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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.


Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg HungThe Children and Family Work Area would like to invite all families in our church and community to attend a special Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7. All children from infant through 6th grade are welcome to hunt for the hidden eggs inside the church.

Gathering will be at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The hunt will begin right after the gathering. Following the hunt everyone is invited to the gym for some refreshments and fellowship.

Children are invited to bring their own baskets to collect the eggs. Feel free to invite a friend and come to First United Methodist Church for this special event!

Location: 
DGFUMC - Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 9:30am

Church Camp: The Secrets of the Kingdom

Secrets of the KingdomThe First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove is offering a summer camp experience for children and youth from June 25 to 29, 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 The Secrets of the Kingdom. Jesus used stories, called parables, to teach his disciples—and us—about what it means to live in God’s kingdom. In Secrets of the Kingdom, campers look to the Master Storyteller, Jesus, to discover four different parables and their meanings for our lives.

Secret 1: We are the Soil (Mark 4:1-9, 4:13-20)

Secret 2: We Can Ask Boldly (Luke 11:5-10)

Secret 3-God is Generous (Matthew 20:1-16)

Secret 4-God Treasures Us (Luke 15:1-10)

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

Location: 
Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 8:00am

Voices for Children: Fifth Sunday Appeal

United Voices 4 Kids

Enclosed in the bulletin this Sunday morning is an offering envelope for the United Voices for Children - Fifth Sunday Appeal. UVC is a coalition of groups and individuals within the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Your gift will help with the work of ChildServ, United Methodist Youth Services, Marcy-Newberry Association and Rosecrance Health Network.

For more advocacy information, check out the web site at: http://www.umvoices4kids.org.

Super Saturday Movie Night

The second Super Saturday will be a Movie Night! We will be watching Horton Hears a Who! Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket. Popcorn will be provided from the Tivoli.

This is for all children in 1st-6th grade. Just like with Wacky Wednesday there is no cost and EVERYONE is welcome. All children need to be signed-in and signed-out from Super Saturday events.

Please invite friends from school, neighbors, family, friends, and anyone else you can think of!

Location: 
Room 217
Date: 
Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 6:30pm

Super Saturdays - Movie Night!

Did you have fun at Wacky Wednesdays over the summer? If you did, then you will love Super Saturdays during the school year!

The Children and Family Work Area has planned five Super Saturdays!

The second one will be Saturday, January 21st from 6:30-8:30. This is for all children in 1st-6th grade. Just like with Wacky Wednesday there is no cost and EVERYONE is welcome.

The program for Jan. 21st will be a Movie Night, we will be watching Horton Hears a Who! Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket. Popcorn will be provided from the Tivoli.

All children need to be signed-in and signed-out from Super Saturday events. Please invite friends from school, neighbors, family, friends, and anyone else you can think of!

Onward Bound and All Choirs

Will be beginning again January 11th, 2012. Meetings and practices will be held at their regular times. See the Family Fellowship page for more details.

Family Fellowship Wednesday Dinners

The new year brings a new meal subscription for the Wednesday evening meals at church. You can download the form for the meals below. Please fill it out and return to the church office by or on Sunday, January 8.

Advent Family Workshop

Feed My Starving ChildrenChildren and Family Ministries has reserved 90 places on Saturday, December 17 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at Feed My Starving Children, in Aurora, IL. For those of you not familiar with FMSC, they are a non-profit organization whose mission is: "Feeding God's Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit." It is a very fulfilling and rewarding experience to give the gift of your time to this organization and help feed thousands of children.

We will be helping to create nutritional food packets which will be shipped to areas in need around the world. Minimum age to volunteer is 5 years old. Childcare will be provided at the church. Transportation will not be provided but carpooling is encouraged. Please contact Sharon in the Church office (630.968.7120) to register for this meaningful service opportunity. Space will fill up fast!

Location: 
FMSC - 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504
Date: 
Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 2:00pm

Piece of Peace

PeaceThis annual event allows parents to get a few hours to themselves. It is for children from birth through 6th grade. Cost is $5 per family. Dinner and professional child care will be provided.

Date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 4:00pm

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. Children must be either three or four years old by September 1 of 2012, with the classes beginning in early September and ending in the mid-May. 

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.

Church Member Registration

  • Sunday, December 4, 2011
    10:30-11:00am Room 101
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2011
    3:00-3:30pm Room 101

Open Registration

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2011
    3:00-4:00pm Room 101

PLEASE NOTE

Church member registration dates are strictly adhered to. If you miss the church member registration dates, you must register at open registration.

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