Children's Ministry


  • 9-10:15
    • Nursery is available for children ages two and younger.
    • Sunday School Classes are available for children ages three and up.
    • A Nursing Mothers room is available, via the nursery, with the service broadcasted into the room.
  • 10:15-12
    • We have a variety of options for children during the main service time, if you prefer to have your child attend an age-based class.
      • Nursery is available for children ages three and younger throughout the entire service and can be dropped off at any time.
      • Children 4 years old through 5th Grade are welcome to worship with their families in the sanctuary or take advantage of our special children's worship program, called Praise Down, available in room 119. 
      • Children's Church is available for children ages 4 years old through 5th grade, after worship, in room 119. Children who participate in Praise Down, will directly transition to Children's Church. If you want your child to join you for worship in the sanctuary, there will be an opportunity for them to be dismissed during announcements and a Children's Ministry volunteer will guide them to their classes.
      • All children are welcome to join with their parents for communion, on the first Sunday of each month. On those Sundays, the 4th-5th grade class will not meet.
      • A Nursing Mothers room is available, via the nursery, with the service broadcasted into the room.
    • Children of all ages are welcome in the sanctuary.  If they become a little fussy or restless and might be a distraction to others around you, please consider taking advantage of the service being broadcast on the screen in the foyer.

If you have any questions regarding Children's Ministry, please contact the church office and we will be happy to serve you.

If you are interested in serving in Children's Ministry, please start by filling out an online application.

City Gates Youth Group

City Gates Youth Group

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


We are Gospel-centered ministry for students in 6th-12th grades that meets regularly 2 times a week. Our focus with the students is to help equip them to know how to study the Bible, what the Biblical definition of loving God and others is and how to apply it practically, and that their ministry doesn't start once they become adults but has already begun!





Last Fridays:


If you have any questions about getting plugged into or serving in our youth group, please contact Pastor Stephen Simons (




Sundays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

Available for 3-Year-Olds - 6th Grade AWANA clubs focus on Bible memorization, Christian service, Bible study and application, game time, and fellowship. Our club members have the option to meet weekly on either Sunday or Monday nights. In addition to our weekly meetings, we hold an annual Grand Prix (pine car derby), usually in the spring. Each quarter we hold a theme night (like crazy hair night, or backwards/inside-out night). Additionally, club members have the opportunity to earn stamps each week and for special events. Clubbers can redeem their stamps for items (e.g., pencils, small toys, books) at the AWANA store! To learn more about the overall national program, please visit the official AWANA site.


Ages 3-5 This is such a precious developmental stage where young children can begin to form good Bible memorization habits. Cubbie Bear, Luv E Lamb, and Katie Collie help our little Cubbies learn God's truth in a way that is friendly to these young learners!


Kindergarten-2nd Grade At the Sparks level, in addition to Bible verse memorization, the children begin to learn the basic structure of the Bible (i.e. how many books are in each testament, the order of the books, etc). They also begin to learn what it means to share their faith and are encouraged to invite friends to club nights.

Truth & Training (T&T):

3rd-6th Grade Like Cubbies and Sparks, T&T students participate in a combined game time; however, they separate into girls-only and boys-only groups for Bible-memorization and for more in-depth Bible lessons each week with a particular emphasis on practical application. Additionally, when possible, the girls T&T and, separately, the boys T&T groups have a camp out or sleep over at the end of each school year as a final celebration.

Registration Information:

To participate in any children's ministry event or class, each child must be registered in order to ensure your child and our staff's safety. Registration for AWANA is closed for the current session.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email the AWANA Commander or call us at (703) 425 - 3800.

Small Groups and Classes

Small Groups and Classes

Equip AND Engage

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord's Supper), and to prayer. Acts 2:42

At The City Gates Church, we strive to encourage active spiritual growth and a strong sense of community. But sometimes the culture and pressure of the DC area can make these simple goals hard to achieve.  That’s one reason we offer home groups and classes throughout the area and throughout the week –they’re a place to connect with each other for encouragement, prayer, worship, teaching, and a reminder that we’re not in this alone. Home groups and classes are a great way to get connected, and new people show up all the time.  If you are interested in joining a group, but none of these fit your schedule, check out our Women’s Ministry and Men’s Ministry pages!

Sunday Mornings at The City Gates Church

Each Sunday morning at 9:00AM a variety of groups meet at the church.  From junior and senior high youth groups to a group that draws many of our senior saints, there's a class for anyone looking to plug in and grow in the faith.  Children's Ministry offers a full complement of classes at the same time.

 "Wolverton" (typically-senior adults) meets in room 117.

Leader: Woody Long

"Easy English" (English as a second language) meets in room 119B

Leaders: Miao Yang, Tom Hayes

"Connections" (young adults & young families) meets in room 125

Facilitators: Dave Hall, Chris Carnahan

"One Another" (primarily Baby Boomers) meets in 123

Leader: Paul Damerell

Midweek around town

Annandale, VA

2nd and 4th Fridays each month, 7:00pm-9:00pm

If you live in the Annandale area and would like to get plugged into a home fellowship, then please join us! A typical Friday includes fellowship, prayer, praise and Bible study. For more information please contact Jesse Wallace

Childcare not provided.

