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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.

2013 Vacation Bible School

Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together!

Everywhere Fun Fair takes children to a global celebration with the look and feel of a world's fair. Children will make friends with neighbors around the world and discover that God's love can be found everywhere, including their own neighborhoods!

All children going into kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to register for Vacation Bible School (VBS). The program will be Tuesday, Aug 6 - Thursday, Aug 8 from 9:00 – Noon each day. Each day will include fun activities with the Bible story, crafts, sports, snack, computer and science. Cost is $10 a child and $25 for families that have 3 or more children.

Please register by July 31st!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 9:00am


Wacky Wednesdays is back!  This is a summer program for children going into 1st grade through 6th grade!  The mission of this program is to bring children together for a lot of fun and fellowship in a church community. Every child is welcome. Invite your children, grandchildren, children in your neighborhood, and children of friends---ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME! The program will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM starting on June 12 and there is NO cost! Parents are welcome to drop off their kids OR stay and enjoy the fun! Children are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item each week to be donated to the Peoples Resource Center!      

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 6:30pm

Rescue in the Night - Children's Cantata

Connection, Chorister and Cherub Choirs



The Story of
Daniel in the Lions’ Den

Sunday, May 5 at the 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services

Please come to worship on Sunday, May 5 to hear our children sing about the story of Daniel in the Lions' Den (with the Cherubs being the ferocious lions!). You are guaranteed to enjoy this lighthearted but faithful performance of the Biblical story of courage and obedience.

Church Camp Counselor Applications

Below are the Church Camp Counselor applications for the 2013 Camp season! Please complete the application and turn it in to the church office.

March Madness Free Throw Contest

basketball netJoin us as we raise money for Feed My Starving Children in the annual Free Throw Shooting Contest on Saturday, March 16th from 1:30-3:00PM. $10 gets you 10 attempts!

Feed My Starving Children

2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg HuntSaturday, March 30 at FUMC all children ages 3 – 12 are invited to hunt for some eggs. The hunt will take place inside the church. This event is for the entire family. Bring your kids, watch the hunt and then stay for a time of refreshments and fellowship. Invite a friend!

The egg hunt will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

Gym, 1st Floor
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 9:00am

Kid's Movie Night

UpKingerdarten through 6th graders are invited to watch the movie Up in the church gym.

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket/sleeping bag and stuffed animal.

Tivoli popcorn will be served.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

Church Camp: All Things New

The First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove is offering a summer camp experience for children and youth from June 24 to 28, 2012. 

Camp offers children and youth the opportunity for fellowship with other children. It offers youth and adults an experience of God’s creation while exploring nature. It offers everyone a chance to experience Christian community and develop skills for Christian living.

This year, the theme of the camp is All Things New. From the very beginning, God creates order out of chaos. With each new day light overcomes darkness, new life emerges, and we find new potential in our own lives. The Bible provides the good news for us that as God restored the lives of ancient people, God will renew us today as well. Our experiences at camp together show us that through Christ, God continues to do a new thing in us, both individually and collectively.

Day 1: A New Thing (Isaiah 43:19-21)

Day 2: New Shape (Jeremiah 18:1-6)

Day 3: New Expressions (Luke 10:38-42)

Day 4: New Community (Philippians 1:3-6)

Camp will be held at Wesley Woods Conference Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Wesley Woods is owned and operated by the Northern Illinois Conference.

Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 8:00am

Preschool Registration

PreschoolChurch members (those who have taken the Membership Class and joined First United Methodist Church) can take advantage of early registration for next year's Preschool. Children must be either three or four years old by September 1 of 2013, with the classes beginning in early September and ending in the mid-May. 

A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and completed application is required to secure a space. A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS.

Church Member Registration

  • Sunday, December 2, 2012
    10:30-11:00am Room 101
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    3:00-3:30pm Room 101

Open Registration

  • January, 2013 (TBA)


Church member registration dates are strictly adhered to. If you miss the church member registration dates, you must register at open registration.

Piece of Peace

The Children and Family Ministries is offering parents a Piece of Peace on Sunday, December 9th from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Parents are welcome to bring their children (from birth to 5th grade) to the church where professional child care providers will be on site to care for and entertain the children. Children will be kept busy with crafts and snacks while parents take a little time out for themselves. Cost is $ per child or a maximum of $10 per family. You may pay at the door.

To insure we have adequate care, please RSVP for this event by calling the office or registering on the church's website.

Chapel Hall
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 3:00pm


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