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 Christ Jesus. Or, as we put it, to help kids grow in faith.


For more information about our Children's Ministries at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL, please contact Carey Williams Bebar, Director of Christian Education, at 630-668-3100 x105 or cbebar@garychurch.org.


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.


Gary Kids Registration Form



Sundays


Kids' Church
All preschool 3s through third graders are invited to the Lower Level after the children's time during 9 a.m. worship. Please sign in at our Gary Kids Check-in Station located just outside the Sanctuary.


Helping Hands 

Fourth Sunday during 9 a.m. Kids’ Church
All children ages preschool 3s through grade 5 are invited to the Lower Level to use their “helping hands” to help our local, national and global neighbors.


Sunday School, 10 a.m.

Preschool through grade 3: Lower Level
Grades 4–5: Anderson Room, Main Level


Sunday schedule update
The last day of 10 a.m. Sunday School for this ministry season is May 19. Kids’ Church at 9 a.m. will continue in the summer for children ages preschool 3s–grade 3. Step Up Sunday is June 2 at 9 a.m., where kids will “step up” to their next grade. Sunday School will begin again on Sept. 8.



Wednesdays (September through May)


Wednesday night children’s music

All Gary Kids are invited to grow in faith and serve in love through the music ministry! Cherub Choir, Friendship Choir and Good News Ringers all meet on Wednesdays. See music page for details and register here.

 

Wednesday night child care

Wednesdays, 6:15–7:45 p.m.

Wednesday night child care is offered for children preschool 3s through fifth grade. This supervised playtime is available for families with children in multiple choirs and/or parents seeking childcare during class meetings or small group studies. Contact Pastor Carey for more information.




Gary Kids Calendar










Pastor Carey’s Summer Book Club for Kids (and the adults who bring them 😊)

Wednesdays, July 10 and Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m., Courtyard

Come to the Courtyard for a fun summer book club that’s perfect for kids (and the adults who bring them). Pastor Carey will read one of her favorite children’s books, then kids will get to craft and play together. Families can pack a lunch to extend the fun. RSVP to Pastor Carey for these delightful summer gatherings. 

Family Camp

Friday, July 19– Sunday, July 21
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amilies are invited to Pine Lake Camp in Westfield, Wisconsin to spend a weekend growing closer to God and each other through nature, worship and play.


Accommodations

Retreat Center Room: Hotel style with private bath including one queen bed and one twin bed with twin trundle. Cost: $180 per room + $40 per person after two (family of three: $220, family of four: $260, etc.).

Meals

Cost: $75 per person 13+ and $45 per child ages 3-12

 

Activity Fee

$40 per family covers the cost of weekend crafts and activities

 

Register here!


Service opportunities

Kids’ Church and Sunday School teacher and assistants needed!

Plans are in the works for Kids’ Church and Sunday School this fall! Gary Church’s vibrant children’s ministry is only possible through the leadership of volunteers. Please prayerfully consider if you are able to help Gary Kids grow in faith by volunteering once a month September–May as a Kids’ Church leader or assistant, or serving for a month, every other month as a Sunday School leader or assistant. Contact Pastor Carey for more information.


Acolytes wanted

If you’re a fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh grader, we’d love to have you serve as an acolyte in worship. To learn more about this meaningful position, contact Pastor Daniel Cochran or sign up here.