South Arlington/Crystal City, VA - Now meeting near Dunn Loring Metro Station!

Tuesdays, 7:30/8:15pm

We’re studying the New Testament Book of James chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse. Bring your Bible and get ready to dig deep! Dinner/ fellowship starts at 7:30pm and study begins at 8:15pm. Contact Starlette for more info:

Childcare not provided.

Rockville, MD

2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, 7:00pm

We are taking an in-depth look at Mark and using additional tools to enhance our study. Join us for provoking discussion and good fellowship. If you have any questions, contact Gus: or 301.919.2411. For directions, please contact Bruce: or 301.460.9631. 

Additional groups will be added soon

Have questions?  Please contact us!


Women's Ministry

Women's Ministry

The Women’s Ministry of The City Gates Church is centered on pursuing the Lord, as Hosea 6:3 so beautifully communicates. He is our ultimate goal. Our desire is to strengthen ladies in their passion for the Word of God.  Bible studies are the central focus of this ministry as well as prayer and encouraging one another.  We desire to be a safe place to come, rest and enjoy deep fellowship as we walk alongside each other.  We are all working out our own salvation with fear and trembling and having a sister to lean on is important! Please come and get to know us.  

Please know that we are here and available!  Even if you don’t take part in a Bible study with us, we still love you.  Hopefully you’re able to connect with us at monthly breakfasts that run during the school year, or at other functions that spring up.  We understand that some of you are called to pursue the Lord in a home group setting along with your family, and some of you work schedules that don’t allow you to make some events.  For others, however, being in a Bible study with other women is the main place you look to plug in.  We want you to know that we are available to you and pray for you and love you even if we don’t have the privilege of spending time with you on a weekly basis. 

Here is a list of current Bible studies.

Annandale, VA

Alternate Wednesdays 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Ladies Inductive bi-Monthly Bible Study on Leviticus every other Wednesday in Annandale. Contact Melani at for more info.

Fairfax, VA

Wednesday night and Thursday morning Bible study meet at TCGC.  Childcare offered at the Thursday morning study.  Please email for more information.

Meals Ministry

For anyone who has been the recipient of a meal when you were ill or after having a baby you know what a blessing this ministry is.  If you would like to bless another family in this tangible way please let us know!

For address or questions, please contact Women @

Men's Ministry

Men's Ministry

Men are essential in the Kingdom of God.  He has high standards for them in the home, the church, and the community where He wants them to lead and love in His name.  How do we meet those standards?  Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit and with the wisdom, counsel, and encouragement of other men.  At The City Gates Church men meet regularly to sharpen one another “as iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17), so come join us.  There are times you’ll be able to give and times you’ll be able to receive as we help each other grow into better reflections of our Lord.


Opportunities for fellowship:

Wednesday Nights

Weekly, 7:00pm

Men come together for a time of prayer, praise, study, and fellowship. For location and further information please contact Jesse Wallace at


Men's Monthly Breakfast Fellowship

9:00am, 1st Saturday of the month

Breakfast is followed by a time of prayer, praise and an encouraging message from fellow men at The City Gates Church. For location and further information, please contact Scott Greene at

Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength is the radio ministry of The City Gates Church.

This ministry is designed to strengthen people and bring them back to the basic principles for living found in the Word of God. It is our hope that through this ministry you will "grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

We are currently being broadcast on:

105.1 FM "WAVA" - Washington, DC / Baltimore, MD
Monday - Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday 1pm

102.7 FM WLMP-LP "The Lamp" - Fredericksburg, VA
Monday - Friday, 3:00am and 9:00am



We have the joy and responsibility of reaching others with the gospel and disciplining them as they grow. It's a responsibility that we bear personally, and corporately.

So, the first step in our missionary endeavors is always personal - to reach out to those around us - even our children and our friends can be considered a mission field and/or in need of discipleship. In everything that we do, and everywhere we go, we try to be salt and light impacting the lives of people around us for the gospel - we don't 'send' missionaries , we 'are' missionaries.

As a church body, we reach out corporately: locally and internationally. 


Locally in the greater Washington DC Area we support homeless outreaches, provide support to people in need, and assist in the domestic offices of international ministries. Below is a list of opportunities and ways to get involved around the area, and right here in our own church! 


A locally organized, faith-based, non-profit organization. Services are free, confidential, and available regardless of income, race, or religion. Assist operates on financial donations by individuals, churches, and private organizations and are committed to providing services in a compassionate and thoughtful manner. It is APC's desire that every young woman facing an unplanned pregnancy would have access to accurate information concerning all of her options. (excerpt from Assist Pregnancy Center About Page)


Is someone going through a difficult or challenging time due to a birth, surgery, illness, etc.? Help with meals makes life a little easier and allows friends, family, and congregation members to assist during a time of need. If you would like to meet this need, please join The City Gates Church Meal Train to show you care by cooking and taking a meal to a congregation member. If you or someone you know would be blessed by receiving 3-6 meals, please let us know so we can start arranging your Meal Train. All of the organization and set up of our Meal Trains is done easily through email and online, so please contact Hilary Burgess at to join or receive meals!


A faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with seven locations throughout the Washington metropolitan area. In addition to its family ministries, the Mission operates an emergency shelter program, a rehabilitation program for men with life-controlling issues, a food, clothing and furniture distribution center, a retreat and recreation center with a camp for underprivileged children, programs for isolated seniors, computer and job training and transitional and low-cost housing. (excerpt from Central Union Mission About Page) Please contact Jesse Wallace if you have any questions at

 DOMESTIC missionaries we support

 Elmendorf, Gregg & Julie Military Ministry  CO
 Evans, Bob & Corrie International Training Ministry  PA
 Faragalla, Hani & Lillian  Financial Ministry  FL
 Fredricks, Gary & Alice Missionary Rebuilding Ministry  FL
 Kearney, Pat & Robin Lao & Thai Outreach  VA
 Miller, Brett & Krista CRU- George Mason University  VA
 Rautio, Wayne & Diane Children's Ministry  VA
 Robbins, Fred & Yvonne IT support- Jesus Film  FL
 Shive, Ray & Ruth Teams for Medical Missions  PA
 Souryal, Bert & Ferial Middle East Ministry  VA
 Tahalele, Buce Ministry to Muslims  VA
 Timbie, Dave & Giselle United Nations  NY
 Ransom, Vic and Suebee Chaplain, Fairfax Adult Detention Center  VA 



On an international level, we support the efforts of missionaries and local believers who are seeking to build local churches and reach out to those who suffer.


The Lord has placed a call each individual and family listed below. The City Gates Church supports their efforts and works through prayer and financial assistance. Click on the below links to read more about the ways God is using our brothers and sisters in Christ on a global platform.


Argaw and Rachelle are reaching out to orphans, street children and their mothers in Ethiopia. They are also engaged in discipleship and church planting ministries.
Visit Web Site


Chuck and Yumi Robb are planting a church in the city of Higashimatsushima, Miyagi in Northeast Japan. They moved to the city after the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake. They operate an outreach cafe, an English School, and a tutoring program in order to reach out to their community.
Visit Web Site



Bill and Abel

The Hemeon Family A few short years ago, the Lord called the Hemeons to plant a church in Liberia, Costa Rica. They are seeking God’s wisdom, guidance and peace more than ever before, and they ask you to come along side them with your prayer support. Visit Web Site


Stone of Help Missions Our mission is to promote spiritual and social transformation of the Haitian people, primarily through Christian Discipleship and actions in Education, Health and Nutrition within various communities.

Our vision is to witness the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it is seen and spoken in lives and relationships.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please visit the Stone of Help Ministry website.


TCGC also supports (more information coming soon):

 East Asia  Mike & Lisa  Church Planting
 West Africa  Undisclosed  Evangelism & Church Planting
 France  Heater, Kevin & Lucy  Church Planting  
 Mexico  Tazelaar, Dave & Debbie  Church Planting
 Portugal  Mosely, Steve & Pat  Church Planting
 Thailand  Undisclosed  Leadership for SE Asia Church planting


Get Plugged In

Get Plugged In

No matter where we are on our journey with the Lord, it's always a good thing to surround ourselves with encouragment and dig deeper in the Word.

Home Fellowships
Weekly home-based meetings throughout the Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Click here for more information or email the church office (

Strength to Strength – Radio Ministry
Listen to Pastor Jeff’s teachings on 105.1 FM WAVA Monday-Friday evenings, 7:30pm. Or, if you're in the Fredericksburg area you can tune into 102.7 FM WLMP-LP on Monday-Friday at 3AM and 9AM.

Engage and Exalt
We're looking for folks who have a burning desire to serve, and cannot let another day pass without plugging in! There are plenty of opportunities to allow God to use you here at The City Gates Church. Check out the list below, or email the church office if you see a need that's not listed!

Calvary Connect – Are you energized by meeting and assisting new people? Join us in welcoming fellow worshippers on Sunday mornings! Email the church office for more info.

Children’s Ministry – From teaching to assisting or even leading children's worship, if you have a calling to work with our youngest sheep, please email the church office.

Home Fellowships
– Interested in attending, hosting, or leading a Bible Study or Home Fellowship? Email the church office.

Graphics Design
– If you have talent in the graphic design or media area and are looking to serve, please email the church office.

Meal Train
– In times of joy or distress, it's the little things that are often overlooked. Bless a family or individual with a homemade meal, so they can focus on needs at hand. Contact Hilary to sign up or let her know if someone should be added to receive a meal.

– Are you tech savvy or have experience with sound equipment and A/V? Email the church office.

Worship Team
– If you can sing or play an instrument, we are always looking to add to the worship team! Email Pastor Matt.

We Look Forward to Meeting You Soon
Feel free to call us at 703-425-3800 or email us at