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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 - September 8, 2013

Rally Day Worship

Today, September 8, we return to three services (8:15 in the chapel, 9:30 and 11:00 in the sanctuary). The 9:30 and 11:00 services will be special family worship for all ages. There will be no Sunday school but there will be nursery care at all three services. Regular Sunday school will begin on September 15.

Rally Day Lunch

At noon everyone is invited to come to the gym to enjoy a box lunch (sandwich, chips, dessert, and drink). Cost will be $5/adult and $3/child (12 and under). Please sign up by calling 630.968.7120 or emailing the church office by September 5. 

Rally Day Service Project

At about 12:45, after lunch, it would be greatly appreciated to have people help set up tables for the Sweet Repeat which is the United Methodist Women’s annual sale.

Rally Day Movie

The Children & Family Work Area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone is invited to attend the movie The Muppet Movie (The original movie from 1979) that will be shown at 1:30 p.m. The movie is about a frog, Kermit, who travels to Hollywood to pursue a career in show business. Along the way, he picks up some others who become great friends and together they find success and become The Muppets! Each child (12 and under) who attends church on September 8 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 8, 2013 - 8:15am

United Methodist Women Observe Children's Sabbath - Blessing of the Backpacks

BackpackSunday, August 25, 2013 United Methodist Women will observe Children's Sabbath at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. 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.

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


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