EVENT & MEETING PLANNING


If a group wants to host an event the chair of the committee/team should...

step 1: check availability

Contact the Church Administrator, Elizabeth Hicks

Email : ehicks@kingswoodumc.com 

Office: 847-398-0770 ext. 5

To confirm availability of space and to prevent competing events on the calendar.


step 2: reserve Room & complete set up form 

Complete THIS FORM and return it to Elizabeth Hicks in order to:

  • Reserve a room

  • Outline room(s) set up

  • Request resources

We have a dedicated facilities staff who will gladly set-up your reserved room(s) just as you wish.

Do you need childcare? Contact our Children & Families Minister, Barb Symonds at least 2 weeks before the event to request childcare workers. The cost for providing childcare can either be funded through registrants to the event or the ministry budget.


Submit a 50-75 word event summary to Anita Tasher by Monday at 11am

Email : atasher@kingswoodumc.com

Please note that staff will use discretion in editing and placing event summarys to assure that everyone’s articles fit and are amply promoted. 

What should be in the event summary? See 5 Guidelines When Promoting Gatherings 

step 3: submit Event Summary

IMG_1809-225x300.jpg

5 Guidelines When Promoting Gatherings 

1. Specify WHO the event is for. Is this gathering just for Kingwood folks or is it open to the whole community?  Is it for a certain gender, interest or age group etc.? 
2. Describe WHAT the event is without insider language. Pretend you’re someone who is hearing about this gathering  for the first time and doesn’t know what a gathering is by name. Avoid using abbreviations like UMW, PDO, Glory Fingers, Sacred Threads in the title but instead you might include the name in the body of the blurb after you have already stated what the ministry is (i.e. United Methodist Women, Creative Arts Ministry) 
3. State WHERE & WHEN the gathering will be. If the gathering is at someone’s home or an offsite location, be sure to include an address and phone number in case someone can’t find the location. Stating “At Billy Jo’s House” doesn’t make the gathering accessible to folks who don’t know Billy Jo and/or where Bill Jo lives. OR provide an email for interested attendees to request someone’s home address. 
4. State WHY you are gathering. Assume the reader isn’t familiar with the event. State clearly why you are gathering.  
5. Share HOW you sign up & contact someone
This provides folks with an open invitation and communicates that gatherings aren’t closed. Use accessible tools for folks to sign up (i.e. table in the fireside room, email address, google doc sign-up).  Whoever the contact person is for the gathering should always be stated with a FIRST & LAST name, followed by an email address.