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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.

Chapel Choir Parents Meeting

We will be going over Tour Information, financials and details. Two times are available to accomodate parents' schedules: 

• Sunday, Jan. 28, 10:45-11:15am, Open Door Youth Center (Upper Level)

• Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30-7:00pm, Chapel Hall

Open Door Youth Center & Chapel Hall
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 10:45am

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert

Please join the Chapel Choir as they present their Christmas Concert, A Little Bit of Hope. This program of uplifting holiday sounds will be directed by Nick Loos and accompanied by Kevin Zehme.

Admission is free, but donations are sincerely appreciated. All money raised supports the Chapel Choir program and their Spring Break Tour as they share their gift of music and spread the word of the Gospel through their music. 

We encourage you to invite family, friends, and neighbors as we rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior with this program of holiday music.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Sleep Out Saturday

Ignite Youth Ministry participation in Bridge Communities' Homeless Awareness Event‎

In conjunction with the Youth Ministry at First Congregational United Church of Christ we will be sleeping out at Fishel Park in support of Bridge Communities and their mission to help DuPage County homeless families! If conditions are too cold or wet, we may head into the Open Door Youth Center or the Youth Room of First Congregational UCC.

Students may take donations and/or pledges, but this is not required. To donate or to register to raise funds go to:


5PM: Meet at the Open Door to drive out to Glen Ellyn
5:30: Drive to Glen Ellyn for Sleep Out Saturday Rally
9PM: Return to Church and head over to Fishel Park to Sleep out with First Congregational UCC
7AM: Breakfast at First Congregational UCC
8AM: Return to DGFUMC


Tent, warm sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping mat (optional), toiletries for morning,
Towel & shower items (optional: showers available at our church)


Meet at Open Door Youth Center
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 5:00pm

Youth trip to Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm Corn Maze

Ignite Student Ministries visit to Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

**For students in grades 7-12**

(Meet at the Open Door Youth Center at church)

Students will be traveling to the Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze in Minooka, IL and will return to the church at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per student. 

Sign up by Friday, October 19 by 3:00 p.m. by emailing Pastor Anna at

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Sr. High Winter Retreat - Winter Blast

The Senior High Winter Retreat will be held at Grace Adventures Camp in Silver Lake, Michigan.

8th Graders are Invited to join us this year.

DATE:   January 5-7, 2018
(Departure will be between 12-12:30pm, returning approx. 6pm on Sunday)

An official camp medical release form, along with further information will be provided as we get closer. Please call the church if you have any questions.

No Registrations accepted after Dec. 17.

Grace Adventures Camp, Silver Lake, Michigan
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

Never2Young Jr. High Youth Conference

May 4-5, 2018, Indiana Wesleyan University

For Youth in grades 6th-8th

More info at:

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

Returning: Saturday, approx. 7PM

Total Cost: $40 if deposit received by April 11, $45 if received by April 25.  $50 if after April 25.  Make checks out to DGFUMC.  Space is limited, first come first serve.   

Bring Registration forms to the church office or to Howie

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:30pm

30 Hour Famine

Help Save Kid’s Lives! Ignite Students (grades 7th-12th) go 30 Hours without eating in order to raise money for children malnourished and/or dying of hunger in Third World Countries. Students must raise at least $35 to participate in the 30 Hour Famine. That is just over $1.17 per hour of the fast and is the amount of money that will feed a child for a month. Students start the Famine on their own by stopping eating anything but juice and water on Friday at 7AM. They then meet at the church for a Lock-in at 7pm on Friday. We will go without food until 1PM, Saturday, when we will break the fast with a Pot-Luck meal provided by the parents. During our time together, we will talk about hunger, worship, play games, juice breaks, and have fun being hungry together! For more information, call Howie at the church @ (630) 968-7120, ext. 203.

If your son/daughter is not physically capable of fasting for 30 hours, he or she can still participate in a modified fast. Please contact Howie if you would like to discuss this option.

Please see the registration form below for more information.

Fundraising Packets have arrived – pick up yours! You can also set-up an online account and start seeking support online. Go to to join our team: DGFUMC Ignite.

Open Door Youth Center
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ignite Youth Blankets Service Event

Bring a good pair of scissors.

And bring money for Subway lunch and $5 to help toward the materials purchased.

Please contact Maria Lippert at for more information.

Open Door Youth Center
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am

Holiday Cheer in Rogers Park

Thursday, December 21, meet at the church at 4:30pm – back around 9:30pm. Bring a snack! Help us with serving a meal and the love of Christ with the neighborhood folks of the United Church of Rogers Park.

Please contact Howie Snyder, Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 4:30pm

Ignite Youth Christmas Party

The Ignite group will be having a Christmas party from 6-8pm - Food, games,...

Bring a White Elephant Gift to Exchange.  (A White Elephant Gift is something you have around the house that you do not want - hopefully something funny. Please do NOT purchase anything for this gift exchange.)

Please contact Howie Snyder, Director of Youth Ministries for more information.

Open Door Youth Center
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 6:00pm


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