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 Church, 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 enews, 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.

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 will be delivered to your door at the beginning of the month.

 

Family Camp
July 16-18, 2021, Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, Wisc.
Grow closer to God and each other through nature, worship and play.
Register at garychurch.org/registrations

Kids' Church starts again June 6
All preschool 3s through third graders are invited to the Lower Level after the children's sermon. Register for worship at garychurch.org/registrations. If you forget to register, no worries! Walk-ins are welcome. Simply be prepared to sign in and answer COVID-19 screening questions.

Move-Up Sunday
Sunday, June 6 at 9 a.m. Worship 
Children and youth will be recognized in worship for moving up a grade. After the service, all are invited to the courtyard for popsicles and fellowship. Register for worship at garychurch.org/registrations



Glow Party
Friday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. at Gary Church (note new time) 
We’re kicking off our summer “Glow Challenge” with a fun night of glow-in-the-dark games and activities. Grab your neon and let’s glow! Register at garychurch.org/registrations


Simply Free to Be: An exploration of mindfulness for Gary Kids & Youth
Mondays, June 14, 21 & 28 at 1 p.m., Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve  
Have you heard about mindfulness?  What is it?  How can it help you?  Can it be fun? Join Mary Megan Bagnall in a playful outdoor exploration of mindfulness, offering space where kids and teens are simply free to be.  Explore how tuning into the present moment can connect us to our current experience, to ourselves, to each other and to God. Register at garychurch.org/registrations.

 

Treasured VBS
Monday, August 2–Thursday, August 5, 9:30–11:30 a.m. 
Embark on an epic quest through hidden ruins, ancient caves and dense jungles. At Treasured VBS, kids dig into action-packed, faith-filled adventures. They’ll discover God’s greatest treasure isn’t diamonds, gems or gold–it's them! Register at garychurch.org. $30 per participant. Cost covers a fun VBS shirt, a family CD, snacks, sciency-fun gizmos and so much more. Register at garychurch.org/registrations.

Gary Kids Zoom Party
Sundays June 13, July 11 and August 8, at 10 a.m. on Zoom  
Not quite ready to be back in person? Still loving church in your pj’s?  We feel you and we’ve got you covered. Join Pastor Carey every second Sunday of summer for a virtual party with actual fun.  



Sundays in the Park
June 27, July 25, & August 29, 10 a.m., Northside Park 
A casual summer Sunday School for Gary Kids families. 
June 27 | Join Nancy Brunner for fun with bells. 
July 25 | Join Rev. JoAnne Chase for puppet stories. 
August 29| Join Jennifer Whiting and Mary Ellen Rahn to make a joyful noise.  


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 soon, 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.

Gary Kids Registration Form

Infant through Fifth Grade