to their stage of faith development. These classes provide faith-shaping experiences for newborns through adolescents.

The Sabbath School Superintendent and the Children’s Ministries Director work closely together with the Sabbath School teachers to oversee the classes.

    Children’s Sabbath Schools
  • Beginners: birth–2 years old
  • Kindergarten: 3–5 years old
  • Primary: 6–9 years old (grades 1–4)
  • Juniors: 10–11 years old (grade 5–6)
  • Earliteen: 12–13 years old (grades 7–8)

Young Praise

Scheduled ministry opportunities: 2nd Sabbaths of even months (except June) Young Praise is the children’s choir and falls under the music department. The choir allows for the children to participate in the 11:00 service and to use their talents to honor God.

Vacation Bible School

Age: 3-10 years old

Vacation Bible School is an evangelism endeavor that occurs over a period of five days during the summer. The Vacation Bible School Director oversees this program and works closely with the Children’s Ministries Director. Group Publishing’s Holy Land Adventure Series is the VBS program of choice as children are able to experience a Bible story come to life. A team of volunteers help execute this program.

Sports Camp

Age: 8-12 years old

The Sports Camp is an evangelism endeavor that occurs over a period of five days in the summer. The Children’s Ministry Director oversees this program that combines basketball and football skill training with character building and spiritual formation. A team of volunteers help execute this program.

Pre-teen Mission Trip

Age: 9-12 years old

The mission trip is a 6-day community service outreach experience. Group Mission Trip’s Week of Hope in Austin, Texas is the program of choice. The trip occurs in the summer and the children are accompanied by chaperones from City Temple.

Children’s Story

Children’s story is a time within the 11:00 service dedicated specifically to the children and their spiritual growth. Prior to the story, the children collect an offering from the audience that goes to support the church school, SWAJA.

JAM Session

Age: 0-13

Dates: 1st Sabbath of the month at 10am

Jesus and Me Session is the Children’s Church service. After children collect the children’s story offering during the main service, they head to the chapel for a fun, interactive, spiritual experience with God. Included in the service are segments on SDA Doctrine, Mission Outreach, and Art and Praise where children can use their creative talents to honor God. Visitors and children not registered with City Kids are required to register their children in the chapel once the children are dismissed.