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DGFUMC provides a range of educational opportunities for children of all ages, including nursery care provided during worship hours, Pathfinders (Sunday School), and midweek family fellowship that is linked to children's choir rehearsals. The goal is to help children grow in faith, and become familiar with the Bible through a variety of methods, including storytelling and drama, music, video, games, science, cooking and art.


Children's Choirs Start Soon

We hope you and your children will join us for choir this year! We have choirs for all ages from four through grade 12! Join anytime with a lot, a little, or no experience!

Children’s choir rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 14. Come to the parlor a few minutes before your choir rehearsal time to register for choir or register online.

Choir ages/grades and times are below. Please note that we have changed some of the ages and grades for the choirs this year.

Register for Children’s Choir in the Parlor then to rehearsal: 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

  • 4:30 p.m. – Angel Choir (4 & 5-year-olds & K) – Room 16
  • 5:00 p.m. – Cherub Choir (1st – 3rd grades) – Chapel Hall
  • 5:00 p.m. – Chorister Choir (4th – 5th grades) – Fellowship Hall
  • 5:45 p.m. – Connection Choir (6th – 8th grades) – Fellowship Hall

| Online Choir Registration |

Have a child in high school? Join Chapel Choir!

Join Chapel Choir (grades 9-12) for rehearsal on Sundays. They will be rehearsing on September 4 at 11:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. It's not too late to join! For more information, contact Nick Loos, Chapel Choir director, at loos.nicholas@gmail.com or stop by a Sunday rehearsal.

Sunday School Registration

Registration for 2022-2023 Sunday School is taking place now. Every family needs to register annually; this is how we collect emergency information and allergy Information for each child. Bring your form with you (each family received one by mail) and give it to Pastor John on Sunday or drop it off in the church office during the week. If you prefer to register online, you may do so using the following Google form link.

| Registration Form |

Blessing of the Backpacks

Join in celebrating children and youth all over the world at our 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 21.

Children will provide the music for the service and Pastor John Smoke will give a blessing of the backpacks to get the new school year off to a great start. Children of all ages are asked to bring their backpacks to church for the blessing.

Sunday School and Nursery Care

There will be no Sunday School this week so that families may worship together for Children's Sabbath Sunday/Backpack Blessing.

Care for children under age 3 will be provided in the first-floor nursery during worship.

Children and Youth Choir Meet & Greet

Stop by the Children and Youth Choir Meet and Greet in the North/back parking lot this Sunday following the 10:00 a.m. service until 12:30 p.m.

All children and youth from grades 4 through 12 and their parents are welcome. Meet Nick Loos, who is our new Connection and Chorister Choirs director, and the Chapel Choir director. Choir registration begins on Wednesday, September 14 so this is a great time to learn more about choir from Nick and Pastor John!

Outdoor Family Movie Night

Outdoor Family Movie Nights take place every Wednesday evening and the whole family is invited!

We'll begin gathering at 7:30 p.m. for fellowship and start the movie when it's dark. There is NO cost! 

Schedule of Wednesday Movies:

July 6  Ramona and Beezus

July 13  Luca

July 20  Remember the Titans

July 27  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (interactive!)

You're welcome to join us for one Wednesday or come each week - whatever fits your schedule! For more information contact John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org or 630.968.7120, ext. 204.

Date: 
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 7:30pm

Summer Camp 2022 - What's In A Name?

"What's In A Name?" is the theme for our summer camp experience this year! We'll learn about Christ's grace when we make mistakes and how God's love greets us when we open our hearts. As we grown, learn, and discover our true self, we define our own name and found our place as a child of God. 

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Retreat Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 27-30. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2022.

Camp lasts only one week - but what campers take home can last a lifetime! Camp offers children and youth with the opportunity for fellowship with other children, youth, and adults from the church and community. It offers time to experience God's creation while exploring nature. Camp is also a wonderful chance to experience Christian community and develop skills for Christian living. 

Space is limited, so register early! Registration is online this year. Please click here for the Registration form and to find out more about the camp.

Registration deadline: June 15

A nonrefundable $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 25. Scholarships and payment plans are available.

Easter Egg Hunt

Grab your favorite basket and hop on over to hunt for eggs inside DGFUMC! All children ages 3-12 are invited to join us. Bring the entire family and a friend or two to enjoy the hunt!

The fun begins in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. sharp so don’t be late as this event moves fast!

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, April 16, 2022 - 9:00am

Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, and guests will be back for a Home Cookin' meal. All are invited to join us for this special family meal between 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

This meal is always awesome and the fellowship is fantastic! If you can't stay....take home a meal.

Cost is only $6 a meal...the great fellowship is free! Please register by emailing John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org. You may pay that day.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 5:00pm

Children's Choirs Spring Cantata

 

Join us as our children's choirs come together to present their cantata on Sunday, May 15 at the 10:00 a.m. Worship Services.

 

Pumpkin Patch Fellowship & Movie Night

All are invited to attend the Pumpkin Patch Fellowship & Movie Night! Bring your own chair to the DGFUMC Pumpkin Patch in the North parking lot at 6:00 p.m. on October 23.

Be prepared to sing songs and enjoy refreshments, and watch the classic favorite, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Feel free to wear your costume for this fun family event. No need to sign up, just come!

Date: 
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 6:00pm

Children's Sabbath and Backpack Blessing Sunday

Join us for Children's Sabbath!
This Sunday, August 22

Celebrate children and youth all over the world at our worship services this Sunday! A wonderful service is planned with music provided by children and youth from our congregation, a blessing of backpacks, school supply item collection, and a special message at our 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services.

If you are able, please bring school supplies to church with you. Children will be collecting items from members in the congregation during the service, so please keep the items in the pew with you. All school supplies will be donated to Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ).

A blessing of the backpacks is another special feature of our worship services this week. All students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks and school bags to be blessed at the 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. services. It's a wonderful way to get the new school year off to a great start!

Please plan to join us for our special Sunday and feel free to invite others to participate in this holy Children's Sabbath service. See you Sunday!

For more information contact John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org or 630.968.7120, ext. 210.

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