Knowing God

In Kids Church we have been learning about “who” God is.  The Bible teaches us that we were created to know God.  Out of that springs forth what Christianity is all about.  When one truly knows “who” God is, one can then understand who they are, and what their purpose here on earth is.   My desire is that our kids at Citylife would truly know God so that they do not have to worry about finding or losing themselves in this big world.  We can never fully know God on this side of heaven, but I believe that it is God’s will for us to know Him in greater measures than we could dream.

A. W. Tozer said, “What I believe about God is the most important thing about me”


We’re back!

Hi Everyone!

Natalie and I are in the process of updating and improving the blog.  Please stay tuned for more posts.

Also, don’t forget to join us for Apple Picking THIS Saturday, September 24th at Tougas Family Farm in Northboro from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.  We will meet there, and pick apples together!

VBS 2010 – The Race Is On! : Clips and Pics

Thanks to Mr. Dan, we have this video!

Here’s some pics for you to enjoy!

July 3rd, 3pm – Freedom Trail Tour!

aHey everyone!

For those of you who are in town this weekend… quite possibly the best place to be to celebrate the Fourth of July… a couple things.

First, everyone should plan to go to the Citylife 4th of July Picnic after the 11:15 Service on Sunday.

Second, to warm up your patriotic spirits, or remind yourself what it is that we celebrate on the 4th, we’ll be taking a stroll along the bright red line in Boston and getting some dinner (and maybe some ice cream). This bright red line is also known as the Freedom Trail. For those of you who do not know, this trail takes you along many historical sites in Boston, several of which played big parts in the founding of our country.

Let’s plan to meet at the Park Street fountain (near the Park St. T-Stop where the bright red line starts) at 3:30PM. We’ll go for a little walk and grab dinner together along the way. Depending on our progress and whether we do the whole thing, this will be during or after our little stroll. The whole course is about 2.5 miles one way, so bring walking shoes.

If you plan to make it, shoot me an email so I know to meet you there. Have a great week!


Biblical Parenting: 10 Tips for Fathers

With Father’s Day around the corner, I thought about the variety of items that are typically given to fathers. Of course, the first guess was to gravitate towards department store variety solutions such as ties, shirts, watches, or (my favorite) all-in-one multifunction printers. Nothing says, “Happy Father’s Day” than a printer/fax/ scanner with wifi capabilities so that you can scan, copy, and email anyone in minutes instead of hours. My geek is showing, so let’s move on.

Then my gospel instinct kicked in, counseling myself, “Instead of reaching for the wallet, perhaps a word of encouragement for fathers would be thoughtful also.” In a Ministry-To-Children article on 1 Corinthians 4, it outlines “10 Tips for Fathers,” which I hope can help influence how we understand parenting to be. It deconstructs mere behavioral modification, while reminding us it’s our responsibility to invest ourselves in gospel-centric character development.   You can find the link here.

To our dads, happy father’s day!

– James

Director of Children & Youth Ministries, Citylife Presbyterian Church

Happy New Year from Citylife Kids!

Happy New Year from Citylife Kids!

I hope that everyone had a nice time with loved ones over the Christmas season! After a nice, refreshing time of rest and celebration, we are back in the groove and launching our new theme for 2010! This year we are “Disciples of Christ”! We are learning about the life of Jesus, how he was sent to this earth to walk in our shoes and teach us how to follow in his footsteps. Every week, as we worship together, the kids, teacher’s and I are amazed the humility of Christ- that he would come down to our world and live with sinners. He felt the pain that we felt, the temptations that we bear and fought the good fight as we ought. But Jesus, knowing that we could never live this life without sin, became the ultimate sacrifice. Along with this amazing gift of redemption, he gives us lots of life tips and parables to help us along the way! Please pray for the children as they continually learn important lessons through the eyes of the Gospel. Pray that the eyes of their heart would be open.

Please enjoy this photos of the Christmas Hand-bell Dress Rehearsal and Performance!