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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.


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.

Minute-To-Win-It

Super SaturdayThe first SuperSaturday is on Saturday, November 5th from 6:30-8:00 in the church gym. 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 Nov. 5th will be Minute-To-Win-It games along with fun prizes. 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!

Please help us to get the word out about this fun program by forwarding this email to all of your friends! Thank You! 

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 6:30pm

The Giving Tree

The Giving TreeThe Giving Tree will be up in the Parlor beginning Sunday, November 13th. You have the opportunity to choose tags from several agencies in order to purchase gifts for both children and adults. The tags are marked with the name or initials of the agency.

All gifts going to PADS should be UNWRAPPED, but with the tag firmly attached.

Gifts to the other agencies work a little differently. Please select tags and put your name on the sign-out sheet. All gifts for Marcy Newberry and Head Start should be wrapped. Child Serv gifts should be unwrapped. Please read the note on the tag to see which kind you have chosen. Please don’t wrap gifts marked “unwrapped” or volunteers will have to unwrap them before giving them to the agency.

The gifts for all the agencies other than PADS should be returned with the tags firmly attached NO LATER THAN NOON ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bifulco at nbifulco@msn.com or 630-241-3530.

The Children and Family Ministries Work Area and the Church and Society Work Area sponsor the Giving Tree project. Over 300 gifts go to needy children, youth, and adults in our township and across the Northern Illinois Conference. We hope that you will be able to help.

Thank you!

Super Saturdays

Super SaturdayDid 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 first one will be Saturday, November 5th from 6:30-8:00 in the church gym. 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 Nov. 5th will be Minute-To-Win-It games along with fun prizes. 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!

Please help us to get the word out about this fun program by forwarding this email to all of your friends! Thank You! 

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.

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
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!

Location: 
Tivoli Theater, Downers Grove
Date: 
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.

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!

Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 6:30pm

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