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DGFUMC provides a range of educational opportunities for children of all ages, including nursery care provided during worship hours, Pathfinders (Sunday School), and midweek family fellowship that is linked to children's choir rehearsals. The goal is to help children grow in faith, and become familiar with the Bible through a variety of methods, including storytelling and drama, music, video, games, science, cooking and art.

Children's Sabbath and Backpack Blessing Sunday

Join us for Children's Sabbath!
This Sunday, August 22

Celebrate children and youth all over the world at our worship services this Sunday! A wonderful service is planned with music provided by children and youth from our congregation, a blessing of backpacks, school supply item collection, and a special message at our 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services.

If you are able, please bring school supplies to church with you. Children will be collecting items from members in the congregation during the service, so please keep the items in the pew with you. All school supplies will be donated to Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ).

A blessing of the backpacks is another special feature of our worship services this week. All students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks and school bags to be blessed at the 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. services. It's a wonderful way to get the new school year off to a great start!

Please plan to join us for our special Sunday and feel free to invite others to participate in this holy Children's Sabbath service. See you Sunday!

For more information contact John Smoke at or 630.968.7120, ext. 210.

Messy Church - August 8, 2021

Hello Messy Friends,

This Sunday, August 8, is HAT DAY at Messy Church.  Everyone is invited to wear any hat they want...a silly hat, a serious hat, a hat with a story, a special hat, etc.   Our story and crafts for the day will focus on all the hats we wear.  

Please come to the gym at 11:00 AM for Messy Church.  We will start with a story and short worship then move into our craft time.  There will be no lunch served.

Hope to see you at Messy with your hat on.  Also, we will be inside with children, so I ask that everyone wear a face mask. 

Thanks and see you at Messy!

Pastor John

DGFUMC Summer Camp 2021 - This is Our Prayer

"This is our Prayer" is the theme for our summer camp experience this year! 

Downers Grove First United Methodist Church is offering this summer camp experience for children and youth from 2nd to 9th grade at the Wesley Woods Conference Center, Williams Bay, WI from August 2-5. The grade listed is the grade the student will be entering in the fall of 2021.

Camp lasts only one week - but what campers take home can last a lifetime!

Space is limited, so register early!

Registration is online this year. Please click here for the Google Registration form and to find out more about the camp.

Registration deadline: July 23.

A nonrefundable $50 deposit is due at the time of registration with payment in full due by August 2. Scholarships and payment plans are available.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be in person this year. Those who are entering kindergarten through sixth grade will enjoy a fun-packed experience of music, games, crafts, Bible stories, and more on Adventure Island!

From a whimsical lighthouse on an enchanted island, children will be guided on an exciting quest to help light their way. Using map coordinates from the Reference Book (the Bible), kids will discover clues to learn how God's light shines in the lives of familiar biblical characters in Old and New Testament stories.

Three sessions of VBS will be offered this June. Each of the three sessions will be the same material and program.

Session #1: Day Program
Tuesday to Thursday, June 15 – 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Session #2: Evening Program
Tuesday to Thursday, June 22 – 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Session #3: Weekend Program
Saturday, June 19 & 26 from 9:00 am. to noon

Cost will be $15 a child or $40 per family with three or more children. There will be an ice cream social and short program for participants and their families of all three sessions on Wednesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Registration is online this year by clicking here. For questions or more information, contact Pastor John Smoke at or 630.968.7120, ext. 204.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 9:00am


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