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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.


Vacation Bible School - Rolling River Rampage

Join us this August for Rolling River Rampage. Children will pretend to go on a whitewater rafting adventure to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories will help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace!

Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend. The cost is $15 per child or $35 per family with three or more children. Cost includes all materials and a pizza lunch with a short program for families on Thursday, August 9, at noon.

Adults, please consider volunteering to help; it’s fun and the children love having their parents there.

Registration forms are available in the church office and below. Contact Pastor John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org with any questions or for more information.

Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:00am

Preschool Retirement Celebration

The First United Methodist Preschool announces the retirement of two teachers. Karen Dortwegt is retiring after 23 years and Beth Schloss is retiring after 15 years of service. They have touched so many young lives!

Join us to recognize these wonderful teachers at a reception following the 10:00 am service on June 3 in the gym. We invite you to say thank you and wish them well.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 11:00am

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2018 - Beyond Belief

What if God was bigger than you ever imagined? Beyond Belief! - the camp curriculum - invites campers to ask the big questions about God and explore how God can be seen in the vastness of creation, the power of community, and even in their own hearts.

DGFUMC is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 25-29. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2018.

Camp lasts only one week - but what campers take home can last a lifetime.

Registration for Summer Camp begins March 1 for DGFUMC members and April 1 for non-members.

Registration deadline: June 1.

A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 25.

Space is limited, so register early!

Click below for a registration form or visit the church office for more information.

Location: 
Wesley Wood Conference Center
Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 9:00am

Children's Choirs Spring Cantata

Let Your Light Shine

Join us as our children's choirs come together to present their cantata, "Let Your Light Shine" on Sunday, April 29 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services.

You will be entertained with songs and mini-skits, presented by the Cherub, Chorister and Connection Choirs!

7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Grab your Easter basket and hop on over to hunt for eggs at DGFUMC! There will be 500 eggs hidden in the church! All children are invited. Bring the entire family and a friend or two and enjoy refreshments and fellowship. 

The fun begins in the sanctuary at 9:00 sharp so don’t be late! See you at the hunt!

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 9:00am

Don's Home Cookin: An Italian Extravaganza

Due to overwhelming demand, the cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg and Susan Newman will be back for a Home Cookin' encore. 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!

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, February 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2018 - Beyond Belief

What if God was bigger than you ever imagined? Beyond Belief! - the camp curriculum - invites campers to ask the big questions about God and explore how God can be seen in the vastness of creation, the power of community, and even in their own hearts.

DGFUMC is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, WI from June 25-29. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2018.

Camp lasts only one week - but what campers take home can last a lifetime.

Registration for Summer Camp begins March 1 for DGFUMC members and April 1 for non-members.

Registration deadline: June 1.

A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 25.

Space is limited, so register early!

Click below for a registration form or visit the church office for more information.

Winter/Spring Family Meal Subscription

The first Wednesday family meal of this new year will be Wednesday, January 10 from 5-6:30 p.m.  This is a great time to have a meal and connect with others in the church. The other benefits include not planning a meal and not cooking it!  There are 15 Wednesday meals that you may purchase from January 10 to April 25.

You will notice there are four meals called “Don’s Home Cookin’.”    These are special meals planned and cooked by a wonderful team of chefs here at the church headed up by Don Safford.  Those meals are included when you purchase a meal plan.    If you are only interested in the “Don’s Home Cookin’” meals, then you will need to just email or contact me a week before the meal (those cost $6/person).  If you have any questions about this wonderful time for fellowship and food (not to mention no planning and meal preparation) please let me know.

See the form below for information on how to get registered for these church meals! Please register by January 7 if you plan on joining us on January 10.

Contact John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org with any questions.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Trees, which are now in the parlor, gives you the opportunity to purchase gifts for needy children, youth and adults in our community. This year, we are supporting ChildServ, PADS, and the People's Resource Center (PRC). Just choose a tag marked with the name or initials of these agencies and sign it out on the sheet next to the trees. (No need to sign out PADS tags)

The gifts for ChildServ and PRC must be returned with the tags firmly attached by Sunday, November 26 at noon. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December. Contact Nancy Bifulco at nancy@dgfumc.org, if you have any questions.

Feed My Starving Children Ministry

This holiday season the Children and Family Work Area would like to invite you to take a moment from the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas to serve in a ministry of giving to others in need at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. This Christian organization runs high-energy sessions where we pack food for the neediest children around the world.

Everyone from church is invited to sign-up to serve in this special ministry. Register online at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora (fmsc.org) with our church code - 1222182. You may also register by contacting Pastor John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org.

Please plan to arrive at 11:10 a.m. so that we may be ready to work at 11:30. Sorry, no children under 5.

Location: 
Feed My Starving Children - 555 Exchange Court Aurora, IL
Date: 
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:30am

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