YOUTH MINISTRY

Grades 6-12 

Our youth ministry is multi-dimensional, supporting youth, 6th – 12th grade from both the Buffalo Grove and Deerfield campuses, as they grow in mind, body, and spirit. We are committed to being inclusive and welcoming all youth. Our program provides a variety of ways for youth to stay connected so that they can grow in their love for God,  live their faith in service, and build sacred community with other youth and adults.

Connect with us on  our youth Instagram page!

All youth entering 6th-12th grade for the 2024-2025 school year are invited to join us this summer for Summer Sunday School from 9:00-10:00 am at the Buffalo Grove campus! For youth attending our Deerfield campus, connect with Rev. Clayton to find out ways to get involved during the 10:00 am service (A/V, reading, greeting, serving, and more).

Sunday School for Students Grades 6-12

Select each of the tabs to check out our tentative schedule of events and topics!
(Topics and events are subject to change as needed.)
May 2024
  • May 26: May is Mental Health Awareness month, we will conclude the month with a focus on mental health and faith
June 2024
  • June 2: No Sunday School, all youth who want to participate will be invited to walk in the BG Pride Parade or cheer on Kingswood from along the parade route, this will conclude at the BG Pride Picnic (more details will be shared soon)
  • June 9: Sunday School lesson focus: Coming soon
  • June 16: Breakfast cook-off and Graduation Sunday...join us in the kitchen to cook up a great meal together OR if you are graduating from high school, college, tech school, certificate programs, or other we invite you to the service to be recognized and celebrate with treats after both services!
  • June 23: Sunday School lesson focus: Coming soon
  • June 30: Sunday School lesson focus: Coming soon
July 2024
  • July 7: Breakfast cook-off and Food Pantry service...we will be splitting this morning to work on sorting and preparing bags for our Food Pantry or cooking breakfast for the whole group to enjoy together
  • July 14: No Sunday School, the youth will have started their drive to our 2024 Summer Mission Trip to Kentucky, please pray for our safety and for God to work through us during this week
  • July 21: Sunday School lesson focus: Coming soon
  • July 28: Sunday School lesson focus: Coming soon
August 2024
  • August 4: Breakfast cook-off and Food Pantry service...we will be splitting this morning to work on sorting and preparing bags for our Food Pantry or cooking breakfast for the whole group to enjoy together
  • August 11: Sunday School lesson focus: Coming soon
  • August 18: No Sunday School, it is Backpack Blessing Sunday! Join us in the service to wrap up a wonderful summer and kick off a new school year!
  • August 25: Sunday School lesson focus: Coming soon

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.  You don't really know any other way, so this constant bombardment of distractions and information is "normal".  We must all 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 the following resources for information, support, and ways to get involved.

Save the Date

Chicago Dogs Game

United Methodist Men is sponsoring an All-Church event at
Chicago Dogs Baseball in Rosemont at 6 pm on Saturday, June 1.
Tickets are $45 each and include seating at a private outdoor space with a buffet that includes hot dogs, hamburgers, sides, cookies, and soda/water. All attendees will receive a Chicago Dogs hat, too!
Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 24.
Questions can be directed to Tim Shafer.

Pride Parade

The youth group is planning on walking and tossing candy with Q Fellowship at this year's Buffalo Grove Pride Parade.
Join us on Sunday, June 2 to participate in the parade and end at the Buffalo Grove Pride Picnic at Mike Rylko Community Park.
We will NOT have Sunday School this morning. Information about drop off/pick up will be shared soon!
RSVP by emailing Kate! More information at our Kingswood Social Justice and Diversity page under Q Fellowship.

Summer Ice Cream Tour

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.  
Dates: June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, and August 8
Time: We will be there from 7:00-8:00 pm, but join us at any time!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for our new summer series!

Graduation Sunday

Let's celebrate all graduates on Sunday, June 16 at both campuses! Invite all of your graduating friends to be recognized, enjoy some refreshments, and receive a small gift from us! The entire church is invited to wear their current or former school spirit wear to all services this day in honor of our graduates!
Buffalo Grove: 9:00 am and 10:30 am
Deerfield: 10:00 am

Interfaith Experience

Please join Rev. James, Kate, and other members of Kingswood UMC at the Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs (ISNS) Open House on June 29. We will meet at 10:45 am outside the front doors to experience this
incredible opportunity together. Youth are welcome to get dropped off
or families are also invited to attend this important experience with us.
We plan on spending time learning and engaging in the unique experiences provided until about 12:15 pm.
Please RSVP to Kate by June 9 and she will register the entire group attending. You do not need to RSVP on the QR code on the flyer.

Children, Youth, & Young Adult Survey

We want to hear from you!
As our Kingswood United Methodist Church (UMC) children, youth, and young adult groups continue to grow in faith and fellowship, we would like your feedback and input into elevating this already incredible community! The more information you can share, the better! We will use this information to help guide us as we move forward.

This survey is adaptive, meaning the question sets will change based on some of your initial answers. This survey should take about 5-15 minutes to complete depending on your pathway and how detailed your answers are.

Every survey completed by May 26 will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! Our hope is that every family completes this survey along with all youth and young adults (beyond their family response).

Summer 2024 Youth Mission Trip

Registration is now closed. Please reach out to Kate if you have any questions.
July 14 - July 20, 2024
Magoffin County, Kentucky
Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Payment: For those who are registered, you can pay on the Kingswood website at "Give" or on the app at "Give Online". Please use the "Youth Mission trip" dropdown choice and write in the Notes section who is attending and if it is the first, second, or final payment for the trip. If you pay via check/cash, please also note who is attending and which payment you are turning in.

Ongoing & Upcoming Service Opportunities

Support our Community Vegetable Garden
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 and/or youth 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!
Gratitude Generation 
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, and teaches 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. 
Volunteer to Support our PADS Site
Kingswood welcomes guests every Tuesday night from October through April. Youth under the age of 18 can support this important ministry every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 pm. Youth may not interact with the guests, but can help in many ways during set up! Email Kate for more information and to sign up  for the 2024-2025 year.

Other Ways to Connect!

Confirmation

Confirmation is for students 8th grade or above from both the Buffalo Grove and Deerfield campus.  
Contact Kate Lapetino for more information.
Congratulations to this year's confirmation class! It was wonderful celebrating your commitment to Christ on May 19, 2024.

Our 2024-2025 Confirmation Information Meeting will be on
August 25 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Youth Praise Band

Our Buffalo Grove campus Youth Praise Band (4th-12th grade)has wrapped up the 2023-2024 school year of performances. BUT, we are looking for special summer music performances! Reach out if you have a musical talent that you would like to share this summer!
Our 2024-2025 Youth Praise Band will start again on
August 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm.


Questions: Contact Felicia Patton, Director of Music Ministries
One-on-one piano lessons: Contact our Organist, Dr. Michael Fritsch
One-on-one voice, guitar, or other lessons: Contact Felicia Patton

Worship Through Music

Worship always gets elevated with music. Whether we can sing in tune or not, we can all benefit immensely from singing to God with enthusiasm.
Connect through music by listening to our Spotify playlists!
Are there songs missing?
Share your suggestions with Kate to add to our lists!

Looking for some parent
tips, tricks, and resources? 
Check out our new Parents page!

Ready to share your time volunteering or check your current volunteer schedule?
Check out our Volunteer page!

Kate Lapetino

We are committed to being inclusive and welcoming towards all youth.

Kate Lapetino, Coordinator of Youth and Serving Ministries