Our Classes

Busy Bee
Eager Beavers
Helping Hands
Little Lambs

Sabbath School

  • Beginner 1
  • Beginner 2
  • Kindergarten
  • Primary
  • Juniors

The Beginner I Sabbath School is targeted for the youngest set, from birth through 2 years of age. Little ones will enjoy the bright colors, fun textures and familiar songs and stories from the Bible as they learn about Jesus!

The lesson in Beginner I Sabbath School starts at 10:00 a.m. with the classroom open at 9:30 a.m. This department intersperses music and hands on interaction to keep the children interested and attentive. Come bring your child and stay awhile!

Please ask how you can help in this department. You will find it very rewarding!

Click on this link for the Sabbath School Lesson at Beginner Sabbath School.

The Beginner II Sabbath School is designed for children 3 to 5 years of age who are able to interact well with other children and adults.

Sabbath School starts at 9:45 a.m. with the classroom open at 9:30 a.m.

During lesson study, the children listen for cues from the teacher and then respond by bringing up an item such as a flannel shape, an instrument, etc., and depositing them as directed. Music is an integral part of the program. The lesson theme changes once a month and is taught by repeating the memory verse and recounting the Bible story over and over again through song.

Towards the end of Sabbath School the children are directed to the colorful tables and chairs and are given a simple craft that reinforces the lesson for the day. Typically, they simultaneously enjoy a snack that helps thwart hunger pains!

Parents are welcome to stay with their children as room allows and are encouraged to help the leader wherever possible. Please talk with the teacher to find out how you can assist in this department.

Click on this link for the Sabbath School Lessons at Beginner Sabbath School.

The Kindergarten classroom is targeted for children age 5 through 1st grade.

Sabbath School starts at 9:30 a.m. with a rousing song service. Children then continue with lesson study and crafts. Because of their bright minds and piqued interest they tend to be very interactive and answer questions willingly making Bible Stories come alive.

Finally, the children retire to the craft tables and make an original work of art that reminds them of the Bible story for the day. Be sure to ooh and awe over it’s beauty!
Although, parents are welcome to stay with their child it is not usually necessary at this age. Parental help is always appreciated! Please feel free to ask how you can assist.

Click on this link for the Sabbath School Lessons at Kindergarten Sabbath School.

The Primary classroom is meant for children from 2nd through 4th grade.

Sabbath School starts at 9:30 a.m. and begins with a lively song service. Old favorites and contemporary classics can be heard as the kids raise their voices to Jesus.

Lesson study takes on many forms in this division and can be reinforced through methods such as lecturing, activities, acting out stories, etc.  Changing the format seems to be the key component in keeping the children’s interest.

Following lesson study, typically, the children are re-directed to the tables where they enjoy making a craft or doing an activity that is both age appropriate and meaningful in terms of it’s relation to the day’s Bible point.

Parents are welcome to stay. We do ask that any socializing remain in the hallway so as not to distract the kids from their lesson study.
Parental help is always appreciated!  Please feel free to ask how you can assist.

Click on the link below for Sabbath School Lessons from the General
Conference, Primary Sabbath School.

Members of Juniors Sabbath School are in 5th or 6th grade and 10-12 years of age. When entering from the parking lot, our classroom (known to most church members as the Board room) is located at the very top of the stairs. Natanja Hensley is leader.

Class begins at 9:30 am by greeting each other, discussing events since we last met and getting to know visitors. The lesson to be studied during the week is first introduced in class on Sabbath morning using various fun activities which reinforce the topic of the lesson. Brief discussions follow each activity linking it to the topic. Beware, however, because the class can take off from there!

It is the leader’s express purpose to ensure Juniors get to know God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in a personal way so it becomes natural to infuse God into every aspect of thinking. We pull spiritual lessons applicable to our lives today out of ANY subject, whether modern day or Scriptural. In doing so, we learn that God is interested in everything about us and readily has spiritual lessons to teach if we determine to look for His gems. Though we don’t always stick with the prescribed lesson, Juniors will go forth with a deeper understanding of how their Creator, Savior and Redeemer is intimately concerned with them.

Click here to see the Sabbath School Lesson.



