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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.

Kid's Movie Night

UpKingerdarten through 6th graders are invited to watch the movie Up in the church gym.

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket/sleeping bag and stuffed animal.

Tivoli popcorn will be served.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

Church Camp: All Things New

The First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove is offering a summer camp experience for children and youth from June 24 to 28, 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 All Things New. From the very beginning, God creates order out of chaos. With each new day light overcomes darkness, new life emerges, and we find new potential in our own lives. The Bible provides the good news for us that as God restored the lives of ancient people, God will renew us today as well. Our experiences at camp together show us that through Christ, God continues to do a new thing in us, both individually and collectively.

Day 1: A New Thing (Isaiah 43:19-21)

Day 2: New Shape (Jeremiah 18:1-6)

Day 3: New Expressions (Luke 10:38-42)

Day 4: New Community (Philippians 1:3-6)

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

Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 8:00am

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 2013, 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 2, 2012
    10:30-11:00am Room 101
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    3:00-3:30pm Room 101

Open Registration

  • January, 2013 (TBA)


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

Piece of Peace

The Children and Family Ministries is offering parents a Piece of Peace on Sunday, December 9th from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Parents are welcome to bring their children (from birth to 5th grade) to the church where professional child care providers will be on site to care for and entertain the children. Children will be kept busy with crafts and snacks while parents take a little time out for themselves. Cost is $ per child or a maximum of $10 per family. You may pay at the door.

To insure we have adequate care, please RSVP for this event by calling the office or registering on the church's website.

Chapel Hall
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 3:00pm

Advent Family Workshop at Feed My Starving Children

Come One, Come All!

Children and Family Ministries invites you to take an evening away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to help feed the hungry by volunteering your time at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora on Thursday, December 20th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.. This annual event is open for anyone over the age of 5 years old. Sign up as a family, invite a neighbor or just come and enjoy the fun and fellowship. There are jobs suitable for any skill level.

Please contact Sharon in the office to sign up or stop by our registration table in the parlor between services. Like last year - Feed My Starving Children is counting on us to fill 70 volunteer slots.

555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504
Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

Do You See What I See? - A Family Service

Advent - our time of waiting and preparing for the birth of Christ - is celebrated by our lighting candles of the Advent wreath during the first four Sundays in December. This year, we look forward to a special service at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Family Services on December 2, "Do You See What I See?" prepared by the Children and Family Ministries and the Chancel Choir. Carols, stories, and gifts for the children will light our way to the true meanings of our journey to the manger.

Everyone is encouraged to bring gifts of food, which the children will proudly deliver to the stable for a People's Resource Center offering.

With music and meditations for all, the whole church family is invited to share in this service as we welcome the Advent season.

The Giving Tree

The Giving TreeThe Giving Tree will be up in the Parlor beginning Sunday, November 11th. 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.

The gifts for all the agencies other than PADS should be returned with the tags firmly attached NO LATER THAN NOON ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd. Gifts for PADS will continue to be collected into December.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Bifulco by email or phone (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!

Rally Day 2012!!!

Come one, come all! Help us kick off the beginning of our new quarter and the return of the 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00 worship services and our Chapel and Chancel Choirs this Sunday, September 9!

Rally Day usually marks the beginning of Sunday school classes for all ages. This year, however, we are planning something a little different. Sunday school will not begin until September 16 because of a special Rally Day worship service for all ages. Following the worship service, we have other things planned as well. See the schedule below:

  • 8:15 - Rally Day Worship in the Chapel
  • 9:30 - Rally Day Worship in the Sanctuary
  • 11:00 - Rally Day Worship in the Sanctuary
  • 12:00 - Lunch - $5/adult, $3/child 12 and under, sign up for lunch by calling or emailing the church office
  • 12:45 - Help set up tables for Sweet Repeat, many hands make light work!
  • 2:00 - Movie at the Tivoli: The Lorax, doors open at 1:30 with the movie starting at 2:00. Movie is free to all. Children who attend worship will receive a coupon for a free Kiddie Combo at the Tivoli
  • 4:00 - Junior High Ignite
  • 6:00 - Senior High Ignite

Don't forget to bring your shopping bag full of food to help stock the PRC pantry for fall! A list of needed items is attached below.

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 8:15am

Children's Choirs Schedule 2012-2013

Click on the link below to view and print the 2012-2013 Children's Choirs Schedule.

Vacation Bible School

Operation OverboardOperation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God! is an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that gives children a chance to go deep in their faith.

All children going into kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to register for Vacation Bible School (VBS). The program will be Tuesday, Aug 7-Thursday, Aug 9 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! The registration form is online.

First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 9:00am


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