Youth Home Page

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.

One Body with Many Parts

This week in worship, we will be focusing on togetherness. As we join for one service at 10:00 a.m. with both the Chapel Choir and Chancel Choir, we worship and walk together in faith with our confirmation class. It seems like more than ever before our culture is very divided!  In some instances, it is difficult to have meaningful conversations with people we love because our views may be polar opposite.

Adopt-a-Stream Annual River Clean-up

The Downers Grove First United Methodist Church has adopted a section of St. Joseph Creek located north of Curtiss Street and east of Walnut Avenue about two miles west of our church property. On Saturday, May 18, we’ll gather to clean up the creek by picking up trash along the banks. Please mark your calendar to come and volunteer!

The Adopt-a-Stream program is administered by DuPage County in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural areas and rivers and promoting stewardship of the environment. The May 18 clean-up day will be part of their annual DuPage River Sweep.

All you’ll need to bring are waterproof boots (or shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy) and work gloves, if you have them. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided. This is a great activity for kids to participate in with a parent or guardian.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the parlor, or you can email Vera Miller at to RSVP.

See attached flyer for more information.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am

Wash and Worship

A Wash and Worship youth car wash will take place Sunday morning, July 7.

Have your car washed while you attend worship services! 

All donations received benefit youth ministries.

Parking Lot
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 9:00am

Youth BBQ End-of-Year Celebration

Join us for a Youth BBQ End-of-Year Celebration! The Chapel Choir will sing and we'll play games! 

Please note that, due to the uncertain weather, this event is being held in the church gym.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 11:30am

Chapel Choir Tour Home Concert

Welcome home the Chapel Choir from the 2019 Choir Tour, God is Greater than the Waves. The choir spent Spring Break travelling to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area asharing God's message through music and scripture. You are invited to share in their message at this special home concert in the Sanctuary. 

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 4:00pm

United Church of Rogers Park Mission Trip

Join us for our annual trip to United Church of Rogers Park for youth entering grades 7 in the fall through graduating seniors. We will be helping with the Kids Club.

United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 West Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 9:00am

Never2Young Jr. High Youth Conference

May 3-4, 2019, Indiana Wesleyan University

For Youth in grades 6th-8th

More info at:

Departing from Upper Parking Lot:  Friday at 12:30 p.m. – youth will need to get out-of-school early that day

Returning: Saturday, approx. 7:00 p.m.

Fees and registration information will be coming soon. Make checks out to DGFUMC. Space is limited, first come first serve.   

Bring Registration forms to the church office or give them to Deacon Wes. 

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 12:30pm

Chapel Choir Spring Break Pre-Tour Concerts

All are welcome to join us as the Chapel Choir presents TWO sneak peeks of its upcoming Spring Break Tour program, God is Greater Than the Waves. Join them! 

Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. Roselle United Methodist Church, 206 S. Rush Street, Roselle. This concert also includes Roselle UMC's Praise Group. Fellowship will follow at the Second Sunday Supper provided by the Roselle Lion's Club.

Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m.  Oak Trace Retirement Community, 200 Village Drive, Downers Grove. 

Roselle United Methodist Church, 206 S. Rush Street, Roselle
Oak Trace Retirement Community, 200 Village Drive, Downers Grove.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 49th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 23 - 30 to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. You can help choir members cover some tour expenses by Sponsoring a Bus Seat for $25. The cost of transportation is one of the largest line items in the tour budget, so offsetting  some of the cost through seat sponsorships helps reduce the individual tour fee for choir members.

You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to
the tour fund. Please complete the form below and drop it off in the church office. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Seat Sponsorship’ on the memo line. 

Thank you for your support!

Youth Event: Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Open Gym

Join us for skating on the ribbon at Maggie Daley Park or exploring the park!

We will meet at the Open Door youth room at 12:15 p.m. Our train departs at 12:45 p.m. Youth should definitely dress warmly as we will be walking about a mile from Union Station to the park and walking from DGFUMC to the train station and back and the skating ribbon is all outdoors! It will be a cold day, so dress warmly. There are warming centers near the skating ribbon.  

Those who would like to skate on the ribbon can bring their own skates or rent a pair at the skating park (see fees for rental below). For those who do not want to skate, Pastor Anna will lead a group to explore the park.

We will eat fast food downtown (Potbelly or Chipotle) and return on the 6:40 p.m. train to Downers Grove. Pick up will be at 7:35 p.m. at the Open Door youth room entrance.

Chaperones are needed for this event; if you are interested, please let Deacon Wes know.

Fees for this Event

Weekend train pass - $10 (We will pre-purchase passes and youth can purchase a pass directly from Deacon Wes on the day of the event.)
Admission to the skating ribbon  - Free
Skate Rental - $15 or you may bring your own skates
Fast food - approx. $12 - $15 for Potbelly or Chipotle

For more info about the park or to see photos of the cool skating ribbon, visit

Please join us!

Open Door Youth Center
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:15pm


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