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

NOVEMBER THEME
The  most  important  part  of  any  play  is  what  happens  “behind  the  scenes.”  There’s  lighting,  wardrobe,  casting,  playwriting — so much has to happen perfectly to bring the production together! In the story of Esther, there is a whole lot going on behind the scenes, too. In this four-week series, kids will discover the most important character in  Esther’s  story  isn’t  always  center-stage,  but  can  often  be  found  behind  the  scenes  working,  helping,  giving  support and giving peace. (Spoiler alert: It’s God!)
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. 

Children's Sunday School...9:00am most Sundays
Our youngest church friends gather by age or grade.  
At 9:00am, the Nursery team is ready to take care of babies and learn alongside preschoolers up through 4 years old.
Our Kindergarten through 5th grade students will start out together in our back Sunday School room for fellowship, then worship with Miss Felicia.  The last half of our Sunday School hour together, kids will divide into two groups of K-2 and 3-5.
**The Nursery is open for families to use during our 10:30am service.**

2nd Sunday of Each Month
The 2nd Sunday of each month, children will begin in the Sanctuary with their family and will be dismissed to Sunday School after the Children's Sermon. 
November 6th
We will kick off our new series by learning about how God works behind the scenes.  We'll learn who Esther was and how she became queen through the scripture in Esther 2:1-18.

November 13th
Start in the Sanctuary as a family.   Enjoy the Children's Sermon, then head to Sunday School to learn how God helps us do good behind the scenes.  We'll learn about how Mordecai and Haman became bitter rivals through the scripture in Esther 3:1-6 and 6:1-11.

November 20th...Thanksgiving Sunday
We'll learn how God gives us support behind the scenes.  We'll learn about why Mordecai asked Esther to help the people of Israel through the scripture in Esther 3:8-14.

November 27th...1st Sunday of Advent
We'll learn how God gives us peace behind the scenes.  We'll learn about the time that Esther talked to the king about her people through the scripture in Esther 5:1-8, 7:1-6, and 8:1-8.

What's Happening Outside of Sunday School?!

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, and December 4.
Sign up HERE!  
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.  
Our fall session has begun and goes through December 21 (no playgroup on November 23).
Call (847-398-0770)  or email Jenn Sawyer to register.  
FAMILIES  CAN  SERVE  IN  THE  FOOD  PANTRY!
The Kingswood Food Pantry team is looking for families to volunteer to pack boxes and bags for our weekly clients. This is the perfect opportunity for families to get more involved at Kingswood and give back to our local community!
Each packing session takes 1-2 hours and works best with 3-5 people, kids included! Pack whenever is convenient for your family, from Friday evening through the following Wednesday evening.
Instructions and training provided!  
Email our Food Pantry team if you're interested.
CHRISTMAS EVENT
Do you love to camp in winter weather?  Us neither, so join us for a Christmas Camp-IN from 5-7 pm, Sunday, December 11.  We’ll have a chili cook-off and camping-themed fun. Later in the evening, we’ll gather in the sanctuary for a Christmas carol sing-along.  This is a church-wide event; all ages are invited to attend!  All chilis are welcome in our cook-off: Texas, Chili Mac, Chicken, Vegetarian, Cincinnati, Turkey or surprise us! We’ll also offer a hot dog bar (chili dogs!) and a hot chocolate bar.  
If you want to exercise your chef vibe and cook for the Chili Cook-Off, enter HERE.  
Everyone can purchase optional voting tickets to vote for their favorite chili.  Prize awarded for "best" chili!  
All money will be donated to a Christmas collection for WINGS, a local domestic violence prevention group.

CHRISTMAS EVE "PAGEANT"
We will celebrate the birth of Jesus at our Family Service on Saturday, December 24th @4:30pm.  
Look for details and sign up HERE to have your child or youth participate!

We will have one rehearsal run through (with pizza included!) on Sunday, December 18th from noon until 2:00pm.
BLESSING  OF  THE  TOYS
Come celebrate New Year's Day with us at our one service @ 10:00am on January 1st.  Bring your favorite toy or gift that you received for Christmas, and have it blessed during worship.

Children and Youth Choirs

Our Children's Bell/Chime Choir (preschool-5th grade) and our Youth Praise Band (4th-12th grade) are currently practicing for this school year.  
Check out our practice and performance schedule HERE.
If you're interested in joining us, please contact Miss Jenn or Felicia Patton.


Looking for one-on-one piano lessons?  Contact our Organist, Dr. Michael Fritsch.
Looking for one-on-one voice, guitar or other lessons?  Contact our Minister of Music, 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