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!

BUFFALO GROVE (BG) CAMPUS...
Usually during our 9am service, we offer Sunday School for preschool-12th grade, as well as childcare for infants and toddlers.  
Our Nursery is available for families to use together on their own during our 10:30am service.
DEERFIELD (DF) CAMPUS...
Usually during our 10am service, children who are preschool aged through 5th grade begin in the worship service with their family, then are invited to Sunday School after opening music.

Children and youth are welcome to join their families for the worship services in the Sanctuary at either campus any time.  It's SO IMPORTANT for kids to learn how to be in the service.  Books and coloring activities will be available.
Check out this article about why.

We also offer online Sunday School lesson resources below, in our Kingswood Parents Facebook Group, and on our app.  

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

More than ever, mental health is so important in ALL of our lives.  We face each day with more input and information than ever before and it can feel overwhelming without even realizing that it's overwhelming.  
Our kids and youth don't really know any other way, so this constant bombardment of distractions and information is "normal" for them.  We must teach them to find time to take a break, unplug, and seek peace.
Prayer and time with God can be a HUGE gift to our mental health, but it doesn't stop there.  
God is an amazing provider and gives us many supports and resources to better our mental health.  
Check out these three resources for you and your family. 
Challenges like school pressures, making new friends, and even big changes at home can make kids' minds feel like a jigsaw puzzle missing a piece. These activities are tools that can make kids’ hearts feel lighter and their minds feel stronger. They’re simple, fun, and they can make a big difference in a child’s life.  How to do it:
  • Create a calendar with a kind act for each day (e.g., help with chores, compliment a friend, make someone laugh).
  • Check off the acts of kindness as you complete them, and notice how it makes you and others feel happy.

Where to start?!  This book might help!
Relationships or the pressures of performing at work or school are things we all know can have an impact on mental health, but sometimes it’s less obvious when the world around you is what’s causing problems. Whether you realize it or not, one or maybe all of these four things are probably affecting your mental health in some way right now.  
Click on the image above to take you to a great article from the book!
As parents, we not only have to care for our own mental health, but we get to support and love our kids through theirs.  That can be a whole other category of overwhelming!  
Parent Cue has resources to encourage us to be the parents God calls us to be, but their pages dedicated to mental health are especially full of help.
Click the image above to take you to this amazing resource.

Sunday School and Parent Resources

MAY  THEME
Astronaut Neil Armstrong once said landing on the moon was “one small step for man.” The biggest adventures start in such a simple way — especially when it comes to space! Asteroids, distant planets, and brand new galaxies await us once we leave earth’s atmosphere. Being the first to explore such uncharted territory can be intimidating. In this  series, we’ll take a look at the Book of Acts to learn from the first Christians. Through their stories of faith and bravery, kids will learn how to take the first step of believing in Jesus, the next step of praying for others, and an even bigger step of trusting the Holy Spirit makes us brave.  But they won’t want to skip the last step of telling others about Jesus.

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. 
BUFFALO GROVE (BG) CAMPUS
Children's  Sunday  School...9:00am most Sundays 
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 gather together.
**The Nursery is open for families to use together on their own during our 10:30am service.**

DEERFIELD (DF) CAMPUS
Children's  Sunday  School...10:00am most Sundays 
At 10:00am, children who are preschool aged through 5th grade begin in the Sanctuary with their family, then head to Sunday School after the opening prayer.  

Periodically...
On occasion, we will not have Sunday School, in order to give families a chance to worship together.  It's SO IMPORTANT for kids to learn how to be in the service.  Books and coloring activities will be available.

Check out this article about why.
Select each tab to review a tentative schedule of lessons!
MAY Sunday School
May 5:
  • BG...NO Sunday School!  It's Music Ministry Celebration Sunday and the Children's Chimes are playing.  Children will remain in the worship service with their family.  An activity will be passed out during the Children's Sermon.
    • The Nursery will run as usual.
  • DF...Kids will hear how the disciples were with Jesus when He went up to heaven after the resurrection.
    • BIG IDEA:  Take the first step--believe in Jesus.
    • BIBLE:  Acts 1:1-11

May 12:  Mother's Day!
  • BG...Children begin in the Sanctuary and after the Children's Sermon, will head to Sunday School to assemble Summer Fun Care Packages for the Food Pantry.
  • BG and DF...Kids will hear how Peter and John were healing and teaching people at the gate called Beautiful.
    • BIG IDEA:  Take another step--pray for others.
    • BIBLE:  Acts 3:1-11
    • Create a Mother's Day gift!

