Sunday School

Rally Day - September 8, 2013

Rally Day Worship

Today, September 8, we return to three services (8:15 in the chapel, 9:30 and 11:00 in the sanctuary). The 9:30 and 11:00 services will be special family worship for all ages. There will be no Sunday school but there will be nursery care at all three services. Regular Sunday school will begin on September 15.

Rally Day Lunch

At noon everyone is invited to come to the gym to enjoy a box lunch (sandwich, chips, dessert, and drink). Cost will be $5/adult and $3/child (12 and under). Please sign up by calling 630.968.7120 or emailing the church office by September 5. 

Rally Day Service Project

At about 12:45, after lunch, it would be greatly appreciated to have people help set up tables for the Sweet Repeat which is the United Methodist Women’s annual sale.

Rally Day Movie

The Children & Family Work Area has reserved the Tivoli Movie Theater for our Rally Day celebration. Everyone is invited to attend the movie The Muppet Movie (The original movie from 1979) that will be shown at 1:30 p.m. The movie is about a frog, Kermit, who travels to Hollywood to pursue a career in show business. Along the way, he picks up some others who become great friends and together they find success and become The Muppets! Each child (12 and under) who attends church on September 8 will receive a coupon for a Kiddie Combo (box with popcorn, snack and drink). The concession stand will also be open for anyone wanting to purchase snacks. The doors open at the Tivoli at 1:00 p.m. The movie is free for ALL (you don’t need a ticket) so please invite your friends and neighbors to come to church in the morning and to the movie in the afternoon!

Location: 
DGFUMC
Date: 
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:15am

Children Will Learn About Helping Others

Kim Holler, Missions Work Area member, is teaching a “helping others” segment for children in grades 1-4 in Sunday School classes this fall. She will focus on how and why we help at the People's Resource Center, especially giving food and gifts to make birthday bags for children in need.

To complement her teaching, the Missions Work Area will make a $300 donation to the PRC to also be used for children's birthday bags.

Sunday School students will be encouraged to donate: cakes mixes, tubs of frosting, new small toys for all ages and gift bags. Members of the congregation are also encouraged to help in this effort by donating from the above list. Place donations in the "PRC Birthday Box" which will be next to the regular PRC bin near the church office.

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.

Location: 
DGFUMC
Date: 
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 8:15am

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

Bible Bonus

The Bible Bonus Program at First United Methodist Church is a great way to learn about the Bible! The program is for all third through sixth graders. The way to participate in this program is by clicking on a worksheet below that is for the grade you are in. The pdf worksheet will appear on your computer. You will need to print and complete the worksheet. Then bring it to church with you and you will receive 5 points.

There is a Bible bonus closet that contains fun items you can receive with your points. Each worksheet is good for 5 points only once. You can decide to do more that one sheet and turn it in. For example, you might print 3rd grade worksheet 1 and 3rd grade worksheet 2 (if you are in 3rd grade). Once you complete them and bring them in you will receive 10 points. You can only receive points for a worksheet one time. Another way to earn points is by bringing your Bible to church each Sunday. You will receive one point each time you bring your Bible. Your teacher or shepherd will record your points on a record card.

If you have any questions please contact John Smoke. Thank you!

Have fun and learn lots of important things in the Bible!

Summer Sunday School

All the children going into 1st grade through 6th grade this coming fall are encouraged to attend a special Summer Sunday school program called "What's In The Bible?" Starting this Sunday, June 5th, the 1st-6th graders will go with me to room 217 following the children's sermon in worship. "What's In The Bible?" is a 12 week program where children will explore many important questions such as:

  • How is it (the Bible) put together?
  • Who wrote the Bible?
  • Who chose the books in the Bible?
  • What is salvation?
  • What is a "Pentateuch"?

along with many other questions. The curriculum offers a DVD segment followed by discussion and activities. It will be a fun and learning time for our children. I would also welcome any Junior High and High School students who would like to help. One change this summer is that there will be no Sunday school class for the preschool/kindergarten age children. There will of course be nursery care for infants through kindergarten children each week at 8:30 and 10:00.

No Sunday School on May 1

This Sunday, May 1st, there will be NO Sunday school. There will be nursery care. Sunday is a special day in the life of our church. It is the annual children's cantata in worship. Many of the children will be singing in it. I am encouraging those who aren't singing to attend with their families.

Let us make this Sunday, a time to worship together as families!

Children's Activities on Palm Sunday

PalmsSpecial Opportunity for Children!

This Sunday, April 17, Palm Sunday, all children (3 year old through 6th grade) are invited to help decorate the wall between Fellowship Hall and Chapel Hall. Members of the Children and Family Work Area will be assisting children to put their handprint on the wall. We will be using different colors of water-based paint.

At 9:30 the 3 year old, 4 & 5 year old, and kindergarten class will begin in their regular classrooms. The 1st-4th grade classes will begin in the parlor. After the procession of palms in the sanctuary, the teachers and shepherds will lead the children down to the gym. The teachers and other adults will assist the children with their handprints on the wall. The 3 year old, 4 & 5 year old, and kindergarten classes will then return to their normal classrooms where parents can pick-up their children following the worship service. The 1st through 4th grade classes will remain in the gym where parents can pick them up.

At 11:00 the preschool through kindergarten class will start in their regular classroom. The 1st-6th graders will meet in the parlor. After the procession of palms in the sanctuary, all children will go to the gym for the handprint project. The preschool through kindergarten class will then return to their classroom. The 1st-6th will remain in the gym.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I look forward to a wonderful Palm Sunday!

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