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Youth Online Classes

Deacon Wes has been holding daily classes online along with activities. He will continue to hold classes here moving forward. Visit and choose the time and group that you wish to join.

Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. Offered on Zoom

UPDATED: The church building will remain closed until the Governor of Illinois announces the state's policies about gathering and the ongoing stay-at-home order. We will assess the situation and keep you updated.All employees continue to work from home. All in-person church activities and events remain cancelled, including Friday Night at the Movies.

Currently, Worship services are offered live on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. through our Zoom.

To join the worship service:


  • Call (312) 626-6799 and provide this code: 698732532.

We know this is one more form of technology to use/learn. Because we are now under shelter-in-place and our bishop has asked us to respect that in all forms, we needed to find a solution that did not require our pastors to be in the Sanctuary. Facebook live, which is the way we offered worship last Sunday, does not allow us to lead worship from separate locations, with Zoom, each of our pastors can lead from their homes. It will also allow us to include hymns, a bulletin, and a children's sermon! We appreciate your prayers and patience as we try new things and adapt to our current situation. Know too that we are praying for you as you do the same!

Concerned about using Zoom? Are you an expert at Zoom who's willing to help others? Are you a fast typist who would be willing to lend those skills to help us with closed captioning? Let us know here:

As we did last week, after the worship has been streamed live on Zoom, it will be available in video form on our website for those who must or desire to participate at a later time.


Downer's Grove First United Methodist Church - March 17 Update

The church building will remain closed until May 10. All employees will be working from home, as needed. We will assess the situation as time goes on and keep you updated.

All church activities and events through May 10 are cancelled, including Friday Night at the Movies.

Worship services will be offered online on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. through our Facebook page.

If it is difficult for you to shop for groceries or prepare meals? Do you know anyone who may need some support? We will try our best to help. Please contact Pastor Anna at or 847.504.6782. Please use the forms that are linked below. A team of volunteers is ready to help!
Request Delivery Assistance click here
Delivery Volunteers click here

Call or email church staff with any questions or needs can also be easily reached via email or cell phones:

Pastor Claude King
Phone: 630.297.8574

Pastor Anna Voinovich
Phone: 847.504.6782

Pastor Wes Dorr (Youth Ministries)
Phone: 630.968.7120

Pastor John Smoke (Children & Family Ministries)
Phone: 630.670.3592

Carolyn Donnelly (Office and Giving)
Phone: 630.244.3723

DGFUMC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

We understand you may have concerns about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact our church community. The church community's health and welfare is of great importance to us. Given that the situation is evolving rapidly, sometimes hourly, we are taking measures to prepare and protect you as information becomes available. 

At this time, we are following the school districts in the area and effective immediately, we are: 

• Canceling worship services

• Closing the church office, and

• Canceling all church activities

We will resume activities on Friday, April 3, unless more information becomes available.

We will try to record Pastor Claude's Sunday sermon and encourage you watch for that online and on Facebook. Please login to Facebook and view the post on our Facebook page at


We suggest that all practice the following recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses based on information from the CDC and the DuPage County of Health Department.

Follow these simple daily steps to stop the spread of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (This is the length of time it takes to sing or hum the Happy Birthday song twice, or the ABC song once.) Click here for a handout about Cleaning Your Hands.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

IF YOU ARE SICK, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others:

Chapel Choir 50th Choir Tour Celebration

Chapel Choir 50th Tour Image

“People, Get Ready!” for our 50th Chapel Choir Tour Celebration which is definitely “A Reason to Rejoice” on June 12-14, 2020. “Right Now” our planning committee is launching registration for this special weekend.

To receive early bird rates, please register by March 31, 2020.  For a registration form, scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Chapel Choir members and alumni along with choir directors, chaperones, youth leaders, ministers and parents are invited to participant in exciting events throughout the weekend. Spouses and significant others are welcome to register for all of the events!

Please connect with our Facebook group at the following link to get updated registration information. Share the link with all of your Chapel Choir friends.

This is “A Season to Celebrate” for everyone. The schedule includes:

Friday, June 12: 6:00 – 9:00 pm - Chapel Choir “Friends Forever” Festivities at Carriage Greens (8700 Carriage Greens Drive) in Darien. (Generous Appetizers & Cash Bar)

~ Early Bird: $40 per person / April 1: $50 per person. If needed, register for Friday evening childcare at the church.

Saturday, June 13: 9:00 – 11:30 am – “Back to the Basics” Chapel Choir Rehearsal at DGFUMC. After the rehearsal, join us for the “Celebrate Life” Together Boxed Lunch. 

~ Early Bird: $15 per person / April 1: $20 per person.

One Service on January 29

Please note there is only one service at 10:00a.m. on Sunday, December 29. Together, we’ll take time to worship through song, taking requests for favorite Christmas carols and hymns. As Methodists and as Christians, music is an important part of our tradition. From Mary’s song to the Psalms, music runs through scripture, through our tradition, and is, for many people, a way in which they connect with God.

Join us on Sunday, December 29 as we sing and praise together! We invite you to consider pulling out that Christmas sweater for one more Sunday of cheer.

Christmas Eve Services

Please join us at one of our services on Christmas Eve as we celebrate Jesus' birth. There are several services to choose from. 

4:00 p.m. - Family Worship

A worship celebration specially geared for children, with music provided by the Children's Choirs. Rev. John Smoke will share the message.

7:00 p.m. - Family Service with Communion

A family worship service featuring the Connection Choir. We will share in Christmas Eve communion as well as a candlelight carol-sing. The message will be given by Rev. Wesley Dorr, our Pastor of Youth Ministries.

9:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service with the Chancel Choir and a candlelight carol-sing.

11:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service featuring the Chapel Choir and a carol-sing to greet the first moments of Christmas morning.

Brighten the Sanctuary with a Poinsettia - Order Yours Today!

Help us to brighten the sanctuary this Christmas by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia plant!

If you would like to purchase a plant for $15, please fill out  the envelope found in the pew and enclose a check. You may indicate on the envelope if you would like it in memory of or in honor of someone. Place your order in the offering plate on Sunday or bring it to the church office.

Orders are due next week, by Friday, December 13.

Purchase With a Purpose - Easy Gift Card Shopping

Are you planning to give any gift cards for presents this  year?  Help the United Methodist Women earn money for missions by purchasing your gifts from the Purchase With a Purpose table on Sunday mornings in the parlor.

The plastic gift cards will be delivered to church and available for pick up on Sunday, December 15. eGift cards are available immediately.

Regular orders will be placed weekly through December 15 making it more convenient as the holiday approaches to get that last minute gift card for someone. There are many gift cards in small denominations that make great stocking stuffers.


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