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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.

DGFUMC Recognition Scholarship

Each year DGFUMC recognizes college students who have been important leaders in the life of our church and who have completed at least one year of college with scholarships.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship may fill out an application (available below and in the church office) and return it to the office by June 25. Recipients will be announced in July and honored at the 10:00 a.m. worship service on August 6.

Youth & Parents Informational Meeting

Parents and youth are invited to informational meetings on either May 3 or 7, where we will provide updates on mission trips, fundraising and summer events.

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

The meetings will be kept to 30 minutes or less.

Open Door Youth Center
Open Door Youth Center
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 6:30pm

Tour 2017

Day 1 - Manchester, Missouri


Tour 2017

Day 1 - Manchester, Missouri

Senior High Mission Trip

Our Senior High group is going on it's annual Mission Trip. This year we are going to Charlotte, NY, through Group Workcamps.

Open Door, Charlotte, NY
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:00pm

Rogers Park Mission Trip

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
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 9:30am

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 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, Feb. 24 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 and join team: IGNITE STUDENT MINISTRIES.

Open Door Youth Center
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Youth Black Light 9 Square in the Air

Wear bright or white colors, neon face-paint and bring a friend!

Meet in the Church Gym

(for youth in grades 6th-12th)

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

Never2Young Jr. High Youth Conference

May 5-6, 2017, Indiana Wesleyan University

For Youth in grades 6th-8th

More info at:

Departing from Upper Parking Lot:  Friday, May 5 at 12:30PM – youth will need to get out-of-school early that day

Returning: Saturday, May 6, approx. 7PM

Total Cost: $40 if deposit received by April 16, $45 if received by April 30.  Make checks out to FUMC.  Space is limited, first come first serve.   

Bring Registration forms to the church office or to Howie

Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 12:30pm

Youth to Feed My Starving Children

Ignite Youth Trip to Feed My Starving Children

Meet at FMSC on April 29th, 7 to 9PM

Address: 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504

RSVP Required. RSVP to or 630-968-7120, x203

555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL 60504
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:00pm


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