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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.

Rally Day!

Please join us on Rally Day as we kick-off our new year of Sunday School and prepare to make a difference as a congregation in the coming season. At this time, we will return to our three worship service and Sunday school format. Please note that this year, Sunday school will only be held at the 9:30 service.

We will continue our fellowship after services as the Children & Family Work Area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone is invited to attend the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which will be shown at 1:30 p.m.

Each child (12 and under) who attends church that morning will receive a coupon for a Kiddie Combo (box with popcorn, snack and drink). The concession stand will also be open for anyone wanting to purchase snacks. The doors open at the Tivoli at 1:00 p.m.

The movie is free for ALL (you don’t need a ticket) so please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church in the morning and to the movie in the afternoon!

Sunday, September 7, 2014 (All day)

2015 Children's Sabbath & Blessing of the Backpacks

On Sunday, August 23, the United Methodist Women will observe Children's Sabbath at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Watch for children of all ages as they lead our worship services. They will be your greeters, ushers, lay readers and special music providers. The message will be about children and John Smoke will provide the "blessing of the backpacks" during the time for children. Please join us as we celebrate the youth in our congregation on this special Sunday.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 10:00am

Wacky Wednesdays

Wacky Wednesdays is a summer program for children entering 1st through 6th grade. The mission of this program is to bring children together for a lot of fun and fellowship in a church community. 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 People’s Resource Center.

Schedule of Wacky Wednesdays and Themes:
July 2: 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 9: 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 16: Minute-To-Win-It Games! Fun and Prizes!

July 23: Game Night!  “Survey says?” We will be playing a game similar to Family Feud. 

July 30: 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.

Contact John Smoke at or 630.968.7120 x204.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 6:30pm

Vacation Bible School - Workshop of Wonders

Workshop of WondersSometimes in the midst of the routine and everyday, we suddenly experience the wonder of God. We’re surprised. We’re grateful. We say, “WOW!” At the Workshop of Wonders VBS, your children will discover their own “WOW!” moments as they explore how to imagine and build with God.

VBS will be from August 5 to 7. Children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend. The cost is $10 per child or $25 per family with 3 or more children

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:00am

3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg HuntGrab your favorite basket and hop on over to hunt for eggs inside DGFUMC! All children ages 0-12 are invited to join us at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 19.

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, April 19, 2014 - 9:00am

"Imagine No Malaria" Free Throw Contest

Nothing but netsJoin us on Saturday, March 22 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the Gym 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, especially the death of a child or a mother. The church is involved in an extraordinary partnership with other international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to eliminate this disease.

You can pay for the chance to score the most baskets in your age group, or support someone else. This event, which is organized and sponsored by the 5th and 6th graders, is fun for all the family.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:30pm

DGFUMC Summer Camp - Get Real

Get Real

There is a lot of fake out there. In a culture of manicured online profiles, electronically altered images and relentless deception in advertising, it is difficult to know who our friends are and who to trust. It is too easy to buckle under the pressure and try to become the images we see. We all must seek our own real identity from a trustworthy source. Get Real teaches campers that we are not created in the image of the popular culture - we are created in the image of God, who loves us just as we are and asks us to love others in the same way.

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 23 to June 27.  The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2014.

Get Messy!

Get Messy!It is sometimes difficult to have children attend church. They don’t like to sit still or be quiet or just listen. Frankly, I don’t blame them. I want children to be who they are…active, creative, and lively!

Get Messy will be an opportunity for children along with their families do just that. It is on the second Sunday of each month from 11:00 AM to about 12:30 PM. The next Messy Church will be on March 9. There will be a time to make crafts as a family, a short (and lively) time of gathering, and a family friendly lunch. This time will be about building community along with thinking about that greater power that is creator and love of all.

Don’t worry about getting messy, or being too loud, or squirming too much…just come and have fun with your family! Everyone is welcome at Get Messy!

There is no cost but those attending will need to register using the form on the Get Messy web page. Contact John Smoke for more information. Get Messy will be in the church gym.

Family Dinner Meal Subscription

If you are interested in signing up for the Wednesday Family Dinners, Winter/Spring registration forms and payment are due January 5, 2014. Forms can be found in the church office, dinners resume January 8.

Piece of Peace

PeaceParents, what would you do with 3 hours of free time during the hectic holiday season?  Get a massage, shop, read, nap, watch football?  The Children and Family Ministries Work Area would like to invite children (infant through 11 years old) to come to the church on Sunday, December 1st for an afternoon of Christmas activities and fun! 

Pizza dinner will be provided. Cost is $5 a child or $10 for 2 or more children. Please contact the church office (630-968-7120) to register.

Chapel Hall
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 3:00pm


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