The Adventurer program is designed to support parents in assisting their children with the challenging task of developing fully as followers of Jesus Christ in today?s world. What is the Adventurer curriculum designed to accomplish?

Children will, at their own level, commit their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.
Children will gain a positive attitude toward the benefits, joys, and responsibilities of living a Christian life.
Children will acquire the habits, skills, and knowledge needed to live for Jesus today.
Parents and other primary care-givers will become more confident and effective as co-laborers with Christ for their children.

The Adventurer Club provides fun and creative ways for children.
to develop a Christ-like character;

to experience the joy and satisfaction of doing things well;
to express their love for Jesus in a natural way;
to learn good sportsmanship and teamwork and strengthen their ability to get along well with others;
to discover their God-given abilities and to know how to use them to?benefit self and serve others,
to improve their understanding of what makes families strong.

Adventurers Resources

Check out the North American Division’s (NAD) Adventurer Website! It’s a website for Adventurer Leaders and Parents. Here you will find resources, tools and spiritual refreshment to keep adventurer’s like yourself going!
What’s happening with Adventurers in the Illinois Conference?

Click on the Official Illinois Conference Adventurer page to find out!

Do you need Adventurer uniform supplies? workbooks? or you’re just curious as to what else is out there that may interest you or your children?

Check out AdventSource, if it’s Adventist products you’re after look no further. Click the link below to check out their website.

The Curriculum

Progressive Classwork
The Adventurer curriculum is divided into four levels. The Busy Bee level is designed for first-graders; the Sunbeam level for second-graders; the Builder for third-graders; and the Helping Hand level for fourth-graders. Each level builds on the levels which came before it and is especially designed to interest, challenge, and provide successful experiences for children of that grade level. Additional classroom resources are available.

There are several content threads that are woven through the curriculum. Each class will address these in an age-appropriate way, with increasing depth to their knowledge as the children advance to the next class.

The core areas are:

My God

  • His plan to save me
  • His message to me
  • His power in my life

My Self

  • I am special
  • I can make wise choices
  • I can care for my body

My Family

  • I have a family
  • Family members care for each other
  • My family helps me care for myself

My World

  • The world of friends
  • The world of other people
  • The world of nature

Through reading, class activities and crafts, field trips, and limited home work, each child will meet the requirements for his/her grade in each of the listed areas.

In addition to class requirements, there are club activities that involve earning other awards, making crafts, camping, and serving the church and community.

We want the children to succeed so we will do everything possible to assist a child in completing the requirements for investiture in his/her class. However, since responsibility is one of the core values we seek to instill, all requirements must be met in order to receive the class pin.

There is no requirement that a child complete any of the previous classes in order to register for the class appropriate for his/her grade level. We welcome new members to the club, and encourage those who did not participate fully in previous years to come back and achieve success this time.

For more information on the Adventurer program, visit the North American Division website.

Adventurer Awards
The goal of teaching Adventurer awards is to help each child experience achievement and to learn new activities and ideas in an interesting and fun way.

Adventurer Family Network
Adventuring involves the whole family. The program aims to strengthen the parent/child relationship as well as to further the child?s development in spiritual, physical, mental, and social areas.

Teaching Skills for the Leader
Age Level Characteristics of Adventurers and suggestions and ideas for teaching the curriculum and awards.

Eager Beavers

Eager BeaversWelcome to the Hinsdale Eagles Eager Beaver Class at the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church!

This program is designed for kindergarten aged children to encourage their learning of God’s love with loving parental guidance. Fostering the parent-child partnership, children are exposed to a variety of subjects including health, nature, Bible stories, etc.

Parent attendance is required.

Little Lambs

Little LambsWelcome to the Adventurer Little Lambs Class at the Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church!

This program is designed for pre-Kindergarten aged children (must be 4 by September 1st) to encourage their learning of God’s love with loving parental guidance. Fostering the parent-child partnership, children are exposed to a variety of subjects including health, nature, Bible stories, etc.

Parent attendance is required.

Children's Church

Children’s Church is an alternative church program for children ages 0 – 10 held during the regular church service on designated dates. Children come down to the Primary Room for a time of singing, devotions which are age appropriate, crafts, drama, puppets and much more. The kids at Hinsdale really look forward to this program.

