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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.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible SchoolIn 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!

VBS Registration Details

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 9:00am

No Sunday School on May 1

This Sunday, May 1st, there will be NO Sunday school. There will be nursery care. Sunday is a special day in the life of our church. It is the annual children's cantata in worship. Many of the children will be singing in it. I am encouraging those who aren't singing to attend with their families.

Let us make this Sunday, a time to worship together as families!

Children's Activities on Palm Sunday

PalmsSpecial Opportunity for Children!

This Sunday, April 17, Palm Sunday, all children (3 year old through 6th grade) are invited to help decorate the wall between Fellowship Hall and Chapel Hall. Members of the Children and Family Work Area will be assisting children to put their handprint on the wall. We will be using different colors of water-based paint.

At 9:30 the 3 year old, 4 & 5 year old, and kindergarten class will begin in their regular classrooms. The 1st-4th grade classes will begin in the parlor. After the procession of palms in the sanctuary, the teachers and shepherds will lead the children down to the gym. The teachers and other adults will assist the children with their handprints on the wall. The 3 year old, 4 & 5 year old, and kindergarten classes will then return to their normal classrooms where parents can pick-up their children following the worship service. The 1st through 4th grade classes will remain in the gym where parents can pick them up.

At 11:00 the preschool through kindergarten class will start in their regular classroom. The 1st-6th graders will meet in the parlor. After the procession of palms in the sanctuary, all children will go to the gym for the handprint project. The preschool through kindergarten class will then return to their classroom. The 1st-6th will remain in the gym.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I look forward to a wonderful Palm Sunday!

Children's Cantata

The Old Testament - Fast Forward

The Old Testmant, Fast Forward is another fun musical piece. It covers many Old Testament stories told with humor while preserving the overall theme of God’s unending love for us. The Connection, Chorister, Cherub, and Angel Choirs will take part in these performances during the 9:30 and 11:00am worship services.

Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 9:30am

DGFUMC 2011 Summer Camp

Got SpiritJune 27-July 1

Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

The First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove is offering a summer camp experience for children and youth.  There will be three camps this year:

  • Elementary Camp:  2nd-6th grade
  • Junior High Camp:  7th-8th grade
  • Leadership Camp:  9th-10th grade 

The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2011. Space is limited for all three camps so please register as soon as possible. Registration for church members is now open. Registration for non-church members starts on April 1.

Note: All first time 2nd and 3rd grader campers will need a parent to attend camp (the parent will attend at no cost).

Camp will be held at Wesley Woods Conference Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Wesley Woods is owned and operated by the Northern Illinois Conference.

For more information and registration forms, see the link below.

* If you are interested in being a camp counselor, please fill out the appropriate form that can be found at the links below.

Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Monday, June 27, 2011 - 10:35am

5th Annual Free Throw Shooting Contest

Basketball Net10-10-1

$10 a Person 10 Free Throws-1 Life Saved

100% of your registration fee will go to buy a net to save a life by preventing malaria in Africa.

Registration forms are available in the church office, in the Sunday Bulletin or at the link below. If you cannot participate, consider sponsoring someone for the contest. The mission event is planned and run by the 5th and 6th grade Sunday school class!

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 2:00pm

Family Meal Time

Wednesday Family Meals begin again on this Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, from 5pm to 6:30pm. Please contact the church office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, if you will be purchasing a meal subscription (Jan. 12-April 13).

It is 12 meals total: $55/adult and $40/child. We need to know because we will only purchase meals for those persons who have signed up.

Giving Tree: Thank You!

Thank you to the entire congregation for your contributions to the Giving Tree this year. You gave more than 230 gifts to children of all ages.You supported Marcy Newberry Center, ChildServ and HeadStart programs and made Christmas brighter for so many children.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Christmas Eve Services

Nativity Scene4:00pm Family Worship

A worship celebration especially geared for children, with music provided by the Chorister, Cherub and Angel Choirs.

7:00pm Communion & Candlelight Service

Music by the Connection Choir
Message by Pastor Greta McDonald

9:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chancel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

10:15pm Communion in the Chapel

11:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chapel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

Join us for a night of praise, prayer, and glorious music as we remember Christ's birth and our salvation. Bring your family, your guests and your neighbors as we prepare for Christmas day.

Friday, December 24, 2010 - 4:00pm

Open Preschool Registration

The last chance to register for next year's 2011/2012 Preschool will be on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 from 3 to 4pm. A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and completed application is required to secure a space. A certified copy of the birth certificate is now required by DCFS.

Contact the church office for more details.


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