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Mission & Values

Our mission is to raise up the next Spirit-filled generation who will change the world. This is accomplished through our values: The Word of God, Worship, Prayer, Fun and Friendship. We read God’s Word daily, allow it to transform our lives, and teach our children to love and follow it. We connect our hearts to God in worship and invite the Holy Spirit to fill us with His presence and power. We model and inspire a prayerful life so that our children will become mighty prayer warriors who experience the supernatural power of God. We create a happy, engaging environment so our children will love coming to church! We love, grow, learn, and play together.

What to Expect

If your child is in kindergarten through fifth grade, an exciting experience awaits them at Ct’s Playhouse! Our Sunday services follow a kids church model. A typical Sunday includes the following: live worship with our very own CT’s Playhouse worship team, an offering, an active and super fun game, a memory verse song or rap, dynamic teaching from the Bible, a time of response to the Word of God, and small group time where kids meet in groups with adult volunteers to connect and pray. Before and after the services are times for the kids to play and make new friends!

Tuesdays in CT's Playhouse

Our Tuesday services follow a kids prayer meeting model. A typical Tuesday includes the following: a special pizza dinner, live worship with the CT’s Playhouse worship team, an offering, an energetic workout, a creative Bible lesson, and a variety of individual and group prayer activities. Our heart for our CT’s Playhouse prayer meeting is to train our kids to pray- to actively teach our children how to pray. We emphasize personal prayers,  intercessory prayers (prayers for others), and Kingdom prayers. We tell our kids that coming to the CT’s Playhouse prayer meeting makes their worship and prayer muscles strong! Similarly to Sundays, we have free time to play before and after the service.

Meet the Director: Heidi Ballenger

Heidi grew up in the small town of Mt. Zion, IL. After graduating from college, she moved to Chicago to teach in Chicago Public Schools on the Southside of Chicago. Heidi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Taylor University in Indiana and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University in Chicago.

Heidi’s mission is to glorify God, pursue Him relentlessly, be saturated by His Word and His Spirit, and pour herself out teaching others to do the same. She is passionate about seeing children develop a close, personal relationship with Jesus, and for them to live in victory and the power of the Spirit! She wants CT’s Playhouse to raise up mighty children of God who will change the world. Heidi’s favorite thing about CT’s Playhouse is learning from the kids, because their childlike faith continues to teach her about the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 23 Tools

Hello families! Take advantage of this video created for you to help your children learn Psalm 23 by heart.
Psalm 23 is a beautiful portion from the Bible that teaches us how God desires to carefully and lovingly guide and care for each of us.
Psalm 122:17 says: …”the children of the godly shall be MIGHTY in the land.” God has always intended us to raise up kids who are STRONG in every sense of the word. How do we raise up strong kids? The primary way is by FILLING them up with God’s amazing, powerful and transformational WORD.
Use this Memory Video with your children daily. Pretty soon, the truth from Psalm 23 will become part of their thinking.
During this season of learning as a family, will you allow God’s Word to make your whole family strong? God’s Word is true. It’s written for you. Enjoy it!

Kids Week of Adventure 2016

The mission of KWA is to create a spiritual Disney World for children so their hearts are open to respond to God and they love coming to church. Check out the recap from this year’s week of adventure, The Heart of a Samurai!

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Have a Question?

Our CT’s Playhouse volunteers are amazing, wonderful people who can’t wait to meet your child! If you have any questions about CT’s Playhouse, we’re happy to answer your questions in person during our service times, or by email anytime at ctkids@chicagotabernacle.org.

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It’s our heart to raise up the next Spirit-filled generation, and you can be a part of doing that in a vital point in the life of a child, their elementary years. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, serve in CT’s Playhouse!

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