If you would like to help out in Children’s Church, or have any suggestions for speakers, crafts etc. feel free to contact us at

Fall Fest

Fall Fest is held on October 31st at 5.30pm in the fellowship hall of the Hinsdale SDA Church.

Life is a circus but God is the ultimate ringmaster. Come experience this year’s
Fall Fest – BIG TOP – BIG GOD.

There will be lots of food and fun.

More information to come!!

Help Wanted


Cradle Roll

Volunteers of all ages needed, especially during the months of July and August. Scripted lessons and CD music provided. Come and be blessed by a lively bunch of 3 and 4 year-olds! Assist with crafts, provide snacks and story-telling.

Pianists to provide ‘live’ music also appreciated.

Your assistance would be a blessing especially to the parents of cradle-rollers.
Contact Heather Hoffman at



Needed: Leaders and assistants for Primary Sabbath School which teaches children aged 7 through 10.

Your talent is exactly what we need! Having a child in this division is not required, but an upbeat attitude and a smile are very necessary!

Contact Heather Hoffman at


Fall Festival

Fall Fest is a great christian alternative to Halloween.

We are looking for volunteers to help decorate, prepare meals, assist with crafts, photographers, games people etc.

If you are interested in helping out with this project contact us ASAP.

October seems like a long way away, but it’ll be here sooner than we all think!

If you can help out, please contact Shelley Maletin



Musicians are needed for Children’s Church.

We would like to start a ‘house band’. The band will involve members of all ages. We need both singers and musicians. The band is needed to play around 5 or 6 songs at the beginning of children’s church, the first sabbath of the month.? If you are interested in singing, or playing an instrument, pleaseContact Heather Hoffman at

Staff Instructors

Little Lambs
Jodi Palmer-Ballew
Instructor – Preschool To Age 4
Little Lambs
Eager Beavers
Instructor Needed
Instructor – Kindergarten
Eager Beaver
Busy Bee
Elizabeth Ramos
Instructor – 1st Grade
Busy Bees
Instructor Needed
 Instructor – 2nd Grade
Becki Galvan
 Instructor – 3rd Grade
Helping Hands
Jolie Bibulovic
 Instructor – 4th Grade
Helping Hands

Ministry Staff

Our Team

Pastor Parker

Pastor Kenneth Parker has been the Children and Youth Pastor at Hinsdale for the past four years. He has a real passion for working with children and developing their relationship with God.

Kenneth is married and has a gorgeous little boy, Zac, and a little girl, Gracie.

Shelly Maletin

Shelley Maletin is the food coordinator for all special events. Shelley has been cooking since she was12 years old, if you’ve ever tasted her cooking, you know she is the perfect person for this job!

Shelley has been married to Dan for 23 years, and has 4 wonderful children, Nic, Lex, Dani, and Sasha.

Kimberly Parker

Kymberley Parker is the host of the Hinsdale Kids website, as well as the decorations coordinator for all events. She has her masters in Youth Ministry, and loves working with kids.

Kymberley has been married to Kenneth for 4 years, and has a fantastic son, Zac, and a beautiful little girl, Gracie.

Heather Hoffman

Heather Hoffman is the Children’s Ministries Director. She is a long time member of Hinsdale Church, and mother of two amazing boys, Eli and Jonah. She believes the mission field starts at home, and loves having a part in leading our children to become the little mirrors of Jesus, He wants them to be.

Rebekah Morrison

Rebekah Morrison will be taking over the position of Crafts coordinator. She is also the director of the Little Lambs club. Rebekah loves working with children and will be a wonderful addition to the Children’s Ministries team!

Rebekah has 2 boys, Kyle and Kaden.

Becky Wightman

Rebecca (Becky) Wightman is the Resources Coordinator. If you need something related to children’s ministries, she is our go to girl! Becky is also the Kindergarten Sabbath School leader.

Becky has 4 boy, Trevor, Kyle, Rece and Luke.

Lisa Ziegele

Lisa Ziegele is the communications coordinator for Children’s Ministries, she is also the main contributor for ‘Branches’, the church?s newsletter. Lisa has been working in the Children’s Ministries for a number of years.

Lisa a two gorgeous girls, Hannah and Megan.