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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 - 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.

Date: 
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!

Date: 
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.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
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.

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

The Giving Tree

The Giving TreeThe Giving Tree, which is now in the Parlor, gives you the opportunity to purchase  gifts for needy children, youth, and adults in our township and across the Northern Illinois Conference.  This year, we are supporting ChildServ, PADS, and the Peoples Resource Center. Just choose a tag marked with the name or initials of these agencies.

The gifts for all the agencies other than PADS should be returned with the tags firmly attached NO LATER THAN NOON ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1st. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December. Contact Nancy Bifulco if you have any questions.

The Children and Family Ministries Work Area and the Church and Society Work Area sponsor the Giving Tree project. We hope that you will be able to help.

Thank you!

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 December 1 and 3. Children must be either three or four years old by September 1 of 2014, with the classes beginning in early September and ending in the mid-May. 

Advent Family Workshop to Feed My Starving Children

Serving at Feed My Starving ChildrenGive the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

On December 14, as our Advent Family Workshop, we are inviting families to join us 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. As well as being a lot of fun, these sessions are really effective. Each volunteer packs an average of 216 meals - in 2012, FMSC sent 163 million meals to starving families. 

Sign up below or contact Sharon to RSVP (630.968.7120). No children under 5.

Sponsored by Children & Family Ministries

Location: 
555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504
Date: 
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 2:00pm

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