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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.


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!

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00am

Wednesday Evening Meal Subscription

Join us on Wednesday evenings for fun, fellowship, and a delicious meal!

To sign up, print out the Meal Subscription Form on the Family Fellowship page and turn it into the church office in person or by mail (First UMC, 1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515) along with payment by or on January 6. The office is open this week on January 2, 3, and 4 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. You may also drop it off on Sunday, January 6 before or after the service or email John Smoke at john@dgfumc.org to reserve a spot.

The meal schedule and payment information is on the Family Fellowship page.

Happy New Year!

The Giving Tree

This Christmas season we are again partnering with ChildServ and the People's Resource Center to provide gifts for those in need. Stop by the Parlor and pick a tag from one of the trees.

Gifts for ChildServ and the PRC need to be returned under the tree by Sunday, November 25 at noon. 

Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, and Susan Newman 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!

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, December 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

Don's Home Cookin' Family Meal

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, Susan Newman, and Ken Drogemuller 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!

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, January 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

Don's Home Cookin'

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg, Susan Newman, and Ken Drogemuller will be back for a Home Cookin' meal. This time we'll enjoy a Mexican dinner night with tacos and quesadillas with guacamole, beans, rice, and chips along with our usual macaroni and cheese, salad, and a wonderful dessert.

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....takehomeameal.

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 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

Don's Home Cookin'

The cooking team of Don Safford, Bill Chalberg and Susan Newman 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!

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, September 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

Sunday School Registration

Sunday School begins on September 15 and Sunday School registration cards are due this week! Bring your registration card (mailed to all families along with Choir Registration information) to the church office during office hours to sign up. Every family needs to register annually, as this is how we collect emergency and allergy information for each child.

We look forward to your involvement with our Sunday ministries!

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

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

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