Missions

At the heart of service and mission at Kingswood United Methodist Church is the belief that Jesus empowers us to serve one another, for he first came to serve us. We seek to embody the love of the God in this world by serving others and living into our identity as a missional church.

Our mission is to follow Christ as we LOVE God, SERVE others, and BUILD community
guides us in this continuing journey of putting faith into action. Whether the work we do is on a mission trip, in a nursing home, thrift store, medical assistance, or gathering in prayer we believe that it is the Holy Spirit who is transforming this world, empowering us to serve Christ and this world. Come join us in service, knowing that our lives can be transformed as we hope to make a positive difference in the life of others.

Up Coming Mission Trips

2017 Sr High Mission Trip
Sr High work camp is July 23-29, 2017. We are driving to Charleston, WV to work with C.R.O.S.S. Ministries on a variety of projects, including construction, painting, working in the soup kitchen, food pantry, and serving meals. The cost is $450-$500 per person. Eligibilty: Kingswood 2017 8th grade graduates through 2017 high school graduates. FAQ sheets, registration brochures and Shareholer brochures are in the kiosk by the main entrance. Please contact Sheri Brubeck with questions.

Summer Adult Mission Trip to Saint Louis
Kingswood will join with other faith communities from the Interfaith Council on a mission trip to St. Louis, July 30-August 3, 2017. The group will be rebuilding homes destroyed by the flood of 2015. For more information or to register click HERE.

On Going Mission Ministries

Emergency Food Pantry
The Food Pantry provides food on an emergency basis to families and individuals from Wheeling Township and surrounding suburbs. We are open on Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12 PM. Clients may visit us 3 times a year and must have a valid ID showing their address. Help in staffing the Pantry is needed, as well as food and cash donations.  For more information contact Tom and Dawn.

New Beginnings Thrift Shop
New Beginnings Thrift Shop is a unique, online venture started by Kingswood United Methodist Church. Items for sale are displayed on our website, newbeginningsthriftshop.org , and are stored at the church. Shoppers browse online for items of interest and then come to the church to purchase them.

The New Beginnings Volunteer Job Skills Training Program

This job skills training program has been established to provide adults with special needs or other barriers, an opportunity to gain valuable employment skills through practical “hands on” volunteer training at the New Beginnings Thrift Shop. The goal of this job skills training program is to teach volunteer trainees a set of vocational skills so that they will have more opportunity to become employable within the community.

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
Every Tuesday 7:00 PM – 7:00 AM. Volunteers from Kingswood and the community serve meals and provide a place for homeless to eat and sleep. Volunteers are needed to work one four-hour shift, prepare food for meals and other tasks. Other congregations and locations in the northwest suburb serve as host sites on other nights of the week. For more info on PADS go to https://www.journeystheroadhome.org/

UMCOR (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) Disaster Response & Mission Kits

United Methodist Committee on Relief is quick to be where help is needed. We have always been quick to respond to disasters, locally and globally.  The item for the month is 70-page spiral notebook. Please put your items in the Mission Kit collection bin.  Thank you!

Annual Outreach Ministries

Harvest Fest
Harvest Fest is an annual community and church event with free admission that offers fun for the whole family. It is generously supported by many Kingswood groups and includes a free petting zoo, games for children, a Puppet Show, a craft fair, bake sale, onsite pumpkins for sale, and much more.

Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins from Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, located in the heart of the Four Corners region near Farmington NM, are delivered near the beginning of October and sold through out the month in an effort to support the Navajo nation and Kingswood’s ministries. We are known for our very visible pumpkin patch.

Meals on Wheels
Wheeling Township administers a hot meal program for residents of Wheeling Township Monday thru Friday. People over the age of 18 with a permanent disability or folks over the age of 60 are eligible for this assistance. For a low fee residents receive a hot lunch and an optional cold dinner delivered to them by volunteers. Meals are provided by the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights where they are picked up and then delivered within the hours of 11:30 & 1:00. Kingswood Church supplies volunteers for one month of the year, traditionally in February.