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 Children's Ministries, at 630-668-3100 x105 or .

Gary Kids @ Home Lessons
Each week in the Gary Kids e-news, families will receive a lesson from our Grow curriculum that includes scripture, discussion questions, a video, and a fun activity. To be added to the email list, contact the Church Office.

Kids' Church
All preschool 3s through third graders are invited to the Lower Level after the children's sermon. Please sign in at our new 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.

Parent’s Night Out
Friday, July 8, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Lower Level
Drop off your kiddos at Gary Church and enjoy some well-deserved time away. This month, we’re watching Disney’s Encanto and making crafts for ages 2–11.  Suggested cash donation of $5 per child. Mark your calendars for Parent's Night Out on August 12 too.

4th & 5th Grade Fellowship | Beach Day!
Friday, July 29, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Grab a towel, pack a lunch, and put on sunscreen ‘cause we’re headed to the beach! Montrose Beach! Extra drivers/adults needed. Contact Carey Williams Bebar at .

Summer Playgroup
Offered in June and July at Northside Park on the 1st and 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. Come enjoy the outdoors and connect with other families. Everyone is welcome! Contact Graceanne Ryken at for details.

Save the date for Aquaball
Sunday, August 7, 3 p.m.
Is it kickball? Is it slip n’ slide? Is it a ton of fun? Yes to all! Gary Kids families are invited to this playful event. Watch the Gary Kids e-mail for more information.

Family Camp: July 14–17
Growing closer to God and each other through nature, worship and play.

Thursday: Check-in, dinner, campy camp games, campfire, songs and s'mores
Friday & Saturday: Active devotion, free play, creative crafts, campy camp games, campfire, songs and s'mores
Sunday: Worship at the lake, free play, check-out


Retreat center room:Hotel style with private bath including one queen bed and one twin bed with twin trundle. Cost: $240 per room + $45 per person after 2 (family of 3...$285, family of 4...$330, etc.).
Rustic cabin: electricity, cold running water, toilet, and 8-10 twin beds (4-5 sets bunk beds). Shared bath house. Cost: $60 per person. Cabins can be shared by more than one family.

Meals cost:
 $110 per person 13+ and $60 per child ages 3-12

Thursday: Dinner
Friday: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Saturday: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Sunday: Breakfast and lunch

Activity Fee: $40 per family covers the cost of weekend crafts and activities
Join us for Family Camp this summer!

“It’s so fun!”– Michael Villanueva


 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

Infant through Fifth Grade