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The Youth Ministry Program of First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove seeks to provide opportunities to grow in faith, connect with others, and nurture service oriented individuals to live out Christ's love in the world. We provide a number of opportunities for youth in the community.

Confirmation Class - November through April

Our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students meets on Sundays and includes classes, modern worship services, local service projects, and fellowship events. 

CLASSES

8th Grade Class meets from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
7th & 8th Grade Classes meet for a Fellowship Snack/Dinner from    5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
7th Grade Class meets from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Classes will meet on the following dates: 

Sundays, November 17 and 24  
Sunday, December 1 
Sundays, January 12 and 26 
Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 
Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, and 22 

MODERN WORSHIP SERVICES

January 19 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. For all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. 

Spaghetti dinner with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

February 26 - For all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. 

7:00 p.m. (Confirmation class needs to arrive by 6:30 p.m.)

PADS SERVICE DAYS

December 3; January 7; February 4; March 3 
Meet at Church at 4:30 p.m.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation Sunday: April 19 at 10:00 a.m. 
Confirmation Practice is Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. (8th Grade Class only)

 

Please contact Deacon Wesley Door at wesley@dgfumc.org for more information.

Location: 
Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Date: 
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

Pancake Breakfast - Youth Activities Fundraiser

PancakesBe sure to make plans to stop by the gym before or after the 10:00 a.m.  service to continue in fellowship and enjoy a Pancake Breakfast. Join us to meet new people, reconnect with old friends! Invite your neighbors, friends, and family to come with you too!

Free-will donations support youth activities, such as the Chapel Choir Tour and Youth Mission Trips. 

Location: 
Gym
Date: 
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 8:30am

Confirmation Class

Our Confirmation Preparatory Program for 7th & 8th Grade students meets on Sundays this Fall and includes classes, modern worship services, local service projects, and fellowship events. 

CLASSES

8th Grade Class meets from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
7th & 8th Grade Classes meet for a Fellowship Snack/Dinner from    5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
7th Grade Class meets from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

CONFIRMATION RETREAT

November 1 - 3 at Wesley Woods Retreat Center, Williams Bay, Wisconsin

MODERN WORSHIP SERVICES

October 20 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. for all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. A meal with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 17 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. for all 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students. A meal with mentors follows from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

SERVICE PROJECTS

Saturday, September 28 - Feed My Starving Children, Time TBD
Saturday, November 23 - Yorkville Homeless Ministry, Meet at Church at 10:00 a.m.

Please contact Deacon Wesley Door at wesley@dgfumc.org for more information.

Location: 
Gym, Open Door Youth Center, Room 215, Room 218
Date: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

Confirmation Program Youth Retreat

Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3

Youth in the Confirmation program are invited to a retreat at Wesley Woods Retreat Center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Contact Wes Dorr at 630.968.7120, ext. 203 or wesley@dgfumc.org for more information.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 4:00pm

Youth & Parents Confirmation Registration & Information Meeting

Youth and parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to a Confirmation Registration and Info Meeting on either Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. We will provide information about the coming year and register for Confirmation class at this time. You need only attend one of these two meetings.

The meetings will provide an overview of the schedule, an introduction to the curriclum, provide a list of required commitments, and more. Please bring a completed Permission and Emergency Information Form with you to a meeting.  

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Chapel Choir Welcome Supper, Parent Meeting and Registration

ATTENTION: High School Students and Parents!

You are cordially invited to attend the Chapel Choir kick-off dinner and informational meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28 in the DGFUMC gym. Our FIRST REHEARSAL will follow from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

This annual event signals the start of another exciting year for Chapel Choir, highlighted by the 2020 Tour to New York City. Weekly rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

We encourage you to invite friends to share a meal and learn about plans and activities for the coming year at this welcome meeting. All 9th-12th grade students are welcome. There will be registration cards and permission/medical forms to complete, as well as several volunteer sign-up sheets. The tentative calendar will be discussed and important information distributed. There will also be ample opportunity to have your questions answered.

To assist with logistics, please let Don (don@dgfumc.org) know how many will be attending by Tuesday, August 27.

Location: 
Church Gym
Date: 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Summer Youth Group - Games in the Park

Youth Group for youth entering grades 7th through 12th grade in the Fall

Join Deacon Wes, weather permitting, for softball and yard games. 

Meet at McCollum Park!

Location: 
McCollum Park
Date: 
Monday, August 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Senior High Mission Trip to Atlanta Georgia

Our Senior High group is going on it's annual Mission Trip. This year we are going to Georgia to be a part of DOOR Atlanta (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection). Through DOOR's Discover program, groups spend time serving with a variety of local agencies and ministries and learning through evening speakers and activities.

Location: 
Atlanta, Georgia
Date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 5:00am

Wash and Worship

A Wash and Worship youth car wash will take place Sunday morning, July 7 and Sunday, August 18 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Have your car washed while you attend worship services! 

All donations received benefit youth ministries.

Location: 
Parking Lot
Date: 
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 8:00am

Youth & Parents Summer Activities Meeting

Parents and youth are invited to an informational meeting on May 15 to learn about all the opportunities to stay connected with your friends, continue to grow your faith, and earn credits for tour and mission trips this summer.

There will be a chance to register for these activities, Including sign-ups for the Tent Program.

Location: 
Open Door Youth Center
Date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

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