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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! 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

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 4
9:00 a.m.

All children ages 3-12 are invited to hop on over to hunt for eggs inside DGFUMC! Bring the entire family and a friend or two and enjoy refreshments and fellowship following the hunt. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. so don't be late!

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 9:00am

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2015 - Power Up!

Power UpPower Up! Living in the Spirit is not just learning about, but more learning how — how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ powered up by the Holy Spirit! This church camp curriculum offers a wonder-filled opportunity for campers:

  • To experience Christian community and discover its source—the Holy Spirit!
  • To claim the gift of a new spirit within and to bear fruit as they choose living in the Spirit for themselves!
  • To realize they are never alone—Jesus’ gift of the Spirit is always with them!
  • To live with grace and forgiveness, unity and courage, joy and peace—powered up by the Holy Spirit!

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 22 to June 26. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2015.

Registration for Summer Camp begins March 1 for DGFUMC members and April 1 for non-members. A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by June 16. Space is limited, so register now!

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

Kid's Movie Night - Wreck-It Ralph

Saturday, January 31
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Church Gym

All children kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to attend our Kid’s Movie Night featuring Wreck-It Ralph. Bring a friend and come have some fun! Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket or sleeping bag. We will have popcorn from the Tivoli along with other goodies.

No need to register --- just come!
Contact John Smoke @ for more information.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

Winter/Spring Family Meal Subscription

The winter/spring Wednesday dinners are just around the corner. This is a great time to have a meal and connect with others in the church. The other benefits include not planning a meal and not cooking it!  There are 11 Wednesday meals that you may purchase (six meals are catered from Cozi Corner, three meals are wonderful home cooked meals from Don Safford, Bill Chalberg and others, and two meals come from John & Eddie’s Pizza).  

See the form below for information on how to get registered for these church meals! 

Contact John Smoke at with any questions.

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 on November 30 and December 2. Children must be either three or four years old by September 1 of 2015, with the classes beginning in early September and ending in the mid-May. 

Feed My Starving Children Ministry

Saturday, December 20
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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.

Please register today…space is limited.  You may register on a Sunday morning in the Parlor or using the form below.

The location of Feed My Starving Children is 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504.  Please arrive at 1:45pm to get checked-in to package the food.  For more information about the organization please visit their website  or contact John Smoke.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 2:00pm

A Piece of Peace

Peace if always beautifulSunday, December 7
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Parents, what would you do with three hours of free time during the hectic holiday season? Get a massage, shop, read, nap, watch football? The Children and Family Work Area would like to invite children (infant through 6th grade) to come to the church for an afternoon of Christmas activities and fun! 

Pizza dinner will be provided. Cost is $5 a child or $10 for two or more children. Please register by December 4 using the  online registration form. For more information, please contact John Smoke.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 3:00pm


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