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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 - Surf Shack

Join us this August for Surf Shack VBS where kids will plunge into the incredible experience of knowing God. They will encounter God's awesomeness through Bible stories of the amazing ways God has moved in the lives of others before embarking on the breathtaking adventure of participating in God's love. Along with the Bible story, there will be stations of music, games, computer, art, snack, science and group building.

Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend. The cost is $15 per child or $35 per family with 3 or more children. Cost includes all materials and a pizza lunch with a short program for families on Thursday, August 4, at noon.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00am

Children's Cantata - Back to the Cross

On May 1, the Children’s Choirs present Back to the Cross: A Kids Musical Adventure Through Time at our 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. This inventive musical by Christy and Daniel Semsen, is a fun-filled romp through time to discover the message of the Cross. You won’t want to miss it!

Children's Movie Night - The Peanuts Movie

All children Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend a FREE showing of The Peanuts Movie in the gym. Wear your pajamas, bring a sleeping bag, stuffed animal and a friend! Popcorn will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 7:00pm

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 and enjoy refreshments and fellowship following the hunt.

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

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 9:00am

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2016 - Fearless Faith

What does it mean to be a part of a Christian community? How can the church be a resource that gives campers confidence and courage? Campers will explore how they themselves are a part of the Church and what that means about how we relate to one another and the world. Watch how the strength of Christian community casts out fear and replaces it with hope! The daily guides offer fun and creative ways to explore scripture, experience Christian community, and express joy through worship and song.

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 20-24. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2016.

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

Please note:  New this year, there is a registration deadline of June 1.

A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 20.

Space is limited, so register early!

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

A Piece of Peace

To help you get a little more done this holiday season or to perhaps just have a moment of quite, the Children and Family Work Area is hosting A Piece of Peace.

Children (infant through 6th grade) are welcome to come to the church for an afternoon of Christmas activities and fun! Cost is $5 a child or $10 for two or more children. Dinner will be served.

Please register in the church office by December 13.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 3:00pm

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 ( with our church code - 1002551. You may also register by contacting Pastor John Smoke at

Please plan to arrive at 8:40 a.m. so that we may be ready to work at 9:00. Sorry, no children under 5.

Feed My Starving Children
555 Exchange Court
Aurora, IL

555 Exchange Court, Aurora IL
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 9:00am

Rally Day! Sunday, September 13

Please join us on Rally Day! as we kick-off our new year of educational ministries and prepare to learn to walk with Christ daily in the coming season. At this time, we will return to our three worship service and Sunday school format.

Every person that attends church on Rally Day will receive a cool drawstring backpack with a special message printed on it!

Following worship, Sunday school and Messy Church, everyone is invited to attend a Rally Day lunch, which will include a viewing of the Green Bay Packers verses the Chicago Bears game at noon on a large screen in the church gym.  The menu for the lunch will be Chicago style hot dogs and Wisconsin Brats (along with some other goodies).  Please sign up for the lunch by calling the church office. Please sign-up by Tuesday, September 8.

The Children & Family Work Area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration.  Everyone is invited to attend the movie The Game Plan that will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Each child (12 and under) who attends church that morning will receive a coupon for a free Kiddie Combo (box with popcorn, snack and drink). The doors open at the Tivoli at 4:00 p.m.

The movie is free for ALL so please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church in the morning and to the movie in the afternoon!

Wacky Wednesdays

Wacky Wednesdays 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 meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 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!      

Schedule of Wednesdays and Themes:

July 1:  Let’s Dance!  Coach Josh from the Downers Grove Park District will be our DJ for the evening.  There will be great music, fun games, lots of dancing, lemonade, and other treats! Don’t forget your non-perishable food item!

July 8:  Bingo Night and Toy Exchange!  Every child that attends this evening will need to bring a used (still in good condition) toy that they would be willing to give up.   All of the toys will be used as prizes for the bingo!  Everyone will leave with a “new” toy!!! 

July 15: Minute-To-Win-It Games!  Fun and Prizes!

July 22: Kid’s Trivia Night!  Bring your friends and impress them will all the things you know like:  What was the favorite food of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

July 29: Water Fun!  Let’s finish off the season of Wacky Wednesdays with some fun with water!  There will be a variety of activities involving water including a water slide!!!  Families are encouraged to come and join in the fun! 

Please come to one Wednesday or come to them all –  whatever fits in your schedule!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 6:30pm

Imagine NO Malaria Free Throw Shooting Contest

Saturday, March 21
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Join us as we raise money and awareness for Imagine NO Malaria, an extraordinary effort by The United Methodist Church to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa. $10 for 10 shots. Sponsored by the 5th and 6th graders.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:00pm


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