Recent Posts by John Smoke

Sunday School Registration on Rally Day

On Rally Day, September 11, we invite all families to register for Sunday School over the coming year. We will have tables set up specially to receive registration cards and to direct you to the correct locations for your children. Every family needs to register annually; this is how we collect emergency contacts and allergy information for each child.

Yellow registration cards have been sent out to families who have already registered. If you would like to receive one, please contact the church office.

Rally Day Lunch

At noon, everyone is invited to the gym to enjoy lunch together. The menu will be hot dogs, fries, fruit, cookies, and lemonade. Cost will be $4/adult and $2/child (12 and under). Please sign up in the Parlor or by contacting the church office by September 4th.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 12:00pm

Rally Day Movie

Despicable MeThe Children and Family Work Area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone that attends church and/or Sunday School on Rally Day, September 11th, will receive a ticket to the movie Despicable Me that will be shown at 1:30pm.

This movie is about a guy who wants to be the greatest villain of all time but in the process discovers a greater purpose for his life. In the words of the United Methodist Bishop, Rev. Sharon Rader, "God's surprises are better than our best laid plans."

The doors open at the Tivoli at 1:00pm. The concession stand will be open for anyone wanting to purchase snacks. 

Please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church in the morning and to the movie in the afternoon!

Tivoli Theater, Downers Grove
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 1:00pm

Children's Sabbath

BackpackThe United Methodist Women of this church will celebrate an annual event, the Children's Sabbath, on August 28. It is appropriate that this takes place on the Sunday the congregation will be hearing about John Wesley. Mr.Wesley worked to improve the lives of children in England during his ministry. He was opposed to children working in the mines and other dangerous employment. He wanted children to be educated. Over the years, United Methodist Women and the church have been committed in missions and ministry to improving the lives of children and youth. Children will participate in the service. They may bring their school backpacks as there will be a Blessing of the Backpacks during the service.

Bible Bonus

The Bible Bonus Program at First United Methodist Church is a great way to learn about the Bible! The program is for all third through sixth graders. The way to participate in this program is by clicking on a worksheet below that is for the grade you are in. The pdf worksheet will appear on your computer. You will need to print and complete the worksheet. Then bring it to church with you and you will receive 5 points.

There is a Bible bonus closet that contains fun items you can receive with your points. Each worksheet is good for 5 points only once. You can decide to do more that one sheet and turn it in. For example, you might print 3rd grade worksheet 1 and 3rd grade worksheet 2 (if you are in 3rd grade). Once you complete them and bring them in you will receive 10 points. You can only receive points for a worksheet one time. Another way to earn points is by bringing your Bible to church each Sunday. You will receive one point each time you bring your Bible. Your teacher or shepherd will record your points on a record card.

If you have any questions please contact John Smoke. Thank you!

Have fun and learn lots of important things in the Bible!

Vacation Bible School

RaccoonIn this kid-friendly café full of chef's hats and aprons, pots and pans, and checkered tablecloths, kids explore the Bible as a cookbook filled with recipes for living out God's word. Through interactive lessons, that are easy for kids to apply to their lives today, boys and girls will celebrate biblical festivals that reveal ingredients for being a follower of God.

All children going into kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to register for Vacation Bible School (VBS). The program will be Tuesday, Aug 2-Thursday, Aug 4 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!

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky WednesdayJuly 27

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 slid!!!  Families are encouraged to come and join in the fun!

Don’t forget your non-perishable food item!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky WednesdayJuly 20

“Bonjour” – “Hola” – “Bon Giorno” – “Guten Tag”  --  “Zdravstvuite!”   Do you know what those words mean?  Each word means “Hello” in different language.  Come this evening to be with Language Stars and have fun learning and speaking a variety of different languages.  It will be a fun and educational event all at the same time!!!

Don’t forget your non-perishable food item!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky WednesdayJuly 13

What do you get when you put together a magician, a ventriloquist, and a bunch of carnival games?   You get a crazy, fun, and magical evening evening!  Peter Krouwer, a magician and ventriloquist will be performing for us.   There will also be some carnival games and prizes!

Don’t forget your non-perishable food item!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 6:30pm

Wacky Wednesday

Wacky WednesdayJuly 6

FIELD TRIP!!!  Let’s go on a trip to the firehouse on Main Street.  We will meet at the church and walk to the firehouse together.  This is the only Wednesday for which you need to sign-up because we can only take 30 children.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the church office.

Don’t forget your non-perishable food item!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 6:30pm


Copyright © 2021 First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove. Please report any problems to