May 19:  Pentecost Sunday!
  • BG and DF...Kids will hear about how the Holy Spirit came and the church celebrated it's birth day!
    • BIG IDEA:  Take a big step--the Holy Spirit makes us brave.
    • BIBLE:  Acts 2:1-21

May 26:  Memorial Day
  • BG and DF...Kids will hear how Philip shared the good news of Jesus in Ethiopia.
    • BIG IDEA:  Don't skip this step--tell others about Jesus.
    • BIBLE:  Acts 8:26-40
    • Popcorn and trivia party!  BRING YOUR BIBLE!

JUNE Summer Sunday School
Check out the GREAT books we'll be reading this summer for our Good Book Club!  
June 2:
  • A Church for All by Gayle E. Pitman
June 9:  Pajamas and Popt'art's
June 16:  
Father's Day!
  • BG...Maribel's Year by Michelle Sterling
  • DF...Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
June 23:  Vacation Bible School begins that evening!
  • BG...Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
  • DF...The Three Little Mittens by Linda Bailey
June 30:
  • BG...The Three Little Mittens by Linda Bailey
  • DF...Maribel's Year by Michelle Sterling
JULY Summer Sunday School
Check out the GREAT books we'll be reading this summer for our Good Book Club!
July 7:
  • BG...The Man and the Vine by Jane G. Meyer
    • Watering our community garden!
  • DF...The Woman and the Wheat by Jane G. Meyer
July 14:  Pajamas and Popt'art's
July 21:
  • BG...The Ferris Wheel by Tulin Kozikoglu
  • DF...Walking Trees by Marie-Louise Gay
July 28:
  • BG...Walking Trees by Marie-Louise Gay
    • Watering our community garden!
  • DF...The Ferris Wheel by Tulin Kozikoglu
AUGUST Summer Sunday School
Check out the GREAT books we'll be reading this summer for our Good Book Club!
August 4:
  • BG...The Walking School Bus by Aaron Friedland and Ndileka Mandela
  • DF...Joyful Song: A Naming Story by Leslea Newman
August 11:  Pajamas and Popt'art's
August 18:  Blessing of the Backpacks
  • BG...Joyful Song: A Naming Story by Leslea Newman
  • DF...Maybe a Whale by Kirsten Pendreigh
August 25
  • BG...Maybe a Whale by Kirsten Pendreigh
  • DF...The Walking School Bus by Aaron Friedland and Ndileka Mandela

What's Happening Outside of Sunday School?!

(all events open to children and families from BOTH campuses!)

3rd GRADE GOD SQUAD and CLUB 45
We just wrapped up our 3rd through 5th grade gatherings for the 23-24 school year.  Congratulations to our 5th graders who graduated up to Youth Group!

We look forward to gathering our newest 3rd through 5th graders again in the fall, beginning September 2024.   Watch for our new schedule coming soon.  We'll continue to gather for food, fellowship, and fun once or twice a month on Sunday evenings from 5pm-7pm.  $3 per evening.*  Friends are ALWAYS welcome!
*Scholarship money available!!!  Just reach out to Miss Jenn.
KINGSWOOD ON THE MOVE!
Here's the scoop!  Families are invited to come hang out and get to know each other better this summer on our ice cream tour.  
I scream, you scream, we all scream for our new summer series!
VACATION  BIBLE  SCHOOL!
Save the dates for Sunday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 26.  
Rising kindergartners through rising 5th graders are invited to join us each evening from 5pm-7:30pm...with dinner included!  We will also have a Nursery/Preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds who are potty-trained.

VOLUNTEERS, register HERE!
Registration for Wild Life Explorers (campers!) will open June 1st.

Think about the weirdest animals you know. What noise does an aardvark make? Is an axolotl really smiling? Are glass frogs made of real glass? Is a wombat a type of bat? It’s wild that God helps each animal grow and thrive . . . and us, too! Wild Life is 4-day adventure where kids discover how special they are to God and how wild it is that they can share their story, use their gifts, spend time with God, and spend time with others.

What  KIDS  asked  for  on  their  webpage!

Service  Opportunities  to  Help  Others


Did you know that Gratitude Generation is a local nonprofit organization that is making generational waves?! And...they are housed in our Deerfield site campus at 815 Rosemary Terrace in Deerfield, IL.
They do a tremendous amount of compassionate work in our community, for others, teaching the next generation of children and families how to serve. We've been thrilled to partner with them at events we've held, and we support their mission to support neighbors in need while building a new generation of service-minded leaders.
Check out the many opportunities they have for kids and teens.
Seriously...they're amazing! 
Sign up today to help support our community vegetable garden that two of our youth have started to provide fresh food to our Food Pantry guests!
Families can sign up to help weed and water the gardens this summer!
Check out the flyer and the Sign Up Genius for an easy and impactful way to support this incredible initiative!
 
Music for Kingswood Kids

Looking for some parent pieces and resources?
Check out our new Parents page!

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, Director of Children, Families and Welcoming