CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Birth-5th Grade

We are deeply committed to the spiritual development of children.  We offer a variety of ways for children to grow in their love for God, their service to others, and their friendships with other children, parents, and leaders in a fun and dynamic way that is God centered and Jesus focused.  Visitors are always welcome to join us!

During our 9:00am service, we offer Sunday School for preschool-12th grade, as well as childcare for infants and toddlers.  Our Nursery is available for use during our 10:30am service.  We also offer online Sunday School lesson resources below, in our Kingswood Parents Facebook Group, and on our app.  

Sunday School and Parent Resources

SUMMER THEME
We  learn  about  so  many  incredible  humans  —  past  and  present  —  who  have  changed  the  world  using  their influence, their voice, their dreams, and their passion. Kids might find it hard to relate to these dreamers,  though,  and  ask  themselves,  “Can  God  use  me  for  something  that  grand?”  In  Up  In  The  Air,  kids will learn through the stories of Elisha that we can dream big with God, have faith in God, count on God’s promises, ask God for what we need, and be used by God. The sky isn’t the limit anymore . . . not with God’s promises at work in our lives!
SCHOOL YA UP!
Check out our latest Sunday School lesson video
and see what we're learning about.
THINK ABOUT IT!
Read this week's scripture and talk as a family.  Use these conversation starters to get the discussion going. 

Summer Sunday School...June 5th - August 28th
<KWAM>!!  Kids With a Mission.  God calls us to love our neighbor and serve others.
Our kindergartners through 5th graders will combine during the summer, with a focus each week on serving others...service projects included!

2nd Sunday of Each Summer Month...Pajamas and Popt"arts"
The 2nd Sunday of each month this summer, children will begin in the Sanctuary with their family and will be dismissed to Sunday School after the Children's Sermon.  Children are invited to wear their pajamas and come enjoy poptarts and art!
August 7th
Come learn how we can ask God for what we need, through the story of Elisha and the famine in II Kings 4:38-44.

August 14th
Pajamas and Popt"arts"!  Wear your pajamas to church, snack on some poptarts with us, and create amazing art with Mr. Zane.

August 21st...Backpack Sunday!
Bring your backpack to be blessed for a new school year.  We'll learn how we can be used by God for great things this school year, through the story of Elisha and Naaman in II Kings 5:1-14.

August 28th...Service Project Sunday!
One of our Missions Team leaders will join us for some games about serving, and we'll visit the Food Pantry to take a tour and help out. 

What's Happening Outside of Sunday School?!

SPLASH OUT NIGHT!
Join us at the Wheeling Aquatic Center for an evening of swimming, building sacred community, and serving the homeless. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. You can pay on the day of the event or online. We will be collecting items to benefit the homeless population served by the soup kitchen at United Church in Roger’s Park. One item that is needed is backpacks. You can find additional items to donate by visiting kingswoodumc.com/serve-others. Donations will also be accepted in the Fireside Room. To sign up for the pool event, visit kingswoodumc.com/events.

CLUB 45 (forty-five!)
Club 45 is our 4th and 5th grade fellowship that meets once or twice a month on Sunday evenings from 5:00pm-6:30pm for dinner, lessons, and fun fellowship games.  
This fall, we'll meet August 14,  September 18, October 2,
October 16, November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 18.
Sign up HERE!  
BACKPACK BLESSING
No matter the age or how a student is feeling about the upcoming school year, a backpack blessing is a valuable ritual within our faith family. All students can bring their backpacks to church on Sunday, August 21 in the 9:00 am service to receive prayers of encouragement for a God-centered school year. After church, stop by the front patio for a FREE ice cream treat from an ice cream truck making a special visit to Kingswood. 
NURSERY PLAYGROUP
Are you and your little one looking for a place to play and connect?  
We have a Wednesday morning playgroup for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers.  Come as you are (no, really!) for this FREE play time to meet up  with others in your same season of life.  
Summer session just ended, but our fall session begins September 7 and goes through December 21 (no playgroup on November 23).
Call (847-398-0770)  or email Jenn Sawyer to register.  

HARVESTFEST
Join us Saturday, October 15 any time from 10:00am until 2:00pm, for our annual Fall Festival to celebrate God's bountiful goodness.  Games, food, Trunk or Treat, petting farm, and of course, our pumpkin patch!  
Admission is FREE!
PET BLESSING
Our pets are the best...aren't they?!  God is so creative and loving in how he made our most loyal friends and companions.
Bring your furry, scaly, or feathery friends to our pumpkin patch on Sunday, October 23 @ 2:00pm to receive a special blessing.  
SPAGHETTI DINNER AND CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
What better way to take a break during the busy Christmas season, than to join friends for a delicious spaghetti dinner?! (Donations appreciated)  Come on Sunday, December 11 @5:00pm for good food, fun activities, Christmas carols, and fellowship with friends.

Children and Youth Choirs

Our Children and Youth Choirs finished up our school year and will be on break until September 11.  
Stay tuned for exciting new opportunities in the fall...Children's Bells, Youth Bells, and a Youth Praise Band using a variety of instruments and singing.
If you're interested in joining us, please contact Felicia Patton.  

Parent Tips & Tricks

YOU are rocking this parent gig, we know!  But just in case you're wondering, check out this
parent resource for all kinds of GREAT info.  Parent Cue is one of our favorite resources for parenting.
Ever wonder what activities you can do with your kiddos to strengthen their faith?  Group's childrensministry.com has all kinds of fun articles and activities for kids at church and at home!
Please know that we care deeply about the safety of children, youth, and vulnerable adults.  
Every volunteer working directly with and supervising children, youth, and vulnerable adults are Safe Sanctuaries trained and background checked.

“We are deeply committed to the spiritual development of children in a fun and dynamic environment that is God centered and Jesus focused. ”

Jenn Sawyer, Minister to Children & Families