Gary Kids

Welcome! Children are a vital part of our faith community. Our goal is to partner with families to share the love of God with children and nourish life-long relationships with his son, Jesus. Or, as we put it, to help kids grow in faith.

For more information about our Children's Ministries at Gary Church, please contact Carey Williams Bebar, Director of Children's Ministries, at 630-668-3100 x105 or .

Due to health concerns for children and adult volunteers, we will not hold in-person Kids’ Church or Sunday School this fall. However, we will have hands-on, in-person, and virtual offerings each month to keep kids and families connected to God and one another. 

Gary Kids Registration Form

Infant through Fifth Grade

Register Here

Opportunities this Fall

Gary Kids @ Home Lessons
Each week in the Gary Kids enews, families will receive a lesson from our Grow curriculum that includes scripture, discussion questions, and a fun activity. September's theme is "Wise: A Series on Wisdom." To be added to the email list, contact the Church Office.

Take-Home Craft Kits
Created for children ages 3–6, these craft kits provide hands-on fun and help faith grow at home! Each kit comes with supplies, instructions, and a lesson and can be picked up in the Church Office once a month starting on the first Sunday. Office hours are Monday–Friday, 10 am.–3 p.m. Doors will be locked, so call when you arrive.

Zoom Party!
Every second Sunday at 2 p.m. on Zoom
All children ages preschool 3’s-grade 5 are invited to a virtual party with actual fun! We’ll play games, sing songs, and pray over joys and concerns. Plus, kids will hear about our monthly Helping Hands mission and enjoy a Christ-centered lesson from Mr. Jared. Check the weekly Gary Kids email for Zoom meeting details.

Helping Hands Mission | Pop Tabs for Kids 

Save your pop tabs! We are collecting them to support the Ronald McDonald House which enables families to stay close to their hospitalized child and supports the child’s health and well-being. Pop tabs can be dropped off in the Church Office through November, or contact Carey Williams Bebar to schedule a pick-up.  


Grow Together Monthly Meet-Up
Every fourth Sunday at 2 p.m. on Zoom
Designed for third through fifth graders, this monthly meet-up will focus on bible stories featured in our Grow curriculum, and allow time for older elementary students to hang out and grow together. Contact Carey Williams Bebar to learn more.

Family Fun Events
Gather. Play. Pray. 
We know that virtual meet-ups are not the same as in-person gatherings. That’s why each month we are hosting in-person events for families. Limited to 50 participants and compliant with our Health Team policies, these monthly offerings let families gather, play, and pray together. Contact Carey Williams Bebar to learn more.

Apple Picking at Jonamac Orchard
Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m. 
Nothing says fall like apple picking, pumpkins, and a corn maze! Gary Families are invited to Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Rd, Malta, IL for this Family Fun Event which includes a Corn Maze, Jumping Pillow, Hayrides, Cider House, Barn Yard Play Area, U-Pick Orchard (+$15 per ½ peck bag of apples, up to 4 people may pick per bag). Plus a special Apple Lesson on the Trinity with Pastor Carey! Cost is $5 per person for General Admission. Apple pecks can be purchased onsite. Jonamac Orchard’s COVID-19 restrictions apply. Register here.

 Mini Golf Mayhem  
Saturday, November 21, 2–4 p.m.  
Looking for an event that is socially distanced, fun, and indoors? Come to Mini Golf Mayhem for 18 holes of pure joy! Socially-distanced throughout Gary Church, this family friendly event will include games, prizes, and a little church approved competition! Price of entry is a suggested $20 per family donation for Christmas Sharing.  A registration form will be available soon.

Design a Hole for Mini Golf Mayhem  
Missing this year’s Trunk or Treat and want to find a use for all that creative energy? Design a hole for Mini Golf Mayhem! You can use literally anything you have! Design ideas include Breakfast in Bed, Where’s the Baby, Splish Splash and more. Prizes awarded for the best holes!  To sign up to design a hole, complete this form.

 4th & 5th Grade Fellowship | Spook-tacular Scavenger Hunt!  
Saturday, October 17, 1-3 p.m. 
Fourth and fifth graders are invited to a Spook-tacular Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Wheaton! We will meet at and return to Gary. RSVP to Carey Bebar at 

3rd Grade Bible Postponed
After much thought and prayer, we are postponing 3rd Grade Bible. While we hope to be able to offer this milestone ministry in the spring, we know that these are uncertain times. Families will be notified once are able to safely reschedule. Please contact Carey Bebar for questions or concerns. 

 Another way to stay connected to Gary Kids is by joining the Gary Kids Facebook page! Check-out activities, videos, and devotions that help faith grow at home!

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